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  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Trouble—Spewing Steam and Losing Power

    10/20/2014 4:28:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    ‘Liaoning’ shut down during recent sea trials There’s no more of a conspicuous and potent symbol of China’s growing naval power than the aircraft carrier Liaoning. But the 53,000-ton, 999-foot-long carrier could be dangerous to her crew and prone to engine failures. If so, that makes the vessel as much of a liability as an asset to Beijing. The ex-Soviet carrier once went by the name Varyag until a cash-strapped Ukraine sold the ship to Beijing in 1998. The Chinese navy has since invested considerable resources into modernizing the warship and testing her at sea. But on at least one...
  • Rafale can be shot down like 'mosquitoes by Chinese-made Sukhoi': Russian envoy

    10/18/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ANI News, India ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Ashok Dixit
    New Delhi, Oct.18 (ANI): Indirectly expressing his country's surprise over the Indian Government and its defence establishment's decision to go ahead with its reported plan to buy 126 Rafale combat aircraft from France, Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, said the Dassault Aviation-manufactured fighter aircraft could be shot down like a mosquito by a Chinese-manufactured or produced Sukhoi jet should there ever be a conflict in the neighbourhood. Ambassador Kadakin, who was attending an interaction between Russian and Indian journalists in the national capital yesterday, said, "We (Russia) are still very surprised that Rafale is being bought, because if...
  • F-35A Fighter Jets to Be Poorly Armed (Korea's funding issue)

    10/17/2014 7:35:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/17/2014 | Chosun Ilbo
    Only about half of the Air Force's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, which cost a hefty W121 billion, will be fully armed due to lack of combat weapons (US$1=W1,062). Seoul decided to buy 40 F-35As at a total cost of W7.34 trillion last month and claimed that would allow the Air Force to "overwhelm" North Korea. But it has bought only half the weapons needed for the F-35As in a war, according to Air Force data submitted to Saenuri Party lawmaker Song Young-keun Wednesday. The Air Force has secured a mere 45 percent of air-to-air missiles that would be used against...
  • Royal Air Force Now Flying Their Most Advanced Fighter Jets Ever

    10/17/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Oct 16, 2014
    The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) most advanced fighters ever are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya, and cement Typhoon’s place as a world class multi-role fighter. The aircraft upgrades include enhanced computing power, weapons systems integration advancements and improved sensor suites...
  • A Short History of the (Eventually) Awesome Hind Helicopter (Mi-24 had a lot of problems early on)

    10/16/2014 11:05:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 10/16/2014 | Thomas Newdick
    Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopter is 45 years old. It’s high time we busted some of the more widespread myths regarding the gunship that has gone by many names. Crocodile. Drinking Glass. Devil’s Chariot. Hind. In a celebratory press release in September, Russian Helicopters—part of the state-owned Rostec corporation, which is now responsible for production of the latest Mi-35M version of the Hind—explained that the helicopter “was conceived and built in record time, with development starting in 1968.” That’s not quite true, as we’ll see. Nor is altogether accurate that the Hind has always boasted “high levels of efficiency and reliability...
  • Australia's LHD 'as aircraft carrier' headache

    10/15/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Australian Defence Magazine ^ | 07 Oct 2014 | Tom Muir
    It has been widely reported that in the lead up to the 2015 Defence White Paper, Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered Defence to assess the benefits of F-35B jump jets and converting the Canberra class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) to accommodate them. Previously, the RAAF was committed to buying only the F-35A version of the Joint Strike Fighter. Writing in the academic blog, The Conversation, in June, Stephen L Jones opined that if Australia was serious about buying the jump jet version of the JSF, it would be wise to look at why the UK is the only country to...
  • New Russian drone-carrying corvette advances to keel-laying

    10/15/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russian News Agency ^ | October 15,2014
    Helicopter-type Gorizont drone © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin (archive) MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Ship designers are advancing the blueprint for a new-generation, multi-purpose warship to join Russia’s navy. Features of the planned corvette are still under wraps but the vessel is thought likely to carry a helicopter-type Gorizont drone within its armory. Planners at Russia’s Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburg’s Severny shipyard though it is still unconfirmed. “As technical design is in progress I will not reveal the features of this new vessel but it...
  • Kongsberg sees billions of dollars in possible missile sales

    10/13/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Kongsberg Gruppen ASA says its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and a sister missile developed to go into the bomb bay of the F-35 fighter jet could generate billions of dollars of new revenues for the Norwegian company in coming years. Walter Qvam, president and chief executive of Kongsberg, told Reuters that Russian aggression in Ukraine was seen as a "serious new situation" in Europe, and was already starting to drive European defense spending higher. Kongsberg was seeing higher demand for its air-defense system, he said. Kongsberg, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, is trying to pump up its...
  • Army Configures Apaches for Sea Duty

    10/13/2014 4:55:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | October 13th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Army is engineering its Apache AH-64 attack helicopters with additional avionics, radar and sensor technology to perform better in maritime environments, service officials said Monday at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. “We’re looking at sensor upgrades to the fire control radar and adding a maritime feature to the Apache. We want to extend the radar and broaden its bandwidth to pick up things in a littoral (shallow water) environment and detect small ships in the water,” said Army Col. Jeff Hager, Apache program manager. The Army plans to test...
  • U.S. Against Korean Aerobatic Team Performing in China

    10/12/2014 3:38:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Oct. 10, 2014
    The Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team plans to take part in an air show next month in China's Guangdong Province, but the U.S. is trying to block the move citing the risk of exposing classified technology. The Black Eagles use T-50 trainer jets developed by Korea Aerospace Industries with technological support from Lockheed Martin. Korea needs U.S. approval in order to export the T-50 trainers and to fly the aircraft into “hostile” territories. A government source on Wednesday said the Black Eagles "have been preparing for some time to take part in the Zuhai Air Show next month, but...
  • Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers (Russian brag alert)

    10/12/2014 3:31:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 12, 2014 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defences. Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable...
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • Stephen Harper intervenes in purchase of new missiles: Source

    10/10/2014 9:35:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    POSTMEDIA NEWS ^ | POSTMEDIA NEWS | MICHAEL DEN TANDT
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper settled a dispute between Treasury Board and the Defence Department to approve an $800-million, sole-source purchase of next-generation Sea Sparrow missiles for the Royal Canadian Navy’s aging frigates, sources familiar with the situation say. The decision was taken early this week following a written request earlier this month by three ministers — Industry Minister James Moore, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Works Minister Diane Finley — that won out over the objections of Treasury Board president Tony Clement, sources say. The Sea Sparrow is built by U.S.-based Raytheon. The next-generation version, the Evolved Sea Sparrow...
  • The evolution of the Ilyushin Il-2

    10/07/2014 10:59:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 7, 2014 | Vadim Matveyev
    Designers competing to create an aircraft that could directly support troops on the battlefield were hampered by the weight of the ‘flying tank’, low air speed and flimsy protection. The Il-2 was the answer to these challenges. One of the key lessons of the First World War was that the airplane had a crucial role to play in effective military campaigns in the new era. With this in mind, in the 1920s and 1930s Europe’s leading nations expended significant efforts and resources on developing new aircraft that could be used to provide support for infantry and tanks. The Soviet Union...
  • Australian Super Hornet refuels over Iraq

    10/07/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 41 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 10/5/2014 | ADF: Sgt Hamish Paterson
    Great pic, but begs some questions. Doesn't this look a bit too close for comfort, or is it not as close as it appears? Who would be flying that close to a refueling op, and why? The cockpit frame visible in the lower righthand corner suggests that it's not the other Aussie 18E/F that has flown thus far.
  • Arab and European jets responsible for just 10 per cent of air strikes against Isil

    10/07/2014 7:00:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arab and other allied countries have carried out only around 10 per cent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since early August, US defence officials said on Monday. US warplanes have conducted 1,768 air strikes since August 8, while other coalition aircraft have carried about 195 air raids against the IS jihadists, defence officials said, citing a tally through to Sunday. The numbers, which for the first time shed light on the participation of Arab coalition partners, reflect the dominant role of the US military in the air campaign. But Pentagon...
  • How Effective Is China's New Anti-Stealth Radar System, Really?

    10/06/2014 11:25:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 06, 2014 | Ankit Panda
    Chinese sources claim that the DWL002 passive radar system will render the F-22 and F-35 “obsolete.” According to recent reports in the Chinese media, China is betting that its new DWL002 passive detection radar system will grant its armed forces a massive boost in countering the United States’ advanced stealth fighters. According to a report in Defense News, Chinese sources claim that the radar will render systems like the advanced F-22 fighter and the upcoming F-35 “obsolete” — a strong claim to be sure. The DWL002 came to light in recent years and has been pitched by Chinese sources repeatedly...
  • Iron Dome, the star of the Gaza war, proves a tough sell abroad

    10/06/2014 7:56:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 6, 2014
    The Iron Dome has only sold to one foreign country, whose identity is being kept secret by both sides. Normally, an advanced new weapon system with a battle-proven success rate of 90 percent would have global defense procurement agencies on the phone in minutes. But Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor is yet to prove a hit with buyers abroad. In terms of operational achievement, tested on the Gaza, Lebanese and Egyptian Sinai fronts, Iron Dome is unrivaled in the arms market. However its uniqueness - developed for a particular threat in a particular place - also limits its appeal to...
  • MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile Production Started and Program is Progressing Well

    10/06/2014 4:45:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 06 October 2014
    As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition had the chance to visit the MBDA site of Selles Saint Denis last week. This “missile factory” is the European Missile Integration Center. During our tour, we got the chance to see the production lines of the Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, Mica and Aster anti-air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles. But the highlight of the visit was by far when MBDA showed us two freshly assembled Naval Cruise Missile (NCM or MdCN in French). NCM Programme The ability to strike strategic and military targets with exceptional precision from extended stand-off...
  • Russian fleet to receive secret new cruise missile

    10/05/2014 10:55:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Russia Beyond The Headlines ^ | 10/04/2014 | Alexey Ramm
    The rocket, the technical characteristics of which remain classified, has passed state testing and will soon enter into the service of Russia’s armed forces. Military experts speculate that it could be a completely new development by Russian designers, as well as a product upgrade based on a rocket already in use such as the Yakhont (“Ruby”) In September 2014, state testing was completed on Russia’s newest cruise missile, which has been developed by NPO Mashinostroyenia, part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation. According to the general director of NPO Mashinostroyenia, Alexander Leonov, the new missile was designed for the Russian Navy...
  • Russian Mi-17 Helicopter ‘Game Changer’ for Afghan Forces: US General

    10/03/2014 9:04:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 03/10/2014
    WASHINGTON, October 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Mi-17 helicopter has been a "game changer" in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents, the United States Army general in charge of American operations and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said. "I think they (Mi-17) have been a force multiplier for the special operating forces and for the conventional forces, the army and the police, they have been mostly moving forces and providing resupply," US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told a gathering of reporters inside the Pentagon briefing room Thursday. "I think that...
  • Russian Su-27 Flanker performs dangerous intercept putting itself within 10 meters of Swedish plane

    10/02/2014 6:37:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 02 2014 | David Cenciotti
    One again, Russian Su-27s have been involved in a dangerous close encounter with a plane they have intercepted. The Swedish Air Force operates a pair of Gulfstream IVSP aircraft, known in Swedish service as S102B Korpen, used for ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) purposes. The aircraft, based on the American Gulfstream business jet but equipped with eavesdropping sensors, conduct surveillance missions in the Baltic Sea. According to Swedish Air Force officials, during those sorties, the Korpens fly in international airspace, with their transponders turned on, and regularly transmit their position to the relevant civilian air traffic control agency, both domestic and, if...
  • Sikorsky's New Attack Helicopter Is The Most Badass Helo In Recent Time (S-97 unveiled)

    10/02/2014 4:08:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Gawker Media ^ | October 3, 2013 | Jesus Diaz
    The S-97 Raider-Sikorsky new attack helicopter-is out and it is not only gorgeous. It's absolutely badass. It is based in the same technology as their X2 technology demonstrator, which broke the world helicopter speed record in 2010: 260 knots-that's 299.2mph vs the 172mph of conventional helicopters. According to Sikorsky's Mike Miller, it "is an all-new helicopter, all-new configuration. We haven't seen something this new in 30 years." The Raider uses counter-rotating rotor blades with a push propeller on the tail. This unique combination allows it to pulverize all speed records. Obviously, its weight is limited. This thing will not have...
  • Etihad Airlines’ Luxury Suite in the Sky (With your own gourmet chef, too.)

    10/02/2014 11:30:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 56 replies
    AIRSPACEMAG.COM ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 | Zach Rosenberg
    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, already has among the most lavish first-class cabins in the business, and it’s about to step up its game another notch. The airline will soon take delivery of ten double-decker Airbus A380s with a new twist: in addition to the usual luxurious first class service, passengers will be able to book “The Residence,” an immaculately outfitted three-room suite, featuring a chilled minibar stocked with fine wines, a dedicated bathroom with a shower—and best of all, trained butlers serving chef-cooked gourmet meals. It’s the kind of luxury one would expect only...
  • ‘Eurofighter too complex for its missions’ (Pierre Sprey)

    10/02/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 02, 2014
    Eurofighter Typhoon is large, expensive, relatively unmaneuverable, and hard to maintain to get many sorties per week, Pierre Sprey, designer of the F-16, F-15, and defense analyst, told RT. The German Air Force has uncovered serious manufacturing defects in the fuselage of the Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter jet. The jet is not ready for armed conflict, according to the German Defense Ministry which ordered to reduce annual flying hours for each aircraft due to the fuselage possibly becoming unstable. RT: Defense contractors are reportedly eyeing lucrative contracts now that the military campaign in Iraq and Syria has been launched. Do...
  • Israel casts doubt on Egyptian MiG-35 discussions

    10/02/2014 5:25:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | ARIE EGOZI
    Israeli intelligence experts have expressed doubts about the viability of ongoing negotiations for a possible sale of Russian RAC MiG-35 fighters to Egypt. Speaking in late September, RAC MiG general director Sergei Korotkov said he was planning to travel to Egypt in October for talks on a proposed deal. Egyptian military personnel visited the MiG-35 production site recently, and the nation has previously been reported as interested in acquiring 24 of the type. The Russian corporation has expressed hopes that the negotiations will result in a deal, but added that the situation will be clearer after the planned talks in...
  • Brimstone: British missile envied by the US for war on Isil

    10/01/2014 9:29:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2014 | Ben Farmer
    America was keen for Britain to join air strikes against Isil because of its unique Brimstone missile, according to Whitehall sources Tornado GR4s have fired at least five of the missiles to destroy heavily armed Isil pickup trucks Photo: MBDA Missile Systems When the United States asked the RAF to join air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), Pentagon commanders had one particular weapon they wanted the British to bring. American defence chiefs had already seen the formidable Brimstone missile at work in Libya during the 2011 campaign against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and wanted...
  • Boeing VP rips Congress over Ex-Im Bank

    10/01/2014 4:06:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    A top Boeing official criticized Congress on Tuesday for failing to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. He also argued that an extension of the Bank’s charter until next summer leaves supporters in a worse position than they were in before. “Mostly far-right political consultants, think tanks and congressmen banded together in a fit of ideological road rage to kill the bank,” Boeing senior vice president Timothy Keating said in prepared remarks at an aerospace conference in Everett, Wash. “The temporary extension recently enacted in many respects leaves us worse off than before,” Keating continued. “The extension is...
  • Eurofighter has manufacturing fault: Germany

    10/01/2014 6:14:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    (MENAFN - AFP) A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets. The news was another blow to the troubled and costly Eurofighter programme -- and raised concerns over the use of the planes. According to Germany's defence ministry, the defect discovered was in the rear fuselage of the twin-engine multirole fighter. As a result, Berlin has decided to cut the time its Eurofighters spend in the air each year in half, from 3,000 hours to 1,500 hours. The news website Spiegel Online reported that, in...
  • These may be the only F-22’s Achilles’ heels in a dogfight against 4th gen fighter jets

    09/30/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dario Leone
    Considered almost unbeatable in the air-to-air role, the F-22 successfully debuted in combat, taking part in air strikes against ISIS targets. But what if the F-22 found a 4th Gen. opponent? Even though we donÂ’t know much details about them, missions flown by the F-22 Raptor over Syria marked the combat debut of the stealth jet. As already explained, the radar-evading planes conducted air strikes against ISIS ground targets, in what (considering the 5th Generation planeÂ’s capabilities) were probably Swing Role missions: the stealth jets flew ahead of the rest of the strike package to cover the other attack planes,...
  • Canadians will likely have to pay millions of dollars to upgrade CF-18 fighter jets — again

    09/30/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | September 28, 2014 | Lee Berthiaume
    Canadian taxpayers will likely be on the hook for millions of dollars to keep the country’s aged CF18 fighter jets flying into the next decade because of delays in finding a replacement aircraft, secret documents show. The revelation represents the latest wrinkle in what has become one of the most troubled military procurement projects in Canadian history, which continues to sit in limbo as the countdown to next year’s election begins. The backbone of Canada’s air force, the CF18s were purchased in the early 1980s with the idea they would be retired in 2003. Instead, $2.6 billion was spent on...
  • Boeing to shift some defense work out of Washington state

    09/29/2014 4:57:09 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | By Andrea Shalal and Alwyn Scott
    Boeing on Monday said it would move most of its defense services and support work out of Washington state to other U.S. cities, affecting the jobs of about 2,000 of its 5,200 defense employees in the Puget Sound region. The changes are part of ongoing efforts by Boeing to streamline its defense business, and will not affect its P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs. Both of those programs are based on commercial jetliners made in the area. The transition could take three years to complete. Boeing would shift as many affected workers as possible to the company's...
  • Saab offers #MakeinIndia plan for the Gripen

    09/29/2014 3:20:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | September 26, 2014
    Saab's Lars-Olof Lindgren says his company has been quietly working on a plan to build the Gripen in India and has already done a lot of the homework for it. The Swedish defense and aviation company Saab has offered to make its Gripen fighter in India. Chairman of Saab India, Lars-Olof Lindgren told StratPost about his company’s intention to offer the aircraft for production in India. This comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun a campaign to encourage manufacturing industry, particularly foreign companies, to ‘Make in India’. “We are prepared to set up a joint venture...
  • Russia, Egypt to discus MiG-35 fighter jets deal in October: Agency

    09/29/2014 11:19:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | 29 Sep 2014
    Deal with Russia comes amid speculation that Egypt may be reducing its military cooperation with the United States Russia plans to hold talks in Egypt next month over the latter’s planned purchase of MiG-35 fighter jets, reported Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Monday. “They [Egyptian representatives] visited our corporation. We hope that we will be invited to technical talks next month,” Director-General of Russia’s Aircraft Corporation MiG Sergei Korotkov said. The deal, which is reportedly worth LE21 billion ($3 billion), was reported in February amid suggestions Egypt is aiming to reduce its military cooperation with the US, whose ties with...
  • The Aircraft That Inspired the A-10

    09/29/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 29, 2014 | Michael Peck
    It’s a good thing that the Air Force generals who want to retire the beloved A-10 Warthog were not around 70 years ago. If they were, Josef Stalin might have had them shot. The Soviet dictator loved the A-10 of his day, otherwise known as the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik. “They are as essential to the Red Army as bread and water,” he said. It is the Sturmovik, along with the German Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, that fathered the A-10. “The World War II close air support successes of both the Stuka and the Sturmovik had a major—and inspiring—influence in convincing...
  • Looks Like China’s Sending a Stealth Fighter to Sea

    09/28/2014 9:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 9/27/2014 | David Axe
    J-31 mock-up appears on carrier deck A full-scale model of China’s J-31 stealth fighter prototype has appeared on the flight deck of the Chinese navy’s aircraft carrier mock-up, fueling speculation that the radar-evading jet could become part of China’s carrier air wing. If so, China would enter the race alongside the United States to be the first to deploy a stealth jet on a flattop. The U.S. Navy is struggling to develop the F-35C stealth fighter to fly from the American fleet’s 10 large carriers starting no earlier than late 2018. China often builds mock-ups of its new warships on...
  • US, Poland accelerate F-16’s Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles deal amid Russia tensions

    09/26/2014 8:43:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 26 2014 | Jacek Siminski
    In August last year we analyzed the reasons for the possible Polish purchase of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles (JASSM). Now, in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, a contextual change has occurred and the deal seems to be closed-up soon.Nevertheless, there are still some unaswered questions. The latest development about the Polish air-launched cruise missiles deal started with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) and the US State Department giving consent for the Polish procurement of the JASSMs in their AGM-158A variant, along with a modernization bundle for the Polish Air ForceÂ’s F-16C/D Block 52+ jet...
  • Exclusive - India eyes Sikorsky helicopter, other big U.S. arms buys

    09/26/2014 8:32:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM
    (Reuters) - In a boost to U.S. weapons makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft's S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1 billion. The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that starts on Friday. The Sikorsky deal would be one of several large U.S. arms purchases by India that are nearing completion, including over $2.5 billion in orders for Boeing Co's AH-64D Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, declined...
  • Denel Reveals Progress With Marlin, Darter, Raptor Missiles (South Africa)

    09/26/2014 8:25:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    AIN Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 | DAVID DONALD
    During last week’s African Aerospace and Defence show in South Africa Denel Dynamics revealed that the Marlin active radar-guided missile will undertake its first flight test early next year. This will be a ground-launched ballistic trial at the Overberg Test Range to examine the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful completion of this phase will lead to programmed tests of the missile’s guidance systems, before closed-loop guidance tests are undertaken, in which the seeker controls the guidance system. In the meantime, the seeker will undergo ground-based fly-over and captive-carry tests. Marlin is being developed to a South African DoD/Armscor contract for...
  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Jensen Werley
    The first A29 Super Tucano manufactured in the United States made its debut today in a ceremony at the Embraer facility at Jacksonville International Airport. The light air support defense plane, contracted by the U.S. Air Force from Sierra Nevada Corp. and built by Brazilian-based Embraer, has passed its military certifications and was officially approved for use by the Air Force. The Afghan National Army for light air support will eventually use the plane. "The capability speaks for itself," said Taco Gilbert, vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. "It's gotten its air worthiness approval, which is a stamp of...
  • India Weighing Nuclear Powered Carrier

    09/25/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 24, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    n artist’s conception of INS Vikrant, India’s first domestically-built carrier India is weighing constructing its second carrier with nuclear power. Indian Navy Image India is considering powering its second domestically built aircraft carrier with a nuclear propulsion plant, according to a Tuesday report by news agency Press Trust of India. The design of the carrier is ongoing and nuclear power is still an option for the carrier, said Director General of Naval Design Bureau, Rear Admiral Atul Saxena, in response to questions from reporters. India’s first domestically built carrier — the 40,000-ton INS Vikrant currently under construction in Cochin Shipyard...
  • Some Aircraft Get All the Luck (and Money) And some run out of both

    09/25/2014 8:29:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | OCTOBER 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    (Harry Whitver) A few months ago, I was in Fort Worth, Texas, reporting on BAE Systems’ project to modernize South Korea’s F-16s. I’d known the project’s leader, John Bean, in an earlier job, and on one of his shelves was a memento of that era—a model of a desert-camouflaged airplane that was clearly an F-16 but with a longer body, no horizontal stabilizer, and big delta wings. I first met Bean in 1994, when Lockheed had just bought General Dynamics’ Fort Worth unit (which made the F-16) and was in the process of merging with Martin. His team was working...
  • Tornado could fly on into 2030s, partners say

    09/24/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | September 24, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Europe’s Panavia Tornado will remain in use as a relevant frontline asset for more than another 10 years, according to its programme partners, even though one of its main operators does not plan to retain the type beyond the end of the decade. The multinational effort that led to the Tornado’s creation began in 1969, and partner nations Germany, Italy and the UK on 16 September formally marked the 40th anniversary of the variable geometry design’s first flight. Also present were senior representatives from the Royal Saudi Air Force: the only export customer to have introduced the model. Staged at...
  • South Korea Formally Announces Intent to Buy 40 Lockheed Fighter Jets

    09/24/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 24, 2014 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea formally announced on Wednesday that it would buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a deal that includes transfers of technology for the development of the country’s own advanced fighter jet. South Korea picked Lockheed Martin’s F-35A as the sole choice for its air force’s new fighter jet in November and has since been negotiating the terms of the deal. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Han Min-koo called a meeting of top military procurement officials to approve the purchase, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a news release....
  • Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

    09/23/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 22, 2014 | YUKIO TAJIMA and YOSHIFUMI UESAKA
    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy. The project will start in earnest in fiscal 2015, with work on a prototype engine and assessments of the aircraft's stealth capabilities. The outlook for the costly undertaking is murky, however, given that the U.S. has never supported Japan's efforts to develop a fighter on...
  • Ministry eyes Japan-made AEW aircraft

    09/22/2014 12:43:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan ^ | September 21, 2014
    The Defense Ministry is set to start research aimed at domestically manufacturing early-warning aircraft for the first time, with the aim of increasing surveillance on possible incursions into the nation’s territorial airspace, according to ministry sources. The move is part of an effort to boost the ministry’s preparedness to deal with the increasingly severe security environment in areas surrounding this nation, largely due to China’s increasing military spending in recent years. The ministry will seek to build the country’s first domestically produced early-warning plane by the mid-2020s, hoping to see it replace the aging U.S.-made aircraft model currently used by...
  • Reno Crowd Agrees: “Best Race I Ever Saw!” (w/video)

    09/21/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Linda Shiner
    At the end of the closest race in the 51-year history of the National Championship Air Races, seven-time race champion Tiger Destefani came within a spinner’s length of stealing first place from rival and one-time protégé Steve Hinton. The photo finish ... came at the end of Saturday’s Unlimited Gold Race, run to determine positions for the final championship event the following day, Sunday, September 14. After flying a high course for all eight laps, Destefani, in the red-and-white Mustang Strega—which Destefani owns and Hinton flew to four straight Gold wins beginning in 2009—traded altitude for speed and plunged toward...
  • Israeli Navy Sa'ar 5 class corvettes fitted with IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR multifunction AESA radar

    09/20/2014 12:08:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 September 2014
    Pictures have emerged showing the Israeli Navy corvette Eliat (first ship of the Sa'ar 5 class) fitted for the first time with the new AESA radar MF-STAR by IAI. The MF-STAR - Multi-Function Surveillance, Track and Guidance Radar was fitted as part of an upgrade program for the 3 vessels of the class. Saar 5 class corvette Eilat fitted with the new IAI Elta EL / M-2248 MF-STAR (forward mast) The three Sa'ar 5 corvettes were built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in the USA for the Israeli Navy, based on an Israeli design. They are the largest surface warships in...
  • Poland looks to arm F-16 fleet with missiles under $500 million deal with Lockheed

    09/19/2014 12:43:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jill R. Aitoro
    The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $500 million foreign military sale to deliver Lockheed Martin Corp. missiles for Poland’s fleet of F-16 fighters. Poland is asking for 40 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, which are designed to cruise autonomously using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to find and destroy targets, keeping aircrews well out of danger from air defense systems. Also part of the contract would be upgrades to the F-16 aircraft for JASSM integration and support. Poland continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe, and the sale would improve...
  • The F-35's X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

    09/19/2014 11:21:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the most 'popular' features on the controversial F-35 is the jet's Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot's helmet and to the jet's mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won't stop there. DAS accomplishes its unique task via a constellation of electro-optical cameras installed around the F-35, each staring in a separate direction. Then, a powerful computer processor "stitches" these video images together to create a continuous viewable video "sphere." When the DAS imagery is paired with...