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  • Trump says Boeing, Singapore aircraft deal means US jobs

    10/23/2017 4:55:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    AP ^ | October 23, 2017
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Singapore’s purchase of nearly $14 billion worth of Boeing aircraft will create 70,000 jobs in the U.S. Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong signed paperwork at the White House on Monday as the country’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and Trump looked on. Lee is at the White House for talks with Trump. The agreement includes 39 airplanes: 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s. Singapore Airlines also has options for 12 more planes. The order was previously reported to an unidentified customer.
  • Boeing, Saab compete to win S. Korea's maritime patrol aircraft deal

    10/21/2017 6:38:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 2017/10/22
    SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. and Saab of Sweden are vying to win South Korea's next maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) contract, military sources here said Sunday. Military officials at this year's Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) being held in Seongnam, just south of the capital city, said the two companies have respectively proposed the P-8A Poseidon and Swordfish as candidates for the contract. The planes can allow South Korea to better counter North Korea's growing underwater threat that may include submarines with the capability to launch ballistic missile. South Korea's Navy said that...
  • India Might Finally Terminate Their Stealth Fighter Program With Russia

    10/20/2017 8:28:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A new report by Defense News states that India is extremely unhappy with Russia's supposed 5th generation fighter—better known as the T-50, or by its new production name the Su-57—that will act as the base for the sputtering FGFA cooperative fighter program between the two countries. The news comes after years of squabbling over the program, usually characterized by credible reports of the Indian Air Force's dismay with the qualities of the Russian aircraft. Now it seems as if the Indians want out of the program—which aimed for at least a 108 airframe production run—once and for all. Such a...
  • Boeing Might Include Stealthy Features on Overhauled US Navy Super Hornets

    10/19/2017 8:30:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 19, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Boeing has disclosed that the expected service life extension program for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornets could include stealth features and improved avionics and mission systems in addition to a more general airframe overhaul. This more comprehensive update would not only keep the aircraft safely flying at least until 2040, but could potentially make them a capable, but low-cost alternative in many scenarios compared to the service’s up-coming F-35C Joint Strike Fighters or any future sixth generation design. On Oct. 17, 2017, Mark Sears, director of Boeing’s Super Hornet service life modification (SLM) division, told Aviation Week that the...
  • SOUTH AFRICA BUILDS A NEW MISSILE

    10/18/2017 9:27:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    defenceWeb ^ | 2017-10-15 | Guy Martin
    The Denel Dynamics Marlin missile is at an advanced stage of development, with test flights of the 100 km range radar-guided weapon having already been carried out. Marlin is a radar-guided beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile technology demonstrator and the intention is to also use Marlin technology in an all-weather surface-to-air version. It is being developed by Denel Dynamics under an Armscor/Department of Defence technology demonstrator contract. According to Ivan Gibbons, Chief systems engineer at Denel Dynamics, various tests have been carried out, such as rocket motor firings and firing of a largely complete missile from the Denel Overberg...
  • The F-35 Rumor Mill Is Spinning After Israeli Counter Strike On Syrian SAM Site

    10/18/2017 5:44:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 17, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A day after Israel's counter attack on a Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile site we are learning more about the incident, and unfortunately, some questionable outlets and commentators are spreading rumors that imply one of Israel's F-35Is was the aircraft targeted by Syrian missiliers, and that the aircraft was damaged in the attack. It appears that the first sortie put "more than one" aircraft “within the effective range” of the Syrian SA-5 missile that fired at the flight according to an Israeli Defense Forces spokesman. The engagement supposedly occurred at around 9AM local time. It remains unclear the exact mix of...
  • The Air Force Just Bought 100 Stealth Fighters That Can’t Fight

    10/16/2017 7:03:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 86 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.15.17 | DAVID AXE
    The U.S. military has signaled that it might cancel essential upgrades for more than 100 early model F-35 stealth fighters flown by the Air Force, rendering the radar-evading jets incompatible with many of the latest weapons. In that case, some 6 percent of the flying branch’s planned 1,700-strong F-35 fleet would be unfit for combat, sticking U.S. taxpayers with a $20 billion tab for fighters... that can’t fight. Experts say the military never should have bought the planes the first place, as they rolled out of Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth factory before the F-35’s design was complete and thoroughly tested—a...
  • The CH-53's Dark Present But Bright Future On This The Chopper's 53rd Birthday

    10/15/2017 11:19:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The massive Sikorsky CH-53 turns 53 today. It's pretty amazing to think that the "Stallion" took its first flight on October 14th, 1964 and the type is now entering its third major iteration in the form of the immensely powerful CH-53K King Stallion. As they say, the only thing that can replace a CH-53 is a better CH-53! This is something Israel seems to have recently learned in a very hands-on fashion. SIKORSKY ARCHIVES First flight of the YCH-53A on October 14th, 1964. Our friends at Flightglobal.com report that the Israeli Air Force has halted its evaluation of the MV-22...
  • Top British pilot hoping to be the first to fly off HMS Queen Elizabeth says he is 'exhilarated ...

    10/14/2017 8:24:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 14 October 2017 | Charlie Moore
    This proud RAF pilot is hoping to be the first to fly an F-35 fighter jet off HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's brand new aircraft carrier. Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, one of Britain's top airmen, is currently testing our 11 new F-35s in the United States ahead of their sea trials on the warship next year. In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the 37-year-old father of three said he is 'exhilarated by every flight' in the 1,200mph attack planes equipped with bombs and heat-seeking missiles. 'She's marvellous,' Edgell said of the F-35 from the air base in Maryland where the testing...
  • Navy 'Sniper': What's So Special About Russia's New Ka-52K Katran Attack Chopper

    10/14/2017 3:37:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 13.10.2017 | Andrei Kotz
    Russian Helicopters corporation has confirmed that the Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter remains the company's priority project for the Russian Navy, given that it is much better suited to Navy tasks than its Mi-28N and Ka-52 cousins. Military observer Andrei Kotz explains what's so special about the chopper. The Ka-52K, the naval variant of the Kamov Ka-52 Aligator assault helicopter, was originally designed for use aboard the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry in 2010. The compact ship-borne chopper design features folding rotor blades and wings, a specialized life-support system (including immersion suits for crew), and advanced...
  • JSF in the mix for UAE (search for next-generation fighter)

    10/09/2017 5:11:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 9 October 2017 | Jon Lake
    The UAE has evaluated a number of fighter aircraft including the Dassault Rafale, Boeing’s Advanced Super Hornet and Advanced F-15 and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Emirati attention now seems to have switched back to the Advanced F-15, already entering service with the Royal Saudi Air Force as the F-15SA and now ordered by Qatar as the F-15QA. These orders promise to keep the F-15 production line out to 2022. Following a meeting between US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, reports emerged...
  • US Launching Spy Satellite Early Friday: Watch It Live

    10/05/2017 5:23:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 5, 2017 07:08am ET | Mike Wall,
    The NROL-52 satellite is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:03 a.m. EDT (0803 GMT). You can watch it live here at Space.com beginning at 3:43 a.m. EDT (0743 GMT), courtesy of ULA. The mission was originally scheduled to lift off Thursday morning (Oct. 5), but unacceptable wins prevented launch, ULA representatives said. You can also follow the action live directly at ULA's website: http://www.ulalaunch.com
  • Inuit call for halt on satellite launch over rocket's toxic fuel fears

    10/07/2017 6:58:54 AM PDT · by jerod · 12 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Oct 06, 2017 8:08 PM CT | Nick Murray
    Inuit are calling on the Canadian and Danish governments to step in and halt an international satellite launch next week, over fears the rocket's debris risks contaminating an ecological haven in the High Arctic. On Thursday, the European Space Agency and the Netherlands Space Office are launching the Sentinel-5P satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Its mission is to monitor air pollution and climate change.... ...On Friday, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna released a statement condemning Russia, although it's not clear what involvement the Russian government has in this launch, other than operating the launch pad and having sold...
  • The B-21's Three Decade Old Shape Hints At New High Altitude Capabilities

    10/07/2017 6:42:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Detailed information on the B-21 Raider is still scarce to say the least, but for over a year and a half we have had a rendering supposedly depicting the multi-role strategic stealth platform's basic shape and features. Recently, other simple planform renderings have trickled out from the marketing department of the stealth bomber's manufacturer, Northrop Grumman. Although there can be no doubt that the aircraft will feature a whole slew of cutting edge technologies, will be constructed using the latest manufacturing techniques, and will be covered in the most advanced radar absorbent coatings, the general configuration of the aircraft doesn't...
  • I was a U.S. 'Hornet Admiral'—and I'm worried about Canada's air force capability

    10/06/2017 9:08:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | October 5, 2017 | Admiral Bill Gortney
    When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reopened the competition to select a fighter to replace the CF-18, two questions were raised from that decision, one with long-term implications, and one with immediate consequences. The first: when will the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter force be complete? The second: what will the RCAF do to mitigate the so-called capability gap (Canada’s current fleet is more than 30 years old, and down from 138 to 77 aircraft) to have a certain number of the most capable fighter jets mission-ready at all times and to ensure the capacity to address...
  • MiG-29 multirole frontline fighter sends its might to new heights

    10/06/2017 10:38:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass ^ | October 06, 2017
    © Bogdan Rudenko/Russian Defense Ministry MOSCOW, October 6. /TASS/. The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-29 multirole frontline fighter jet took to the skies forty years ago, on October 6, 1977. History, designing The development of fourth-generation fighter jets started in the Soviet Union and in the United States in the late 1960s. As compared to their predecessors, the Soviet MiG-23, the US F-5 Tiger and the French Mirage F.1, the new-generation planes were intended to become multifunctional (i.e. to be able to destroy targets both in the air and on the ground), show increased maneuverability and spend less fuel,...
  • Ultra-Light Aluminum Eyed for Applications in Electronics, Medicine, Spaceflight

    10/05/2017 7:21:36 AM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
    Design News ^ | September 28, 2017 | Elizabeth Montalbano
    Researchers create method to develop aluminum that’s lighter than water and could have applications in electronics, medicine, and spaceflight. While people don’t think of aluminum as particularly heavy metal, it’s denser than one thinks in its conventional form—heavier even than water. Now researchers in the United States and Russia have developed a theoretical model for creating aluminum that’s even lighter than water, which could give this type of metal unprecedented applications for use in electronics, medicine, and spaceflight. A graphic shows the model for a new type of ultra-lightweight aluminum designed by researchers at the University of Utah and Southern...
  • At Hearing, Dunford Highlights Plans for Afghan Black Hawk Gunship Variant

    10/03/2017 9:06:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 3, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    After a visit to Afghanistan, which saw a particularly brazen Taliban attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford went to Capitol Hill to talk to Senators about the state of America’s longest war. Among other things, America’s top uniformed military officer discussed efforts to improve the capability of Afghanistan’s military, specifically noting plans to deliver a gunship version of the UH-60 Black Hawk to the country’s air force. On Sept. 18, 2017, two UH-60A+ Black Hawks, the first of nearly...
  • Russian Il-76 “Candid” Modified To Support Special Operations Conducts Flight Test Over ...

    10/03/2017 8:53:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2017 | David Cenciotti
    A really interesting aircraft was spotted conducting flight testing over the Black Sea on Sept. 26, 2017: the Il-76MD-90A “78650”, the first “Candid” modified to carry out special operations. According to the Russian media outlet “Izvestia” the example “78650” is a flying testbed for a heavily modified Il-76MD-90A variant equipped with “unique on-board radio-electronic systems that would allow the aircraft to stealthily deliver paratroopers and special forces behind the enemy lines, remaining invisible and invulnerable to the enemy.” How the aircraft can evade radars and remain invisible is unclear, anyway, the experimental Candid can be distinguished from the baseline IL-76MD-90A...
  • US approves sale of 3,900 SDB IIs for Australia F-35s

    10/03/2017 8:40:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | October 04, 2017 | GREG WALDRON
    The US State Department has approved the sale of 3,900 Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bombs Increment II (SDB II) weapons to Australia for use with its Lockheed Martin F-35As. The $815 million Foreign Military Sale package includes the 3,900 weapons, test equipment, training equipment, and other support, says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on its web site. "The proposed sale of SDB II supports and complements the ongoing sale of the F-35A to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)," says the DSCA. "This capability will strengthen combined operations, particularly air to ground strike missions in all-weather conditions, and increase interoperability...