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  • Foreign Jet-Fighter Makers Woo India

    09/24/2016 6:26:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2016 | Daniel Stacey
    NEW DELHI—India is being offered blueprints to advanced combat aircraft by the world’s aerospace companies, a move unthinkable even a decade ago, as New Delhi gets ready to place another multibillion-dollar air force order. India’s aging military jet fleet desperately needs an upgrade, which analysts say may spur it to place an order worth more than $10 billion in the next year. Hoping for an edge, and encouraged by a recent law that allows 100% foreign ownership of local defense firms, jet-fighter makers such as Lockheed Martin Corp. , Boeing Co. and Saab AB are rushing in with offers to...
  • South Africa’s AHRLAC Advances Toward Production (new aircraft)

    09/22/2016 10:21:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AINonline ^ | September 22, 2016 | David Donald
    With at least two launch customers signed up, the South African AHRLAC (Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light AirCraft) is scheduled to enter production next year. Unveiled at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show at Waterkloof in 2014, the prototype AHRLAC (ZU-XDM) returned to the 2016 show last week with more than 250 hours of flight test accomplished. AHRLAC Holdings is producing the aircraft; the Paramount Group is a major shareholder in this company. The PT-6A-powered aircraft has undertaken four deployments to the border and to Botswana to conduct operationally representative trials, including landing on a range of surfaces such as...
  • Airbus scoffs, Boeing crows as WTO slams EU for failing to address illegal subsidies

    09/22/2016 4:53:46 PM PDT · by djwright · 4 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 22, 2016 at 7:35 am | Dominic Gates
    A World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel ruled Thursday that the European Union has fallen dramatically short of remedying the harm to Boeing from illegal subsidies to Airbus. The decision opens a path for the U.S. to implement trade sanctions against the EU — potentially imposing billions of dollars in tariffs on its goods or services.
  • Air Force Identified U-2 Pilot Who Died in Crash

    09/22/2016 12:10:03 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 20 replies
    Air Force Link ^ | 9/22/2016 | Beale AFB Public Affairs
    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- The pilot who was killed when a U-2 crashed shortly after takeoff Sept. 20 has been identified as Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie, according to Air Force officials. Eadie, assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, and another pilot ejected from the two-seater reconnaissance aircraft before it crashed at about 9:05 a.m. near the Sutter Buttes mountain range in northern California. The other pilot, who was not identified, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and is in good condition at a local medical facility. The U-2 was assigned to the 1st RS at Beale...
  • The Guard at NATO’s Northern Gate (Norwegian Air Force)

    09/22/2016 12:25:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Carl A. Posey
    Some nights, sitting at a table in a hotel restaurant 17 stories above the Bodř quay, you may see what looks like a spark rise from the Norwegian coast and fly off into the night. Another follows, then both wink out in the distance. They are F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) stationed here in Bodř [pronounced “BO-deh”], either on a training flight or scrambled to intercept an aerial visitor, probably a Russian one, skirting Norwegian airspace. Though the conversation around the restaurant is mostly in Norwegian, you also hear diners chatting in English, a good deal of...
  • The Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time

    09/21/2016 8:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 21, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Over the last century of military aviation, several fighters have earned the nickname “flying coffin.” Military aviation inherently pushes up against the limits of technology and human endurance, particularly where fighter and pursuit aviation are concerned. Flying a fighter is remarkably dangerous, even when no one is trying to shoot you down. Engineering a capable fighter plane is also a struggle. Relatively small changes in engine, armament and airframe design can transform a clunker into an elite fighting machine. Many of the best fighters in history were initially viewed askance by their pilots.
  • The Mexican Air Force No Longer Has Any Fighter Aircraft In Its Inventory

    09/21/2016 5:18:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Mexican Air Force has quietly retired its tiny fleet of just eight Northrop F-5E and two F-5F Tiger IIs. These aircraft represented Mexico’s entire fighter force and there seems to be no replacement in the works for them at this point in time. Mexico purchased 12 Tiger IIs from Northrop in 1982 via a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program dubbed Peace Aztec. Before the deal was inked, Mexico experienced a turbulent decade trying to purchase a new light fighter. After the US rejected an initial sale of F-5E/Fs to to the country in the early 1970s, the US...
  • 1 pilot killed, 1 hurt in U-2 plane crash in Sutter Buttes (N. Calif.-Beale AFB)

    09/21/2016 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Drago · 22 replies
    KCRA-TV - Sacramento ^ | 09/20/2016 | Sarah Heise
    SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —One pilot was killed and a second pilot was hurt after ejecting from a U-2 plane out of Beale Air Force Based that crashed into the Sutter Buttes in Sutter County, Beale AFB officials confirmed...
  • (T)HE NEXT GENERATION OF CHINA'S CARRIER BORNE FIGHTER, THE FLYING SHARK, TAKES TO THE SKIES

    09/20/2016 5:18:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    New imagery shows that the China's carrier borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just China's engine making but overall carrier fleet. Chinese Military Aviation The Original Article The initial J-15s, derived from the Soviet Su-33, had lighter landing gears (see the nosewheel) and Russian made AL-31 turbofan engines. The J-15 is derived from the Russian Su-33 (itself developed from the Su-27 fighter), is currently in limited production by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Chinese Internet J-15A The...
  • Air Force Unveils Name of Future Stealth Bomber as B-21 'Raider'

    09/19/2016 8:11:21 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 29 replies
    Military.com ^ | 09/19/2016 | Oriana Pawlyk
    <p>Air Force Unveils Name of Future Stealth Bomber as B-21 'Raider'.</p> <p>AFA 2016 B-21 Naming Ceremony Raider was selected as the name of the Long Range Strike-Bomber, or LRS-B, by leaders after the service launched a survey of service members.</p>
  • China’s L-15 Jet Displayed by Zambia In South Africa

    09/16/2016 9:16:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AINonline ^ | September 16, 2016 | David Donald
    The L-15Z advanced trainer is also a light attack aircraft, as shown at AAD with Chinese weapons. (Photo: David Donald) The Zambian air force showed off its new Hongdu L-15Z advanced trainer/light attack aircraft at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held September 14 to 18 at Waterkloof AFB near Pretoria, South Africa. One aircraft was placed on static display while the other took part in the daily airshow. Although the type has made appearances at several Chinese shows, and also at MAKS in Russia, this is believed to be its first showing at a Western event. Zambia ordered...
  • U.S. Air Force grounds F-35 fighters over cooling line problems

    09/16/2016 3:05:10 PM PDT · by Chode · 28 replies
    Reuters/U.S ^ | Fri Sep 16, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    The U.S. Air Force has grounded 13 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A Lightning II aircraft after discovering peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Friday. The disclosure was made less than two months after the Air Force announced that an initial squadron of the F-35A stealth fighters were ready for combat, marking a major milestone for the $379 billion program, the Pentagon's largest weapons project.
  • Boeing challenges Denmark over choice of Lockheed Martin jets

    09/15/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 15, 2016
    Boeing formally challenged a decision by the Danish government to pick Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet over its own Super Hornet, saying on Thursday the choice was based on a "flawed evaluation process". Boeing said it had submitted a request to the country's ministry of defence that would require it to provide all materials related to the procurement evaluation and decision announced in June. "We believe the ministry's evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet," said Boeing vice president Debbie Rub. In May Boeing challenged the Danish government's...
  • With Rafale, A Game-Changer Missile That Puts India Ahead Of China: Exclusive

    09/14/2016 9:55:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    NDTV ^ | September 15, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    NEW DELHI: As India and France get set to sign a Euro 7.87 billion contract for 36 French Rafale fighters, details are emerging on a previously undisclosed part of the deal, which will see India acquiring the Meteor, arguably the world's most advanced air-to-air missile. Sources tracking the final negotiations have confirmed to NDTV that the IAF's Rafales will come equipped with the Meteor designed to knock out enemy aircraft and cruise missiles significantly more than 100 km away. The acquisition of this weapon is likely to be game changer in South Asia. Neither Pakistan nor China, India's traditional military...
  • Boeing rolls out T-X trainer prototype

    09/13/2016 9:50:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    aviation analysis wing ^ | September 13, 2016
    Boeing unveiled the first prototype of its trainer aircraft for U.S. Air Force T-X advanced pilot trainer program co-developed with the Saab. The aircraft was rolled out from Boeing's facility in St.Louis, Missouri were the F/A-18 and F-15 fighters are assembled. The clean sheet design will be offered to replace the 55 year old Northrop Grumman T-38 fleet operated by USAF for pilot training. The aircraft features anhedral wings and tail fin with side mounted engine air intakes. What makes the Boeing's T-X design unique from the other three competitors is the twin canted tail plane. Other competitors in...
  • FA-50 Golden Eagle: The Low-Cost Fighter that Might See Some Serious Combat

    09/12/2016 1:40:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 11, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The newly elected president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has been throwing shade on his country’s recently-acquired—and only—fighter jets, the South Korean FA-50 Golden Eagle. “We only have what, two FA-50s? Why did you buy that?” he remarked [3] in June this year. “What a waste of money. You cannot use them for anti-insurgency, which is the problem at the moment. You can only use these for ceremonial fly-by.” (The Philippine Air Force will have 12 of the supersonic fighters by 2017.) He added: “There’s only one purpose for buying it. To match the airpower . . . At least...
  • 416th FLTS testers meet with Auto GCAS survivor

    09/10/2016 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 11 replies
    Edwards AFB Public Affairs ^ | 9/1/2016 | Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Test pilots and engineers from the 416th Flight Test Squadron had the chance to meet face-to-face with one of the squadron’s success stories Aug. 25. The group met with an allied nation pilot trainee who returned home alive after he experienced a g-force-induced loss of consciousness and his F-16’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System activated, executing a ground-avoidance maneuver, just as the system was designed to do. The 416th tested and proved the F-16’s Auto GCAS. The pilot, whose call sign is Ocho, and his instructor pilot came to Edwards at NASA’s request. Both...
  • F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat

    09/09/2016 10:10:59 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 61 replies
    CENTER FOR DEFENSE INFORMATION AT POGO ^ | September 9, 2016 | By: Dan Grazier & Mandy Smithberger
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns, and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews. Last month the Air Force declared its variant “ready for combat,” and most press reports lauded this as a signal that the program had turned a corner. But a memo issued from the Pentagon’s top testing official, based largely upon the Air Force’s own test data, showed that the Air Force’s declaration was wildly premature. Dr. Michael Gilmore’s latest memorandum is damning. The F-35 program has derailed to the...
  • Elon Musk Asks for Help Solving SpaceX Rocket Explosion

    09/09/2016 1:26:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    Space.com ^ | 09/09/2016 | Calla Cofield
    Musk tweeted about the loss of the Falcon 9 hours after the incident, noting that the explosion appeared to originate "around upper-stage oxygen tank" but the cause was "still unknown." SpaceX provided more updates about the incident on Sept. 2. Then, Musk's account went quiet until about 12:30 a.m. EDT this morning (0030 GMT), when he began tweeting actively about the explosion. "Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years," Musk wrote. "Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines...
  • Air Force investing $12B in F-15s

    09/07/2016 7:55:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 2, 2016 | Zachary Cohen
    (CNN) A $12 billion makeover is underway for the US Air Force's 1980's-era F-15 fighter, a step towards upgrading an air fleet that one military official recently called the "smallest, oldest and least ready" in history. The F-15 has long been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in US history, boasting an undefeated air-to-air combat record with more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane's primary contractor and developer. The Air Force initially planned to replace the entire F-15 fleet with the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, but production of the stealthy aircraft was halted in 2009 and...
  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/05/2016 11:21:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    BBC future ^ | 5 September 2016 | Stephen Dowling
    On 6 September 1976, an aircraft appears out of the clouds near the Japanese city of Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido. It’s a twin-engined jet, but not the kind of short-haul airliner Hakodate is used to seeing. This huge, grey hulk sports the red stars of the Soviet Union. No-one in the West has ever seen one before. The jet lands on Hakodate’s concrete-and-asphalt runway. The runway, it turns out, is not long enough. The jet ploughs through hundreds of feet of earth before it finally comes to rest at the far end of the airport. The pilot...
  • Why China Wants to Put the Gargantuan Antonov An-225 Mriya Back Into Production

    09/05/2016 8:48:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The world’s largest cargo airplanes, all Cold War relics, continue to be in great demand around the globe. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, outsized air cargo charter went from an oddity to a burgeoning cottage industry. The global war on terror, and especially Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, further accelerated its growth, along with an increasingly globalized marketplace that relies on just-in-time manufacturing concepts. So, unless you're the US Air Force, when a 747 freighter can’t carry it, a chartered An-124 Condor usually does—and sometimes, the world’s largest aircraft, the An-225 Mriya (“Dream”) steps in to...
  • The Man Who Ruined the Soviet Warplane Industry

    09/05/2016 4:48:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 5, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    Compromised and de-facto obsolete as soon as it entered service — an Su-27SM of the Russian air force. NATO release In March 1986, U.S. Navy aviators out-flew, out-maneuvered and jammed the Libyan Arab Air Force so badly that the Libyans stopped flying their interceptors over the Gulf of Sidra. As a result, Tripoli had to give up its claim on this part of the Mediterranean. Equally damaging, the lack of air cover allowed the Americans to attack with relative impunity. You could chalk up the Americans’ success to superior training and tactics. But don’t dismiss another potentially important factor — espionage. By the mid-1980s,...
  • Russian Carrier-Based Warplanes to Unleash 'Ultra Precision' Strikes on Daesh

    09/03/2016 5:10:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | September 2, 2016
    The Sukhoi Su-33 air superiority fighters based on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov that is scheduled to be deployed to the Syrian shores in November will be outfitted with an ultra-precision targeting system, known as the SVP-24, Izvestiya reported, citing an unnamed source in the Russian Defense Ministry. The system, developed by Russian defense contractor Gefest & T, will allow Russian warplanes to drop unguided bombs with the same precision as a guided weapon. In addition, the Mikoyan MiG-29K 4++ generation multirole fighter aircraft recently added to the Admiral Kuznetsov's roster are expected to use guided bombs and missiles...
  • Israel’s aerospace industry fears fallout from satellite loss

    09/02/2016 7:45:29 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2 Sept | Staff
    The launchpad destruction of an advanced Israeli communications satellite may have dealt a blow to the country’s aerospace industry, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) said Friday. ...
  • Australian government auditor slams Tiger attack helicopter

    09/02/2016 12:07:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 02 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | GREG WALDRON
    The Australia National Audit Office (ANAO) has issued a report that is highly critical of the army’s fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). The 64-page report details a range of issues. It identifies 76 “capability deficiencies,” of which the Department of Defence (DoD) deems 60 to be “critical.” “The Tiger helicopter fleet has not yet delivered the original capability expected by the Australian Government, and continues to experience higher than expected sustainment costs and lower than expected aircraft availability,” says the ANAO. On the original acquisition of the type, it contends that the Tiger was still...
  • India seeks “Kalibr” cruise missiles from Russia

    09/01/2016 11:29:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    IZVESTIA ^ | 1 September 2016
    India will soon inform Russia that it seeks to buy “Kalibr” cruise missiles, equipped with the latest high precision guidance system, and capable of striking ground targets. The issue will be discussed during of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forthcoming visit to India, an informed diplomatic source told “Novosti.” Military analysts believe that with the advent of the latest “Kalibrs”, the Indian military will acquire new combat capabilities and be able to prepare to locally develop the cruise missile. The proposal has been prepared by India and will be officially handed over during President Putin’s visit, said the source of “Izvestia”....
  • Exclusive: U.S. set to approve sales of Boeing fighters to Qatar, Kuwait - sources

    09/01/2016 9:27:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 1, 2016 | Tom Finn and Andrea Shalal
    The United States is poised to sell $7 billion worth of Boeing Co fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait after years of delays, and it may start notifying U.S. lawmakers as early as next week, four U.S.- and Gulf-based sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The sales had stalled amid concerns raised by Israel, Washington's closest Middle East ally, that equipment sent to equipment sent to Gulf Arab states would be used against it. U.S. officials have criticized Qatar for alleged ties to armed Islamist groups. Boeing said it was encouraged by continued progress and hoped to see movement...
  • The Phantastic QF-4 Phantom Full-Scale Target Drone Takes its Phinal Unmanned Phlight

    09/01/2016 3:33:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 31, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    20 years after it was fully retired from combat duty by the Pentagon, the F-4 Phantom Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) has taken its last unmanned flight. The bitter-sweet milestone was marked on August 17 at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, now the QF-4’s only home. The jet was shot at during a weapons test by a pair of AIM-120 AMRAAM slinging F-35s. Apparently the QF-4 was not lost in the test, which is not uncommon as often times these drills feature missiles without warheads. Since the AIM-120 is proximity fused and uses a continuous-rod blast fragmentation warhead, as long...
  • Ukraine to launch serial production of world’s biggest aircraft together with China

    09/01/2016 3:28:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 31 Aug, 2016
    Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov and China’s Aerospace Industry Corporation have signed a deal which will facilitate the serial production of the world’s largest aircraft, the AN-225 Mriya (‘Dream’), in China. Negotiations between the two enterprises have been held since May 2016 and the deal was signed on August 30 in Beijing. “On August 30, Antonov [Company] and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) signed an agreement on cooperation on the AN-225 project,” Antonov’s press service said in a statement, UNIAN news agency reported. The company added that cooperation between the two companies include the projected construction of the second aircraft...
  • Legendary 747 designer Sutter dies age 95

    08/31/2016 9:19:54 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies
    ATWOnline | Air Transport World ^ | August 30, 2016 | Guy Norris
    Joe Sutter, who was dubbed “Father of the 747” by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, has died at age 95. As the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747, Sutter is credited with leading the birth of the first widebody airliner, which ushered in the globe-shrinking age of mass air travel.
  • Revealed: How the U.S. Air Force Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

    08/31/2016 6:20:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 30, 2016 | Michael Peck
    The North American P-51 Mustang was one of the greatest fighters of World War II. Had life worked out differently, the Mustang could also have fought in Vietnam and flown against a Soviet invasion of Western Europe. In fact, it might even have replaced the A-10 Warthog. The Piper PA-48 Enforcer was a modernized version of the P-51. It was the brainchild of David Lindsay, founder of manufacturer Cavalier Aircraft, who bought the rights to the Mustang in 1956. The P-51 eventually became the Turbo Mustang III. But in 1968, in response to an Air Force search for a counterinsurgency...
  • Mi-24/35 Gunships to Remain Popular On Global Arms Market

    08/30/2016 5:41:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | August 29, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Mi-24/35 (NATO reporting name: Hind) family of gunships developed by the Mil design bureau (now a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding) will remain in high demand on the global arms market in the years to come, according to a source in Russia’s defense industry. "The Mi-24/Mi-35M combat rotor-wing aircraft are very reliable, easy-to-maintain, and inexpensive. The gunships are supposed to have the best cost-effectiveness ration in their class. The acquisition of Mi-24 and Mi-35M helos seems to be the cheapest way to improve the land attack and close air support (CAS) capabilities of a military force....
  • China launches own aircraft engine-maker to rival the West

    08/30/2016 4:23:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2016
    The state-owned Aero-Engine Group of China was created by combining a group of existing aircraft-engine companies, according to local media reports. It has about 50bn yuan ($7.5bn) in registered capital and will develop both military and commercial engines. China already makes its own planes, but has struggled for decades to develop engines that meet global requirements. 'Strategic move' China currently buys its commercial aircraft engines from General Electric and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney. China's military jets uses Russian-made engines. President Xi Jinping called the new creation of the new company a "strategi
  • Bombardier hands out pink slips as part of effort to cut 7,000 workers

    08/29/2016 3:03:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 26 August 2016
    Bombardier handed out pink slips Friday to aerospace employees in Montreal as part of its efforts announced in February to trim 7,000 workers over two years. The Montreal-based company declined to say how many workers were being affected by the latest layoff notices, how many cuts have already been made, or what aircraft programs are being affected. Mark Masluch, spokesman for Bombardier business jets, said the layoffs are a continuation of the “workforce optimization” plan being implemented across the company. The union representing machinists said the uncertainty about efforts to save jobs is creating frustration for workers. It warned last...
  • RAF Typhoons hunt for Russian 'bandits' as Nato protects Baltic skies

    08/28/2016 10:19:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 27 AUGUST 2016 | David Blair
    When the siren sounded, the RAF pilots dashed for the cockpits of their Typhoons. Within minutes, two jet fighters were streaking across a summer sky, their wings laden with air-to-air missiles, searching for unidentified intruders they know as “bandits”. Over the next half hour, Wing Commander Roger Elliott and his wingman would make three separate interceptions of Russian military aircraft. “You do have adrenalin pumping and when you launch, you don’t know what’s out there,” said Wg Cdr Elliott. “But it also makes you feel very satisfied because that is what we’re here to do.” These pilots from II Squadron...
  • POLISH AIR FORCE CELEBRATES THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE F-16 SERVICE WITH AN AWESOME AIR-TO-AIR PHOT

    08/28/2016 10:01:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 28 2016 | Jacek Siminski
    This year is special when it comes to the relationship between the Viper and the Polish Air Force since it has been 10 years since Poland has acquired this slick airframe, significantly modernizing the inventory which remains at disposal of the military aviation units. The anniversary provides an interesting opportunity to sum up the history of the relationship between the Lockheed’s jet and the Polish Air Force. Within the Polish Air Force, the F-16 “Jastrząb” (Jastrząb – Northern goshawk – is the Polish name for the F-16 jet) is being used for a variety of missions, including air-superiority, close air...
  • Russia's Best Military Aircraft: Not Armed With the Best Aircraft-Killer Missiles

    08/27/2016 3:59:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    While Russia has deployed advanced warplanes to Syria including the Sukhoi Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S, those jets are seldom seen carrying Moscow’s latest air-to-air weapons. More often than not, the Su-30SM Flanker-H and Su-34 Fullback are spotted armed with Soviet-era R-27 semi-active radar and infrared-guided medium range air-to-air missiles. It is only on occasion that Su-35S Flanker-E fighters are spotted with active-radar guided R-77 RVV-SD missiles—which are roughly the equivalent of the American-made Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. The reason Russian fighters are seldom spotted with advanced air-to-air weaponry are two-fold, explains researcher Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief, which...
  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/24/2016 10:43:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2016
    Russia is finalizing the trials of a sophisticated cruise missile designated as Kh-32 and intended to equip the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber fleet, according to the Izvestia daily. The cutting-edge missile is virtually invulnerable to ground-based air defenses and interceptors of a potential adversary. Once launched, the product of the Raduga Design Bureau climbs to an altitude of 40 km, to the stratosphere, to dive on the target at a steep angle. Picture by Mikhail Polyakov, http://russianplanes.net A source in Russia’s defense industry has confirmed that the Kh-32 missile’s tests were in final stages, and the weapon itself was...
  • Airlander 10: Longest aircraft damaged during flight

    08/24/2016 10:40:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 24, 2016
    The world's longest aircraft - the Airlander 10 - has been damaged after nosediving on landing during its second test flight. The 302ft (92m) long aircraft - which is part plane and part airship - was damaged during the flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.
  • Boeing offers sneak peak of new T-X trainer

    08/23/2016 2:22:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 22 AUGUST, 2016 | LEIGH GIANGRECO
    After photos leaked of Northrop Grumman and BAE System’s new T-X trainer offering, Boeing and Saab revealed their own T-X sneak peak this week. A few shadowy glimpses of the trainer appeared over four videos posted on Boeing’s new T-X website over the weekend. The clean sheet design has two engine inlets, a high mounted wing and a conventional, vertical tail. That design marks a departure from Boeing’s original V-tail concept the company put forth before partnering with Saab. The new aircraft’s design is also unique from the Boeing T-45 Goshawk used by the US Navy. Boeing’s T-X bid not...
  • Boeing 747 - it was nice knowin ya!

    08/22/2016 11:57:32 AM PDT · by djf · 74 replies
    I was just talking to my neighbor who has a son that works in Everett. He says the last 747 is expected to come off the line in late September, this year! In my mind, this is just about the last thing I would recommend. Take a hiatus if you need one. But don't spend all your gumption on the 787. Stick to planes that WORK! Like the 737... Thoughts?
  • Here We Go Again: USAF Aims to Stand Up Dedicated F-16 CAS Squadron At Nellis AFB

    08/20/2016 7:42:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 19, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Even though the USAF has shuttered the 65th AGRS based out of Nellis AFB, its only F-15C/D aggressor squadron, our friends at Combat Aircraft Monthly say a new F-16 unit is slated to be activated at the base. This new unit will be made up of eight Block 40 F-16C/Ds, with the squadron envisioned to grow to 16 aircraft as the F-35 comes on line and replaces the Viper in front-line units. The F-16s' mission will reportedly be tightly focused on close air support. Combat Aircraft writes: “The CAS Integration Group’s mission will include high-end training as well as an...
  • Japan eyes fiercer fighter jets to counter China (F-15 upgrade)

    08/20/2016 7:37:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Nikkei ^ | August 21, 2016
    TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry is likely to request a budgetary allocation so the country's air force, which is responding more frequently to Chinese provocations, can load more missiles on its F-15 fighter jets, sources said. The ministry wants to double the number of air-to-air missiles to be loaded on the mainstay jets, operated by the Air Self-Defense Force. It also plans to lengthen the jets' lifespans. The ministry would like the money to be allocated in the budget for the fiscal year beginning in April. There has been a surge in the number of Chinese warplanes as well as...
  • WWII Airmen Get Their Memorial

    08/20/2016 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2016 | Robert Zubrin
    On Saturday August 6, I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the memorial to American airmen who fought in World War II at the Wings Over the Rockies aviation museum in Denver, Colorado. Created by Major Frederic Arnold (ret.), an artist who flew P-38 Lightnings in the Mediterranean theater of the war, the monumental sculpture depicts a pre-flight briefing, with the squadron leader at the mapboard explaining the mission plan, while the men of the squadron and the pale ghosts of their fallen comrades listen on. American airmen suffered a horrific casualty rate during World War II, with over...
  • Flight of Fancy: EPA Moves to Regulate Airlines’ Emissions

    08/20/2016 5:34:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/20/2016 | Colonel Chris J. Krisinger
    Just when U.S. airlines are experiencing an active summer travel season, with four percent more passengers expected than last summer’s banner year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs in on the industry. Their recent verdict: “planet-warming pollution produced by airplanes endangers human health by contributing to climate change.” Such is the basis for their “endangerment finding” under the Clean Air Act, which now triggers the legal requirement to impose the first-ever government regulations of aircraft emissions and extend the EPA’s reach into yet another segment of the U.S. economy. The announced plan to reduce aircraft emissions takes place as President...
  • Northrop T-X prototype revealed on Mojave runway (new trainer)

    08/19/2016 8:03:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 20 AUGUST, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Northrop Grumman’s entry for the T-X competition was publicly revealed on 19 August in Mojave, California. Dubbed the Model 400, the Northrop bid is powered by a single GE Aviation F404-102D engine with 17,200lb-thrust, according to the US Federal Aviation Adminitration’s aircraft registration database. Scaled Composites, the Northrop subsidiary devoted to rapid prototyping and flight testing, registered the aircraft on 16 June 2015, but the design was kept under wraps for several more months. Images of the aircraft on Twitter show an aircraft with a prominent, single vertical fin and a nose section similar to the T-38. Northrop revealed a...
  • China eyes artificial intelligence for new cruise missiles

    08/19/2016 6:26:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2016
    China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. "We plan to adopt a 'plug and play' approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions," Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. "Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation," Wang added. "They will allow commanders to control them...
  • Air Force Begins Massive High-Tech F-15 Upgrade to Stay in Front of Chinese J-10

    08/18/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent. The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said. “The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040’s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970’s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various...
  • Airlander 10: Maiden flight at last for longest aircraft

    08/17/2016 3:14:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    The Airlander 10 - which is part plane and part airship - took off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Its original test flight on Sunday was postponed, but it finally left the ground at 19:40 BST. The Ł25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. ... Christened the Martha Gwyn, the aircraft was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but the project was shelved amid defence cutbacks. ... The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights. HAV claims it...