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  • Is Lockheed Martin working on a nuclear fusion-powered fighter jet?

    04/22/2018 4:59:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    siliconrepublic.com ^ | March 29, 2018 | by Colm Gorey
    As Dr Thomas McGuire, head of Skunk Works’ Compact Fusion Project, detailed in a 2014 report, the smaller reactor is more feasible than a large-scale one. If the system functions as expected, the CFR could take 11kg of fuel in the form of the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, and run the reactor for an entire year without needing to stop. Throughout that time, it would be consistently pumping out 100MW of power, enough to power up to 80,000 homes. When discussing how it could impact aircraft design, Lockheed Martin said that this amount of power would allow it to...
  • Space Above and Beyond

    04/20/2018 7:42:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/21/08
    A scene from the series Space Above and Beyond series pilot. R. Lee Ermey portraying a drill instructor. Space Above and Beyond lasted one season, but deserved better, I was and excellent blend of SciFi and War story. Gunny's passing reminded me both of the series and the fact he was in the first episode.
  • $8.63-billion advanced fighter aircraft project with Russia put on ice (India)

    04/20/2018 8:42:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | April 20, 2018 | Ajai Shukla
    The proposal for India and Russia to jointly develop an advanced fighter — the eponymous Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — has been formally buried. Business Standard has learnt that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval conveyed the decision to a Russian ministerial delegation at a “Defence Acquisition Meeting” in end-February. Doval and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, who attended the meeting, asked the Russians to proceed alone with developing their fifth-generation fighter. They said India might possibly join the project later, or buy the fully developed fighter outright, after it entered service with the Russian Air Force. New Delhi and Moscow...
  • Lockheed Should Restart the Raptor Line If Japan Wants An F-22-F-35 Hybrid

    04/20/2018 7:34:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 20, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Reuters has published a report that came as little surprise to us at The War Zone regarding Tokyo's interest in having Japanese industry work with Lockheed Martin to develop a semi-indigenous fighter that combines the best attributes of the F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor. The Reuters report states in part: "Lockheed has discussed the idea with Japanese defense ministry officials and will make a formal proposal in response to a Japanese request for information (RFI) after it receives permission from the U.S. government to offer the sensitive military technology, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the proposal. The...
  • Is This China’s Stealth Bomber?

    04/16/2018 8:57:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 10, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    China’s most prestigious aviation magazine has published an artist’s depictions of the Chinese Air Force’s next-generation heavy strategic bomber. The stealth bomber, known as JH-XX to aviation watchers, is a sleek, twin-engine aircraft quite different from U.S. stealth bomber designs. The Pentagon believes the plane will be capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Artist images of the the JH-XX appeared on the cover of the May 2018 issue of Aviation Knowledge magazine. Aviation Knowledge is the oldest and most popular aviation magazine in China. Founded in 1958, it is published by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has ties...
  • China's fighter jet J-10C begins combat duty

    04/16/2018 8:36:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2018-04-16
    File photo shows a J-10C fighter jet in a training. China's new multi-role fighter jet J-10C began combat duty Monday, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force announced. It is China's third-generation supersonic fighter and made its debut when the PLA marked its 90th anniversary in July 2017 at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Equipped with an advanced avionics system and various airborne weapons, the domestically-developed fighter has airstrike capabilities within medium and close range and is capable of precisely striking land and maritime targets. (Xinhua/Xi Bobo) BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) -- China's new multi-role fighter...
  • With U.S. Syria strike, Japan gets preview of stealthy new missile it looks to buy

    04/15/2018 8:31:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    the japan times ^ | April 16, 2018 | JESSE JOHNSON
    Japan was given a preview of the stealthy JASSM-ER “standoff” missiles that it is considering purchasing after U.S. officials said air force B-1B strategic bombers launched the weapons Friday for the first time in combat during strikes on the Syrian regime. The new Lockheed Martin Corp. air-launched cruise missile made its battlefield debut in the strikes, when 19 of the missiles were fired outside Syrian airspace by two B-1Bs that had targeted the Barzah Research and Development Center located on the outskirts of Damascus. The firing of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), was first reported by The...
  • Israel offers more capabilities for SA Gripens (South Africa)

    04/12/2018 9:06:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    defenceWeb ^ | 12 April 2018 | Arie Egozi
    The South African Air Force has been offered enhanced capabilities for its Gripen fighter aircraft with a suit of new advanced systems developed by Israeli company Rafael. The Israeli company's offers a concept that it claims can bring fighter aircraft to a an advanced 4.5 generation standard by upgrading the different systems. The concept is being evaluated by the Indian Air Force for its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighter aircraft. The upgrade suit that according to Rafael can enhance the fighter aircraft's capabilities to a 4.5 generation standard includes the Rafael BNET which is an advanced IP Mobile Ad-hoc Network...
  • Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)

    04/09/2018 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 9th, 2018 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian air defenses may appear formidable as part of Moscow’s increasingly sophisticated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capability, but areas protected by these systems are far from impenetrable bubbles or 'Iron Domes’ as some analysts have called them. While it is true that a layered and integrated air defense may effectively render large swaths of airspace too costly—in terms of men and materiel—to attack using conventional fourth generation warplanes such as the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, these systems have an Achilles’ Heel. Russian air defenses will still struggle to effectively engage fifth-generation stealth aircraft such as...
  • NASA wants to extend Boeing’s first crewed flight to the International Space Station

    04/07/2018 11:31:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    The Verge ^ | 04/06/2018 | Loren Grush
    Boeing’s first crewed flight to the International Space Station may last a lot longer than originally planned — and the mission may have an extra crew member along for the ride, too. The company’s Starliner vehicle is supposed to take NASA astronauts to the ISS for the first time later this year on a two-week trip, but the space agency is considering extending the voyage to six months.... This would completely restructure the first crewed trip for Starliner, which was only meant to be a test flight. As part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, both Boeing and SpaceX have been...
  • Thunderbird pilot killed in crash

    04/05/2018 11:51:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The U.S. Air Force is grieving the loss of one of its own after a Thunderbirds training flight went tragically wrong. A Thunderbird pilot crashed during a demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas. The team says it was a routine flight and are now looking into what could have caused the crash. The accident came just a few days before the team was scheduled to perform at the March Field Air & Space Expo at March Air Reserve Base in California. In light of the tragedy, the performance has been canceled.
  • UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

    04/04/2018 9:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 3 April 2018
    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter promises to bring advanced operational capabilities to those air forces that operate it, and to allow a previously unknown degree of interoperability and harmonization with the US Air Force. Advanced sensors, low observability (‘stealth’) and connectivity combine to give unmatched mission performance and survivability, and the aircraft is increasingly being seen as something that no air force that aspires to ‘full spectrum’ capability can do without. At the same time, development of the F-35A has been beset by technical, political and cost difficulties, and Lockheed Martin and the US Government have been keen...
  • China's J-10 fighter jet may be getting some impressive upgrades to make it more stealthy

    04/04/2018 9:22:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | APR 5, 2018 | BEN BRIMELOW
    China's Chengdu J-10 multirole fighter jet may be getting an engine upgrade that will increase its maneuverability and make it harder to detect on radar. Defense News reports that a photo of a J-10C in an unknown Chinese defense magazine features an engine that appears to be equipped with a thrust vectoring nozzle. The engine also appears to have sawtooth edges, according to Defense News, and the bottom part of the compartment that houses the fighter's drogue parachute removed. The new nozzle will enable the J-10 to be capable of thrust vectoring, sometimes referred to as thrust vector control or...
  • NASA Hires Lockheed Martin to Build Quiet Supersonic X-Plane

    04/03/2018 5:46:47 PM PDT · by libertylover · 23 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 3, 2018 | Hanneke Weitering
    NASA has taken a huge leap forward in its quest to create an aircraft that can travel faster than the speed of sound without causing the ear-splitting sonic boom. The space agency announced today (April 2) that it has awarded the aerospace company Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to design and build a new X-plane, known as the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD), which may soar silently over the U.S. by 2022. Today's announcement comes less than two weeks after President Donald Trump signed a federal budget for FY2019 that fully funds the LBFD. In his budget proposal, Trump noted...
  • F-35: Still No Finish Line in Sight

    04/02/2018 3:49:25 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 98 replies
    Pogo.Org ^ | March 19, 2018 | Dan Grazier
    Jim Roche, then-Secretary of the Air Force, made an announcement on October 26, 2001, that all aviation enthusiasts had been waiting for: a winner had been picked to design and build the Joint Strike Fighter. The American people were assured the new jet would enter service in 2008 and be a high-performance replacement for the military’s aging airframes while only costing between $40 million and $50 million. The F-35 has now entered an unprecedented seventeenth year of continuing redesign, test deficiencies, fixes, schedule slippages, and cost overruns. And it’s still not at the finish line. Numerous missteps along the way—from...
  • TIANGONG 1 just went into re-entry window according to satview.org

    04/01/2018 5:04:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 137 replies
    I have been following the TIANGONG 1 on satview and it just started flashing. It went from time to reenter to re-entry window. Could change though but this is the first time I have watched it go into a re-entry window. Tin foil covered hard hats on!!
  • Qatar's F-15s Will Feature New 'Low Profile' Heads Up Display And New Cockpit

    03/29/2018 7:21:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 29, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Saudi Arabia may be briefly wearing the world's most advanced Eagle crown with their new F-15SAs, but Qatar will assume that honor when the first of its 36—or possibly 72 if they execute an option for more—F-15QAs are delivered in the next couple of years. Along with a totally remodeled cockpit featuring large panel touch screen displays, Qatar's F-15s will also do away with the Strike Eagle's iconic green-glowing, wide-angle heads up display (HUD), replacing it with an innovative new design from BAE Systems. When the Strike Eagle arrived on the scene in the late 1980s, its massive HUD was...
  • Blue Angels Getting C-130J From Royal Air Force To Replace KC-130T Fat Albert Transport

    03/26/2018 9:51:15 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 7 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 3/23/18 | Tyler Rogoway
    Eight months after the most deadly crash for the USMC in nearly a decade and half, the Navy and Marine Corps' fleet of KC-130T tanker-transport aircraft remain grounded. As a result the Blue Angels have been without their beloved 'Fat Albert' airlift support plane, leaving a gaping hole in the team's on-demand logistical needs and a favorite part of their air show act. Now it seems the Pentagon has sourced a replacement—from the Royal Air Force. The federal government's contracting site FBO.gov posted a single-source contract announcement on March 23rd, 2018 for an urgent replacement transport aircraft for the...
  • Out-of-control Chinese space station 'will crash into Earth over weekend'

    03/23/2018 6:44:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated11:05, 23 MAR 2018 | ByJeff ParsonsTech/Science reporter
    The European Space Agency has revised its prediction for when free-falling Tiangong-1 will crash into Earth. The out-of-control Chinese space station will crash down back to Earth over Easter weekend, experts have said. According to the European Space Agency's Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, debris from Tiangong-1 will splash down between March 30 and April 2 across the northern hemisphere. The space agency said these dates were "highly variable" and that it would be offering revised forecasts every couple of days. "At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible," it explained in a statement ....
  • The Best Of The USMC's Aging F/A-18 Hornets To Receive Lethal Radar Upgrade

    03/21/2018 7:40:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 21, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    With a new Navy plan to retire nearly half its F/A-18A/B/C/D fleet in the near term to help boost the readiness of its youngest so called "legacy Hornets," which the USMC will inherit in the not so distant future, the Corps is now moving to upgrade seven squadrons worth of jets with new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars. The move signifies the most substantial capability upgrade in the legacy Hornet's entire history. In a posting on the government's contracting site FBO.gov it states that the USMC is looking to install the systems "in 4th Quarter 2020 and complete in...