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  • The Navy's X47B UCAV Drone completes first ever autonomous aerial refueling

    04/27/2015 7:49:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    youtube.com ^ | rupert buche
    On April 22, 2015, the X47B UCAV became the first unmanned aircraft to be refueled in the air. It took place off the coast of Maryland and Virginia in the Atlantic Test Ranges.
  • Post-Nepal earthquake evacuation operation success, IAF to buy three more C-17 aircraft

    04/26/2015 5:31:54 PM PDT · by IndianChief · 15 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 27 Apr, 2015, 05.44AM IST | By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force has initiated a proposal to purchase three more Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the US for about Rs 8,700 crore, impressed as it is by the cargo carrier's varied utility that includes carrying out of large-scale humanitarian assistance operations such as the ongoing relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal. The IAF has told the government that it wants to add three very heavy transport aircraft to its fleet of 10 C-17s that were ordered in 2011 and inducted in 2013, officials said. The IAF has pressed the case for three more C-17s after being informed...
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • Afghanistan’s Iconic Hind Gunships Won’t Fly Much Longer

    04/23/2015 4:39:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 22, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    For several years, the Afghan air force has flown Russian Mi-35 Hind gunships. The iconic, armored helicopters are better known as “flying tanks” for their ability to spew bullets and rockets — while absorbing gunfire. But the Afghans probably won’t fly their Hinds a year from now. The helicopters are getting old and falling apart — and with Washington’s relationship with Moscow at its lowest point in decades, the Pentagon is buying tiny American choppers to replace them. On April 9, the Afghan air force received six American-made MD-530F gunships. In 2013, In 2014, the Pentagon decided to send a total of 12 armed...
  • A Saudi Prince Just Promised Bentleys To Every Pilot Bombing Yemen

    04/22/2015 10:55:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/22/2015 | Michael Ballaban
    Being a fighter pilot, in general, sounds like a sweet gig on the surface. You fly in fast jets, and you get to wear sunglasses a lot. But to the 100 Saudi fighter pilots bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen right now, it just got better. Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal promised each and every one of them a Bentley. Oddly enough, bin Talal deleted the tweet shortly after, but I think the offer still stands. In case your Arabic is a little rusty, the original reads: I congratulate your success of Operation Decisive Storm and the start of Operation Restore...
  • Super Dave grounded due to noise complaints

    04/22/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Chilliwack Progress ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Feinberg
    The roar of Super Dave Mathieson's aerobatic aircraft has been grounded over noise complaints. The full-time air show pilot, who made Chilliwack his home base a few years ago, received notification from Transport Canada earlier this month that he could no longer perform the aerobatics under 2000 feet at Chilliwack Airport, citing proximity to "noise sensitive or livestock" areas.
  • UPDATE 1-Poland seen buying Patriot missiles, Europe helicopters

    04/21/2015 6:13:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/21/2015 | Wiktor Szary and Marcin Goettig
    WARSAW, April 21 (Reuters) - Poland looks set to award a total of $8 billion in military contracts to Raytheon of the United States and Europe's Airbus, local media and industry sources said on Tuesday, striking a transatlantic balance as it faces rising tensions with Russia. Speculation over the deals rose as President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Poland's defence minister gathered to discuss the modernisation of the country's armed forces. A press briefing was scheduled for 1400 GMT, but Polish officials declined to elaborate. Daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported Warsaw had chosen U.S. firm Raytheon, the maker of...
  • Why Are We Sending This Attack Helicopter to Pakistan?

    04/21/2015 6:06:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 19, 2015 | HUSAIN HAQQANI
    The Obama administration’s decision this month to sell almost $1 billion in U.S.-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment to Pakistan will fuel conflict in South Asia without fulfilling the objective of helping the country fight Islamist extremists. Pakistan’s failure to tackle its jihadist challenge is not the result of a lack of arms but reflects an absence of will. Unless Pakistan changes its worldview, American weapons will end up being used to fight or menace India and perceived domestic enemies instead of being deployed against jihadists. Competition with India remains the overriding consideration in Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies....
  • The Bridge Of The HMS Prince Of Wales Is Straight Out Of Star Wars

    04/21/2015 5:57:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    BAE Systems Maritime rolled out the bridge module of the Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class carrier, the HMS Prince Of Wales yesterday, and it looks more like it should be orbiting a planet in the Outer Rim and launching Tie Fighters than sailing the high seas. The 70,000 displacement ton carrier will be commissioned in 2020, and like her sister, the Queen Elizabeth, she will carry around 40 aircraft. The mainstay of which will be the Royal Navy’s F-35Bs, along with pretty much every helicopter asset in service with UK forces, including Merlins, Apaches, Lynx Wildcats and Chinooks. Top...
  • The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry

    04/17/2015 3:45:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/05/2015 | JOE KATZMAN
    Precision weapons and networked targeting have helped maintain America’s military superiority for decades. But technology marches on. New defense exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threats to the U.S. and its allies, and weakening Western influence. The Pentagon has a plan to cope with these evolving threats, but is it enough? To understand what’s happening, consider the global automotive industry. South Korea’s Hyundai Motors became a serious global competitor by leveraging the rapid diffusion of technology, an initial edge in cheap labor, and a “good enough” product for value buyers. Their success wasn’t...
  • Boeing Will Offer Modified Harpoon Missile for Littoral Combat Ships

    04/16/2015 7:18:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image Hoping to build off of the Navy’s extensive inventory of existing anti-surface missiles, Boeing plans to compete a modified version of the Harpoon RGM-84 anti-ship missile (ASM) for the over the horizon ASM capability for the Littoral Combat Ship and the modified LCS Frigate program, the company announced on Tuesday during the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2015. Boeing’s bid would add a new warhead and a reconstituted engine for a range of more than 130 nautical miles — up from the about 70 nautical mile range of the current Block...
  • US To Develop 6Th Generation Fighters To Outrun Russian, Chinese Jets

    04/15/2015 8:10:18 AM PDT · by Strategy · 37 replies
    Sputnik ^ | April 12, 2015
    The US Air Force and Navy plan to pursue the development and acquisition of sixth-generation F/A-XX fighters; they consider the fleet of existing jets incapable of handling their Russian and Chinese fifth-generation counterparts, something which they feel constitutes a real threat to national security. The Chinese Chengdu J-20 and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA are becoming a real threat to the US Air Force and Navy, according to The National Interest, an international affairs magazine. "When you see these next-generation fighters, the PAK-FA out of Russia and the J-20 out of China, and some of their new missile technology, our...
  • British Air Power Is Fading Away

    04/14/2015 7:01:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/14/2015 | David Axe
    The U.K. Ministry of Defense has released an accounting of all the aircraft in Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army service — and the overall tally is tiny … and getting tinier. As of March this year, the air forces of the United Kingdom possessed no more than 362 combat-ready warplanes and drones plus 249 helicopters — a mere 611 military aircraft. Britain’s air force, navy and army together have another 93 planes and copters that are in deep maintenance or rework plus 18 that are in storage. None of these 111 aircraft are immediately available for combat. It’s worth noting that...
  • Embraer and Saab discuss exporting Brazilian fighters from 2023

    04/14/2015 6:55:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/14/2015
    Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA and Swedish partner Saab AB hope to devise a plan by June for exporting the Gripen fighter jet from the South American country beginning in 2023, a senior Embraer official said on Tuesday. Jackson Schneider, the head of Embraer's defense unit, said deliveries of 36 Gripen NG single-engine jets to the Brazilian Air Force from a joint assembly plant in the country would begin in 2018. It could wrap up as early as 2023, opening up export capacity. The companies formalized their partnership in the $5.4 billion program on Tuesday at the LAAD defense fair in...
  • India Makes it Official: The 'Mother of All Defense Deals' Is Dead

    04/13/2015 10:04:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/14/2015 | Ankit Panda
    With Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big announcement in Paris that New Delhi would purchase 36 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters off-the-shelf (pręt-ŕ-porter, if you will) in a government-to-government deal, the future of the $20 billion tender for India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) that was being negotiated between France’s Dassault Aviation and the Indian government fell into limbo. That ambiguity was resolved on Monday, three days after Modi’s announcement, when Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar clarified that the $20 billion tender would not move forward. Just like that, the “mother of all defense deals,” as India’s MMRCA project was known,...
  • Russia Confirms Arms Deal to Supply China With S-400 Air Defense Systems

    04/13/2015 4:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    China has signed a contract with the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport for the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems, the company's chief executive Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. "I will not disclose the details of the contract, but yes, China has indeed become the first buyer of this sophisticated Russian air defense system. It underlines once again the strategic level of our relations," Isaikin said, when asked whether it was true that Beijing signed a contract for the purchase of four S-400 divisions in September 2014. Isaykin also said that "many countries"...
  • Raytheon and Kongsberg Team to Pitch Stealthy Norwegian Strike Missile for LCS

    04/13/2015 4:49:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    USNI News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    An undated photo of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile in flight. Kongsberg Photo ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The Norwegian manufacturer of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) has teamed with U.S. missile manufacturer Raytheon to pitch the anti-ship missile (ASM) to the Navy as the over-the-horizon (OTH) ASM for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), company officials told reporters in a briefing on Thursday. The agreement comes as the Navy surface warfare directorate is working through the requirements for a longer range anti-ship missile to include onboard the LCS and the modified LCS frigate design with a request for proposal (RfP) for the...
  • A soldier and his dog were killed. Watch what baggage handlers do with their caskets.

    04/10/2015 11:35:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Shrug ^ | March 18, 2015
    ... The Delta Honor Guard is a group of employees and baggage handlers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. What they do for Fallen Soldiers is extremely touching ...
  • “A-10 will always be better than F-35 in Close Air Support. In all the other missions the JSF wins”

    04/09/2015 10:24:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 90 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Apr 09 2015
    It’s wrong to compare the F-35 with any other asset that was designed to perform a specific mission: this is, in simple words, what a U.S. F-35 pilot said in an interview he gave to the Danish website focusing on military topics Krigeren. Interviewed at Luke Air Force Base, by Christian Sundsdal, Maj. John Wilson, an F-35 pilot with an F-16 background clearly explained something that is quite obvious to everyone: an A-10 Thunderbolt II will always be better in CAS than the F-35 because it was designed to perform that kind of mission. Similarly, an F-22 will always be...
  • India to buy 60+ Rafale jets off the shelf

    04/09/2015 10:22:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    rediff.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Nitin Gokhale
    India is likely to buy about 60 Rafale combat jets from Dassault Aviation instead of 126 aircraft proposed in the original request for proposal meant to be procured in under the process that began some eight years ago, highly placed sources said. The decision to buy nearly three-and-a-half squadrons (between 60 and 63 aircraft) of Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force was taken at the highest political level hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his three-nation tour on Thursday, April 9, the sources added. Given the huge financial and operational implications, the government thought it prudent to...
  • Ka-52 Attack Helicopter Enters Russian Service

    04/09/2015 6:20:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    AIN online ^ | April 9, 2015 | Vladimir Karnozov
    Russian air force officers this month started conducting acceptance trials on the first batch of Ka-52 attack helicopters that are being completed at the Russian Helicopters’ Progress plant in Arsenyev on Russia’s Pacific coast. The Ka-52 is a two-seat development of the Ka-50, which has been in service since the turn of the century. Progress is scheduled to deliver 16 Ka-52s to Russian Army Aviation this year. According to Yuri Denisenko, the plant’s general director, the framework contract between the Russian Helicopters and the Russian defense ministry calls for shipments of 146 Ka-52s by 2020. The Ka-52 has a side-by-side...
  • Watch Out, China: Japan Readies Test of New Stealth Fighter Jet

    04/09/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 8, 2015 | Zachary Keck
    Japan is preparing to test its first ever domestically built stealth fighter jet, Chinese and Taiwanese media are reporting. “The highly anticipated F-3, Japan's first domestically-made stealth jet, is aiming to conduct test flights this summer,” the Taiwan-based Want China Times reported, citing a story in the PLA Daily, the official publication of the Chinese military. Japan has been building a prototype stealth fighter as part of its advanced technology demonstrator-experimental (ATD-X) program. Some of the first images of the prototype were first published on the web last year. The ATD-X program, which is being run by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries...
  • USAF Plans for Radical F-35 Upgrade Reveal Obsolescence

    04/08/2015 6:30:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    DefenseAerospace.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- US Air Force plans to replace the F-35 fighter’s avionics, radar and engines are an implicit admission that the current aircraft is already obsolete and that, despite a unit cost of over $250 million, it cannot match the latest foreign fighters coming into service. This is the first time a customer acknowledges that the obsolescence of the F-35’s sensors has degraded the aircraft’s still unproven nominal capabilities to the point that a radical upgrade is necessary, more than a year before it enters service. The upgrade plans were revealed by Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, the USAF’s F-35 program...
  • Russian next generation stealth fighter to fall victim to the Russian financial crisis?

    04/07/2015 9:51:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Apr 07 2015 | Jacek Siminski
    PAK-FA may suffer significant cuts. Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yuri Borisov, has recently announced that the PAK-FA programme may be halted or adjusted, due to the dire conditions of Russia’s economy, affected by the Ukrainian crisis and the subsequent (proxy war and) EU sanctions. Initially, the Russian Air Force was expected to procure more than 150 PAK-FA next generation stealth fighter jets, with the first examples to be delivered to the active squadrons in 2016. In December 2014, the RuAF plans was to receive the first 55 fighters by 2020. However, as announced by Russia’s MoD last month, the...
  • FINNISH HORNETS: “TO BE REPLACED BY GRIPEN OR RAFALE”

    04/07/2015 6:32:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIRheads FLY ^ | 2015/04/06
    The odds are in favour of the SAAB JAS 39E/F Gripen to become the next multirole fighter of the Finnish Air Force (Ilmavoimat), with the French Dassault Rafale in very close range, according to Scandinavian sources on 6 April 2015. Finland has slowly started with looking for a replacement for its 55 McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/A-18C Hornet single-seat and 7 F/A-18D two-seat multirole fighters. With the race officially starting coming Autumn, the participants are already warming up their engines. With both Helsinki and Stockholm having agreed to increased cooperation between their defence organisations, a combined Finnish-Swedish combat jet fleet with...
  • US Approves Viper Attack Helos, HellFire Missile Sale To Pakistan

    04/07/2015 6:27:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Defense World.net ^ | April 7, 2015
    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Monday that it has approved sale of AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles to Pakistan for an estimated cost of $952 million. Pakistan has requested 15 AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters, 32 T-700 GE 401C Engines (30 installed and 2 spares), 1000 AGM-114 R Hellfire II Missiles in containers, 36 H-1 Technical Refresh Mission computers, 17 AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems, 30 629F-23 Ultra High Frequency/Very High Frequency Communication Systems, 19 H-764 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems, 32 Helmet Mounted Display/Optimized Top Owl, 17 APX-117A Identification Friend or Foe, 17...
  • Boeing's Big Attack Chopper In A Tiny Package Is Heading To Saudi Arabia

    04/05/2015 6:24:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/02/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Some designs are just too good to die. The Hughes 369, or the OH-6 Cayuse when in uniform, is one of them. After 50 years of production, the “Little Bird” as it is known in Spec Ops circles, has reached a new level of capability with the AH-6i, which may soon get its baptism by fire at the hands of Saudi pilots in the skies above Yemen. The AH-6i is one smart, nimble, observant, and heavily armed little battle chopper. It takes the best parts of the AH-6M Little Bird operated by the 160th SOAR 'Nightstalkers' and infuses it with...
  • CHINESE THUNDERBOLTS REPLACE AMERICAN COBRAS: NEW Z-10 ATTACK HELICOPTERS FOR PAKISTAN

    04/05/2015 5:54:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Pakistan's Z-10s www.top81.cn Pakistan recently took delivery of three Z-10 attack helicopters, stored at this hangar in the Qasim Army base near Rawalphindi. The helicopters' state of disassembly suggests that Pakistani technicians are working to quickly familarize themselves with these new helicopters by installing rotor blades and other parts for flight, and then combat. Since a January 2015 agreement, China has transferred three Z-10 "Thunderbolt" attack helicopters to Pakistan, which has become China's staunchest ally and largest weapons buyer. These three Z-10 helicopters are currently at a Pakistani Army base in Qasim/Dhamial, undergoing testing, maintenance training and modifications for operating...
  • This 747 private jet is a palace in the sky (Boeing 747-8)

    04/02/2015 4:13:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Benjamin Zhang
    For most people, private jets such as the $65 million Gulfstream G650 or the Bombardier Global Series are the epitome of luxury air travel, but there are a select few who can afford more than that. They’re converting airliners into private flying palaces. To meet this demand, Airbus and Boeing have begun selling "VIP" versions of their airliners under the Airbus Corporate Jet and Boeing Business Jet brands. While most of these planes are based on smaller Airbus A320 series or Boeing 737 models, one recent VIP conversion took luxury to a new level. One very lucky, very wealthy, and...
  • India, France to jointly develop naval missile

    03/31/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | March 31, 2015 | DINAKAR PERI
    The Defence Acquisition Council has approved the ‘Maitri’ project for the co-development of a Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with MBDA of France, Navy officers said on Monday. “The DRDO has been directed by the government to engage Original Equipment Manufacturer for joint development,” a Defence Ministry official said. The project has been in the works since 2007 to meet the requirements of the Army and the Air Force. MoU with MBDA The DRDO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MBDA in 2013, but there has hardly been any progress because...
  • Saudi deploys advanced fighter jets in Yemen

    03/27/2015 8:14:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 27 March 2015
    Saudi Arabia on Thursday deployed its vast array of fighter jets to bomb Houthi targets in Yemen, in an offensive known as “Operation Decisive Storm.” The three primary jet fighters used in the offensive are European-made Eurofighter Typhoons, U.S.-made F-15s, and UK-made Tornados. Introduced in 1988, The F-15 has been deployed for military operations in much of the Middle East, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Saudi’s air force has the largest fleet of F-15 fighters after the U.S. and Japan, with a stock of 152 of the Strike Eagle variant. In 2009, Saudi air force F-15s, along with Tornados, bombed...
  • Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force

    03/27/2015 7:43:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 27 March 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble detecting. The Legion Pod is pitched as a plug-and-play system that can be rapidly adapted to suit different aircraft and customers needs. Presumably, different sensors could end up being carried in the 18 inch thick pod system, not just the IRST and the data-link alone that the pod was unveiled...
  • The Mirage 2000 Upgrade: What Makes India's Fighter Jet Better

    03/26/2015 4:46:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    NDTV ^ | March 26, 2015 | Vishnu Som
    The 'new' Mirage 2000, redesignated the Mirage 2000 I, is almost incomparable with the original jet courtesy a host of new systems onboard. NEW DELHI: 16 years ago, I flew onboard Mirage 2000s of the Indian Air Force over Tiger Hill within days of India handing Pakistan a humiliating defeat in the Kargil war. It remains, what I consider, the biggest exclusive in my career as a journalist. I had actually been cleared to fly in an operational sortie during the war by the then Defence Minister George Fernandes, but in July 1999, Pakistani forces were shell-shocked by wave after...
  • Russian Deputy PM Says Country's Combat Helicopters Are the Best

    03/23/2015 6:27:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has touted the country's combat helicopters as the best such vehicles in the world. Russian-made combat helicopters are the best such vehicles in the world, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. He gave the thumbs-up after flying on board the next-generation reconnaissance and combat helicopter Ka-52, which he touted as a "flying tank". "Today I was cruising around aboard this flying tank", Rogozin tweeted, referring to the Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" copter. According to him, the helicopter "is easily controlled and it is packed full of advanced automated systems." Rogozin described the Ka-52...
  • Mystery Threat to American Warships Is Likely North Korean

    03/20/2015 11:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 19, 2015 | KYLE MIZOKAMI
    In 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet hinted at a mysterious and “newly discovered threat” to American warships. Whatever it was, it was serious — and had America’s admirals spooked. We knew the threat was probably a missile, because the Navy’s only mention of it was inside a contracting request for a new electronics countermeasures system designed for surface ships. The Navy awarded a $65-million contract to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to develop the system within a “critically short” time frame. Military & Aerospace Electronics, which first noticed the request, suggested that the threat was a radar-guided anti-ship missile from a...
  • Now the U.S. Air Force Wants to Replace A-10s With F-16s

    03/20/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    Eventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it’ll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions — something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog. Instead, the Air Force wants to replace the Warthog with a modified F-16 fighter jet — an old concept that failed to live up to expectations decades ago. The F-16s would fill in temporarily until the F-35s can...
  • Wow, China Has a Lot of Different Early-Warning Planes

    03/17/2015 6:37:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 16, 2015
    New photos recently emerged of China’s KJ-500 airborne early-warning and control plane. It’s Beijing’s fifth unique fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft. Which is kind of a big deal. While hardly glamorous, these all-seeing planes are incredibly important to any modern air force. They transmit instructions and data — such as the presence of enemy fighters — with their powerful radars and sensors. If an air-to-air battle was an office, AEW&C planes would be the managers. An air force with one of these planes in the air can see far more — and at much longer ranges — than an enemy without one. But by any measure, five different types of...
  • Airbus Wins $1.5Bn Korean Contract

    03/16/2015 6:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PARIS --- Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop and manufacture 314 light helicopters in South Korea, a company official confirmed March 16. The contract was signed by the two companies’ chief executives in Seoul, Korea, earlier today. The contract, worth an estimated $3 billion, calls for joint development of 214 Light Attack Helicopters (LAH) and about 100 Light Civil Helicopters (LCH), based on the technology of the latest version of the Airbus AS365B1 Dauphin twin-engined medium helicopter, now re-designated H155. The two companies will share revenues from the contract on an even basis....
  • Could This Airplane Replace the A-10 Warthog? (Textron Scorpion)

    03/15/2015 5:15:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 112 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | March 15, 2015 | Rich Smith
    After more than four decades in service, the A-10 Warthog is due for a replacement. So says the U.S. Air Combat Command. What's more, ACC says it's already "thinking about" fielding such a replacement. But what might that replacement be? Last week, we got a clue. As reported by Reuters, the Air Force has recently begun evaluating Textron's Scorpion fighter jet as a potential 21st-century replacement for the 20th-century Warthog.
  • Twin crash prompts Turkey to order RF-4E retirement

    03/11/2015 10:59:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    flightglobal.com ^ | 03/11/2015 | TOLGA OZBEK
    After the latest incident involving McDonnell Douglas RF-4E/TMs, in which four crew members were killed when two of the aircraft crashed in southeast Turkey, the nation has decided to retire the type after a 35-year service life. On 24 February, two RF-4Es crashed during an approach for landing. According to information released by the Turkish air force, the aircraft were flying in cloud during the night-time approach. The crash area was about 7.5nm (14km) from the runway at Malatya/Erhac air base. An F-4E was also lost in Konya province on 5 March. Turkey received its first batch of RF-4Es in...
  • Boeing-Saab Team Demonstrate Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb

    03/11/2015 6:19:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 10 March 2015 | Valerie Insinna
    Boeing and Saab in February demonstrated a new version of Boeing’s small diameter bomb that can be safely fired from a ground artillery system. Now, they have to find their first customer, executives said March 10. The companies completed three successful launches of the weapon last month during tests in Vidsel, Sweden, said Beth Kluba, Boeing’s vice president of weapons and missile systems. They could deliver the capability as early as 18 months after the first contract is signed. "We did a series of shots over a couple of weeks and had success with each one of them,” she said....
  • The fastest plane in the world

    03/10/2015 4:49:57 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue March 10, 2015 | Thom Patterson,
    In 1976 they smashed the world aviation speed record by blasting across the Western United States in America's super spy plane, the Lockheed SR-71.
  • CHINA SHOWS OFF ITS DEADLY NEW CRUISE MISSILES

    03/10/2015 6:57:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Popular Science ^ | MARCH 10, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    DH-10 Launch Xinhui, via China Defense Forum This clear image of a TEL vehicle launching a DH-10 provides us with a detailed look at the cruise missile; while the tailfins have deployed, the air intake and wings have not. The debris is from the breaking open of the canister, while the short cylinder attached to the missile's rear is its integrated rocket booster that brings the missile into flight before the turbofan engine starts. A DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM) launches out of its canister, heading for parts unknown. Weighing about 1-1.5 tons (about the same size as the...
  • Russian Navy new Ka-52K Hokum B Naval Attack Helicopter Conducted its First Test Flight

    03/10/2015 6:20:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 10 March 2015
    Pictures have emerged on Russian social networks showing the first test flight of the new Ka-52K Naval Attack helicopter. Based on the Ka-52 "Alligator" the K version has been specifically modified for the Russian Navy to operate the helicopters from the Mistral class LHDs. Russian Navy's new Ka-52K Hokum B Naval Attack Helicopter during its first test flight The navalised version of the Alligator features a folding rotor head and folding stub-wings. Other modifications are rumored to include the ability to launch Kh-31 (AS-17 'Krypton') and Kh-35 (AS-20 'Kayak') anti-ship missiles. Some reports also reported the installation of a Mig-35...
  • That One Time Lockheed Hated on the Taiwanese Air Force

    03/07/2015 6:04:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 07, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Five years ago, Lockheed Martin told U.S. Air Force officials that Taiwan’s air force was on the verge of collapse and no other defense contractor in the world could help. Eager to sell F-16s, the company went on a PR blitz. The pitch—Washington and the Pentagon needed to sell fighter jets to Taiwan … or else. “China has been aggressively modernizing their forces,” Lockheed warned in a briefing to the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters for the Pacific region. “By 2015, they will outnumber Taiwan by … an almost four-to-one majority.” War Is Boring obtained the briefing’s notes and slides via...
  • Is This The Shape Of Russia's Next Generation Long-Range Bomber?

    03/03/2015 5:10:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 03/02/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    While America's aerospace industry is hard at work creating the USAF's next generation bomber, Russia has a similar ongoing program known as the the PAK-DA. Now, after years of requirements changes, it appears that a blended wing, subsonic design, much like the one pictured above, will be the new jet's overall configuration. The PAK-DA, which literally means "prospective aviation complex for long-range aviation," is Russia's next generation long-range bomber project and it aims to one day replace the Tu-95 Bear and the Tu-160 Blackjack, and possibly the Tu-22M Backfire fleets. Much like America's next generation bomber, which has gone from...
  • A-10 Thunderbolt (photo essay)

    03/02/2015 8:39:28 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unknown
    Even as the Pentagon plans for warfare on distant battlefields, it is engaged in a budget battle to retire the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Thunderbolt. But the “Warthog” has many supporters in the military and on Capitol Hill, and the fight to keep the aircraft flying continues. Here's a look.
  • Argentine technical mission to China to assess the purchase of jet fighters

    03/02/2015 7:23:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    MercoPress ^ | March 1st 2015
    It's official: in the coming weeks a technical delegation from Argentina's Air Force will be travelling to China to assess the convenience of purchasing Chinese jet fighters to replace the obsolete French made Mirages. Only a month ago president Cristina Fernandez was in Beijing where she sealed an “integral strategic alliance” with China. Negotiations remain secret but according to Argentine sources the purchase could range between 14 and 20 aircraft, basically the FC-1/F-17 'Thunder' which is manufactured by Chendu Aircraft Corporation in association with Pakistan. The single engine fighter is considered modern, affordable for developing countries, and has been tested...
  • Su-25: Old warrior is future of Russian attack aviation

    03/02/2015 5:09:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | March 2, 2015 | Vadim Matveev
    Forty years ago, an attack aircraft Su-25 (GrachRook) took off from an airfield in Moscow suburb Kubinka for its maiden flight. Time has not dimmed its lustre. This aircraft remains a fearsome fighting machine, and can be called the future of Russian attack aviation. At the beginning of 2015, there were 14 air assault squadrons, composed of 150 Su-25; 60 Su-25SM; 52 Su-25SM2 /SM3; and 15 Su-25UB. Of all these storm-troopers 80 more machines will be upgraded to the SM version by 2020. About 100 more of this type of aircraft are parked at the long-term storage bases. Shock and...
  • Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sighted in River Forth as fitting-out continues

    03/02/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online, UK ^ | 27 February 2015 | JENNIFER SMITH
    The next phase of work on the Navy's largest ever warship is underway, with the upper decks of the huge vessel gradually taking form. Workers were seen on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dock in Fife, some seven months after being first floated on the River Forth. She was unveiled by the Queen in 2014 after the ordinarily dry dock was flooded with water. The ship is Britain's largest ever maritime vessel weighing 65,000 tonnes and measuring 918ft from bow to stern. At almost 230ft, she stands as tall as Niagara Falls from the keel to the masthead. Once...