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  • MBDA SPEAR 3 missile would bring true anti-ship capabilities to RAF and FAA F-35s

    07/22/2014 11:54:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 22 July 2014
    MBDA was showcasing its SPEAR 3 missile at the Farnborough International Air Show 2014. SPEAR is MBDA’s response to a component of the UK’s Selective Precision Effects At Range air launched requirement. The weapon will maximize the potential of the UK’s future combat air capability, matching the weapon to the aircraft: “a 5th generation weapon for a 5th generation fast jet”. MBDA Artist impressions showing: Left: the SPEAR missile can be "quad packed" per each F-35 weapon bay (8x missiles total). Right: SPEAR could well become the missile of choice for anti-surface missions to be conducted in the near future...
  • Why Boeing's Design For A 747 Full Of Cruise Missiles Makes Total Sense

    07/22/2014 8:19:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 07/20/2014 | Patrick George
    From Foxtrot Alpha: After the Carter Administration's cancellation of the B-1A program due to fiscal concerns, the rise of air-launched cruise missiles and the possibility of developing a stealth bomber, Boeing put forward a low-risk, relatively cheap, cruise missile delivery vehicle alternative based on the mighty 747. It was called the Cruise Missile Carrier Aircraft, or CMCA for short. The idea was relatively simple, turn the premier long-range commercial hauler into an arsenal ship capable of carrying between 50 and 100 air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs). At the time the AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile was all the rage (it is still...
  • Raytheon's Alabama-made Standard-Missile 3 stands proud at Farnborough International Airshow

    07/21/2014 9:09:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AL.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Leada Gore
    Alabama had a large presence at the Farnborough International Airshow. In the case of Raytheon, that presence was also tall, slender and packing a punch. The Massachusetts -based company had several presentations and displays at the London show, including information on the Standard Missile-6 and SM-3. Both of the missiles are produced at Raytheon's 70,000 square-foot automation integration and testing facility on Redstone Arsenal. The company's presentation included a life-size model of its SM-3 kill vehicle, a defensive weapon used by the U.S. Navy to destroy short-to-intermediate-range ballistic missile. The SM-3 doesn't use explosives; engineered instead to use sheer force...
  • Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding

    07/21/2014 9:04:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Local, Sweden ^ | 21 Jul 2014
    Swedish defence firm Saab has declined to provide a bid for a 30 billion ($4.37 billion) Danish fighter contract while reports indicate that US firm Lockheed Martin is set to land the deal. Three candidates are officially in the running to receive one of Denmark’s biggest public purchases of all time when the military purchases new fighter jets by July 1st 2015. See also: Historic jet purchase enters new phase It was expected that four producers would provide bids for the contract, but the Swedish government and weapons producer Saab decided at the last moment to not bid for the...
  • Malaysia plane downed by top Russian export

    07/18/2014 5:27:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | July 18, 2014 | Daniel Goldstein
    Russian-made SAM has long held the respect of the world’s militaries WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 over Ukraine by suspected separatists using a Russian-made “Buk” surface-to-air missile, or SAM, is a grim reminder of a Cold War truism. Russian SAMs are some of the deadliest in the business. While the ground weapons of Russia and the predecessor Soviet Union — namely, the T-72 main battle tank and BMP-series infantry fighting vehicles — have fared particularly poorly in combat in Middle East wars against the Israelis and later against U.S. and coalition forces in the 1991...
  • Malaysian passenger plane crashes in Ukraine near Russian border: Ifax

    07/17/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 856 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 July 2014 | Alissa de Carbonne
    A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, Interfax cited an aviation industry source as saying on Thursday.
  • Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

    07/16/2014 3:02:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | July 16th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    FARNBOROUGH, England – The British Royal Air Force plans to finish technological upgrades of as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016 as part of a modernization plan to keep the plane relevant as the F-35 and Typhoon come on line, officials said at the Farnborough International Airshow. The upgrades included outfitting the planes with precision weapons, improved information exchange and secure communication technology, said Dave Waddington, Tornado Force Commander, RAF. Although at least eight upgraded Tornado aircraft have recently served in Afghanistan, the RAF plans to fully phase out the plane by 2019 as more Eurofighter Typhoons and F-35s...
  • For IAF, Rafale makes the grade

    07/16/2014 12:00:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 7/16/2014 | ATUL ANEJA
    Dependence on Russian imports diminishing Russia is fast losing its dominance in Indian skies as the Indian Air Force is sticking to its guns on inducting 127 Rafale fighter jets from France and turning to the domestic military industry to supplement its requirements. Defence sources told The Hindu that despite an aggressive counter campaign by the British and Americans, the Indian side is firm about wrapping up the Rafale deal. The Rafale has made the grade because it is a safer twin-engine aircraft, which the IAF wants to fly for the next 40 years. Besides it has the teeth to...
  • Farnborough: Year of the Gripen?

    07/16/2014 11:56:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Shephard Media ^ | 07/16/2014 | Tim Fish
    Saab has revealed plans to inaugurate an avionics systems test rig for further development of the Gripen E fighter. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow, Lennart Sindhal, deputy CEO of Saab said that the systems test rig would mean that all the sensor suites for the aircraft could be tested on the ground, while data was transmitted and received from an airborne aircraft. He added that this development will be followed by the production of three more tactical rig test aircraft over the next three years to prove the Gripen E fighter. The aircraft will be built at a rate...
  • Beaver hops over whale

    07/15/2014 8:50:28 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 6 replies
    A Beaver (Harris Aircraft Services from Sitka) narrowly avoided a surfacing whale while landing at Angoon. on July 10 '14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu2WEWRkoXk Pilot may not have seen the whale, but the exhale plume was certainly a tipoff. Hit pause/play to freeze the plume of mist and the whale's back.
  • Farnborough Airshow: The Scorpion in search of a customer

    07/15/2014 3:53:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 July 2014 | Russell Hotten
    Two US fighter jets were due to make their international debuts this week at the year's most important aerospace event, the Farnborough Airshow. At the moment, only one of them is here. The F-35 may be the world's most expensive, most advanced military jet programme, but it was a cheap and cheerful budget aircraft that managed the trans-Atlantic crossing to Farnborough. The Scorpion costs about $20m (£12m) a throw, is built from off-the-shelf components, and went from drawing board to first flight in 23 months. The F-35, costing three times as much and conceived in the early 1990s, is still...
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • Raytheon, Kongsberg Team Up For Anti-Ship Missile

    07/15/2014 3:46:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/15/2015 | ROBERT WALL
    Missile Has a Range Exceeding 150 Nautical Miles, and is Designed to be Difficult to Spot by Radar FARNBOROUGH, England— Raytheon Co. RTN +0.64% is teaming up with Norways's Kongsberg Gruppen AS KOG.OS -0.73% A to build a new anti-ship weapon as it deepens its battle with Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.50% in the market to sell high-end missiles to the Pentagon. Kongsberg is developing the Joint Strike Missile for use with Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to attack ships and land targets from great distance. Under the deal being announced today at the Farnborough air show, Raytheon will...
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 12:38:36 PM PDT · by Rodamala · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    Americans should be worried. The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland — began on the evening of July 3 and continued through July 11. To be fair, the Pentagon routinely grounds warplanes on a temporary basis following accidents and malfunctions to buy investigators time to identify problems and to give engineers time...
  • UKRAINE: Canada gives Ukraine 20 F18 fighter Canadian

    Canada gives Ukraine 20 F18 fighter Canadian government proposes to transfer to the Ukrainians. Also, about two dozen military combat aircraft CF-18A,. On it informs edition "The Press of Ukraine" and the Russian English-language TV channel Russia Today. It is noted that these 20 aircraft can be transferred to the Ukrainian side for free, since they are deducted from the Canadian Air Force in connection with the purchase of new aircraft of the new generation. In addition, Canada proposes to send a dozen experts to Ukraine to study Ukrainian pilots, says "Press of Ukraine"
  • Boeing gets OK to develop almost 500 acres in SC

    07/14/2014 4:23:31 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    The State ^ | July 14, 2014
    <p>The Boeing Co. may now proceed with development of almost 500 acres near its assembly plant in North Charleston.</p>
  • Typhoon aircraft complete 10,000 flying hours (Saudi Arabia)

    07/13/2014 8:27:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Arab News ^ | 13 July 2014
    The Royal Saudi Air Force’s Typhoon aircraft completed 10,000 flying hours recently, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia PR and communications director Monther M. Tayeb told Arab News. “The Typhoon aircraft’s performance is significant in the history of any fleet. Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft simultaneously providing deployable air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities,” he said. Tayeb noted that BAE Systems delivered the first two Typhoon aircrafts in the Kingdom in 2009 and form part of a fleet totaling 72 aircrafts. “This agreement forms part of a strategic relationship between the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom,”...
  • Japan’s new stealth jet fighter has been officially unveiled

    07/13/2014 8:12:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jul 12 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out. Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2. On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defense’s agency that has developed the Shinshin (“spirit of the heart”, an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research...
  • UK Investigators: Crocodile Responsible for Plane Crash in the Congo

    07/13/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 | David Harding
    Crocodile might be responsible for plane crash in the Congo: UK investigators • Only one person survived the crash — as did the toothy reptile, though it was killed with machetes by rescuers sifting through the plane's wreckage. A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo that left 18 people dead may have been caused by a crocodile. The animal is thought to have climbed out of a hold midflight and spooked the crew and passengers. They all panicked and ran towards the cockpit, and the forward shift in weight may have caused the plane to plummet to the...
  • Japan's fighter jets face down Russian, Chinese rivals

    07/12/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    dw.de ^ | July 11, 2014
    The Japanese Air Force has been repeatedly tested since April, with fighter jets being sent to monitor unidentified aircraft approaching Japanese airspace no fewer than 340 times in the space of twelve weeks. Embroiled in territorial disputes with all its immediate neighbors, Japan encountered Russian aircraft on 235 occasions, up from 204 year on year. Of the remainder, the vast majority turned out to be Chinese military aircraft operating in the air-defense zone which Beijing unilaterally declared over a vast area of the East China Sea in November of last year, but which both Japan and the United States dispute....
  • Meet The Ilyushin IL-102, The Most Gorgeously Ugly Combat Jet Ever

    07/11/2014 11:00:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 07/11/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    When we talk about combat aircraft that are so ugly they are brutishly beautiful, aircraft like the A-10, B-52 and the Mi-24 come to mind. Yet an obscure Russian close air support aircraft that lost a competition to the now notorious Sukhoi Su-25 may take the trophy for the must gorgeously ugly combat jet of all time. By the late 1960s Russia was looking for a new jet aircraft that would be dedicated to close air support (CAS). After studying close air support scenarios and data collected since WWII it was clear that the fast, swept-wing jets and heavy bombers...
  • FARNBOROUGH: Fighter manufacturers enter dogfight with F-35

    07/11/2014 10:44:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/11/2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Every two years, a select group of Western fighter manufacturers touch down at Farnborough air show to promote their wares in what is perhaps the toughest of all sales categories. As the home show for Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems, the event offers a prime opportunity to highlight the credentials of the Typhoon, as it works with allies Airbus Defence & Space and Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aermacchi to add to their operators list. Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the UK have together received more than a combined 400 examples so far, and Oman is under contract to field 12...
  • Eurofighter Describes Multi-Role Capability Status

    07/11/2014 10:40:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 11, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    Multi-role functionality has been a long time coming for the Eurofighter Typhoon. But the four-nation industrial consortium building the combat jet says the Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) package that is now entering service represents a “paradigm shift” in capability. The commander of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon force, Air Cmdr. Gary Waterfall, said the new package allows the RAF to drop 500-pound Paveway IV “smart” bombs “at the moment of our choosing, on targets of our choosing, with a multitude of fuse settings, impact angles and arrivals.” Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter GmbH future capabilities manager, added, “The operator may...
  • Meteor missile validated on board Swedish Gripens

    07/10/2014 7:03:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/10/2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    MBDA’s Meteor missile has successfully completed a firing campaign on board the Saab Gripen fighter, marking the complete validation of the integration of the weapon with the aircraft. The testing of the beyond visual range air-to-air missile was conducted in March in collaboration with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), and was the last major milestone the Meteor had to pass before it could enter operational service on board the Swedish air force's Gripen C/Ds. The Meteor capability is being added to Sweden's Gripens under the Material System 20 combat systems upgrade for the air force, which will become the...
  • India, UK sign deals worth £250 million for ASRAAM Missiles

    07/09/2014 8:30:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Livemint, India ^ | July 08, 2014
    Mumbai: Deals worth at least £370 million (around Rs.3,800 crore) were signed between India and the UK on Monday, the first day of a visit by George Osborne, the British chancellor of the exchequer, and William Hague, the country’s foreign secretary. The Indian Air Force and companies such as the Mahindra Group and Cipla Ltd were among those that signed business agreements with UK-based corporations. Osborne told a press conference in Mumbai that India’s defence ministry has signed a £250 million contact with missile maker MBDA of the UK for the supply of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAM) to...
  • PLA YJ-12 missile the most dangerous threat to US Navy: US expert

    07/06/2014 6:08:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-07-05
    In an article written for the Washington-based military website, War on the Rock, Robert Haddick, an American military analyst said that the People's Liberation Army Navy's YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missile is the most dangerous threat to the US Navy in the Western Pacific. On page 40 of the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2014 published by the Pentagon for congress indicated, this cruise missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds. In addition, the YJ-12 is capable of being launched from PLA Navy Air Force's H-6 strategic...
  • Scorpion Jet Makes International Debut

    07/04/2014 10:12:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Flying Mag ^ | Jul 03, 2014 | Pia Bergqvist
    Textron AirLand's new military jet prototype, the twin-engine Scorpion, is breezing through the development phase and is now ready to make its international debut. With more than 105 hours of flight-testing on its prototype, the Wichita, Kansas-based company plans to send the Scorpion on its way on a multi-day, 4,700-nm flight from Wichita to RAF Fairford-Gloucestershire today. The prototype will be shown off to potential customers attending the Farnborough International Airshow and The Royal International Air Tattoo, both set to take place in the United Kingdom in the middle of this month. Textron AirLand president Bill Anderson said the airplane...
  • US Air Force's F-22s & F-15s Just Battled One Of Their Most Feared Foes

    07/03/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/27/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    In what was one of the most outrageous Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) opportunities of the decade, and the first time the F-22 Raptor made a SE Asia international exercise appearance, Cope Taufan brought the US and Malaysian air arms closer together in a wonderfully aggressive manner. Cope Taufan is a biennial exercise between Malaysia and the US, and it has grown over the past few evolutions to become one of the premier multinational air combat exercises in the hemisphere. For 2014, America's most capable air-to-air fighters were deployed to take part, and sending the Raptor to Malaysia fired a...
  • Iran and Russia Send Sukhois to Iraq

    07/03/2014 7:07:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    AIN Online ^ | July 2, 2014 | DAVID DONALD
    Efforts by Iraq’s embattled Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki to urgently acquire combat aircraft to assist with the battle against Isis rebels have already born fruit in the form of Sukhoi Su-25 “Frogfoot” attack aircraft from Russia and Iran. A video posted by the Iraqi ministry of defense on June 28 showed aircraft from a batch of five from Russian stocks being offloaded in Iraq after being air-freighted to the Imam Ali air base near Nasiriyah in Antonov An-124s. This first batch of Su-25s was hastily refurbished at the 121st ARZ workshop at Kubinka, where the aircraft were given a large...
  • The aircraft carrier that never was

    07/03/2014 5:47:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 2, 2014 | By Nick Childs
    The Queen is about to name the first of the UK's controversial new-generation aircraft carriers in a ceremony at Rosyth. But a plan for a super-carrier five decades ago ended in acrimony. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a major milestone for the Royal Navy and for British defence. It also provides a strong echo with the past, and the Royal Navy's last - failed - bid for a new-generation of full-size aircraft carriers half a century ago. The first of those ships was designated CVA-01. Like the new ship, she would have been called HMS Queen Elizabeth. But she was the...
  • Britain Frets Over Cost of Restoring Carriers to Royal Navy

    07/03/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 2, 2014 | ROBERT WALL
    Queen to Christen First of Two New Aircraft Carriers, Second Headed for Mothballs ROSYTH, Scotland— Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled on Friday to christen the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, despite lingering questions over whether Britain can afford both vessels. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to start sailing with combat jets in 2020—a decade after Britain suspended its membership in the elite club of militaries with that capacity, one that already includes India and China. For the Royal Navy's top brass, the carrier represents another milestone in the country's storied history as a naval power....
  • Flaris Personal Jets Take Off

    07/01/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 48 replies
    Robb Report ^ | Mary Grady
    Flaris, a new aviation company based in Poland, made an unexpected appearance at the Paris Air Show in June with its prototype of a single-engine personal jet, the LAR01. The all-composite design allows for sweeping lines, with a sharp nose, a cabin that seats four, and long, narrow wings for aerodynamic efficiency. - See more at: http://robbreport.com/aviation/flaris-personal-jets-take?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=relatedlinks&utm_campaign=aviation#sthash.PFsSTX3s.dpuf
  • America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Fleet Is Grounded

    06/27/2014 7:50:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 28, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Fleet Is Grounded Plagued by delays and cost overruns that turned it into the most expensive weapons program in history, the F-35 program is on hold after a fire nearly destroyed a plane. The U.S. Air Force has grounded its fleet of stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) after one aircraft caught fire on takeoff Monday at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. While the pilot got out of the stricken jet without injury, the roughly $200 million machine could be a total loss. “The airplane aborted during takeoff due to a fire...
  • "America Deluded Us" Slams Angry Iraq PM, Will Buy Russian Jets Instead In War Against ISIS

    06/27/2014 5:50:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6/27/14 | Tyler Durden
    As BBC reports, citing Maliki, "Jets from Russia and Belarus will hopefully make a key difference in the fight against ISIS in Iraq." He expressed regrets over Iraq's contract with the US, saying their "jets are taking too long to arrive." "God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens," he told BBC Arabic.
  • Kongsberg unveils for the first time a Submarine Launched NSM at Balt Military Expo 2014

    06/27/2014 8:15:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Tuesday, 24 June 2014
    At the 13th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2014 currently held in Gdansk, Poland, Kongsberg shows for the first time a concept of a submarine launched variant of its NSM (Naval Strike Missile). The missile is based on the JSM (the variant specifically designed to fit inside the F35 JSF jet's weapons bay). Kongsberg with its partner Nammo will design a specific booster to launch the missile after breaking out of the water. Navy Recognition learned that the missile itself may be longer in size than the JSM in order to give it more range. This will be decided during the...
  • Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability

    06/26/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 10, 2014 6:26 PM | Dave Majumdar
    Lockheed: Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Final Approach to Initial Operational Capability By: Dave Majumdar Published: June 10, 2014 6:25 PM Updated: June 10, 2014 6:26 PM A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. on Oct. 25 2013. US Marine Corps Photo Lockheed Martin has begun testing...
  • Sikorsky and Boeing Team Submit New Army Helicopter Design

    06/26/2014 10:30:14 AM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 17, 2014 2:00 PM | Dave Majumdar
    Sikorsky and Boeing Team Submit New Army Helicopter Design By: Dave Majumdar Published: June 17, 2014 2:00 PM Updated: June 17, 2014 2:00 PM A joint Sikorsky-Boeing team has submitted their initial design for a new high-speed compound helicopter called the SB-1 Defiant to the U.S. Army. “Last week we submitted our initial design and risk report to the customer,” said Doug Shidler, one of the two co-program directors for the industry team, during a Tuesday teleconference. “Next week we will be conducting our initial design and risk review with them.” The high-speed compound helicopter design is the team’s entry...
  • Eurofighter: new aerodynamics set for 2014 test flight

    06/25/2014 9:43:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 June 2014 | DAN THISDELL
    Eurofighter will by year-end make is final proof-of-concept test flight on an aerodynamic modification kit that promises to improve the combat aircraft’s subsonic turn rate by 15%. Adding leading edge root extensions and extended trailing edge flaps, and reshaping the side-of-cockpit ILS antennae covers as 70° delta strakes should improve the aircraft’s agility for close-quarters combat. Laurie Hilditch, head of future capabilities at Eurofighter, says the modification kit should give the aircraft the sort of “knife-fight in a phone box” turning capability enjoyed by rivals such as Boeing’s F/A-18E/F or the Lockheed Martin F-16, without sacrificing the transonic and supersonic...
  • Boeing plots hybrid Super Hornet/Growler future

    06/25/2014 9:39:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Boeing is formulating a concept for a hybrid variant of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet equipped with the electronic signal detection capabilities of the EA-18G Growler as it seeks to attract orders for new aircraft and upgrades to older models. The resulting aircraft would resemble an E/A-18G that lacks ALQ-99 jamming pods for electronic attack, preserves the ALQ-218 electronic receiver and adds weapons now only carried by the F/A-18E/F, says Boeing vice-president Mike Gibbons. “That hybrid just starts with the simple notion of take the sensor suite of the Growler and move it to a basically strike platform and then you...
  • Blue Angels report calls out fighter pilot culture

    06/25/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    USNI News ^ | Jun. 25, 2014 - 04:04PM |
    Blue Angels report calls out fighter pilot culture Jun. 25, 2014 - 04:04PM | The unique structure of the Blue Angels, who fly without an executive officer and vote to select new members, may have contributed to the lewd behavior outlined in a Navy report, experts said. Here, then-Cmdr. Greg McWherter, center, leads the team after its return to Pensacola, Fla., from training in California in 2009. (Katie King/Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal) By Meghann Myers Staff writer When news broke that Capt. Gregory McWherter’s high-flying career had essentially ended, support came flooding in from thousands of sailors and civilians who...
  • Turkey to select foreign engine for local fighter

    06/23/2014 9:35:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | June/24/2014 | Burak Bekdil
    Turkey has requested bids from global motor companies GE, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney to present bids to power TurkeyÂ’s future fighter jet. The defense authorities, who mull to complete the program by 2023, see the engines as the first step for the ambitious program TurkeyÂ’s aerospace industry and procurement authorities have decided to first choose a foreign-made engine for the indigenous fighter jet that the countryÂ’s local industry will develop, and then finalize its design. A senior aide of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan said Turkish scientists had decided that choosing the engine and then proceeding with the program...
  • China’s Third Aircraft Carrier Could Be Nuclear (And as big as American flattops)

    06/22/2014 9:35:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    medium.com blog War is Boring ^ | June 20, 2014 | David Axe
    China’s first aircraft carrier—the refurbished Ukrainian-built flattop Liaoning—entered testing in 2011. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is building a second carrier itself—a conventionally-powered vessel like Liaoning. A third carrier currently in the planning stage could be bigger than her two predecessors—as big as an American Nimitz-class supercarrier, in fact—plus nuclear-powered, just like U.S. flattops. Atomic propulsion confers greater sailing range and supports more sensors, weaponry and other systems. Lots of countries have one or two aircraft carriers. But none build flattops as big and capable as America’s 11 Nimitzs and new Ford-class CVNs. Evidence indicates that’s about to change. In...
  • Iraq Is Running Out of Hind Gunships

    06/22/2014 9:25:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    medium.com/ blog War is Boring ^ | Jun 22, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    ISIS has shot up dozens of helicopters, so Baghdad is going shopping In the span of a few short years, Iraq went from having a nonexistent air force to having one just barely getting on its feet. Now Baghdad’s shaky flying corps is getting into real trouble as it tries to contain a worsening civil war. Iraq’s front-line helicopter gunships are taking so much punishment, the government is growing desperate for replacements. On June 20, the Czech defense ministry revealed that Iraq approached Prague with an offer to buy up to seven Mi-35M Hind gunships—the export version of the famed...
  • A-10 backers win House vote to save plane

    06/20/2014 7:39:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted an amendment to the 2015 defense appropriation bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from spending any money to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet — a mainstay of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But the fate of the venerated “Warthog” close-air-support jet remains far from certain, as the Senate still must act, and the issue will likely be hammered out in conference committee. The amendment’s bipartisan adoption was a victory for Rep. Ron Barber, a Tucson Democrat, and other A-10 supporters, who were chagrined when the House Appropriations Committee left A-10 funding out of...
  • BAE contracted to study Brimstone 2 for Typhoon

    06/19/2014 12:05:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | June 19, 2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    Following doubts over the timeline for the integration of MBDA-developed Brimstone 2 missiles on the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons, the UK Ministry of Defence has contracted BAE Systems to study the possibility of accelerating the process. In February the National Audit Office released its Major Projects Report 2013, which claimed the integration of the air-to-surface Brimstone 2 on the Typhoon would not come to pass until 2021. This would result in a two year capability gap, following the retirement of the Panavia Tornado GR4 in 2019. The £5 million ($8.5 million) contract for an initial study will facilitate an...
  • France retires last Mirage F1s

    06/19/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 18 June 2014
    The French air force has retired its last squadron of Dassault Mirage F1s from operational use, with the type due to make its final appearance during Bastille day celebrations next month. Mont-de-Marsan-based reconnaissance unit 2/33 “Savoie” staged a farewell event on 13 June, with four of its 14 aircraft appearing with retrospective colour schemes or special tail markings. The squadron’s 11 single-seat Mirage F1CRs and three two-seat F1Bs are to be transferred to Châteaudun for storage and eventual disposal, with six to be maintained long enough to allow four to participate in a Bastille day flypast over Paris. France had...
  • Can the Sukhoi Su-30 have the edge over U.S. fighters in aerial combat?

    06/18/2014 7:22:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 18 2014 | Dario Leone
    Su-30s would beat F-15s every time. ButÂ….. We recently explained how, 10 years ago, Exercise Cope India put the Indian Air Force Su-30 against U.S. Air Force F-15C jets with results that are still open to debate: since the drills took place during F-22 budget reviews, some analysts affirm the Air Force intentionally accepted the challenging ROE (Rules Of Engagement) to gain more Raptors. Others claim this version of the story was invented to try to save face after the Indians achieved an impressive 9:1 kill ratio. Even if we might never know the truth, itÂ’s undeniable that, at least...
  • N Korea 'develops Russian cruise missile'

    06/17/2014 8:34:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 June 2014
    <p>A North Korean propaganda film has revealed footage of a newly developed cruise missile, according to experts.</p> <p>The missile is believed to be similar to the Russian KH-35 missile, which came into service in 2003.</p> <p>Cruise missiles are short-range weapons guided by on-board computers, used to attack specific targets. The majority of the North's known missiles are much larger, longer-range missiles.</p>
  • Rafale contract elusive, Eurofighter and Saab remain hopeful (India)

    06/17/2014 8:26:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | June 17, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Saab believes co-developing Tejas Mark II would end need for Rafale More than two years after India's ministry of defence (MoD) chose to buy 126 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF), the world's biggest fighter contract swings in the wind. With no deal in sight after 28 months of haggling with Dassault, two of the losing vendors -Eurofighter and Saab - believe they could yet come out tops. Eurofighter GmbH, whose Typhoon fighter narrowly lost out to the Rafale, still retains a senior executive in New Delhi. This is to allow Eurofighter - the official runner-up -...
  • Army scores major win over IAF, gets Apache gunships (India)

    06/16/2014 12:04:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Sunday Guardian, India ^ | 14th Jun 2014 | VISHAL THAPAR
    The government has approved the raising of three squadrons of the iconic American-made Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Army. This marks a big win for the Army in its epic war with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the control of helicopter gunships. "The Army will get 39 Apache attack helicopters at an estimated cost of over $2.5 billion after the first tranche of 22 of these gunships, currently being negotiated with the US, is delivered to the IAF," disclosed an exultant officer at Army Headquarters. All future acquisitions of attack helicopters will thereafter be for the Army, an...