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  • Iconic MiG-21 Soviet fighter reaches twilight years in Europe

    01/18/2018 7:59:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | January 18, 2018 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — During the Cold War, the MiG-21 fighter and the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle epitomized the might of the Soviet Bloc as it confronted the West in Europe. Although the MiG-21 — dubbed Fishbed by NATO — never saw combat in a NATO-Warsaw Pact war, the most iconic Soviet fighter of the jet age frequently tangled with American and other Western warplanes in hot wars in Vietnam, the Middle East and Africa. But nearly 60 years after it first entered front-line service with the Soviet air force — and 33 years since production ceased — the single-engine interceptor...
  • French Rafale Fighters Will Deploy Aboard An American Supercarrier This April

    01/12/2018 8:32:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 12, 2018 | By Tyler Rogoway
    Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Dasb—U.S. Navy A number of Marine Nationale Rafale-M multi-role fighter jets and E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft, along with 350 support personnel and aircrew, will deploy aboard the USS George H.W. Bush this Spring. Not only will the multi-national operation work to give Rafale-M aircrews much needed carrier qualifications—France's only carrier has been undergoing a mid-life refit—but it also aims to expand the two countries' abilities to operate fighter aircraft cooperatively from the sea for prolonged periods of time. Captain Jean-Emmanuel Roux de Luze, the French Naval Attaché to the U.S. Navy,...
  • "Son of Blackbird": Boeing Reveals Hypersonic Concept That Could Replace SR-71

    01/12/2018 11:43:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 125 replies ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | By Jay Bennett
    Boeing showed off a scaled concept model of its hypersonic strike and reconnaissance aircraft design. This week Boeing revealed the first design details of a demonstrator aircraft that would go faster than Mach 5. Boeing hopes to build the hypersonic concept around a combined-cycle engine that incorporates elements of a turbine and a dual ramjet/scramjet. The unveiling came at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando, Florida, as reported by Aviation Week Aerospace Daily. Boeing's model design is similar to one Lockheed Martin is working on. The aerospace industry right now is racing to produce a...
  • Taiwan Sky Sword II missiles to challenge China’s Sukhoi Su-35 jets

    01/11/2018 7:01:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2018/01/10 | Matthew Strong
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan-manufactured Sky Sword II missiles will see their usage and adaptation expanded so they can help Taiwan’s Air Force tackle the threat from China’s Sukhoi Su-35 jets, reports said Wednesday. The Taiwanese weapon was developed in the 1990s as a medium-range air-to-air missile at the National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST, 中科院). According to a report in the Liberty Times, the sea-to-air version of the Sky Sword II (天劍二) will be distributed to the Taiwan Navy’s Lafayette frigates from 2020 to 2028. In addition, Indigenous Defense Fighter (經國號) jets will see their number...
  • Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo

    01/11/2018 8:50:55 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies ^ | Andrew J. Hawkins
    Boeing today unveiled a giant drone that’s capable of lifting a 500 pound payload. Calling it an “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype,” the aerospace giant said it could serve as a precursor for future autonomous flying aircraft. The heavy-duty drone took Boeing’s engineers only three months to design and build, the company says. It successfully completed initial flight tests at Boeing’s research lab in Missouri. “This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop in a statement. “We have an opportunity to really change...
  • Boeing surges after reporting record jet deliveries and massive order backlog

    01/09/2018 7:36:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan. 9, 2018 | Phil LeBeau | Leslie Josephs
    Boeing delivered a record number of commercial airplanes last year, the company reported Tuesday, firing up a rally in the company's stock. The aerospace giant delivered 763 planes, one more than its previous high set in 2015. The company's stock rallied after the report, closing up 2.7 percent at $318.43 and leading the Dow industrials higher. Boeing, whose shares have more than doubled over the last 12 months, said it booked orders for 912 commercial airplanes, the seventh highest annual total for the company.
  • Adversary Air Contractors Still Expanding—and Expecting

    01/05/2018 8:49:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN online ^ | January 4, 2018 | Chris Pocock
    The Atlas Cheetahs that Draken is buying from South Africa are heavily modified Dassault Mirage IIIs. (Photo: Draken International) Adversary Air (ADAIR) contractors are continuing to expand, in the expectation of new awards from air arms trying to make savings and/or improve their training against projected threats. In the past two months, American company Draken International has bought 34 used fighter aircraft to boost its chances in the major upcoming U.S. Air Force ADAIR competition. Israel’s Elbit Systems announced a partnership with Babcock to pursue the UK’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) requirement. Also recently, Discovery Air Defence,...
  • China has started building its third aircraft carrier, military sources say

    01/05/2018 8:44:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04 January, 2018 | Minnie Chan
    China started building its third aircraft carrier, with a hi-tech launch system, at a Shanghai shipyard last year, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army. One of the sources said Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard Group was given the go-ahead to begin work on the vessel after military leaders met in Beijing following the annual sessions of China’s legislature and top political advisory body in March. “But the shipyard is still working on the carrier’s hull, which is expected to take about two years,” the source said. “Building the new carrier will be more complicated and challenging than the other...
  • Lockheed Touts Non-Existent "Beast Mode" F-35 Configuration With 16 Air-To-Air Missiles

    12/29/2017 7:57:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Lockheed Martin has an interesting graphic displayed on their website showing the comparative max loud-outs for stealth combat configuration and for non-stealth combat configuration—the latter of which the company refers to as "beast mode." In the "beast mode" configuration, the graphic depicts an air-to-air optimized load-out that includes a whopping 14 AIM-120 AMRAAMs and a pair of AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles—16 missiles in all. But does such a plentiful missile carrying configuration actually exist? No, it doesn't. Not only has this configuration not been tested but as far as we can tell it isn't even slated for development anytime in the...
  • China stages maiden flight of world’s biggest amphibious plane

    12/24/2017 7:49:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 December, 2017
    China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernisation programme. China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment as it adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the disputed South China Sea, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. State television showed live images of the AG600 lifting off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong, which sits on the South China Sea coast. It...
  • Japan considering buying F-35B fighters that can operate from helicopter carriers

    12/24/2017 7:37:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    KYODO ^ | DECEMBER 25, 2017
    In what could be seen as a change in Japan’s defense posture that has banned the possession of offensive aircraft carriers, the Defense Ministry is considering buying new fighter jets that may be put on its helicopter carriers, government sources said Sunday. The sources said the introduction of F-35Bs, which are capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, will be useful to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. They are expected to bolster defenses of far-flung islands in the southwest, where only short runways exist, they said. The move, however, is likely to trigger a backlash from China and other neighboring...
  • Opinion: Qatari Typhoon buy looms as an RAF threat

    12/24/2017 8:38:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | December 22, 2017 | The Lina
    Qatar and the UK have signed a contract for the provision of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the Qatari Air Force. This deal takes the total number of countries who will operate Typhoon to nine (UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and now Qatar). The deal marks the conclusion of a significant period of expansion for the Qatari Air Force, which is replacing its 12 old Mirage 2000s with 96 new jets (a mixed fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon, F-15 and Rafale). This is an astonishingly large rate of expansion for a numerically small air force, which already...
  • Vandenberg launch (Did you see that?)

    12/22/2017 5:42:00 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 65 replies ^ | 12/22/2017 | dragnet2
    Did anyone see that launch. I was about 80 miles out and it was the strangest launch I've ever seen at a distance. On the west coast you can still see the initial trails even though it's dark here. Multiple shock waves and explosions were seen as if they were detonating it yet the main stage seem to go off out into the Pacific. One piece or stage was seen coming down almost to sea level from a distance.
  • The White House Shoots for the Moon

    12/22/2017 6:05:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 22, 2017 | Peter Roff
    Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump signed a space policy directive to "restore American leadership in space." To the excitement of many, this directive includes sending men back to the Moon and perhaps even Mars. The prospect of making dreams a reality once again is enthralling, something we will do, echoing a previous chief executive, not because it is easy but because it is hard. To do all this, to optimize performance and ensure a successful, modern-day space program, government appropriators must adhere to a standard set of business protocols. It is essential NASA and the White House have...
  • Brilliant Light Over SoCal Skies After SpaceX Launches Rocket From Vandenberg Air Force Base

    12/22/2017 6:34:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    KTLA ^ | 12/22/2017
    KTLA began receiving numerous phone calls shortly after 5:30 p.m., when a brilliant flash of light -- somewhat resembling a jellyfish-like creature -- appeared in the night sky.... Multiple local law enforcement agencies have confirmed the flash of light was from the rocket launch, which blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base along California's Central Coast. SpaceX livestreamed it on Facebook. Vandenberg Air Force Base announced earlier this week the launch was set for 5:27 p.m. Friday from Space Launch Complex-4. The base said it was the “fourth Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.”
  • Sonic boom or bust? Dreams of super-fast jet travel revival face headwinds

    12/22/2017 7:55:20 AM PST · by DFG · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12/22/2017 | Jamie Freed
    Supersonic passenger travel, which died out with the Concorde's demise in 2003, will make a comeback by the mid-2020s if three entrepreneurial U.S.-based companies can make jets quiet and efficient enough to win over buyers and fliers. Fifteen years ago, Boeing Co canceled plans to build the near-supersonic Sonic Cruiser, the last big attempt by a major manufacturer to speed up commercial travel. Now Japan Airlines Co Ltd <9201.T> and Virgin Group are backing one of the three U.S. supersonic projects, Denver-based Boom Technology Inc, which plans a 55-seat all business class jet. Lockheed Martin Corp is partnering with Aerion...
  • Selfridge loses bid to host F-35 fighter planes

    12/22/2017 6:44:53 AM PST · by equaviator · 28 replies ^ | 22 December 2017 | SARAH CWIEK
    Macomb County’s Selfridge Air National Guard base has lost its bid to house a fleet of next-generation warplanes. Selfridge was one of five U.S. bases competing to host the new F-35 fighter jets. But the Air Force announced Thursday it chose bases in Wisconsin and Alabama as winners in this round. A bipartisan group of Michigan political leaders lobbied hard in Washington to land the F-35 and boost Selfridge’s long-term prospects. Despite this setback, those leaders now say Selfridge proved itself a top contender for future opportunities. “Although we are disappointed Selfridge was not selected to house the F-35 fighter...
  • Southwest Airlines Hints At Fleet Upgrades If The Tax Bill Passes

    12/20/2017 4:11:48 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 17, 2017 | Grant Martin
    One of the broadest provisions on the Republican-backed tax bill working its way through congress this week is a massive tax cut for corporations. And if the legislation is approved, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines may put some major fleet upgrades in the pipeline. According to Bloomberg, Gary Kelly, the CEO of Southwest Airlines suggested that the tax cut "puts us in a position to think about growing faster" and "gives us an opportunity to begin to modernize our fleet." Southwest's fleet is uniquely made entirely up of variants of the Boeing 737, which makes maintenance easier for the carrier but which...
  • Boeing's Set To Unveil Mysterious New Plane - Says It Will 'Change Future of Air Power' (tr)

    12/18/2017 6:43:55 PM PST · by Strac6 · 44 replies
    Boeing's defense arm is set to unveil a mysterious new plane - and says it will 'change future air power' The aerospace giant's defense arm teased the new craft, covered in a black cloth. It is believed to be a radical new craft using electric 'hairdryer' to allow it to land and take off vertically. Boeing will unveil their mystery aircraft on December 19th.
  • Meteor missile deal set to win back India's aerial supremacy against rivals

    12/18/2017 8:00:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 December 2017 | Ajit K Dubey
    The Meteor missile, which is coming along with the Rafale combat deal signed by the Narendra Modi government, will help reestablish the aerial supremacy of the Indian Air Force against their rivals in Pakistan and China. India has bought a package of the European Meteor missiles along with the Rafales and may prove to be game changers due to their beyond-visual-range striking capability of close to 150 km, security forces sources have told Mail Today. The sources said that until the Kargil war and a few years after that, the Indian Air Force had complete superiority over the Pakistan Air...