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  • Ministry eyes Japan-made AEW aircraft

    09/22/2014 12:43:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan ^ | September 21, 2014
    The Defense Ministry is set to start research aimed at domestically manufacturing early-warning aircraft for the first time, with the aim of increasing surveillance on possible incursions into the nation’s territorial airspace, according to ministry sources. The move is part of an effort to boost the ministry’s preparedness to deal with the increasingly severe security environment in areas surrounding this nation, largely due to China’s increasing military spending in recent years. The ministry will seek to build the country’s first domestically produced early-warning plane by the mid-2020s, hoping to see it replace the aging U.S.-made aircraft model currently used by...
  • Reno Crowd Agrees: “Best Race I Ever Saw!” (w/video)

    09/21/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Linda Shiner
    At the end of the closest race in the 51-year history of the National Championship Air Races, seven-time race champion Tiger Destefani came within a spinner’s length of stealing first place from rival and one-time protégé Steve Hinton. The photo finish ... came at the end of Saturday’s Unlimited Gold Race, run to determine positions for the final championship event the following day, Sunday, September 14. After flying a high course for all eight laps, Destefani, in the red-and-white Mustang Strega—which Destefani owns and Hinton flew to four straight Gold wins beginning in 2009—traded altitude for speed and plunged toward...
  • Israeli Navy Sa'ar 5 class corvettes fitted with IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR multifunction AESA radar

    09/20/2014 12:08:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 September 2014
    Pictures have emerged showing the Israeli Navy corvette Eliat (first ship of the Sa'ar 5 class) fitted for the first time with the new AESA radar MF-STAR by IAI. The MF-STAR - Multi-Function Surveillance, Track and Guidance Radar was fitted as part of an upgrade program for the 3 vessels of the class. Saar 5 class corvette Eilat fitted with the new IAI Elta EL / M-2248 MF-STAR (forward mast) The three Sa'ar 5 corvettes were built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in the USA for the Israeli Navy, based on an Israeli design. They are the largest surface warships in...
  • Poland looks to arm F-16 fleet with missiles under $500 million deal with Lockheed

    09/19/2014 12:43:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jill R. Aitoro
    The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $500 million foreign military sale to deliver Lockheed Martin Corp. missiles for Poland’s fleet of F-16 fighters. Poland is asking for 40 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, which are designed to cruise autonomously using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to find and destroy targets, keeping aircrews well out of danger from air defense systems. Also part of the contract would be upgrades to the F-16 aircraft for JASSM integration and support. Poland continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe, and the sale would improve...
  • The F-35's X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

    09/19/2014 11:21:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the most 'popular' features on the controversial F-35 is the jet's Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot's helmet and to the jet's mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won't stop there. DAS accomplishes its unique task via a constellation of electro-optical cameras installed around the F-35, each staring in a separate direction. Then, a powerful computer processor "stitches" these video images together to create a continuous viewable video "sphere." When the DAS imagery is paired with...
  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | DOUG CAMERON and ROBERT WALL
    Boeing Co. BA +0.48% , which has built military planes for almost a century, is preparing for the prospect of a fighter-less future. The steadfast commitment of the U.S. and many allies to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program made by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.60% is drying up funding for Boeing's fighters. Now, the head of Boeing's defense unit is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business's future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. "You have to face reality," Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing, Defense, Space...
  • Factory gives fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church

    09/17/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Sep 17, 2014
    A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 23, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday. The patriarch,...
  • NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

    09/16/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 16, 2014 | James Rogers
    NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space on Russian-built Soyuz vessels. …
  • How an Israeli F-15 Eagle managed to land with one wing

    09/16/2014 12:48:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 15 September 2014 | Dario Leone
    By Dario Leone The F-15 is not only a famous MiG Killer. The legendary Eagle is also a very robust aircraft, that can survive some serious damages. As shown by a very well-known incident which occurred in 1983, in the skies over Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert, in Israel, during a mock aerial combat between two Israeli Air Force F-15Ds and four A-4Ns, when one of the Eagles, the F-15D #957 nicknamed ‘Markia Shchakim’, 5 killmarks, used for conversion of a new pilot named Zivi Nedivi, collided mid-air with one of the Skyhawks. As explained in No Wing F-15,...
  • Stealth Is Dead! Long Live Stealth!

    09/16/2014 12:43:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 16 September 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    Russian expert says fighter jets can’t hide forever—but that’s old news A Russian military expert has sounded a seemingly dire warning for the United States. Dr. Igor Sutyagin claims that stealthy fighter jets and bombers can’t stay hidden much longer as enemy radar technology improves. The U.S. military is betting hundreds of billions of dollars—in essence, its whole air-power investment—that detection-dodging stealth works … and will keep working for many decades to come. So if Sutyagin is absolutely right, America could be in big trouble. The roughly trillion dollars Washington has spent designing and building F-117s, B-2s, F-22s, F-35s and...
  • Why PLA Organizes Free Air-Combat Confrontation Drill

    09/15/2014 9:52:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    China Military Online ^ | Sept 15, 2014
    BEIJING --- The PLA Daily reported that the naval and air forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct its first free air-combat confrontation drill. According to the drill plan, an aviation detachment equipped with several fighters under the East China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) and a troop unit under the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) will join the confrontation drill. It is the first of its kind in the history of the PLAN and the PLAAF. The free air-combat confrontation drill will be conducted on the one-to-one and two-to-two basis...
  • Navy wants to harvest retired Japanese helos for parts

    09/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    It's unusual for the United States - by far the biggest defense spender in the world - to seek scrapped military equipment from other nations. Typically, those roles are reversed. But for the past several years, according to internal emails obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the U.S. Navy has been negotiating to acquire Japan's retired fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons. The Navy wants to harvest the old helicopters for parts to help keep its own Sea Dragons flying until 2025. "It's telling when we are put in a position where we need to buy scrapped aircraft to keep ours going," said...
  • Tutor Turns 50

    09/15/2014 2:52:17 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Skies ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ken Pole
    The CT-114 Tutor is, by most definitions, a museum piece. However, think of it rather as “the little airplane that could—and still can” because, after nearly 50 years in service, the agile single-engine jet remains a key element of the Royal Canadian Air Force. While the appropriately-named Tutors have not been used for lead-in fighter training since 2000, when they were replaced with Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II turboprops and BAE Systems CT-155 Hawk jets in the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program, two are still flown for systems evaluation purposes by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold...
  • Israel to test rocket-assisted take-off with F-16

    09/15/2014 7:19:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 15 September 2014 | ARIE EGOZI
    The Israeli air force is developing a short field operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, based on the use of a rocket-assisted take-off. A first test is scheduled for next year, with the air force having decided to develop such a system for its F-16A/B, C/D and I-model variants. Rocket assistance can be used by some military transports to provide additional thrust when an aircraft is heavy or a runway is short. As part of the new plan, rockets will be placed under the wing of the F-16 and released after they have burned out. Close attention will...
  • Air Show Math

    09/14/2014 8:19:53 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    Vanity | 14 Sept. 2014 | Rey
    I home school a young girl. In years past, we have gone to the local air show and done such things as measure the tops and bottom of wings and rotos and figure the ratio or difference between the area of the top of the wing versus the bottom and estimated which wings had more lift than others. We measure how much area the wheels occupied on the ground and consulted with the crew chief what the tire pressure was and calculated the weight of the plane. In years past we were able to see F18s form a vapor cone...
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Buy Your Aircraft Carrier From Russia

    09/13/2014 2:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12 September 2014 | Kyle Mizokami
    India learned the hard way with INS ‘Vikramaditya’ Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States or Europe. That pretty much leaves, well, Russia. India has been a big buyer of Russian weapons for 50 years. Those haven’t been easy years for New Delhi. India’s defense contracts with Russia have consistently suffered delays and cost overruns. And the resulting hardware doesn’t always work. Of all India’s Russian procurement woes, none speak more to the dysfunctional relationship...
  • Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

    09/12/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 11 September 2014
    WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term. Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas Inc, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the company was focused on securing additional orders for the UH-72 helicopter that it builds in Mississippi in the short term, but its "next big project" would be focused on marketing the A400M. "There's this incredible airplane that can do just about everything," Eccleston said, noting that Airbus saw possible sales...
  • “...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

    09/12/2014 7:06:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Indian Defence Review ^ | 10 Sep , 2014 | Claude Arpi
    Appointed as the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMAA) on September 17, 2012, at the age of 53, General Denis Mercier had joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. With 182 combat missions and more than 3,000 flying hours (mostly on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C) throughout his career, he has acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence. Prior to becoming Air Chief, he was posted as a senior...
  • China shows off advanced ship missile defence system

    09/11/2014 5:55:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Thursday, 11 September, 2014
    A Hongqi-10 ship-based missile defence cell installed on a Chinese warship. Photo: SCMP Pictures China has shown off the People's Liberation Army's latest hardware on primetime state television, an advanced short-range missile defence system said to have a “high success rate” destroying incoming missiles and aircraft. The Hongqi-10 (Reg Flag 10) surface-to-air missile was shown in China Central Television's evening news bulletin Wednesday being fired from ships and land-based mobile launchers, and exploding in the sky on impact with its target. It will protect warships against rockets over a limited area, and will be used alongside an “area defence system”...
  • India's Rising Military Might: Made in the USA?

    09/10/2014 9:19:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 11, 2014 | James Hardy
    An interesting trend: America has supplanted Russia as New Delhi’s primary supplier of defense materiel. Will it last? In August, the Indian Ministry of Defense approved the $2.5 billion purchase of 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters. The sale still has one last hurdle—Indian Cabinet approval—but if completed it will be the latest example of a major shift in U.S.-Indo relations that in the past three years have seen Washington become India’s top defense equipment supplier. The approval of the Apache and Chinook deals comes about a month after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...
  • Integrating Typhoon and F-35: The Key to Future British Air Power

    09/10/2014 7:22:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Royal United Services Institute ^ | 9 Sep 2014 | Justin Bronk
    British combat air post-2020 will depend on the RAF’s Typhoon fast jet fleet – currently planned to total 107 aircraft at the end of this decade – and the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, operated jointly by the RAF and the Royal Navy. Then-Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond said in July 2012 that the UK would buy up to forty-eight F-35B short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft in the next ten years of the newly agreed equipment plan. These will not only form the fixed-wing complement of the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, but will also deploy with...
  • The Liaoning's carrier air wing not yet complete: Defense News

    09/09/2014 10:03:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-10
    More types of aircraft are still needed for Beijing to establish its first carrier air wing on China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning, according to Wendell Minnick, in an article written on Sept. 7 in Washington-based Defense News. 24 J-15 Flying Shark fighters, six Z-18F anti-submarine warfare helicopters, four Z-18J airborne early warning helicopters and two Z-9C rescue helicopters will together form the first carrier air wing of the People's Liberation Army Navy according to an article in Chinese-language newspaper Shanghai Morning Post published Aug. 28, citing an interview with Cao Dongwei, a senior colonel and researcher at the PLA...
  • Navy's FA-XX Discussion Includes Modifying F-35C

    09/09/2014 9:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AIN Online ^ | September 9, 2014 | BILL CAREY
    Modifying the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter is part of what the U.S. Navy wants to discuss with contractors in a series of “technical interchange meetings” before it develops an analysis of alternatives (AoA) for a future carrier-based strike fighter. In a September 9 solicitation, the Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) invited companies to participate in the meetings “for the purposes of trade space refinement” before it begins the AoA process next year. Navair said the solicitation is an addendum to the request for information (RFI) it issued in April 2012 for the FA-XX requirement to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet...
  • Exclusive - Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo - Japan officials

    09/09/2014 9:52:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | NOBUHIRO KUBO
    (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China. While Japan's intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo's focus would be the ability to take out North Korean missile bases, said three Japanese officials involved in the process. They said Tokyo was holding the informal, previously undisclosed talks with Washington about capabilities that would mark an enhancement of military might for a country that has not fired a shot in anger...
  • New generation AMRAAM to boost Turkey’s air firepower

    09/09/2014 9:51:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey ^ | Burak Bekdil | Burak Bekdil
    The medium-range air-to-air missiles to be outfitted to Turkey’s F-16 and F-35 fighter jets will come with a price tag of $320 million A new generation of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) that Turkey will acquire from the United States will significantly upgrade and boost the country’s aerial firepower, according to Air Force officials. “Perhaps the most important feature about the new weaponry is that they will be used both in our F-16 fighters and the future F-35s,” one senior official said. A defense official said the new version features more sensitive guidance, adding to a fleet’s firepower. This will...
  • UPDATE: Pilot Killed In Reno Air Races Crash Remembered As Founder Of Sport Class

    09/09/2014 10:25:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    KOVR CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | September 8, 2014 | Steve Large
    The Reno Fire Chief tells CBS13 the plane fell apart in the air, as it was flying low through an obstacle course during the qualifying stage of the Reno National Air Race Championships. The plane quickly hit the ground, killing Lee Behel, 64 of San Jose, a man well-known in the air racing community.
  • Turkey in talks with France over missile purchase: Erdogan (Chinese system unlikely?)

    09/08/2014 9:58:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France-Presse ^ | September/07/2014
    Turkey has resumed talks with France on purchasing a new missile system after negotiations on a controversial deal with a US-blacklisted Chinese company hit a rock, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan was reported Sept. 7 as saying. "Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer during negotiations over missile defence system," ErdoÄźan told reporters as he returned from the NATO summit in Wales, according to private television NTV. "Talks are continuing despite that, but France which is second on the list has come up with a new offer. Right now we are...
  • Brazil, South Africa Plan Defense Industry Merger

    09/08/2014 7:55:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defenseworld.net ^ | September 8, 2014
    Brazil and South Africa may merge their defence research bases to jointly conquer world markets. In Brazil to attend the III IDB-Brazil Show, Trevor Raman, the Director-General of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor), a public company linked to the Department of Defense of South Africa, recalled the partnership between the two countries in the development of technology for creating the A-Darter air-to-air missile. In his opinion, even before the success of the venture, the next step is to strengthen cooperation and seek to manufacture products that are competitive on the world market. "This project was challenging for both...
  • 2 fighter jet pilots killed during trials for China's aircraft carrier

    09/06/2014 6:53:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    BEIJING (AFP) - Two pilots in a squadron conducting fighter jet take-off and landing tests for China's lone aircraft carrier were killed during trials, state media reported, offering a rare glimpse into the secretive project. The revelation of the deaths came in a report last week on the signing of an order of commendation for the crew of China's first carrier-based jet fighter, the J-15. "Two test pilots of the squadron sacrificed their lives during the tests," the official Xinhua news agency reported on August 27. No details were given on exactly how or when the pilots were killed or...
  • 'The Chinese fired at my aircraft' (former Indian pilots)

    09/05/2014 9:45:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | September 5, 2014 | GAUTAM DUTT
    Between the insulting defeat in 1962 at the hands of the Chinese and attaining the glorious heights with the victory in 1971 leading to the creation of Bangladesh, the Indian armed forces had a mixed-bag experience in the 22-day war with Pakistan in 1965. In the run up to the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war, dissection of the conflict has begun with the Indian Air Force (IAF) veterans gathering in New Delhi on Friday to dissect what was the first full-blown air battle between the arch-rivals. It was the test of the IAF's combat worthiness against the Pakistan Air...
  • Russia unhappy about China's production of J-16 fighter

    09/05/2014 9:31:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-06
    After a satellite image revealed that Shenyang Aircraft Corporation has already produced eight J-16 multirole fighters, drawing complaints from the Russian aviation industry that its aircraft have been copied without permission, according to the Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang, a Canadian military analyst also known as Pinkov. As the eight J-16 fighters in the image were all painted in yellow markings, the article said it remains unknown whether the aircraft will be turned over to the PLA Air Force or Navy. However, it is certain that J-16 multirole fighters will replace J-11B fighters designed for aerial combat. China...
  • Cameron says second UK aircraft carrier will be brought into service

    09/05/2014 11:38:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 5, 2014 | Kylie MacLellan, Michael Holden
    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that a second aircraft carrier, currently being built, would be brought into service, ending speculation about its future. "This will ensure that we will always have one carrier available, 100 percent of the time," Cameron said in a speech at a NATO summit in Wales. The fate of the carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was not due to be decided until a defence spending review in the second half of next year after a national election, and defence experts had said it could be mothballed or sold. In July, Queen...
  • Russian Navy to buy marine version of the Pantsir AAMG system

    09/04/2014 9:41:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | September 5, 2014 | Tatyana Rusakova
    The naval version of the Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun system is expected to become operational in 2016. The Russian Navy will receive the new Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun system in 2016. It is lighter, more compact, and efficient than its Kortik predecessor, although it may require the modernization of Russian warships. The export prospects of the new anti-aircraft missile and gun system (AAMG) are also still vague, experts say. Service testing of the Pantzir AAMG, which was designed for use by naval forces, has been completed. After 2 years, the sailors will have a promising anti-aircraft gun mounted...
  • Exclusive: Canada seen buying fighter jets from U.S., not Europe - source

    09/04/2014 9:34:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | RANDALL PALMER, DAVID LJUNGGREN AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Canada is likely to choose between two major U.S. firms when it buys a new fleet of jet fighters, excluding two European competitors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighter and Boeing Co's F-18 E/F Super Hornet were deemed more suitable for the variety of tasks the military has laid out. The source said that while the F-35 had scored well on the various tests laid out by the military, the Super Hornet was almost as capable and had...
  • The low-cost fighters to serve tomorrow’s air forces

    09/04/2014 8:17:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    BBC Future ^ | 3 September 2014 | Angus Batey
    Fighter jets, like the Lockheed F-35, are becoming increasingly expensive. Is it possible to make something much cheaper? Angus Batey reports on a new breed of plane poised to take to the skies. At this summer's Farnborough Air Show in England, the talk was dominated by the mishaps of one plane: the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter. Due to be adopted by major air forces in the decades to come, it was supposed to be the star of the show. But in the end, the $100m-a-unit jet failed to turn up to its...
  • Polish navy tests Barak-8 missile

    09/04/2014 6:20:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | September 4, 2014 | Arie Egozi
    The Polish navy is evaluating the Israeli developed Barak-8 missile for the protection of its new navy ships. With a top speed of Mach 2 and a maximum operational range of 38nm (70km), the Barak-8 is 4.5m (14.8ft) long and has a diameter of 0.54m. Its wingspan is 0.94m and it weighs 275kg (606lb), including a 60kg payload. Developed based on an agreement signed in 2007 between India and Israel, it has been selected by the Indian navy. According to the India media, the initial co-development cost was about $350 million, 50% of which was financed by Israel Aerospace Industries....
  • ANALYSIS: How Draken International became the world's biggest private air force

    09/03/2014 5:23:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | September 3, 2014
    Any air arm able to field 30 operational MiG-21s, 11 Douglas A-4K Skyhawks and which ordered up to 28 light combat jets would be placed well up the rankings in Flight International’s annual World Air Forces directory. It may come as a surprise, therefore, to learn that the aircraft listed above belong to a commercial company. Welcome to Draken International, the world’s largest private air force. Lakeland, Florida-based Draken formed in 2011, and has grown rapidly since then. Currently the company undertakes a range of training activities for the US military, but is also actively looking at opening a European...
  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    09/02/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 2, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.
  • Slovakia creeps closer to Gripen agreement

    09/02/2014 8:01:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter – paving the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the aircraft. “Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” a translation of a statement from the Swedish defence ministry on 30 August said. Slovakia is looking to replace its RAC MiG-29s in the next couple of years. Slovak defence minister Martin Glváč has reportedly told local media outlets on several occasions that the Gripen is the...
  • Up Up and Away: Commercial Drone Market Ready for Take Off

    08/31/2014 3:04:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    iMedia Connection ^ | August 30, 2014 | Neal Leavitt, president, Leavitt Communications
    Drone proponents prefer using the term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or UAS for Unmanned Aerial System (latter term includes the entirety of the flying vehicle and the ground-base communications connection connecting the two). Whatever your preferred verbiage is, drones are poised to become a huge global business and the aerial devices are going to have a significant impact across a wide variety of industries. Historically, the military has been the biggest user/purchaser of drones; The Wall Street Journal estimated that the U.S. military spent about $3 billion on drone programs in 2012. And many aerospace companies continue to develop highly...
  • The End of the Cobra Era (Israel)

    08/29/2014 10:26:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 29/8/2014 | Ofer Zidon
    Over the last year, IAF demobilized its veteran AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter OrBat owing to the defense budget cuts. Ofer Zidon bids farewell to the venerable weapon system that entered service following the Yom-Kippur War The IAF has quietly retired one of its oldest and most venerable weapon systems recently. The AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter OrBat, which entered service in 1975, was demobilized pursuant to a decision (in the context of the recent cuts in the defense budget) to discontinue using the outdated helicopters. The demobilization process was executed in three stages: on July 29, 2013 the attack helicopter flight...
  • Russia's move to sell S-400 missiles to China may rile India

    08/29/2014 10:10:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | August 29, 2014
    The deal between Beijing and Moscow can dramatically alter the balance of power in South Asia Russia's reported plan to sell advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China may rile wary neighbours, especially India, as Moscow and Beijing moved closer in the backdrop of deepening Ukrainian crisis, according to a media report. A recent comment by Kremlin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, "the chances that China may be the first foreign buyer of S-400s are high," cited by official Voice of Russia, has sparked off speculation that the two countries have moved closer to clinch the deal that was dragged...
  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 27, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornadoes to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed for surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective “Tonka.” Although the RAF fleet is scheduled to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades continue, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades. Tornado surveillance of northern Iraq has demonstrated the value of the Rafael Litening III targeting pod...
  • Joint US-German ship-defense rollout buoys Raytheon

    08/28/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 28, 2014 | David Wichner
    At a time when many U.S. defense programs are facing the budget ax, Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems is looking forward to an important stream of new international business from a ship-defense missile system co-developed with Germany. On Wednesday, Raytheon commemorated the first delivery of a new version of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the U.S. Navy with a ceremony at its sprawling airport-area missile plant. RAM — which gets its name from its spinning action in flight — is a 30-year-old, cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMsys of Germany. Deployed...
  • German fighter jets unable to fly and mechanics forced to borrow spare parts, claims magazine

    08/27/2014 11:23:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Justin Huggler
    A report in Spiegel magazine says German air force is weaker than previously thought and a funding crisis means scores of aircraft are not operational The German air force is facing such a severe funding shortage that many of its aircraft are unable to fly, mechanics are forced to cannibalise parts from existing planes and only eight of the country's 109 Eurofighters are fully operational, according to a report in Spiegel magazine. German defence sources have rubbished the article, saying it is inaccurate and does not match up to official air force logs. But the claim that Germany's air force...
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • Singapore probably has up to 40 F-15SGs

    08/24/2014 9:41:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | GREG WALDRON
    Evidence that Singapore has far more than the officially claimed 24 Boeing F-15SG fighter aircraft has emerged, although the precise number of airframes has yet to be ascertained. The FAA registry shows that eight Boeing F-15SG aircraft were registered to Boeing on 6 August 2014. The aircraft bear registrations N361SG, N363SG, N366SG, N368SG,N373SG, N376SG, N378SG, and N837SG. Over the years industry observers have come to share the belief that the true number of aircraft is probably 32 - not 24 - mainly owing to the range of registration numbers on Singapore air force registered F-15SGs. Moreover, on a tour of...
  • The Spiny Dogfish Might Be the World’s Best Naval Gunship

    08/24/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 23, 2014 | Thomas Newdick
    Russian Ka-52K rivals America’s AH-1Z Russia’s latest naval attack helicopter just might be the most fearsome ever. Moscow means to deploy the navalized adaptation of the coaxial-rotor Kamov Ka-52 aboard the Russian navy’s controversial, French-built amphibious assault ships. Without doubt, the current gold standard for maritime attack helps is the U.S. Marine Corps’ Bell AH-1Z Viper, the latest and most capable iteration of the classic HueyCobra—the pioneering gunship that first saw combat during the Vietnam War. Distinguished from its predecessors chiefly by its four-blade main rotor, the Viper gained entered front-line service in February 2011. The Boeing AH-64 Apache is...
  • Flight of the Flanker: Ultimate jet fighter turns 30

    08/23/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 65 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | August 24, 2014 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Three decades after it was inducted into the Russian Air Force, the Sukhoi-27 remains the ultimate jet fighter with its super-maneuverability, grace, beauty and sheer power. In 1984, after seven years of development and test flights, the Sukhoi-27 (codenamed Flanker by NATO) was inducted into the Soviet Air Force and the Soviet Air Defence Force. It was a defining moment in the history of combat aviation as the Su-27 – and its later iterations – became the jet fighter that would shift air superiority decisively away from western air forces. British fighter pilot John Farlight, who saw Victor Pugachev turn...
  • China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

    08/22/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Aug, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    China is in the process of developing its own native fifth-generation fighter to compete with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Russia's T-50. Although China has been secretive about the exact specifications of the aircraft, experts are warning that the plane could be a game-changer in East Asia's potentially fragile security environment. China's Chengdu J-20 is currently in its fourth round of prototypes. On July 26, the most recent version of the fighter flew for two hours before successfully landing. Information about the J-20 is limited, but an unnamed Asian government source told IHS Jane's that upwards of 20 J-20s...