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  • Eurofighter has manufacturing fault: Germany

    10/01/2014 6:14:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    (MENAFN - AFP) A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets. The news was another blow to the troubled and costly Eurofighter programme -- and raised concerns over the use of the planes. According to Germany's defence ministry, the defect discovered was in the rear fuselage of the twin-engine multirole fighter. As a result, Berlin has decided to cut the time its Eurofighters spend in the air each year in half, from 3,000 hours to 1,500 hours. The news website Spiegel Online reported that, in...
  • These may be the only F-22’s Achilles’ heels in a dogfight against 4th gen fighter jets

    09/30/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dario Leone
    Considered almost unbeatable in the air-to-air role, the F-22 successfully debuted in combat, taking part in air strikes against ISIS targets. But what if the F-22 found a 4th Gen. opponent? Even though we donÂ’t know much details about them, missions flown by the F-22 Raptor over Syria marked the combat debut of the stealth jet. As already explained, the radar-evading planes conducted air strikes against ISIS ground targets, in what (considering the 5th Generation planeÂ’s capabilities) were probably Swing Role missions: the stealth jets flew ahead of the rest of the strike package to cover the other attack planes,...
  • Canadians will likely have to pay millions of dollars to upgrade CF-18 fighter jets — again

    09/30/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | September 28, 2014 | Lee Berthiaume
    Canadian taxpayers will likely be on the hook for millions of dollars to keep the country’s aged CF18 fighter jets flying into the next decade because of delays in finding a replacement aircraft, secret documents show. The revelation represents the latest wrinkle in what has become one of the most troubled military procurement projects in Canadian history, which continues to sit in limbo as the countdown to next year’s election begins. The backbone of Canada’s air force, the CF18s were purchased in the early 1980s with the idea they would be retired in 2003. Instead, $2.6 billion was spent on...
  • Boeing to shift some defense work out of Washington state

    09/29/2014 4:57:09 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | By Andrea Shalal and Alwyn Scott
    Boeing on Monday said it would move most of its defense services and support work out of Washington state to other U.S. cities, affecting the jobs of about 2,000 of its 5,200 defense employees in the Puget Sound region. The changes are part of ongoing efforts by Boeing to streamline its defense business, and will not affect its P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs. Both of those programs are based on commercial jetliners made in the area. The transition could take three years to complete. Boeing would shift as many affected workers as possible to the company's...
  • Saab offers #MakeinIndia plan for the Gripen

    09/29/2014 3:20:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | September 26, 2014
    Saab's Lars-Olof Lindgren says his company has been quietly working on a plan to build the Gripen in India and has already done a lot of the homework for it. The Swedish defense and aviation company Saab has offered to make its Gripen fighter in India. Chairman of Saab India, Lars-Olof Lindgren told StratPost about his company’s intention to offer the aircraft for production in India. This comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun a campaign to encourage manufacturing industry, particularly foreign companies, to ‘Make in India’. “We are prepared to set up a joint venture...
  • Russia, Egypt to discus MiG-35 fighter jets deal in October: Agency

    09/29/2014 11:19:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | 29 Sep 2014
    Deal with Russia comes amid speculation that Egypt may be reducing its military cooperation with the United States Russia plans to hold talks in Egypt next month over the latter’s planned purchase of MiG-35 fighter jets, reported Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Monday. “They [Egyptian representatives] visited our corporation. We hope that we will be invited to technical talks next month,” Director-General of Russia’s Aircraft Corporation MiG Sergei Korotkov said. The deal, which is reportedly worth LE21 billion ($3 billion), was reported in February amid suggestions Egypt is aiming to reduce its military cooperation with the US, whose ties with...
  • The Aircraft That Inspired the A-10

    09/29/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 29, 2014 | Michael Peck
    It’s a good thing that the Air Force generals who want to retire the beloved A-10 Warthog were not around 70 years ago. If they were, Josef Stalin might have had them shot. The Soviet dictator loved the A-10 of his day, otherwise known as the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik. “They are as essential to the Red Army as bread and water,” he said. It is the Sturmovik, along with the German Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, that fathered the A-10. “The World War II close air support successes of both the Stuka and the Sturmovik had a major—and inspiring—influence in convincing...
  • Looks Like China’s Sending a Stealth Fighter to Sea

    09/28/2014 9:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 9/27/2014 | David Axe
    J-31 mock-up appears on carrier deck A full-scale model of China’s J-31 stealth fighter prototype has appeared on the flight deck of the Chinese navy’s aircraft carrier mock-up, fueling speculation that the radar-evading jet could become part of China’s carrier air wing. If so, China would enter the race alongside the United States to be the first to deploy a stealth jet on a flattop. The U.S. Navy is struggling to develop the F-35C stealth fighter to fly from the American fleet’s 10 large carriers starting no earlier than late 2018. China often builds mock-ups of its new warships on...
  • US, Poland accelerate F-16’s Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles deal amid Russia tensions

    09/26/2014 8:43:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 26 2014 | Jacek Siminski
    In August last year we analyzed the reasons for the possible Polish purchase of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles (JASSM). Now, in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, a contextual change has occurred and the deal seems to be closed-up soon.Nevertheless, there are still some unaswered questions. The latest development about the Polish air-launched cruise missiles deal started with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) and the US State Department giving consent for the Polish procurement of the JASSMs in their AGM-158A variant, along with a modernization bundle for the Polish Air ForceÂ’s F-16C/D Block 52+ jet...
  • Exclusive - India eyes Sikorsky helicopter, other big U.S. arms buys

    09/26/2014 8:32:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM
    (Reuters) - In a boost to U.S. weapons makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft's S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1 billion. The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that starts on Friday. The Sikorsky deal would be one of several large U.S. arms purchases by India that are nearing completion, including over $2.5 billion in orders for Boeing Co's AH-64D Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, declined...
  • Denel Reveals Progress With Marlin, Darter, Raptor Missiles (South Africa)

    09/26/2014 8:25:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    AIN Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 | DAVID DONALD
    During last week’s African Aerospace and Defence show in South Africa Denel Dynamics revealed that the Marlin active radar-guided missile will undertake its first flight test early next year. This will be a ground-launched ballistic trial at the Overberg Test Range to examine the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful completion of this phase will lead to programmed tests of the missile’s guidance systems, before closed-loop guidance tests are undertaken, in which the seeker controls the guidance system. In the meantime, the seeker will undergo ground-based fly-over and captive-carry tests. Marlin is being developed to a South African DoD/Armscor contract for...
  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Jensen Werley
    The first A29 Super Tucano manufactured in the United States made its debut today in a ceremony at the Embraer facility at Jacksonville International Airport. The light air support defense plane, contracted by the U.S. Air Force from Sierra Nevada Corp. and built by Brazilian-based Embraer, has passed its military certifications and was officially approved for use by the Air Force. The Afghan National Army for light air support will eventually use the plane. "The capability speaks for itself," said Taco Gilbert, vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. "It's gotten its air worthiness approval, which is a stamp of...
  • India Weighing Nuclear Powered Carrier

    09/25/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 24, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    n artist’s conception of INS Vikrant, India’s first domestically-built carrier India is weighing constructing its second carrier with nuclear power. Indian Navy Image India is considering powering its second domestically built aircraft carrier with a nuclear propulsion plant, according to a Tuesday report by news agency Press Trust of India. The design of the carrier is ongoing and nuclear power is still an option for the carrier, said Director General of Naval Design Bureau, Rear Admiral Atul Saxena, in response to questions from reporters. India’s first domestically built carrier — the 40,000-ton INS Vikrant currently under construction in Cochin Shipyard...
  • Some Aircraft Get All the Luck (and Money) And some run out of both

    09/25/2014 8:29:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | OCTOBER 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    (Harry Whitver) A few months ago, I was in Fort Worth, Texas, reporting on BAE Systems’ project to modernize South Korea’s F-16s. I’d known the project’s leader, John Bean, in an earlier job, and on one of his shelves was a memento of that era—a model of a desert-camouflaged airplane that was clearly an F-16 but with a longer body, no horizontal stabilizer, and big delta wings. I first met Bean in 1994, when Lockheed had just bought General Dynamics’ Fort Worth unit (which made the F-16) and was in the process of merging with Martin. His team was working...
  • Tornado could fly on into 2030s, partners say

    09/24/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | September 24, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Europe’s Panavia Tornado will remain in use as a relevant frontline asset for more than another 10 years, according to its programme partners, even though one of its main operators does not plan to retain the type beyond the end of the decade. The multinational effort that led to the Tornado’s creation began in 1969, and partner nations Germany, Italy and the UK on 16 September formally marked the 40th anniversary of the variable geometry design’s first flight. Also present were senior representatives from the Royal Saudi Air Force: the only export customer to have introduced the model. Staged at...
  • South Korea Formally Announces Intent to Buy 40 Lockheed Fighter Jets

    09/24/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 24, 2014 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea formally announced on Wednesday that it would buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a deal that includes transfers of technology for the development of the country’s own advanced fighter jet. South Korea picked Lockheed Martin’s F-35A as the sole choice for its air force’s new fighter jet in November and has since been negotiating the terms of the deal. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Han Min-koo called a meeting of top military procurement officials to approve the purchase, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a news release....
  • Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

    09/23/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 22, 2014 | YUKIO TAJIMA and YOSHIFUMI UESAKA
    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy. The project will start in earnest in fiscal 2015, with work on a prototype engine and assessments of the aircraft's stealth capabilities. The outlook for the costly undertaking is murky, however, given that the U.S. has never supported Japan's efforts to develop a fighter on...
  • 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 · 11 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...