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  • The battle of the jets: Putin's lavish plane interior - including gold-plated toilet - is revealed..

    07/20/2018 12:21:29 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 24 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17 July 2018 | Ted Thornhill
    From a gold-plated toilet to a king sized bed and even a gym, these astonishing pictures show the lavish interior of one of Vladimir Putin 's private jets. The Russian president's aircraft touched down in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, yesterday ahead of his historic meeting with Donald Trump, who also boasts his own private jet - Air Force One. Here we take a look inside both jets to see how they compare...
  • Airbus Beluga XL Whale Takes Flight for the First Time

    07/20/2018 11:53:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 | Dylan Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
    The super-transporter is one of the largest aircraft in existence, six meters longer and one meter wider than its predecessor, the BelugaST transporter. The flight, which took-off from Blagnac in Toulouse, signified the start of a 10-month testing period before the plane can start flying commercially. Typically, the Beluga series has been used by Airbus to transport aircraft wings from factories to its assembly lines in Europe. One wing factory is sited at Hawarden airport in North Wales. To allow the supersized plane to land, Hawarden is erecting new blast fences and resurfacing its runway.
  • Trump Signs Executive Order Establishing Apprenticeship Programs with U.S. Companies for...

    07/19/2018 5:36:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/19/18 | Melanie Arter
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday establishing a workforce initiative to establish apprenticeships with U.S. companies and on-the-job training for American workers. “I will be signing an executive order to establish the National Council for the American Worker. That's a first. This Council will be made up of top officials across the government. We're also establishing an outside advisory board of industry leaders and experts, which we will announce in the coming weeks, very shortly. A lot of people want to be on that board very badly. I have some great people going on that board,” he said....
  • Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan

    07/18/2018 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2018 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan The company convinced the Trump administration to buy advanced F/A-18 jets. Can it do the same with the the F-15? FARNBOROUGH, UK — Boeing is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new F-15 fighter jet using the same business strategy that convinced the Trump administration to buy more Super Hornet warplanes for the Navy. Dubbed the F-15X, the new variant of the venerable jet offers more modern flight controls, cockpit displays, and radar, according to military and industry sources with knowledge of the plan. The...
  • Israeli Smart Bomb Closes In on Service Debut

    07/18/2018 10:11:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 18, 2018 | David Donald
    At Farnborough 2018, the Spice 250 is being displayed as an option for both the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen. Rafael’s Spice 250 electro-optical/infrared-guided glide bomb is on course to achieve initial operational capability with the Israel Air and Space Force next year, following a third test campaign earlier this year that saw the 100-km (62-mile) range weapon successfully engage moving, maritime, and time-critical targets. A few more qualification tests are due to be undertaken, with low-rate production just getting under way. At Farnborough 2018, the weapon is being displayed as an option for both the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab...
  • The U.K.'s New 'Tempest' Stealth Fighter Project Already Faces Serious Challenges

    07/17/2018 9:18:04 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies
    The War Zone ^ | JULY 16, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.K. Ministry of Defense has unveiled new plans for a new stealth fighter jet called Tempest at the biennial Farnborough Airshow. The announcement coincides with the release of a new Combat Air Strategy, which focuses heavily on sustaining and expanding the United Kingdom’s domestic defense industrial base and international cooperation in that sector, but there are already questions about the project’s viability given the country’s increasingly uncertain political and economic future. Underscoring the emphasis on engagement with the private sector, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson offered details about Tempest and the country’s new aerial warfare strategy in front...
  • UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet to replace Typhoon

    07/16/2018 7:22:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Jul 2018 | Rob Davies
    A model of the Tempest jet fighter, unveiled by the defence secretary, Gavin Wiliamson, at the Farnborough airshow. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled plans for a new RAF fighter jet, the Tempest, which will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. Speaking at the Farnborough airshow, Williamson unveiled a model of the sixth-generation fighter jet the Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to emerge from its new combat air strategy, designed to maintain the UK’s status as a so-called “tier one” military power after Brexit. “This is a strategy to keep control of the air, both at...
  • United Boeing 377 Stratocruiser Hawaii Travelogue - 1950

    07/15/2018 1:32:03 PM PDT · by NRx · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1950ish | United Airlines
    UAL travel film/advert for flying to Hawaii on their massive Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.
  • Engine for US Military's New Space Plane Fires Up in 10-Day Test

    07/06/2018 5:09:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | July 6, 2018 07:53am | Jeff Foust, |
    A space shuttle-era main engine is undergoing a series of daily test firings to demonstrate its suitability for use on a reusable spaceplane under development. The Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine is in the midst of a series of 10 100-second engine firings over the course of 10 days at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. As of July 2, the company has completed six such tests and was on track to complete the rest on schedule. The engine is a version of the Space Shuttle Main Engine with only minor modifications, said Jeff Haynes, AR-22 program manager at Aerojet, in...
  • Britain could team up with Sweden to build a new fighter jet after being snubbed by France...

    07/06/2018 7:00:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | July 5, 2018 | RACHEL MILLARD
    Britain could team up with Sweden to build a new fighter jet after being snubbed by France and Germany. British officials have held preliminary talks with the Swedes and the Ministry of Defence is next week expected to outline plans to start developing a warplane to replace the Typhoon. Sweden, which is in the EU, has shown interest in collaborating and would be a natural partner through its defence manufacturer Saab, according to the Financial Times. Sources stressed that the UK has spoken to several countries about the project. Japan and South Korea are also potential partners. France and Germany...
  • China is working on a new fighter jet for aircraft carriers to replace its J-15s

    07/04/2018 7:45:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | July 4, 2018 | Minnie Chan
    China is developing a new fighter jet for aircraft carriers to replace its J-15s after a series of mechanical failures and crashes, as it tries to build up a blue-water navy that can operate globally, military experts and sources said. The J-15 was based on a prototype of the fourth-generation Russian Sukhoi Su-33 twin-engined air superiority fighter, a design that is more than 30 years old. It was developed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, a unit of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China. With a maximum take-off weight of 33 tonnes, the aircraft is the heaviest active carrier-based fighter jet in...
  • SAF acquires new fighting machines to do more with less ... (Singapore)

    07/02/2018 7:19:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 30 June, 2018 | Aqil Haziq Mahmud
    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is overhauling its arsenal, adding new warplanes, submarines and warships as it gears up for a future with fewer soldiers. High on the agenda is the replacement for the ageing F-16 fighter jets, with Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen saying on Friday (Jun 29) that a decision will be made in the coming months. “F-16s would face obsolescence beyond 2030,” Dr Ng said of the 30-year-old jets. “To plan for a replacement is not as if you are going to buy a new car, you actually need a lead time of eight to 10...
  • Boeing unveils rendering of hypersonic jet that would fly from US to Japan in 3 hours

    06/26/2018 4:49:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    cnbc ^ | 06/26/2018 | Phil Lebaue
    The hypersonic passenger plane could, in theory, fly as fast as Mach 5, or just under 3,900 miles per hour. That would allow the plane to carry passengers between Los Angeles and Tokyo in roughly three hours. A flight from New York to London could be as quick as two hours. Right now, those flights take about 11 hours and 7 hours, respectively. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg is pushing the aerospace giant to explore the potential of ultra-fast passenger planes. "I think in the next decade or two you're going to see them become a reality," Muilenburg told CNBC at...
  • Lockheed Martin to build 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain

    06/26/2018 9:08:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 26 June 2018
    Above: Artist's rendition of the F-16 Block 70 that will be built for the Kingdom of Bahrain at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The Undefinitised Contract Action award represents the first F-16 Block 70 sale and the first F-16 production programme to be performed in Greenville, South Carolina. The Kingdom of Bahrain is the first customer to procure the F-16 Block 70, the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration. "We value our long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain and look forward to beginning production activities on their first Block 70 aircraft at our facility in Greenville,"...
  • F-15SA Bristles With A Dozen AIM-120 Missiles During Star Wars Canyon Run (fighters for Saudi)

    06/26/2018 9:03:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 25, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Currently, the most advanced F-15 Eagles on the planet belong to the Royal Saudi Air Force which has a decades-long history with the type. In its latest iteration, known as the F-15SA, the mighty Strike Eagle has been vastly upgraded. One of the type's most prominent new features is the activation of the Eagle's long-dormant outer-wing stores stations number one and nine. This was made possible with the help of the F-15SA's new fly-by-wire flight control system. With this upgrade, the Eagle can fly with a wide array of new weapons configurations, including being able to turn into an air-to-air...
  • South Korea picks Boeing P-8 for $1.7 billion maritime patrol aircraft contract

    06/25/2018 3:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2018 | Staff
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s military has picked Boeing Co (BA.N) to supply the country’s maritime patrol aircraft in a contract worth around 1.9 trillion won ($1.71 billion), a senior company executive said on Monday. The South Korean procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said separately that it had decided to buy the P-8 Poseidon aircraft through the U.S. government foreign military sales program. Kang Hwan-seok, a DAPA spokesman, told a media briefing the decision was made after a comprehensive review of legal aspects, cost, schedule and performance. Saab (SAABb.ST) and Airbus (AIR.PA) had also shown interest in meeting...
  • The German Air Force Wants To Know If Its Eurofighters Can Carry U.S. Nuclear Bombs

    06/21/2018 7:40:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 21, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    German officials have reportedly asked their American counterparts about whether it would be possible to turn the Eurofighter Typhoon into a nuclear strike aircraft. The answer to this question could have serious ramifications on Germany’s effort to replace its aging Panavia Tornado combat jets, which are certified to carry U.S. B61 nuclear bombs during a crisis as part of an inter-NATO agreement, and reinforces previous reports that the European fighter jet is the German Air Force’s preferred option. In April 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Defense sent a formal letter to U.S. officials asking about whether it would be...
  • Exclusive: Canada could make it harder for U.S. to win fighter bid - sources

    06/21/2018 7:36:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 21, 2018 | David Ljunggren
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is discussing changes to a multibillion-dollar fighter jet procurement process that could make it harder for a U.S. company to win the order as trade relations between the neighbors sour, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said. Canada is considering whether to penalize companies from countries that have caused it economic damage, the sources said on Wednesday. While a final decision is not expected before next year and the threat could be posturing, the move shows how the Trump administration’s trade disputes are spilling over into other areas. A spokeswoman for federal Procurement Minister...
  • In Major Reversal, Belgian PM Delays Fighter Decision, Will Thoroughly Evaluate French Rafale Offer

    06/18/2018 5:29:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies ^ | June 18, 2018 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- In a major policy reversal, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday announced an abrupt change in the process to select a replacement for the Lockheed F-16s operated by the Belgian Air Force. At a press conference held after the Cabinet meeting, Michel said that Belgium will thoroughly evaluate the French offer based on the Dassault Rafale, as well as the possible upgrade of the F-16s. He also postponed the decision until mid-October. This is a complete disavowal of the position of Defense Minister Steven Vandeput, who insisted that upgrading the F-16 was clearly not realistic, and maintained...
  • ANALYSIS: Does Skunk Works hiring binge indicate secret new programme?

    06/15/2018 5:43:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 15, 2018 | Stephen Trimble
    As it celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Skunk Works is in the middle of a huge and unexplained growth spurt. The Palmdale, California-based unit of Lockheed Martin focused on the most advanced and secretive projects employed about 3,000 workers last year. It has about 3,500 employees now. And that’s about halfway to a near-term goal of about 4,000. On-boarding sessions for new employees used to be held every other week, but are now scheduled twice a week — and they’re full. “The number is moving so quickly we hesitate to give a number,” says Craig Johnson, the Skunk Works’ director...