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  • All the ways the F-35 is screwed up, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester

    02/06/2016 7:44:03 AM PST · by don-o · 83 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/4/16 | Dan Lamothe
    The Pentagon's top weapons tester has condemned aspects of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in a new report, raising questions about the $1.5-trillion effort's ability to meet its already slipped production schedule, synthesize information on the battlefield and keep aircraft available to fly. The 82-page report was distributed to Congress last month, and released publicly this week. It was completed by Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. He reports directly to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, and carries out independent assessments for both Carter and members of Congress.
  • This U.S. missile is about to get a ship-killing upgrade

    02/05/2016 8:53:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In an apparent move to show how serious the Pentagon is about countering conventional threats such as Russia and China, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter announced Wednesday that the U.S. Navy would get a new ship-killing missile. The SM-6 is a vertically launched system fired from the deck of destroyers and cruisers. The missile was designed and fielded to intercept ballistic missiles in flight while they are passing through the upper atmosphere, but now, with Carter’s announcement, the SM-6 will be upgraded to defeat enemy ships. “It makes the SM-6 basically a twofer,” said Carter to an audience of...
  • The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

    02/04/2016 1:18:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 02/03/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has been busy highlighting key pieces of the Pentagon’s upcoming budget that will be published on February 9th. One of the primary items identified in it is the development of an aerial arsenal ship. The arsenal ship concept is something we talk about regularly here on Foxtrot Alpha, both those that fly and float. Today, the closest thing to an arsenal ship of any kind are the Navy’s converted Ohio Class ballisitic missile submarines and the Navy’s Aegis-equipped destroyers and cruisers. The flying arsenal ship concept has been around for a very long time, and...
  • Russia’s Su-35S fighters in Syria to be used against ground targets — expert

    02/03/2016 5:01:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | February 02, 2016
    MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Russia’s newest Sukhoi Su-35S fighters, redeployed to Syria, will be flight-tested in real combat conditions and make a contribution to destroying terrorist targets on the ground, the former chief of the Lipetsk air pilots training center, Major-General Alexander Kharchevsky, has said. He believes that the Sukhoi Su-35S planes, just as the Sukhoi Su-30SM, dispatched to Syria earlier, "are equally effective in attacking air and surface targets." "In particular, Sukhoi-35 will be able to use its high maneuverability (in fact, unparalleled at the moment) in dog fight and effectively attack targets on the surface," Kharchevsky told TASS....
  • Australia Should Buy F-22s, Not F-35s, Says Retired RAAF Wing Commander

    02/03/2016 1:49:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    GIZMODO Australia ^ | 02/02/2016 | CAMPBELL SIMPSON
    A submission to a Senate inquiry into the feasibility of Government’s planned purchase of at least 72 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets says that the multirole planes will be instantly outmatched in air superiority by the airborne wings of competing countries in the region like China and Indonesia, and will fare even worse against future threats. It suggests — hypothetically — that Australia instead push for the F-22 Raptor, a jet that the United States has never sold to even its closest military allies. In the submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Joint Strike...
  • Boeing Says Harpoon Missile Light Enough for Littoral Combat Ship

    02/03/2016 1:38:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Military.com ^ | Feb 02, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Boeing Co. is recommending that new Littoral Combat Ships be mounted with Harpoon missile launchers this year before routine trials near Mayport, Florida, a company official said. In a recent interview with Military.com, Jeffrey "Scott" Jones, Boeing's global sales and marketing lead for the Harpoon and a retired Navy rear admiral, said a new upgrade kit that aims to double the missile's range makes it a strong candidate for mounting on the LCS and the frigate that will follow. The Navy's director of surface warfare, Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, called an over-the-horizon missile an "absolute requirement" for the ship in...
  • Boeing CEO Pitches Super Hornet Fighter Jet To India

    02/03/2016 1:18:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 03, 2016
    NEW DELHI: US aircraft maker Boeing Co is in a "conversation" on manufacturing its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet in India, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg was quoted on Wednesday as saying on his first visit to the country. "We see the Super Hornet as an opportunity ... to tie directly into the 'Make in India' strategy," Mr Muilenburg told the Hindustan Times in an interview whose authenticity was confirmed by the company. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' drive is designed to expand India's industrial base. Boeing was willing to back the project with billions of dollars in...
  • Not Top Gun Yet: China Struggles With Warplane Engine Technology

    01/29/2016 9:39:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29, 2016
    BEIJING: China has built a potent military machine over the past 30 years but is struggling to develop advanced engines that would allow its warplanes to match Western fighters in combat, foreign and Chinese industry sources said. The country's engine technology lags that of United Technologies unit Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Rolls-Royce, said Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. China's Defence Ministry, in a brief statement to Reuters, said there was a "definite gap" between Chinese military technology and some developed countries, adding Beijing would continue to strengthen...
  • Iran, Airbus sign deal for 118 planes worth $27 billion

    01/29/2016 9:33:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 29, 2016
    PARIS: Iran agreed on Thursday to buy 118 Airbus jets worth $27 billion at list prices, including a dozen A380 superjumbos, after international sanctions were lifted against Tehran this month. The planemaker said the deal, signed amid a raft of others during a visit by President Hassan Rouhani, was conditional on getting US export licences because more than 10 per cent of Airbus jetliner parts come from the United States. The order for 73 wide-body and 45 narrow-body jets allows Airbus to steal a march on US rival Boeing as Iran seeks to renovate and expand its worn-out fleet of...
  • Japan Unveils First Stealth Fighter

    01/28/2016 5:10:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 28, 2016 | ERIC PFANNER & CHIEKO TSUNEOKA
    NAGOYA, Japan—Japan on Thursday unveiled its first radar-evading stealth aircraft, aiming to close a gap with neighbors such as China and Russia, which have been flying fighter planes equipped with the technology for more than five years. Confronted with regional challenges such as China building artificial islands in the South China Sea and North Korea testing nuclear devices, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has eased postwar restrictions on the country’s military and is trying to bolster its limited weapons-building capabilities. In the latest move, the Ministry of Defense showed off a test aircraft called X-2 in a heavily guarded hangar...
  • Zero fighter flies over Japan for 1st time since WWII

    01/27/2016 6:22:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 113 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2016 7:54 AM EST | Miki Toda
    One of Mitsubishi's legendary Zero fighter planes took to the skies over Japan on Wednesday for the first time since World War II. The restored plane made a brief flight to and from a naval base in southern Japan. Decorated former U.S. Air Force pilot Skip Holm flew the aircraft. Zero fighters were considered one of the most capable fighter planes in World War II, rivaling the British Spitfire. Their long range allowed them to play a prominent role in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Only a few are still in operating condition. ...
  • Delayed U.S. license halts S. Korea's Taurus missile adoption: sources

    01/26/2016 11:01:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- The U.S.' stalled decision over the export of a key GPS system is causing a major delay in South Korea's plan to introduce Taurus missiles by the end of this year, sources said Tuesday. The U.S. government is currently delaying its decision on whether to approve the export of a military GPS receiver for the local project to arm its fighter jets with the made-in-Germany air-to-surface missiles, military and defense procurement officials said. Any decision on the matter is expected to come after August, according to the officials. The GPS component is an integral part...
  • ISRAEL: Long-range fashion catches on in IAF

    01/25/2016 9:46:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 JANUARY, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Waiting so long for Rafael to respond to a new fashion in missile technology seemed surprising only because the state-owned Israeli weapons and sensor house is most often the industry’s leading trendsetter. But Rafael has been curiously slow to respond to a clear trend within the air-to-air missile community. In the past decade, the most anticipated new missiles – the Chinese PL-12, MBDA Meteor, Raytheon AIM-120D and Vympel RVV-AE-PD – have all shared a similar trait. As advanced sensors push the detection range of missile firing platforms ever farther, missile manufacturers have responded with new weapons with ranges beyond 54nm...
  • British Pilots Push Eurofighter Typhoon Upgrades

    01/25/2016 9:41:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN Online ^ | January 25, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    The complete set of weapons planned for the RAF’s Typhoon fleet are displayed on the full-scale model. From left to right: ASRAAM; Brimstone; Storm Shadow; Paveway and Meteor. (Photo: Chris Pocock) British Royal Air Force (RAF) test and evaluation pilots have flown a Eurofighter Typhoon equipped with the Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) software and avionics. The service is keen to ensure that the P2E and follow-on P3E phases of development are completed on time by the end of 2018, so that it can withdraw its last three remaining Tornado strike aircraft squadrons in 2018-19. The RAF will not be replacing...
  • Despite Decades of Stealth, Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet

    01/24/2016 11:29:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 24, 2016 | CLYDE HABERMAN
    One of the earliest stealth weapons on record was a stone used by the young Israelite David to kill the Philistine giant Goliath. In the biblical account, David shunned the conventional armaments of his time: sword, helmet, armor. Instead, he went forth with a slingshot and a few stones, kept undetected in a pouch. As any schoolchild knows, one well-aimed fling was all it took to put Goliath down for good. The big guy never saw it coming. It is not clear to what extent David tested his weapon before doing battle, but he presumably had experimented. The first Book...
  • Will The White House Finally Clear Qatar To Purchase 72 F-15 Strike Eagles?

    01/24/2016 2:46:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 23 January 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Qatar asked for clearance from the U.S. Government to purchase 72 F-15E Strike Eagle derivatives, but the request has been slow-rolled. Now, almost two years later and after the Iran Nuclear Agreement has been implemented, there are high hopes the deal may finally be allowed to move forward. Considering that Qatar remains a close ally of the U.S. in the region, and their fighter business has traditionally gone to European manufacturers, penning a deal for dozens of F-15 Strike Eagles seems like a no-brainer. Yet, politically, this would seem not to be the case. Aside from Israel and Saudi Arabia,...
  • Plan to turn a 747 into a missile launcher revealed: Design would have put 70 cruise missiles ...

    01/23/2016 5:06:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 January 2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    The B-52 had long been one of the Air Force's key weapons, being the first aircraft to attack Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War. But over the past two decades, half of the military's B-52s have been scrapped due to budget constraints, leading several companies to come up with suggestions for a replacement. One of these groups was Boeing, who came up with a plan in the 1980s to turn a 747 into a launcher capable of carrying 70 cruise missiles. The aim was to create a low-cost bomber, at 15 per cent the price of the B-2, but able...
  • F-22 Raptors Uncaged (An F-22 pilot opens up about the fighter’s first combat)

    01/22/2016 7:25:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | FEBRUARY 2016 | James R. Chiles
    In 2005, The Air Force made it official. The F-22A Raptor was ready for combat. “If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us,” said then head of Air Combat Command, General Robert Keys, at Virginia’s Langley Air Force Base. However, for the next nine years, what has been called the world’s most capable fighter stayed on the sidelines, sitting out, for example, U.S. strikes against Libyan air defenses in March 2011. On the night of September 22, 2014, tomorrow finally came: The 1st Fighter Wing, based at Langley, flew four F-22s to strike ISIS militants in...
  • American Gripen: The Solution To The F-35 Nightmare

    01/22/2016 7:09:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/22/2016 | David Archibald
    One thing that has helped keep the F-35 program going is a perception that there is no ‘Plane B.’ As Margaret Thatcher famously said,“There is no alternative.” No matter how bad the F-35 is, it is going to be built because the U.S. Air Force needs something to replace its worn-out fighters. That appears to be the fallback position in Lockheed Martin’s marketing plan for the F-35. The Department of Defence though is fully aware of the extraordinary cost of the F-35 relative to its performance and is looking to scale back its procurement. That could result in a death...
  • Note to US: Pakistan’s insatiable appetite for F-16s

    01/22/2016 5:30:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE, PAKISTAN ^ | Naveed Ahmad | Naveed Ahmad
    The Congress has recently blocked the White House-approved sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The deal is viewed to have no relevance to Pakistan’s war against terror besides being used in offensives against India, Washington’s recent ally with a staunch lobby. Last March, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs blocked sale of cutter vessels worth $150 million to the Pakistan Navy on the same pretext. Defense purchases from the US have rarely been upfront commercial transactions. The White House never shies away from taking political and diplomatic mileage, thereof. High performance Despite its plan to induct at...
  • China to Get Russia's Lethal Su-35 Fighter This Year

    01/20/2016 10:08:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 20, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will start receiving its first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia later this year. "Supplies of fighter jets will start in the 4th quarter of this year. For now, everything goes according to plan," a Russian military-diplomatic source told the TASS late last week. Russia signed a contract to deliver twenty-four Su-35 fighters worth more than $2 billion to China late last year. The contract will be filled within three years according to TASS’s source. Production of a modernized S-108 communications system—which was part of Beijing’s requirements—has already started. While the addition of...
  • America's F-16 Turns 42: The Viper's Enduring Legacy

    01/20/2016 9:41:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 1/20/2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Forty-two years ago on this day, General Dynamics test pilot Phil Oestricher undertook the YF-16 prototype’s first flight during what was supposed to be a high-speed taxi test at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Oestricher’s so-called “Flight Zero” was completely unplanned and unexpected, but provided extremely valuable data for the development of what eventually became the U.S. Air Force’s mainstay F-16 Fighting Falcon. Oestricher—who passed away on Dec. 18, 2015—said that the flight test plan was to go down the runway pushing the aircraft up to 135 knots, lifting the jet no more than about two feet above the ground....
  • Israel gives green light to F-15I upgrade

    01/20/2016 5:27:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 1/20/2016 | ARIE EGOZI
    Israel will embark on a “deep” upgrade of its Boeing F-15I Ra’am fleet as it looks to maintain the type as the backbone of its air force’s strike capability, despite the parallel acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F-35. The enhancement has been mooted for some time, but Tel Aviv has recently given the green light to the programme. Modifications will include structural changes, the addition of an active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar, updated avionics and new, unspecified weapon systems. A selection process for the radar is ongoing, with a decision due mid-year. It is thought Israel favours the Raytheon APG-82(V)1...
  • It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

    01/20/2016 3:21:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/20/2016 | David Axe
    Sukhoi T-50 fighter climbing after takeoff, 2011. Creative Commons After confronting serious technical and economic difficulties, Russia has dramatically cut back its air force program to field its first radar-evading “stealth” fighter jet. By delaying large-scale acquisition of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter, the Kremlin is tacitly acknowledging a truth that the U.S. military learned decades ago — and that China might also learn in coming years: developing stealth fighters is hard. But fortunately for the Russian air force, and unfortunately for Washington and its allied air arms that are Russia’s chief rivals, Moscow has a backup plan. Instead of counting...
  • SNA 2016: UK France Italy and Spain Said to be Interested in Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

    01/20/2016 3:00:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 01/20/2016 | Xavier Vavasseur
    A number of European countries have shown interest in the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, Navy Recognition has learned during the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium held last week near Washington DC. Among them are the UK, France, Italy and Spain. Artist impression showing a US Navy V-22 in a COD mission. Image: Bell "We will brief a number of European countries on the V-22 in February. If international partners orders can be added to the US order as part of Multi Year 3, it could drive the V-22 price down" said John R. Parker, Senior Manager, Tiltrotor Global Sales...
  • Air France lets go of the 747: The plane that changed air travel forever

    01/19/2016 5:05:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | January 18, 2016 | Jim Bittermann
    Paris (CNN)As round trips go, it was more of an oval: Paris to Paris with no ground stop in between, and it had grown men and women getting all misty-eyed. For Air France and its Boeing 747s, it was time to say goodbye -- but the airline and its personnel were having a hard time doing so. The last scheduled Air France 747 flight had landed days earlier, but here we all were at 8 a.m. for the first of two separate "last 747 flights" around France which, in fact, were just a prelude to a few more "last 747...
  • US might sell refurbished Harriers to Taiwan: report

    01/19/2016 2:33:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | William Lowther
    The US might offer to sell refurbished AV-8B Harrier Jump Jets to Taiwan, the magazine Defense News said. “The Harriers will be offered to Taiwan through the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program under the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency,” the magazine said in an article written by Taipei-based correspondent Wendell Minnick. The article quotes US government sources as saying the Harriers would be offered after the US Marine Corps begins replacing them with F-35B stealth fighters. The Taipei Times was unable to confirm the story with Pentagon sources on Sunday. Other sources said the story could have been leaked...
  • Russia to deploy Ka-52 attack helicopters to Syria to protect Latakia air base

    01/18/2016 10:31:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | January 15, 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Russian Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name “Hokum-B”) helicopters would be about to deploy to Syria according to a source who talked to ITAR-TASS.
  • Boeing B-52 evolves again with guided weapons launcher

    01/18/2016 10:28:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | January 15, 2016 | James Dreq
    On 16 January 1991, seven Boeing B-52Gs fully loaded with AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles took flight from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana on a top-secret mission to destroy targets inside Iraq. Those 35h missions were the first combat sorties of Operation Desert Storm. Lesser known is that the mission, dubbed Secret Squirrel, also marked the combat debut of the AGM-86C, with 35 weapons fired and 85-95% of targets successfully destroyed, according to the US air force. A derivative of the nuclear-tipped AGM-86B, the B-52G would not have been deployed if only armed with nuclear cruise missiles and unguided bombs. Now,...
  • Air Force Caves, Agrees To Delay A-10 Retirement Indefinitely

    01/14/2016 6:35:58 AM PST · by rktman · 85 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/13/2016 | Jonah Bennet
    The Air Force is indefinitely doing away with its plan to retire the A-10 jet, a move that seems both inevitable and shocking, given the aggressive steps leadership has taken to get rid of the aircraft and the fierce push back they received in response. The remarkably high demand for A-10s from commanders is almost universally cited among critics of the A-10 decommissioning process. More details will be available when the Pentagon’s 2017 budget plan to keep the bird is sent over to Congress for consideration.
  • A False Start for Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder?

    01/08/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 09, 2016 | Benjamin David Baker
    Not again. The jointly developed Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder has apparently suffered another false start. As the Diplomat reported last month, Malaysian officials previously indicated that they were considering the JF-17 as a contender to its fighter replacement program. Kuala Lumpur’s interest in the aircraft was signaled last month by its High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr. Hasrul Sani, who, according to the Associated Press of Pakistan, discussed the fighter against the backdrop of boosting the bilateral relationship in general. “I think the Malaysians might be genuinely interested because Pakistan has a respectable defense industry, with the products being considerably cheaper compared...
  • Why this recent Japanese contract win is huge for Northrop Grumman

    01/08/2016 6:55:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | James Bach
    Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) is taking its latest model of reconnaissance aircraft global and Japan’s Ministry of Defense will be the first taker. With the announcement this week that Northrop was going to deliver its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning platform to Japan under a $286 million contract, the company wasn’t just upgrading a longtime partner’s reconnaissance fleet, but readying itself for further efforts to put this plane in the hands of more international customers. “E-2D for Japan is huge,” said Jay Mulhall, director of global strategy mission solutions for the E-2 program. “We believe it’s...
  • Meet Russia's New High-Speed Helicopter Testbed

    01/08/2016 6:30:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 01/08/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Russia has created a highly modified variant of its venerable Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter dubbed the “Prospective Speedy Helicopter” Demonstrator, or Demonstrator PSV. This testbed aircraft aims to take Russian helicopter technology to the next level when it comes to both kinetic performance and avionics. The unique chopper took its first flight on December 23 out of Russian helicopter giant MIL’s plant near Moscow. Designers used the Mi-24K Hind as a starting point for developing this new experimental aircraft, turning the two pilot attack helicopter into a single pilot technology demonstrator. Multiple technologies will be flown on the PSV, including...
  • Can South Korea Fight North Korea Without America?

    01/08/2016 5:00:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 7, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    As tensions with North Korea rise following Pyongyang’s alleged hydrogen bomb test, there is the specter of a renewed war on the peninsula. In the years following the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 — which ended the conflict in a ceasefire without formally terminating hostilities — the U.S. military was the guarantor of the Republic of Korea’s security. More than 60 years later, United States Forces Korea — led by U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti — maintains a force of over 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend Seoul from Pyongyang’s depredations. But by-and-large, South Korea is defended by its...
  • The U.S. Navy Struggles to Keep Hornets Flying While the F-35 Stalls

    01/05/2016 9:47:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jan 5, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Faced with delays in the adoption of the F-35, the U.S. Navy is trying to keep F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighters flying until replacements arrive. According to Military Times, the service is stretching the lifespan of existing planes, keeping them in the air far longer than originally planned. The U.S. Navy's F/A-18C Hornets comprise half of the fighter force on a typical Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. These older Hornets, known as "legacy Hornets" to differentiate them from the Super Hornet, were only meant to fly an average 6,000 hours. Generally speaking, this works out to about 20 years of peacetime...
  • Revealed: Russia's Lethal Su-34 Fullback Goes Global

    01/05/2016 5:39:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 5/1/2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Russia is on the verge of securing its first export order for the Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback bomber. Algeria is likely to become the first of many new customers for the new long-range strike aircraft. Moscow has powerful long-range interdiction aircraft used to great effect during its air campaign Syria. Russia’s intervention in Syria has served not only remind many in the West that Moscow remains a force to be reckoned with, but also that in many respects, Russia has made many technological strides in the years since the demise of the Soviet Union. Impressed by the Su-34 Fullback’s performance over...
  • Warning: Turbulence Ahead for the Russia-India Stealth Fighter

    01/05/2016 2:38:58 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    nationalinterest.org ^ | December 28, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    An $11 billion deal between Moscow and New Delhi to jointly develop a stealthy fifth-generation fighter is on the verge of collapse. A recent meeting between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin does not seem to have broken the impasse. According to India Today, New Delhi has lost confidence in the Russian T-50 PAK-FA effort after Moscow truncated its buy to about a squadron's worth of jets. The prevailing view within the Indian air force is that if Russia—which is the senior partner—is backing out of the program, then it will be left...
  • China's 2nd aircraft carrier to focus more on military operations

    01/04/2016 5:42:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    hina's second aircraft carrier, which is now under construction, will focus more on military operations training and technological experiments to improve its defence systems as the 2.3 million strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) undergoes massive revamp. "This aircraft carrier will have different missions than those for the Liaoning (the country's first aircraft carrier)," said Senior Captain Zhang Junshe with the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute. "We use the (the first carrier) Liaoning to test the reliability and compatibility of systems on carriers, and to train personnel. The second carrier will mainly do what a genuine aircraft carrier is supposed...
  • So You Think You Can Sell a Fourth Generation Carrier-Launched Fighter?

    01/04/2016 5:15:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 01/04/2016 | Robert Farley
    Saab is trying to find customers in Asia. A recent report indicated that the Swedish defense firm is trying to find partners in Asia for the Sea Gripen, a carrier-launched version of its much-lauded, relatively inexpensive Generation 4.5 fighter. The problem is that the market for fighter aircraft is tight, because there are several good competitors and not enough aircraft carriers to go around. Thus have culminated a pair of long-standing trends in naval and aviation acquisition: good aircraft are chasing decks that simply don’t exist. To see how we got here, it’s useful to trace a bit of the...
  • “Israel has no problem developing a fighter aircraft – the problem is money”

    01/01/2016 7:53:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    IsraelDefense ^ | 31/12/2015
    In preparation for 35th anniversary of the authorization of the Lavi aircraft project, we interviewed Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry, who accompanied the development of that ill-fated aircraft from the first step. Exclusive In the summer of 1967, at the outset of the Six-Day War, the Government of France imposed an embargo on the supply of arms to Israel, and cancelled a transaction involving the supply of Mirage-5 fighter aircraft that were to be delivered to Israel as of December 1967. This embargo threatened Israel’s ability to defend itself, and the Israel Ministry of Defense consequently decided to assign the...
  • Russia’s 1st forward-swept wing training aircraft performs maiden flight

    01/01/2016 7:36:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    RT, Russia ^ | 1 Jan, 2016
    A private Russian design bureau has conducted a maiden flight of an SR-10 dual-pilot forward-swept wing aerobatic trainer aircraft. It was earlier reported that it is planned to produce 16 SR-10 jets for the Defense Ministry. The development of the fully composite twin-seater began at the Modern Aviation Technologies (KB SAT) design engineering bureau in 2007. The initial engineering development model was presented at MAKS-2009 airshow, but in the following years the project encountered financial problems. On December 25, SR-10 made its first flight at an airfield near Vorotynsk, in the Kaluga Region, sdelanounas.ru website reports. The SR-10 is a...
  • Four new military aircraft took to the skies in 2015

    12/31/2015 3:22:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    It was a big year for military aircraft advances. Here’s a look back at four of those – the F-16 Viper, Marine Corps’ King Stallion Helo, a new stealth bomber and fifth generation fighter F-35.
  • Amid maritime disputes, China confirms building second carrier

    12/31/2015 4:08:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, 31 Dec 2015 | Ben Blanchard and Megha Rajagopalan
    BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) - After months of speculation, China confirmed on Thursday it is building a second aircraft carrier to go with an existing one bought second-hand, as neighbours worry about Beijing's new assertiveness to claims in the South China Sea. Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the carrier had been designed in China and was being built in the port of Dalian. Foreign military analysts and Chinese media have for months published satellite images, photographs and news stories purporting to show the second carrier's development. "China has a long coast line and a vast maritime area under our...
  • China appears ready to begin mass production of first stealth fighter jet, state media suggest

    12/31/2015 2:55:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 28 December, 2015 | Stephen Chen
    A photo that appears to show China’s J-20 stealth fighter, still coated in yellowish paint typically used before radar absoprbing materials are applied. Photo: Xinhua China “may” have started mass production of its first stealth fighter, the J-20, a state media report suggests. The clue came in slightly blurry photos that Xinhua published on Sunday. They show a plane parked on a runway at an unidentified military airfield, coated in a yellowish paint typically used before the application of radar absorption material. The jet was identical to ones believed to be J-20 prototypes seen in public in previous years. But...
  • The B-1 bomber: The underappreciated workhorse of America’s air wars

    12/31/2015 2:43:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2015 | Wesley Morgan
    The huge swing-wing airplane is nothing if not flexible — canceled, revived, converted from nuclear strike plane to conventional bomber and then to flying arsenal for the GPS-guided bombs on which ground troops fighting for their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria often rely. And if the U.S. Air Force’s supersonic B-1 bomber is one other thing, it’s misunderstood. It’s no secret that the B-1 bomber, officially called the Lancer but known to its four-man crews as the “Bone” (they proudly call themselves “Bone-drivers”), had a troubled early life. Canceled by President Jimmy Carter and revived by successor Ronald...
  • Here’s The First Shot Of The F-15C Pod That Will Change How The Air Force Fights

    12/30/2015 8:05:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | December 31, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the most important programs that the U.S. Air Force is undertaking is far from glamorous and comes with a funny name: Talon HATE. But this podded system will be vital for eliminating communications barriers between the F-22 and F-15C/D fleets, as well as other weapon systems. It’s showing for the first time on the belly of an Operational Test F-15C flying out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Here’s how it works. The F-15 is no stranger when it comes to evolving with the times, and Boeing is doing just that with this new communications and sensor...
  • Russia to Supply Egypt With 46 Ka-52K Naval Attack Helicopters

    12/30/2015 7:57:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Russia has struck a deal with Egypt to deliver 46 Kamov Ka-52K navalized attack helicopters, the director-general of the state-run Russian Helicopters aircraft maker said Wednesday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ka-52Ks were designed for French-made Mistral helicopter carriers that were to join the Russian Navy last year, before France cancelled the deal over Ukraine. The warships are now being bought by Cairo. "In the outgoing year, new contracts were signed with Russian and foreign helicopter users," Russian Helicopters Director-General Alexander Mikheev said in a statement published in the corporate magazine. He added that a major sale of Kamov naval helicopters were...
  • India successfully testfires Indo-Israeli Barak-8 missile

    12/29/2015 11:50:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2015-12-30
    NEW DELHI, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- India Wednesday successfully testfired a long-range, surface-to-air missile, Barak-8, jointly developed with Israel, from an Indian Navy warship off the coast of the western state of Goa, sources said. "The maiden testfiring of the missile in the Arabia Sea has been successful. It has destroyed an aerial target after being launched from INS Kolkata. The missile was twice testfired onboard Israeli ships and this is the first time that such a test was held onboard an Indian warship," sources said. Indian Navy has described the testfiring as "a quantum jump in Indian air defense...
  • PICTURE: Bulgaria retires last MiG-21 fighters

    12/29/2015 5:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 29 DECEMBER, 2015 | ALEXANDER MLADENOV
    The Bulgarian air force on 18 December held a ceremony to mark the retirement of its last Mikoyan MiG-21 fighters. Involving the nation's last three serviceable examples – two single-seat MiG-21bis's and a two-seat MiG-21UM1 trainer – the event marked the end of regular flight operations, although the former pair will remain available to conduct quick reaction alert sorties until 31 December. The fighters will then be kept in storage at Graf Ignatievo air base, ready to be returned to airworthy status should the need arise. Bulgaria's MiG-21 fleet had originally been slated for retirement in 2012, but the type's...
  • Boeing Fighter Jet Rival Gets Stronger

    12/29/2015 12:34:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 2015/12/25 | Rich Smith
    Man, Boeing (NYSE:BA) just cannot catch a break. For a while there, 2015 was starting to look like the year Boeing defense got its wings back. In February, opining that "stealth may be overrated," U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert began laying the groundwork for the U.S. Navy breaking up with Lockheed Martin's F-35C fighter jet, and buying a bunch of Boeing F/A-18s for its carriers instead. Earlier this month, the Air Force floated a trial balloon of its own. In a controversial revelation, the Air Force suggested it was considering buying as many as six dozen cheaper...