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  • IAF keen on US Scorpion aircraft offer

    09/04/2015 9:20:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS ^ | September 4, 2015 | Huma Siddiqui
    After asking state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to stop work on the intermediate jet trainers (IJT), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now keen on the US offer of Textron’s AirLand Scorpion light-attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. The IAF badly needs an IJT due to delays by HAL, which has been working on an IJT since 1997. Senior IAF officials believe that the twin-seat platform of the Textron’s ISR aircraft can also be used as an intermediate jet trainer. Sources have indicated during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US from September 22 to...
  • Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

    09/04/2015 2:41:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 1:20am IST | Irene Klotz
    Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner spaceships will be prepared for flight in a processing hangar once used by NASA's space shuttles. The capsule's debut test flight is targeted for 2017. Starliners will fly from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard Atlas 5 rockets, which are built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NASA is paying up to $4.2 billion for a Starliner test flight and up to six missions to the station. The U.S. space agency has a similar contract with privately owned SpaceX, which intends to accomplish the work for $2.6...
  • Tokyo’s First Major Military Export Will Be a Seaplane

    09/04/2015 12:09:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 3, 2015 | James Simpson
    In April 2014 the Japanese government finally lifted its postwar ban on the export of defense products. Tokyo approved its first arms export this summer — the supply of PAC-2 missile parts to the U.S., which will then sell the completed Patriot missiles to Qatar. It’s only a matter of time before Tokyo sells a major military platform rather than just parts. With a wealth of experience in manufacturing armor, ships, submarines and helicopters, there’s a lot for potential buyers to choose from. But Japan’s first sale will probably be a search-and-rescue amphibious aircraft — a seaplane — called the...
  • Defense Ministry to replace F-5 tiger aircraft with Sukhoi-35 jets

    09/03/2015 6:32:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    ANTARANEWS.com ^ | 3 September 2015
    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Defense Ministry has decided to replace a squadron of aging American-made F-5 E/F Tiger jet fighters with Russian-made Sukhoi SU-35 aircraft. "We have agreed to buy a squadron of Sukhoi SU-35s from Russia to replace the F-5 Tiger jet fighters," Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, said after conducting an impromptu inspection of weapons owned by the Army in Jakarta on Wednesday. Ryacudu explained that the reason for purchasing the Sukhoi jets was that the Indonesian Air Force's (TNI AUs) pilots were more accustomed to operating the Russia-made jet fighters. "Now we have jet fighters made by...
  • A Fiery End for Kosmos 1315 Over Hawaii

    09/02/2015 10:36:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    .universetoday.com ^ | September 2, 2015 | David Dickinson on
    “Objects launched by Russia account for 205 sightings or 80 percent, followed by the U.S., which accounts for 40 sightings or 16 percent. China, Europe and Japan account for the remaining 4 percent,” Molczan told Universe Today. “Considering the vast areas of the Earth that have been under-reported, the total number of reentries seen during the Space Age probably is between 500 and 1000, the large majority lost to history.” This was a fine example of a classic reentry versus a typical fireball or meteor train. Satellites typically have a slower reentry velocity, and you can see this in several...
  • Unique Grom-2 Missile-Bomb Weapon Created in Russia

    08/30/2015 11:00:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The bomb was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile, according to the manufacturer. ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) — A unique Grom-2, possessing the destructive utility of both a missile and a bomb, has been developed in Russia, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation said Wednesday. “Grom-2 is in fact a glide bomb, as there is another warhead weighing 130 kilograms [286 pounds] instead of an engine with a total weight of 250 kilograms," Boris Obnosov told journalists. According to Obnosov, the Grom-2 was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile. Russia's...
  • Pakistan to get US copters at last

    08/29/2015 5:28:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Nation, Pakistan ^ | August 28, 2015
    LAHORE - US Department of Defence (DoD) announced on Wednesday night that it has awarded Bell Helicopter a $581 million contract that includes the delivery of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. Although Pakistan had requested the sale of 15 AH-1Z helicopters in April, it is not clear how many of the 15 helicopters have been signed for at this stage. The notification by the US DoD stated that 10% ($57. 9 million) of the overall contract value covered the sale to the government of Pakistan. This suggests that this is an initial deal for the first two helicopters only,...
  • MAKS: Can Russia’s ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ rise again?

    08/28/2015 6:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 28, 2015
    The Soviet Union’s once-secretive “Caspian Sea Monster” has resurfaced at the MAKS air show, minus the stacks of short-range nuclear missiles meant to obliterate Western defences in a sea-skimming sneak attack. The Lun-class Ekranoplan – designed to travel at high speeds just 150m above the ocean on a cushion of air – was created in the mid-1960s and is arguably one of the oddest weapons to emerge during the Cold War. But as Russian seeks to revive and modernise its one mighty aerospace industry, one design bureau see great potential reproducing the Soviet ekranoplan for passenger and cargo transport purposes....
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    08/25/2015 10:55:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | 25 AUGUST 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov. He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolai’s piece. One comment — I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile....
  • Iron Maiden And The Book Of Souls Go Jumbo On Massive 2016 World Tour

    08/25/2015 7:30:07 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 15 replies
    ironmaiden.com ^ | Iron Maiden
    VOCALIST BRUCE DICKINSON TO CAPTAIN AND PILOT A BOEING 747-400 JUMBO JET TO PLAY IN SIX OF THE SEVEN CONTINENTS TRAVELLING OVER 55,000 MILES (88,500km) AROUND THE GLOBE
  • The Last Piston-Engine Dogfights (Corsairs against Mustangs)

    08/25/2015 6:23:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2015 | Preston Lerner
    The last dogfights between piston-engine, propeller-driven airplanes weren’t fought in the skies over Germany in the 1940s or even Korea in the 1950s. They occurred in Central America in 1969, and all of the combatants were flying U.S.-built Corsairs and Mustangs. The dogfights were among the final acts in a brief but bloody four-day conflict between Honduras and El Salvador, commonly (but misleadingly) known as the Football War. Although a pair of soccer games between the two nations sparked the initial riots, the war was the culmination of longstanding tension over immigration and land reform. Honduras boasted the more impressive...
  • VIDEO: Chinese Wing Loong UAV carries out weapon drops

    08/25/2015 2:46:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 24, 2015 | BETH STEVENSON
    The state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) news channel has released a previously unseen video of Beijing’s AVIC Wing Loong unmanned air vehicle carrying out weapons testing. Conducted in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia in northern China in July, the testing saw the UAV fire eight weapon types at targets to show the flexibility of the system, AVIC says. “[UAVs] that can both reconnoitre and attack have to function like this. It is unknown what kinds of targets are on the ground,” Li Yidong, deputy chief engineer of Wing Loong at AVIC’s Chengdu Engines, told CCTV. “You cannot use just...
  • Lockheed Martin's LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Just Got its U.S. Navy Designation: AGM-158C

    08/25/2015 1:50:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2015
    Contacted by Navy Recognition, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said "we learned over the weekend that LRASM's official designation will be AGM-158C". AGM-158C is the designation for the air-launched LRASM missile only. There is no surface-launch LRASM program of record yet. The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center, gave the official designation. CGI: An AGM-158C LRASM is launched from an F/A-18E Super Hornet We reported last week that the U.S. Navy began initial integration testing of its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at Patuxent River’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. Based on...
  • Russia Nearing Deployment of New Intermediate-Range Naval Missile

    08/22/2015 6:55:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials. Disclosure of the new SSN-30A missile threat comes as Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday warned that Moscow under Vladmir Putin is reemerging as an existential security threat. Russia “is a very, very significant threat,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. “And I think a point that they’ve made, but I would certainly make: Russia poses an existential threat to the United States by virtue simply of the size of the nuclear arsenal that it has.” Regarding...
  • This Topgun Instructor Watched The F-14 Go From Tomcat To 'Bombcat'

    08/21/2015 10:48:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 69 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 8/21/15 | Dave “Bio” Baranek
    We’re blasting along through the bumpy mid-day air at a brisk 480 knots, 500 feet above the desert. The ride is rough, and the purposeful rumble of our engines reminds me that it takes a lot of power to push this machine through the dense air at 800 feet per second. Fortunately, we have a lot of power. To my left at about a half mile is another Tomcat, and a mile ahead are two more. We fly in an offset box formation, each of us carrying two Mk 84 2,000-pound bombs. I’m the radar intercept officer (RIO) in an...
  • US Navy begins certifying new anti-ship missile on Super Hornet

    08/21/2015 10:38:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 08/22/2015 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy has begun integrating Lockheed Martin’s new Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) with its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and airworthiness flights are due to start next month. The service says its test and evaluation team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland conducted the first load and fit checks with the weapon this week using a “mass simulator vehicle” – all in preparation for first phase of airworthiness certification. LRASM has already been integrated with the US Air Force’s Boeing B-1B bomber, and now pictures released by the navy show the weight-representative payload attached to a Super Hornet’s...
  • Retired Danish fighter pilots favour the Super Hornet over the F-35 and Eurofighter

    08/21/2015 5:10:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 21, 2015 | David Pugliese
    Some Defence Watch readers have been pointing to a recent article published by Politiken, a Danish newspaper. The piece was written by three former Royal Danish Air Force pilots – Michael Huusom, Niels Gunnar Sørensen and Ole Ryberg. With just a few months remaining until Denmark is expected to choose a fighter jet replacement for the country’s F-16s, the three pilots compare the options Denmark is considering: Lockheed Martin’s F-35, Boeing’s Super Hornet, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. As one Defence Watch reader noted, the pilots argue that it is time to reassess the myth about the F-35 being the favourite...
  • The Boeing 747 is heading for retirement

    08/19/2015 9:09:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 61 replies
    managementtoday ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Stephen Bayley
    But now the 747 is a flying antique: people are astonished when they see the analogue instruments. And the flight controls are all defiantly dependent on old-fashioned mechanical linkages. A 747 captain once explained to me that, if hydraulic assistance on the control yoke is lost, you can still put your feet on the instrument panel, give a big tug and wrench the plane about the sky. You cannot do that on a solid-state Airbus.
  • This cool infographic shows all weapons carried by Russia’s next generation fighter

    08/20/2015 1:32:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 19 2015 | David Cenciotti
    All the PAK FA armament in a single infographic. Not only does the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA feature stunning maneuverability. As this interesting infographic shows, the fifth generation stealth multi-role combat plane will carry a wide variety of weapons, including air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles. Among those that the PAK FA will be able to carry (internally or externally – hence “stealthy” or not), there are: the Izdelie 810, a derivative of the R-37M designed to kill High Value Targets and AWACS at a distance of 400 km; the K-77M air-to-air missile fitted with an AESA seeker; the KH-35UE anti-ship...
  • What is the F-35B and Why is the UK Buying It?

    08/20/2015 12:04:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    GIZMODO UK ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Rich Wordsworth
    Over the past few years, the F-35 Lightning II – the fifth-generation, Lockheed Martin wunder-plane set to eventually take over from almost every fighter jet in the US and UK militaries – has received a public relations kicking. It’s expensive – the total cost for the programme so far is an incredible, not-even-hyperbolic trillion dollars. It’s had some embarrassing technical stumbles – engine fires, a non-functioning cannon and a half-million dollar helmet that fits comfortably in the cockpit or on a pilot’s head (but reportedly not both). And while it’s designed as a multirole, do-everything plane that will see the...
  • The F-16I Acquires Small Diameter Bombs

    08/19/2015 5:24:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Israeli Air Force ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    For the first time since their arrival a decade ago, the F-16I "Sufa" fighter jets have been equipped with advanced Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), and will be the second model in the IAF to use them, following the F-15I The "Knights of the Orange Tail" squadron has acquired advanced small diameter bombs (SDB), a decade after the arrival of the F-16I fighter jets to the IAF. The SDBs, called "Barad Had" (Hebrew for "sharp hail"), are long-range guided bombs characterized by their accurate penetration capacity. The squadron has recently undergone an operational review to officially approve its use of SBD...
  • The F-16IN Super Viper Could Get Another Shot with the Indian Air Force

    08/19/2015 3:58:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Tactical Air Network ^ | August 15, 2015 | Ian D'Costa
    An F-16IN with a full Mark 82 load. (Photograph copyright: SP's Aviation) According to The Indian Express, the United States has extended an offer to India to jointly produce a line of fighter jets to both enhance military ties as well as provide for India’s frontline fighter fleet shortage. This comes right after the Indian government announced that the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) deal, originally signed with France’s Dassault Aviation, was, for all intents and purposes, over. Bumps, missteps and poor communication contributed to the downfall of the contract which would have seen a set of Rafales built in...
  • Turkish Army Using New Attack Helicopters While Maker Seeks Exports [PHOTO in thread]

    08/18/2015 11:27:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 18, 2015 | Chris Pocock
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed delivery of the first batch of nine T129 Atak helicopters to the Turkish Army. They are “now being used effectively in operational theaters” according to the company. Turkey has recently renewed military action against Kurdish separatists in the southeast of the country, after a cease-fire broke down. These nine are T129A early development helicopters (EDHs) that were ordered in late 2010 for speedier introduction than the definitive T129B, of which 50 are scheduled for delivery to the Turkish Army. The T129As are armed only with the 20mm gun and unguided rockets. The T129Bs will...
  • Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force

    08/18/2015 11:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Axe
    After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at the time. That leaves the FAA with just subsonic jet fighters — 25 A-4s and 18 IA-63s. Buenos Aires has made noise about buying new Gripens from the United Kingdom and Sweden via Brazil, JF-17s from China and Kfirs from Israel, but the U.K. vetoed the Gripen idea and the JF-17s...
  • F-16s collide on tarmac at Nellis (One Pilot Seriously Injured)

    08/18/2015 6:22:39 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 6 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 8/18/2015 | Lieven Dewitte
    August 18, 2015 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Two F-16 collided shortly after landing at Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday morning around 11:20h. The jets, assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas returned from a flight operation to the base outside Las Vegas. Spotters reported a wrecked F-16 on runway 3L with a crash crane and clean up crew moving it onto a flatbed. It seems the nose and canopy were missing. According to unofficial sources it seems at least one of the pilots has been seriously injured. Base officials didn't...
  • Report: F-35 Inferior to Older US, Foreign Fighters

    08/18/2015 1:23:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    Military.com ^ | August 11, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten
    The F-35 Lightning II passed a major milestone last month when the Marine Corps declared it operational, but the accomplishment has not silenced critics. A Washington think tank released a report Tuesday that found the 5th-generation jet – billed as the world's most advanced fighter – will be outmaneuvered in dogfights with current Russian and Chinese jets as well as the U.S. aircraft it is slated to replace. The report comes after details were leaked last month on a test flight where the F-35 was bested in most aerial maneuvering by an F-16. "The F-35 will find itself outmaneuvered, outgunned,...
  • Formal farewell for Argentine Malvinas Mirage aircraft, after 40 years service

    08/18/2015 2:46:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    MercoPress ^ | August 17th 2015
    Last week the Argentine Air Force formally bid farewell to the remaining French built Mirage jet fighters, which saw combat during the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982, since in three months time they will be decommissioned after four decades service. The occasion was the 103 anniversary of the Air Force (10th August but celebrated on the 13th). Despite having extended the lifespan and flying hours of the few Mirages left, the repeated problems with the obsolete avionics only allows them to fly during day light with pilots keeping visual contact. Since the current administration of president Cristina Fernandez will be...
  • Sabre-killer siblings (story of Indian Christian war heroes)

    08/17/2015 3:52:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Week, India ^ | August 15, 2015 | Rekha Dixit
    In 1965, the Keelor brothers and their Gnats wrote war history. The pilots are the only siblings to be awarded Vir Chakras for the same feat Officers at Ambala Air Force Station were heading to the mess for a dining out—a formal farewell dinner for an officer who is getting posted out—when they got news that Pakistan had started shooting across the border. They would learn later that these were the opening shots of Operation Gland Slam, a bid to take over Akhnoor and the road to Kashmir. “Our squadrons were told to move to the front immediately,” said Air...
  • India's IndiGo places record order for Airbus A320neo

    08/17/2015 3:18:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    rfi ^ | 17 August 2015
    Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has placed a record order 24-billion-euro order for European planemaker Airbus's A320neo passenger jet. The first A320neo left Airbus's plant in Toulouse, south-west France, in July 2014. The order for 530 planes, with a catalogue-price worth 26.5 billion dollars (24 billion euros), is a record for Airbus. t was signed on Indian independence day, 15 August, although the company first announced it in October 2014. IndiGo, which is India's fastest-growing airline and, with 38.4 per cent of market share, its largest, ordered 100 A320s in 2005 and they have all been delivered. In 2011 it became...
  • Turkish media report Russia's shipment of six MiG-31s to Syria; no comment from Rosoboronexport

    08/17/2015 2:25:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    BRUSSELS. Aug 16 (Interfax) - Russia has shipped six Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter aircraft to Syria under a 2007 contract, a Turkish English-language news website, BGN News, reported on Sunday. The website claims the aircraft have already landed in Damascus. Under the contract, which was signed in 2007, Moscow is to deliver a total of eight MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria, BGN News says. Russia has called for a broad international coalition, including Syria and Iraq, to be created to fight Islamic State, the website site said. Rosoboronexport told Interfax-AVN that it can neither confirm, nor deny the report.
  • IAF clears proposal to buy three C 17; Boeing says only one plane left to sell

    08/16/2015 11:18:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Economic Times, India ^ | 17 Aug, 2015 | Manu Pubby
    NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force appears to have taken too long to push through a Rs 8,100 crore proposal to buy three new Boeing C-17 transport aircraft. The American manufacturer simply does not have that many aircraft to sell anymore, having pledged four of the last five C-17s in its production line to Qatar. After months of efforts, the air force, at a Services Capital Acquisition Plan meeting on July 31, managed to push through the proposal to add three aircraft to its existing fleet of 10 Boeing C-17s that were ordered in 2011. Officials said the proposal is...
  • Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

    08/16/2015 7:23:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sarah Knapton,
    Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more easily. According to Thoth Technology, the lift would cut the cost of space flight by around one third because shuttles would not need to carry enormous amounts of fuel to get themselves off the ground. “Astronauts would ascend to 12 miles by electrical elevator,” said Dr Brendan Quine, the inventor. “From the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower...
  • US Air Force combat lasers for both burning out sensors and AC-130 gunships within two years...

    08/15/2015 12:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Next Big Future | 8/14/15
    The Air Force, however, is focused on lasers for its fighters. That’s a tighter fit than gunships or bombers, so the Air Force Research Laboratory has a relatively cautious three-phase plan, AFRL commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello said at the conference: * A defensive system with “tens of kilowatts” of power called SHIELD, the Self-protected HIgh-Energy Laser Demonstration. It will be demonstrated circa 2020. * A longer-range defensive system with 100 kilowatts of power, to be demonstrated in 2022. * A 300-kilowatt offensive system capable of destroying enemy aircraft and ground targets at long range. All these systems will be...
  • Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

    08/13/2015 11:23:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 13, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office. The Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines’ top aviator said this week. The aircraft’s ability to alternate between accessing contested areas and deliverying heavy fire...
  • Taiwan's CSIST Unveiled the Sea Oryx Naval Air Defense System Similar to RAM at TADTE 2015

    08/13/2015 10:48:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 August 2015
    At the TADTE (Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition) 2015 defense exhibition held this week in Taipei, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) unveiled for the first time the Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system. The system appears close in concept to the American/German RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) system developed by Raytheon/Diehl/RAM-SYS or to the Chinese Type 710.SJ01-24 launcher for HQ-10 missile. Taiwan's new Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system unveiled for the first time during the TADTE 2015 exhibition in Taipei. The Sea Oryx missile is derived from the locally developed Infra-Red short range air-to-air...
  • No, Russia Isn’t Building a Giant New Aircraft Carrier

    08/12/2015 6:52:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 12, 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Russian media reported in early 2015 that the Kremlin is preparing blueprints for a huge new aircraft carrier to replace the Russian navy’s current flattop, the relatively small and aged Admiral Kuznetsov. But Moscow’s new carrier is likely to remain a paper concept. A quarter-century after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russia lacks the money, expertise and industrial capacity to build aircraft carriers. A new flattop could boost Russia’s military power by providing air cover to warships sailing far from Russian shores and by giving Moscow another option for launching air strikes on distant enemies — a particular concern for the...
  • Almaz-Antey Launches Next Generation Buk Missile Into Development (MH17 killer)

    08/12/2015 3:38:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Russian arms manufacturer says it has begun work on the next generation of the Buk medium-range advanced defense missile system. The V.V. Tikhomirova Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design announced on Tuesday that work has begun on the development of new versions of the Buk self-propelled medium-range surface-to-air missile system. "The management of Almaz-Antey, our parent company, has given us the task of working out a proposal for the further development of the Buk air defense missile system," Yuriy Beliy, NIIP's general director, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. "With Almaz-Antey, we will present our proposals to the Ministry of...
  • Russian Navy Eyes Il-114 as Future MPA

    08/12/2015 2:00:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 11, 2015 | Vladimir Karnozov
    The Il-114 testbed that has now been converted as a maritime patrol aircraft demonstrator (Photo: Vladimir Karnozov) The Russian naval air arm has accepted a fifth upgraded Ilyushin Il-38N maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and ordered some more conversions. But service chief Maj. Gen. Igor Kozhin said that the navy is also looking for “a modern and suitable universal platform” to replace the aging Il-20/Il-38 fleet. A selection will be made in 2015-16, he continued. A version of the Il-114 twin-turboprop airliner now seems the most likely candidate. The Il-38N upgrade features the Novella-P38 maritime mission set from Leninets. It is...
  • Saudi FM certain contract on Russian Iskander missile supplies will be signed soon

    08/11/2015 5:42:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 11 August 2015
    Saudi Arabia is discussing buying Russia’s Iskander tactical missile systems, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday. "Saudi Arabia is set to intensify relations with Russia in all the spheres, including in the military field," al-Jubeir said. "Intensive contacts are taking place between the military delegations and specialists from both countries and a wide range of intended types of armaments from Russia is being discussed, including Iskander missile systems," the Saudi foreign minister said. In general, the deliveries of Russian armaments are being actively discussed and a contract may be...
  • IAF halves its demand for Russian fighter jets

    08/10/2015 10:25:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Tribune, India ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ajay Banerjee
    Looking to cut costs and prune military imports, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has halved its demand for Russian-built fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). It now wants just three squadrons of the fighter jets which are to be inducted into the Russian Air Force in 2016. Sources say the IAF has scaled down its needs and now indicated that just three squadrons (around 18 planes in each), besides a few more for training of the pilots, will be enough for now. This works out to be 65 planes, almost half from the earlier projection of 127 FGFAs to be jointly...
  • Israel is working to convert Boeing 767 into a long-flight refueling tanker

    08/10/2015 3:07:43 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 33 replies
    Debkafile Special Report ^ | August 10, 2015, 7:52 PM
    Israel is working to convert Boeing 767 into a long-flight refueling tanker "US defense and air industry sources report that the Israeli Air Force may give up on the US Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus as its future refueling tanker for long-range flights because of delays in its delivery." "Israel had first planned to take the Pegasus to replace its converted Boeing 707 when delivery was first to the US Air Force was scheduled for August 2017. But this week, the company put the date back by another eight months and the price increased by half a billion dollars. American sources point...
  • Report: Israel Considers Options Outside Boeing’s KC-46A Due to Delays

    08/10/2015 4:36:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | August 7th, 2015 | Michael Hoffman
    The Israeli Defense Force has said it needs to be open to a tanker replacement other than Boeing’s KC-46A following recent delays and cost increases with the program, according to a report by Flight Global. Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] is converting a Boeing 767 that Israel said it would consider as a future refueling tanker for its military. Israel wants to replace its tanker fleet built from converted Boeing 707s. Flight Gobal reported that Israel had only considered the KC-46A that the U.S. is buying to replace its tanker fleet. This would be the latest blow to a tanker program...
  • Russia's Massive Air Show Will Display The Defunct MiG 1.44 Prototype

    08/09/2015 5:19:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 8/08/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Russia’s enormous International Aviation and Space Show, otherwise known as MAKS, takes place every other year and is one of the top aerospace spectacles and military gear expos in the world. The show will kick off on August 25th, and will be the first MAKS since Russia invaded Crimea a year and a half ago. As such, we can be assured that there will be some pretty awesome displays meant to showcase Russia’s military exports, intimidate its peer state competitors, and levitate nationalist sentiments. Apparently, this will include the display of the long-defunct MiG 1.44 fighter demonstrator, an enigmatic aircraft...
  • Our RAF jets 'BEATEN' in training exercise with Indian pilots in Russian planes

    08/07/2015 4:58:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Express, U.K. ^ | Fri, Aug 7, 2015 | TOM BATCHELOR
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) boasted that they thrashed the RAF in a friendly dogfight in the skies above Lincolnshire - while using Russian-made aircraft. British crews came head-to-head with their Indian counterparts last month in a 10-day joint exercise codenamed Operation Indradhanush - the fourth of its kind in recent years. The IAF brought four of its Sukhoi SU-30MKI Flanker fighter aircraft to RAF Coningsby to face off against the UK's Typhoon FGR4 fighters. It gave RAF pilots a rare opportunity to train alongside the Russian-designed aircraft - allowing British servicemen to gain experience in air combat with the...
  • The plane that can fly backwards

    08/06/2015 2:40:06 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    The verge ^ | 1 Aug 2015 | BBC Future
    "The reason the An-2 still flies is that there is really no other aircraft like it," says aviation writer Bernie Leighton, who has flown in an An-2 in Belarus. "If you need an aircraft that can carry 10 soldiers, people or goats, that can take off from anywhere and land anywhere — it is either that or a helicopter.
  • Oil for Jets? China Could Win Iran's Largest Oil Field in $1Bln Arms Deal

    08/06/2015 6:12:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Iran will reportedly allow China to develop its largest oilfield for two decades in return for the delivery of 24 Chengdu J-10 fourth-generation multirole fighter jets under a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion, the Taiwan-based Want Daily newspaper reported. If both governments confirm that the agreement is a go, and neither has done it so far, Tehran will become the second country to operate the export version of the J-10. In 2009, Beijing sold 36 J-10B jets to Pakistan for $1.4 billion, Watch China Times noted. The jets, ideal for both ground assaults and electronic warfare, are produced...
  • Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

    08/06/2015 1:53:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Raytheon’s Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) will be a likely competitor in the Navy’s search for a next generation anti-ship missile to replace the 1980s era weapons widely in use in the service, the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems (N9) said Wednesday. Set to start in Fiscal Year 2017, the contest for the Navy’s Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment II seeks to replace the Navy’s decades-old inventory of Boeing RGM-84 Harpoons with more technologically sophisticated weapons. OASuW Increment I — an ongoing program between DARPA and the Navy — is being developed using the Lockheed...
  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/05/2015 6:41:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    GeekWire ^ | August 4, 2015 | Molly Brown
    This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car is closer to reality than you might think ... Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is developing the TF-X and states that the flying car is 8 to 12 years away from becoming an everyday reality ...
  • New Mobile Coastal Variant of YJ-18 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Spotted in China

    08/05/2015 10:20:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 05 August 2015
    Images have emerged on the Chinese internet showing what seems to be a mobile coastal variant of the YJ-18 (YingJi-18 or Eagle/Hawk-18) vertically-launched, long-range, supersonic, anti-ship missile. Two types of vehicles are shown in the recent pictures: a 12x12 chassis acting as the transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle and a smaller 8x8 chassis that could be the transporter/reloader vehicle (or a different missile as the canisters appear to be quite smaller than on the 12x12). The missile launched from the 12x12 vehicle seems quite large, but one has to remember that a shore based anti-ship variant of YJ-18 could be...
  • Why is the UK still so reliant on the Tornado?

    08/05/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jon Kelly
    The RAF Tornado mission in Iraq, which was supposed to be disbanded last March, will be extended until "at least" March 2017. Why has this veteran Cold War combat jet proved so enduring? The cockpit of a supersonic Tornado attack bomber is a much more peaceful place than you might expect. "It's incredibly quiet," says Jas Hawker, a former RAF wing commander who flew the aircraft over Iraq and Kosovo. "The pilot and the navigator could drop their oxygen masks and talk to each other. It's not silent but it's a lot quieter than people think." It also has a...