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  • Taiwan stitches together F-35 request

    08/18/2017 11:14:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 18th August 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    Taiwan is preparing to draft a request for price and availability for F-35 aircraft to replace its ageing Dassault Mirage-2000 fighters, now numbering 56 from the original 60 procured during the 1990s. Sources at the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE), held from 17-19 August, indicate Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, was buoyed by her congratulatory phone call to US President Donald Trump in December which may have given her administration a false sense of hope for continued US arms sales. Proponents of the Lockheed Martin F-35 have even created a military-style patch with the Taiwan flag on it...
  • Navy, Raytheon Close to Finalizing Maritime Strike Tomahawk Missile Deal

    08/16/2017 7:48:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 16, 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27, 2015 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo TUCSON, ARIZ. — The Navy and Raytheon are close to signing a deal to integrate a new sensor into the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile to allow the missile to attack moving targets at sea, the head of the Navy’s Tomahawk program told USNI News on Tuesday. Once the deal is complete, Raytheon will start work to craft and install a sensor to convert a yet-to-be-determined number of Block IV TLAMs into...
  • Is This China's DF-21D Air Launched Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Toting Bomber?

    08/15/2017 7:27:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Drive ^ | AUGUST 15, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Pictures have surfaced from China's internet supposedly showing a new derivative of the People's Liberation Air Force's Xian H-6 bomber. This incarnation of the H-6, dubbed the H-6N, is designed to carry one weapon in particular—the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile. The base H-6 is itself a derivative of the Tu-16 Badger, a Soviet designed aircraft from the dawn of jet age that took its first flight 65 years ago. China started building the Tu-16 under license as the H-6 in 1959. Since then the country has evolved the H-6 design somewhat radically, using new building materials and techniques, advanced avionics...
  • India Wants To Breathe Extra Life Into Its Old Jaguar Jets By Adding New Radars

    08/15/2017 7:16:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Drive ^ | AUGUST 15, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    India says it has successfully test flown a modified Jaguar multi-role aircraft with a foreign-made active electronically-scanned array (AESA) type radar. Depending on how extensive this upgrade program becomes, it could be a significant boon for the Indian Air Force, which has struggled with modernizing its diverse fleets of fighter and multi-role jets. T. Suvarna Raju, chairman of the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics, Limited (HAL), made the announcement on Aug. 11, 2017, according to a report by The Hindu. HAL would not say what radar it used, but it is reportedly the Israeli Elta ELM-2052, which that company reportedly agreed to...
  • Retired RAF Tristars Will Get New Lives As Contracted Aerial Refuellers

    08/14/2017 8:33:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | AUGUST 14, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Nearly three years ago to the day I wrote about the Royal Air Force's retired fleet of Lockheed L1011 derived Tristar tankers being put up for sale. With nine aircraft available, some of them already outfitted for the tanker role, and for a very attractive price, the Tristars seemed like a perfect opportunity for a new private aerial refueling contractor to emerge. Now, this is exactly what has happened, with Tempus Applied Solutions of Texas buying six of the Tristars with the intention of entering the contracted aerial refueling market. Tempus Applied Solutions provides a wide range of aerospace products,...
  • China Displays ‘Wild Weasel’ Fighter

    08/14/2017 8:25:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 14, 2017 | Chen Chuanren
    The J-10B was on the ground at a recent open day, in a suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) configuration. (Photo: Chinese Internet) A new photograph of the Chengdu J-10B combat aircraft in suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) configuration has appeared on the Chinese Internet. The canard-delta fighter was seen at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Open Day, held at Changchun airbase in northeast China. The fighter was carrying a pair of PL-8 short-range air-to-air missile on Station 1 and 7; a pair of YJ-91 anti-radiation missiles on Station 2 and 6; and two 500-kg laser-guided training...
  • Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - ...

    08/14/2017 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 08-14-2017 | By Julian Robinson
    Full Title: Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - and boasts that they will be the envy of air forces around the world Russia has unveiled its new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets, boasting that they are already the envy of air forces around the world. The £120million Sukhoi-57, which will have a top speed of 1,615 mph, is said to rival America's F-22 and China's Chengdu J-20, Kremlin officials say the fifth-generation stealth jet has been 'christened like a baby after its birth' as Su-57 and will undergo another year of testing before it enters...
  • India’s Disappointing Marut Jet Fighter Proved Itself in Combat

    08/14/2017 7:29:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 13, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    Fifty years ago, India brought into service its first domestically built jet fighter, the HF-24 Marut—indeed, the first operational jet fighter designed and produced by an Asian country besides Russia. Unfortunately, the HF-24 project was hampered by over ambitious goals, poor government oversight and underpowered jet engines, producing a disappointing subsonic light attack plane—foreshadowing some of the difficulties that would plague today’s Tejas fighter. And yet, the Marut went onto win a major victory for India during its brief combat career. By the 1950s, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had developed a few propeller planes and had experience license-building British Vampire...
  • F-35B perfrom maiden Ski Jump with ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons

    08/13/2017 9:30:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    aviation analysis wing ^ | August 13, 2017
    The Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II test aircraft has performed maiden land based Ski Jump with on board UK specific weapons. The BF-2 aircraft piloted by Peter "Wizzer" Wilson performed the Ski Jump with Paveway IV LGB & MBDA ASRAAM short range air to air missile, from the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland, United States. Four 500 lb Paveway IV laser guided bombs and two MBDA ASRAAM were integrated on external under wing pylons. Both of them can also carried in the internal weapon bay. This external weapon load out will be employed when payload...
  • NASA looks at reviving atomic rocket program

    08/11/2017 11:40:31 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 8/10/17 | David Szondy
    NASA looks at reviving atomic rocket program David Szondy August 10, 2017 A new engine being developed for NASA will use low-enriched uranium Cermet fuel rods (Credit: NASA) View gallery - 4 images When the first manned mission to Mars sets out, it may be on the tail of an atomic rocket engine. The Space Race vintage technology could have a renaissance at NASA after the space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama signed a contract with BWXT Nuclear Energy to develop updated Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) concepts and new fuel elements to power them. The Apollo missions to...
  • You and whose air force? Argentina grounds ALL its jet fighters and will scrap work for pilots ...

    08/11/2017 9:39:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 9 August 2017 | IAIN BURNS
    Argentina has grounded all the fighter jets in its air force - meaning it is being defended by just a few dozen propeller fighters first built in the 1970s. Thirty-five years after the country's military invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, the economically beleaguered South American republic now has a worse air force than it did under dictator Leopoldo Galtieri in 1982. It was confirmed that all of its Lockheed Martin A-4AR Skyhawk jets - which are adaptations of the 1956 fighters it used in the Falklands War - had been grounded as the air force's working hours are cut...
  • Defense ministry suing France over Mirage kickbacks (Taiwan)

    08/10/2017 9:29:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Thu, Aug 10, 2017 | Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin
    The Ministry of National Defense is suing the French government for alleged kickbacks paid to French officials for the purchase of Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters between 1992 and 1997, an official said. The ministry has acquired the services of an elite French legal firm for one year for the suit, costing NT$177 million (US$5.86 million), a senior official who has knowledge of the matter said. The France-based legal firm is to represent Taiwan until July 23 next year, but the ministry is to continue the case if the court of arbitration does not reach a verdict by July next year,...
  • India Readies First Fighter Jet With New Age AESA Radar for Flight

    08/10/2017 11:00:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 07.08.2017
    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to get their first fighter jet equipped with a new age active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as upgrades to their deep penetration Jaguar fighter are completed. Defense sources told Sputnik the AESA-equipped Jaguar DARIN III will take its first flight this month. Technical trials and other necessary tests have been completed. "The new age AESA radar has been integrated into Jaguar and it is ready to take its first flight in a few days. Suitable date is being finalized by the Ministry of Defense and IAF," a defense...
  • Goodbye, MiG: Boeing, General Dynamics Debut Anti-Aircraft Stryker

    08/09/2017 11:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 09, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: If you fly Russian MiG fighters, Sukhoi attack jets, or Hind helicopters, your life just got a little harder — and in the event of war, potentially much shorter. At the Space & Missile Defense conference here, General Dynamics rolled out the latest variant of their eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicle, with the troop compartment that’s normally in the back replaced with a Boeing-built anti-aircraft turret. Scroll down for our photos of the vehicle, dubbed the Maneuver SHORAD (Short-Range Air Defense) Launcher, or MSL Stryker. Evolved from the Cold War era Avenger, which mounted Stinger missiles on Humvee, the...
  • Super Tigers: New Upgrades to Keep Aging Thai F-5s Flying Into the 2030s

    08/09/2017 11:59:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 10.08.2017
    The Thai Royal Air Force (TRAF) is enhancing the readiness of its fleet via an upgrade package that will transform four F-5E Tigers into bonafide F-5T Super Tigers. The warplanes will receive Python-4 and I Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air weapons, new radar systems, electronic warfare capabilities and "network-centric capabilities for disaster preparedness," the Air Force said in an August 2 announcement. Converting F-5Es into F-5Ts began in 2014 when the government authorized funds to upgrade 10 of the fighter-bombers, the Diplomat reported on August 8. Thai "F-5E fighter aircraft have been in service since 1978 and [are] considered a third-generation plane...
  • An idiot’s guide to Chinese Flankers

    08/08/2017 8:36:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Hush-Kit ^ | August 08, 2017
    Dear Hush-Kit, I am generally a happy man, but there is one thing in life that leaves me confused and angry: I can’t get my head around all the different Chinese Flankers (I refuse to put that word in inverted commas). Please please could you explain the differences without drowning me in details? Yours hopefully, Jeffrey Bainbridge, Luton OK Jeffrey, no problem. I will do my best. Where I fail, better informed readers will gently correct me in the comments section. So first of all we have the Shenyang J-11 The J-11 was just a Russian Su-27SK provided as a...
  • Exclusive: Why Indian Air Force May Best Chinese Jets In An Air Battle Over Tibet

    08/08/2017 8:21:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    NDTV ^ | August 08, 2017 | Vishnu Som
    An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 refuels mid-air from a Su-30 buddy-tanker NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force fighter jets will be able to effectively tackle Chinese Air Force fighters over Tibet in the event of hostilities between the two countries. A new yet-to-be-released document, "The Dragon's Claws: Assessing China's PLAAF Today" makes the point that the IAF has significant operational advantages over the Chinese Air Force in operations in the Tibetan Autonomous Region which lies to the North of the Line of Actual Control between the two countries. Written by Squadron Leader Sameer Joshi, a former Indian Air Force Mirage...
  • U.S. Air Force Commandos Practice Refueling, Rearming F-15s

    08/07/2017 8:15:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 7, 2017 | August 7, 2017
    On July 26, 2017, U.S. Air Force commandos in the United Kingdom practiced deploying to an austere airfield to quickly refuel and rearm F-15C fighters. It was the first time that Air Force special operators and their MC-130 transports had teamed up with F-15C fighters at a so-called “Forward Arming and Refueling Point,” or FARP. The exercise, which the Air Force dubbed “Rapid Eagle,” expands on the similar “Rapid Raptor” concept involving F-22 stealth fighters — and could help the flying branch sustain combat sorties during some future war with, say, Russia. Rapid Eagle involved three separate wings — the...
  • China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier could join the navy ahead of schedule

    08/07/2017 8:01:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04 August, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is likely to join the navy of the People’s Liberation Army by late next year, earlier than scheduled, analysts said. The earlier-than-expected start to the carrier’s service marks a key acceleration of China’s effort to build up a blue-water navy to secure the country’s key maritime trade routes and to challenge the US’s dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. China has one aircraft carrier in operation now - the Liaoning, which went into commission in 2012. The 300-metre ship was refurbished...
  • New Search For Avro Arrow Flight Models Lost 60 Years Ago in Lake Ontario Has Begun

    08/06/2017 8:53:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 04 2017 | Tom Demerly
    Scale Model Flight Test Prototypes Sunk in Lake May Provide Clues to Mystery. The Canadian-built CF-105 Avro Arrow is many things in aviation history, but more than anything else, it is an enigma. Aviation historians suggest the Avro Arrow was an aircraft well ahead of its time. A Canadian project from the start, the CF-105 was a large, delta-wing supersonic interceptor built to repel the bomber threat from the Soviet Union. During the 1950s at the height of the Cold War the Avro CF-105 Arrow project showcased many aviation firsts, including the first fly-by-wire flight control system and very impressive...