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  • What Couldn’t the F-4 Phantom Do?

    01/23/2015 9:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 69 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | March, 2015 | Stephen Joiner
    First, they tried an F-104. “Not enough wing or thrust,” recalls Jack Petry, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. When NASA engineers were launching rockets at Florida’s Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, they needed pilots to fly close enough to film the missiles as they accelerated through Mach 1 at 35,000 feet. Petry was one of the chosen. And the preferred chase airplane was the McDonnell F-4 Phantom. “Those two J79 engines made all the difference,” says Petry. After a Mach 1.2 dive synched to the launch countdown, he “walked the [rocket’s] contrail” up to the intercept, tweaking closing speed...
  • Expert: China's J-10B Fighter Superior to Main Fighters of Neighbors

    01/20/2015 7:42:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    BEIJING --- Pictures showed that 14 J-10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) were on the parking apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), meaning that this type of modified fighter will possibly be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF, according to a recent report on the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly. Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University (NDU), said in an interview with reporters from the China Central Television (CCTV)...
  • Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation Excellent Graphics)

    01/19/2015 10:44:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015
  • Op-Ed: The significance of Iraq's acquiring of Mirage jets

    01/19/2015 9:31:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 01/18/2015 | PAUL IDDON
    The United Arab Emirates has a significant vested interest in the security of the Iraqi state against the notorious Islamic State (IS, ISIS) terror group which has wrecked havoc across the north of that country. Accordingly it has offered the Iraqi government some of its air force's (under ten apparently) French-made Dassault Mirage 2000 jets. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is expected to be in the UAE in March whereby he will discuss the delivery of these jets and accompanying armaments. This is quite significant. For one thing Iraq's Air Force has been waiting for some time to refurbish its...
  • Mission impossible: How one man bought China its first aircraft carrier

    01/19/2015 9:20:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 19 January, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    It was a mission like no other. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse, one businessman armed with cash and a casino cover story scooped the world to buy the unfinished hulk of a Ukrainian aircraft carrier that would become the centrepiece of the PLA Navy. Speaking to the media for the first time, the Hong Kong-based businessman at the heart of the undertaking reveals in a two-part series the details of the little-known, behind-the-scenes odyssey to realise China's long-held dream of owning such a warship. Xu Zengping disclosed that the militarily sensitive original engines of the carrier were...
  • This photo shows all the weapons the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to carry

    01/17/2015 5:51:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Jan 16 2015
    Top image shows an F-35A, at Edwards AFB, California,nexto to its F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration Weapons Suite the aircraft is designed to carry. According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 35-hundred pounds of ordinance in Low Observable (stealth) mode and over 18-thousand pounds uncontested. The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign which included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests. “Comprehensive flight test on the F-35A variant GAU-22 25mm gun system is scheduled to begin mid-year at Edwards AFB, Calif., and...
  • Stupid Move: Navy Will Buy V-22 Ospreys To Replace Its C-2 Greyhounds

    01/14/2015 7:51:54 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    <p>In what is a highly controversial move, the US Navy has announced that it will procure tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys to replace its venerable C-2A Greyhound Carrier On-board Delivery (COD) aircraft. Here's why it's such a terribly bad idea.</p> <p>The C-2 Greyhound replacement saga has gone on for many years, but it has come to head in recent months with three main proposals being put forward as solutions. One would be to rebuild or build new C-2 Greyhounds based on the Navy's updated E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Waring and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. The Grumman E-2 is a developmental cousin of the C-2 dating back to the 1960s. The other two proposals included procuring tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey and a novel plan by Lockheed Martin to rebuild a portion of the defunct S-3B Viking fleet into COD aircraft, bringing the COD mission finally into the jet age. You can read an in depth report on all these options in this past Foxtrot Alpha feature.</p>
  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 3:45:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    The travel company Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.
  • JPL Discusses Death Of Renowned Scientist In Van Nuys Plane Crash

    01/10/2015 7:22:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | January 10, 2015 6:56 PM | Cristy Farjardo
    killed Friday when his small plane went down in Van Nuys are discussing his contributions to JPL and NASA. Alberto Enrique Behar, 47, crashed into the busy intersection of Hayvenhurst Avenue and Vanowen Street in Lake Balboa. He was the sole occupant of the experimental single-engine Lancair plane, which he used to commute from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to this job in Pasadena, according to a friend. The friend described Behar as a husband, father of three, and renowned scientist.
  • North Korea asked Russia for Su-35 fighter jet supplies - reports

    01/09/2015 7:44:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | January 09, 2015
    TOKYO, January 9. /TASS/. North Korea has requested Russia to provide it with Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily has reported citing a military source. The particular proposal was made during the November visit to Russia of Choe Ryong Hae, a top Communist Party official and close ally to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Choe Ryong-hae, who visited Moscow as a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in November last year, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets,” the report said, citing the source. North Korea is capable of producing...
  • Pakistan likely to buy China’s Z10 helicopters

    01/02/2015 8:23:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Nation, Pakistan ^ | January 03, 2015
    BEIJING- Pakistan’s closest friend China is expected to give another gift this year, in shape of their famous helicopter Z10. According to reports, three Z10 helicopters are expected to be included in Pakistan Army aviation fleet, which will be helpful in cleaning the terrorism in the county. Pakistan showed interest in purchasing Z10 helicopters, sources said. The helicopter is capable of targeting the enemy with a range of 3 to 4 kilometers without coming in reader. It is also capable of targeting in the air as well as on ground from air. With the induction of Z10, Pakistan Army’s capability...
  • Story of the A 10 Warthog and why the F 35 will never be as loved

    12/31/2014 10:05:21 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 49 replies
    youtube ^ | 12-31-14 | Björn Lundahl
    Pierre Sprey discusses design goals of the A-10 Warthog.
  • India mulls switching from Rafale to Su30MKIs

    01/01/2015 6:35:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jan 1, 2015
    For the first time since January 31, 2012, when the French Rafale fighter was chosen as the future medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), it has been officially admitted that there are serious problems in negotiating the purchase with the French vendor, Dassault. the Indian Business Standard reports. Speaking to the media on Tuesday evening, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said there were “complications” in the negotiations, already on for almost three years, with the French side reluctant to meet commitments that IAF had specified in the tender. Parrikar mentioned that local production of Su-30 MKI...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • Will the Boeing 747 Fly Off Into the Sunset?

    12/28/2014 8:10:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | December 28, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Boeing (NYSE: BA ) extended its sales lead over archrival Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY ) in December. In its latest update on airplane orders, released last week, Boeing confirmed that 2014 "gross" orders for commercial aircraft reached 1,423 by mid-December, versus 1,328 planes for Airbus (at last report). After cancellations -- 106 at Boeing, but nearly three times as many at Airbus -- the U.S. aircraft maker's lead over its European rival only got bigger. This is good news for Boeing -- but, as we'll see in a moment, it might be bad news for one of Boeing's favorite customers: the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Falklands defence review after military deal between Russia and Argentina

    12/27/2014 8:26:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Sunday Express, UK ^ | December 28, 2014 | MARCO GIANNANGELI
    DEFENCES on the Falklands are being reviewed after it emerged Russia plans to offer Argentina long-range bombers. The aircraft, which Moscow will swap for beef and wheat, would be able to mount air patrols over Port Stanley. Ministry of Defence officials fear Buenos Aires would take delivery of the planes well before the deployment in 2020 of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability”. Defence cuts have left the Falklands with just four RAF Typhoon fighters, Rapier surface-to-air missiles and fewer than 1,200 troops, supported by a naval warship...
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?

    12/24/2014 12:33:18 PM PST · by wastedyears · 12 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | 12-24-2014 | Dinah Eng
    Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • 111 Years Ago Today: Man’s First Powered Flight.

    12/17/2014 11:49:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    Alert 5 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Tom Demerly
    It is equipped with side stick controls like an F-16 Fighting Falcon. It uses an advanced, “mission adaptive” wing that has no seams at the control surfaces. The wing is so unique its design is protected under U.S. patent 821,393. The entire wing changes shape to control the roll axis of the aircraft ... And it is the first successful powered aircraft ever, the Wright Flyer. 111 years ago today Orville Wright became the first man to achieve powered flight. His first 12-second flight, covering only 120 feet, changed the course of mankind. 10:35 Local, Thursday, 17 December, 1903; Kill...
  • Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction (India)

    12/15/2014 8:51:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | December 8, 2014 | Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired)
    Every major power – and there are just a handful of them – have the capability to aspire to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft by themselves. Now, ideally, this would include all critical technologies – aero-engines, aircraft design, metallurgy, radar, sensors and weapons. However, very few countries have mastery and control in all these areas; the early birds or leaders – USA, Russia, UK and France are closely followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Aspirants after the Second World War included Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, South Korea and Taiwan, of which only a few...
  • Navy Approves Production of F/A-18 Infrared Tracking Pod

    12/10/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIN online ^ | December 10, 2014 | Bill Carey
    The U.S. Navy received Milestone C acquisition approval earlier this month to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor pod for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin and partner Boeing will deliver six pods in the first LRIP lot. The AN/ASG-34 IRST sensor gives the F/A-18E/F a long-range, passive search and tracking capability against multiple targets, supplementing the jet’s APG-79 active electronically scanned radar and other sensors. The pod is mounted on the nose section of the Super Hornet’s centerline fuel tank. It completed a first flight aboard an F/A-18F in February. “Integrating...
  • New tactical rockets keep Russia at forefront of missile development

    12/10/2014 7:16:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | December 10, 2014 | Dmitry Litovkin
    The KH-35U Uran Russia’s principal new defense product is the winged KH-35U Uran missile. Its special feature is its unique self-guided head, which is immune to enemy radar interference. It works in two modes: active, when the missile turns on its guiding head for a split second to find the target, and passive, when it does not scan the space around it to detect the target, but merely perceives the impulses emitted by the target. The Americans were very interested in this characteristic and wanted to purchase KH-35U self-guided missile heads for their Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The KH-35U attacks the...
  • F-35, competitors equally capable for most missions: report (Canada)

    12/10/2014 6:52:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 12.10.2014 | LEE BERTHIAUME
    A highly-anticipated, government-commissioned report on the F-35 and its competitors shows little difference between the four warplanes when it comes to the vast majority of missions they will be required to perform. The only major exception is fighting against another country, though the report says such an event is “highly unlikely” to occur in the future, and even then, “the government is not obliged to undertake such a mission.” The findings are expected to set off another round of bitter debate in the House of Commons and defence circles over whether the government should move ahead with purchasing the F-35....
  • The V-22 Osprey Finally Gets The Missiles And Rockets It Needs

    12/10/2014 4:50:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | December 09 2013 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Osprey has always lacked firepower in its forward hemisphere. Beyond its ramp-mounted gun, various concepts have been tested and fielded in an attempt to provide fire towards where the aircraft is headed, not just where it has been. This issue is compounded by the fact that the Osprey outruns traditional helicopter gunship escorts, but a solution may have finally arrived. Now, the Bell and Boeing consortium that manufacturers the Osprey is looking to overcome this handicap in a big way, through rocket and missiles pods mounted on the Osprey's cheeks. The results of which could change the way the...
  • Unloved Warthog lives to fight another day

    12/09/2014 9:00:06 AM PST · by bkopto · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/8/2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    The A-10 fighter jet, designed to kill Soviet tanks in Europe, made its reputation instead in America's Middle East wars. Now it's back in the region while its advocates fight off the Air Force's attempts to kill it. A-10s from the Indiana National Guard arrived from Afghanistan last month at an air base in southwest Asia, where they will be used for missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Air Force officials said. The plane, affectionately nicknamed the Warthog, is slow and ugly compared with the Air Force's other fighter jets, especially the stealthy, supersonic F-35 that is...
  • China boasts new J-31 stealth fighter could 'take down' US F-35

    12/09/2014 7:33:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2014 | Megha Rajagopalan
    BEIJING — China's new stealth fighter could certainly "take down" its opponent in the sky, the president of China's top aircraft maker said on Tuesday, referring to its U.S.-made counterpart. Lin Zuoming, president of Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), which developed the J-31 stealth fighter, made the remarks in an interview on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). "When it takes to the sky, it can definitely take it down," he said, in a reference to the U.S.-made F-35. "That's a certainty." Lin also emphasized the company's desire to compete with the United States in new markets, particularly countries...
  • Russia Has Gone Ahead And Built The Helicopters For Those French Mistrals

    12/09/2014 4:41:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec. 8, 2013 | JACEK SIMINSKI
    A press release by company Russian Helicopters suggests that the Ka-52K helicopter (K stands for korabielny, which means naval), is ready and the first units of the rotor-craft have already been manufactured and are due to undergo a test-flying program. The naval variant can fold its rotor blades for better space management aboard helicopter carriers. The absence of a tail rotor makes the choppers ideal for use on carriers, even though they are slightly taller than their Western counterparts. The company's announcement is noteworthy considering France's suspension of the delivery of the Mistral vessels which were meant to be fielded...
  • We Remember (song, video)

    12/07/2014 10:46:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 13, 2011 | Uploaded by ICASHQ
    Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011 Country music recording artist Dwayne O'Brien performed his song "We Remember" (available on the CD "Song Pilot" at www.flightsongrecords.mybigcommerce.com) at the annual convention of the International Council of Air Shows last December in Las Vegas, Nevada. And he produced this video to be projected on the screens behind him while he sang. We hope that you'll share this link widely with friends and family who appreciate America's aviation legacy and all that our country's airborne warriors have done to defend our country. Many thanks to Dwayne O'Brien for both performing his wonderful song and producing...
  • Pakistan looks to boost military export with revamped JF-17

    12/07/2014 2:26:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | December 7, 2014
    A revamped version of JF-17 jet fighter took centre stage at 8th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Karachi this week as the country looks to boost its role as a military exporter on the world stage. Pakistan’s military has long been a major importer of defence equipment, particularly from key ally China. But the country is hoping the updated JF-17, conceived and initially developed with the help of China, along with Pakistani-made tanks and surveillance drones, will help grow military exports and bring in much-needed foreign exchange revenue. The country’s forex reserves are slowly recovering after falling to...
  • China mounts third hypersonic 'Wu-14' missile test, US report says

    12/05/2014 6:51:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 06 December, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    The People's Liberation Army conducted a third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week after the weapon's second test failed in August, according to a US report. The hypersonic glide vehicle, dubbed the "Wu-14" by the United States, was spotted by US intelligence agencies on Tuesday during a flight test in western China, US-based online newspaper the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing US defence officials. The US officials said the test was part of China's strategic nuclear programme and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of penetrating US defences. The tests indicated that China's development of a strike...
  • The Navy's Smart New Stealth Anti-Ship Missile Can Plan Its Own Attack

    12/04/2014 7:48:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 12/05/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    America's primary anti-ship missile, the Harpoon, has been in service now for close to 40 years and the Navy has been very reluctant to evolve when it comes to its anti-ship capabilities. Times are changing, with China's Navy on the rise and Russia flexing its muscle, the Cold War staple just won't do. Enter Lockheed's ninja-like Long Range Anti-Ship Missile to save the day. The Harpoon was once the 'gold standard' of anti-ship cruise missiles, but its subsonic flight profile, limited range, less than stealthy design, and relatively simple targeting and navigation methodology have left it as almost an afterthought...
  • Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets

    12/04/2014 3:20:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/04/2014 | Dave Majumdar
    High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built. But the Raptor—and indeed all U.S. fighters—have a potential Achilles’ heel, according to a half-dozen current and former Air Force officials. The F-22’s long range air-to-air missiles might not be able to hit an enemy aircraft, thanks to new enemy radar jamming techniques. The issue has come to the fore as tensions continue to rise with Russia and a potential conflict between the great powers is once again a possibility—even if a remote one. “We—the U.S. [Department of Defense]—haven’t been...
  • Great Britain Almost Got to Keep Its Harriers

    12/03/2014 4:35:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12/02/2014 | David Axe
    The United Kingdom’s 2010 Strategic Defense and Security Review—a budget drill, really—imposed devastating cuts to what had been one of the world’s best militaries. The British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy each had to give up weapons and manpower in the interest of saving money. But arguably the most damaging reductions fell on the navy, which had to surrender both of its remaining Invincible-class light aircraft carriers years earlier than previously planned. And the Harrier jump jets that flew from the flattops went, too—leaving the navy without carrier-launched fighters for the first time since a plane took off...
  • How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets

    12/02/2014 3:46:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    A gang of advanced missiles and a bleeding edge radar unveiled at a Chinese air show could mean big trouble for the Pentagon’s best fighters. Once, no magic act was complete without the magician’s revealingly dressed assistant. Her job was not merely to be sawn in half but to dominate the mostly male audience’s attention at moments when a focus on the whereabouts of the rabbit might blow the gaff. That was a useful lesson to bear in mind at last month’s Zhuhai air show—China’s only domestic air and defense trade show, held once every other year. If anything at...
  • Heeding defense needs, China’s aircraft carrier ambitions appear to move closer to reality

    12/01/2014 7:52:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2014-11-30
    Since China deployed the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier purchased from Ukraine and later refurbished and relaunched by the Chinese navy as a training carrier, speculation has swirled around the construction of a homegrown aircraft carrier. Although Chinese authorities have never openly confirmed whether a homemade carrier is underway, they have also never denied it. China's military officials have given some clues, however. Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said last August that although the Liaoning is China's first aircraft carrier, "there will surely be more in future." He said that China will consider the development of aircraft carriers in...
  • Post-Soviet Aircraft Graveyard Discovered on Abandoned Far East Russian Air Base

    11/28/2014 5:06:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Urban Ghosts ^ | 7 September 2011 / 6 | Urban Ghosts
    During the Cold War CIA and U.S. Air Force pilots risked life and limb to spy on the Soviet Union. Today, we too can peer behind the former Iron Curtain, all from the comfort of our personal computers. Intriguingly, such virtual exploration has revealed abandoned military bases in the far reaches of Russia that – even today – house the rusting remnants of the feared Soviet bomber force. Littered with at least 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires of the 444th Heavy Bomber Regiment, Vozdvizhenka air base resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape. Entering this barren place, located near Ussuriysk in the Primorsky...
  • British F-35B Begins Weapons Testing in the US

    11/28/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 27/11/2014
    The F-35B carrying two ASRAAM missiles on outboard pylons. Photo: BAE Systems In recent test series, US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II the combined test force configured to carry weapons load operated by the Royal Air Force completed initial aircraft handling trials carrying ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons. The tests were carried out at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD in the USA by a test team including personnel from the UK BAE Systems. Two F-35B Short Take Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft, flown by Billie Flynn, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 test pilot, and Squadron Leader Andy Edgell from the...
  • China signs $3 billion S-400 Triumf contract with Russia

    11/26/2014 10:04:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | November 26, 2013
    The first-ever contract for exports of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has been signed. "A contract between Rosoboronexport and the Chinese Defense Ministry was signed at the beginning of this fall for the delivery of at least six battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems worth of more than $3 billion," Vedomosti reported on Wednesday. Negotiations on the delivery of S-400 systems to China had been in progress for several years and the Russian Defense Ministry said in 2011 that exports might begin no earlier than 2016 because the Russian Armed Forces would have to be provided for...
  • FAA Takes Issue with Stadium Flyovers

    11/25/2014 10:38:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | Stephen Pope
    Remember that record flyover of 49 Van's RVs at last season's Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City? The FAA remembers too. In the wake of that sanctioned overflight, some pilots of Experimental-category airplanes are now receiving letters of investigation from the agency for other flights that may have run afoul of regulations.
  • Can’t keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia

    11/25/2014 4:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year. The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months — at the earliest — after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now. "Russia has now been told that India cannot wait for...
  • Airfield puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports

    11/25/2014 4:23:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    AN air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time. Defence Publication IHS Janes says analysis of satellite photographs shows China is turning Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands into a land mass big enough to hold a military air base. The construction work shows China is enforcing its claim on the mineral and oil-rich chain of islands which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines. Beijing claims nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea. The...
  • China And Russia Team Up To Build World's Largest, Most Powerful Chopper

    11/21/2014 11:35:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Currently, the largest and most powerful helicopter to have ever entered production is the gargantuan Mi-26 'Halo' of Russian origin, of which many still serve in governmental and commercial roles around the globe. After decades of the 'Halo' being on top, a new record holder is now said to be on the way, with Russia and China joining forces to make it happen. This new super-heavy lift class chopper was originally thought to be an outgrowth of the existing, all-weather capable and highly modernized Mi-26T2, but now it seems that it will only borrow a few elements from it, and...
  • PAF wants to buy Chinese stealth aircraft: minister (Pakistan)

    11/21/2014 7:54:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has expressed interest in procuring fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft FC-31 from China. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told Dawn on Friday the matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities. It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled. The Jane’s Defence Weekly had quoted an unnamed...
  • France to buy 12 Airbus aerial tankers

    11/20/2014 8:06:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2014 | Tim Hepher
    France has confirmed the selection of 12 Airbus A330 refueling tankers for the French Air Force, Airbus Group said on Thursday. First delivery is expected in 2018, followed by a second in 2019 and then at a rate of one or two per year, Airbus Defense & Space said in a statement. India and Qatar are in the "final stages of contractual negotiations" for six and two aircraft respectively, Airbus said. Airbus said France is the sixth country to order the tanker after Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Britain.
  • Brazil Plans To Buy More than 100 Gripens

    11/20/2014 2:43:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN Online ^ | November 19, 2014 | Chris Pocock
    Brazil is planning to acquire approximately 108 Saab Gripen NGs over the next 18 years, according to Bg. Gen. Jose Crepaldi Affonso, head of programs office, Forca Aerea Brasileira (FAB – Brazilian air force). He told the International Fighter Conference in London, organized by Defence IQ, that his air force intends to eventually replace all three of its existing combat aircraft with the Swedish jet. Crepaldi also described, in some detail, the industrial participation (IP) programs that are linked to the Gripen deal. The contract that was signed last month covered only the first batch of 36 aircraft, and Saab...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon jet to get new one billion euro radar

    11/19/2014 7:52:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 19, 2014 | Sarah Young
    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have through their Eurofighter project signed a 1 billion euro (0.83 billion pound) contract to provide their jointly backed Typhoon jet with a new sort of radar, in an effort to secure new orders. The fighter is produced by Eurofighter partner companies BAE Systems (BAES.L), Airbus (AIR.PA) and Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI), and BAE said it signed a contract worth 365 million pounds ($572 million) to integrate the new radar onto the jets. Under the deal signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday the Typhoon jet will in future be available with the "Captor E-Scan radar". The four...
  • Nigerian Air Force Interested in Textron’s Scorpion Combat Jets

    11/19/2014 4:58:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | ROBERT WALL
    LONDON–The Nigerian air force is concerned that efforts to acquire new combat aircraft from Textron Inc.TXT +1.56% and AirLand Enterprises LLC to battle Boko Haram militants will be blocked over concerns about the country’s human rights record. “We are really handicapped in attacking the enemy where we want,” Air Vice Marshal R.A. Ojuawo, the director of operations for the Nigerian air force, said Tuesday. “We need capabilities for a timely response.” Nigeria has battled the Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram over control of the country’s northeast. Nigeria in recent days retook the area of Chibok, where the insurgents kidnapped nearly...
  • Modernised IL-76 set for take off

    11/17/2014 6:54:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | November 17, 2014 | Vladimir Shcherbakov
    The Ilyushin IL-76 first took to the skies in 1971, and since then the aircraft is regularly used in Russian aviation. Now, however, the requirements for aircraft of this class have changed somewhat (mainly involving more rigorously matching industry standards), and new equipment and systems have been developed. As a result, the decision was made to launch a series of highly modernized machines. The program to create a new transporter was given the code name Project 476, and the military transport aircraft was designated the Il-76MD-90A. First customer: the military Engineers have finalized the airframe, making a number of significant...
  • Israel may trim second order of F-35 fighters - newspaper

    11/17/2014 4:47:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 17, 2014
    Israel is likely to place a second order for between 12 and 15 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets, around half the number previously mentioned by defence sources in both countries, an Israeli newspaper reported on Monday. A reduced Israeli purchase may dent international confidence in the Lockheed Martin Corp plane and set back Israeli efforts to get a lower unit price because of advance orders. Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, with delivery scheduled between 2016 and 2018. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who visited the United States last month, agreed a preliminary deal for 25 to 31 more...