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  • The aircraft carrier that never was

    07/03/2014 5:47:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 2, 2014 | By Nick Childs
    The Queen is about to name the first of the UK's controversial new-generation aircraft carriers in a ceremony at Rosyth. But a plan for a super-carrier five decades ago ended in acrimony. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a major milestone for the Royal Navy and for British defence. It also provides a strong echo with the past, and the Royal Navy's last - failed - bid for a new-generation of full-size aircraft carriers half a century ago. The first of those ships was designated CVA-01. Like the new ship, she would have been called HMS Queen Elizabeth. But she was the...
  • Britain Frets Over Cost of Restoring Carriers to Royal Navy

    07/03/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 2, 2014 | ROBERT WALL
    Queen to Christen First of Two New Aircraft Carriers, Second Headed for Mothballs ROSYTH, Scotland— Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled on Friday to christen the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, despite lingering questions over whether Britain can afford both vessels. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to start sailing with combat jets in 2020—a decade after Britain suspended its membership in the elite club of militaries with that capacity, one that already includes India and China. For the Royal Navy's top brass, the carrier represents another milestone in the country's storied history as a naval power....
  • THE PROVING GROUND: Vikramaditya aircraft carrier! (English subtitles)

    Youtube video at link.
  • Blue Angels report calls out fighter pilot culture

    06/25/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    USNI News ^ | Jun. 25, 2014 - 04:04PM |
    Blue Angels report calls out fighter pilot culture Jun. 25, 2014 - 04:04PM | The unique structure of the Blue Angels, who fly without an executive officer and vote to select new members, may have contributed to the lewd behavior outlined in a Navy report, experts said. Here, then-Cmdr. Greg McWherter, center, leads the team after its return to Pensacola, Fla., from training in California in 2009. (Katie King/Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal) By Meghann Myers Staff writer When news broke that Capt. Gregory McWherter’s high-flying career had essentially ended, support came flooding in from thousands of sailors and civilians who...
  • China’s Third Aircraft Carrier Could Be Nuclear (And as big as American flattops)

    06/22/2014 9:35:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    medium.com blog War is Boring ^ | June 20, 2014 | David Axe
    China’s first aircraft carrier—the refurbished Ukrainian-built flattop Liaoning—entered testing in 2011. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is building a second carrier itself—a conventionally-powered vessel like Liaoning. A third carrier currently in the planning stage could be bigger than her two predecessors—as big as an American Nimitz-class supercarrier, in fact—plus nuclear-powered, just like U.S. flattops. Atomic propulsion confers greater sailing range and supports more sensors, weaponry and other systems. Lots of countries have one or two aircraft carriers. But none build flattops as big and capable as America’s 11 Nimitzs and new Ford-class CVNs. Evidence indicates that’s about to change. In...
  • Harrier Jet Crashes Into Yuma Neighborhood

    06/04/2014 6:58:46 PM PDT · by BAW · 26 replies
    Tucson News ^ | June 3, 2014
    About 1,300 people were evacuated after a Marine jet carrying ammunitions crashed in a Yuma, Arizona neighborhood Wednesday. The pilot ejected safely. A Marine spokesperson said the jet was trying to land when it crashed in the backyard of a home about a mile from Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma. Authorities say there have been no reports of injuries related to the crash. A Marine spokesperson said the AV-8B Harrier was carrying four 500-pound bombs and 300 rounds of 20-milimeter ammunitions. A one-mile area around the crash site was evacuated so a military explosives disposal team could safely retrieve the ordnance....
  • U.S. tests enhanced Aegis system, fires SM-3 missile onshore

    05/21/2014 1:30:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Andrea Shalal
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday announced the first live-fire test of a Raytheon Co SM-3 missile from the land-based version of Lockheed Martin Corp's Aegis missile defense system, which will be operational in Romania next year. Lockheed said it was the first test of the Aegis system using a land-based missile launcher. The test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Hawaii late on Tuesday marks a significant milestone for the Aegis Ashore weapon system, which is designed to protect U.S. and NATO forces in Europe from a ballistic missile attack. The Obama administration's...
  • Russian Su -24 scores off against the American "USS Donald Cook"

    04/27/2014 5:13:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 73 replies
    Russian Radio ^ | 4-21-2014
    Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed in the Black Sea the most modern American combat management system "Aegis" installed on the destroyer "USS Donald Cook". Pavel Zolotarev, Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada, shares details about this version which is being actively discussed in the Russian media and by bloggers. US destroyer "Donald Cook" with cruise missiles "Tomahawk" entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in...
  • Viral video: 'Royal Maces' Navy fighter pilots

    04/22/2014 2:55:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 21, 2014 | Erik Slavin
    A high-definition video of U.S. Navy fighter pilots swooping between snowy mountains and skimming the western Pacific Ocean has gained more than 135,000 hits since being posted four days ago. The VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, shot the footage from their cockpits while flying F/A18-E aircraft at various locations in the Pacific theater. Much of the footage comes from recent patrols while deployed with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, pilot Lt. Kyle Matson said. Footage includes trips along the Australian coast and various parts of Japan. Some of the most dramatic footage shows...
  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jet’s right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • Turkey’s new carrier alters eastern Mediterranean energy and security calculus

    02/09/2014 6:35:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/04/2014 | MICHA’EL TANCHUM
    Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship. In late December 2013, Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship that can function as an aircraft carrier, potentially providing Turkey an unprecedented measure of sea control in the region. The heightened threat perception for Israel, Cyprus and Greece will impact the imminent decision regarding whether Israel will export its natural gas to a planned Cypriot LNG terminal with...
  • Boeing Surveillance Plane Found Not Effective for Mission

    01/24/2014 10:03:13 AM PST · by maddog55 · 23 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Jan 23, 2014 3:16 PM ET | Tony Capaccio
    A new Boeing Co. (BA) surveillance aircraft deployed to Japan last month isn’t yet effective at hunting submarines or performing reconnaissance over large areas -- two of its main missions, the Pentagon’s weapons tester found. Flaws in the $35 billion program included the plane’s radar performance, sensor integration and data transfer, Michael Gilmore, chief of the Pentagon testing office, wrote in his annual report on major weapons, which has yet to be released. He said the new P-8A Poseidon exhibited “all of the major deficiencies” identified in earlier exercises when subjected to more stressful realistic combat testing from September 2012...
  • [Photo] U.S. F/A-18E Hornet operates from French Aircraft Carrier

    01/20/2014 3:18:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 20 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Do you remember the image of the French Rafale combat planes aboard USS Truman in the Arabian Sea? Well, the Americans returned the visit with an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle proving an interesting (and maybe useful?) interoperability between allied navies. Actually, the image above, released by the U.S. DoD does not show the VFA-37 Hornet landing on the French carrier, since no hook can be seen; the photo was probably shot as the aircraft performed a touch and go on the flattop before attempting an actual arrested landing.
  • Vultures hover over HMS Illustrious

    01/18/2014 2:03:54 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    naval-technology.com ^ | 17 January 2014 | Berenice Baker
    The Royal Navy’s sole remaining aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is due to be withdrawn from service in 2014. Image courtesy of LA (Phot) Nicky Wilson/MOD. The Royal Navy’s sole remaining aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is due to be withdrawn from service in 2014 after 32 action-packed years, but her future may be somewhat less glorious. While for the time being Illustrious is still conspicuously active, by the end of the year she could be headed for a new career as a conference centre, hotel, tourist attraction or even promotional yacht. Illustrious was undergoing fitting out when the Falkands War broke...
  • Navy’s new carrier so large the crew need an app to find their way about (Royal Navy)

    01/17/2014 9:27:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 14 January 2014
    Making waves: a CGI of how the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth will look. They have been joining up the dots —almost literally — on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the new aircraft carrier, the largest warship built in Britain, which is now towering above the rooftops in Rosyth dockyard. The five huge sections from different yards for the 65,000-tonne ship have been assembled. In the coming year it will be floated out of the dock, and named by the Queen — the first naval ship to bear her name. Crew members are shortly to be given a special app for their mobile...
  • RSK-MiG 'working on lightweight fighter'

    01/14/2014 12:19:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 12 January 2014 | Reuben F Johnson
    Russian aircraft manufacturer RSK-MiG seems to be quietly at work developing a new, lightweight fighter concept that could be a single-engine, lower-tier complement to the Sukhoi T-50/PAK-FA fighter currently in developmental flight testing. Discussions about this MiG project have been around for some time, but speculation about the programme's status was raised by an announcement at the end of December that the single, flying prototype of the MiG 1.44 fifth-generation Multirole Fighter (MFI) project will be put in "conservation storage at a hangar located at the Gromov Flight Research Institute [LII]", according to an official statement by MiG. Up to...
  • Tony Scott, Hank Kleeman, Kara Hultgreen and the F-14 Tomcat:...

    01/12/2014 6:10:37 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    theaviationist ^ | Sep 01 2012 | By David Cenciotti
    ...three (tragic) stories and a legendary plane Few days ago, Dario Leone, a long time reader and a huge F-14 Tomcat fan, sent me an email to point out what he had noticed about the date Tony Scott, the famous director of “Top Gun”, chose to commit suicide. He had observed that Aug. 19 was the 31th anniversary of the day when two F-14s downed two Libyan fighters in 1981 (something that Scott, most probably, didn’t even know) and provided some interesting news about the fate of the two Tomcats involved in the dogfight and their crew members. “Top Gun...
  • Navy’s new $12b aircraft carrier beset with performance problems

    01/11/2014 3:32:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | JANUARY 10, 2014 | Bryan Bender
    Review raises doubts about launch capacity, other vital systems in new vessel WASHINGTON — The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, a multibillion-dollar behemoth that is the first in a next generation of carriers, is beset with a number of performance problems, even failing tests of its ability to launch and recover combat jets, according to an internal assessment by the Pentagon. The early tests are raising worries that the USS Gerald R. Ford, christened in honor of the 38th president in November, may not meet the Navy’s goal of significantly increasing the number of warplanes it can quickly launch —...
  • INS Vikramaditya enters Indian Navy's area of operation

    01/04/2014 10:46:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 01/04/2014 | GAURAV VIVEK BHATNAGAR
    It was a sight to behold. As India’s newest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya entered the Indian Navy’s area of operation in north western Arabian Sea, accompanied by three other vessels, it was rendezvoused — in Naval parlance RVed — with the Western Fleet that had gone all the way from Mumbai to receive it. INS Vikramaditya, which was accompanied by INS Trikand, which is a Talwar class frigate, INS Delhi which is a Delhi class destroyer and INS Deepak, the fleet tanker, fired ceremonial guns to salute the flag of the fleet commander Rear Admiral Anand Chawla, who was leading...
  • Dogfight duke: The MiG that forced Pakistan army surrender

    12/19/2013 4:59:18 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 23 replies
    The MiG-21 FL was the force multiplier that allowed other IAF aircraft to go in for the kill without having to watch their back during the 1971 War, thereby hastening the fall of the Pakistani military The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. India’s blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed...
  • Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?

    12/13/2013 11:57:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | December 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Past fears that carriers were vulnerable to new technologies weren’t proven right… nor were they proven wrong. Over at The National Interest this week, former Naval Diplomat shipmate — U.S. Marines say there are no former Marines, just Marines; are there former shipmates? — Bryan McGrath wades into the debate over Tom Ricks’s Washington Post column urging the U.S. military to get smaller to get better. Let me wade in as well; the water’s fine. Ricks takes aim at the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in particular. He cites the expense of CVNs, but Bryan zeroes in mainly...
  • ‘No-Drama Option:’ Navy Celebrates 35 Years of the F/A-18 and Derivatives

    12/13/2013 11:50:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | December 9, 2013 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ‘No-Drama Option:’ Navy Celebrates 35 Years of the F/A-18 and Derivatives By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Navy and Boeing officials celebrated the 35th anniversary of its carrier-based strike fighter in an event held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,where the first F/A-18 Hornets were put through their service test program. Addressing an audience Dec. 9 in the atrium of the Moffett Building, the headquarters of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the Navy’s F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, Capt. Frank Morley, and two of his predecessors praised the aircraft and the contributions it has made...
  • Navy Launches UAV from Submerged Submarine

    12/07/2013 2:04:56 PM PST · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Research Lab ^ | 12/05/2013 | Daniel Parry
    The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. "Developing disruptive technologies and quickly getting them into the hands of our sailors is what our SwampWorks program is all about," said Craig A. Hughes, Acting Director of Innovation at ONR. The successful submerged launch of a remotely deployed UAS offers a pathway to providing mission critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the U.S. Navy's...
  • Navy plans nuke-powered carrier (India)

    12/05/2013 11:45:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | December 4 , 2013 | SUJAN DUTTA
    New Delhi, Dec. 3: The Indian Navy is designing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that it wants in its fleet, costs permitting. An indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, the Arihant, is now in trials in the Bay of Bengal. The Indian Navy “desires” to have three operational carriers in its fleet but the only one in use currently, the INS Viraat, is rusting away faster than it would like. “The INS Viraat is ‘long in the tooth’ (outdated and too expensive to maintain),” the chief of naval staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, said here today. Naval headquarters is gradually beginning to take the view...
  • Gang of Two. Russia and Japan Make a Play for the Pacific

    11/27/2013 10:32:34 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 14 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | November 27, 2013 | Fiona Hill
    On November 2, Russia and Japan held their first-ever “two plus two” meeting, which brought together their respective foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo to discuss security cooperation. The meeting grabbed few headlines, but was far from routine: such gatherings are typically reserved for close allies, and for most of their modern history, Moscow and Tokyo have been anything but. Now, however, the two countries find themselves linked by a shared predicament in the Asia-Pacific. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors....
  • India Pushes Russia For Greater Inclusion In Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft Development

    11/27/2013 10:07:42 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 27, 2013 | Ankit Panda
    India wants a greater stake in the development of a Sukhoi T-50-variant Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft. India and Russia have been long-term collaborators on defense technology. The two countries together produced the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile — the fastest cruise missile in production. The relationship hasn’t always been balanced in India’s favor, however, and this has come to light recently with India’s stake in the development of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, based on the Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA). According to Defense News, India has conveyed its displeasure to Russia over its “low level of participation in the joint...
  • US Navy considers extending F/A-18 procurement into fiscal year 2015

    10/29/2013 12:59:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight Global Pro ^ | 10/29/2013 | Jon Hemmerdinger
    US Navy considers extending F/A-18 procurement into fiscal year 2015 The US Navy is considering ordering additional Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft in fiscal 2015, despite current plans to cease procurement in the current 2014 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. In a pre-solicitation notice posted on FedBizOpps.gov, the Naval Air Systems Command says it “intends to solicit and negotiate a fixed-price” contract with Boeing for up to 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler aircraft in FY2015. The notice comes amid concern about ending F/A-18E/F production in a time of uncertainly about the readiness of the Lockheed Martin...
  • USS Forrestal, the Navy's first supercarrier, sold for 1 cent

    10/23/2013 7:54:54 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 35 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 23, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Here’s a penny for your thoughts: One red cent could’ve landed you the Navy’s first supercarrier, the decommissioned Forrestal. The U.S. Navy sold the 1,067-foot behemoth to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, Navy officials announced. It's an inauspicious fate for a ship with a colorful — and tragic — history. It's perhaps best known for a 1967 incident in which stray voltage triggered an accidental explosion that struck a plane on the flight deck whose cockpit was occupied by a young John McCain. A chain reaction of blasts and fires ultimately killed 134...
  • Why America needs aircraft carriers..

    10/02/2013 3:00:10 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 73 replies
    A long, in-depth, and superb article on the importance of naval carrier aviation, going back to the mistakes made in the Ford and Carter administrations, and why today the Navy needs 15 carriers. A must read. Link below...
  • BRIEF: US Navy activates first F-35C squadron

    10/02/2013 11:07:38 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 14 replies
    Flight International ^ | 10/2/2013 | Zach Rosenberg
    The US Navy has stood up its first official Lockheed Martin F-35C squadron in order to train aviators to operate the aircraft. The squadron, VF-101, has been formed using two F-35s, and more will be delivered. Four additional F-35Cs are at NAS Patuxent River for aircraft testing. The F-35C is scheduled to be the final version of the aircraft put into service, with an initial operating capability expected in 2019. Lockheed expects to deliver a total of 15 aircraft to VF-101.
  • Close Air Strike (SU-25), Real Hell , Chechen war (VHS rip)

    09/25/2013 8:10:58 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    Air strike with SU-25, from chechen war SU-25 used FAB 500 (1102.31 lbs) bomb, and NURS
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas ~ 03 SEPT 2013

    09/02/2013 5:59:54 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 66 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TexasNaval Air Station Corpus Christi, also known as Truax Field, is a naval base located six miles southeast of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, USA.The general command assignment at MAS Corpus Christi is pilot training. The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), headquartered here, oversees the entire training operation. Under CNATRA's command are five training air wings, 16 training squadrons, over 14,000 Navy and civilian personnel, the Naval Aviation Schools Command and the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Established in...
  • 3rd (final) elevator installed on USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN-79

    08/17/2013 9:40:39 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 41 replies
    World Maritime News ^ | 17 August 2013 | Jeff Head
    Third (and final) Elevator Installed on USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN-79 3rd Elevator Installed on USS Gerald R. Ford World Maritime News Newport News, VirginiaHuntington Ingalls Industries: Huntington Ingalls announced yesterday that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division installed the third and final aircraft elevator on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The elevator, which is used to move aircraft from the hangar bay to the flight deck quickly and safely, is located on the starboard side of the ship. It measures 85 feet long and 52 feet wide and weighs 120 tons, akin to a steam...
  • Historical PHOTO - 1972: Don Garlits' Swamp Rat 16 Dragster on the Flight Deck of the USS Lexington

    08/04/2013 12:09:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    NavSource Online ^ | 1971 | Contibuted by John C. Driskill
    From NavSource Online, John C. Driskill - "In 1972, I was stationed on the Lexington (CVT-16) as a PH3. President Richard Nixon asked Don Garlits to do a "Fly Navy Promo" with his car the Swamp Rat 16. We photographers mates were allowed to photograph the scene while assisting the photographers from "Hot Rod" Magazine. We had to swear we would not sell the photographs we took to any other magazines. This is my shot of the Swamp Rat 16 on the flight deck of the Lexington," [ready to race an A-7E Corsair II of VA-81 "Sunliners."] William Carter Fields...
  • High-Speed Russian VDV Airborne: Air-Mech Paras Jump with Drogues

    07/27/2013 10:48:25 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 39 replies
    Notice how the Russian VDV Airborne Paras jump without d-bags dangling outside the aircraft such that they can jump IN FRONT OF IL-76 JET ENGINES! By using drogue chutes they exit the plane clean and can have timers delay openings for HIGH ALTITUDE mass tactical jumps without trying to teach everyone belabored civilian skydiving stable body position skills. This means more Paras can jump from more doors and land closer together near their BMD light tank/APC to get into action far faster than U.S. Airborne equipment and techniques. And the VDV can jump with their IL-76 jets not having to...
  • Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ready to sail, finally

    07/12/2013 2:08:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Jul 12 2013 | Manu Pubby
    Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ready to sail, finally It is without doubt the largest warship ever to be operated by the Indian Navy. But if there is a record for the longest time spent by an Indian warship in a shipyard, the INS Vikramaditya would hold that too. After a long a painful process of renegotiations, price escalations and delays, India's new aircraft carrier finally seems to be on its way home. The refurbished ship — it was originally the Gorshkov, launched in 1982 — is currently undergoing an exhaustive series of trials in the Barents Sea to test...
  • X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

    07/10/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Daus · 46 replies
    US Navy ^ | 7/10/13 | NA
    USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10. "By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Today's demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier. This test marks an historic event for naval aviation that Navy leaders believe will impact...
  • Today's Drone Test Changes Everything About Unmanned Aerial Warfare (Launched from USS GHW Bush)

    07/10/2013 3:15:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Jones
    Today, off the coast of Virginia on the USS George H.W. Bush, the U.S. Navy successfully landed an X-47B drone aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in an official Navy release. The landing of the fighter jet-sized drone, which is larger than the Predator drones common in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, represents a watershed moment in the wielding of unmanned aerial vehicles. "The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and...
  • F-35B: Born in the USSR

    06/14/2013 12:05:47 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | June 10, 2013 | By Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    The American F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft has its origins in a secret collaboration between Russia’s Yakovlev and Lockheed Martin of the United States. The American F-35B – the naval version of the Joint Services Fighter – was not designed in Fort Worth, Texas, but in Moscow, Russia. The ‘unique’ lift fan and vectoring tailpipe that allows the F-35B stealth fighter to perform vertical takeoffs and landings (VTOL) was designed nearly three decades ago by Russia’s Yakovlev aircraft bureau for their supersonic multi-services fighter, the Yak-141. The Yak-141 was a successful development of the older Yak-38 jump jet....
  • Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias

    06/05/2013 4:58:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 27 May 2013
    Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias According to rumors that emerged recently in the Spanish press, the Philippines as well as several Arab countries have expressed interest in purchasing the former Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias. In case of a sale, the contract would include refit and upgrading of the vessel by Spanish shipyard Navantia. The Spanish aircraft carrier SPS Principe De Asturias (R 11) steams through the Atlantic Ocean while participating in Majestic Eagle 2004. (Picture: US Navy) It is reported that Indonesia already expressed interest in the vessel earlier this...
  • India needs the support of US Navy to complete crucial trials of the naval version,NLCA

    05/29/2013 9:46:22 PM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 9 replies
    KOCHI: It seems India needs the support of US Navy to complete crucial trials of the naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-N). Absence of pilots experienced in carrier-based operations has forced the Aeronautical Development Agency ( ADA), lead partner in the development of LCA-N, to request the US Navy to train its test pilots in catapult assisted take-off and barrier arrested recovery (Catobar). None of the naval pilots, after the generation who flew Alizes on INS Vikrant, have any experience in Catobar. With this lacuna adding to its carrier woes, the Navy is training a batch of young pilots...
  • X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77

    05/18/2013 3:59:55 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 45 replies
    United States Navy ^ | 17 May 2013 | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Vinson
    X-47B Accomplishes First Ever Carrier Touch and Go aboard CVN 77 Story Number: NNS130517-15Release Date: 5/17/2013 5:11:00 PM By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Vinson, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public Affairs USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has begun touch and go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 17. For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier...
  • A Fighter With Naval DNA (Sea Gripen)

    05/15/2013 7:26:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Gripen Blogs ^ | 15 May 2013 | Romulo Sobral
    A Fighter With Naval DNA By Romulo Sobral Besides Brazil, Saab identified future demand for naval fighters in countries like India, Italy and the UK, which, in the coming years will be commissioning new aircraft carriers in their navies. According to Saab, there is a real and viable market for this type of aircraft. Aiming this market, the company is already developing a naval version of JAS-39 Gripen, which aims to be a variant of its newest product, the Gripen NG (Next Generation). This new version was named Sea Gripen. According to Saab, the requirements established by the Swedish Air...
  • X-47B demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing

    05/07/2013 1:13:12 PM PDT · by taildragger · 21 replies
    You Tube / Navair ^ | 05/05/2013 | Naval Air Systems Command
    The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. May 4.
  • Eglin AFB Marines fly first F-35B eight-ship

    04/26/2013 1:50:53 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 20 replies
    The DEW Line ^ | April 26, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    The US Marine Corps' VMFAT-501 training squadron, which is assigned to the US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, launched its first F-35B eight-ship earlier today. The unit flew one mission and then conducted a hot pit refueling before going back up again.
  • China to build second, larger aircraft carrier, says report

    04/24/2013 2:03:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2013
    China to build second, larger aircraft carrier, says report China will build a second, larger aircraft carrier capable of carrying more fighter jets, the official Xinhua news service reported late Tuesday, quoting a senior officer with the People's Liberation Army (PLA ) Navy. The report comes after Chinese officials denied foreign media reports in September 2012 that China was building a second carrier in Shanghai. "China will have more than one aircraft carrier ... The next aircraft carrier we need will be larger and carry more fighters," Xinhua quoted Song Xue, deputy chief of staff of the PLA Navy, as...
  • Rare glimpse of life aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning (China)

    04/20/2013 3:46:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 20 April, 2013 | Minnie Chan
    Rare glimpse of life aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning Naval experts say latest pictures of nation's first aircraft carrier, released by the PLA, show how it has been transformed from its original design Beneath the expansive decks of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, facilities enjoyed by the ship's crew include a canteen, medical centre and on-air studio. Photos: SCMP The People's Liberation Army Daily has revealed what China's first carrier, the Liaoning, looks like on the inside. Western naval and shipbuilding experts say the hull's design is totally different from that of the ship from which it was adapted, the Soviet...
  • BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon

    04/11/2013 1:04:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/11/2013 | Craig Hoyle
    BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing's AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon. An image released by the UK company showing a model of the Typhoon reveals the combat aircraft carrying three of the air-launched weapons. In this configuration, one would be carried on the aircraft's centre-fuselage stores station - ordinarily reserved for an external fuel tank - and two more beneath its wing. BAE Systems BAE says the test activity is intended to assess the aerodynamic characteristics of carrying the Harpoon. "This testing...
  • LAAD 2013: DCNS reveals Brazilian carrier design

    04/09/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Shephard ^ | 09 April 2013 | Tim Fish
    LAAD 2013: DCNS reveals Brazilian carrier design DCNS is offering an adapted version of its PA2 design for a future Brazilian aircraft carrier. A model of a 60,000t displacement 285m-long PA2 carrier is being shown by the company at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. Eric Perrot, DCNS surface ships project director, told Shephard that the Brazilian Navy had plans to acquire one or two new aircraft carriers to replace their existing carrier, NAe Sao Paulo, after 2025. The Brazilian Navy released a request for proposals (RfP) in 2012 for specifications for aircraft carriers and Perrot said that DCNS...
  • Navy cancels Blue Angels shows for 2013 due to sequester

    04/09/2013 1:10:04 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 9, 2013
    The Blue Angels, the Navy's revered aerial acrobats, have been grounded for the rest of the year due to sequestration cuts.