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  • Indo-Israeli Barak 8 Scores Direct Hit on 1st Sea Launch

    11/27/2015 4:57:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Nov 26, 2015
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) conducted today the first full system flight and intercept test of the Barak 8 missile system developed jointly by Israel and India. Upon the completion of the system verification test series, Barak 8 is expected to achieve initial operational capability next year. The test was conducted from the Israel Navy SAAR 5 missile corvette INS Lahav, the first Israeli vessel to be equipped with the new air and missile defense system. The scenario began with the launch of a target, representing a reference threat. The MF-STAR on INS LAHAV detected the...
  • Airbus wants to build 'shipping container' cabins that

    11/27/2015 4:56:01 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 95 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 11 2015 | Andrew Trotman
    Proposal would mean passengers wouldn't have to wait to board, and planes would spend less time on the ground...The proposal would see passengers "board" the cabin and take their seats, before it is lifted like a shipping container onto the back of the plane. It is then fixed into place and the plane operates as normal....The idea is designed to speed up the boarding process by allowing ticket-holders to take their seats before their plane is ready and in position at the airport's gate... "The period of imobilisation on the ground of the aeroplanes between two successive flights increases their...
  • Ethiopian man will arrive in a self-made airplane on his wedding

    11/26/2015 1:01:20 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 76 replies
    India Today ^ | 11-26-2015 | Sanjana Agnihotri
    On November 28, the fearless Ethiopian will make a flying debut and marry his fiance Seble Bekele the moment he lands. This will be his second attempt after he first taxied to a runway 40 kilometers but a broken propeller ruined his chance of flying. However, Asmelash Zeferu is all set with a new engine that doubles his power to 78 horsepower and has even sought professional advice for flying. Flying has always been a dream for Zeferu, since childhood he wanted to become a pilot but he had to meet with disappointment when he got to know he did...
  • Operation Chammal: New Configurations for French Aircraft

    11/25/2015 8:45:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    French Air Force ^ | November 25, 2015
    In recent weeks, the French Air Force has significantly expanded the scope of its strike opportunities within Operation Chammal, its air strikes against Daesh. On October 14, 2015, a Rafale for the first time dropped fired a BLU-126 bomb fitted with the Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon (AASM) with GPS / laser guidance. The introduction of this weapon into operational service was decided on October 1 by the air force command, in the wake of operational test and evaluation carried out by the program team at the air force’s Centre d’Expertise Aérienne Militaire (CEAM) trials unit at Mont-de-Marsan air base. On October...
  • British Prime Minister Will Hitch Rides On Flying Gas Station To Save Money

    11/24/2015 12:41:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/23/2015 | Andrew P Collins
    The British government is tightening their belts by giving up Prime Minister David Cameron’s private jet charters and shuttling him around in a Voyager A330 mid-air refueling aircraft. The British “Air Force One” equivalent will still be used to fuel up fighters when it’s not transporting VIPs. The BBC says Cameron’s flights were costing over $10,000 per airborne hour on “Royal Squadron planes or long haul charter,” but that figure will drop to just $3,000 on the refitted Voyager. That’s reportedly going to save English taxpayers almost $1.2 million a year. The Royal Air Force says their Voyager A330s have...
  • Vintage Boeing B-52 gets new long-range Lockheed cruise missile

    11/23/2015 9:28:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 23 NOVEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Boeing B-52H is the vintage bomber that just won’t quit, and now the Cold War-era “Stratofortress” is being outfitted with one of America’s newest and longest-range conventional cruise missiles. Lockheed Martin has been put on contract to arm the 54-year-old aircraft – which has outlived many of those who predicted its retirement – with the extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JASSM) under a $9.1 million contract announced earlier this month. In a statement to Flightglobal, LM director of long-range strike systems Jason Denney confirms that the B-52 will be updated to carry the turbofan engine-powered cruise missile internally on...
  • UK to obtain nine P-8 maritime patrol aircraft

    11/23/2015 3:45:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 11/23/2015 | GREG WALDRON
    The UK is set to announce plans to obtain nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, as well as extend the service life of the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. The P-8 acquisition and Typhoon life extenstion will be part of a £178 billion ($270 billion) investment that will be made in defence equipment and support over the next ten years, says a statement from the prime minister’s office. Prime Minister David Cameron will outline the plans when he unveils the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in the House of Commons later today. With the last of the...
  • SAAB's Gripen NG Fighter Has An Awesome Way To Make Its Radar More Capable

    11/21/2015 7:01:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/21/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    AESA radars have changed aerial combat, offering a quantum leap in range, resolution, fast scanning capabilities, stealthiness and reliability among many other advantages. But, an AESA’s somewhat narrow field of view can still be an issue. SAAB has come up with a ingenious solution to this problem—spin an angled AESA radar array around on a platter. This system, which is called a repositioner, is ingenious as it allows the Gripen NG’s Raven ES-05 radar to gain another 40 degrees of scanning ability to either side of the aircraft’s nose. This is in addition to the 60 degrees AESA radar sets...
  • French Jets Head to Old Stomping Ground for One Last Fight (Super Etendard)

    11/20/2015 7:16:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 20, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    More than three decades ago, the France’s Super Etendards flew their first combat missions against Syrian artillery in Lebanon. Now, France is sending eight Super Etendard Mordernises – a.k.a. SEMs – back to the Middle East for what may be their final fight. On Nov. 18, the French Ministry of Defense formally announced that the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its aviation group were heading toward the Eastern Mediterranean. Once in position, the flattop’s aging Super Etendards – along with the more modern Rafale Ms – will attack Islamic State in Syria and possibly Iraq. After more than 40...
  • Watch this video of Iranian F-14 Tomcats escorting a Russian Tu-95 bomber during air strike in Syria

    11/20/2015 7:10:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 64 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | November 20, 2015 | David Cenciotti
    Something really interesting details have been exposed by the material released by Russia’s MoD lately. Indeed, as you can see in the video below, IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-14 Tomcat interceptors escorted Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Iranian airspace during their 9h 30mins missions (from Engels airbase and back, along the Iraq-Iran-Caspian Sea 6,500 km-long corridor) against terrorist targets in Syria. With the U.S. Navy retiring the legendary F-14 in September 2006, nowadays the IRIAF is the only operator of the Tomcat, a type of aircraft that Tehran has kept airworthy throughout the years...
  • F-35 Too Expensive: US Air Force Might Buy 72 New F-15 or F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/20/2015 10:19:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 21, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force’s current operational capabilities due to budgetary constraints, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lockheed-Martin F-16’s, or even Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. “F-15s and F-16s are now expected to serve until 2045, when an all-new aircraft will be ready, and plans to modernize F-16s with active electronically scanned array radars and other improvements are being revived,” the article states. U.S. Air Force officials and industry officials revealed...
  • Revealed: The Gulf States are Buying Tons of American Smart Bombs

    11/19/2015 5:21:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security ^ | November 18, 2015 | James Hasik
    The tragedy of Paris this past weekend may eventually prove to have been the beginning of the end for the Al-Baghdadi Gang in Al-Raqqah. Wantonly attacking the citizens of two UN Security Council members in a week wasn't just heinous, it was stupid. So if the Coalition air forces have been running through a lot of ordnance pummeling troops and infrastructure, the pace is only stepping up. Getting them the weapons, though, hasn’t been easy. As Air Force Secretary Debbie James stressed at last week’s Dubai Air Show, her department has been trying to speed up its part of the...
  • ‘Son of Concorde’ gets the go ahead: Craft that can go from London to New York in THREE HOURS

    11/19/2015 4:32:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The world's first private supersonic jet could take off in as little as six years. The AS2 plane will be capable of supersonic travel, allowing passengers to travel between London and New York in just three hours, and Los Angeles to Tokyo in six. Airbus and Aerion say they hope to choose a US manufacturing site for the jet during the first half of next year. If all goes to plan, test flights will take place in 2021, with the first commercial flights for businesses beginning in 2023. The Aerion AS2 business jet will fly at a top speed of...
  • Russia, China sign $2 billion contract over Su-35 fighter jets

    11/19/2015 3:41:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2015
    MOSCOW--China is set to buy 24 Sukhoi-35 fighter jets from Russia in a deal worth more than $2 billion (246.3 billion yen), an industry source told Reuters on Nov. 19, in a move that may help the Kremlin's strained finances. A spokeswoman for Russian state holding Rostec confirmed a deal between the two countries had been signed involving Su-35 fighter jets, but declined to provide details. The deal makes China the first foreign buyer of the Su-35, one of Russia's most advanced military aircraft, and is one of the largest contracts for military jets signed between the two countries. Russia...
  • Does France Have Enough Bombs to Smash ISIS?

    11/18/2015 4:35:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    National Interest ^ | November 17, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Armée de l'air will carry much of the burden as France goes to war with the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq following Friday’s attack on Paris. In many ways, the Armée de l'air—the French air force—is probably the most capable air arm in Europe. Only the British Royal Air Force comes close to matching the overall capabilities of the Ad’A. It maintains a robust force of indigenous combat aircraft including the Dassault Rafafe and several versions of the Mirage 2000—including a variant dedicated to nuclear strike. Perhaps more importantly, the Ad’A also maintains a fleet of tankers,...
  • Russia Pounds ISIS With Biggest Bomber Raid in Decades

    11/17/2015 11:21:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 87 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 17th, 2015 | David Axe
    The Russian air force just pulled off one of the biggest and most complex heavy bomber missions in modern history—sending no fewer than 25 Backfire, Bear, and Blackjack bombers on a coordinated, long-range air raid against alleged ISIS forces in Syria. The Tuesday mission, which launched under the cover of darkness from a base in Ossetia in southern Russia, signaled a significant escalation of Moscow’s air war in Syria—and heralded the rebirth of Russian heavy bomber squadrons that once had withered from a lack of funding. Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s general staff, announced the raid on Tuesday, calling...
  • Russia unleashes bombs, cruise missiles against ISIS

    11/17/2015 7:34:11 AM PST · by McGruff · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 17, 2015 | JACQUELINE KLIMAS
    Russia blasted the Islamic State's declared capital in Raqqa, Syria, early Tuesday morning after publicly confirming that a homemade bomb took down its airliner over Egypt. The Russian strikes come days after the French also stepped up their air campaign against the Islamic State in Raqqa after a string of six attacks, while President Obama has said the U.S. strategy does not need a revision. A U.S. defense official said the Russians notified the U.S. before conduct its bombing runs, according to the safety protocols the two countries agreed to last month.
  • White Swan FINALLY Spotted in Syria -- Massive ISIS Bombardment by RuAF

    11/17/2015 7:56:10 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 43 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 11/17/15 | Staff
    Full Title: White Swan FINALLY Spotted in Syria -- Massive ISIS Bombardment by RuAF Strategic Long Range Aviation Nov. 17, 2015 -- Long range bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 carried out massive strikes on ISIS infrastructure in Syria using cruise missiles and various PGM's. Video Link
  • French Carrier Strike Group to Deploy to Eastern Mediterranean with Largest Airwing Ever

    11/17/2015 5:25:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 November 2015
    While the French Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was originally planned to deploy to the Persian Gulf, plan has now changed. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, French President Hollande announced today that the Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would leave its base on Thursday to deploy to the Eastern Mediteranean. Navy Recognition understands that the air wing will be larger than usual. In the meantime French and American defence officials agreed to increase their cooperation. The French Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) Charles de Gaulle (R91) is expected to deploy with up to 34 aircraft on board. This...
  • Opinion: This new high-tech bomber is designed to keep China and Russia at bay

    11/17/2015 4:12:20 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 62 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Published: Nov 16, 2015 6:21 p.m. ET
    The U.S. Air Force is developing a new bomber that promises to secure the U.S. advantage in modern warfare. The next-generation long-range strike bomber, recently awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. NOC, +4.36% for development, will not be designed to rely on as yet undeveloped technologies, as is so often the case with new aircraft and weaponry. Instead, the aircraft will combine and fully exploit existing advanced stealth technology, integrated software, ordnance and countermeasures. In effect, the military is consolidating the best of its technology in one package. At the same time, the U.S. Air Force has decided to aggregate all...
  • We hoped for a march of the makers, but even BAE is failing to produce the goods

    11/16/2015 6:19:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    theguardian ^ | 15 November 2015
    How ironic that just as Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was in Britain last week talking up the trading links between the two countries, defence group BAE Systems was announcing 371 UK job losses that are due in no small part to decisions made by India in 2012. If India had agreed back then to buy 126 BAE-made Eurofighter Typhoon jets, British manufacturing might not be under the pressure that it feels today. That deal would have been worth around £7bn, with the order securing the jobs of thousands of workers at BAE plants across the UK. Instead, India chose...
  • Japan to Test its New XASM-3 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Against Shirane-class Destroyer

    11/16/2015 6:13:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 November 2015
    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it will conduct a live fire experiment of the new XASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile in the Sea of Japan next year. The missile will be tested against a decommissioned Destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). XASM-3 is currently in development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese MoD to replace the existing ASM-1 and ASM-2 missiles. XASM-3 missile fitted on a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 Fighter The test-firing will be done at a firing range designated “G airspace” close to Komatsu air base. According to the Japanese MoD aerodynamic and...
  • The Royal Air Force’s Bomber-Killing Bomber Was Just a Dream

    11/15/2015 8:39:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 15, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1976, the British Royal Air Force had a problem. In the event of war, Soviet Backfire bombers flying from Europe could have devastated resupply convoys sailing from the United States to Europe. The RAF needed a warplane with enough range to patrol the vast Atlantic — and enough payload to haul long-range, bomber-killing missiles. Plane-maker Hawker Siddeley suggested adding 12 U.S.-made Phoenix missiles to the Avro Vulcan bomber. The addition would have required extensive modifications to the Vulcan’s radar. Blueprint via @AvroVulcan617 In any event, the RAF dropped the idea. To defeat the Backfires, the U.S. Navy deployed carrier-based...
  • Vietnam buys Israeli-made air defense missile system, radar

    11/15/2015 3:59:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    TUOI TRE NEWS ^ | 10/30/2015
    Vietnam has ordered an Israeli-made air defense missile system to enhance its air defense capacity, a senior military official said on the portal of the Vietnam People's Army last week. The Air Defense and Air Force Service of Vietnam has actively carried out many projects to improve the durability and capacity of its weapons and technical equipment, Lieutenant General Le Huy Vinh, Commander of the Air Defense and Air Force Service, said in an article published on the website on October 20. According to the article on building a modern air defense and air force service to protect the national...
  • French pilots train for survival behind enemy lines

    11/15/2015 3:43:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | November 14, 2015 | Valérie Leroux
    Captieux (France) (AFP) - It is the nightmare scenario for every fighter pilot operating over Syria and Iraq today -- a crash-landing behind enemy lines. At a training ground the size of central Paris in southwest France, a group of 15 pilots and navigators prepared this month for just that scenario. Crews from Mirage fighter jets and attack helicopters are dropped in open country for an extreme 36-hour exercise in camouflage, survival, capture and interrogation. In many of their minds is the fate of the Jordanian pilot who crash-landed in Syria in December last year, was then captured by the...
  • Need Your Air Force Upgraded on the Cheap? Call Israel

    11/14/2015 5:23:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    National Interest ^ | November 11, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    While glitzy new jets like the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Russian PAK-FA capture the lion’s share of attention, most of the world’s air forces don’t need the latest and greatest toys. Often, something much more basic is more than sufficient for the purposes of most nations. A lot of air arms don’t even need or even want the latest fourth-generation fighters on the market like the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed F-16V “Viper,” Saab JAS-39 Gripen or even a Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 or Su-35. Moreover, many countries simply can’t afford such...
  • Japan's first passenger plane in 50 years makes maiden flight

    11/14/2015 1:30:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:45pm EST | Tim Kelly
    Japan's first commercial passenger plane in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry able to challenge some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) successfully completed a 1.5-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring the 100-seat class plane into service after three years of delays. The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), which built the World War Two-era Zero fighter, is hoping the $47-million regional jet will help it oust Canada's Bombardier Inc...
  • F-23 — The Super Fighter America Never Built

    11/13/2015 2:50:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is the best air superiority fighter ever built, but could America have done better? When the YF-22 prototype won the contract for the Advanced Tactical Fighter in April 1991, it was a lesser plane compared to the Northrop YF-23 in many ways. Though the YF-22 was a more maneuverable aircraft, the YF-23 had far greater supersonic cruise capability — especially when outfitted with the General Electric YF120 variable cycle engines. Even when powered by the less powerful Pratt & Whitney YF-119, the YF-23 had the ability to fly an entire sortie at supersonic speeds above...
  • World's only JetPack flies in New York

    11/10/2015 6:14:25 AM PST · by Cats Pajamas · 36 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 3 2015 | Jetpack Aviation
  • This In-Your-Face Russian Attack Helicopter Advertisement Wants to Destroy You

    11/10/2015 3:54:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | November 09, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    There's something to be said for an attack helicopter commercial that fires a missile at the viewer in the first twelve seconds. The Ka-52 Alligator is the latest version of the Ka-50 series attack and scout helicopters, and Russian defense exporter Rosoboronexport has a video tell tell you all about it. Fast, speedy, and packed with weapons, the Alligator actually resembles its namesake, with a long, wide snout and a squat, reptile-like profile. Alligator's unique design a specialty of the Kamov design bureau. Kamov specializes in helicopters with contra-rotating helicopter blades, two sets of helicopter rotors that rotate in opposite...
  • US Software Stranglehold Threatens F-35 Foreign Operations

    11/10/2015 3:46:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | Nov 04, 2015 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- The unilateral decision by the United States to locate all F-35 software laboratories on its territory, and to manage the operation and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet from its territory, has introduced vulnerabilities that are only beginning to emerge. The biggest risk is that, since the F-35 cannot operate effectively without permanent data exchanges with its software labs and logistic support computers in the United States, any disruption in the two-way flow of information would compromise its effectiveness. All F-35 aircraft operating across the world will have to update their mission data files and their Autonomic Logistic...
  • UAE Command Selects AW609 Tiltrotor for Search and Rescue

    11/10/2015 3:44:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 10, 2015 | Bill Carey
    The UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC) will acquire three AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotors for search and rescue missions, the command announced on November 10 at the Dubai Airshow. The JAC will be the launch customer for the SAR variant of the twin-engine tiltrotor. The JAC’s selection of the AW609 gives the program a needed boost following the October 30 crash of an AW609 prototype in Italy that claimed the lives of two crewmembers. UAE military officers did not express concern about the aircraft during the press conference. Plans call for deliveries to the JAC to begin in 2019. The command also...
  • F-16s Could Fly for 92 Years In theory

    11/09/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 7, 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the iconic F-16 jet fighter, just completed a two-year test that simulated a staggering 92 years of normal flying for one of the single-engine planes. That’s a long time. And amazingly, the F-16 — a 1990s-vintage Block 50 version — held up just fine. “The airframe was then subjected to several maximum-load conditions to demonstrate that the airframe still had sufficient strength to operate within its full operational flight envelope,” Lockheed explained in a press release. The point of the test was to provide data for Lockheed’s coming effort to rebuild 300 or so U.S. Air...
  • DUBAI: Eurofighter tests six appeal with Marte ER missile fit

    11/09/2015 9:45:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | November 09, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Eurofighter has responded to demand from potential customers to add an anti-ship missile capability to the multi-role Typhoon, by conducting a fit test of a configuration with six of the weapons. An image released by the Eurofighter consortium during the Dubai air show shows an Italian example of the twin-engined combat aircraft loaded with six MBDA Marte ER missiles. Eurofighter Weighing 260kg (572lb), the weapons would be carried and fired with the Typhoon maintaining a subsonic flight envelope, with the fighter also capable of carrying air-to-air missiles at the same time. Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems has previously conducted sub-scale...
  • DUBAI: UAE signs $1.2bn surveillance deal with Saab

    11/09/2015 8:32:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flightglobal.com ^ | November 09, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    While all the talk in the run-up to the Dubai air show was about the prospects for large commercial orders being announced, it was the United Arab Emirates air force that opened sales, with a surprise, $1.27 billion contract with Saab for advanced surveillance aircraft. Announced during a press briefing on 9 November, the agreement – which was reached on the first day of the show – covers the provision of two Bombardier Global 6000 business jets, following their extensive modification by the Swedish company. “I am extremely happy to announce the first deal that has been signed,” Maj Gen...
  • Pentagon: Here are all the Problems with the F-35 (The F-35 has Another Problem)

    11/07/2015 9:01:59 AM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    The US military's fifth-generation fighter is no stranger to controversy. The F-35, which comes with an estimated $1.5 trillion pricetag over the life of the program, has faced numerous hurdles and delays. Most recently, there have been concerns over its computer systems' vulnerability, and Chinese hackers have possibly stolen classified data related to the project. The F-35's construction has continued, and it is being manufactured across multiple states and different countries. For better or worse, it's going to be the US and its allies' main warplane for decades to come. Despite the setbacks, the F-35 program is continuing and the...
  • The Airplanes of James Bond

    11/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | November 5, 2015 | Rebecca Maksel and Chris Klimek
    ... AFTER 52 HOURS, 22 bags of popcorn, and a trashcan-size soda, the editors at Air & Space have finished watching all of the Bond flicks, counting more than 160 aircraft and spacecraft (both fictional and non-). Bond and company have flown just about everything from "Bird 1" (Ernst Blofeld's fictional two-stage rocket used to capture U.S. and Soviet spacecraft) in You Only Live Twice to the Aerospatiale/Eurocopter helicopter operated by psychopath Xenia Onatopp (who uses her thighs to crush her opponents to death) in GoldenEye to the hot-air balloon blown up by the Cigar Girl assassin in The World...
  • Stealthy F-15 Silent Eagle May Get A Reprieve As Israel Requests More Eagles

    11/03/2015 12:44:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | November 2, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    A report from Flightglobal.com states that Israel is requesting a batch of F-15s as part of a compensation program for the U.S. making a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. According to the report, not just any F-15 was requested, but the F-15SE Silent Eagle. The F-15SE was Boeing’s attempt to compete internationally with the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, especially for major purchasing competitions like those recently held in Korea and Japan, both of which are F-15 users. These users ended up selecting the F-35, and Israel also opted for the F-35 even though they are among the most...
  • This Fighter Might Replace Indonesia's Aging F-5 Fighters (Hint: Not the Su-35)

    10/30/2015 8:28:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 30, 2015 | Benjamin David Baker
    Indonesia is currently in the process of updating a part of its eclectic mix of military aircraft. The three platforms which represent Jakarta’s most formidable airborne capability are the U.S. General Dynamics (GD) F-16, Russian Sukhoi-27, and Sukhoi-30MK. The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) reflects the country’s recent history international relations, operating a mixed bag of Russian, U.S., Brazilian, and European aircraft. Since its independence in 1945, the country has fielded aircraft from both sides of the Iron Curtain, often reflecting its political alignment. In 1986s, Indonesia purchased a batch of F-16s, intended to supplement its fleet of F-5E Tigers. However,...
  • US finally approves crucial ‘smart bomb’ sale to Turkey

    10/30/2015 8:25:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | October 30, 2015 | Tolga Tanış
    The U.S. has decided to sell Turkey $70 million worth of “smart bombs,” a key item in a set of crucial weapon systems that Washington had been refusing to send to Ankara. The Pentagon announced on Oct. 29 that the U.S. State Department approved the sale after the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, told Congress late on Oct. 28 that Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) systems would be sold to Turkey, granting lawmakers 15 days for any block. The Turkish military attaches great importance to the systems, especially amid the upsurge of clashes...
  • China Deploys Supersonic Trainer Aircraft for Pilot Training

    10/30/2015 4:17:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | October 28, 2015
    BEIJING: Modernising its airforce at a rapid pace, China has introduced a third-generation supersonic trainer aircraft to its military flight schools to shorten pilots' training time and prepare them for advanced fighter jets. People's Liberation Army Air Force Aviation University deployed an undisclosed number of JL-9 Mountain Eagle two-seater trainer jets this month and has started to use them to train students, PLA Air Force's Daily, the official organ of the Chinese military, reported. The aircraft has been developed and manufactured by Guizhou Aviation Industry Group, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp of China. It has a maximum speed of...
  • New F-35 helmets cost £260,000 each

    10/30/2015 3:38:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Oct 2015
    The helmets for Britain's new Lightning II F-35 stealth jet fighter cost £260,000 each. The high-tech helmets are linked to six cameras embedded in the jet which combine images to provide a 360 degree view allowing the pilot to "see through" the airframe. Flight and targetting information is beamed directly onto the visor, into the line of vision of the pilot. Britain has said it will order 48 of the £70 million jets, which will fly from RAF Marham and the UK's new aircraft carriers. Earlier this month it emerged lightweight pilots have been temporarily banned from flying Britain’s new...

    10/29/2015 10:34:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIRheads FLY ^ | 2015/10/28
    The Republic of China Army Aviation (RoCAA; Taiwan) has extreme difficulties keeping its 29 new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters airborne. Part of the problem is a discovered material failure due to faulty production by Boeing. The American manufacturer of the legendary attack helicopter is using a new aluminum-magnesium alloy for the tail rotor gearbox and this material seems to be the reason of corrosion in salty and humid climates such as in Taiwan. Nine AH-64Es are grounded because of this issue, while Boeing technicians are trying to find a solution but for now just advising ill-tested short-term measures. Another...
  • Image Emerges Of What Could Be A Chinese Knock-Off Of Russia's Su-34 Fullback

    10/29/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/28/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    This image, posted on the Chinese website Weibo, shows what appears to be a Chinese Su-27 Flanker derivative very similar to Russia’s Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber. The picture coincides with rumors that a new Chinese fighter type flew recently but we have no way to authenticate the image at this time. There is no prior indication that Russia has licensed Russian aircraft designer Sukhoi’s Su-34 fighter-bomber to China, but this has not stopped China from building its own Sukhoi clones before. Currently China has multiple indigenous Su-27 Flanker derivatives in production, including the Shenyang J-11B, a Su-27 knock-0ff and the carrier...
  • Air Force picks Northrop Grumman to build next big bomber

    10/27/2015 9:22:33 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON The Air Force said Tuesday it chose Northrop Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber, to build its next-generation bomber, a highly classified, $80 billion project designed to replace the aging bomber fleet with an information-age aircraft that eventually may be capable of flying without a pilot aboard. The loser of the high-stakes bidding contest was a team formed by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Cutting-edge Israeli radar wins air force approval for Tejas fighter

    10/27/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Business Standard ^ | October 25, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The Indian Air Force (IAF), after years of opposing the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), now accepts it is on track to be a world-class light fighter. The specifications of the new Tejas - termed Standard of Preparation-2018 (SoP-18) - were agreed in New Delhi on September 23, between the air force and the Tejas' designers and manufacturers. One hundred SoP-18 Tejas fighters will join the IAF, starting 2018-19. The key battle-winning capability in the SoP-18 Tejas is "active electronically scanned array" (AESA) radar that Israel will develop jointly with India. This was the clincher that made the IAF...
  • India Offers Lanka Tejas To Counter Pakistans JF-17: Report

    10/25/2015 7:39:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | 25th October 2015 | P.K.Balachandran
    COLOMBO: India has offered to Sri Lanka its Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to counter Pakistans earlier bid to sell to the island nation its JF-17 fighters developed in collaboration with China, the Colombo-based Sunday Observer says. Independent sources confirmed to Express that both Pakistan and India have made their respective offers in the light of the Sri Lanka Air Forces bid to replace its ageing Israeli Kfirs and MIG 27s. Websites say that the Pakistani offer of F-17s (a variant of the Chinese FC1-Xiaolong Fierce Dragon) has been there since 2013. Some even say that a squadron has been...
  • S. Korea's Exports of T-50 Trainer Jets Meet US Opposition

    10/25/2015 7:35:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    KBS World Radio ^ | 2015-10-25
    South Koreas plan to export its T-50 trainer jets to Uzbekistan has met the opposition of the United States. An official at the Korea Aerospace Industries, the producer of the T-50, said on Saturday that Uzbekistan wants to import T-50 trainer jets, but Washington voiced opposition to Seouls exports of the aircraft citing its diplomatic policy. The official, however, said that the export plan did not completely break down, adding the Uzbek government is persuading the U.S. government on the matter. T-50 is South Koreas first homegrown supersonic trainer jet, but avionics equipment, engines and other core components were imported...
  • Korea tries its hand at blocked jet technologies

    10/23/2015 8:52:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    SEONGNAM, Gyeonggi - Despite the recent controversy about Washingtons refusal to transfer technologies essential to building advanced fighter jets, Korea has already managed to develop some of the required systems, the JoongAng Ilbo learned Thursday. Washington informed Seoul in April that it would not issue licenses for the transfer of four technologies considered crucial for Koreas project to develop new multirole fighters with more advanced capabilities. Under the KF-X program, the government planned to invest a total of 18.4 trillion won ($16.2 billion) to develop 120 jets by 2025. The U.S. rejection of the technology transfer was considered a major...
  • Japan chooses Boeing KC-46, halting Airbus tanker winning streak

    10/23/2015 8:39:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 23 OCTOBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    Just months after being rejected by South Korea and weeks after first flight, Boeings KC-46A has been selected by Japan to supplement the nations KC-767 tanker fleet. The announcement came from Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani on Friday, and constitutes a significant win for Boeing after a troubled start to the next-generation tanker development programme with the US Air Force. The Pegasus tanker can almost see the end of its development phase, after achieving first flight 25 September from Paine Field in Washington, following a roughly nine-month delay. According to Boeing, KC-46 is particularly attractive to Japan as it will...