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  • Israel’s F-35s Will Be Unique In More Ways Than One

    05/04/2016 12:42:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 4, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    An F-35. U.S. Air Force photo Israel is practically a launch customer for the American-designed F-35 stealth fighter. The Jewish state plans on declaring its first squadron of the radar-evading jet combat-ready by the end of 2017. That’s just two years after the U.S. Marine Corps’ declaration of war-readiness for its F-35s — and one year later than the U.S. Air Force’s own planned introduction of the new plane. And Israel’s F-35s will be unique. While most foreign customers of the stealth fighter plan to operate fairly standard F-35s, Tel Aviv is heaping its own special tech onto the airframe. And that’s...
  • France approved for additional Hellfire missiles

    05/03/2016 12:04:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | May 3, 2016 | Richard Tomkins
    WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- France has received U.S. State Department approval for the purchase of additional Hellfire missiles through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. The new French request is specifically for an additional 200 Lockheed Martin AGM-114K1A Hellfire missiles, Hellfire missile conversion, blast fragmentation sleeves and installation kits, containers, and transportation. The total estimated cost of the deal is $30 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, said in its notification to Congress that the additional missiles will meet France's operational requirements for a precision guided tactical missile for its Tigre Attack Helicopter....
  • AVX reveals new attack helicopter configuration for FVL Light

    04/30/2016 4:52:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 30 April 2016 | JAMES DREW
    AVX Aircraft of Benbrook, Texas has responded to the US Army’s request for information on the smallest of five planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capability sets with two 7.5t (16,700lb) winged coaxial compound helicopter configurations that the company’s chief executive describes as vertical takeoff fighter aircraft for light reconnaissance, attack, assault and medical evacuation missions. The baseline swept-wing, 13.4m (44ft) diametre rotor concept would be powered by two 3,000shp Improved Turbine Technology Programme (ITEP) engines and is designed to meet a demanding set of core requirements proposed by the US Army in its “Capability Set 1” RFI document. The requirements...
  • US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'

    04/29/2016 8:19:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 April 2016 | Brajesh Upadhyay
    The US will no longer subsidise the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, a senior state department official has told the BBC. The decision means that Pakistan will have to pay more than $700m (£480m) - two-and-a-half times the original cost - if it wishes to buy the aircraft. It comes after Congress refused to approve funding for the deal. Some US lawmakers had accused Pakistan of not doing enough to fight militants. India also objected to the sale. However, Pakistan has argued that the jets are needed for anti-terror operations, and so the US should help with...
  • U.S. Air Power Needs an F-22 Upgrade

    04/29/2016 12:17:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2016 | J. RANDY FORBES and MICHAEL W. WYNNE
    During his long tenure at the Pentagon, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates made many good decisions that helped soldiers and enhanced U.S. security. But his choice to truncate the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor program at 187 jets was an exception. With threats to American air superiority growing, it is time for Congress to consider resurrecting the jet or finding a suitable replacement. Conceived in the 1980s, the F-22 Raptor was designed to secure dominance of the skies for decades. America needed fighters that could outperform the newest Soviet models from Sukhoi and MiG. To counter them, the Raptor incorporated cutting-edge...
  • F-117 Stealth Fighters May Finally Head to the Boneyard

    04/29/2016 7:38:41 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 4/29/16 | Robert Beckhusen
    America’s F-117 stealth fighter has been in a state of limbo. In 2008, the U.S. Air Force officially retired the black, angular warplanes but they never entirely went away. For eight years, the radar-evading aircraft have rested in climate-controlled hangars at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Here’s why — when the F-117s retired, Congress required the Air Force to maintain some of the planes in case they were ever needed in a future war. The flying branch even kept flying a handful, most likely as guinea pigs for stealth-penetrating sensors … or some other mysterious hardware. Well, that shouldn’t continue for...
  • John McCain: F-35 is 'a scandal and a tragedy'

    04/28/2016 1:49:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | April 27, 2016 | Ryan Browne
    <p>Washington (CNN)Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."</p> <p>The development of the Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth-generation stealth jet, has been beset by spiraling costs and schedule delays. The program's price tag is nearly $400 billion for 2,457 planes -- almost twice the initial estimate.</p>
  • Here Comes the New Su-25: Russia's 'Flying Tank' Set for a Lethal Upgrade

    04/28/2016 1:41:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian air force is set to begin operational testing of its upgraded Sukhoi Su-25SM3 Frogfoot close air support aircraft this April. Assuming the modernized jets are approved for fielding, the first operational Su-25SM3 aircraft are expected to enter service before the end of the year. The Russian air force is expected to upgrade more than forty Su-25s at the 121th Aircraft Repair Plant in Kubinka—just outside Moscow. “Comprehensive testing of Su-25SM3 will begin in April of this year,” a Russian Aerospace Forces official told the Russian-language daily Izvestia. “We expect that the first modernized attack aircraft will arrive in...
  • FAA Says Boeing 787 Dreamliners Have 'Urgent Safety Issue'

    04/25/2016 10:23:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | APRIL 25, 2016 | Laura Lorenzetti
    <p>The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering fixes on General Electric engines used on some Boeing 787 Dreamliners after it found that an icing problem can cause the engines to shut down mid-flight.</p>
  • Australia seeks DOD's newest air-to-air missile, the AIM-120D

    04/25/2016 9:47:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 APRIL, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    Australia could become the first foreign nation to buy the radar-guided Raytheon AIM-120D air-to-air missile under a $1.1 billion foreign military sales package approved by the US government this week. AIM-120D is the latest variant of Raytheon’s popular AMRAAM series, developed for the US Air Force and Navy. The networked, beyond-visual-range missile introduces satellite-aided navigation, a two-way datalink and new guidance software that “improves kinematic performance and weapon effectiveness”. It has greater range than the legacy variants and is optimised for high-angle off-boresight shots. Canberra has requested 450 missiles – as well as instrumented test vehicles and spare guidance sections...
  • Norwegian F16 jet shoots up control tower, officers inside

    04/25/2016 12:36:50 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 19 replies
    RT.com ^ | 25 Apr, 2016
    The Norwegian Air Force has been left feeling awkward after one of its F-16 jets on a drill mistakenly opened fire on a control tower with three officers who were inside at the time of the mock attack. An investigation has been started into the grave error, which took place on Tarva, off Norway’s west coast, AFP was told by military spokesman Captain Brynjar Stordal. Astonishingly, no one was injured in the incident. On April 12-13, two F-16s were performing a mock attack on an enemy station on the uninhabited island, when one of them mistakenly opened fire on the...
  • Russia tests new 'hypersonic glide vehicle' capable of breaching missile defences

    04/23/2016 6:45:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 22 April 2016 | Sara Malm
    Russia has reportedly tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle designed to breach missile defences and deliver nuclear warheads beyond enemy lines, state media has claimed The test of the hypersonic cruise vehicle was reportedly carried out using a strategic ballistic missile in Orenburg, near the border to Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. This follows reports that Vladimir Putin's armed forces currently have the highest number of attack submarines patrolling the Scottish and Scandinavian coastlines since the Cold War. The hypersonic glide vehicle would be able to get past missile defences as they make it impossible to calculate the warhead's ballistic trajectory, RT.com...
  • Soviet Engineers Tested Bulletproof Cockpits—With People Inside the Cockpits

    04/23/2016 6:39:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 19, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Mi-28 attack helicopter was developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War as an answer to America's AH-64 Apache. Nicknamed "Havoc" by NATO, it was designed to kill NATO tanks and armored vehicles. As such, the Havoc needed to be able to take hits—even to the cockpit—and keep flying. Despite the similarity between the Havoc and the Apache, we're pretty sure that American helicopter designers didn't test the Apache's armored cockpit by shooting machine guns at it—with people inside. Yes, as the video shows, Soviet designers actually put a person inside a mock Mi-28 Havoc, then fired a...
  • Japan's X-2 stealth fighter jet takes to the skies: $332 million prototype

    04/22/2016 4:22:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Japan's first stealth fighter jet has successfully taken to the skies as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its maiden test flight as dozens of aviation enthusiasts watching the event erupted in applause as it lifted off. The single-pilot prototype safely landed at Gifu air base, north of Nagoya airport, after a 25-minute flight with 'no particular problems,' said an official at the defence ministry's acquisition agency. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its...
  • Is the $400 billion F-35's 'brain' broken?

    04/21/2016 12:21:19 PM PDT · by don-o · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Zachary Cohen
    (CNN)Almost 2,500 of the world's most advanced warplanes, with a total price tag of $400 billion, and they may not have a "brain" in the bunch? That's the fear of federal watchdogs who say problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's complex logistics software system could lead to a grounding of the entire fleet, not to mention future cost increases and schedule delays. Documenting risks to the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System, which Department of Defense officials have described as the "brains" of the fifth-generation fighter, an April 14 Government Accountability Office report says a failure "could take the entire...
  • U.S. poised to approve Boeing fighter jet sales to Qatar, Kuwait

    04/19/2016 12:22:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON • The U.S. government is poised to approve two long-delayed sales of Boeing Co. fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait, and could announce the multibillion-dollar deals during President Barack Obama's visit to the Gulf this week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The decision would mean more job security for thousands of workers at Boeing's sprawling plant in north St. Louis County, where the F-15 fighter and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are made. Both deals have been stalled amid concerns raised by Israel that equipment sent to Gulf states could fall into the wrong hands and be used...
  • WWII PBY Catalina Seaplane Destroyed Off Florida Coast In Movie Mishap

    04/18/2016 1:06:28 PM PDT · by pabianice · 39 replies
    A World War Two seaplane has been left abandoned and stranded for a while on a beach off the north Gulf Coast of the US. It the subsequent “recovery operation” the Catalina broke apart and has been destroyed. The plane is a PBY-6A seaplane that was built and used during the war. The plane was being used in a new Hollywood movie starring Nicholas Cage, but during filming a minor flying complication occurred and the pilot had to do an emergency landing off the Florida shore line. The plane landed close to the shore near the Alabama and Florida state...
  • India's homegrown Tejas fighter sparks interest in Egypt, Sri Lanka

    04/18/2016 6:31:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Apr 18, 2016
    New Delhi: India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers, with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan's JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft...
  • Fighter jets as you've never seen them before: 'High speed steadicam' footage

    04/15/2016 8:09:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    A new filming technique has captured the incredible abilities of fighter jets in stunning detail. The footage, from California-based Blue Sky Aerial, shows Gripen fighter jets flying over Sweden. In what looks like a computer animation, the multirole fighters manoeuvre into rolls and send out a series of flares at speeds of 345mph. The video was captured using BlueSky's GSS 520 5 axis system, which can work at speeds of up to 300 knots per hour. The cameraman was riding in the back of a Saab 105 and filming the Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet cruising over the icy...
  • RAF jets to face US F-22 stealth fighters in mock battles over UK

    04/14/2016 10:50:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 13 APRIL 2016 | Ben Farmer
    RAF jets will battle American stealth fighters in mock dogfights over Britain for the first time in the coming days. British Typhoon fighters will take part in air-to-air combat drills against United States Air Force F-22 Raptor jets. The contests will be the first time the aircraft have gone head-to-head in UK skies, RAF sources said. A dozen F-22s arrived at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk earlier this week and are due to stay for practice missions with the RAF until the start of next month. An RAF source said the allies were likely to fight scenarios at both close visual...
  • First pictures of Russia's T-50 PAK FA fighter fitted with air-to-surface weapons

    04/13/2016 10:52:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Air Recognition ^ | 13 April 2016
    According to pictures released on the internet, Russia's Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA fighter aircraft started flight test campaign armed with air-to-surface weapons. These tests took place at the Gromov Flight Research Institute, located at the Zhukovsky Air Base. Russia's PAK FA T-50-2 prototype fitted with two Kh-31 air-to-surface missiles (Credit: Alex S/russianplanes.net) Pictures unveiled on the russianplanes website first showed the T-50-2 prototype fitted with Kh-31 anti-ship missiles. A second series of pictures unveiled a few days before show the same prototype aircraft performing a test flight armed with two Kh-31 anti-ship missiles. The Kh-31, also dubbed X-31 in Russia,...
  • Russia's Aircraft Carrier Set for a Massive Upgrade: The Lethal MiG-29K

    04/13/2016 10:45:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Apr 13, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is set to deploy to the Mediterranean Sea with a new air wing configuration. Instead of just the Sukhoi Su-33, Kuznetsov will deploy with a mixed air group with comprised of Flanker-Ds, Su-25UTG Frogfoots and the new Mikoyan MiG-29K Fulcrum-D. “According to plans of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the Admiral Kuznetsov in September-October will enter the Mediterranean Sea, where it will become a flagship of the Russian Navy's grouping,” a Russian defense ministry source told the TASS News agency. “The aircraft carrier will have on board a mixed...
  • Two Russian Helicopter Pilots Die in Crash in Syria's Homs

    04/12/2016 6:32:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 12.04.2016
    A Russian Aerospace Forces Mi-28N Havoc helicopter crashed near the city of Homs in Syria, killing both pilots, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service reported Tuesday. "According to a report from the crash site, the helicopter was not shot down, the press service's statement said." The crash occurred at 22:29 GMT on Monday. “Two crewmembers were killed. The bodies of the dead pilots were removed [from the crash site] during search and rescue operations and are currently at the Hmeymim Airbase." According to the ministry, the reasons behind the crash are yet to be determined. A task force has been...
  • Jordan Interested in Purchasing Russian Su-34 Bombers

    04/12/2016 12:56:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ammon News ^ | 4/11/2016
    AMMONNEWS - Amman is conducting consultations with Russian manufactures on acquiring a small number of Su-32 (export version of Su-34) fighter-bomber jets, local media reported Monday, citing officials working for Russian aircraft producers. However, Jordan has not filed any official purchasing order yet, the Russian media outlet added. In late March, the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Russia’s anti-terror air campaign in Syria had raised the popularity of the Su-34 fighter-bombers, which several Middle Eastern countries were interested in buying. Russia has also been carrying out negotiations with the Jordanian side for the supply of several Mi-26 helicopters used...
  • With eye on China and Pakistan, India in talks to buy US Predator drones

    04/08/2016 8:10:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2016
    W DELHI: India is in talks with the United States to purchase 40 Predator surveillance drones, officials said, a possible first step towards acquiring the armed version of the aircraft and a development likely to annoy Pakistan. India is trying to equip the military with more unmanned technologies to gather intelligence as well as boost its firepower along the vast land borders with Pakistan and China. It also wants a closer eye on the Indian Ocean. New Delhi has already acquired surveillance drones from Israel to monitor the mountains of Kashmir. As defence ties deepen with the United States, which...

    04/08/2016 1:55:46 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 75 replies
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  • How Israel Wants To Soup Up Its Fleet Of F-35s

    04/08/2016 7:54:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | April 07, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    USAF photo Israel has done amazing things with their imported U.S. fighter aircraft, innovating and tailoring their capabilities to meet their unique needs. They want to continue this legacy with the F-35. Part of this initiative now includes the ability to externally modify their new stealth jets with the addition of conformal fuel tanks. Conformal fuel tanks give a fighter jet more fuel load with minimal performance penalties and do not occupy precious weapon stations and induce large amounts of drag like traditional drop tanks do. When combined with drops tanks, a conformal fuel tank-equipped fighter’s range can be massively...
  • INTERVIEW-Pakistan wants air force upgrade for prolonged militant fight

    04/07/2016 6:49:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Apr 2016 | John Irish
    PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against Islamist militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is fighting a Taliban insurgency in its northwest, a separatist insurgency along its Iranian border in the west, and has a heavily militarised and disputed border with arch rival India in the east. In 2014, the military launched a crackdown in the northwestern areas of North and South...
  • Pakistan Becomes First International Customer for Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Helo

    04/06/2016 3:37:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | 04/05/2016 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to build AH-1Z Viper helicopter gunships for the Pakistani government. Under the $170 million Naval Air Systems Command contract, Bell will build the nine AH-1Zs and nine auxiliary fuel kits for the helicopters as a purchase under the Foreign Military Sales program. Deliveries are expected to be completed by September 2018, according to the contract announcement. The approval of the sale by the State Department was made a year ago for a maximum of 15 Vipers. The Pakistani Army will be the first international customer for...
  • US to Block Russian Su-30 Sale to Iran Under UN Security Council Resolution

    04/06/2016 2:30:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 05.04.2016
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States would block the sale of Russian Su-30 aircraft to Iran under a UN Security Council (UNSCR) resolution that prohibits fighter jet sales, US Department of State Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon said Tuesday during a congressional hearing on Iran. "The sale of Su-30 fighter aircraft is prohibited under UNSCR 2231 without the approval of the UN Security Council and we would block the approval of any sale of fighter aircraft under the restrictions," Shannon told the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. When pressed, Shannon said the United States would veto any attempt...
  • Azerbaijan Kills Armenian Troops With a Suicide Drone (Israeli made)

    04/06/2016 2:26:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 05, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    An unnerving sight appeared Monday during fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. What appeared to be an Israeli-made suicide drone hit a bus carrying Armenian soldiers and then exploded. There is an unconfirmed video appearing to show the strike, which killed seven Armenian volunteers according to RIA Novosti. And the drone captured in the video looks a lot like an IAI Harop — a canister-launched flying bomb which can detect the source of radio transmissions or be manually guided onto a target. An Armenian Ministry of Defense spokesman alleged Azerbaijan is using Harop drones in the...
  • Boeing tanker issue may delay U.S. production decision-Air Force

    04/02/2016 5:15:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2016 | ANDREA SHALAL
    A problem that has prevented Boeing Co 's KC-46A tanker aircraft from transferring fuel to a C-17 transport plane may delay a Pentagon decision approving low-rate production of the new tanker in May, the U.S. Air Force said on Thursday. "We don't yet know the schedule impact to the planned May Milestone C decision, but the problem is well understood and we don't expect an extended delay," said Air Force spokesman Daryl Mayer. Mayer said the issue arose during testing of the refueling boom that is used to transfer fuel from the 767-based tanker aircraft to a C-17 transport plane,...
  • Mirage fighter goes to tycoon (France)

    04/01/2016 8:07:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Connexion ^ | April 01, 2016
    A MIRAGE III fighter plane that was sold in an auction in Cannes went for €106,675 – to Serge Dassault, the billionaire industrialist and senator who is CEO of the firm that made it. Estimated at €30-50,000, the plane was sold without its jet engines and weapons and it is in pieces with the cabin and wings dismantled. It was retired from military use in 1995 after being used in the Ardennes Squadron. Mr Dassault, whose father Marcel founded the Dassault group of companies including Dassault Aviation, wants to display the plane on a roundabout in Corbeil-Essonne, of which he...
  • BAE's APKWS rockets go to war on AV-8B Harrier

    03/31/2016 11:25:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 31 MARCH, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    BAE Systems’ laser-guided rocket has been rushed into combat on the AV-8B Harrier, seven months after it was requested by the top brass of the US Marine Corps. The semi-active-laser-seeking 70mm (2.75in) rocket, enabled by BAE’s mid-body guidance and control section, is already deployed on US Navy and Marine Corps attack helicopters and was recently acquired by the Army for the AH-64 Apache gunship, but it will soon become a standard tool on the fixed-wing AV-8B jump jet. US Naval Air Systems Command is delivering 80 units initially to Marine Attack Squadron-223 (VMA-223), which is currently deployed to an undisclosed...

    03/31/2016 11:14:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIRheadsFLY.com ^ | 2016/03/31
    The Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) is putting new life into a war-time strategy developed during the Cold War: fighter jet operations from road strips. There is a difference: the armed forces have got to do the same job with less personnel. Welcome to Vidsel Airbase in the Swedish far north. This is the Edwards, or Boscombe Down, of Sweden – a place for testing air weapons and the heart of many (inter)national military combat exercises when it comes to air operations. Riksväg runway Vidsel does have a main runway, but serviced by a network of taxiways are three additional short...
  • Mars Colony Will Have To Wait, Says NASA Scientists

    03/31/2016 10:05:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 03/30/2016 | matt williams
    Establishing a human settlement on Mars has been the fevered dream of space agencies for some time. Long before NASA announced its “Journey to Mars” – a plan that outlined the steps that need to be taken to mount a manned mission by the 2030s – the agency’s was planning how a crewed mission could lead to the establishing of stations on the planet’s surface. And it seems that in the coming decades, this could finally become a reality. But when it comes to establishing a permanent colony – another point of interest when it comes to Mars missions –...
  • India Orders 245 Raytheon Stinger Air-to-Air Missiles From US

    03/30/2016 6:31:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    ExecutiveBiz ^ | March 30, 2016 | Mary-Louise Hoffman
    India has placed an order for 245 Raytheon-built Stinger air-to-air missiles, launchers and related engineering support services through the Defense Department‘s foreign military sales program. Raytheon said Wednesday the Indian military expects to receive the Stingers as part of a potential $3.1 billion FMS agreement forged between the governments of India and the U.S. The deal also covers procurement of combat helicopters, electronic warfare systems, radars and weapons, Raytheon noted. The Stinger missile is designed to be integrated onto tactical ground platforms and fixed- or rotary-wing military aircraft. Raytheon has recorded more than 270 air intercepts for the system to...
  • FIDAE 2016: Colombia gunships near completion

    03/30/2016 6:25:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 29th March 2016 | Grant Turnbull
    The Colombian Air Force’s (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana – FAC) programme to integrate Israeli-made Spike air-to-surface missiles onto several of its Black Hawk helicopters is almost complete, according to industry sources. Several modified UH-60L Black Hawks are operated by the FAC, known locally as the ‘Arpia’, which have been adapted to an AH-60L gunship variant with the edition of weapon pylons and a Toplite II electro-optical sensor turret. Earlier versions (pictured above) of the AH-60L could only fire unguided 70mm rockets and machine guns. Now the AH-60Ls are in the process of being upgraded to the Mark IV standard, which sees...
  • Indian Air Force facing capacity crisis: U.S. expert

    03/29/2016 2:09:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | March 28, 2016 | NARAYAN LAKSHMAN
    Even as India mulls over what fighter aircraft to invest in following Prime Minister Modi’s purchase of 36 French Rafale jets in January, a U.S. expert on India’s air capabilities has said that the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) “falling end strength and problematic force structure, combined with its troubled acquisition and development programs, threaten India’s air superiority over its rapidly modernising rivals, China and Pakistan.” In a report to be unveiled on March 28, Ashley Tellis, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specialising in international security, defence, and Asian strategic issues said that air dominance was vital...
  • Israel’s Navy New Anti-Ship Missile

    03/29/2016 2:03:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Mar 27, 2016
    Israel’s Navy conducted a successful test firing of surface-surface missiles from a Saar 5 corvette. The test included the launch of missile RGM-84 Harpoon and a new weapon, assumed to be an indigenous surface-to-surface missile developed for the Israel Navy by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The blurred images shown on this video depict a missile longer and faster than the Harpoon, possibly driven by ram-air propulsion to achieve supersonic cruise and extended range. IAI has been known to continue the development of surface-to-surface missiles beyond Gabriel 3, the latest variant of the Gabriel family that entered service in the early...
  • Lockheed F-35 service life extended to 2070

    03/25/2016 9:51:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The projected life of the F-35 Lightning II has been extended by six years to 2070 after the US military services tweaked the number of flight hours their fleets should log before retirement. According to the Pentagon’s selected acquisition report (SAR), published on 25 March, the total cost of developing, building, basing, operating and maintaining 2,457 aircraft has increased by 6.8% to $1.5 trillion (2015 dollars) compared to one year ago. The bulk of that increase is attributed to the US Air Force, which has altered the assumed number of hours that each of its conventional-variant F-35As will fly in...
  • U.S. government approves sale of $3.2B worth of Boeing 'sub-killers' to UK

    03/25/2016 7:55:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | Mar 25, 2016 | Steve Wilhelm
    The U.S. government has approved sale of up to nine P-8 maritime patrol and strike aircraft to the United Kingdom, a new export sale for the popular Boeing (NYSE: BA) military jet. The British deal will be worth up to $3.2 billion, according to Reuters. Boeing also exports the so-called "sub killers" to Australia and India. There's a market for the jets in countries with large coastlines. The approval, while not unexpected, is a boost to the Puget Sound region. Boeing assembles the 737-based aircraft at its Renton site on a production line separate from the commercial 737s. Boeing then...
  • Sir Richard Branson set to usher in new era of 'affordable' supersonic flights with [tr]

    03/25/2016 6:26:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2016 | Georgia Diebelus and Mark Prigg
    Sir Richard Branson is set to order 10 supersonic jets, which the manufacturer claims will herald a new era of 'affordable' supersonic travel. The airline tycoon has confirmed that Virgin has options to buy 10 of the recently revealed supersonic Boom jets, which will be capable of flying at 1,451mph - about 100mph faster than Concorde - and reaching New York from London in three and a half hours. The Boom jet is being built by former Amazon executive Blake Scholl, who is putting a prototype of Boom together in a Colorado aircraft hangar.
  • Japan, mulling new fighter jets, opens talks with defense contractors

    03/25/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2016 | Siva Govindasamy
    Japan has opened talks with Western defense contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyo’s strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China. The discussions with defense companies including Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Ltd. come as Japan readies its ATD-X experimental aircraft for its first test flights within days. Stealth fighter technologies being tested on the ATD-X, being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Technical Research and Development Institute, would also be incorporated into the new fighter, dubbed the F-3, industry...
  • China's giant Y-20 airlifter expected to enter service this year

    03/24/2016 4:44:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | Mar 23, 2016 | Richard Tomkins
    China's Xian Y-20 military airlifter is expected to finish flight tests and be put into service with the People's Liberation Army this year, according to a report from the official Communist Party newspaper People's Daily. People's Daily reported the assessment cames from Xu Yongling, a military expert who said the test flight period for large aircraft is generally between three and five years and since no bottlenecks occurred during development or manufacturing of the Y-20, it will be put into use this year. The Y-20, designated as the Kunpeng, performed its first flight in 2013. It has a cargo capacity...
  • India keen to buy F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jets for IAF

    03/23/2016 11:26:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    India Today ^ | March 24, 2016 | Gautam Datt
    India is keen to consider Boeing's offer to supply F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Sources said that New Delhi will take a hard look at the proposal in April when a high-level delegation will engage the Indian officials on the construct of the offer. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter will be in India on April 10 in a visit that is expected to take lift cooperation to a new level. Boeing has offered F/A-18 Super Hornets under the "Make in India" framework of the Indian government. Sources said the proposal is worth considering as...
  • Did Pakistan Decide to Buy China’s Newest Attack Helicopter?

    03/23/2016 11:14:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 24, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Pakistan’s Army has for the first time publicly revealed the Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) Z-10 Thunderbolt attack helicopter during this year’s Pakistan Day parade, Defense News reports. The Z-10 is the first modern attack helicopter designed and produced domestically by the People’s Republic of China and been in service with the People’s Liberation Army since 2012. The helicopter gunship has been undergoing performance evaluations (on and off the battlefield) since 2015 when Pakistan purportedly received three Z-10s (along with one Z-19 Black Hurricane armed scout helicopter). Up to now, the Pakistan Army has not made an official announcement on...
  • 'Invisible' Russian Jets Evade Enemy Thanks to Electronic Countermeasures

    03/22/2016 6:31:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 22.03.2016
    More Russian warplanes will be equipped with state-of-the-art Khibiny electronic countermeasures systems in the near future, according to RIA Novosti. A greater number of Russian military jets, including Su-34 strike fighters, will be equipped with sophisticated Khibiny electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems in the immediate future, RIA Novosti quoted Igor Nasenkov, first deputy head of the Russian Company Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), as saying. The Khibiny system provides individual aircraft with protection against enemy fighters' missile attacks and ground-based air defense systems. Thanks to this ECM system, Russian warplanes can become invisible to their enemies, according to KRET. © PHOTO: VITALY V....
  • Fighter jet a 'jackass of all trades' (F-35 for Australia)

    03/22/2016 2:42:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The company building Australia's next-generation fighter planes says it would be naive to pretend there aren't problems with the fleet. But air force chiefs are confident the controversial F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters are the best the Department of Defence can get. Australia is spending $17.1 billion to acquire 72 of the Lockheed Martin planes by 2023. But they've been dismissed as an expensive flop with the jets facing difficulties including pilot visibility issues, stealth coatings peeling off, an inability to fly during lightning storms due to the risk of exploding, and software problems. A report by the Pentagon's top...
  • China's PLAN Received about 200 Kh-59MK Anti-Ship Missiles for Su-30MK2 by end-2015

    03/21/2016 6:39:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | 21 March 2016
    China had received about 200 Kh-59MK (NATO reporting name: AS-13 Kingbolt) anti-ship missiles (ASM) by end-2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms trasnfer database. A Kh-59MK2 test round is launched from a Su-30MK Flanker G. KnAAPO picture. The deliveries of Russian Kh-59MK missiles intended for Chinese Su-30MK2 (Flanker-G) multirole fighters started in 2008. As of end-late, China got about 200 Kh-59MKs. SIPRI emphasizes, that Chinese Armed Forces may have received both Kh-59MK and Kh-59MK2 modifications of the missile. Kh-59MK is an anti-ship missile developed by the Tactical Missiles Corporation (Russian acronym: KTRV) for Su-30 Sukhoi fighters....