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  • How long can Britain's combat aircraft industry fly high for?

    05/28/2016 8:44:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 28 May, 2016 | Alan Tovey
    The silhouette of one of the British Army’s Apache attack helicopters in the skies over Afghanistan is a reassuring sight for coalition forces on the battlefield. Its ungainly shape projects a menacing power that foes are unlikely to stand up to – if they haven’t already fled at the sound of its approaching rotors. But this symbol of British military power won’t be quite so British in the future. It’s almost certain that a forthcoming order for 50 updated Apaches will go to Boeing, the latest in a spate of major defence deals to go to the US. Three weeks...
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets — will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had “a mid-air mishap” off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • Could Russia's Cold War Super-Jet Last 100 Years?

    05/27/2016 7:33:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The National Interest ^ | May 27, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I could become obsolete in a matter of months. Things weren’t much different in World War II. And at the dawn of the jet age, entire fleets of aircraft became passé as technologies matured. The advanced fighters that fought in the skies over Korea became junk just a few years later. But a few designs stand the test of the time. The B-52 Stratofortress first flew in 1952, yet remains in service today. New C-130s continue to roll off the...
  • Beijing’s Armed Fighter Jet of the Future Filmed In-Flight

    05/27/2016 3:30:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 27.05.2016
    The Hongdu Aviation Industries Group celebrated its 65th anniversary by unveiling an advanced L-15 Falcon trainer jet equipped with bombs and radar, thought to be a passive electronically scanned array (PSEA), that will help accuracy in airborne combat. The Falcon has not been known to carry weapons, until the Hongdu video was released and made the rounds on Chinese websites earlier this month. In the video, the jet can be seen with a centered-fuselage pod carrying a 23 mm cannon, PL-5II air-to-air missiles, and underwing fuel tanks. Hongdu, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), had originally...
  • Two US Navy F-18s crash in the Atlantic off North Carolina’s Outer Banks

    05/26/2016 2:17:54 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 10 replies
    Two of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed. Their crews have been recovered and taken to a hospital.
  • GE to Supply Engines for South Korea’s New Fighter Jets

    05/26/2016 6:27:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 26, 2016 | IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL— General Electric Co. has clinched a deal to supply engines for South Korea’s next-generation fighter jets. The U.S. conglomerate beat Eurojet Turbo GmbH, a European engine maker, to provide the F414-GE-400 engines, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Thursday. A final contract will be signed next month, it said. The agency didn’t disclose the deal value, but a person familiar with the matter estimated it at $3.5 billion. The deal is part of one of South Korea’s most ambitious weapons-development programs. The project, Korean Fighter Experimental, or KF-X, is part of Seoul’s plans to replace its decades-old fleet...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 99 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • UAE deal drives interest in Saab's GlobalEye

    05/24/2016 10:55:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 24 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Saab has begun work to modify a pair of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets to its “swing-role” GlobalEye configuration for lead customer the United Arab Emirates. “We are building as we speak,” Saab chief executive Hĺkan Buskhe told journalists during a 17 May briefing in Stockholm. “It’s full speed ahead in our workshop.” The Swedish company signed a $1.27 billion deal with the UAE at the Dubai air show in November, with the heavily adapted Global 6000s to be capable of conducting airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), maritime and land surveillance and electronic intelligence duties. Saab Speaking during a...
  • The future of the RSAF? (Singapore and F-35)

    05/22/2016 5:05:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE STRAITS TIMES ^ | MAY 22, 2016 | Jermyn Chow
    Welcome to Dallas Fort Worth, where production of what has been labelled the world's most advanced fighter jet is continuing apace. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can travel at nearly twice the speed of sound, has stealth features that make it tough to detect by enemy planes and radars, and high-tech systems which let it strike the enemy first before being spotted. But the plane, which Lockheed Martin started developing in 2001, has also become a lightning rod for criticism. It has faced delays, ballooning production costs and a series of production flaws, such as a fuel tank prone to...
  • All-Seeing Eye: Russia Flies Out Bleeding-Edge A-50U AWACS Aircraft (VIDEO)

    05/22/2016 4:15:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.05.2016
    The plane is meant for detecting and tracking a number of aerial (fighter jets, bombers, ballistic and cruise missiles), ground (tank columns) and surface (above-water vessels) targets, informing command centers about the developments in the air and sea, and directing fighter and strike aviation. It can also serve as a command center itself. The A-50 plane is in essence a giant flying data processing center. It is literally stuffed with equipment which is operated by 10 men. The aircraft can also protect itself by means of electronic warfare. It has an aerial refueling system. The main feature of the aircraft...
  • Boeing’s Budding Business Ties to Iran Face Congressional Review

    05/20/2016 4:18:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Lawmakers want company to stay away from terror regimeMembers of Congress have summoned the heads of airplane giant Boeing to a meeting to encourage the company to stop spearheading efforts to reenter the Iranian marketplace, a business pursuit that is jointly backed by the Obama administration, according to a letter sent Friday to Boeing leadership and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Boeing, like its French rival AirBus, has been working to woo the Iranian government following last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement.Officials at Boeing—a top U.S. government contractor—opened discussions with Iran last month. The company is hoping to sell its aircraft...
  • Meteor introduction transforms Swedish air defence

    05/19/2016 7:52:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 19 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Sweden’s air force has begun fielding the new MS20-standard software for its Saab Gripen C/D fleet, representing a significant increase in operational capability. The process of introducing the standard began recently, with MS20 adding MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing’s GBU-39 small diameter bomb to the single-engined fighter’s suite of weapons. Other enhancements include enhanced Link 16 capability for situational awareness, a new data link added to enhance capability during close air support missions, expanded functionality for the pilot’s helmet-mounted sight, an infrared reconnaissance pod and an automatic ground collision avoidance system. Saab Speaking at Saab’s Linköping site on...
  • Saab unveils new version of Gripen fighter jet

    05/18/2016 10:58:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2016
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish aircraft maker Saab has unveiled the latest version of its Gripen fighter jet. About 500 people, including Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist and Brazilian air force commander Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, watched the rollout of the new Gripen E on Wednesday in Linkoping, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Stockholm. The E fighter is slightly bigger than previous versions, has a stronger engine and updated radar systems. It has been in development for about 10 years. The first test flight is expected later this year. Brazil has ordered 36 Gripen fighters for delivery between 2019 and...
  • F-35 Beats Every Other Fighter Jet In Scandinavian Air Force Evaluations

    05/16/2016 1:01:34 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 21 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/13/16 | Andrew P Collins
    After evaluating the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 as Denmark’s next primary fighter jet, the country’s government is recommending the F-35 “unequivocally” as superior in “strategic, military, economic, and industrial aspects.” Is this a needed win for this troubled jet? That’s the exact language from the Danish government, which has posted an entire website explaining how they decided that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is far and away the best possible plane to replace the country’s current fighting fleet of F-16s. Those jets have been flying for about 35 years, and are approaching the end...
  • 'Wiped Out': Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts

    05/14/2016 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    EXCLUSIVE: It was just a few years ago, in March 2011, when a pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers – during a harsh winter storm – took off from their base in South Dakota to fly across the world to launch the air campaign in Libya, only 16 hours after given the order. Today, many in the Air Force are questioning whether a similar mission could still be accomplished, after years of budget cuts that have taken an undeniable toll. The U.S. Air Force is now short 4,000 airmen to maintain its fleet, short 700 pilots to fly them...
  • Boeing backs extended-range Harpoon to stave off Kongsberg threat

    05/12/2016 11:30:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 12 May, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy will wrap up developmental free flight testing of the datalink-equipped Boeing Harpoon Block II+ sea-skimming, anti-ship missile next week, ahead of fielding on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet sometime between June and August of 2017. The latest variant of the 45-year-old Harpoon weapon type expands on the satellite-aided navigation system introduced in Block II by adding a datalink radio ported across from the C-1 variant of Raytheon's AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) for in-flight retargeting against enemy surface vessels in cluttered coastal regions. The Harpoon missile successfully struck its first ship target during a test in December 1971,...
  • Marines To Add ‘Harvest Hawk’ Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

    05/12/2016 4:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 11, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the “Harvest Hawk” concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis said the Marines’ next aviation plan would include upgrading all 79 C-130Js into Harvest Hawk-capable platforms. The Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) includes both modifications to the plane – the installation of a new MX-29 sensor ball with a laser designator on the nose...
  • Danish government expected to recommend Lockheed Martin F-35 jet

    05/12/2016 1:40:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 11, 2016
    COPENHAGEN, denmark • Denmark’s government will recommend the purchase of at least 27 F-35 stealth fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp., people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Denmark would be the 11th country to buy the radar-evading jets, joining the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan. The selection by Denmark’s minority Liberal government follows intense public debate about the cost of modernizing the country’s air force, but it can still be blocked by parliament, where opposition politicians are urging budget restraint. Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called a press...
  • The Russian Air Force Was Always Behind the West in One Key Area (Until Now)

    05/12/2016 12:35:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | MAY 11, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Kremlin’s air war over Syria demonstrated that Russia’s once dilapidated military has recovered from its low-point in 1990s in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. But while the Russian Air Force showed off new precision-guided weapons and new high-performance aircraft like the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Su-34 Fullback and the Su-35S Flanker-E, it was evident that Moscow still lacked certain capabilities. One such gap was the lack of a targeting pod like Northrop Grumman’s LITENING G4 or the Lockheed Martin Sniper. However, Russia seems to be rapidly closing that gap with the development of its own indigenous targeting pod under...
  • Last flight of hero married to his machine

    05/12/2016 12:30:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | MAY 12, 2016 | Sujan Dutta
    Arun Prakash (left) and Shikker Raj Pillai Naval Air Station INS Hansa, Goa, May 11: Blessed are lives like Captain Shikku Raj Pillai's: fighter pilot, naval officer, a hero here this morning, the last on planet earth to land the Sea Harrier. Soon, this afternoon, he would formally hand over command of his squadron, the INAS 300 "White Tigers", to Captain Harshveer Singh. Harshveer is younger and flies the much younger MiG29K. Pillai is moving from Goa to New Delhi. He is delighted to be the hero today but his sunburnt features pale in contemplating the immediate future. As of...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters — Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle — are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 9, 2016 | PAUL NICKELL AND TYLER ROGOWAY
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...
  • Requiem for the 'Jump-Jet'

    05/09/2016 10:21:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | May 9, 2016 | Arun Prakash
    The Indian Navy (IN) will bid farewell to its carrier-borne jump-jet the Sea Harrier on May 11 in Goa. It will be a nostalgic moment for those who were associated with this very distinctive fighter aircraft. When the navy's elegant, first-generation Sea Hawk fighter grew old and weary in the late 1970s, having proved its mettle in the 1971 war for Bangladesh, a search was mounted for a suitable replacement. Since most of the contemporary fighters were either unsuitable or unavailable, the future of naval aviation, and of our sole carrier INS Vikrant, looked bleak. Coincidentally, the Royal Navy (RN)...
  • Should America Resurrect the Lethal F-22 Raptor? (I think so, just my opinion)

    05/05/2016 9:25:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 27 replies
    National Interest Blog ^ | May 05, 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Several prominent leaders in the national defense community are calling upon the Pentagon to re-start production of the high-speed F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet which began air attacks against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Citing Russian and Chinese stealthy fighter jet advances, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne wrote an OPED in the Wall Street Journal describing the current fleet of F-22s as massively insufficient to address today’s fast-changing global threat environment. (article continues, please see link)
  • 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 (Ł480m) - 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
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 April 2016 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    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
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | April 15, 2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    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...
  • SPACEX DOES IT!! SAFE LANDING ON THE BARGE

    04/08/2016 1:55:46 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 75 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 4/8/16
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