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  • U.S. jet contract decision "surprised" Brazil government

    03/01/2012 6:40:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 1, 2012 | Jeb Blount and Guillermo Parra-Bernal
    U.S. jet contract decision "surprised" Brazil government RIO DE JANEIRO/SÃO PAULO (Reuters) - A decision by the United States to cancel a $355 million defense aircraft contract with Brazilian planemaker Embraer (EMBR3.SA) has surprised the government of Brazil which had hoped for the development of a bilateral defense program, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that the government was "surprised" with the cancellation "especially with the way that it happened and the timing." The U.S. Air Force earlier this week called off the purchase of 20 Embraer's Super Tucano jets due to problems...
  • Finland to buy air-to-surface cruise missiles from Lockheed Martin in $237 million deal

    03/01/2012 6:35:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 19+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | March 01, 2012
    Finland to buy air-to-surface cruise missiles from Lockheed Martin in $237 million deal HELSINKI — Finland's Defense Ministry says it has approved the purchase of air-to-surface cruise missiles from U.S. aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. in a deal worth €178.5 million ($237 million). The ministry declined to specify how many of the AGM-158 JASSM-type missiles it would buy. The long range missiles will be installed into the fleet of Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornet fighter planes.
  • UK aircraft carrier plans in confusion as ministers revisit square one

    03/01/2012 6:31:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 11+ views, ^ | 1 March 2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    UK aircraft carrier plans in confusion as ministers revisit square one Decision expected by Easter on which US joint strike fighter Britain will buy: ministers now want to revert to original choice Britain's troubled and increasingly expensive plan to equip the navy with new aircraft carriers has been plunged into fresh turmoil as ministers consider reversing their earlier decision to change the type of plane that should fly from them, it has emerged. The government announced in last autumn's strategic defence review that it had decided to buy the "cats and flaps" (catapults and arrester gear) version of the US...
  • Israel to Soon Test Next-generation Missile Defense System

    03/01/2012 10:29:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 4+ views
    Xinhua, China ^ | 2012-03-02
    Israel to Soon Test Next-generation Missile Defense System Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is ready to conduct the first test of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, the state-owned defense contractor announced in a statement released Thursday evening. "The initial trial of the advanced Arrow 3 will be performed in the near future to confirm the interceptor's effectiveness," Itzhak Kaya, head of the Arrow Missile Program at IAI, said in a military and aviation exhibition earlier Thursday near Tel Aviv, according to the statement. "A series of different tests will be run to establish the system's high level of reliability within...
  • Russian Defense Ministry to Buy 92 Su-34 Fighters

    03/01/2012 3:52:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | Alexander Stelliferovsky) | 01/03/2012
    Russian Defense Ministry to Buy 92 Su-34 Fighters The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a deal for 92 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers from the Sukhoi aircraft maker, the ministry said on Thursday. The deal under which the warplanes are to be delivered by 2020 was signed by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sukhoi General Director Igor Ozar. This is one of the largest warplane contracts under the government arms procurement program and it will help replace all of the Su-24 bombers currently in service with the “4+ generation” aircraft, Serdyukov said. The Ministry will take delivery of 10 Su-34s in 2012,...
  • Poseidon on the prowl (Boeing P-8A)

    02/29/2012 7:27:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Times-Union/ ^ | February 29, 2012 | Clark Pierce
    Poseidon on the prowl P-8A crew successfully hunts undersea targets Soon to begin joining the fleet’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) force is the Navy’s newest multi-mission platform, the P-8A Poseidon, which recently flew four successful operational missions Feb. 20-24 against submarines that did their best to elude the aircraft during a single-plane detachment to NAS Jacksonville. ASW is an enabling mission for the Navy to combat challenges posed by new generations of very quiet nuclear and non-nuclear submarines. VX-1 Test Pilot Cmdr. John Verniest is the P-8A operational test director and NATOPS program manager at NAS Patuxent River, Md. “During our...
  • Armed Forces: 60-80 new fighter jets needed (Sweden)

    02/29/2012 7:10:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Stockholm News ^ | 2012-02-29 | David Jonasson
    Armed Forces: 60-80 new fighter jets needed Sweden | 2012-02-29 Sweden needs 60-80 new fighter jets of the Swedish-developed Gripen model for the period from 2020 to 2030. This is the opinion of Sverker Göranson, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, according to news agency TT. It is necessary in order to satisfy the operational requirements on the Armed Forces, according to the Supreme Commander, who submitted this proposal to the government today. These new fighter jets should be of a rebuilt and modified Gripen model with a larger airframe, a more powerful engine, and a better warning and...
  • Russian navy signs for MiG-29K fighters

    02/29/2012 6:00:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Russian navy signs for MiG-29K fighters Russia has signed a contract to acquire 20 MiG-29K carrier-based fighters and four MiG-29KUB trainers. MiG confirmed on 29 February that defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov and MiG general director Sergei Korotkov had signed the contract. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Deliveries will be made between 2013 and 2015, with the aircraft to be operated from the Russian navy's lone carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, serving with its Northern Fleet based in Murmansk. The vessel currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighters. "The signature of this contract is a real step in fulfilling our...
  • F-22 Raptor "smoking gun" not found

    02/29/2012 4:16:32 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 7 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | February 28, 2012 | Michael Hoffman
    Air Force leaders still do not know for sure why the F-22 Raptor keeps suffocating its pilots after the service completed a fleet-wide study of its aircraft oxygen generation systems. Air Force engineers didn't find a "smoking gun" during the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board's quick-look study, said Lt. Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley ordered the study after the service grounded its F-22 fleet when multiple pilots experienced "hypoxia-like" symptoms in flight.
  • USAF re-assessing 5th generation fighter numbers

    02/29/2012 4:44:28 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | February 28, 2012 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force is re-assessing its numbers of so-called fifth-generation fighters, although it is still not backing off its commitment to buy 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35As over the next 35 years. The USAF now plans to operate about 185 Lockheed F-22As along with the F-35A fleet, amounting to a combined force of nearly 1,950 fighters with the stealth, manouevrability and advanced sensors that meet the service's definition for fifth-generation capability. However, as cost increases and the budget reductions lowered planned orders of F-22As from 750 to less than 200 over the last 20 years, some have rasised questions about...
  • US Air Force cancels deal for Brazilian-made aircraft

    02/29/2012 3:09:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | 29 February 2012
    US Air Force cancels deal for Brazilian-made aircraft AFP - The US Air Force has canceled a $355 million contract for a light attack aircraft made by Brazil's Embraer, saying it would open an investigation after protests from a rival US aerospace firm, officials said Tuesday. The contract for 20 Embraer AT-29 Super Tucano aircraft was awarded in December as part of plans to arm the Afghan military amid a NATO troop drawdown. But the US Air Force said it was not "satisfied" with the paperwork supporting the decision to hand the project to US-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, in partnership...
  • Japan says it may cancel F-35 order if prices rise

    02/29/2012 2:20:46 AM PST · by U-238 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/29/2012 | Eric Talmadge
    Japan may cancel its multibillion-dollar plans to buy dozens of F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States if prices continue to rise or delays threaten the delivery date, its defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said failure by manufacturer Lockheed Martin to deliver on time at current price levels would force Tokyo to consider switching to a different aircraft. Japan announced late last year that it would purchase 42 F-35 jets in a deal expected to cost more than $5 billion. The next-generation fighter is set to become the centerpiece of the U.S. military and allied air...
  • Russia gave Israel Iranian system's codes

    02/29/2012 1:42:44 AM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Ynet ^ | 2/28/2012 | Ynet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran. In a document by a Stratfor employee dated February 2009 she says that she had met with a "Mexican source/friend" who told her that Israel and Russia had...
  • PACOM Chief Balks At F-16 Upgrades For South Korea

    02/28/2012 8:58:01 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 2/28/2012 | Carlo Munoz
    For months now, Pentagon and service officials have said it will need all the help it can get from its international partners, as the department begins its swing from Southwest Asia to the Western Pacific. But that help won't include outfitting the South Korean air force with a key, U.S.-built radar system. Pacific Command chief Adm. Robert Willard stopped short of agreeing to equip South Korea's fleet of F-16 fighters with the next-generation Active Electronically Scanned Array radar. Air Force models have already gotten AESA upgrades, which allows U.S. warplanes to track multiple targets during flight. The F-35 Joint Strike...
  • Air Force Base Quietly Pauses F-22 Fighter Missions

    02/28/2012 7:26:07 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/28/2012 | Lee Feeran
    American pilots at an Alaskan military base have reported a sudden spike of incidents in which they experienced an apparent lack of oxygen while flying the nation's most sophisticated fighter jets -- a mysterious, recurring problem that already caused the $77.4 billion fighter jet fleet to sit idle on the tarmac for months last year. In at least three incidents in the last two weeks, pilots of the $143 million-a-pop stealth F-22 Raptors at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson reported the "hypoxia-like" symptoms, leading the base to ground their F-22s for a day for "review," Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Regina Winchester...
  • F-35 cost squabble in Norway

    02/28/2012 7:21:03 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies
    The Foreigner ^ | 2/28/212 | Lyndsey Smith
    Tri-partite Coalition Party the Socialist Left (SV) has called for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter price not to exceed the defence budget of 40 billion kroner. Labour (Ap) wishes to allocate extra money, whilst the Centre Party (Sp) will not comment. Bård Vegar Solhjell, SV’s parliamentary leader, believes that an aging population, climate and education are more important. He told Aftenposten, “Few would argue that military threats are among our most important challenges. We cannot live with the fact that the armed forces and national insurance being the only major initiatives forward, without caring about education and the climate.” Decisions...
  • The B-52 Gets a 21st-Century Upgrade

    02/27/2012 5:39:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies · 3+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 27, 2012 | Joe Pappalardo
    America's newest, nuclear-tipped cruise missiles will be carried by an airplane already more than 50 years old, if the Air Force's strategy proceeds as planned. The Air Force has been eager to build a long-range bomber to carry nukes, preferably one that can evade radar while closing in on targets. But that program is languishing—officials have not even decided if the new planes will be piloted, robotic, or optionally manned—and, in the meantime, the B-52 Stratofortress will fill the gap. The tactic: Have the B-52 fire a new air-launched cruise missile far from the target and let the missile, not...
  • Is The F-35 Strike Fighter The Military Chevy Volt?

    02/27/2012 4:54:12 PM PST · by raptor22 · 53 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 27, 2012 | IBD staff
    Defense: Pilots who arrived a year ago to train on the fighter of the future are still waiting as safety concerns, cost overruns and questions about the whole program's feasibility mount. The F-35 is meant to be America's next-generation fighter, the heir to the Air Force's F-15 Eagle and the Navy's and Marines' F/A-18 Hornet. Those two aircraft have fulfilled their air superiority and ground-attack roles well, yet many are well beyond their expected life expectancy. The F-35 would fill America's defense needs in an age of budget constraints, we were told. So far it has not been a smooth...
  • Air Force Trades Quantity For Quality

    02/26/2012 11:21:20 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Dan Parsons
    The Air Force will cut airmen and ditch some underperforming and unwanted aircraft, focusing instead on purchasing fewer but more capable new models in order to bridge a years-long investment gap, officials said. At the top of the list are aging fighters, bombers and air-refueling tankers. The service is bent on replacing or beginning to buy upgrades for all three within a decade, even if it means foregoing other programs, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “The bottom line is, these are important capabilities for the nation and ones we will make sacrifices elsewhere to sustain,”...
  • Experts See No Logic in Air Force Mothballing New Global Hawks

    02/26/2012 11:16:43 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Sandra I. Erwin and Dan Parsons
    Buried in a long list of Pentagon budget proposals for the next five years is the Air Force’s recommendation to retire a fleet of 18 brand-new Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned surveillance aircraft. Four of them haven’t even been delivered yet, and are already destined for the boneyard. Air Force leaders have defended their decision, contending that the $67 million apiece Global Hawk has become too pricey, and that the Cold War era U-2 spy aircraft can still do the job. Further, they insist that axing the Block 30 version of the Global Hawk hardly means the end of the...