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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
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | 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/Jacksonville.com ^ | 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...
  • F-35 Procurement Troubles Don’t Dampen Pilots’ Enthusiasm

    02/26/2012 10:59:37 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/24/2012 | Sandra Erwin
    Three new F-35B Joint Strike Fighters will officially be joining the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 following a Feb. 24 ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The rollout of three airplanes is largely symbolic considering that the squadron was activated two years ago in anticipation of having 15 to 20 aircraft. But this debut nonetheless is a “huge deal,” says Marine Corps Col. Arthur Tomassetti, vice commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, which oversees pilot and crew training for all three F-35 variants that will be flown by the Air Force, the Navy and the...
  • Boeing Completes F/A-18E/F, EA-18G Multi-Year Procurement

    02/26/2012 10:52:14 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Space War ^ | 2/27/2012 | Space War
    Boeing has announced that it has completed delivery of 257 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Each aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule and within the contract budget. The aircraft were delivered to the Navy from 2007 through 2011 under a multi-year procurement (MYP) contract awarded to Boeing on Dec. 29, 2003. The Navy purchased the aircraft during fiscal years 2005-2009. Multi-year procurement contracts provide a stable production environment that enables manufacturers and suppliers to reduce cost through bulk purchasing and productivity enhancements. "Super Hornets and Growlers provide unmatched, proven and...
  • Lockheed Martin's Fighting Falcon Evolves With New F-16V

    02/26/2012 10:48:34 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Srace War ^ | 2/27/2012 | Space War
    Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new version of the F-16 at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit - all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements. With nearly 4,500 F-16s delivered, this is a natural step in the evolution of the world's most successful 4th generation fighter. The Fighting Falcon program has continually evolved as it began with the F-16 A/B as the lightweight fighter then transitioned to F-16 C/D and Block...
  • S-500 Is Dying From Brain Drain

    02/26/2012 8:15:50 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 2/25/2012 | Strategy Page
    It was recently announced that the new Russian anti-aircraft/anti-missile system, the S-500, will be further delayed. Apparently the S-500 won't enter service until the end of the decade. Last year it was admitted that the S-500 was a full two years behind schedule, with prototype testing not taking place until 2015 and deliveries in 2017. It was explained that much of the delay was due to the fact that this system uses a lot of new technology. There also seems to be a problem deciding exactly what the S-500 should do. Senior government officials are apparently demanding that the S-500...
  • Backfires Burnished To Buy Time

    02/26/2012 8:10:48 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 2/25/2012 | Strategy Page
    Russia is upgrading 30 of its Tu-22M3 bombers to the Tu-22M3M standard. The first of the M3M models recently entered service. This new version has improved electronics, is able to deliver smart bombs, and has in-flight refueling capabilities restored. Other components of upgraded aircraft were refurbished as needed. This is expected to keep these 30 Tu-22M3Ms in service for another decade or more. All 30 upgrades will not be completed until the end of the decade. A decade ago Russia had over a hundred Tu-22M3 "Backfire" bombers in service. Or so it was claimed, as these aircraft didn't fly much....
  • Marine Corps aviation introduces F-35B Lightning II into fleet

    02/26/2012 1:14:49 AM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 2/21/2012 | Lance Cpl. Glen Santy
    A century after 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham took his first flight in 1912, Marine Corps aviation introduced the F-35B Lightning II aircraft into its fleet. The short takeoff vertical landing variant combined with fifth generation capabilities is a breakthrough in itself, matching the importance of the first Marine aviator and starting a new chapter in Marine Corps aviation history. 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 hosted the ceremony inducting the F-35B Lightning II multirole, joint strike fighter, into the Marine Corps aviation arsenal at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Gen....
  • Air Force's U-2 aircraft get new lease on life

    02/24/2012 9:22:11 PM PST · by U-238 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | 2/22/2012 | Jonathan E. Skillings
    The draft of the federal budget for 2013 pulls back the throttle on the rival Global Hawk program. An Air Force general says the U-2, a design that dates to the 1950s, is "the stronger system." Score one for old-school aircraft against the upstart drones. Perhaps it's just a brief respite from the seemingly inevitable winds of change propelling unmanned aircraft ever higher in the Pentagon's airpower depth charts, but the venerable U-2 spy plane has won a key vote of confidence over the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk. That victory came not in a head-to-head aerial dogfight, but in a...
  • New Bomber Program 'Underway' But Cloaked in Secrecy

    02/24/2012 9:09:08 PM PST · by U-238 · 90 replies · 1+ views
    AolDefense ^ | 2/24/2012 | Colin Clark
    America's new long-range bomber program is "underway," will involve somewhere between 80 and 100 planes and will be delivered sometime in the mid-2020's. "And that's about all we're saying," Air Force Secretary Mike Donley told reporters. It's been known for some time that the bombers will not fly alone but will be part of a family of systems that may include UAVs and other systems. The really interesting part of all this is the secrecy and why it's so dark. It would seem to indicate several things: that the U.S. does not want potential competitors such as China or Russia...
  • Russia will deliver Su-35 fighters and “Triumph” air defense systems to China

    02/24/2012 9:07:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Russian Aviaton ^ | February 22, 2012
    Russia will deliver Su-35 fighters and “Triumph” air defense systems to China China hopes to acquire new Russian S-400 Triumph air defense system by 2015, but only the question of delivery of Su-35 fighters to this country is being discussed at the moment, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. "The Chinese party has shown interest in acquisition of a number of Su-35 jets and submitted a proposal to us in 2011. At present this problem is being elaborated by the designated institution of Russia", - said the First Deputy Director General of Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin. Speaking of prospects of...
  • Video: A C-5 Galaxy Air Launches an ICBM.

    02/24/2012 5:14:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 67 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/1/2012 | Defense tech
    In the 1970s, the Air Force launched a Minuteman ICBM launched from a C-5 Galaxy. Hold on, what!?!? That was my reaction upon learning that the above sentence is true. In 1974, the Air Force decided that it could turn C-5 Galaxy airlifters into flying SSBNs. Yup, Air Force planners thought the missile would be tougher for the Soviets to take out with a preemptive strike if it was already aboard a moving target like a C-5 versus sitting in a stationary missile silo. So, they loaded a Minuteman into a C-5 that parachute-dropped the 60-foot tall missile out of...
  • F-35 Pilots’ New Helmet

    02/24/2012 5:06:40 PM PST · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 10/13/2011 | Defense Tech
    You’re looking at what may well be the helmet worn by the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots at the plane’s schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl. It’s the basis for BAE Systems’ alternate JSF helmet that is being developed due to issues with the plane’s futuristic — and kind of crazy – looking helmet made by Vision Systems International. BAE’s brain bucket is based on the one used by Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. However, for F-35, BAE will remove the Typhoon’s display system — housed in the giant forward part of the helmet — and will replace it with...
  • Israel Chooses Italian M346 For Jet Training Duties (Italo-Russian jet)

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has selected the Alenia Aermacchi M346 as its new advanced jet trainer, in preference to the Korean Aircraft Industries (KAI) T-50. A joint venture between IAI and Elbit will acquire some 30 aircraft and provide training courses to the IAF under contract. The Israeli defense ministry said that the deal is worth about $1 billion, and that the Italian government has agreed to purchase equipment from the Israeli defense industry worth a similar amount, in offset. KAI officials attending the Singapore Airshow last week made clear their displeasure at the Israeli decision-making process. KAI had...
  • PICTURES: F-35B flies with gun pod installed

    02/24/2012 6:07:03 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Flight International ^ | 2/24/12 | Craig Hoyle
    Lockheed Martin's short take-off and vertical landing F-35B has made its first flight with a key weapon system for the US Marine Corps installed. Flown from the US Navy's Patuxent River test site in Maryland on 22 February, test aircraft BF-2 carried a 25mm gun pod on a centreline weapons station, in addition to two Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles beneath its outboard wing stations. "Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is scheduled for 2012, including fit checks, captive carriage, pit drop and aerial drop tests," said Lockheed. Meanwhile, Royal Air Force experimental test pilot Sqn Ldr...
  • The end’s in sight for the Super Hornet. Or is it?

    02/23/2012 7:55:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    DoD BUZZ ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    The end’s in sight for the Super Hornet. Or is it? Boeing’s F/A-18E and F Super Hornets, and their forebears, have been part of U.S. naval aviation for so long it’s hard to imagine aircraft carriers without them. But under this month’s DoD budget submission, the Navy would accept its last new Superbug in only three years. Big B announced on Wednesday that it had completed early delivery of the Navy’s second-to-last multi-year batch of Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers — 257 airplanes — and that it’s on the glide slope to continue right on through into the final multi-year....
  • Air Force F-35s, Drones May Square Off in Budget Battle

    02/23/2012 4:38:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Dan Parsons
    Unmanned aerial vehicles have become a potent portion of the U.S. Air Force inventory and an indispensable weapon in the global war on terror. But a budget crunch and turf wars with old-guard pilots could threaten progress made during 10 years of combat, experts said. “There’s not going to be a way of putting this genie back in the bottle,” retired Navy Vice Adm. Joseph W. Dyer told National Defense. “The world has changed. That doesn’t mean advocates of today’s manned aircraft won’t try to put it back in the bottle. But it ain’t going.” The Defense Department is aiming...
  • France Could Loan Rafales to Royal Navy

    02/23/2012 7:44:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 3+ views
    defense-aerospace.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2012)
    France Could Loan Rafales to Royal Navy (Source: defense-aerospace.com; published Feb. 22, 2012) PARIS --- The Anglo-French defense initiative announced last week did not mention bilateral cooperation on aircraft carriers because Britain still has to firm up its intentions in this field, according to France’s top weapons buyer. Lauren Collet-Billon, head of the Direction Generale de l’Armement, said during a Feb. 22 press conference here that Britain still has to finalize its aircraft carrier plans, including major technical options such as the kind of catapults it wants to fit to its new aircraft carriers, and what kind of aircraft these...
  • UPDATE 1-Turkey keeps plan to buy 100 F-35 fighter jets

    02/23/2012 5:10:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 23, 2012
    UPDATE 1-Turkey keeps plan to buy 100 F-35 fighter jets * Turkey not currently thinking of abandoning purchases * Partners reconsidering orders amid delays, rising costs * Turkey to order two jets for 2015 delivery ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Turkey is sticking to plans to buy 100 of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets for $16 billion, with an initial order of two planes for delivery in 2015, its defence minister said, amid concerns about the project's delays and rising costs. The Pentagon has said the $382 billion programme to build the radar-evading warplane was still showing "continued progress" and...
  • Lockheed looks to Asia, buoyed by Japan F-35 win

    02/22/2012 8:40:27 PM PST · by U-238
    Flight Global ^ | 2/15/2012 | Greg Waldron
    Lockheed Martin is confident about the prospects of the F-35A Lightning II in the Asia-Pacific region, following its recent victory in Japan's 42 aircraft F-X competition. "The Japan selection is an indication of the confidence that's growing in the programme among the international customer base for the F-35," said Dave Scott, director of Lockheed Martin's F-35 international business development. "It was a very important decision." Scott said Lockheed Martin is in discussions with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries about the local assembly line for the aircraft. Under the F-X deal, the first four aircraft will be delivered to Japan in the USA...
  • Japan – KC-130R Aircraft

    02/22/2012 8:24:06 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Cooperation Security Agency ^ | Defense Cooperation Security Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications and support for 6 KC-130R aircraft and associated engines for an estimated cost of $170 million. The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale to provide 6 KC-130R and 30 T-56-A-16 engines being provided as Excess Defense Articles (EDA), along with the regeneration, overhaul, modifications, and logistics support for those engines. Also included are 6 non-EDA spare T-56-A-16 engines, 6 AN/APS-133 Radars, 9 AN/APX-119 Transponder Systems (6 installed and 3 spares), transportation, aircraft ferry support, repair and...
  • Japan – KC-130R Aircraft

    02/22/2012 8:23:39 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Cooperation Security Agency ^ | Defense Cooperation Security Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications and support for 6 KC-130R aircraft and associated engines for an estimated cost of $170 million. The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale to provide 6 KC-130R and 30 T-56-A-16 engines being provided as Excess Defense Articles (EDA), along with the regeneration, overhaul, modifications, and logistics support for those engines. Also included are 6 non-EDA spare T-56-A-16 engines, 6 AN/APS-133 Radars, 9 AN/APX-119 Transponder Systems (6 installed and 3 spares), transportation, aircraft ferry support, repair and...
  • Japan tells U.S. it may halt F-35 purchase if prices rise

    02/22/2012 7:59:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Mainichi Daily News ^ | February 23, 2012
    Japan tells U.S. it may halt F-35 purchase if prices rise TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Defense Ministry has indicated to the U.S. Department of Defense the possibility of halting purchases of the F-35 stealth jet, which Japan has picked as its next-generation mainstay fighter, if prices skyrocket, sources close to Japan-U.S. ties said Wednesday. In a letter dated Feb. 13, the ministry expressed its concern to the Pentagon over a rise in the price tag of the F-35, which is being developed by an international consortium led by U.S. aircraft maker Lockheed Martin Corp., the sources said. The ministry also...
  • The New Israeli Bunker Buster

    02/21/2012 11:51:59 PM PST · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 2/21/2012 | Strategy Page
    Israel has developed a new 500 pound (227 kg) penetrator bomb, the MPR-500. The MPR-500 can smash through more than a meter (39 inches) of concrete, or four 200mm (8 inch) concrete barriers (floors or bunker walls) and then detonate. When the MPR-500 explodes, it releases 26,000 fragments, which will wound or kill out to 100 meters. While the MPR-500 is an unguided bomb, it is most useful when mated with a guidance kit to become a smart bomb. The most common such kit is the American JDAM, which converts 500, 1,000 (455 kg) and 2,000 (910 kg) pound unguided...
  • $200m refit to give fighter jets growl (Australia)

    02/21/2012 8:01:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Advertiser, Australia ^ | February 22, 2012 | Ian McPhedran
    $200m refit to give fighter jets growl THE Federal Government will spend more than $200 million to transform six air force fighter jets into hi-tech electronic warfare planes. The RAAF purchased 24 Boeing Super Hornet fighters under a $6 billion deal with the US Navy to fill the gap between the retirement of the F-111 fighter bomber and the expected delivery of the first batch of 14 Joint Strike Fighter stealth jets later this decade. Defence Minister Stephen Smith will announce the decision to upgrade the jet fighters early next month to EA-18G models known as "Growlers" to plug an...
  • The Teetering State of Hawker Beechcraft

    02/21/2012 10:32:01 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 14 replies
    G+ Blog ^ | 2/21/12 | Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.
    PREMISE This article is a summary of the problems at Hawker Beechcraft beyond the context of the lingering effects caused by the 2009 economic downturn, and provides a possible prescription regarding a transformation that would allow for a much more viable entity to emerge. DISCUSSION Another reporting period has passed with more bad news coming from Hawker Beechcraft. Even a cursory glance through the company’s recent SEC filings can make for some unsettling reading if you are an industry watcher. If you happen to be an employee, supplier or debt holder, the news is downright scary. Management is either stoically...
  • Navy: Europe firm ‘twisting’ facts for $1bn deal (India)

    02/21/2012 5:55:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 3+ views
    The Asian Age ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Sridhar Kumaraswami
    Navy: Europe firm ‘twisting’ facts for $1bn deal Feb 21, 2012 - Sridhar Kumaraswami A big controversy has hit the acquisition of 16 Multi-Role Helicopters for the Indian Navy, a deal estimated to be worth around $1 billion, with the Indian Navy accusing European vendor NH Industries (NHI) of trying to “mislead” the defence ministry, “twist” the Naval Staff Qualitative Requirements (NSQRs), “falsify” the Request for Proposal (RFP) and cause delays with “unreasonable que-ries/concerns”. Docu-ments accessed by this newspaper show the Navy criticised the European firm after it raised doubts about the helicopter of its American rival Sikorsky. This new...
  • Royal Navy's Next Helicopter Completes Trials on HMS Iron Duke

    02/21/2012 12:34:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Ministry of Defence (UK) ^ | February 20, 2012
    Royal Navy's Next Helicopter Completes Trials on HMS Iron Duke 08:36 GMT, February 20, 2012 The Royal Navy's next generation helicopter, Wildcat, has completed 20 days of demanding trials aboard HMS Iron Duke, laying the groundwork for future operations. Wildcat landed nearly 400 times on the frigate's flight deck by day and night in various weather conditions as the ship sailed off the coasts of southern England and northern Scotland. The Portsmouth-based frigate sought the most challenging weather conditions around the UK as she took the Wildcat - successor to the long-serving Lynx - to sea to help write the...
  • India to Buy 71 More Russian Helicopters

    02/20/2012 10:50:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 20/02/2012
    India to Buy 71 More Russian Helicopters The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to procure 71 more Mi-17 V5 helicopters, including 12 for the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Business Standard daily reported on Monday. These would be in addition to the 80 already ordered from Russia. Of the 71 helicopters to be ordered, 59 would be provided to the IAF for replacing its old Mi-8 and Mi-17IV choppers and six would go to the Border Security Force. The remaining six would be distributed among the other central armed police forces, IAF officials said. On Thursday the IAF put...
  • IAF looking for second stealth fighter squadron

    02/20/2012 8:36:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/21/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAF looking for second stealth fighter squadron By YAAKOV KATZ 21/02/2012 Goal is to qualify for long-range missions; if ordered over next year, more F-35s could arrive by 2020. The Israel Air Force is moving forward with plans to purchase a second squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and hopes to be able to place the order in the coming year and after resolving the standoff with the Treasury over the defense budget. According to initial plans, the IAF would place the order for the second squadron in late 2012-early 2013 and begin receiving the planes in 2020. It is...
  • Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020

    02/20/2012 8:10:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/02/2012
    Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020 The deliveries of new close air support aircraft to the Russian Air Force will start by 2020, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said. “The Air Force units will start receiving this aircraft by 2020,” Drik said on Monday. “It will gradually replace highly-reliable Su-25SM Frogfoot attack planes.” According to Drik, the new aircraft will meet the demands of modern warfare and feature elements of “stealth” technology, the whole range of tactical weaponry, modern radar and navigation equipment. Meanwhile, Russia will continue to upgrade its outdated Su-25 attack aircraft to...
  • F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons

    02/20/2012 7:31:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | W.J. Hennigan
    F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times February 20, 2012, 3:36 p.m. The F-35, the military's next-generation fighter jet, has begun its first flight tests carrying external missiles at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. The stealthy, supersonic fighter, built byLockheed Martin Corp., has been undergoing tests since its first flight in late 2006. The F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, will be used by the Navy, Marines and Air Force. Three versions of the F-35 are being built — one that can operate off aircraft carriers, one capable of...