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  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland. F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters in the Air Force and Marine Corps and complement the Navy’s existing F/A-18s.
  • Allen West Not Ruling Out 2016 Presidential Run

    02/20/2014 5:41:06 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2014 6:23 PM | Eliana Johnson
    West, who spent 22 years in the U.S. Army and one term in Congress before losing his bid for reelection in 2012, says he will always be ready to serve his country. “You have to have yourself in a position to be available for your country and to be obedient to God’s will,” he says.
  • Dogfight duke: The MiG that forced Pakistan army surrender

    12/19/2013 4:59:18 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 23 replies
    The MiG-21 FL was the force multiplier that allowed other IAF aircraft to go in for the kill without having to watch their back during the 1971 War, thereby hastening the fall of the Pakistani military The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. India’s blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter

    11/15/2013 5:22:38 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    "(CNN) -- Radical anti-government fighters in Syria mistakenly beheaded a wounded fellow rebel soldier after assuming he was a supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, according to an online statement from the radical fighters' group
  • U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market

    10/29/2013 10:11:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    National Defense Blogs ^ | 10/28/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market By Sandra I. Erwin At a time when U.S. arms manufacturers are turning to overseas markets to help make up for declining sales to Pentagon, analysts warn that the high prices of American fighter jets could place U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage. The arrival of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter gives manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. an opportunity to sell the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft. But its price tag, in excess of $100 million per airplane, will make it unattainable for most non-U.S. buyers, according to new analysis by...
  • Russia’s Stealth Fighter Could Outfly, Outshoot American Jets

    09/19/2013 1:27:58 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 61 replies
    Since its public debut four years ago, Russia’s first stealth fighter has quietly undergone diligent testing, slowly expanding its flight envelope and steadily working out technical kinks. But for all this hard work there have been precious few indications just how many copies of the Sukhoi T-50 Moscow plans to build … and how it means to use them. Until now. Fresh reporting from Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman, one of the world’s top aerospace writers, offers tantalizing hints regarding Moscow’s intentions for the big, twin-engine T-50, an answer to America’s F-22 stealth fighter. If Sweetman is correct—and he usually is—the...
  • Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship

    07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by RainMan · 30 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Lomi Kriel
    Investigators in Panama have found two MiG-21 fighter jets in cargo containers aboard a North Korean ship carrying weapons from Cuba. COLON, Panama — Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said Sunday. Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colón. The discovery, which...
  • Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war

    06/16/2013 1:03:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 Jun 2013
    Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war Her olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade. There are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. "I don't feel any different. We do the same activities,...
  • US Gives 4 More F-16 Fighter Jets To Egyptian Gov't Despite Outcry

    04/11/2013 4:13:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/11/13 | Maxim Lott
    Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country. Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President Obama liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children. A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed to the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes. The new shipment brings the total number of F-16 jets given to...
  • Bird of Prey: Raptor brings never-before-seen capabilities to aerial warfare

    04/04/2013 6:50:57 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 14 replies
    Airman ^ | December 31, 2012 | Tech. Sgt. Matthew Bates
    Col. Kevin Robbins still remembers the first time he saw the F-22 Raptor. He was driving near the flightline of then Langley Air Force Base when he heard a load roar and saw a plane streak across his field of vision and start performing several aerial maneuvers. He stopped the car, got out and stared in amazement. An F-15 Eagle pilot himself, the colonel couldn't believe what he was seeing. "This plane was doing things that shouldn't be possible in a jet," he said. "I just kept thinking that if anyone tried that in any other plane, he'd be dead."...
  • Why Be A Fighter Pilot?

    03/12/2013 3:37:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    Janes Defense Weekly, via FighterPilot University ^ | March 6, 2013 | David Radcliffe
    Who wants to be a fighter pilot? If you asked the question 20 years ago, almost everyone would raise their hand, but today this is no longer the case. The state of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) fighter force and the morale of its airmen and women have been in a steady spiral of decline since Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne resigned at the behest of then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008. So, who wouldn’t want to be a fighter pilot? Apparently at least 900 people as judged by...
  • Improvements to be added over F-22 oxygen problem

    08/01/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 1 replies
    CBS News ^ | 31 July 2012 | Staff
    (CBS News) A new valve to regulate oxygen flow to a pilot's inflatable vest could be the fix to help F-22 pilots overcome their feeling of disorientation due to lack of oxygen (or hypoxia), while flying, CBS News has learned. Correspondent David Martin reported Tuesday that Gen. Charles Lyon, the head of the task force investigating the cause of hypoxia in F-22 pilots, gave a briefing today which restated the Air Force's belief that they have identified the problem that was causing pilots to lose oxygen. Lyon believes the Air Force has found the cause -- an inflatable vest which...
  • Eglin AFB video

    06/28/2012 10:02:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies ^ | Jun 28, 2012
    I need a break from the grim news today. For Aviation enthusiasts. Enjoy.
  • WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sah

    05/11/2012 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 25 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 10, 2012 | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara The Kittyhawk P-40 has remained unseen and untouched since it came down on the sand in June 1942 and has been hailed the "aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb". It is thought the pilot survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter before making a desperate and futile attempt to reach civilisation by walking out of the desert. The RAF airman, believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, was never seen again. The single-seater fighter plane was discovered by chance by Polish...
  • The Navy Kicks off the Search for Its Next Fighter

    04/17/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 04/16/2012 | Staff
    Speaking of F/A-XX, the Navy’s planned 6th generation fighter that will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, below you’ll find the Navy’s brand new Request for Information on the aircraft. By Brand new, I mean it just dropped on Friday. Whatever jet is selected will hopefully replace the Super Hornets around 2030, said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis this afternoon at the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space conference in National Harbor, Md. Before the Navy can settle on the final capabilities such a plane will have, it needs to know what types of technology the defense industry can bring to the...
  • 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...
  • Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

    01/27/2012 5:01:31 PM PST · by NYFreeper · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 27, 2012 | Associated Press
    Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal. Read more:
  • Romney tries out the face of a fighter

    01/24/2012 2:09:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 24, 2012 | John Romano
    He felt the need to fight, and I suppose that makes sense. Mitt Romney had been embarrassed in South Carolina and was tumbling in Florida, so he woke up Monday morning with menace on his mind. He attacked Newt Gingrich for a terrible deed, and then accused him of an awful thing. The details aren't as important as the apparent desperation behind the strategy. This was an aggressive Romney. An indignant Romney. A defiant Romney. Which meant you could now add fighter to the list of personas he has tried on. Personally, I'd prefer to finally see an authentic Romney....
  • Analysis: U.S. fighter sales soar in time for campaign

    01/01/2012 9:20:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 1, 2012 | Jim Wolf
    Analysis: U.S. fighter sales soar in time for campaign WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Booming Middle East purchases of U.S. fighter jets will be a bright spot in what is expected to be a sluggish economy in 2012, possibly paying dividends for President Barack Obama's bid for a second term. Beneficiaries include Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, whose respective F-16 and F-15 production lines are being extended by U.S. government sales to Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Oman, among other rich arms deals announced in recent weeks. The foreign sales will help offset expected cuts in big-ticket purchases by the Defense Department,...
  • Lockheed-Martin's VTOL Carrier Version of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35C) Takes Flight

    12/04/2011 10:57:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 04, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    First time in the air now for the Navy's carrier version of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C- like all variants a descendant of the F-35X JSF (Joint Strike Fighter). While the F-35 program is not without it's problems, Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert successfully flew the F-35C test aircraft -which features Harrier-type VTOL capabilities via advanced thrust-vectoring- on Nov. 18, the first launch of the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter from the Navy's new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, 'set to install on future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)'... nice piece of kit, this thing: [YouTube] Video/specs/more at...
  • China’s Maturing Fighter Force

    10/22/2011 9:17:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies ^ | October 15th, 2011 | Richard Fisher, Jr.
    China’s Maturing Fighter Force by Richard Fisher, Jr. Published on October 15th, 2011 REPORTS Introduction Following an intensive twenty year investment, which has included obtaining significant foreign help, the air forces of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have reached a number of milestones that point to the likelihood of an accelerating growth in capability through this decade. Perhaps one of the most jarring indicators of this rapid maturation is that within five years of the reported retiring of its last 2nd generation fighter unit of Shenyang J-6s in 2005, the PLA started testing prototypes of its 5th generation Chengdu “J-20”...
  • Arms companies fight over fighter moniker

    09/09/2011 7:50:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 9, 2011 | Jim Wolf
    Arms companies fight over fighter moniker 7:03pm EDT By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A squabble among arms companies over what to call the world's most advanced warplanes could roil the competition for multibillion-dollar fighter contracts worldwide. At issue is an esoteric term, "5th generation," to describe aircraft designed to dodge detection by enemy radar even when loaded with their weapons. The term is applied first and foremost by aerospace experts to Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-22 and F-35 fighters, which are built to appear as small as a swallow on radar screens. Boeing Co...
  • Meet the F-35B: US Marine Corps' (Premier) Version of Lockheed-Martin's 'Lightning II'

    09/06/2011 6:31:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 6, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The USMC's own Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)  variant brings unique STOVL capabilities... Descended from the X-35 prototype, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is primarily funded by the US and UK in an effort to replace aging fleets across all services- lead contractor on the massive project being Lockheed Martin.  To this point, only 13 test aircraft of all types have been constructed- most are in test/trainer service, and the stealthy single-seat, single-engine (Mach 1.6) fighters average $122M a copy. The Defense Department is planning to buy over 2400 planes, making it the most expensive defense program in US history... although...
  • Israel, U.S. Strike F-35 Technology Deal (First F-35 Production Jet For Training Sent To Eglin AFB)

    07/17/2011 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Link only - Israel, U.S. Strike F-35 Technology Deal
  • Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea

    06/24/2011 8:42:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 24th June 2011
    Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 3:43 PM on 24th June 2011 This Mirage 2000 fighter bomber of the Greek Hellenic airforce was rescued from a watery grave after it crashed into the Aegean sea. The two-seater aircraft went down on June 9 this year after running into trouble while on an exercise with two other jets near the island of Samos. Both pilot and co-pilot were able to eject safely and were rescued before being taken to Athens Military hospital. Embarrassingly for...
  • Typhoon makes history in Libya with first combat mission

    03/21/2011 9:27:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 21 Mar 2011 | John Bingham & Andy Bloxham
    Typhoon makes history in Libya with first combat mission The RAF’s new Typhoon Eurofighter fighter jet made history yesterday as it took to the skies on its first combat mission. By John Bingham, and Andy Bloxham 11:09PM GMT 21 Mar 2011 A pair of British F2 Typhoon aircraft took off from southern Italy on their first patrols to enforce the UN-imposed no-fly zone over Libya. Around a dozen of £70 million supersonic jets have been assigned to take part in the international efforts designed to keep Colonel Gaddafi’s air force grounded. The aircraft, usually based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire,...
  • CNN Breaking: French Fighter attacks first Khaddafi tank.

    03/19/2011 10:27:45 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 209 replies
    CNN News flash | Sat, March 19th, 2011 | DGHoodini
    CNN reporting a French Fighter engaged in first action against a Khaddafi Forces Tank/offensive vehicle. No further info yet.
  • Troubled Tejas edges toward service

    01/28/2011 6:37:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/02/11 | Greg Waldron
    Troubled Tejas edges toward service By Greg Waldron India's Tejas light combat aircraft is about to enter service more than two decades after it was conceived to replace the country's ageing MiG-21s Few of the aircraft that will perform at Aero India have inspired as much opprobrium - or pride - as Hindustan Aeronautics' Tejas light combat aircraft. After an agonising development process, the long-delayed fighter is finally approaching Indian air force service. Throughout its long history, the Tejas has had no shortage of critics, but if all the Tejas models that adorn the offices of India's aerospace industry mean...
  • The Russians Provided China with Stealth Technology Employed in the J-20 Fighter

    01/18/2011 11:07:15 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 19, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    How's that reset button working-out, Barry? According to a senior US lawmaker, the Russians provided China with the stealth technology they're now rolling-out for all the world to see... great. Add this to their new anti carrier missiles, and it's just like Dick Cheney warned us about... they're plainly going after the pillars of US military superiority, namely stealth aircraft and a blue-water Navy. This is the same Kremlin that Obama is so anxious to do arms deals with... in the name of bringing us peace! Instead of viewing China as the enemy they clearly see themselves as -how...
  • China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose 'Terrifying' Challenge to U.S. Fleet

    01/07/2011 8:24:32 PM PST · by Allthatucantleavebehind · 33 replies ^ | Jana Winter
    While the Pentagon downplays China’s rollout this week of what appears to be a jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft – reportedly capable of besting America’s F-22 in speed and maneuverability – could pose the greatest threat yet to U.S. air superiority. Decorated Navy fighter pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley, a Top Gun graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School who flew 44 combat missions over Iraq, says, “It’s probably leaps and bounds above where we are, and that’s terrifying.” “As a former Navy fighter pilot, going up against something that’s stealthy, highly...
  • The Unveiling Of China's Raptor

    01/06/2011 5:03:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: While America has stopped production of its stealth fighter, China prepares to challenge U.S. air supremacy in the Western Pacific with its own. China is on another Long March, one it hopes will lead to military supremacy over the U.S. at least in the Western Pacific. It is deploying a carrier-killing mobile missile, the Dong Feng 21D, and is expected to launch its first aircraft carrier this year, the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier Varyag. China is also conducting preflight tests on a fifth-generation stealth fighter expected to challenge the best the U.S. has to offer. Photographs reportedly showing China's J-20...
  • Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Spotted Testing (photos)

    01/05/2011 6:21:55 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 5, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    An unofficial Chinese site has pictures of a Chinese stealth fighter said to be as invisible to radar and/or infrared sensors as an American F-22 Raptor...  ...there are also opinions that it is just a dummy.  But other experts say that the pictures were in the neighborhood development center in western China taken in stages, which they consider one of the last steps before the first flight of the machine.... So far the only fully operational "invisible" fighter in the world has the U.S. Air Force, and the machine's F-22. Daily also noted that the images leaked just days...
  • SA sells Cheetah jet fighters to Ecuador

    12/13/2010 4:06:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Algoa FM, South Africa ^ | 13 December 2010
    SA sells Cheetah jet fighters to Ecuador Denel Aviation has sold 12 Cheetah C supersonic fighter aircraft to Ecuador, the company said on Monday. An agreement to conclude the deal was recently signed by Denel Aviation CEO Mike Kgobe in Ecuador's capital, Quito. Denel Aviation is the design authority of the single-seat fighter that was locally developed as a variant of the Mirage III in the 1980s. In terms of the agreement with the Ecuadorian Air Force, Denel Aviation would continue to provide a comprehensive maintenance and support service for at least five years following the sale, with an option...
  • Chinese Jets Today At Bygone Price

    11/22/2010 7:52:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies ^ | Nov 22, 2010
    Chinese Jets Today At Bygone Price Nov 22, 2010 By Staff ZHUHAI, CHINA– Airshow China is hosting the first international demonstration of the Chengdu JF-17/FC-1, flown here by a team from the Pakistan air force. Officials from China’s Aviation Industries of China (Avic) and China Aero-Technology Import Export Corporation (Catic) tell Aviation Week that despite the low price of the aircraft, it is not a low-tech piece of equipment, but rather a “21st century product.” Catic Vice President Zeng Wen told Show News “one of the most impressive features of the JF-17 is its diverterless air inlets – negating the...
  • Chengdu J-10 Next Variant Developing (Chinese fighter)

    11/21/2010 1:08:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies ^ | Nov 19, 2010 | Reuben F. Johnson
    Chengdu J-10 Next Variant Developing Nov 19, 2010 By Reuben F. Johnson ZHUHAI, China Photo: Douglas Barrie Chengdu Aerospace’s most famous product, the J-10 fighter aircraft, made its inaugural appearance at Zhuhai’s Air Show China in 2008, offering one of the most remarkable flight displays of the event. In the intervening two years, the program has made notable progress. The J-10’s evolution mirrors that of another famous single-engine fighter aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-16 in more than one respect. One of the F-16’s major developmental milestones was the introduction of a second, alternate engine, the F110-GE-100, which at the time...
  • PLAAF's 6th Gen Fighter? (China)

    11/18/2010 5:11:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 11/18/2010 | Robert Wall
    PLAAF's 6th Gen Fighter? Posted by Robert Wall During the Airshow China here at Zhuhai, Avic Defense and one of the country's aeronautics academic institutions, launched a competition with the Chinese air force for new UAV designs. The prize is to be awarded next year and to spur some innovative thinking. On one of the Chinese CD handouts were a couple of concept drawings. Where they are from or what they represent is unclear, but they are nonetheless entertaining. And with China already working on its J-10 follow-on, here's some fodder for speculation (the airframe, below, actually looks very little...
  • Combat aircraft top international arms sales: think tank

    11/09/2010 8:20:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 11/10/2010 | Igor Gedilaghine
    Combat aircraft top international arms sales: think tank By Igor Gedilaghine (AFP) – 3 hours ago STOCKHOLM — Combat planes account for one third of all global arms transfers, with the United States topping the list of sellers and India, the United Arab Emirates and Israel the biggest buyers, according to the SIPRI think tank. In a report published Wednesday, just a week before China opens its massive airshow in Zhuhai, the independent Swedish institute cautioned that increased sales of combat aircraft could have a destabilising effect in many parts of the world. Between 2005 and 2009, according to the...
  • India's fighter-jet program soars past Japan's

    10/04/2010 8:28:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | 10/04/2010 | Trefor Moss
    India's fighter-jet program soars past Japan's By Trefor Moss India and Japan are both in the process of procuring a new frontline fighter aircraft that will see them through to the middle of this century. They may even end up buying the same airplane. That, however, is where the similarity ends. The circumstances in which the two countries are conducting their fighter procurements could hardly be more different. A buoyant India has breezed into the marketplace, while Japan still hovers unsurely by the gate, dithering over what it's actually come here to buy. The nub of the difference is that...
  • Iranian fighter jet crashes near nuclear plant

    08/17/2010 2:30:19 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 17 August
    TEHRAN, Iran — A semi-official Iranian news agency says an Iranian F4 fighter jet has crashed in the country's south, near a nuclear power plant that is expected to be launched next month. Local government official Gholam Reza Keshtkar says the Iranian airforce plane crashed on Tuesday, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) north of the city of Bushehr.
  • Arens: Israeli fighter-jet with a non-U.S. partner is 'worth a try'

    07/31/2010 11:45:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 6+ views
    World Tribune ^ | July 30, 2010
    Arens: Israeli fighter-jet with a non-U.S. partner is 'worth a try' TEL AVIV — Israel has been urged to consider developing its own fighter-jet with an international partner. Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens said the Jewish state would have a partner in any project to develop and produce a fighter jet independent of the United States. Arens, who served three times as defense minister, cited France, India and Russia. "Are there such candidates?" Arens asked. "In theory, yes. France, with a great aeronautical industry, chose not to participate in the [U.S.-led] F-35 project. India, with a considerable aeronautical capability...
  • Manufacturers Vie To Close Fighter Gap

    07/30/2010 12:40:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 2+ views ^ | Jul 29, 2010 | Douglas Barrie, Amy Butler, Robert Wall
    Manufacturers Vie To Close Fighter Gap Jul 29, 2010 By Douglas Barrie, Amy Butler, Robert Wall Farnborough, Farnborough, Farnborough Savings at home and sales abroad are emerging as key drivers in the fighter aircraft market as manufacturers vie for export programs fundamental to their future welfare. Some of the efforts are aimed at tempting prospective F-35 buyers to defect. Building on its F-15 Silent Eagle template, Boeing is now offering a similar upgrade model for its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Britain, meanwhile, is pushing Eurofighter partners for further support savings on the Typhoon and is hinting its signature of a further...
  • FARNBOROUGH: Saab plots bright future for Gripen programme

    07/13/2010 8:57:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 13/07/10 | Bartosz Glowacki
    FARNBOROUGH: Saab plots bright future for Gripen programme By Bartosz Glowacki A lot has happened since Saab rolled out its Gripen NG demonstrator in April 2008. Although the Swedish manufacturer has not secured a new order for its fighter product since this time, flight-testing is proceeding well, and it has also added another member to the family in the Sea Gripen concept. NEW WEAPONS The first phase of Gripen NG flight-testing started in May 2008 and totalled 79 sorties. A maximum speed of over Mach 1.6 was demonstrated, along with "supercruise" capability at more than M1.2, says Hans Rosén, head...
  • Russian fighter jets make first ever nonstop flight across Russia to Far East

    07/04/2010 9:20:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 04/07/2010
    Russian fighter jets make first ever nonstop flight across Russia to Far East Russian fighter jets have performed the first ever nonstop flights from European Russia to the Russian Far East with in-flight refueling as part of the Vostok-2010 military drills, Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov said on Sunday. "For the first time ever, we have tested a possibility for fighter jets to fly from aerodromes in the European part of Russia to eastern airfields in the Far Eastern district without landing, with in-flight refueling and the delivery of strikes according to assignments received during the flight," Makarov...
  • Spectacular USAF Photo of the Day: F-22A Raptors Fly Over Langley AFB, Virginia, USA

    06/17/2010 12:48:17 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 21 replies · 1,875+ views
    U.S. Air Force ^ | September 9, 2005 | USAF TSgt. Ben Bloker
    1536 x 1000 pixels + 2000 x 1302 pixels + 3000 x 1954 pixels + via The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, United States Air Force  
  • European fighters become 25% cheaper

    06/11/2010 1:10:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 336+ views
    Business Standard,India ^ | June 10, 2010, | Ajai Shukla
    European fighters become 25% cheaper Ajai Shukla / Berlin June 10, 2010, 0:20 IST Economic woes provide region’s aerospace industry opportunity to undercut American rivals. Plummeting European currencies, battered by the euro zone financial crisis, are providing European aerospace corporations an opportunity to undercut their American rivals, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, in the contest to sell India 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for a price that has been estimated at $11 billion, or about Rs 44,000 crore. The six contenders for the MMRCA contract — US companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin, Russian company MiG and European companies Dassault, Eurofighter...
  • Lebanese army launches surface-to-air missles at Israeli jets

    05/26/2010 8:31:10 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 182 replies · 5,547+ views
    BEIRUT, May 26 (KUNA) -- The Lebanese army announced on Wednesday that it launched surface-to-air missiles at Israeli fighter jets that had violated the Lebanese airspace. A statement issued by the army directorate said that the two Israeli jets penetrated Lebanese airspace over the town of Kfar Kila in the south, heading to Shaka town.
  • New Chinese fighter jet expected by 2018: U.S. intelligence

    05/21/2010 12:49:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 705+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 21, 2010 | Jim Wolf
    New Chinese fighter jet expected by 2018: U.S. intelligence (Reuters) - China is building an advanced combat jet that may rival within eight years Lockheed Martin Corp's F-22 Raptor, the premier U.S. fighter, a U.S. intelligence official said. The date cited for the expected deployment is years ahead of previous Pentagon public forecasts and may be a sign that China's rapid military buildup is topping many experts' expectations. "We're anticipating China to have a fifth-generation fighter ... operational right around 2018," Wayne Ulman of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center testified on Thursday to a congressionally mandated group that...
  • Cathay Pacific plane from HK escorted to Vancouver

    05/15/2010 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 3,069+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2010
    VANCOUVER - At least two Canadian fighter jets escorted a Cathay Pacific passenger jet to a safe landing in Vancouver International Airport on Saturday due to a potential unspecified security threat, a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesperson said. Local media reports said the plane, which reportedly originated in Hong Kong, was towed to a secure part of the tarmac with passengers still on board.
  • China tries to hide J-10 fighter crashes

    05/11/2010 5:44:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 893+ views
    China tries to hide J-10 fighter crashes 07:41 GMT, May 11, 2010 On April 13, in the port city of Tianjin about 130- KM away from Beijing, China showed off its 4th Generation J-10 aircraft to military attaches of about 50 countries it could possibly export to. 9 days later as per Strategy page reports it was running to cover up the 2nd crash of the J-10 fighter that became public in the last two years. The 22 April crash became public because a senior colonel had died in the crash and the funeral became too big to keep the...
  • Boeing plots return to next-generation fighter market

    05/07/2010 5:34:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies · 1,041+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 05/07/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Boeing plots return to next-generation fighter market By Stephen Trimble on May 7, 2010 Copyright: Boeing Boeing graciously heeded my pleas to interview someone about their 1/16th scale model and poster (above) at Navy League displaying two concepts for an all-new fighter jet that would appear after 2025. I admit the idea of launching a development program for a new, at least optionally-manned fighter seems ludicrous after the early termination of F-22 production -- not to mention the ongoing concerns about F-35 cost and performance. But a Boeing official told me the acquisition process for a new fighter for the...