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  • Coming soon: the USS Britney Spears?

    That’s an exaggeration, but not by much. The famed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise departed Sunday on its final deployment, the 22nd of its amazing career of more than 50 years. Later this year, the Big E will return home to be decommissioned. The US Navy has a new carrier in the works, designated CVN-80 but as yet unnamed (Enterprise is CVN-65, for those keeping score). Given the odd decisions on naming naval ships, Mark Krikorian has begun circulating a petition to transfer the name Enterprise to CVN-80 — or find a more appropriate name than limited imaginations have suggested of...
  • Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles

    03/12/2012 9:24:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 12 Mar 2012 | Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
    Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles The costs of refitting a Royal Navy aircraft carrier so it can be used by a new generation of fighter jets have more than trebled, defence sources have told The Daily Telegraph. Estimates for adapting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter are understood have risen from £500 million to £1.8 billion. Millions have already been spent on studies to look at how to convert the ship after ministers decided to scrap the jump-jet variant of the plane in favour of a conventional take-off and landing...
  • Freeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California ~ 13 MAR 2012

    03/12/2012 6:00:48 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 84 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, CaliforniaThe Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy (DoN). NAWCWD has two locations in Southern California; China Lake hosting the land test range and Point Mugu hosting the sea test range. Nestled in the quiet Indian Wells Valley at the south eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, China Lake is the premier land range and...
  • Navy light combat aircraft refused certification (India)

    03/12/2012 7:07:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    The Sunday Guardian ^ | 11th Mar, 2012 | SUMAN SHARMA
    Navy light combat aircraft refused certification SUMAN SHARMA NEW DELHI | 11th Mar The Naval version of India's first indigenous fighter — the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy) — has not been able to obtain the certification needed to make its debut flight because of structural issues. The Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) refused the certification saying the structure of the aircraft needed rectifications. The debut flight was initially slated to take place by the end of 2010, but was delayed. The US Navy and the European consortium, EADS, are being consulted to rectify the problems. The two most...
  • Storied carrier, 'the Big E,' makes final voyage

    03/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PST · by DemforBush · 127 replies · 3+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 3/10/12 | BROCK VERGAKIS
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior. A quarter-century later, the dice will still be dangling inside the tower of "the Big E" as the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sets sail on its final voyage Sunday...
  • Cancelled: The Navy's SeaMaster

    03/09/2012 9:11:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 22 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Mark Wolverton
    In the early days of the cold war, the U.S. Navy was feeling left out. The future was nuclear, and the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command seemed to have a lock on the delivery systems. The Navy’s first bid for a piece of the strategic pie, the supercarrier USS United States, was killed by the Pentagon in favor of the Air Force’s B-36 bomber, so the admirals came up with a plan for a force of nuclear-armed seaplanes. The Seaplane Striking Force would comprise jet-powered flying boats capable of long-range strategic nuclear attack and more mundane tasks such as conventional...
  • F-35B training kick-off set for early April

    03/08/2012 10:56:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/9/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Marine Corps hopes to start F-35B local area flights at Eglin AFB, Florida, in early April with operational student pilots starting to train in the autumn, a service senior official says. "We anticipate flying at Eglin to start in the next month," the official says. "And our first student pilots to start training next fall to coincide with the delivery of the operational squadron aircraft at MCAS [Marine Corps Air Station] Yuma [Arizona]." But before training operations can begin, the Marines and other services need to be confident that the F-35 is robust enough to withstand the rigors...
  • Testing Indian aircraft carrier in Barents Sea

    03/07/2012 12:50:42 AM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies
    BarentsObserver ^ | 3/6/2012 | BarentsObserver
    The 45,000 tons and 273 meter long ship is expected to undergo testing in the Barents Sea in the course of May, a source associated with the Russian military industrial complex told Itar-Tass. In addition, the ship will undertake a 3,5 month test expedition Then, on 4 December, the ship will be handed over to the Indian Navy, the source says. It has taken the Sevmash yard more than eight years to complete the extensive upgrade of the vessel. The yard signed a contract with Indian authorities in 2004. However, it soon turned out the the yard was incapable of...
  • Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion ($140 million mega-hangar - V-22 Osprey)

    03/06/2012 1:56:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 3/05/12 | Ryan Sullivan
    Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansionPosted on: 10:05 am, March 5, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft. **SNIP** ...preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
  • Northern Fleet Gets Modernized Anti-Submarine Plane

    03/05/2012 7:29:10 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 05/03/2012
    Northern Fleet Gets Modernized Anti-Submarine Plane The Russian Navy's Northern Fleet has accepted into service a modernized Ilyushin Il-38N anti-submarine warfare aircraft, which will also carry out electronic intelligence (ELINT) duties, the Northern Fleet's press spokesman Captain Vadim Serga said on Monday. "A modernized Il-38N was accepted into service at a Northern Fleet air base" he said. "It has a wider range of combat capabilities. These aircraft can be used for mapping the magnetic and gravitational fields of the Northern Ice sea, and also for conducting scientific oceanographic research and underwater and air reconnaissance," he added. He did not specify...
  • F-35: BAE Systems faces turbulent times over carriers

    03/02/2012 9:20:33 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/2/2012 | By Jonathan Beale
    The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is reviewing parts of the programme to build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal navy, throwing doubt over the planned use of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter plane. This decision could have a major impact on BAE Systems, which is involved in the aircraft's development. The cost of the two new Queen Elizabeth class carriers - originally ordered under the last Labour government - have already risen dramatically from £3.5 billion to around £7 billion. Changes ordered by the coalition government could see those costs rise even further. The current confusion is...
  • Navy Drops Helo Drone; Fire Scout Could Fill Some Missions

    03/01/2012 8:25:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies · 25+ views
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/1/2012 | Carlo Munoz
    Things could get a lot busier for the Navy's fleet of Fire Scout drones with the service's decision to drop plans for a new, medium-range unmanned aircraft. The larger C model version of the MQ-8 Fire Scout might fill some of the requirements left unfilled by the Navy's decision to cancel the Medium-Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System program earlier this year. The Navy stands to save $200 million in fiscal 2013 and $1.3 billion over the next five years as a result of the MRMUAS cancellation, Naval Air Systems Command spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove said in an email. The MRMUAS was...
  • 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...
  • Commanding Officer of VQ-1 Relieved (another one. sigh)

    03/01/2012 11:12:36 AM PST · by pabianice · 32 replies · 26+ views
    WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS) -- The commander of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, relieved the commanding officer of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 from command Feb. 27. Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey P. Wissel from command while allegations of personal misconduct are investigated. Cmdr. David R. Suave, the executive officer of VQ-1, has assumed command pending the outcome of the investigation. Wissel has been temporarily assigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Northwest. VQ-1 is based at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: A Very Impressive, Very Awesome View of U.S. Military Might

    02/27/2012 9:23:02 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 53 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | August 14, 2007 | U.S. Navy MC1 Hana'lei Shimana
    Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Guam, USA: A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and fighter jets fly over the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike groups during Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 on August 14, 2007. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (MC1) Hana'lei Shimana, United States Navy  
  • 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...
  • Navy Leaders Want a More Flexible Fleet

    02/26/2012 11:27:34 PM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2010 | Eric Beidel
    After fighting two land wars for a decade, the military is putting an emphasis back on the sea and is shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region and to a more maritime-weighted mission in the Middle East. A new defense strategy calls for a more agile force that can rapidly deploy and plug in capabilities as needed. The military must have the ability to project power in contested areas and strike quickly from over the horizon, the strategy says. For the Navy, this means investing in directed energy, perfecting an electromagnetic railgun, maintaining the existing number of aircraft carriers and...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Cost Overruns On USS Gerald Ford Could Top $1 Billion

    02/25/2012 7:20:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Outside The Beltway ^ | 1/2/2012 | Doug Mataconis
    The first in the Navy’s new class of supercarriers is likely to end up costing a lot more than anticipated: The U.S. Navy has estimated a worst-case cost overrun of as much as $1.1 billion for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, the service’s most expensive warship. The carrier is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries under a cost-plus, incentive-fee contract in which the Navy pays for most of the overruns. Even so, the service’s efforts to control expenses may put the company’s $579.2 million profit at risk, according to the Navy. A review of the carrier’s rising costs...
  • FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS

    02/23/2012 8:28:10 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 1+ views
    F-35 Lightning II ^ | 23 February 2012 | NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND
    F-35 Lightning II Program Public Affairs Release – 2012 02 23 FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. The test measured flying qualities with external pylons, inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and centerline 25 mm gun pod. 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. The F-35B is the variant of...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Marines Killed in Helicopter Collision

    02/23/2012 6:46:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NBC SanDiego ^ | FEB 23, 2012 | By R. Stickney
    Marines Killed in Helicopter Collision The Cobra and Huey helicopters were conducting a training exercise at the time of the crash according to defense officials By R. Stickney | Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 | Updated 6:13 AM PST Seven U.S. Marines died when two helicopters collided last night near Yuma, Arizona. Defense officials said the Marines were from the 3rd Marine Airwing based at MCAS Miramar near San Diego. There were no survivors. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The identities of the seven killed have not been released pending formal notification of next of kin. Check back...
  • Panetta Nominates Notorious Navy Captain For Admiral: Intentionally Shot Down Friendly RF-4C in 1987

    02/22/2012 5:33:57 AM PST · by jaydubya2 · 79 replies · 1+ views
    aero-news.net ^ | Wed, Feb 22, 2012 | Aero-news
    The world of military aviation is an environment intolerant of screw-ups. You might think the career of a US Navy junior lieutenant who intentionally shot a live missile at an Air Force F-4 during a training exercise, nearly killing two airmen, would have been over. Instead, the Obama administration has nominated him for promotion to Admiral. The Washington Times reports that among the list of nominees submitted to the Senate by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (pictured) is navy Reserve Captain Timothy W. Dorsey who, on September 22, 1987, was taking part in a non-fire flight exercise over the Mediterranean in...
  • $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...
  • Pakistan receives US surveillance aircraft

    02/21/2012 1:59:38 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 21, 2012 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani navy took delivery Tuesday of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes, officials said. Pakistan said the P3C aircraft, modified with the latest avionics, are designed to improve surveillance in the North Arabian sea, one of the world's most important shipping routes deeply troubled by Somali piracy. "The two aircraft have been delivered to the Pakistan navy. These aircraft have been provided under the foreign military funding programme," a spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad, told AFP. Relations between Pakistan and the United States were severely damaged last year...
  • CARRIER LANDING TERROR!

    This is very unnerving, landing with deck pitching 30 feet, at night, low on fuel. Incredible. You will never forget viewing this. I have seen a lot of aviation videos but the two videos below are undoubtedly the best. Turn on your sound. I guarantee this will definitely hold your attention.
  • Carrier Disposal Proves Difficult to Navy

    02/20/2012 10:16:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 60 replies
    Naval Open Source INTelligence ^ | 2/20/2012 | Naval Open Source INTelligence
    flight decks that once thundered and boomed with jet aircraft are silent. The passageways and compartments where thousands of sailors worked, ate and slept are empty. The once meticulously swept and kept decks are worn and torn, some covered in bird droppings. The names of the Navy’s seven decommissioned non-nuclear aircraft carriers conjure up well-earned reputations as Cold War bulwarks. And while at least some are the objects of preservation efforts, chances are slim more than one will survive as a museum ship. The rest are taking up valuable pier space, and the only thing the Navy wants now is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • US Has 320 Tomahawk Missiles In Gulf And Arabian Sea

    02/15/2012 10:31:45 AM PST · by Strategy · 21 replies
    Vestnik Kavkaza ^ | February 15, 2012
    US naval forces in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea have over 320 Tomahawk missiles, capable of hitting any target in Iran, Interfax reports. The US Fifth Fleet has two groups of aircraft carriers headed by aircraft carriers Abraham Lincoln and Carl Vinson. The US naval forces in the region include two aircraft carriers, two cruisers with 26 cruise missiles each, four destroyers with 8-56 missiles each, two Annapolis submarines with 12 missiles and the Georgia with 154 Tomahawks. Another aircraft group will arrive, headed by the aircraft carrier Enterprise, a missile cruiser and three destroyers. The total number of...
  • As US Navy shrinks, China launches more, better war ships

    02/15/2012 4:54:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/15/2012
    As US Navy shrinks, China launches more, better war ships HONG KONG — As looming budget cuts force the Pentagon to plan for a smaller US navy, China is accelerating the launch of new, increasingly capable warships as part of a sustained drive to become a major maritime power. Shanghai's Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company late last month launched the fourth of China's new 071 amphibious landing ships according to reports carried by Chinese military web sites and the state-controlled media. While most attention has been drawn to the ongoing sea trials of China's first aircraft carrier, military analysts say the...
  • Raytheon Restarts Production of Laser-Guided Maverick for US Air Force, Navy

    02/14/2012 9:38:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Raytheon Company ^ | February 13, 2012
    Raytheon Restarts Production of Laser-Guided Maverick for US Air Force, Navy (Source: Raytheon Company; issued February 13, 2012) SINGAPORE --- After more than two decades, Raytheon Company has formally restarted production of the laser-guided Maverick missile, with the first weapon expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force in late 2012. Production began following a rigorous U.S. Air Force and Navy Developmental Testing/Operational Testing program that culminated in a production contract in late 2011. "The combat-proven laser Maverick has demonstrated its effectiveness against frigate size ships, small moving boats, tanks, fortified personnel and fast moving maneuvering vehicles in excess...
  • Italy widely expected to scale back F-35 orders

    02/12/2012 6:28:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/10/2012 | Reuters
    Italy seems certain to scale back its major investment in Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, heightening uncertainty over the troubled stealth jet's future. Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said repeatedly since January that the country's originally planned order of the 131 supersonic warplanes by 2018 was being "reviewed" because military spending cuts were necessary as part of Prime Minister Mario Monti's austerity plan to shore up public accounts. General Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of the Defence Ministry and the country's armaments chief, confirmed to lawmakers on Tuesday that cuts were expected. "There will be a revision of...
  • 'How I fired the first shots of the Falklands War and crippled an Argentine submarine'

    02/12/2012 12:46:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11th February 2012 | Chris Parry
    This diary was written during the Falklands Crisis on assorted scraps of paper and in an old Government-issue exercise book. I remember I wanted to leave an account of my unvarnished thoughts as they occurred, before the mice of hindsight and discretion got to work. ..... I was 28 when I started writing, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and the Flight Observer in the destroyer HMS Antrim. ..... Wednesday, April 21: This morning, we heard the World Service saying units of the Task Force could be in position to attack South Georgia tomorrow. Thanks very much for alerting the...
  • JSF 'no match' for latest Russian fighters or Chinese radar

    THE stealth qualities of the futuristic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on order for the Royal Australian Air Force are overrated and the plane's combat performance greatly exaggerated, a defence lobby group has claimed. The complaints by Air Power Australia, longtime critics of the $16 billion JSF acquisition, were made last night before a public hearing of parliament's defence sub-committee. Latest-generation Russian fighters such as the Sukhoi T-50 would easily defeat the F-35 in air-to-air combat, Air Power's Peter Goon said, referring to recent modelling tests by his organisation. "The aircraft we are planning to buy is carrying over 2000 pounds...
  • Britain won't decide on F-35 fighter numbers till 2015

    02/07/2012 5:01:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 7, 2012 | Rhys Jones
    Britain won't decide on F-35 fighter numbers till 2015 LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has deferred to 2015 a firm commitment on how many Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets it will buy, adding to uncertainties over the multinational program which has recently been questioned in the U.S. Congress. "We will not make final decisions on the overall number of aircraft we will order before the next planned Strategic Defence Review (in 2015)," a Ministry of Defence MoD spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding an initial order would be placed next year. The F-35 project ranks as the most expensive...
  • US Strike Group Simulates War With Iran Off Florida Coast?

    02/06/2012 10:35:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 22 replies
    Russia Today ^ | February 6, 2012
    The American aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and its strike group are taking naval drills along the country's east coast ahead of their deployment to the Persian Gulf. Reports suggest the drill map shows a country resembling Iran. The battleships are practicing cruise maneuvers through contested straits, preparing them for any possible conflict with Iran as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz, says the American newspaper The Navy Times. The drill map depicts a 56 km (35 miles) wide strait located some 320 km (200 miles) from the coast. The mock strait's shape and width is identical to the Strait...
  • Raytheon 'networked weapon' clears testing hurdle

    02/04/2012 7:53:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | February 3, 2012
    Raytheon 'networked weapon' clears testing hurdle The U.S. Navy has completed developmental testing of Tucson-based Raytheon Missile System's Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1. The conclusion of developmental testing keeps the program on track to reach initial operating capability in 2013, Cmdr. Samuel Hanaki of the U.S. Navy's Precision Strike Weapons program office said in a news release by Raytheon. However, Raytheon has been producing the JSOW C-1 since 2009 under a simultaneous development and production plan. The JSOW C-1, which Raytheon calls "the world's first networked weapon," is the latest version of the unpowered glide bomb. With a range of...
  • Media: France To Send Nuclear Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf

    02/01/2012 7:37:48 AM PST · by Strategy · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Trend ^ | February 1, 2012
    France will send a "Charles de Gaulle" nuclear aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, Interfax reported citing Israeli media. It is expected that in March-April at least four U.S. and French aircraft carrier battle groups will be placed in East of Persian Gulf, according to Interfax.
  • Navy set to be more capable than ever (Australia)

    01/30/2012 10:31:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Australian Associated Press (AAP) ^ | Jan 31 2012 | Jan 31 2012
    Navy set to be more capable than ever 16:24 AEDT Tue Jan 31 2012 Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent New warships will give Australia's navy more capability than ever before, with some help from the US Marines, Defence Minister Stephen Smith says. Speaking at the navy's Sea Power Conference in Sydney, Mr Smith noted the navy was set to acquire two new landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships, their largest vessels ever, three advanced air warfare destroyers and 12 next generation submarines. As well, the navy's eight Anzac frigates were being upgraded with new radars and missile defences while 24 new...
  • 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: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/27/struggling-in-us-f-35-fighter-pushes-sales-abroad/?test=latestnews#ixzz1ki2t4WfP
  • 2012 RED CHINA NAVY UPDATE from Jeff Head's Rising Sea Dragon in Asia Site

    01/26/2012 2:38:28 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Rising Sea Dragon in Asia Site ^ | 26 January 2012 | Jeff Head
    THE RISING SEA DRAGON IN ASIA - 2012 UPDATE (Click on any of the following images for a larger picture) 2011 has seen significant increases in major combatant shipbuilding by the PLAN across the board. From the PLA Navy's first carrier being launched and in trials, to continued testing and production of J-15 Fighters for that carrier's airwing, to the increased tempo of serial production for the PLAN's Type 071 LPD, the Yuzhao Class (with a second and third unit launched and a fourth being built), to increased serial production of the PLAN's premier stealthy, area-wide anti-air/multipurpose destroyer, the...
  • UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft'

    01/26/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defence Management ^ | 26 January 2012
    UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft' 26 January 2012 Ministry of Defence concerns over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have led to military chiefs looking at other fast jets for the UK's aircraft carrier, it has been reported. According to The Times, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, the current commander-in-chief fleet, said concerns were growing about rising costs and delays in the JSF programme, something now worsened by order cuts from the US. Soar, who was addressing defence companies at the ADS Maritime Interest Group, reportedly said the UK might not receive the $100m per piece F-35 jets until...