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  • Royal Saudi Navy would be interested to procure 6 FREMM Frigates from France

    08/27/2014 11:36:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | August 26, 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, could sign a letter of intent (LOI) with the French Government for 6 FREMMs during his visit in Paris in early September. French Navy's FREMM multi-mission frigates are designed and built by DCNS. Five hulls have already been launched, with three Frigates delivered to the French Navy and one to the Royal Moroccan Navy. Contacted by Navy Recognition, no DCNS representatives were available to comment the information at the time of publishing. The information would confirm however that Saudi Arabia is currently seeking...
  • China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

    08/22/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Aug, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    China is in the process of developing its own native fifth-generation fighter to compete with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Russia's T-50. Although China has been secretive about the exact specifications of the aircraft, experts are warning that the plane could be a game-changer in East Asia's potentially fragile security environment. China's Chengdu J-20 is currently in its fourth round of prototypes. On July 26, the most recent version of the fighter flew for two hours before successfully landing. Information about the J-20 is limited, but an unnamed Asian government source told IHS Jane's that upwards of 20 J-20s...
  • Japan’s new stealth jet fighter has been officially unveiled

    07/13/2014 8:12:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jul 12 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out. Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2. On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defense’s agency that has developed the Shinshin (“spirit of the heart”, an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research...
  • Congressional Researcher Thinks the Air Force Already Has a Secret Stealth Bomber

    07/11/2014 8:49:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 10, 2014 | David Axe
    On July 9, the U.S. Air Force formally launched the competition to build America’s next stealth bomber. But a July 2 report from the Congressional Research Service questions the flying branch’s official narrative. According to CRS’ Jeremiah Gertler, it appears the Air Force already has new bomber prototypes in the air—and the competition could be a sham. Perhaps not coincidentally, Gertler’s skepticism comes just four months after civilians glimpsed what appeared to be previously unknown stealth warplanes flying over Texas.
  • Japan's indigenous stealth fighter to fly this year amid arms race worries

    04/17/2014 5:22:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Development of ATD-X jet part of Tokyo's effort to upgrade its defence capabilities; analysts warn it could spark claims of arms race in Asia The ATD-X's engines produce 5,000kg of thrust. Photo: SCMP A prototype of Japan's first domestically produced stealth fighter will get airborne before the end of the year, a significant development in Tokyo's efforts to improve its defence capabilities. Known as the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter, the aircraft is being developed by the defence ministry's research institute and a number of private companies, primarily Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Diet's defence committee...
  • For MSDF's newest 'ninja' submarines, it's all about stealth (Japan)

    03/31/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan ^ | April 01, 2014 | FUMIAKI SONOYAMA
    Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow. But the Type 89 torpedo is not the vessel’s most effective feature in strengthening Japan’s warning and surveillance operations in its waters. “A submarine’s greatest weapon is stealth,” Maritime Self-Defense Force Capt. Kaoru Yoshida said. “Our mere presence that makes (the enemy think) ‘there might be a powerful submarine out there’ is a deterrent.” In the National Defense Program Guidelines formulated at the end of last year, Japan decided to increase its submarine fleet from the current...
  • The Planet’s Best Stealth Fighter Isn’t Made in America

    03/24/2014 7:04:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 24, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    In 2005, Lockheed Martin labeled the F-35, the stealthy new jet they were building for the Pentagon, as a “fifth-generation” fighter. Ironically, it was a term that they had borrowed from Russia to describe a different stealthy fighter, the F-22. But the term caught on. Some of Lockheed’s rivals tumbled into this rhetorical trap and tried to argue that “fourth-generation” was just as capable—whether it is true or not, making such a case is an uphill struggle. But if “fifth-generation” means more than “the ultimate driving machine,” a sixth generation will emerge. Saab—yes, that Saab—can argue that it has built...
  • Stealth jet 'set for maiden flight' (China)

    02/20/2014 9:38:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2014-02-20 | Zhao Lei
    Photos of advanced prototype posted amid speculation over imminent test China is said to be planning the maiden flight soon of the upgraded version of the J-20 stealth fighter. A number of photos recently taken by aviation enthusiasts at an unidentified base, and widely circulated on websites that follow the Chinese military, show a prototype of the twin-engine, fifth-generation aircraft with the serial code "2011" painted on both sides of the cockpit. Active members on cjdby.net and fyjs.cn, the two most-visited sites that cover the Chinese military, said the first test flight of the prototype aircraft is imminent. The flight...
  • The Indians HATE Their New Russian-Made Stealth Fighter

    01/22/2014 8:25:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 22, 2014 | David Axe
    Russia’s new T-50 stealth fighter is fast, maneuverable, heavily-armed and hard to detect on radar. In theory. But according to Indian air force officials, in practice the Sukhoi-made stealth jet is also too expensive, poorly engineered and powered by old and unreliable engines. The Indians’ complaints illustrate the yawning gulf between stealth warplane design and the actual production of radar-evading jets. In other words, it’s one thing to sketch an advanced warplane on paper. It’s quite another to build one and get it to work.
  • US Air Force Has Secretly Built a New Stealth Drone(Shhh!)

    12/09/2013 3:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space War-UAV News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B...
  • Chinese stealth drone takes 1st test flight

    11/23/2013 6:14:01 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 22, 2013 | AP
    BEIJING — China's first unmanned stealth drone made its first test flight in the latest advance for the domestic arms industry, state media reported Friday. Photos and video of the tailless delta-wing drone flying were posted on the websites of People's Daily and other major outlets. The location of the 20-minute flight made Thursday was identified only as a southwestern China testing base. The jet powered drone was identified as the Lijian, or "Sharp Sword," photos of which have been circulating for some time. The aircraft is similar to the X-47B drone being tested by the U.S. Navy for aircraft...
  • Lockheed’s SR-72 Could Fill Crucial Pentagon Need

    11/02/2013 6:03:43 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | 1 Nov 13 | David Mamjudar
    Could Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ SR-72 hypersonic concept design fill the Pentagon’s need for a penetrating intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft? The answer could be yes.
  • Mayor (Chicago's Rahm Emanuel) wants to kill aldermanic stealth account

    10/25/2013 3:08:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/25/13 | Hal Dardick
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to deep-six a stealth City Council account that some aldermen used to put family members, campaign operatives and those with political baggage on the public payroll without detection until the Tribune exposed the practice. The $1.3 million secret fund, which dates back decades at City Hall, is zeroed out in the 2014 budget proposal the mayor unveiled Wednesday. The change, however, will save only about $6,000. That's because the money is being spent to create a council office of financial analysis and to beef up regular aldermanic expense accounts — which some aldermen also have used...
  • Rep. Alan Grayson Praises the Creation of ‘Stealth Socialism’ in America

    09/22/2013 3:55:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/20/13 | Erica Ritz
    Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) — who once said in an elaborate presentation that the Republican healthcare plan is for the sick to “die quickly” — praised the creation of “stealth socialism” in America in a recent interview with David Dayen at Salon. Speaking about the Federal Reserve’s rapidly-growing balance sheet, Grayson remarked: We’ve had a government takeover of the bond market. Stealth socialism’s been created. Government simply ends up owning more and more and more. If government had taken over the steel industry, maybe it would have been more noticeable. They’ve taken over the financing of housing industry as well,...
  • Stealth coating based on squid skin could make soldiers invisible to night vision

    09/21/2013 1:54:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/10/13 | Richard Gray
    Camouflaged clothing that mimics squid skin is being developed to hide soldiers from night vision equipment.Most camouflage materials used to disguise soldiers and vehicles during the day show up easily when viewed through night vision goggles and infrared cameras. This is because leaves and other foliage reflect infrared light in a different way to other fabrics and materials. However, scientists at the University of California Irvine have created a new “stealth” coating that can change the way it reflects infrared light on command. The films, which are around 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, can be switched on and...
  • 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...
  • SAAB Group looks to Asia to develop new stealth fighter

    09/17/2013 9:34:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-09-15
    SAAB Group looks to Asia to develop new stealth fighter To compete against various types of fifth generation fighters including China's J-31 and Japan's ATD-X Shinshin, the SAAB Group — a Swedish aerospace and defence company — has sought help from South Korea, Finland and Taiwan to develop its newest stealth fighter, the FS-2020, reports Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily. Designed as a stealth version of Sweden's JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter, the FS-2020 project was first launched by the SAAB Group in 2005. While European powers like France and Germany...
  • EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: LARGE FLYING WING DRONE SPOTTED AT PLANT 42

    09/05/2013 6:19:41 AM PDT · by taildragger · 20 replies
    AviatoinIntel ^ | 9/5/2014 | Ty Rogoway
    This picture was taken from a pilot passing through Palmdale about a 16 months ago. What appears is a large flying wing type unmanned aircraft with a dorsal intake. The wingspan appears to be right around seventy feet. The aircraft appears here in the smaller of two wide and low slung aircraft shelters, built around 2010, located by the engine test cells, just north of the Northrop Grumman installation at Plant 42.
  • The Stealth Bomber Elite (Fewer than 100 pilots climb the ladder to the B-2 cockpit)

    08/22/2013 5:10:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 2013 | James R. Chiles
    The Stealth Bomber Elite Fewer than 100 pilots climb the ladder to the B-2 cockpit. Crew chiefs from Whiteman’s 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 131st Bomb Wing give a B-2 a complete inspection, required every 1,000 flight hours. USAF / Senior Airman Nick Wilson “Undetected inbound, unscathed outbound.” That’s how one pilot summarized his mission to bomb targets in Baghdad with the $2.2 billion Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit on the first night of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. His words capture the reasons the Air Force built such an expensive bomber to launch global-strike missions, which B-2 pilots fly...
  • The US's Stealth Fighter (F-35) Is Too Heavy and Slow

    07/03/2013 2:05:52 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 119 replies
    Vice.com ^ | Adam Clark Estes
    The Pentagon's pursuit of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet has been a heartbreaking one. If you're a tax payer, the program's estimated $1 trillion price tag probably breaks your heart a little bit. If you're an aviation enthusiast, the constant whittling away of the do-it-all aircraft's features, which in many cases actually amounts to adding weight and taking away maneuverability, must hurt a little bit, too. If you're just an everyday American, though, you should be downright shattered that after a decade and a fortune spent, the F-35 will actually be more vulnerable than the aircraft it's replacing....
  • USAF Photo of the Day: One Big Bomber Over Kansas

    04/09/2013 11:20:49 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 31 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | September 9, 2011 | U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt
    The Photographer Senior Airman Courtney Witt, United States Air Force   Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large, huge) 
  • 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."...
  • USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire

    02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 45 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 16, 2005 | USAF Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler
    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large) The Photographer  Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force  
  • Secrets of Darpa's Innovation Machine

    02/17/2013 11:27:08 AM PST · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/15/2013 | Ted Greenwald
    Lots of people like to think of government as a black hole that sucks in tax dollars and allows nothing of value to emerge. They haven’t taken a look at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This secretive research arm of the Defense Department has a unique mission: to embrace the most wide-eyed visions of the future and manifest them in the here and now. Founded in 1958 as a shocked and fearful response to Russia‘s launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, Darpa has over 45 years racked up a consistent record of innovation that has utterly transformed contemporary...
  • Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can’t even fly

    02/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Andy Soltis
    From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet. But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. But the experts said it was too small for a human pilot — and the controls and wiring looked too...
  • The US Is Moving Two B-2 Stealth Bombers Closer To China

    01/23/2013 3:12:02 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-23-2013 | David Cenciotti, The Aviationist
    The US Is Moving Two B-2 Stealth Bombers Closer To China David Cenciotti, The AviationistJanuary 23, 2013, 2:22 PM In November 2012, the U.S. Air Forced announced a series of worldwide training deployments for its stealthy B-2 Spirit bombers. The “World Spirit Tour”, as the deployment was dubbed by Air Force Magazine, will bring the first two radar evading planes from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to the Pacific theater. Destination: Andersen Air Force Base. Strategically located 1,800 miles (about 2,900 km) to the east of China, Andersen has hosted a deployed strategic bomber force...
  • Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous

    01/13/2013 12:21:08 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 4:38 AMBritain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully AutonomousBAE Taranis Britain's Air Force has been using Tornado jets as bombers for decades and is already building a fleet of new Typhoons, but BAE hopes to supplement those forces with a powerful new drone. The Taranis, named for the Celtic god of thunder will fly faster than the speed of sound and beyond the eye of enemy radar with its single-wing stealth design, and UK officials hope to see it replace piloted planes and current unmanned drones...
  • France joins the stealth drone club

    12/04/2012 10:57:28 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Reed
    To kick this week off we thought we'd bring you these pictures showing that France has become the second nation in the world to (publicly) fly a stealth UAV. These images show Dassault's nEUROn (yes, it's really written that way) making its maiden flight in Istres on Dec. 1. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator; basically it's a plane used to prove that all the tech Dassault has designed for a stealth, unmanned strike jet will actually work. Here are some stats about nEUROn from Dassault: "With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight...
  • Liberal Stealth Groups Paved Obama Win

    More than 4 million people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 did not vote this year. But by applying new voter science, Obama nudged enough replacements in key states — many who were rare or first-time voters — to give him his margin of victory (leveraged even larger by the Electoral College). Years of stealthy multimillion-dollar efforts paid off forAmerica’s left in the 2008 and 2012 victories by President Barack Obama. Using new voter science to get rare and first-time voters to go to the polls, the races have changedAmerica’s electorate — those who make the country’s decisions by...
  • Chinese J-31 stealth fighter for global market

    11/15/2012 5:31:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | Nov 13, 2012 | Ajai Shukla
    Chinese J-31 stealth fighter for global market While the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAC) have ostensibly developed the JF-17 jointly, analysts say most of the development was done by CAC Two weeks after China’s new J-31 stealth fighter made its debut flight on October 31, it will be officially acknowledged with a mock-up of the aircraft in Airshow China, the Beijing-endorsed air show that opens in Zhuhai, China, on Tuesday. With China’s official media reporting the J-31 will be sold to abroad customers, Indian analysts say the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) might be one of...
  • India to Cut Stealth Fighter Order by Third

    10/17/2012 5:18:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    India to Cut Stealth Fighter Order by Third India is cutting its order for a fifth-generation stealth fighter being developed jointly with Russia by a third, India's Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne told India Strategic. India's Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (HAL) is to build the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), a derivative of the Sukhoi T-50, in India. The two nations signed a 50/50 joint venture to build the aircraft in December 2011. Russia is currently testing a handful of prototypes of the T-50 aircraft, which is due to enter service with the Russian Air Force after 2017. India...
  • New Chinese Stealth Fighter Photos Emerge

    09/21/2012 7:09:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Flying Mag ^ | Sep 20, 2012 | Bethany Whitfield
    New Chinese Stealth Fighter Photos Emerge By Bethany Whitfield / Published: Sep 20, 2012 The new Chinese stealth fighter, believed to be the J-21. Photos of what appears to be a new Chinese stealth fighter recently surfaced on the Internet, triggering a flood of speculation regarding the jet’s potential capabilities and what implications it holds for the evolution of Chinese military air power. The single-seat, twin-engine fighter has been designated as the J-21 or the J-31, and is the product of Shenyang Aircraft Corp.
  • Swede Launches Advanced Stealth Warship in Indonesia

    09/05/2012 8:29:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    ScandAsia.com ^ | 03 September 2012 | Wachiraporn Janrut
    Swede Launches Advanced Stealth Warship in Indonesia Following up on the report by ScandAsia in 2010 about the secretive project of Swedish PT. Lundin Industry Invest (North Sea Boats Ltd.), for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), the company has launched the 63m Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel which is claimed to be the most advanced stealth warship ever built in Southeast Asia. The formal launching ceremony took place on 31 August 2012 at PT Lundin’s shipyard facility in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. Among those attending were the Chief of the Indonesian Navy, high ranked navy officers, the Regent of Banyuwangi, local...
  • Revealed: China's first stealth jet heads on test runs - ..

    05/18/2012 6:21:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 18, 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Flying over the skies of Chengdu in southwest China, the Chinese's latest stealth plane - the J-20 Might Dragon - is a testament to China's growing prowess in military technology. The debut flight of the plane may serve as a warning to the U.S. air force, which has been plagued by a list of problems in their jets - including the revelation that some of their jets have a faulty oxygen system which have slowly been poisoning their pilots. Sightings of the black plane taking off have again led to claims that the plane was developed off the back of...
  • Taiwan’s Navy Gets Stealthy

    05/01/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 30, 2012 | James R. Holmes
    Taiwan’s Navy Gets Stealthy News that Taiwan is set to get some stealthy fast patrol boats is welcome. But without some daring personnel, it might come to nothing. Huzzah! The Taipei Times’ J. Michael Cole broke the story this weekend that Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan has levied funds to field a squadron of between seven and eleven stealthy Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) fast patrol boats by 2014. Computer generated images depict a sleek catamaran that resembles a smaller sibling of USS Independence, a variant of the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship. Each new craft will reportedly displace around 500 tons...
  • Scrap heap may be last stop for secret slice of Navy history

    04/29/2012 7:27:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/29/12 | Matt Weiser
    A secret chapter in American naval research could soon reach an ignoble close when a rusty barge and its once-classified contents leave Suisun Bay for the scrap heap. Slipping through the sea like a black mirage on catamaran legs, the 164-foot Sea Shadow looks like something Darth Vader might fly. It is the world's only ship built to be invisible, assembled secretly in Redwood City in 1985 by the U.S. Navy and contractor Lockheed Martin at an estimated cost of $50 million. Sea Shadow's purpose was to test radar-cloaking technology and other naval engineering innovations. Many of its breakthroughs can...
  • How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • The $7 billion dollar warship being built to maintain American naval supremacy over China

    04/12/2012 9:12:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12 April 2012
    The $7 billion dollar warship being built to maintain American naval supremacy over China in the 21st Century One of the largest, most expensive and advanced warships ever commissioned for the U.S Navy is taking shape at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. Named the U.S.S Zumwalt, the $7 billion guided-missile destroyer is at the cutting edge of technology and now deemed vital for defence following President Obama's Asia-Pacific pivot. Featuring a radical wave-piercing hull known as a 'tumblehome', the odd looking ship incorporates stealth technology that makes the 600-foot, 14,500 ton warship seem like a fishing vessel to enemy...
  • IN FOCUS: End of F-22 production closes chapter in eventful history

    04/02/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/02/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: End of F-22 production closes chapter in eventful history On 14 March, a lone Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor took to the skies over Georgia on a test flight. It was the last of 187 aircraft ordered by the US Air Force. The USAF had originally wanted 750 of the stealthy fifth-generation fighters, but a political debate over the very nature of aerial warfare in the 21st century ultimately sealed its fate. The debate started in the halls of the Pentagon in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan around 2004 and came to a head...
  • $2 billion update for Whiteman’s B-2 bomber

    03/29/2012 10:26:20 PM PDT · by U-238 · 29 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 3/29/2012 | Rick Montgomery
    Say you own a 20-year-old car and intend to drive it beyond the year 2050. It will need some fixing. A challenge similar to that continually faces Whiteman Air Force Base, home to the B-2 stealth bomber. Many aircraft parts made in the 1980s, when the first of 21 B-2s rolled out of a Northrop Grumman Corp. hangar, are as obsolete today as the floppy disk. Yet the plan is to keep those bat-winged bombers flying, and eluding the latest in radar technology, until 2058. The Pentagon is moving forward with a $2 billion, 10-year effort to modernize the fleet’s...
  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Is Already Doing A Whole Lot More

    03/10/2012 6:49:38 PM PST · by U-238 · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3/9/2012 | Eloise Lee and Robert Johnson
    New pictures of the China's J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth fighter have surfaced and are making their way across military blogs. This newest round of photos show the J-20 in the skies somewhere over mainland China. The prototype is said to be using the Saturn AL-31 turbofan engine developed by the Russian's for their Su-27 air superiority fighter. Reuben Johnson at The Washington Times reports the Chinese may be as much as 10 years away from producing an original stealth engine to slip into the J-20. In the meantime, they'll have to take comfort in the fact that while the F-22...
  • F-35 Program Head Expresses 'Great Confidence' in Stealth, Sensors

    03/09/2012 5:55:54 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/8/2012 | AOL Defense
    The program executive officer for the problem-plagued F-35 said Thursday he has "great confidence" the multi-service fighter can deliver the oft-promised stealth and the sophisticated package of sensors. Vice Adm. David Venlet said he has "measured data" to show that. In a late afternoon address to an audience of defense and financial industry representatives, Venlet said all the current problems with the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft that have been highlighted in the media and congressional hearings "are in the normal range of fighter aircraft development." The problems Venlet cited included the sophisticated helmet that should allow the pilot to see on...
  • Norway F-35 decision about 4 to 5 weeks away

    03/08/2012 10:51:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/8/2012 | Flight Global
    Norway's defence secretary Roger Ingebrigtsen and an entourage of military officials visited the F-35 test force at Edwards AFB, California, during the last week of February. The visit to the desert base comes at a time when Norway is trying to finalise how many aircraft it will ultimately buy. "Right now we're in the process where the Norwegian government is about to make a recommendation to their parliament as far as how many F-35s we want to buy and where we should base these aircraft," says Major Eystein Kvarving, a spokesman for the Norwegian Defence Ministry on 29 February in...
  • Fifth generation fighters crucial to air superiority

    03/05/2012 12:21:07 AM PST · by U-238 · 22 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | Defense Tech
    The Air Force is the world's most advanced air and space force and, with the integration of fifth generation aircraft, is gaining new tactical advantages that transcend beyond just stealth into areas such as enhanced maneuverability, multi-role capabilities and fused sensor and avionics systems that can communicate with other weapons systems. That's why it is imperative that U.S. forces continue to develop and begin to use fifth-generation fighters as they transition to the new Pacific-based strategy, according to Lt. Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. During the Air...
  • BAE Systems to Supply B-2 Threat-Warning System Upgrade

    With a recent contract award from Northrop Grumman to provide electronic support measures (ESM) on the B-2 Spirit bomber, BAE Systems will be providing electronic warfare on all three U.S. Air Force low-observable platforms, including the F-22 and F-35 fighters, according to the company. The new ESM system will replace the original Lockheed Martin AN/APR-50 defensive management system on the 20 B-2s. The ESM system works in conjunction with the radar warning receiver to detect and alert aircrew to electronic threats. Although it says it was selected “in a competitive bid process over the incumbent and industry’s top electronic warfare...
  • Top USAF general explains EXACTLY how to kill an F-22

    03/02/2012 11:28:44 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 43 replies
    The DEW Line ^ | February 28, 2012 | Stephen Trimble
    Hopefully, you will never find yourself in air-to-air combat with a Lockheed Martin F-22, particularly if you happen to be flying any other fighter besides an F-22. The Raptor still boasts a 30:1 kill ratio in mock dogfights (the only kind of dogfight, alas, the F-22 has ever known). Notice, however, the ":1" part of the ratio expression. That's the proof: The F-22 can be shot down. But how?
  • Photo of the Day: A P-51 Mustang, An F-22A Raptor

    03/02/2012 6:12:34 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 46 replies
    SUN 'n FUN 2011 Air Show, Florida, USA ^ | April 3, 2011 | Chris Hagood Photography
    1024 x 680 pixels . . . 3188 x 2117 pixels . . . via http://www.flickr.com/photos/chagood/6747365813/  
  • 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...
  • Air Force Chief: We Will Not ‘Overdesign’ the New Stealth Bomber

    02/11/2012 2:07:27 AM PST · by U-238 · 77 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/9/2012 | Sandra Erwin
    After a decades-long streak of troubled weapon acquisitions, the Air Force is looking to get off on the right foot as it seeks to buy a new intercontinental stealth bomber. The Pentagon’s new budget proposal gives the Air Force the green light to begin designing a new bomber with a target date for starting production in the mid-2020s. The goal is to acquire up to 100 new aircraft at a cost of about $55 billion. But skeptics already are casting doubts on the plan. They consistently point to the B-2 batwing stealth bomber as a cautionary tale. The Pentagon spent...
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't: Time Cloak Created

    01/05/2012 2:03:02 AM PST · by Captain Beyond · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-4-2012 | Associated Press
    AP Photo/Heather Deal, Cornell University Scientists demonstrate how they have have created a new invisibility technique that doesnt just cloak an object -- like in Harry Potter books and movies -- but masks an entire event by briefly bending the speed of light around an event. In this illustratio, an art thief walks into a museum and steasl a painting without setting off laser beam alarms or even showing up on surveillance cameras. WASHINGTON – It's one thing to make an object invisible, like Harry Potter's mythical cloak. But scientists have made an entire event impossible to see. They have...