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  • An Initial Assessment of China's J-20 Stealth Fighter

    05/08/2011 9:05:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 6, 2011 | Carlo Kopp
    An Initial Assessment of China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Publication: China Brief Volume: 11 Issue: 8May 6, 2011 By: Carlo Kopp J-20 Radius The maiden test flight in January 2011 of China's J-20 stealth fighter prototype is an important strategic milestone in several different respects, and is part of an ongoing effort by China to develop advanced military technology [1]. The J-20 is the first combat aircraft developed by China that qualifies as "state of the art" by Western measures. It also shows that China has mastered "stealth shaping" technology—the essential prerequisite for developing stealth aircraft. Finally it shows that China...
  • Osama bin Laden dead: hi-tech secret may end up in China ('stealth' helo wreck)

    05/06/2011 8:13:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 05 May 2011 | Thomas Harding
    Osama bin Laden dead: hi-tech secret may end up in China There are growing fears that top-secret stealth technology taken from the helicopter that crashed during the raid on the home of Osama bin Laden could be smuggled into China and cause a diplomatic row. By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent 05 May 2011 It has become clear that US special forces used a previously unseen stealth helicopter for the mission in order to evade Pakistani radar or being heard on the final approach to the home of the al-Qaeda terrorist. The American troops used thermite grenades to destroy the helicopter’s...
  • Stealth Blackhawk Used In Bin Laden Raid?

    05/05/2011 6:56:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Av Web ^ | May 4, 2011 | Glenn Pew
    Stealth Blackhawk Used In Bin Laden Raid? May 4, 2011 By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor Images of what appears to be the tail-rotor of one the helicopters used in Sunday's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan, are hitting the internet, and may be a glimpse at something special. The parts don't appear to come from the standard military catalogue. According to the Army Times, the aircraft "were a radar-evading variant of the special operations MH-60 Blackhawk." That aircraft has hard edges like those on the F-117 Nighthawk and incorporates similar low-observable technology.
  • Secret Bin Laden Raid Chopper A Modified MH-60? (New Stealth Blackhawk?)

    05/04/2011 8:54:09 PM PDT · by tophat9000 · 48 replies
    I’m still skeptical, but Army Times’ ace reporter on all things special ops, Sean Naylor, used his very good source base to produce this piece saying that the secret helicopter that crashed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was indeed a stealth version of the MH-60 Black Hawk. The helicopters that flew the Navy SEALs on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden were a radar-evading variant of the special operations MH-60 Black Hawk, according to a retired special operations aviator. The helicopter’s low-observable technology is similar to that of the F-117 Stealth Fighter the retired special operations...
  • Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts

    05/04/2011 5:10:31 PM PDT · by Jewbacca · 65 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2011 | Brian Ross
    Before an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs executed a daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden, the commandos were able to silently sneak up on their elusive target thanks to what aviation analysts said were top secret, never-before-seen stealth-modified helicopters. In the course of the operation that cost the al Qaeda leader his life, one of the two Blackhawk helicopters that carried the SEALs into bin Laden's Pakistani compound grazed one of the compound's wall and was forced to make a hard landing. With the chopper inoperable, at the end of the mission the SEALs destroyed it with...
  • Super Hornet international version testing anticipated

    04/26/2011 11:26:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 26/04/11 | Zach Rosenberg
    Super Hornet international version testing anticipated By Zach Rosenberg Any decisions about flight testing further variations of the F/A-18E/F will take place in 2012, says Boeing. Wind tunnel testing of the upgraded Super Hornet, called the International Roadmap version, is anticipated later this year. Flight testing is contingent on customer interest; thus far no nations have purchased the new version, unveiled last year. "We have offered in some instances," says Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, "so for example, the enhanced performance engine is baseline in our offer in India, because that aligns with what they want this aircraft...
  • Sarah Brady claims Obama pushing ‘under the radar’ gun control

    04/20/2011 4:54:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 April, 2011 | David Codrea
    Anti-gun activist Sarah Brady claims President Barack Obama is committed to stealth gun control according to a report in The Washington Post. Recounting a March 30 meeting between Brady, her husband Jim and White House Press secretary Jay Carney, The Post reports: During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said. “I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few...
  • Taiwan to build new 'stealth' warship

    04/19/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taiwan to build new 'stealth' warship TAIPEI - TAIWAN plans to build a new 'stealth' warship armed with guided-missiles next year in response to China's naval build-up, a top military officer and a lawmaker said on Monday. Construction of the prototype of the 500-tonne corvette is due to start in 2012 for completion in 2014, deputy defence minister Lin Yu-pao said in answer to a question by Kuomintang party legislator Lin Yu-fang at parliament. The warship, which the navy says is harder to detect on radar, is expected to emerge after China puts into service its first battle carrier group,...
  • Obama sending tax dollars overseas to refurbish Mosques and provide them with internet.

    04/16/2011 9:14:42 AM PDT · by freemike · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/16/11 | freemike
    Here's the direct link. It's pretty amazing.
  • Russia floats out 3rd stealth corvette

    04/15/2011 7:09:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/04/2011
    Russia floats out 3rd stealth corvette St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard floated out a new corvette for the Russian Navy featuring stealth technology on Friday. The Boiky is the third Steregushchy class (Project 20380) corvette designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The first Project 20380 corvette, the Steregushchy, was put into service with Russia's Baltic Fleet in October 2008, and the second ship in the series, the Soobrazitelny, is expected to join the Russian Navy in 2011. The Project 20380 corvette can be deployed to destroy enemy surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and to provide artillery support for...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: The B-2 Spirit Is a "Diplomatic Instrument" and a "Military Instrument"

    03/28/2011 4:58:19 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 4 replies ^ | March 24, 2005 | USAF SSgt. Bennie J. Davis III
    A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sits on the ramp at Andersen AFB in Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III, United States Air Force   Food For Thought From the September 2007 article "The Plane That Would Bomb Iran" by Robert D. Kaplan   "The B-2 makes a statement. And that statement is, 'We mean business!'" He [U.S. Air Force Colonel Robert "Wheels" Wheeler] banged his fist on the table. Wheeler is the classic intense Air Force intellectual. He has degrees in both engineering and strategic studies and...
  • Disarmament The Obama Way

    03/23/2011 3:54:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Investors Daily ^ | 3/23/11 | editor
    Defense: As Russia invests in new weapons and China increases military spending by double digits, the administration conducts a new review looking to cut our nuclear arsenal even beyond misguided treaty obligations. The F-15 Eagle that lay smoldering in the Libyan desert was downed not by hostile fire but by "mechanical failure." It's a perfect metaphor for the current administration's downgrading of national defense from a constitutional imperative to an optional budget item. The F-22 Raptor was designed to replace our aging F-15 fleet, which is older than the pilots who fly them and whose wings are almost literally falling...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Awesome!

    03/24/2011 11:49:14 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 36 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | May 2, 2005 | USAF TSgt. Cecilio Ricardo
    A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber soars over the Pacific Ocean. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force  
  • Crisis May Scuttle Japan Fighter

    03/16/2011 8:36:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 16, 2011 | David Axe
    Crisis May Scuttle Japan Fighter March 16, 2011By David Axe Will the earthquake and tsunami, and the resulting economic pain, scuttle plans for the Shinshin stealthy fighter? The full implications for Japan of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, as well as the ongoing problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant, remain unclear. But an ambitious and likely pricey military programme could be one of the first political casualties as Tokyo weighs the cost of recovery. In the early 2000s the forerunner to the Japanese Defense Ministry began developing a new, stealthy fighter jet under the auspices of the Advanced Technologies Demonstrator...
  • China Stealth Technology , A Wake Up Call ( Vanity/Humor)

    03/06/2011 2:40:29 AM PST · by Candor7 · 18 replies
    Ebaums World ^ | 6th March 2011 | Candor Seven
    New Shape shifting design allows Chinese women to fly under the radar of the bamboo curtain. See video at link. (Another example of Chinese entrepreneurial success of capitalism.)
  • New Details on China's J-20 Fighter Provide More Nuanced View of Threat

    03/04/2011 7:43:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Lexington Institute ^ | March 2, 2011
    New Details on China's J-20 Fighter Provide More Nuanced View of Threat (Source: Lexington Institute; issued March 2, 2011) (© Lexington Institute; reproduced by permission Aerospace experts scrutinizing images of the Chinese J-20 fighter that first began appearing on the internet in late December have developed a more nuanced view of the plane's features than what was available in early reports. Although the J-20 resembles the outline of the stealthy F-22 Raptor when viewed head-on in its forward aspect, the plane clearly lacks many of the features that make Raptor the most capable air-to-air combat system in history. On the...
  • Seoul accelerates stealth fighter program

    03/02/2011 10:23:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2011-03-02 | Song Sang-ho
    Seoul accelerates stealth fighter program 2011-03-02 19:18 BoeingÂ’s F-15SE, Lockheed MartinÂ’s F-35 likely candidates for FX-III project South Korea is accelerating moves to purchase a high-end fleet of stealth fighter jets to counter North KoreaÂ’s asymmetrical threats and keep pace with neighboring countries seeking to secure their own radar-evading combat aircraft. Under the FX-III acquisition project worth around 10 trillion won ($8.86 billion), the Seoul government is seeking to purchase some 60 next-generation fighters with an aim to have them delivered for operational deployment to begin in 2016. The government is expected to draw up an acquisition strategy in the...
  • India re-imagines the F-35?

    03/01/2011 7:16:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight Global ^ | March 1, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    India re-imagines the F-35? By Stephen Trimble on March 1, 2011 As more details emerge of India's stealth fighter project -- advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) -- I have started to wonder something. Is the project of India's Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) based substantially on re-imagining the F-35C with two engines rather than one? The Indian forum Bharat Rakshak has posted new briefing slides by the ADA. Take a look at them below, and tell me what you think.
  • Japan's Roadmap To An Indigenous Fighter

    02/11/2011 10:47:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | Feb 11, 2011 | Bradley Perrett
    Japan's Roadmap To An Indigenous Fighter By Bradley Perrett Beijing Japanese industry is urging the government to keep the country’s planned F-X fighter in production until 2028, raising the stakes for the three Western companies competing for the program. Full-scale development of an indigenous follow-on fighter, meanwhile, should begin between 2015 and 2017, the industry’s Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies recommends. The industry thus envisages two parallel, long-term projects, one for the factories and one for the development teams, to sustain the country’s fighter industrial base after deliveries of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries F-2s end this year. There is a sign...
  • Repairing the F-35 Program

    02/10/2011 6:12:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/11/2011 | by David A. Fulghum
    “I think we have succumbed on the F-35 program to adding too many things too quickly,” says a veteran Pentagon program manager. Moreover, the Joint Strike Fighter’s problems have been compounded because the development effort was launched without a complete test plan. Paul Kaminski, speaking as a private citizen, picked out three aircraft programs – the F-16, the F-117 and the F-35, all products of Lockheed Martin – to show how some programs function smoothly, others become delayed and some are repaired along the way. He is CEO of Technovation, Inc., a former under sec. of defense for acquisition and...