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  • Japan's new stealth fighter is a futuristic marvel

    02/03/2016 4:15:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | February 2, 2016 | James Simpson, War is Boring
    Japan's Advanced Technology Demonstrator-Experimental, also known as the ATD-X or X-2, will fly from Nagoya Airport to Gifu Air Base at the end of February, according to the Japanese defense ministry. This will be the first flight of the high-tech testbed and a major step toward Tokyo's plans for a domestic stealth fighter. The Ministry of Defense had planned for the prototype to fly back in 2014, but early last year ministry officials reported that issues with engine restarts had forced a delay to the end of 2015. Reports at the end of last year then suggested a January flight,...
  • Japan Unveils First Stealth Fighter

    01/28/2016 5:10:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 28, 2016 | ERIC PFANNER & CHIEKO TSUNEOKA
    NAGOYA, Japan—Japan on Thursday unveiled its first radar-evading stealth aircraft, aiming to close a gap with neighbors such as China and Russia, which have been flying fighter planes equipped with the technology for more than five years. Confronted with regional challenges such as China building artificial islands in the South China Sea and North Korea testing nuclear devices, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has eased postwar restrictions on the country’s military and is trying to bolster its limited weapons-building capabilities. In the latest move, the Ministry of Defense showed off a test aircraft called X-2 in a heavily guarded hangar...
  • Despite Decades of Stealth, Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet

    01/24/2016 11:29:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 24, 2016 | CLYDE HABERMAN
    One of the earliest stealth weapons on record was a stone used by the young Israelite David to kill the Philistine giant Goliath. In the biblical account, David shunned the conventional armaments of his time: sword, helmet, armor. Instead, he went forth with a slingshot and a few stones, kept undetected in a pouch. As any schoolchild knows, one well-aimed fling was all it took to put Goliath down for good. The big guy never saw it coming. It is not clear to what extent David tested his weapon before doing battle, but he presumably had experimented. The first Book...
  • It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

    01/20/2016 3:21:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/20/2016 | David Axe
    Sukhoi T-50 fighter climbing after takeoff, 2011. Creative Commons After confronting serious technical and economic difficulties, Russia has dramatically cut back its air force program to field its first radar-evading “stealth” fighter jet. By delaying large-scale acquisition of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter, the Kremlin is tacitly acknowledging a truth that the U.S. military learned decades ago — and that China might also learn in coming years: developing stealth fighters is hard. But fortunately for the Russian air force, and unfortunately for Washington and its allied air arms that are Russia’s chief rivals, Moscow has a backup plan. Instead of counting...
  • China appears ready to begin mass production of first stealth fighter jet, state media suggest

    12/31/2015 2:55:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 28 December, 2015 | Stephen Chen
    A photo that appears to show China’s J-20 stealth fighter, still coated in yellowish paint typically used before radar absoprbing materials are applied. Photo: Xinhua China “may” have started mass production of its first stealth fighter, the J-20, a state media report suggests. The clue came in slightly blurry photos that Xinhua published on Sunday. They show a plane parked on a runway at an unidentified military airfield, coated in a yellowish paint typically used before the application of radar absorption material. The jet was identical to ones believed to be J-20 prototypes seen in public in previous years. But...
  • Stealth superwing: Next generation 'Air Dominance' fighter jet ..will have built in laser weapons

    12/15/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18:20 EST, 14 December 2015 | By Mark Prigg
    Northrop Grumman has revealed a tantalising image of a new stealth 'superjet' capable of firing laser weapons. The so called 'sixth generation fighter' is rumoured to fly at supersonic speeds, although Northrop Grumman, who are developing it, say the specifications are still secret. The stealth craft is expected to use advanced cooling systems to help disguise its laser systems. Known internally as NG Air Dominance, the craft features laser weapons. The so called 'sixth generation fighter' is rumoured to fly at supersonic speeds, although Northrop Grumman, who are developing it, say the specifications are still classified. ==================================================================================================================== Chris Hernandez, Northrop's...
  • Must See:Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

    09/27/2015 7:10:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    An overwhelming treasure trove on the early days of stealth technology. A plethora of imagery, blueprints,numerous videos on the early days of stealth technology kept very hush hush on the stealth aircraft pioneered by Boeing. For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeings secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldnt exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects. Lockheed's Senior Peg: The Forgotten Stealth Bomber Perhaps because it was built...
  • Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

    09/23/2015 4:21:18 AM PDT · by taildragger · 54 replies
    FoxTrot Alpha ^ | 9/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeings secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldnt exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects.
  • Tiger does the old disappearing and re-appearing trick

    08/20/2015 8:09:00 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    An elephant-riding wildlife guide gets the scare of his life when a tiger educates him in the fine arts of stealth and leaping right at you...
  • This cool infographic shows all weapons carried by Russias next generation fighter

    08/20/2015 1:32:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 19 2015 | David Cenciotti
    All the PAK FA armament in a single infographic. Not only does the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA feature stunning maneuverability. As this interesting infographic shows, the fifth generation stealth multi-role combat plane will carry a wide variety of weapons, including air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles. Among those that the PAK FA will be able to carry (internally or externally hence stealthy or not), there are: the Izdelie 810, a derivative of the R-37M designed to kill High Value Targets and AWACS at a distance of 400 km; the K-77M air-to-air missile fitted with an AESA seeker; the KH-35UE anti-ship...
  • Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

    08/13/2015 11:23:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 13, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office. The Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines top aviator said this week. The aircrafts ability to alternate between accessing contested areas and deliverying heavy fire...
  • Russia's Massive Air Show Will Display The Defunct MiG 1.44 Prototype

    08/09/2015 5:19:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 8/08/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Russias enormous International Aviation and Space Show, otherwise known as MAKS, takes place every other year and is one of the top aerospace spectacles and military gear expos in the world. The show will kick off on August 25th, and will be the first MAKS since Russia invaded Crimea a year and a half ago. As such, we can be assured that there will be some pretty awesome displays meant to showcase Russias military exports, intimidate its peer state competitors, and levitate nationalist sentiments. Apparently, this will include the display of the long-defunct MiG 1.44 fighter demonstrator, an enigmatic aircraft...
  • No, the F-35 Cant Fight at Long Range, Either

    07/10/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 9, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Pentagons new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is dead meat in a close battle against even a dated two-seat F-16D fighter jet, according to a scathing test pilot report War Is Boring obtained. Dont sweat it, JSF-maker Lockheed Martin responded. The F-35s technology is designed to engage, shoot and kill its enemy from long distances, Lockheeds F-35 team wrote in a press release on July 1.
  • Stealth Ability Neutralized! Russias T-50 Jetfighter to Rule the Skies (Brag Alert)

    05/29/2015 6:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    An active defense system developed for Russias fifth-generation T-50 jetfighter is also able to neutralize enemy planes stealth capability, RIA Novosti reported Friday, citing the press service of the Himalaya systems designers, the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern [KRET]. The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the planes control system. The PAK FA is already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of...
  • Obama moves to take control of local law enforcement

    05/25/2015 9:56:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Beaufort Observer ^ | March 31, 2015 | Alex Newman
    March 31, 2015 We suspect many local law enforcement agencies in America are going to seriously regret seeking and accepting Federal dollars over the last few years. Accepting those funds, from whatever source and for whatever purpose, may now subject local agencies to Federal "standards" that will severely restrict local autonomy in policy development and implementation. To understand what may lie ahead of law enforcement one only needs to see what has happened in public education with the usurpation of local autonomy by the U. S. Department of Education. Alex Newman, writing at NewAmerican.com reports: The Obama administration and its...
  • Watch Out, China: Japan Readies Test of New Stealth Fighter Jet

    04/09/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 8, 2015 | Zachary Keck
    Japan is preparing to test its first ever domestically built stealth fighter jet, Chinese and Taiwanese media are reporting. The highly anticipated F-3, Japan's first domestically-made stealth jet, is aiming to conduct test flights this summer, the Taiwan-based Want China Times reported, citing a story in the PLA Daily, the official publication of the Chinese military. Japan has been building a prototype stealth fighter as part of its advanced technology demonstrator-experimental (ATD-X) program. Some of the first images of the prototype were first published on the web last year. The ATD-X program, which is being run by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries...
  • Russia's Stealth Fighter Is in Serious Trouble

    04/07/2015 4:10:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | April 6, 2015 | By Robert Beckhusen
    Just a short time ago, Russia planned to have 52 advanced T-50 stealth fighters by the end of the decade. At least, that was the plan. Now the T-50 program appears to be in serious trouble, and Russia may cut back the fighters to a fraction of the planned strength. The first sign something was very wrong appeared last month. On March 24. Yuri Borisov, Russia’s deputy defense minister for armaments, told theKommersant newspaper that the military is drastically cutting its number of T-50s. Instead of 52 stealth fighters, Russia will build merely 12 of them. That’s hardly anything. The...
  • Russian next generation stealth fighter to fall victim to the Russian financial crisis?

    04/07/2015 9:51:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Apr 07 2015 | Jacek Siminski
    PAK-FA may suffer significant cuts. Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yuri Borisov, has recently announced that the PAK-FA programme may be halted or adjusted, due to the dire conditions of Russias economy, affected by the Ukrainian crisis and the subsequent (proxy war and) EU sanctions. Initially, the Russian Air Force was expected to procure more than 150 PAK-FA next generation stealth fighter jets, with the first examples to be delivered to the active squadrons in 2016. In December 2014, the RuAF plans was to receive the first 55 fighters by 2020. However, as announced by Russias MoD last month, the...
  • X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD

    03/14/2015 2:23:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 3/14/15
    X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD
  • US Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Jets Will Be Slow and Unstealthy

    02/05/2015 3:59:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Feb 5th, 2015 | Zachary Keck
    The U.S. Navys next generation air superiority fighter will not be super-duper fast or employ much in the way of stealth, a senior navy official announced on Wednesday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Navys top officer, divulged some details about the Navys so-called Next Generation Air Dominance F/A-XX fighter jet during a speech at an industry conference. I dont see that its going to be super-duper fast, because you cant outrun missiles. Greenert said, the Washington Examiner reported. And you cant become so stealthy that you become invisible you are going to generate a signature of...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Cant Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagons newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, wont be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jets software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • Is Chinas air force catching up to the U.S. Air Force?

    12/15/2014 9:31:37 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/15/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    I am deeply disappointed that Greenpeace engaged in an action at the sacred Nazca Lines in Peru. We have been hearing from many of you and I share your frustration and anger about this situation. The decision to engage in this activity shows a complete disregard for the culture of Peru and the importance of protecting sacred sites everywhere. There is no apology sufficient enough to make up for this serious lack of judgment. I know my international colleagues who engaged in this activity did not do so with malice, but that doesnt mitigate the result. It is a shame...
  • China boasts new J-31 stealth fighter could 'take down' US F-35

    12/09/2014 7:33:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2014 | Megha Rajagopalan
    BEIJING China's new stealth fighter could certainly "take down" its opponent in the sky, the president of China's top aircraft maker said on Tuesday, referring to its U.S.-made counterpart. Lin Zuoming, president of Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), which developed the J-31 stealth fighter, made the remarks in an interview on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). "When it takes to the sky, it can definitely take it down," he said, in a reference to the U.S.-made F-35. "That's a certainty." Lin also emphasized the company's desire to compete with the United States in new markets, particularly countries...
  • Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets

    12/04/2014 3:20:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/04/2014 | Dave Majumdar
    High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built. But the Raptorand indeed all U.S. fightershave a potential Achilles heel, according to a half-dozen current and former Air Force officials. The F-22s long range air-to-air missiles might not be able to hit an enemy aircraft, thanks to new enemy radar jamming techniques. The issue has come to the fore as tensions continue to rise with Russia and a potential conflict between the great powers is once again a possibilityeven if a remote one. Wethe U.S. [Department of Defense]havent been...
  • How China Will Trackand KillAmericas Newest Stealth Jets

    12/02/2014 3:46:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    A gang of advanced missiles and a bleeding edge radar unveiled at a Chinese air show could mean big trouble for the Pentagons best fighters. Once, no magic act was complete without the magicians revealingly dressed assistant. Her job was not merely to be sawn in half but to dominate the mostly male audiences attention at moments when a focus on the whereabouts of the rabbit might blow the gaff. That was a useful lesson to bear in mind at last months Zhuhai air showChinas only domestic air and defense trade show, held once every other year. If anything at...
  • Cant keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia

    11/25/2014 4:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year. The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months at the earliest after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now. "Russia has now been told that India cannot wait for...
  • Man Turns his Toyota Car into Micro RV for Stealthy Car Camping

    11/24/2014 10:47:55 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 75 replies
    tinyhousetalk ^ | May 6, 2014 | anonymous
    Have you ever thought of converting your car into a stealthy car camper so you can easily sleep in it while traveling without being noticed? This way you dont have to spend so much extra money and time getting in and out of hotels while you try to get somewhere. So I wanted to show you what Ive been working on for the last few days. Of course its considerably smaller than your average tiny house so Im not sure if youre still with me but even if youre not Isnt it fascinating what can be done to make an...
  • PAF wants to buy Chinese stealth aircraft: minister (Pakistan)

    11/21/2014 7:54:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has expressed interest in procuring fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft FC-31 from China. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told Dawn on Friday the matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities. It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled. The Janes Defence Weekly had quoted an unnamed...
  • Chinas Stealth Fighter Could Get a Lot Better

    11/14/2014 7:42:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | David Axe
    We dont know much about the FC-31, Chinas other stealth fighter prototype. But a non-flying model of the FC-31 that appeared at the Zhuhai air show in southern China in early November offers some compelling new clues. Thats because the model is different than the flying FC-31 prototypewhich also attended the Zhuhai show and put on a spirited aerobatic display on Nov. 12. Comparing the model and the plane could reveal Shenyang Aircraft Corporations ambitions for its new stealth jet. The model boasts better stealth features, new engines and a wider range of sensors. If Shenyang adds all these enhancements...
  • China's Selling the J-31, But Who's Buying?

    11/13/2014 7:57:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 14, 2014 | Robert Farley
    Whos going to buy the J-31? The recent appearance of the aircraft at the Zhuhai airshow, as well as the comments of a smattering of Chinese officials, led to a spate of articles suggesting that China was interested in the J-31 primarily as an export model. Conceivably, the J-31 could occupy a low-end stealth fighter niche that currently has no other entrants. Some have billed the J-31 as Chinas answer to the F-35, as if that represented some sort of compliment. Its hardly a stretch to suggest Pakistan would be a major customer, and perhaps Egypt as well. Beyond that?...
  • With a Stealth Fighter, China Tries to Gain Attention

    11/10/2014 7:55:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 10, 2014 | CHRISTINA LARSON
    BEIJING Amid the whine of high-performance jet engines at the start of an air show in Zhuhai, the Chinese government is hoping to generate a different sort of buzz: admiration, and perhaps purchases, of its shadowy J-31 stealth fighter, which is expected to make its first public appearance. For almost 20 years, the event, Airshow China, has been a showcase for the countrys homegrown hardware, and a marketplace for those interested in selling to the worlds most populous country. As the country tries to climb into the high-end arms market, it has been eager to display fighters, missiles and...
  • Chinese Espionage, Weapons Shift Asian Power Balance

    11/10/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 10, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Military Superiority: China's new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter could be the equal of our F-22s and F-35s, U.S. pilots say, and is just one of the weapons that may thwart America's "pivot" to the Pacific. The J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, will make its official debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show Nov. 11-16 in southern China's Guangdong province. As one U.S. pilot with F-35 experience told USNI News of the J-31 and other new Chinese fighters: "I think they'll eventually be on par with our fifth-gen jets as they should be, because industrial espionage is alive and well."...
  • Chinas newest stealth fighter could fly at Zuhai Airshow next month

    10/26/2014 4:34:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 25, 2014
    The upcoming Zuhai airshow taking place in China next month will provide an opportunity to get first impressions of the new stealth jets and modernized fighter aircraft currently under development or recently delivered to the People's Republic of China Army, Air Force, Navy. China is expected to unveil its newest stealth fighter next month at the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition to be held next month in Zuhai. The J-31 stealth fighter will be shown to the public in demonstration flight, Chinese officials informed. China is intending the J-31 for export markets, initially as a land based fighter,...
  • China's passive radar can detect US stealth fighters: Russian expert

    10/07/2014 2:39:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 10/07/2014
    China's DWL002 passive-detection system is capable of directing Chinese air defense systems against enemy stealth fighters, Vassily Kashin, a senior research fellow from the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, told the Voice of Russia on Oct. 1. China has devoted huge resources to develop radar systems with the capability to intercept aircraft like the US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. The DWL002 was revealed to the public for the first time at the Ninth China International Defence Electronics Exhibition in Beijing in May. The system has a range of 500 kilometers and can detect, locate and track...
  • How Effective Is China's New Anti-Stealth Radar System, Really?

    10/06/2014 11:25:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 06, 2014 | Ankit Panda
    Chinese sources claim that the DWL002 passive radar system will render the F-22 and F-35 “obsolete.” According to recent reports in the Chinese media, China is betting that its new DWL002 passive detection radar system will grant its armed forces a massive boost in countering the United States’ advanced stealth fighters. According to a report in Defense News, Chinese sources claim that the radar will render systems like the advanced F-22 fighter and the upcoming F-35 “obsolete” — a strong claim to be sure. The DWL002 came to light in recent years and has been pitched by Chinese sources repeatedly...
  • Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

    09/23/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 22, 2014 | YUKIO TAJIMA and YOSHIFUMI UESAKA
    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy. The project will start in earnest in fiscal 2015, with work on a prototype engine and assessments of the aircraft's stealth capabilities. The outlook for the costly undertaking is murky, however, given that the U.S. has never supported Japan's efforts to develop a fighter on...
  • Stealth Is Dead! Long Live Stealth!

    09/16/2014 12:43:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 16 September 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    Russian expert says fighter jets can’t hide forever—but that’s old news A Russian military expert has sounded a seemingly dire warning for the United States. Dr. Igor Sutyagin claims that stealthy fighter jets and bombers can’t stay hidden much longer as enemy radar technology improves. The U.S. military is betting hundreds of billions of dollars—in essence, its whole air-power investment—that detection-dodging stealth works … and will keep working for many decades to come. So if Sutyagin is absolutely right, America could be in big trouble. The roughly trillion dollars Washington has spent designing and building F-117s, B-2s, F-22s, F-35s and...
  • Royal Saudi Navy would be interested to procure 6 FREMM Frigates from France

    08/27/2014 11:36:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 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...
  • Japans 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 Defenses 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 Americas next stealth bomber. But a July 2 report from the Congressional Research Service questions the flying branchs official narrative. According to CRS Jeremiah Gertler, it appears the Air Force already has new bomber prototypes in the airand the competition could be a sham. Perhaps not coincidentally, Gertlers 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, Japans Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow. But the Type 89 torpedo is not the vessels most effective feature in strengthening Japans warning and surveillance operations in its waters. A submarines 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 Planets Best Stealth Fighter Isnt 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 Lockheeds rivals tumbled into this rhetorical trap and tried to argue that fourth-generation was just as capablewhether 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. Saabyes, that Saabcan 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
    Russias 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, its one thing to sketch an advanced warplane on paper. Its 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...
  • Lockheeds 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 Pentagons 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...