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  • Russian rubbish? India reportedly disappointed with stealth fighters from Moscow

    01/26/2014 3:13:20 PM PST · by AnotherUnixGeek · 24 replies ^ | January 26, 2014 | Maxim Lott
    ďIf they get a chance to really look at the F35, they would want it," Laird said. "The Indians have requested 3 times to talk to people about the F-35B, which is the true revolutionary aircraft -- and the administration never answered the mail, they've blown them off, it's typical of the Obama administration. We love our allies except if you want anything."
  • Russian rubbish? India reportedly disappointed with stealth fighters from Moscow

    01/26/2014 8:00:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Published January 26, 2014/ | Maxim Lott/
    Despite initial high expectations, the Indian Air Force appears to be souring on a joint development deal with Russia for a new fifth-generation fighter jet, according to the Business Standard, a major Indian business publication. The Russian prototype is "unreliable, its radar inadequate, its stealth features badly engineered,Ē said Indian Air Force Deputy Air Marshall S Sukumar at a Jan. 15 meeting,
  • 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
    Russiaís 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 Indiansí complaints illustrate the yawning gulf between stealth warplane design and the actual production of radar-evading jets. In other words, itís one thing to sketch an advanced warplane on paper. Itís quite another to build one and get it to work.
  • DOD Is Stuck with a Flawed $1.5 Trillion Fighter Jet

    04/02/2014 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 81 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 2/18/2014 | David Francis
    On CBSís ď60 MinutesĒ on Sunday night, national security correspondent David Martin chronicled the seemingly never-ending list of problems with the Pentagonís next-generation F-35 fight jet, from cost overruns of $160 billion to technical problems that have plagued the planeís development. When asked if the F-35 program, which is expected to cost some $1.5 trillion over the four-decade life of the program, is now under control, the Pentagonís acquisition chief, Frank Kendall, said, "Yes, it is." But that commitment came with a warning. ďLong gone is the time when we're going to pay for mistake after mistake after mistake," said...
  • Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in Chinaís Stealth Fighter

    03/13/2014 1:25:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/13/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of Chinaís new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts. The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry. Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the...
  • YouTube:Sukhoi Su-35 Paris Air Show 2013 Flight Demonstration

    06/19/2013 11:51:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 17, 2013 | Staff
    Wikipedia:Sukhoi SU-35-Flanker-E The Sukhoi Su-35 (Russian: –°—É—Ö–ĺ–Ļ –°—É-35; NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) is designation of two different heavily-upgraded derivatives of the Su-27 'Flanker'. Both are single-seat, twin-engine supermaneuverable multirole fighters, designed by Sukhoi and built by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO). The first variant was designed during the 1980s, when Sukhoi was looking to upgrade its high-performance Su-27, and was initially known as the Su-27M. Later re-designated Su-35, this derivative incorporates aerodynamic refinements to increase manoeuvrability, enhanced avionics, longer range, and a more powerful engine. The first Su-35 prototype, converted from a Su-27, made its maiden flight in June 1988....
  • Why Iranís New Home-Grown Stealth Fighter Will Never Get Off the Ground

    02/04/2013 7:47:52 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 43 replies
    Gizmodo - Credit to The Aviationist ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | David Cenciotti - The Aviationist
    On Feb. 1, 2013, Iran unveiled its indigenous fighter jet named "Qaher 313″. The prototype of the Q-313 (or F-313 according to the stencils applied to the aircraft), was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and publicly displayed as part of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies held in Iran to celebrate the 1979′s victory of the Islamic Revolution. In the previous days, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi had said, "The aircraft will be different from the other fighter jets Iran has already made." Iran's new fighter jet doesn't look like any we've ever seen before. Turns out, as The...
  • Video: Russiaís Third Stealth Jet Flies

    11/23/2011 10:28:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    DefenseTech ^ | November 22, 2011 | Staff
    For more Thanksgiving week entertainment, check out this video of Russiaís third stealth fighter making one of its very first flights. The video below shows the third Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA flying recently, nearly two years after the very first T-50 made its first flight. Remember, Russia is hoping to get the jet, designed to be a less stealthy but more maneuverable competitor to the F-22 Raptor, into service by the middle of the decade. India has already signed off to build about 200 of the jets under license. South Korea and even Venezuela are reportedly interested in the...
  • Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Rival US's Best: Report

    05/10/2011 7:13:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/10/2011 | Lee Ferran
    The next generation stealth fighter under development by the Chinese military could rival America's best fighters in speed, stealth and lethality, according to a new private report. Details on the Chinese J-20 fighter are scant as the project has been developed under extreme secrecy, but an analysis conducted by the conservative Washington D.C.-based defense policy think tank The Jamestown Foundation based on the little publicly available information concluded that the fighter "will be a high performance stealth aircraft, arguably capable of competing in most cardinal performance parameters... with the United States F-22A Raptor, and superior in most if not all...
  • Japan stealth jet prototype set to fly in 2014

    03/08/2011 7:56:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 03/08/11 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan stealth jet prototype set to fly in 2014 By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press Tue Mar 8, 2:21 am ET TOKYO Ė Japan is looking to join the United States, China and Russia with a stealth fighter that senior Japanese air force officials say can be ready for a prototype test flight in just three years, significantly upping the ante in the intensifying battle for air superiority in the Pacific. The prototype will likely be able to fly in 2014, Lt. Gen. Hideyuki Yoshioka, director of air systems development at Japan's Ministry of Defense, said in an interview with The...
  • Where Did China Get Its Stealth Technology?

    01/29/2011 10:10:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies news ^ | 1/27/2011 | Sharon Weinberger
    China is reveling in the attention its new stealth aircraft is getting, even though it's not clear whether the J-20 is as technologically advanced as the country's leaders would like the world to believe. Chinese officials are adamant that the aircraft was developed by engineers at home using their own designs, but analysts and aerospace experts presume the J-20 owes at least some credit to others. Here are the leading theories on where China may have copied -- or perhaps even stolen -- designs for its new aircraft.
  • Stealth fighter sneaks up on Taiwan

    01/24/2011 12:07:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    The maiden flight of China's new stealth jet fighter humbled those officials and observers who initially dismissed the possibility that the country could come up with such a sophisticated weapon any time soon. It was strikingly demonstrated that neither the intelligence apparatus of the United States nor that of Taiwan had a clue about the speed of Chinese advances. Unnoticed by Beijing's adversaries, the J-20's engineers have mastered advanced stealth-shaping techniques, and even if mass production still lies a few years ahead, it is understood that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in the foreseeable future will have...
  • J-20 And The Russian Connection

    01/21/2011 9:18:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/21/2011 | The Strategy Page
    American intelligence believes that the tech behind the new Chinese J-20 stealth aircraft came from Russia. So far, not a lot of protests from Russia. This might indicate that MiG sold some tech to the Chinese, and didn't issue a press release. Of the four stealth fighters than have been built and flown so far (U.S. F-22 and F-35, Russian T-50 and I.42), it was noted that the J-20 looks most like the I.42, a MiG project that was cancelled in 1997. The rear portion of the J-20 is particularly similar to the MiG I.42. MiG has been having financial...
  • Arms race is back on the radar

    01/18/2011 9:55:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Newsobserver ^ | 1/19/2011 | Andrew Cockburn
    The world may be in turmoil, but in the defense business there are signs of a return to normalcy. After dreary decades in which the U.S. military had to live without a presentable threat with which to justify its spending on high-technology weapons, the Chinese stepped up to the plate. With ominous talk gaining currency in Washington of actual cuts in the U.S. defense budget, our Asian friends have suddenly offered a titillating peek from an airfield in Chengdu at their newest warplane, described as a radar-evading "stealth" fighter like our own F-22.
  • J-20 Flies Off Into Uncertainty

    01/17/2011 9:01:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/14/2011 | The Strategy Page
    On January 11, the new Chinese J-20 stealth fighter made its first flight, two weeks after it was seen doing taxi tests at a factory airstrip in central China. There are two J-20 prototypes, one with Russian AL-31 engines, and one with Chinese WS-10As (a copy of the AL-31). Of the four stealth fighters than have been built and flown so far (U.S. F-22 and F-35, Russian T-50 and I.42), the J-20 looks most like the I.42, a MiG project that was cancelled in 1997. China is releasing very little information, and apparently accepted the fact that flight tests could...
  • J-20 could see neighbours review fighter programmes

    01/17/2011 12:46:36 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/14/2011 | Greg Waldron
    On 11 January China's Chengdu J-20 had its maiden flight, sending a signal about the country's aerospace ambitions and possibly spurring fighter programmes among its neighbours. The 15min flight took place at midday at the Chengu Aircraft Design Institutes' aerodrome. The pilot took off and circled the airfield several times before landing. The tests show the purported fifth-generation aircraft is large, roughly the size of the General Dynamics F-111, and features a delta wing and forward canards. Otherwise, little is known about the aircraft, though analysts question whether it is truly stealthy.
  • China's Stealth Fighter Flies, But Does It Work By Ripping Off U.S. Tech?

    01/17/2011 12:05:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 1/11/2011 | Kit Eaton
    China's now test-flying its new J-20 stealth fighter, coincidental with a visit to the nation by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But exactly how does the Chinese aircraft stealth tech work? Unlike the U.S.'s vintage SR-71, world's first stealthy aircraft the F-117 and the hugely impressive B-2, all developed under the utmost secrecy, the J-20 is having a particularly open development process (even more unusual when you consider China's normal habitual secrecy).
  • Military tests China stealth fighter without telling leaders (China's President did not know)

    01/12/2011 7:51:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/12/2011 | David Cloud and Barbara Demick
    Reporting from Beijing ó China's military conducted the first flight test of an experimental stealth fighter Tuesday, apparently without informing the country's civilian leadership in advance and only hours before U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with the Chinese president to discuss ways of improving military ties. The test flight of the J-20 fighter seemed to represent a snub of Gates by China's military establishment during his three-day visit to Beijing and to deepen questions about how much control the country's civilian leadership exercises over the armed forces, which have often taken a harder line on improving relations with...
  • China Spurns Defense Secretary Gates

    01/11/2011 5:38:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 11, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: Dealing from a position of increasing strength against increasing U.S. weakness, China has rebuffed an overture to hold strategic nuclear talks. Why should they? As we disarm unilaterally, time is on their side. America doesn't have that big a stick anymore, and the Chinese know it. China and the United States are seemingly moving in different directions both economically and militarily. So when Defense Secretary Robert Gates went to Beijing on Monday speaking softly about the need for strategic talks, the Chinese told him in essence, "Thanks for coming." The world's oldest civilization is willing to wait patiently for...
  • Red Chinese new Stealth Fighter (J-20) makes 1st flight while Defense Secretary Gates is in China

    01/11/2011 5:49:41 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 39 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 11, 2011 | Jeff Head
    The Chinese announced today that their new stealth fighter made first flight while Def. Secretary Gates was in country. Takes off at 3:06, touch and go at 4:30 in the following video. CHINESE J-20 STEALTH FIGHTER IN 1ST FLIGHT