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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
    “If 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,” 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
    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.
  • 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 CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, national security correspondent David Martin chronicled the seemingly never-ending list of problems with the Pentagon’s next-generation F-35 fight jet, from cost overruns of $160 billion to technical problems that have plagued the plane’s 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 Pentagon’s acquisition chief, Frank Kendall, said, "Yes, it is." But that commitment came with a warning. “Long 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 China’s 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 China’s 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: Сухой Су-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 Iran’s 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: Russia’s 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 Russia’s 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 – 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 — 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
  • Chinese stealth fighter makes first test flight

    01/11/2011 12:15:01 AM PST · by Allthatucantleavebehind · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Associated Press
    BEIJING – China's prototype stealth fighter made its first-known test flight Tuesday, marking dramatic progress in the country's efforts to develop cutting-edge military technologies. The plane dubbed the J-20 flew for about 15 minutes over an airfield in the southwestern city of Chengdu where it was spotted carrying out runway tests last week, Kanwa Asian Defense magazine editor Andrei Chang said. Photos of the plane in flight and on the ground surrounded by men in civilian clothes and army overcoats were also posted on unofficial Chinese military websites. A J-10 fighter — China's last homegrown jet — flew behind it...
  • The Unveiling Of China's Raptor

    01/06/2011 5:03:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: While America has stopped production of its stealth fighter, China prepares to challenge U.S. air supremacy in the Western Pacific with its own. China is on another Long March, one it hopes will lead to military supremacy over the U.S. at least in the Western Pacific. It is deploying a carrier-killing mobile missile, the Dong Feng 21D, and is expected to launch its first aircraft carrier this year, the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier Varyag. China is also conducting preflight tests on a fifth-generation stealth fighter expected to challenge the best the U.S. has to offer. Photographs reportedly showing China's J-20...
  • U.S. Downplays Chinese Stealth Fighter Status

    01/06/2011 2:27:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 5, 2011 | Phil Stewart
    China is still years away from being able to field a stealth aircraft, despite the disclosure of images indicating that it appears to have a working prototype, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday. The images have been posted on a number of websites and were published on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The Pentagon said they appeared to show a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter prototype making a high-speed taxi test. The disclosure of the photographs comes just days before U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is due to travel to Beijing on Sunday, and analysts could only...
  • Experts doubt 'stealth' capability of Chinese fighters

    01/04/2011 7:46:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 01/04/11
    Experts doubt 'stealth' capability of Chinese fighters 2011/01/04 19:55:11 Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Local military analysts expressed doubt Tuesday about the "stealth' capability of a Chinese stealth fighter that reportedly has been performing high-speed taxiing tests recently. Pictures of the prototype J-20 stealth fighter were posted on several websites after the U.S.-based Aviation Week reported that the aircraft had been carrying out taxiing tests at an airfield in Chengdu, western China, late last month. The debut of the J-20 was announced in November 2009 by General He Weirong, deputy commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, during an interview...
  • Chinese Fifth generation Stealth Fighter leaked(Zot All Commie Trolls!!!-Open Season)

    12/25/2010 7:10:46 AM PST · by LiXiangyang · 117 replies · 14+ views
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  • $30bn fighter plane deal inked(India-Russia)

    12/21/2010 5:31:26 PM PST · by cold start · 1+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 21 Dec 2010
    India and Russia on Tuesday finalised a contract for the biggest defence programme in the country's history — a $30-billion (Rs 1,35,000-crore) project involving the joint production of 200-250 fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). The aircraft, being called the perspective multi-role fighter (PMF), will exploit the basic design of the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA prototype, with modifications thrown in to meet the Indian Air Force's "more stringent specifications". The 30-tonne aircraft will be a swing-role fighter with stealth features for increased survivability, advanced avionics, smart weapons, top-end mission computers and 360-degree situational awareness. What will put the co-produced fighter in...
  • What Russia’s Stealth Fighter Developments Mean for America

    12/01/2010 10:12:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 11/30/2010 | Mackenzie Eaglen and Lajos F. Szaszdi, Ph.D.
    Russia’s development of the PAK FA fifth-generation stealth fighter could challenge American air supremacy, especially if Russia sells the PAK FA to its usual buyers of military equipment. In the U.S., closure of the F-22 production line has severely limited America’s ability to respond to PAK FA proliferation by building more F-22s and potentially selling them to U.S. allies. The U.S. needs to revise its assessment of U.S. air superiority needs and then explore ways to modernize and strengthen the U.S. tactical fighter force.With America’s closure of the F-22 production line and the recent debut of Russia’s PAK FA fifth-generation...
  • China Practices Intercepting U.S. Stealth Fighters

    10/16/2010 9:23:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 55 replies
    The Chosun Illbo ^ | 10/15/2010 | The Chosun Illbo
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army recently staged an intercept exercise targeting the U.S.' latest stealth fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, Hong Kong's Apple Daily reported Thursday. Japanese media on Oct. 3 reported that the Japanese and U.S. militaries will carry out a joint exercise to practice recapturing the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyutai Islands in November, in case the Chinese capture them in a surprise attack. It said the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington and F-22 Raptors will take part in the exercise. On Oct. 8, five days after the report, a Chinese Air Force brigade in the Chengdu military...
  • F-35: Centerpiece of 21st century global security

    07/19/2010 6:49:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/19/2010 | John R. Kent
    The 5th generation F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter will serve as the centrepiece for 21st century global security while strengthening international political and industrial partnerships, a senior Lockheed Martin F-35 executive said Monday at the Farnborough Air Show. "As we continue to define what a next generation multirole fighter is and bring to the world a profound increase in capability over the best existing fighters, I’m most proud that we’re able to do it affordably—at about the price of fourth generation aircraft," said Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager of F-35 Program Integration. "The program continues...
  • Russia offers fifth-generation fighters for much less than cost of F-22

    06/29/2010 1:57:05 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 6/28/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    Russia plans to offer its advanced fighter-jets at a cost far below those of its Western counterparts. Officials said Russia would offer fifth generation fighters for one-third of the cost of comparable Western aircraft. They said Russia was developing fighters that would be superior to current European and U.S. aircraft. "It will be a machine superior to our main competitor, the F-22, in maneuverability, armament and range," Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. On June 17, Putin toured a Russian aerospace facility that was developing and testing a fighter-jet prototype, designed to have a shelf life of up to 35...
  • New robotic stealth fighter jet set to soar

    05/16/2010 7:21:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 1,169+ views
    Live Science via Yahoo News ^ | 5/14/2010 | Live Science via Yahoo News
    Boeing's sleek fighter-size Phantom Ray stealth jet will make its first flight by year's end. This unmanned airborne system (UAS) is designed for a variety of warfighter roles ranging from reconnaissance and surveillance to aerial refueling, electronic attack and hunter/killer missions. The 36-foot-long aircraft, which will serve as a test bed for advanced technologies, was rolled out May 10 at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security plant in St. Louis, Missouri. With its 614 mph (0.8 Mach) cruising speed, operating altitude of 40,000 feet and 50-foot wingspan, the 36,5000-pound Phantom Ray advances the state of the art for unmanned aircraft....
  • Leaders not impressed by new Russian fighter

    03/22/2010 11:21:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 1,637+ views
    Combat ^ | 3/22/2010 | Combat
    The flying debut of Russia’s answer to the F-22 Raptor isn’t wowing Air Force leaders. Dubbed the T-50 or PAK-FA, the fifth-generation stealth fighter jet made its maiden flight Jan. 29 — 47 minutes over eastern Russia — and has flown at least twice since then. The twin-engine jet will replace the MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker, both fourth-generation front-line fighters. The first operational T-50s should be delivered in 2015, the same year the Air Force expects its first F-35 Lightning II. Also a fifth-generation fighter, the F-35 has a single supersonic engine and stealth capabilities. “I didn’t see anything...
  • Russian T-50 PAK FA makes second successful flight

    02/14/2010 6:52:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,301+ views ^ | 1/14/2010 |
    Within a span of days, Russia's fifth generation fighter aircraft developed by Sukhoi Corporation under its highly secret PAK FA project Friday made its second successful flight in the country's far east. The flight carried out from the KNAAPO plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur lasted 57-minutes, ten minutes longer than its maiden flight on January 29 and the fighter was painted in the combat colours of the Russian air force, according to Interfax. This time also it was piloted by test-pilot Sergei Bogdan, who expressed satisfaction at the performance of the aircraft to be inducted by the Russian Air Force in 2015....
  • Sukhoi PAK FA: First Observations(Part 2)

    02/11/2010 12:06:33 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 808+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 02/11/2010 | Sergio Coniglio
    On 29 January 2010, the Sukhoi PAK-FA (Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatsy, literally "Future Front line Aircraft System"), which could variously be described as a technology demonstrator, the first prototype of the future T-50 fighter, or an intermediate step between the two, took to the air for the first time from the freezing runway of Dzemgi Air Force Base (shared with the KnAAPO plant) at Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East Siberia (see also A fundamental step has at last been accomplished in the development of the long-expected Russian response to the American F-22 RAPTOR air dominance fighter. Airframe...
  • Sukhoi PAK FA: First Observations

    02/10/2010 1:18:15 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 467+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/10/2010 | Sergio Coniglio
    On 29 January 2010, the Sukhoi PAK-FA (Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatsy, literally "Future Front line Aircraft System"), which could variously be described as a technology demonstrator, the first prototype of the future T-50 fighter, or an intermediate step between the two, took to the air for the first time from the freezing runway of Dzemgi Air Force Base (shared with the KnAAPO plant) at Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East Siberia (see also A fundamental step has at last been accomplished in the development of the long-expected Russian response to the American F-22 RAPTOR air dominance fighter. The...
  • Russia's first stealth fighter makes maiden flight (What was that turkey that we just canceled?)

    01/29/2010 11:53:28 AM PST · by GauchoUSA · 31 replies · 3,173+ views
    AP ^ | 01/29/10 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW – Russia's first stealth fighter intended to match the latest U.S. design made its maiden flight Friday, boosting the country's efforts to modernize its rusting Soviet-built arsenals and retain its lucrative export market. The Sukhoi T-50's flight comes nearly two decades after the first prototype of the U.S. F-22 Raptor took to the air, and Russian officials said it will take another five years for the new jet to enter service. Still, the flight marked a major step in Russia's efforts to burnish the faded glory of its aviation industries and strengthen a beleaguered military. The sleek twin-engined jet...
  • Russia unveils top secret new fighter

    01/29/2010 4:24:17 AM PST · by myknowledge · 48 replies · 2,883+ views
    AFP (hosted on Google) ^ | January 29, 2010
    MOSCOW — Russia on Friday unveiled a new fighter aircraft touted as a rival of the US F-22 stealth jet and developed amid the highest secrecy as part of a plan to modernize the armed forces. The fifth generation fighter, manufactured by the Sukhoi company and known as the PAK FA, made a maiden flight of just over 45 minutes at the firm's home base of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Far East region. "The flight lasted 47 minutes during which all the aircraft's systems were tested. It was successful," Sukhoi spokeswoman Olga Kayukova told AFP. "This is the first time it...
  • Pentagon refusing Israeli F-35 demands

    01/19/2010 11:07:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 893+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/20/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    The Defense Ministry has told the Pentagon that it will purchase the stealth-enabled Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) if it is allowed to replace 50 percent of the systems with Israeli-made technology, defense officials said Tuesday. According to the officials, the investment in purchasing the JSF - also known as the F-35 - would only be cost-effective if some of the money went back to Israeli defense industries. One example was the contract Israel Aerospace Industries won to produce wing boxes for F16s made by Lockheed Martin, also the primary contractor for the F-35. The F-35 will be one of the...
  • F-35 Beginning To Fade

    01/15/2010 9:21:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 51 replies · 1,658+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 01/10/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Navy has been nervously watching as the costs of the new F-35C and F-35B carrier aircraft increase. It comes down to this. Currently, it costs the navy, on average, $19,000 an hour to operate its AV-8 vertical takeoff and F-18C fighter aircraft. It costs 63 percent more to operate the F-35C (which will replace the F-18C) and the F-35B (which will replace the AV-8). These costs include buying the aircraft, training and maintaining the pilots, the aircraft and purchasing expendable items (fuel, spare parts, munitions.) Like the F-22, which recently had production capped at less than 200 aircraft,...
  • Lockheed Martin F-35B Begins In-Flight STOVL Operations

    01/08/2010 10:38:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 867+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/08/2008 | SPX via Space War
    The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter engaged its STOVL propulsion system in flight for the first time today. The successful test is the first in a series of planned STOVL-mode flights that will include short takeoffs, hovers and vertical landings. "The joint F-35 industry and government team has already shown during extended ground tests that the STOVL propulsion system performs well, and thousands of hours of component testing has validated its durability. Now we are seeing early proof that the system operates in flight as our team predicted," said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive...
  • Second Lockheed Martin F-35B STOVL Aircraft Arrives at U.S. Navy Test Site

    01/04/2010 12:48:22 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,278+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/03/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The second Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter arrived today at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph T. "O.D." Bachmann piloted the aircraft nonstop from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth, Texas, plant to Patuxent River, successfully completing aerial refueling en route. Bachmann departed at 11:07 a.m. EST and arrived in Patuxent River at 2:26 p.m. EST. "Pax River is ready to begin the extensive four-year flight test campaign to help field the future of Marine Corps and Navy Aviation," said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35...
  • US mulling Japanese participation in F-35 fighter

    12/31/2009 9:51:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 622+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/29/2009 | Staff Writers via Space War
    The United States is considering allowing Japan to take part in a multinational project to develop the F-35 next-generation stealth fighter, a press report said Tuesday. Washington may allow Tokyo to participate in the project even without assurances from Japan that it will procure the F-35, Kyodo News reported, quoting sources from both governments. The move is intended to clear the way for Japan to introduce the F-35 as its future mainstay fighter as countries not participating in the joint development would not be allowed to acquire it at an early date, Kyodo said. Tokyo's participation would be limited to...
  • India keen to induct 5th-Gen stealth fighter by 2017

    10/15/2009 11:28:25 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Times of India ^ | October 16, 2009 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India and Russia, after protracted negotiations and some glitches, are now going full steam ahead to finalise the joint project for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), which will have super-manoeuvrability and supersonic cruising ability. The FGFA, along with other R&D projects like the multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) as well as the BrahMos-2 `hypersonic' cruise missiles, will gain further momentum when PM Manmohan Singh holds a summit with President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow this December. India and Russia will then also ink the fresh inter-governmental agreement on military-technical cooperation to extend their "strategic partnership'' by another 10 years,...
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Flies Supersonic (with full load of weapons)

    11/14/2008 4:37:55 PM PST · by lewisglad · 65 replies · 6,639+ views
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flew supersonic for the first time yesterday, achieving another milestone. The aircraft accelerated to Mach 1.05, or about 680 miles per hour. The test validated the F-35 Lightning II's capability to operate beyond the speed of sound and was accomplished with a full internal load of weapons on the one-hour flight. "The F-35 transitioned from subsonic to supersonic just as our engineers and our computer modeling had predicted," said Jon Beesley. "I continue to be impressed with the aircraft's power and strong acceleration, and I'm pleased that its precise handling qualities are retained in supersonic...
  • Stealth jet quietly slips into history

    11/02/2006 4:16:00 PM PST · by NucSubs · 102 replies · 3,514+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Thu. Nov. 2, 2006 | Bill Taylor
    Stealth jet quietly slips into history F-117A fighter retired after 25 years Cutting-edge design cloaked in mystery Nov. 2, 2006. 12:54 PM BILL TAYLOR FEATURE WRITER Almost as furtively as it flew above war zones from Bosnia to Baghdad, America's F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter has retired from active duty. The years had snuck up on it. Though it remained cutting-edge contemporary in many people's minds, the Nighthawk had hit the quarter-century mark. At a discreet "Silver Stealth" ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico this week, some of the people who built, serviced and flew the plane marked...
  • Think the FA-22 is too expensive and not worth it? Read this...

    10/05/2006 10:53:36 AM PDT · by TexasPatriot8 · 231 replies · 4,259+ views
    Think the FA-22 Raptor is over priced and not worth it? Might want to read this below. I got this from an olf Army friend of mine, who corresponds with a Air Force pilot he's talked to for many years. He felt the same way about the FA-22 until he was involved with the testing and training involved with the FA-22 a couple years ago. The comments made by this guy are pretty striking. The more of these in the Air Force arsenal the better, especially with the looming threats from China, North Korea, Iran, and now Venezuela with their...
  • Great pic of Stealth Fighter

    10/25/2005 11:55:45 AM PDT · by Veloxherc · 53 replies · 3,545+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 25 Oct 05 | Senior Airman Jet Fabara
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- With the American flag emblazoned on its underbelly, the F-117 Nighthawk with tail number 782 flies past spectators at the 2005 Edwards Open House and Air Show. About 120,000 people attended the event Oct. 22. This stealth fighter, the oldest of five prototypes, was hand made before full production of the aircraft started. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jet Fabara) Full Story
  • Holloman Again Sends Stealths To South Korea

    05/24/2005 9:25:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,006+ views
    Holloman Again Sends Stealths To South Korea POSTED: 8:26 am MDT May 24, 2005 UPDATED: 8:44 am MDT May 24, 2005ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- Fifteen F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters are leaving Holloman Air Force Base this week for South Korea. The 49th Fighter Wing announced the deployment of about 250 airmen and the stealths Monday. About 24 stealths and 300 airmen were deployed from Holloman to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea last summer. Officials wouldn't disclose where in South Korea the new deployment would be going. The deployment comes as North Korea threatens a nuclear weapons test. The White House...
  • AV group works to restart float plan

    12/23/2004 9:21:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Thursday, December 23, 2004. | DENNIS ANDERSON
    PALMDALE - Leaders of an Antelope Valley Float Association booster committee that is working to get a Valley aerospace-themed float into the Tournament of Roses Parade say they have reorganized the group and that a controversial committee officer has left the project. Mary Rainwater, president of the Float Association, and Bill Graham, a real estate sales agent, said Wednesday that the group's former vice president is no longer affiliated with the effort. Sandy Douglass has "absolutely no participation," Rainwater said. Antelope Valley Press reports disclosed Douglass had a number of criminal convictions for offenses that involved bad checks and other...
  • Stealth Fighter that was shot down over Serbia in 1999?

    07/07/2003 5:24:43 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 25 replies · 924+ views
    07/07/2003 | TMMT
    Ever wanted to know what happened to that Stealth Fighter that was shot down over Serbia in 1999? Well, here ya go...