Military: April 2009 Archives
Earlier this month Stephen Trimble's blog The DEW Line reported that the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recommended halting the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor production at 186 aircraft. Pictured here is the F-22 production line.
In the meantime, the US Air Force has cleared a five-year upgrade project to allow the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor to communicate with other stealthy - and perhaps some non-stealthy - aircraft types. The project will cost roughly $900 million.
Last month the US Air Force suffered its first fatal accident involving an F-22, when a test aircraft crashed near Edwards AFB in California.
Picture credit - Lockheed Martin
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates last week proposed the most radical reshaping of the Pentagon's spending priorities since the end of the Cold War, including halting Lockheed Martin F-22 production at 186 aircraft.
Another major aerospace target was in the area of missile defence, especially the Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser (pictured). The first prototype will be kept as a research asset, but Gates will propose scrapping the second planned prototype. Continue reading...
Check recent posts from Stephen Trimble on his DEW Line blog on the subject including a liveblogging session during the budget press conference in which he interacted with 30 Flightglobal users.
The service used the arrival of flag carrier Austrian's first winglet-equipped Boeing 767-300ER for the exercise.
On its return to Vienna from undergoing modification in the USA, OE-LAE was intercepted by a pair of Typhoons launched from Zeltweg air base.