Archive | September, 2008

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Critical non-thinking

It is the Lockheed Martin F-35 silly season again. Every few weeks, the Joint Strike Fighter’s critics feed a story to the media about the aircraft’s alleged shortcomings. That happened in Australia earlier this week. Air Power Australia, which describes itself as an independent defence think-tank, was formed by several ex-Royal Australian Air Force officers […]

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Japan should forget about the Raptor

Waiting for nothing

Japan has finally confirmed what everyone figured would happen anyway – it has delayed its F-X competition in order to continue lobbying the USA for information on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It is silly, though. The Japan Air Self Defense Force’s capability will keep dropping, and there is no guarantee that Washington would allow […]

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I get by with a little help from my friends…

The pieces are finally falling in place for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Its manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft has been lining up the design and manufacturing know-how over the last year, but what it sorely lacked was the marketing and after-sales expertise in the passenger jet business.That should now come with Boeing’s involvement in the programme as […]

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Crowded House

Why in the world does India want to manufacture regional jets, when it already has so much on its plate?An Indian Regional Jet will join a crowded field in which newcomers from Japan, China and Russia will also be competing with the incumbents, Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier, for market share. Analysts say that one […]

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