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India’s MMRCA: Cut and Thrust

These are interesting times for India‘s Air Force. Somewhere in itscolonnaded Delhiheadquarters a massive team is poring over tens of thousands of pages about thesix fighters in the 126-aircraft MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft)competition. Aside from the 6,000-7,000 pages each company provided – thecontenders are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, Dassault, Eurofighter, and RSKMig – the […]

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JF-17 Thunder paint scheme underlines China-Pakistani ties

At the recent Zhuhai airshow I was struck by the large numbers of Pakistani air force personnel. I’ve always known China and Pakistan were close, but it was still a surprise to see a contingent of over 100 Pakistanis so far from home.  Yesterday a press release I found on the web site of Pakistan’s […]

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F-111B – a victim of the air war over Vietnam

The retirement of Australia‘s F-111Cs last week endedthe long story of a successful, and iconic, long range bomber. Many forget,however, that US Navy’s version of the aircraft, the F-111B, was a failure. The F-111B was big like the F-111C, though ithad a stubbier nose to make carrier landings easier. Conceived as pure fighter (thenaval version […]

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J-15 Dreams

  Since joining the Flightglobal team I’ve been burning towrite about the elephant in the room: China‘s aircraft carrier. That she exists is beyond question. Formerly the Russiancarrier Varyag, the flattop is tied up in Dalian covered by scaffolding, a tantalizing plume of smoke rising from her island.What’s going on in there? Engines gearing up? Apparently […]

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Smells like…victory

The recent transfer of five former US Army Bell UH-1 Hueysto the Philippinesmade me think of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now. Vietnambeing off limits, the film was shot entirely in the Philippines. The helicopters in thefamous Ride of the Valkyries attack scene were former Vietnam War choppersflown by Philippine Air Force crews. Several […]

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Military videos and murals at Airshow China 2010

  I was surprised and, I admit, a bit taken back by some of the images and videos at the recent Zhuhai Airshow. In one large mural a Chinese WJ-600 UAV flies high above an American carrier battle group. How do I know it merican?  Well, the ship images looked as if they had been […]

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