Archive | June, 2007

Hedge Funds are the Answer

The way airlines buy aircraft today makes no sense. The current model doesn’t work for the customers, the manufacturers nor the financiers. The system has to change. Cheers to Fortune magazine for spotting one possible solution to this problem: hedge funds! (Really.) Here’s an excerpt, but check out the full article here: Traditionally, airlines purchased […]

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Not to Brag, BUT …

The US Army has thankfully upheld my professional reputation, such as it is, by selecting the C-27J for a $2 billion contract awarded earlier this evening. I risked public embarassment and several free beers to the Raytheon/EADS North America PR team by sticking my neck out last week and predicting that the L-3/Alenia/Boeing/etc product would […]

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VLJs: Spy Planes of the Future?

The US Air Force wants to know whether very light jets (VLJs) could make good military aircraft for a variety of applications, to include spying. Read the air force’s notice here.

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Boeing’s Predicts …

Boeing today has released its latest current market outlook for civil airliners, predicting again that air traffic growth should far out-pace the world’s economic growth. (China: Boeing says “thank you”.) Read it here. And Randy Tinseth’s Paris Air Show briefing here.

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Subsonic Long Range Strike: So Much for That

Vago Muradian, editor of Defense News, reports today that the US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a classified contract to develop a hypersonic, unmanned spy plane that could evolve into a bomber. How this plays with the USAF’s announcement last month that it will seek to develop a subsonic, manned bomber for the long […]

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Things To Do (Vol. I)

Today, you can: 1. Show the army how to zap enemy aircraft with lasers, ushering in a whole new method for air defense

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AGM-129A: Unretired?

Is the AGM-129A — the US Air Force’s only stealthy cruise missile with a nuclear warhead — dead or not? This post by the Federation of American Scientists blog on March 7 says yes. But this solicitation by the US Air Force on April 27 would seem to indicate otherwise. The air force says it […]

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I Predict A Winner: Joint Cargo Aircraft

The C-27J will be announced the winner of the Joint Cargo Aircraft competition later this week. Put it in the bag. Keep in mind that this is a blog and not a news story. I have no information that confirms the sentence above. If I did, you can trust that I’d save it for my […]

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Conflicts of Interest in France? I’m shocked! Shocked!

With the Paris Air Show right around the corner, it’s a good time for a French arms-media-political scandal — or at least complaints that there should be a scandal. This week’s The Economist says: “More troubling are links between politics, the media and missiles. The Lagardere Group, which owns Le Journal du Dimanche, Paris Match […]

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Paul Richfield’s Big Scoop on BAMS

Paul Richfield’s Big Scoop on BAMS Props to my competitor Paul Richfield, editor of C4ISR Journal, for scooping us on BAMS in this month’s issue. Richfield got Boeing to publicly acknowledge that it will partner with Gulfstream to offer the G550 business jet as optionally manned/unmanned aircraft for the US Navy’s BAMS program. (BAMS=Broad Area […]

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