Archive | October, 2007

Typo of the Year

It’s arguable that no two companies in the US defense industry compete as fiercely as General Atomics, which builds the Predator, and Northrop Grumman, which makes the Global Hawk. That’s why this obviously mistaken contract award notice today by the US Department of Defense is so beautifully ironic, worthy of my newly-created Typo of the […]

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F-22 = $220 million

You knew this would happen eventually: The F-22′s program acquisition cost and its numerical designation are roughly in synch. The US Air Force wants to extend the F-22 production line one year past its scheduled closure date at the end of fiscal year 2010. I asked the USAF to tell me how much it would […]

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Will Airbus move more assembly work to the US?

Last week, I speculated on this blog that Airbus may use a KC-X contract win to shift more commercial aircraft assembly operations from Toulouse to Mobile, Alabama. Since I never really know if I’m making a good guess or just talking crazy, it’s nice to see more knowledgable experts saying basically the same thing. To […]

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Rafale propaganda video

Dassault’s Rafale sales campaigns have failed in Korea, Singapore and now Morocco. Some have accused the Rafale’s US competitors of cheating. Some have blamed the lack of an active array radar. Others have claimed Dassault and the French government worked at cross-purposes.Me? I blame the cheesy propaganda video. Rafale Global PunchUploaded by Mobylette64

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Ares starts the belated debate about cyberspace

Who cares if the US Air Force prefers to call cyberspace a “domain”, as in a new battlespace on par with air, land and sea? It’s not an insignificant question, and cheers to Bettina Chavanne at the Ares blog for enlightening us with an email from an anonymous US Air Force officer who’s not afraid […]

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THAAD’s pre-Dubai Air Show money shot

Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) and the Dubai Air Show are starting to go together like Thanksgiving and turkey (as in, the bird that goes, “gobbledy-gobbledy”; not the country that goes, “What Armenian genocide?”). It was conveniently during the last Dubai Air Show in 2005 that THAAD finally started to atone for 13 years […]

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Headline: World goes nuts over fighter sales for one week

The already dubious world of international fighter sales has made some geo-political somersaults this week. Most significant are reports from Russia and Israel that China is selling 24 J-10 fighters to Iran. This comes after months of speculation that Iran was negotiating a whopper deal to buy 250 Su-30s from Russia. The term “Iranian air […]

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Spotted: High Powered Microwave (HPM) bomb

HPM bombs will join the US Air Force’s regular munition inventory after 2012. Read the full briefing here or just this chart.

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Tip: If you sell military aircraft, go find a new job

If you make military aircraft for a US customer for a living, you’re in for a rough decade. Military spending on new aircraft will decline from $55 billion in FY 2008 to $48 billion in FY 2018 (using constant dollars). To put that in perspective, military spending has doubled during the previous decade. So if […]

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The McCaffrey Memo: Download and Comments

I’ve decided to upload the McCaffrey memo as great comments keep coming in from Sunday night’s post on this blog. Download the document here: Download file And here’s some of those great comments. Steeljaw Scribe wrote: Interesting juxtaposition between this memo of “imperatives” and the discussions going on here and here over the newly released […]

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