Archive | January, 2008

You know the UAV industry has arrived when …

… a site like this starts up: https://uavjobs.com/ (Note: it appears no UAV jobs are actually on the site, but I’m sure that’s only a matter of time.)

Continue Reading

Boeing’s delayed 787 looks to defense sector for help

I just published a news story on FlightGlobal.com about Boeing’s decision to open a modification line for the 787 airliner in San Antonio. Check out the full story here. I don’t mention this in the article, but I believe this carries some significance for the US defense industry and for Boeing’s defense division, in particular. […]

Continue Reading

Northrop’s KC-30 gets a fan club, You Tube-style

I’ve never met Carlos Longoria, but his YouTube profile tells me he’s a Mercedes enthusiast living outside Travis AFB in California. He’s also apparently an unusually enthusiastic fan of the KC-30, so much that he created his own marketing video that frankly rivals the best defense industry propaganda I’ve seen. So enjoy — I think:

Continue Reading

New mystery: is Boeing still building the E-10?

The E-10A program is supposed to be deader than a door-nail. The E-10A is so dead Northrop Grumman went to the trouble earlier this year to issue a press release stating that its formerly prized surveillance and command and control aircraft program is, indeed, dead. So why would Boeing apparently still be building it? The […]

Continue Reading

Raytheon’s big move into the oil business?

From the Associated Press today, via Businessweek.com: A major defense contractor is selling technology to a large oilfield services company that hopes microwaves will someday become a key tool in unlocking the vast but hard-to-extract oil reserves in the West’s underground shale deposits. Much as a microwave oven heats food, Raytheon Co.’s technology relies on […]

Continue Reading

World Air Forces (part 1)

I’m on the hook this year for the first time to deliver Flight International magazine’s 2008 World Air Forces Directory, a massive beast of reporting and indexing the year’s major developments in global military aircraft inventories. It typically runs from 20 to 30 pages and publishes in the third quarter of the year. But the […]

Continue Reading

Boeing’s KC-X fuel-savings claim is interesting, but dubious

I’ve really been scratching my head over Boeing’s press release yesterday that claims the 767-200ER enjoys a 24% fuel efficiency advantage over the Airbus A330-200. The statistic is not trivial, as it could be a huge factor in the evaluation for the US Air Force’s KC-X tanker replacement contract. But the statistic would seem – […]

Continue Reading

Advanced JDAMs???

Reuters has an interesting scoop today on a key breakthrough for the Bush Administration’s arms package to Saudi Arabia. But I’m not sure what the reporter means by an “advanced” JDAM. He carefully references the laser JDAM as a possibility, but I also wonder if it could also be new JDAMs equipped with the anti-GPS-spoofing […]

Continue Reading

Army asks for services of rock band, specifically

The US Army has been in the entertainment business for a long time, so it’s not surprising — nor scandalous — that they want to hire a band to entertain the troops in Afghanistan. But it’s the way that they solicit for rock bands that makes the whole thing hilarious. I give you the army’s […]

Continue Reading

Will army aviation finally break out of its 30-year rut?

The AUSA hosts the Army Aviation Symposium this week, which gives me the perfect excuse to ask one of my favorite questions: What will it take to get US military helicopter technology out of its long and barren rut? I believe the last all-new aircraft designed, built and fielded for the US military was the […]

Continue Reading