Archive | July, 2008

Russia’s views about the new F-22 flying display

Vladimir Karnozov, Flight’s Moscow-based correspondent, got the Russian perspective on the F-22 flying display on Monday. Excerpted below are quotes from the article appearing in next week’s magazine. Going back to the Raptor, [Su-30MKi/MKA/MKM project manager Aleksandr] Barkovsky said that generallyspeaking the Su-30MKI performance is largely similar, “but we did it ten yearsago”. The Su-35 […]

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Farnborough log: Day 2

1444: Bowman makes interesting — and potentially significant — point: former C-17 pilot is now a chief of staff of the USAF. 1437: Bowman: still several countries interested in buying 2 to 4 C-17s. Qatar is mentioned for first time.1417: Now at Boeing briefing. Subject is C-17 humanitarian role. Speaker is Dave Bowman, who also […]

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Farborough log: Day 1

1915: After the first day, 2 major themes to the show areJSF and KC-X. The surprise: both stories are shaped by public feuding betweenDOD and Boeing. 1908:Only at Farnborough can areporter get a ride back from the show with the head of aviation for the USMC, LTGTroutman. Nice guy. 1527: F-22 display was dazzling.Most thrilling […]

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Why I love Farnborough

The Farnborough Air Show doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, and I’ve only been in London for less than 24 hours, but I already have my favorite story of the year.The article below will be printed in tomorrow’s Flight Daily News. Here’s your sneak-peek. Top JSF official blasts Boeing for barbs  Stephen Trimble / London Boeing […]

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Watch Rep Norm Dicks call the A330 a “big, monstrous aircraft”

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Farnborough preview podcast on DoDBuzz.com

I’m a big fan of DoDBuzz.com and not least because it’s part of Military.com, a site I played a (very small) part in creating about eight years ago. I joined a panel of defense trade reporters this morning for a podcast hosted by DoDBuzz.com. Moderated by Military.com managing editor Christian Lowe, we previewed the stories […]

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Random notes on yesterday’s tanker hearing, next week’s Farnborough air show

Extraordinaryhearing yesterday … a lot of heat … but also a lot of light … if you had any doubts thatDOD could re-compete the contract without political interference, the hearing offeredample proof that the next round of bidding will be all about politics … DODfaces a really tough situation … they want to conduct a […]

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Twittering Tanker — Again

John Young, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is about to explain to the House Armed Services Committee how he will stage the recompetition of the poor old KC-X contract.Watch my Twitter updates — or, um, “tweets” — in the space on the right, or check out my twitter page here: http://twitter.com/TheDEWLineHere’s my […]

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Is Oz back on JSF bandwagon?

Jason Simonds, TDL reader from down-under, sent this comment to the blog today: “Stephen Gumley, the chief executive officer of Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (agency responsible for buying military capability in Australia) let slip on 10 July 2008, in front of a Senate enquiry, that Australia WILL be buying the F-35A, barring some unlikely calamity […]

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Twittering SECDEF’s tanker update at 1pm [UPDATED]

Secretary of Defense Bob Gates will brief reporters at 1 pm on the way forward for the US Air Force tanker contract. Check the “Twitter updates” section in the space on the right for live updates about the briefing, and go to this link at 1 pm to watch Gates yourselves. UPDATE: Briefing is over. […]

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