Archive | September, 2008

Congress: USAF under-reported C-130J costs

Confusion about the L-3/Alenia C-27J’s price tag relative to the C-130J’s sparked one of history’s most memorable lines from a Congressional hearing earlier this year on military acquisition. Here’s that famous exchange between Rep Neil Abercrombie and USAF acquisition head Sue Payton: “REP. ABERCROMBIE: Ms. Payton, you are right on the edge of getting into […]

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Can you beat Chloe’s nose? (DARPA wants to know)

This is Chloe. She’s a dog. She’s actually not my dog, but my co-worker’s. Isn’t she cute? Anyway, DARPA  wants to develop a nose just like hers, mucous membrane and all. The so-called “RealNose Effort” was opened to competition yesterday, and asks contractors to “build a ‘nose’ constructed from actual olfactory receptors that furtherleverages the […]

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Northrop Grumman team survives fun-KEI business

The Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) appears to have overcome both budget and design scares within the past few weeks. A proposed Congressional funding cut for the Northrop Grumman-led programme was reversed in the final version of the budget approved by lawmakers last week, the company says. Also, a potentially fatal design flaw in the second […]

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Air Dominance, from the USAF’s perspective

There’s at least two sides to every story. The RAND report on air dominance posted here last week raises fundamental questions about the US Air Force’s vision for air dominance based on stealth, beyond visual range combat and forward basing.Richard Hallion, former US Air Force official historian, has recently presented the “other side” of the […]

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US House backs F/A-18E/F Super Hornet extension

Approved US defense spending bills this week move the Boeing F/A-18E/F one step closer to a multi-year procurement deal that could add two years to the life of the program — and potentially complicate the timing of the F-35C carrier-based variant. Congress encouraged the US Navy to budget for a third multi-year procurement deal in […]

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Download infamous RAND air power briefing (hint: the “baby seals/F-35″ report)

This blog has obtained the RAND briefing described in so many reports this week. You can download it here by scrolling on the image below (thank you, Apture).After a long review, I can understand why the heads of the program were mystified at how this briefing was used as the basis to attack the F-35 […]

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RAND clubs Aussie press reports on JSF

Australian press reports about the Lockheed Martin F-35 getting “clubbed like a baby seal” in a classified analysis of a wargame by the RAND Corp. has clearly got the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program worried. First, the F-35′s leadership duo — Maj Gen Charles Davis and Lockheed executive Tom Burbage — called an impromptu press […]

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Safran to Airbus Military: A400M is your fault

Airbus Military started the day blaming the latest A400M first flight delay upon the “unavailability of the propulsion system”, apparently much to the dislike of the propulsion system supplier.Safran, a key member of the European consortium providing the TP400-D6 turboprop, issued its own press release saying that the engines are ready. And, Safran adds, the […]

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P&W President Steve Finger speaks @ Aero Club

P&W President Steve Finger speaks @ Aero ClubOriginally uploaded by avbizwiz Steve Finger reiterated P&W’s position that its geared turbofan technology is superior to open rotor for next-generation airliners. Flight trials on Airbus A340 for GTF demonstrator begin next week in France.

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Airbus A400M’s Clay Aiken moment

In case you missed it, pop singer Clay Aiken has confirmed he’s not straight. This would have ranked as the biggest non-surprise news story of the week until this morning, when Airbus confirmed that first flight of the A400M will be “postponed”. Airbus blamed the delay on the continuing non-availability of the TP400 turboprop engine. […]

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