Archive | December, 2008

2009: Year of the Novelty Aerospace Act

I will remember US military aircraft in 2008 as The Year of Indecision. We managed — barely — to elect a new President, but somehow couldn’t summon the decisiveness to pick — and stick with — a measly new tanker. Ditto for combat search and rescue helicopters, F-22s and C-17s.How may 2009 be remembered? It […]

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Empire Challenge ’08 exposed on Wikileaks

Go to Wikileaks.org to download a massive pile of internal documents on the planning and execution of Empire Challenge 2008, the US Joint Force Command’s premier intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance exercise for coalition forces.Much of the data may seem mundane, but there’s plenty of interesting details buried throughout. I found the “daily reports” — naturally, […]

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B-2′s new radar enters production

The radar modernization program for the B-2 has been delayed more than a year, but has finally transitioned from development to the production phase.Read more about the delay here. The US Air Force emailed me this contract announcement this morning: The Air Force awarded a production contract with the Northrop Grumman Corporation yesterday, December 29, […]

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Canadian aerospace industry 101

Spotted this presentation today on Slideshare.net, which happens to be a very useful tool, and thought I’d pass it along. Flight International will be publishing a special report on the Canadian aerospace industry next year, and I found this to be a good primer for anyone. Aerospace Slides View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. […]

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F-22 intercepts cropduster?

Buried within the transcript of General Victor Renuart, chief of US Northern Command, who spoke to reporters on 17 December at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.  As the President moves around we stand up and stand downtemporary flight restrictions around airfields and principal locations. Thereclearly is one around the National Capital Region every day. When […]

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True or False: US Air Force wants only 60 more F-22s?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Bob Cox writes a good piece today about the F-22′s future in the hands of the Obama Administration. The story perpetuates consultant Jim McAleese’s claim two weeks ago at a Reuters event that the US Air Force wants to buy only 60 more F-22s, taking the total inventory to 243. Is […]

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Interesting F-22 news out of Japan

Maybe the Yomiuri Shinbum knows something we don’t? The newspaper’s sources in Tokyo reported on Saturday that Japan has dropped plans to buy the F-22 to replace F-15s. Why? Because the Obama Administration is likely to halt production of the F-22, according to the Japanese newspaper.I think their sources may be mistaken about the likelihood […]

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2008 in review: Top 5 news

1. KC-Xcontract overturned – It embarrassed the US Air Force, embittered Europeanindustrialists and empowered Boeing. On 18 June, the Government AccountabilityOffice sustained Boeing’s protest, nullifying the second deal to recapitalizethe tanker fleet and the first requiring translation into French and German. 2. USAFleadership ousted – On 9 June, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates went nuclearon […]

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F-22s forever?

Andrea Shalal-Esa, of Reuters, quotes Jim McAleese today saying that the US Air Force will delay KC-X and CSAR-X in order to pay for 60 more F-22s. Jim McAleese, a consultant with close ties to the Air Force,said the service was counting on receiving $10 billion in additional funding aspart of an expected $57 billion […]

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Dutch: F-35 is best and cheapest multi-role fighter after 2015

It’s been a good month for Lockheed Martin’s international sales team. After bagging Norway’s generously early endorsement a few weeks ago, they just picked up a love letter from The Hague.The F-35′s opponents in the Dutch Parliament required the Ministry of Defense to perform a comparative study of the F-16 advanced, Gripen Next Generation and […]

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