Archive | January, 2009

VIDEO: Murtha calls for “dual buy” on KC-X

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LM exec: Few, if any, jobs lost if F-22 line closes

Question: How many jobs will Lockheed Martin cut if the F-22 production closes this year?Answer: Probably none. Maybe a few.That’s not my opinion. That’s what Ralph Heath, president of Lockheed’s aeronautics division, said as recently as November 20. Heath spoke to market analysts at the Credit Suisse Group Aerospace & Defense Conference in New York. […]

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More scary reading about the ‘fighter gap’

Few documents illustrate the plight of the US Air Force’s aging aircraft problem better than this new report today by the Government Accountability Office.  GAO’s auditors focused on the future of the air superiority alert mission, a legacy of 9/11 that is amazingly still neglected. But the report also implicitly reveals the extent of the […]

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UPDATED: EADS on Air Force One: no thanks

It’s a rough day to be an aerospace reporter. The juiciest story of the decade has been lost. EADS confirms that it will not compete for the Air Force One replacement contract. Read Flight’s news story. Here is the statement from EADS North America: “In 2007 at the USAF’s request, EADS North America providedtechnical information […]

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SECDEF Gates takes swipe at Rooskie’s TU-160

Remember in September when the US Air Force dispatched F-15s to escort a Tu-160 Black Jack on a 13-hour flight from Russia to Caracas? (See video below.)Many have reported that the infamous sortie demonstrated a resurgence of a re-empowered Russian Air Force. But Secretary of Defense Bob Gates doesn’t buy it. Not only did he […]

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BVR and Russian roulette

Beyond visual range (BVR) will remain the raging controversy in air combat until a definitive, modern air war — which nobody wants — proves which side is correct. The Air Power Australia group, which defiantly wears its pro-F-22/anti-F-35 bias on its sleeve, make a strong case today against BVR, breaking down the odds of failure […]

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VIDEO: Meet the Skunk Works’ Stalker

Skunk Works designed the Stalker UAV in 2006 for a classified customer (read more). Since then, we haven’t heard a lot about it. Thankfully, a promo video was posted on YouTube yesterday. (Spoiler alert: In the end, the swarthy Arab-looking guys with the car bomb get caught. Not clear why special forces are deployed in […]

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Project Liberty

Air Force magazine has helpfully posted the briefing slides from Friday’s press conference on the Project Liberty program.DOWNLOAD BRIEFING (Hit “Ctrl + right-click” to go to link)Project Liberty is acquiring 37 Hawker Beechcraft C-37 King Air 350/ERs equipped with MX-15 camera turret balls. The aircraft are part of a rising trend of dispatching manned aircraft […]

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Will the OV-10 ride again?

TDL’s pals at Inside the Air Force (subscriber-only) got thescoop of the week, in my opinion. Boeing is apparently pitching a new — andreally improved — version of the OV-10 Bronco for the counter-insurgencymission.   BOEING LOOKING TOGET INTO LIGHT-ATTACK PLANE MARKET WITH NEW OV-10   As the Air Forcecontemplates a requirement for a light-attack […]

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USAF names new sensor “Gorgon Stare”

My philosophy is simple: If you’re going to spend a couple hundred million of taxpayer dollars to buy something, at least give it a cool name. I’m sorry, but the “wide area airborne surveillance” (WAAS) sensor did not cut it. The Sierra Nevada pod is expected to revolutionize the surveillance mission when it arrives in […]

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