Archive | June, 2009

Northrop Grumman flies surprise Fire Scout prototype No. 2

Northrop Grumman now has two flying prototypes for the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The first, P6, flew a year ago and is dedicated to ship-based demonstrations. Meanwhile, a surprise Northrop press release issued about 15 minutes ago announced first flight of a second prototype, P7. (Sorry, the first flight photo won’t be released until […]

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POGO on F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit

Mandy Smithberger, an investigator for the Project on Government Oversight, has posted the first summary of the F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit. She concludes: “If the allegations are true, the justification for the whole program may be in question.”Here’s more: This of course is not the first time that the real and practicalcapability of the stealth […]

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Ex-Lockheed engineer sues Lockheed for F-22 stealth fraud

Lockheed Martin has been sued by a former engineer who claims the company knowingly supplied defective stealth coatings for the F-22, according to the legal document posted below. I’m following up with the former engineer’s attorney and Lockheed Martin for further comment.[UPDATE 1: The lawsuit was filed by the attorney for Deepwater whistleblower Michael DeKort, […]

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The Aircraft that Could Have Made History

This post is written by Will Horton, Flight’s Washington, D.C. intern.Sunday night the National Geographic channel premiers its documentary “Hitler’s Stealth Fighter”.Hitler? Stealth? Fighter?Modern stealth aircraft design did not start until the 1970s, but this documentary aims to find out if Nazis Germany developed stealth techniques three decades earlier.In the Battle of Britain during the […]

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STUAS/Tier II: Who is the sixth competitor?

I’ve been calling around all day to find this out, but so far no luck. Maybe somebody reading the blog can help me. I am reliably informed that NAVAIR received six bids for the STUAS/Tier II contract when the solicitation period closed on 9 June. I know for a fact that bids came in from […]

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AFT: Senate committee adds 7 F-22s despite veto threat

The Air Force Times’ Sam LaGrone reports that a key Senate committee has authorized the Pentagon to spend $1.7 billion for 7 F-22s in Fiscal 2010.  A House committee last week authorized to Pentagon to spend $360 million to buy long-lead parts for 12. Both version still face a vote from the full House and […]

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Reports: Northrop Grumman hard drive sold in Ghana for $40

Source: CBC Canadian journalism students got access to Pentagon contract data after buying a possibly stolen Northrop Grumman hard drive in a market in Ghana, according to the CBC. Here’s excerpts from the story below: “You’d think a security contractor that constantly deals with verysecret proprietary information would probably want to wipe theirdrives,” [Blake] Sifton […]

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Northrop Grumman brings home BACN contract

The US Air Force today announced a $276 million contract that buys three Bombardier Global Express business jet and five powerful new communications relay systems.The latter is the Northrop Grumman Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN). This payload is designed to translate data messages sent by radios with incompatible waveforms, perhaps alleviating one of the military’s […]

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Obama plays veto card against more F-22s, F136s

The Obama Administration warned today in a memo to Congraess that the president could veto the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The House Armed Services Committee has voted to extend F-22 production and keep the F136 engine in competition with the F135. But both of those issues could become deal-breakers for President […]

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AT-802U gunship interview at Paris Air Show

Our beleaguered Flightglobal.com staffers have finally cleared a huge backlog of videos collected during the chaos of the Paris Air Show. Here’s the interview I did with Lee Jackson, the design engineer for the Air Tractor AT-802U gunship.

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