Archive | September, 2009

Sources: Boeing plays new airframe card for T-X

Does the US Air Force want to buy an all-new jet to replace the ubiquitous Northrop T-38C, or will it settle for an off-the-shelf option? Will the USAF be pressured to favor an all-US system, or will it be allowed to buy an aircraft with substantial foreign content?How the USAF answers those questions could make […]

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KC-X fuel offload breakdown

Gen Arthur Lichte, chief of Air Mobility Command, probably put it best. When I asked Lichte two weeks ago if the US Air Force would change its “more is better” philosophy on fuel offload for the KC-X contract winner, Lichte replied: “Certainly, when you are talking about replacing a tanker, fuel is important.”The draft request […]

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Stealth finally meets its match

A US Marine Corps pilot posits in a very good new issue of Joint Forces Quarterly that the age of stealth domination in airpower is over. Since the 1991 Gulf War, the USAF has launched thousands of stealth bombing sorties against the hardest targets offered by Baghdad, Belgrade and Baghdad again, yet suffered only one […]

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JUNKET: M346 news – and fly-bys – in Venegono on Day 2

An AleniaAermacchi test pilot provides a quick tour of the M346 hangar, where you can see all three of the jet trainers currently in existence. (Video by Stephen Trimble) ROME — Day 2 of the Alenia and Aermacchi press tour began in Venegono, near Milan, and ended in Rome. Venegono is where AleniaAermacchi designs, builds […]

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Junket: F-35, C-27J, AMX news at Alenia’s Caselle base

The fourth C-27J in production for the US Air Force is on the final assembly line at Alenia’s factory in Caselle, Italy, near Turin. This aircraft is one of four expected to deploy by next September or October. (Photo: Stephen Trimble)CASELLE, Italy — On the first of four days of the Alenia/Aermacchi press tour, I […]

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VIDEO JUNKET: Cruising over Turin in Alenia C-27J

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O Globo: Saab Gripen claims popular lead in F-X2 race

O Globo, a national Brazilian newspaper, asked online readers to vote on who would win the air force’s F-X2 contract. Despite the hoopla about the now-disputed announcement on 7 September by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declaring the Dassault Rafale the winner, the unscientific poll below showed the Saab Gripen with a comfortable lead. […]

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JUNKET: The DEW Line goes on Italian aerospace tour

AleniaAermacchi is hosting a press tour this week in Italy. As you can see above, the itinerary includes stops in Turin, near Milan, Rome and Naples. Your humble correspondent gratefully accepted the invitation. (It’s, um, a difficult assignment — cough-cough — but I’m a professional journalist and blogger; I’ll do my best to make it […]

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US Navy: ALQ-99 pods no match for “today’s” threat

Here’s a pleasant thought: the core of the US military’s airborne electronic attack weapons are useless against Russian S-400 integrated air defense systems currently for sale on the export market.In unusually blunt language for an unclassified source, a US Navy document soliciting sources for a next generation jammer (NGJ) dismisses the current system as out-classed.“The […]

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VIDEO: First flight of Saab Gripen for Royal Thai Air Force

Flightglobal’s Craig Hoyle writes: Saab celebrates first flight of Thai fighter Thailand’s first of at least six Saab Gripen C/Ds has made its first flight from the Swedish manufacturer’s Link√∂ping facility. Flown by a Saab test pilot, the two-seat Gripen D completed its 80min debut sortie on 16 September. “The Royal Thai Air Force will start […]

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