Archive | May, 2010

Italian M346 becomes American T-100

Alenia North America is quietly previewing a new marketing blitz to bolster the M346 Master’s bid to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon as the US Air Force’s next advanced jet trainer.The online campaign, rolled out on Alenia NA’s web site earlier this week, rebrands the Italian M346 as the “T-100 integrated training system (ITS)“.Although EADS […]

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New PAK-FA T-50 videos appear on YouTube

(H/t: Secret Projects)

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Benchmark contest: F-35 cost vs F-22 cost

Figuring out what the F-35 will cost is a matter of great dispute. A 20% spread exists, for instance, between Lockheed Martin’s projections and the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE). But there is no argument about what the F-35 has cost so far. Every penny spent on the program since contract award in 2001 […]

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EADS already counting its KC-X chickens?

Proposals for the KC-X contract are not due until July 8, contract award is not scheduled until October-November and the political fall-out no matter who wins hasn’t even begun to start.But EADS North America may already be hiring production staff for the KC-45 tanker in anticipation of a contract award. A job advertisement for an […]

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China converts 737s into military surveillance aircraft first

The Chinese Military Aviation blog last week posted a new photo showing a Boeing 737-300 as a military surveillance aircraft in the Chinese air force fleet. Two questions: How did the People’s Liberation Army Air Force get a 737 surveillance aircraft three years before the US military, which has just started flying prototypes of the […]

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RT: Russian air defenses weak

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C-17 debate: Loren Thompson vs Loren Thompson

How many more C-17s does the US Air Force need?Let’s ask Loren Thompson, a well-known and frequently quoted analyst with the Lexington Institute. In March 2009, Thompson wrote an issue brief, titled, “The Military Needs Many More C-17 Airlifters“, a well-reasoned defense of Boeing’s case for adding more C-17s to the budget. Today, Thompson swtiches […]

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Russia talks stealthy, 370mph combat helicopter

Maybe you’ve been asking yourself: how will Russia ever replace the legendary Mi-24 Hind?So, it turns out, has Russia. Russian Helicopters Holdings, the corporate umbrella for Kamov, Kazan, Mil and Rostvertol, told the Moscow press yesterday the company will invest $1 billion to to develop a “fifth-generation helicopter”. CEO Andrei Shibitov did not provide details, […]

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PlayStation foils US Air Force

When US Air Force researchers last year created the mother-of-all-processors using Sony PlayStation-3 game consoles, it seemed like a stroke of cost-saving genius. To deliver a 53-TerraFLOP processing cluster, the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., hoovered up 1,700 PlayStation-3 game consoles, then harnessed the power of their combined processors to evaluate new breakthroughs […]

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Embraer KC-390 master schedule

Here’s one for your files. This slide comes from a presentation dated March 2010. Embraer is designing the jet-powered KC-390 to replace hundreds of Lockheed Martin C-130s around the world.

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