Archive | July, 2010

F-35 Wikipedia edits traced to bizarre source

The fall-out of Canada’s decision to buy 65 F-35s continues to build. Canadian defence journalist David Pugliese has traced scandalous edits on Wikipedia’s F-35 page to three computers at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, where the fighters will eventually be based. Here’s an excerpt from Pugliese’s article today: Nine attempts were made July 20 and 21 […]

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PHOTO OP: US Navy accepts E-2D

Photo source: The DEW Line Northrop Grumman delivered the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to the US Navy Atlantic Fleet today at Norfolk naval base in Virginia. Chief of Naval Operations Adm Gary Roughead formally accepted the E-2D from Gary Ervin, Northrop Grumman’s president of the aerospace systems sector. To read our recently published technical description on […]

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Mixed messages on possible F-35 funding cut?

When the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel passed their version of the Fiscal 2011 spending bill on Tuesday, the legislators buried a whopper of a mystery funding cut. The aircraft procurement account for the US Air Force would be slashed by $2.263 billion next year if the subcommittee’s version of the bill becomes law. By […]

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VIDEO: F-35 birdstrike test (via F-16.net)

Who doesn’t like watching a frozen chicken go splat on a perfectly good aircraft canopy? If the video is not self-explanatory enough for you, feel free to peruse this 20-page write-up by Lockheed Martin on the actual birdstrike test. Birdstrike Impact Studies.pdfBoth the video and the report are courtesy of the F-35 discussion thread on […]

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Ex-Lavi chief calls for new fighter, not $11 billion on F-35

I spent a week touring Israel’s aerospace industry last November, which included a sighting of the only known survivor of the Lavi program. One of many things I came away with is a sense that Israel wants to return to the ranks of the world’s developers of manned combat aircraft, rather than a niche supplier […]

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DOWNLOAD: USAF reveals the future

Dahm chicago keynote View more presentations from Stephen Trimble.

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FARN10: Eurofighter boasts Typhoon reign over F-35

Eurofighter has launched a new campaign to assert the supremacy of the Typhoon against the Lockheed Martin F-35 in air-to-air combat, describing internal simulations giving the former an advantage over a numerically superior F-35 attack force. The campaign is aimed at challenging Lockheed’s claims that the F-35 enjoys a 6:1 exchange ratio over modern fighters. […]

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FARN10: Vulcan over Farnborough

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FARN10: Will Boeing fatten order book with slimmer C-17?

Call it the C-17 Stairmaster. It’s Boeing’s latest idea for a design refresh that retains the wing and T-tail, but narrows the fuselage by 4ft. Boeing unveiled the idea for a more “fuel-efficient” C-17FE at a lightly-attended press conference today. The design concept shrinks the airlifter’s cross-section to the minimum required to accommodate a fully-armoured […]

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FARN10: Brazil AF delays F-X2 contract to October, advances KC-390

Brazilian Air Force Chief Lt Gen Junito Saito signs letter of intent to acquire 28 Embraer KC-390 tanker-transports during this press conference at the Farnborough Air Show on 21 July. In response to questions, Saito also said the F-X fighter decision would be delayed until after elections in Brazil in October, pushing contract award for […]

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