Archive | September, 2010

Radar vs stealth: Nothing new here, folks

I must say I’m disappointed. As I wrote earlier this week, I looked forward to reading the the Radar Game report issued this morning by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute. I anticipated that Rebecca Grant would build on her 1998 report of the same name, and present a well-researched update on the eternal battle […]

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Super Hornet price tag spiraling … downward?

Photo: Boeing Five billion dollar paydays are rare even for a US defense contractor, so Boeing is probably feeling pretty good today. The US Navy yesterday gave $5.3 billion to Boeing to build 124 F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18Gs over the next five years. That’s not quite as good as Lockheed Martin’s agreement last week on LRIP-4 […]

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VIDEO: Iran’s “stealth” flying boat

Iran says they have delivered three squadrons of new Bevar 2 ground effect vehicles (aka “flying boats”) to its “elite Republican Guard”.  As to claims of stealth, the exposed engine and propeller (which is unfortunately designed to spill exhaust into the OPEN cockpit) nullifies any attempt at evading radar detection. You have to respect the […]

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Boeing finally talks spec’s on KC-767 NewGen Tanker

I have badgered Boeing executives unsuccessfully for more than a year to reveal the configuration of the KC-767 NewGen Tanker. Perhaps never before has so little been known about such a high-profile product. Boeing has only offered that the new tanker would based on the fuselage of the 767-200 and the cockpit would be upgraded […]

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GE/Rolls statement on new F136 anomaly

Bad news today for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce team producing the F136 alternate engine for the F-35 in defiance of the Department of Defense’s desire to kill the program.GE/Rolls issued this statement about one hour ago to reporters: Approximately three hours into a mechanical check-out on September 23 at the GE Aviation facility in Evendale, Ohio, […]

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VIDEO: Mini bonzai bomber kills sub

Forget PowerPoint! If you want to show how a Japanese P-3C kills a Chinese or possibly North Korean submarine, grab a few mini-bikes, hire some very tiny actors and crank up the Top Gun theme song!

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Week-ahead open thread: Radar versus stealth, round 2?

The Mitchell Institute, an Air Force Association-funded think-tank, will release on Thursday a new paper called “Radar Game and the Value of Stealth”, by Rebecca Grant. It comes 12 years after Grant first published a paper called simply “The Radar Game“, which defended the US Air Force’s long insistence on a mostly- (if not all-) […]

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VIDEO: Who knew helicopters can swim?

You don’t see a video like this every day …Navy Times has the full story: MH-60R crews grounded for Lake Tahoe dip By Gidget Fuentes, Navy Times TAHOE, CA — The Navy grounded two MH-60R aircrews with a Coronado, Calif., squadron after their helicopters sustained damage when they dipped into Lake Tahoe Sept. 13, Naval […]

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PHOTO: F-35 opens kimono

Here’s our first peak inside the F-35 weapons day in the air, courtesy of this May 2010 brief by Lockheed Martin deputy director of F-35 vehicle systems Doug Hayward. I see one AMRAAM and one 2,000lb JDAM inside each bay, a standard load-out. The aircraft appears to be the now-retired AA-1 flight test aircraft.

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E-bomb, the missile

Just when you thought it was safe to move your nuclear complex underground … Boeing, Raytheon win work on high power microwave missile By Stephen Trimble Boeing and Raytheon have won seedling contracts to define requirements for a new kind of aerial weapon for the US Air Force that uses high-power microwave (HPM) beams instead […]

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