Archive | October, 2010

Lockheed proposes F-35′ing the F-22

Photo by Lockheed Martin So far, the F-22 and F-35 have been developed along parallel paths. Except for one of the F-35′s engines, the direct links between Lockheed’s two “fifth-generation fighters” are surprisingly thin. It seems both Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force like it that way. If an official — or even unofficial […]

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#AUSA2010: OV-1D Mohawk revived as modern gunship

A host of aircraft have been pitched for counter-insurgency. Revive the OV-10? Check. Convert the AirTractor cropduster into the AT-802U? Yep. Remake the T-6A into the AT-6? That too. Here’s a new one:ATK has teamed up with Mohawk Technologies and Broadbay to revive the OV-1D Mohawk for the counter-insurgency market.The new version adds the ATK […]

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#AUSA2010: Kiowa Warrior steals spotlight

After surviving two attempts to field a replacement scouthelicopter, the Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is only getting strongeras the US Army considers a wide range of options for its future. The Kiowa Warrior assumed a starring role on the service’sbiggest stage — the annual convention of the Association of the US Army. Army officials […]

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UK gets Skybolt revenge

While I was covering the NBAA convention in Atlanta last week — amongst other travels — my colleague Craig Hoyle in London covered the results of the UK strategic defence and security review, which you can read here.In case you’ve been living on another planet (or, ahem, at NBAA), the big news is UK government’s […]

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USAF asks industry to answer C-130 replacement questions

The launch of an all-new airlifter development for the US Air Force could start in 2014. The new aircraft could become operational 10 years later. The aircraft would replace the 450-aircraft C-130 fleet, but the USAF may buy no more than 250. Even after at least five years of discussion, the USAF still does not […]

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VIDEOS: Sikorsky races X2, then unveils S-97 scout helo

Photo by Stephen Trimble Rolling up to Sikorsky’s flight test center on the edge for the Everglades before dawn this morning, I told the guard I was here for the “X2 media event”. The guard looked confused, and replied: “But that’s tomorrow.” The dude left me hanging in shock and primal dread for several seconds […]

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Screwed-up contract award or scoop of the decade?

This contract award awarded by the US Navy last January is so screwed up I don’t know where to start. If even half of it is true, it would reveal both an all-new fighter and the resurrection of the F-117 Nighthawk. My guess is we’re dealing with freakish typo issues here. See link for contract […]

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VIDEO: More of PAK-FA’s first air show surfaces

Russia’s fifth-generation fighter — the PAK-FA — staged an air show for Russian President Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in May. Russian TV showed a few clips of what was then the 16th flight of the prototype called the T-50.A new video posted on YouTube on 13 October reveals nearly 2 minutes of new footage […]

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CIA Oxcart history briefing back on YouTube, sans video

I suppose it’s only fitting that a historical briefing on the CIA A-12 Oxcart project gets wrapped up in intrigue. The Smithsonian Air & Space museum has resposted an audio-only version of the 24 September briefing on YouTube about one week after taking down a link showing the panel discussion in video. Since a couple […]

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F-117 is the new Elvis

The US Air Force retired the F-117 in dramatic fashion in March 2008, ceremonially sending off the final four of the gawky stealth fighters to storage at the Tonopah Test Range, then releasing images of one poor airframe getting crushed into little pieces by a Caterpillar excavator. USAF message: See? No more F-117s here!But, like […]

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