Archive | February, 2011

VIDEO: Q&A of KC-X press conference inside Pentagon

Okay, let’s see you’re hands: Who guessed Boeing? I admit I had my money on split-buy right before the contract award announcement. With all the twists and turns in the KC-X acquisition story, I just assumed that something nobody expected would happen. Looks like I was wrong.Here’s the updated news story I posted on Flightglobal […]

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VIDEO: Inside the Pentagon at KC-X contract award

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Who’s right: Sole-source to Sikorsky or competition for CVLSP?

The US Air Force is about to make a decision involving a controversial acquisition strategy affecting a domestic versus foreign aircraft competition, but it’s not about the KC-X tanker contract.This one is called the common vertical lift support platform (CVLSP), which will replace the Bell Helicopter UH-1s owned by Global Strike Command.There are five known […]

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VIDEO: Super Tucano on takeoff

Embraer has released video showing a critical moment of the Super Tucano’s recent demonstration to the US Air Force. As Embraer competes against the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 for a USAF contract, the Super Tucano showed that it can take off from a dirt strip — and bounce over a criss-crossing concrete runway. The demonstration was […]

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Video and photos from India AEW&C roll-out

No thanks to some serious airline cancellations, diversions and delays, I made it to Brazil just a few hours before the scheduled roll-out of the ERJ-145 airborne early warning and control platform (AEW&C) for the Indian air force. Here’s video of the big moment when the curtain fell.India will install the Centre for Airborne Surveillance […]

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CONTEST: Reward for positively identifying this UAV

If you can definitively prove the identity of this stealthy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), I’ve got a prize for you.I snapped this photo at the URS booth at the Air Warfare Symposium on Friday. I have showed it to a lot of people since then, and nobody is exactly sure what aircraft it is. I […]

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Penetrate faster, harder with new AFRL weapon

My trip to Brazil has been unexpectedly delayed by an unplanned, extended pit-stop in Caracas, where my Boeing 767 is currently parked with a flat tire. If you detect a note of innuendo in the headline, it’s the lack of sleep talking. Meanwhile, what better way to spend my first day in Venezuela than blogging […]

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What will it take to launch a 6th-gen fighter program: “More money”

Please excuse the abrupt drop-off of updates to my live-blog yesterday. I discovered the battery limits of several of my devices. Once I had revived their power sources, I realized I needed a recharge myself. There are still plenty of blog items left in the queue from the Air Warfare Symposium. I’m readying for a […]

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LIVEBLOG from AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium (Day 2)

ORLANDO — I’m reporting today from the AFA Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, searching for clues on the US Air Force’s many new and ongoing acquisition programs. Of great interest are the USAF’s plans for the F-35 fighter, KC-X tanker, CSAR-X helicopter, and next generation bomber (which I’d prefer the air force call B-X, but […]

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What happens if EADS wins the KC-X contract?

What-if, what-if, what-if? Some people went to the Moon after asking that question. I just went to my blog. The KC-X contract could be awarded in days or perhaps weeks. I have no idea who will win or lose, but I think I’m ready to play out a what-if exercise. Please, let me know what […]

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