Archive | February, 2011

PHOTOS: First peek at Raytheon’s next air dominance missile

Raytheon has at long last revealed one of its concepts for a next generation missile to replace the AIM-120 AMRAAM and AGM-88 HARM with a single weapon. Read my full story about the mock-up here. And here’s a photo showing the competition. Below is one of Boeing’s concepts presented as a full-scale mock-up that has […]

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VIDEO: Top USAF generals react to Russian, Chinese stealth fighters

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F-35 scores first J-20 kill — on AFRL poster

The Chengdu J-20 first flew on 11 January, but it’s already found itself in the cross-hairs of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)’s munitions directorate. A poster at the AFRL stand at the Air Warfare Symposium today shows a Lockheed Martin F-35 firing a short-range missile at a not-too-distant target (see close-up below), with a […]

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LIVEBLOG from AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium

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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VIDEO: EADS NA chief Ralph Crosby breaks down both KC-X bids

In a press conference today, EADS North America chairman Ralph Crosby breaks down his analysis of the key factors for both bids in the KC-X competition. He candidly acknowledges the KC-767 has a slight advantage with military construction savings and lifecycle fuel burn costs. Crosby’s KC-45 has an “opportunity” to win on price, he says, […]

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VIDEO: In-depth look inside X-47B first flight

Northrop Grumman has released new footage of the X-47B flight about 11 days ago. It includes a few rare peaks inside the X-47B’s internal bays, including landing gear, weapons and electronics. Boeing’s Phantom Ray team preparing for first flight in the second quarter is officially on notice. We want good video!

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LIVEBLOG: US Fiscal 2012 budget-palooza

The Obama Administration has sent Congress a request to spend $3.7 trillion in Fiscal 2012, which includes $553 billion in the base defense budget and $117.6 billion for overseas contingency operations. I will be reporting updates as details stream in throughout the day.5:45: So far, the biggest surprise in my notebook today is about the […]

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Hindustan Aeronautics

More details emerge on India’s rival to the F-35

Shiv Aroor/LiveFist Unlike most countries, India has no shortage of fighter acquisition programs. Most of the press at Aero India 2011 focused on the Big Three: the long-awaited deliveries of the Tejas light combat aircraft, ever-ongoing competition for the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract and the collaboration with Sukhoi on the fifth generation fighter […]

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Top 3: Notes from CSBA’s press conference on DOD budget

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis hosted a press conference about the Fiscal 2012 defense budget this morning. CSBA Senior Fellow Todd Harrison‘s full analysis is posted online here. Below are some notes from the press conference: 1. Avoiding the F-35 death spiral — Harrison’s position on the DOD’s $380 billion F-35 program is […]

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J-20: China’s ultimate aircraft carrier-killer?

It’s been nearly one month since first flight of the Chengdu J-20, but we still know so little about the aircraft. China’s air force — the PLAAF — has remained surprisingly mum on an aircraft they were so willing to flaunt on a Chengu runway for nearly three weeks. We still don’t know if the […]

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