Archive | February, 2011

Aero India: Guided tour of the souped-up Super Hornet [VIDEO]

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Aero India: Elta shows off G550, Q400 surveillance aircraft [VIDEO]

I’m alas not in Bangalore this week for Aero India 2011. My colleagues in Singapore and London have drawn that task (see our full coverage here). But organizers of the concurrent international seminar have helpfully posted webcasts of all the major presentations. Below is a nice start. If you fast forward to about the 48-minute […]

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VIDEO: US Navy’s first stealth UAV soars

Click here to read the news story at Flightglobal.com. [Update: Here's a 15-minute snippet of the press conference on 5 February with Northrop Grumman and Navy officials. The model is actually an X-47 model from the defunct joint unmanned combat air systems (J-UCAS) program. The speakers on the call include Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy UCAS-D […]

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China’s 1st attack helo goes operational?

Chinese media sources are reporting that the CAIC Z-10 attack helicopter has become operational, adding yet a new weapon to the People’s Liberation Army’s growing arsenal.Several photos have appeared on Chinese web sites showing a Z-10 that is painted dark green and emblazoned with an LH designation signifying assignment to an operational unit. Hong Kong’s […]

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VIDEO: B-1 tips over F-16

This non-dated video appeared on LiveLeak yesterday.

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VIDEO: Yes or no to the Mono?

We know the US Army is looking for a new breakthrough in rotorcraft performance. Helicopters may be the most efficient way to hover and move vertically, but they are slow and don’t go very far. The world’s biggest helicopter makers understand the problem, and have proposed a wide range of solutions, including coaxial/compound rotors (think […]

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VIDEO: Super Tucano’s case to become USAF’s next fighter

In Fort Lauderdale on Monday, Embraer and new partner Sierra Nevada showed off a Super Tucano that had just completed flight demonstrations for the US Air Force. The light-strike turboprop is bidding for the light air support (LAS) contract against the Lockheed Martin/Hawker Beechcraft AT-6. This particular Super Tucano was on loan to the manufacturer […]

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Kill the AWACS, J-STARS fleets, ex-SECAF says

The era of the E-3 AWACS, the E-8C J-STARS and — presumably — RC-135 Rivet Joint may be over. Fifth-generation fighters are not only more survivable against a sophisticated opponent, they also have better sensors than the US Air Force’s best dedicated air- and ground-warning systems. Anything larger than an F-35 or F-22 should be […]

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