Archive | March, 2011

This blog is on vacation

It’s Final Four weekend and I’m a University of Kentucky fan, so, with apologies to non-Americans who have no idea what I’m talking about, this can only mean one thing: I’m on vacation! (Let the record show I booked this trip home two months ago in anticipation of a Final Four berth, and I was […]

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VIDEOS: French air force over Libya

Who has better filmmakers than the French Air Force? Nobody. That’s who. (h/t G2 Solutions).Libye : ravitaillements en vol by ministeredeladefenseCatapultages pour la Libye à bord du… by ministeredeladefense

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Why does DSCA make aircraft prices so confusing?

The Indian press says New Delhi is holding up a blockbuster deal for 10 Boeing C-17s. There’s apparently some concerns about the bill, which the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) estimates could cost as much as $5.8 billion. Ouch! That’s worth as much as $580 million per aircraft.This raises one of my frequent […]

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US Navy’s wish-list for new UAV spy-bomber

It may need in-flight refueling to avoid disrupting flight deck operations. It will be controlled by the aircraft carrier within the ship’s line of sight, but steered from land-based control centers on long-range flights. It will be a persistent surveillance asset first and a long-range bomber second. Humans, not computers, will always control when it […]

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Flightglobal presents a guide to airborne imaging

Few technologies have been more influential in military operations over the past decade as the gyro-stabilized TV camera. It’s rare these days to find any military aircraft worth mentioning that lacks an electro-optical/infrared imaging payload. Flightglobal’s Insight team and aviation correspondent Caitlin Harrington, in association with Raytheon, have published a guide to this important field […]

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GE and Rolls follow Schwartz’s advice on F136

To say General Electric and Rolls-Royce are not happy about yesterday’s stop-work order on F136 is like saying Libyan air force pilots are a little concerned these days about staying current on their flying proficiency.Even as they are self-funding the F136 to keep the program alive, GE and Rolls are fighting the 90-day stop-work order […]

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My bill from the US Air Force: $87,432.00

“Dear Mr. Trimble,” the recent correspondence, with Department of the Air force letterhead on top, begins. “This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 27 February 2011,” the letter continued, promisingly. “As of the date of this letter, without a waiver, the total estimated processing cost for your request […]

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Why the West dodged a Russian bullet over Libya

To challenge the no-fly-zone imposed by a Western-led coalition, the Libyan Air Force has not launched a newly-acquired fleet of state-of-the-art four Sukhoi Su-30s and 12-15 Su-35s. It has not activated an integrated network of recently-delivered S-300 air defense missiles. And Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalist force have not overwhelmed the rebellion with several dozen T-90 main […]

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Why no F-22s over Libya?

Photo: US Air Force In the attacks on Libya since 19 March, the US Air Force says as of about 1pm EDT today it has contributed three Northrop Grumman B-2s, four Boeing F-15Es and eight Lockheed Martin F-16CJs.Where are the F-22s?It’s a fair question to ask since Gen Norton Schwartz, USAF chief of staff, told […]

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A history of Predator from the ultimate insider

On 3 March, the US Air Force accepted the last MQ-1B Predator (shown above) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., closing the book on a paradigm-breaking 16-year run. Frank Pace was one of the original employees of Abe Karem’s Leading Systems, which designed Amber for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the early 1980s. […]

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