Archive | August, 2011


The US military’s helicopter replacement master plan

The US military plans to reduce about 25 different helicopter types today into four models of a next-generation of vertical lift aircraft. We’ve known this for a few years already, but the full scope and vision for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) studies guiding the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) has eluded this blogger until now. The […]

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VIDEO: Taihang-equipped J-10B! Also starring: J-20 and JF-17

We bring you the latest video to surface from the world’s least-secured runway for officially classified, experimental military jets. (Pssst: Hey, AVIC! Seriously, it’s like you’re not even trying now. It was almost more fun when you tried to keep this stuff hidden. Geez, when did China become the world’s most transparent military about new […]

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REPORT: Hillary Clinton makes “unbelievable” F-35 pitch to India

This report on by the South Asia Analysis Group this morning on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to New Dehli last week raises some very big questions. Among them: If this is true, why didn’t the US government offer the F-35 to India in the first place? And does the “unbelievable” description of […]

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MOVIE: China’s Top Gun with J-10s

We hesitate to show you this movie, Sky Fighters, but we’ll at least give you fair warning. This  attempt to wrap the PLAAF’s J-10 in Top Gun’s blockbuster meme is … well, let’s put it this way: Compared to Sky Fighters, Top Gun’s plot is Mamet-like and its dialogue is Shakespearean. And, compared to Sky […]

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