Archive | September, 2011

VIDEO: F-35′s Plan B is “try harder”

Eight months ago, Lieutenant General Terry Robling took over the US Marine Corps aviation branch. Almost immediately, Robling’s most critical programme — the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) Lockheed Martin F-35B — was placed on probation and threatened by then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with cancellation. This morning, Robling spoke publicly for the first […]

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IMAGES: Shenyang “F-60″, UCAV stealth models revealed?

It’s been nine months since the first grainy images of the Chengdu J-20 sneaked out of China on 24 December, but perhaps it’s time to add another Chinese stealth fighter to the club. And a new UCAV.  And a new UAV. First, meet the Shenyang F-60 (shown above). This scale model appeared on this Chinese […]

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VIDEO: Lockheed ad claims its missile is cooler

There is no question which bid for the US Army’s joint air to ground missile (JAGM) contract is cooler.Lockheed Martin is competing for the $6 billion order with a missile featuring a cooled infrared seeker. Its competitor, Raytheon, is offering an uncooled seeker. The infrared seeker is just one of three sensors required to be […]

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Lockheed pitches retired C-5As to commercial market

Photo courtesy of US Air Force The US Air Force has some big decisions to make soon about strategic airlifters. The backlog for the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III runs dry in 2014. That year also is the current expiration date for the Lockheed Martin C-5M programme, which is converting about 50 C-5B models to the […]

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: China’s 1st UAV “mega-festival”

The Orteig Prize motivated Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic. The X Prize gave Burt Rutan all the excuse he needed to design SpaceShipOne. The organizers of China’s AVIC Cup, which concluded this weekend in Beijing, appear slightly less ambitious, but who knows what ideas will be sparked by the country’s first “international UAV […]

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PHOTO: Baby UCAV flies in China?

A new photo on sinodefenseforum and Secret Projects appears to show China’s first stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV). One view on these forums guesses this image may reveal a new, subscale, 2m-wingspan demonstrator by Shenyang, one of China’s three historic fighter makers along with Chengdu and Xian. Others speculate that it could be merely […]

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France says Brazil says France wins fighter deal — er, maybe

Brazil may or may not award a fighter contract next year, but, if it does, the Dassault Rafale would win. That is basically what the French press is reporting that Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, privately told Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, on the sidelines of the United Nations meetings in New York on 22 […]

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Lockheed unveils concept to replace AMRAAM-HARM

Boeing and Raytheon have always seemed the favourites to win the US Air Force next generation missile (NGM) contract. The NGM — formerly titled with the mouthful of joint dual role air dominance missile, or JDRADM — aims to replace the AIM-120 AMRAAM and the AGM-88 HARM. Note that both are Raytheon missiles. Meanwhile, Boeing […]

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PHOTOS: Fighter, bomber & trainer concepts unveiled at AFA

No one in the US Air Force is publicly talking about replacing the relatively youthful Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor. Neither is there any public commitment by the USAF’s leadership to immediately replace the relatively aging Northrop T-38C Talon.But those facts haven’t stopped some of the defence industry’s most creative contractors from showing off new concept […]

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VIDEO: Crash that dashed Russia’s UAV hopes finally revealed

Russia’s strange absence of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) stands out among the world’s biggest military spenders. The idea of home-grown, medium-altitude UAV for surveillance and strike is certainly not some US and Israeli fetish. China has the Pterodactyl (also known as Wing-Loong), India has the Rustom. Even relatively smaller spenders, like the United Arab Emirates, […]

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