Archive | October, 2011

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The saga of LRIP V for F-35

Low rate initial production (LRIP) is the hardest phase. It’s one thing to develop an aircraft, and quite another to manufacture it. The phase between development to full-rate production has tripped up many programme offices in the past. For the F-35 programme, that struggle is personified in the strange and twisting saga of the LRIP […]

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Boeing sneaks a peek at KF-X design

This literally slipped right past us last week in Seoul. Buried in the Korean-language F-15SE Silent Eagle brochure, which we brought home as a souvenir, is an image revealing Boeing’s concept for South Korea’s KF-X fighter. It was so sneaky we didn’t even spot it until it was pointed out to us by an alert […]

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VIDEO: Northrop Grumman flies clean X-47B

It took nearly eight months from first flight, but Northrop Grumman has retracted the landing gear of the X-47B in flight. Then it took another month for them to post the video, but at least it’s worth the wait.  The cruise flight test is a critical step on the path to achieving the ultimate goal […]

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VIDEO: Russian TV special on PAK-FA engine

The Saturn NPO 117 engine “enables the execution of a wide range of maneuvers which match the performance of the Raptor and in some parameters exceed it”, says Russian guy.It’s your move, Pratt & Whitney.

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A PSA for F-22 pilots

It’s been another wild week for the Lockheed Martin F-22 fleet. For the first time in five days, about 30 F-22s at Langley AFB, Virginia, were cleared to fly today. That comes one day after Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson lifted a grounding order on 40 F-22s. Both flight stoppages were triggered on 20 October after a […]

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Help coming for AWACS in a J-20 era?

The Boeing E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) is like the binoculars of a fighter formation. By emitting a 3GHz electromagnetic pulse, the E-3A’s Northrop Grumman APY-2 radar can spot an inbound fighter at 30,000ft as far as 430nm away. But what if the fighter is stealthy, which means partly that its designed to […]

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Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025

As part of its KF-X presentation at the Seoul Air Show on 21 October, Eurofighter representative Cassidian displayed a fascinating chart with a fighter market forecast. Click on the chart to download a high-resolution version.There are some questionable assertions, as one might expect of a manufacturer-driven forecast. Eurofighter, of course, predicts the Dassault Rafale loses […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Eurofighter shares KF-X vision

South Korea needs help developing KF-X. Its industry feels up to the challenge of developing the new fighter’s flight controls, aerodynamics, sensors and weapons. But it wants an industrial partner to transfer technology for the engines, sensor fusion software and systems integration. This presents a certain dilemma for potential US partners. How much do Boeing […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: KF-X vision unveiled

In a seminar today at the Seoul Air Show, South Korean government officials outlined the strategy and plans for the KF-X, a twin-engined stealth fighter with a design goal of achieving manoeuvrability, speed and range performance between a Lockheed Martin F-16 and a Boeing F-15. South Korea wants to develop the KF-X over the next […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Is that a new F-15 helmet?

South Korea is the first country to see a next-generation helmet-mounted cuing system (JHMCS) for the Boeing F-15. It will be offered to the Republic of Korea Air Force with the F-15SE Silent Eagle for the F-XIII contract. The Elbit Systems-Rockwell Collins joint venture VSI unveiled the JHMCS II at the Seoul Air Show this […]

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