Archive | January, 2012


And the MMRCA lowest-cost bidder is (drum roll) …

Flightglobal defence editor Craig Hoyle has confirmed the Dassault Rafale has been selected as the lowest-cost bidder for the Indian Air Force’s medium, multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract. Please ignore, for the moment, the sound of Veuve Clicquot corks popping all over Bordeaux-Merignac.We’ve been down this runway before with the Rafale. The French have demonstrated […]

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PICTURES: Northrop adapts B-2′s flying wing into airliner for NASA study

NASA two years ago challenged three aircraft makers — Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman — to design a next-generation airliner. Boeing’s and Lockheed’s designs have been revealed before. Northrop’s concept finally was unveiled last week at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Sciences Meeting in Nashville. It’s the first airliner optimized for radar […]

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Chief skunk on 6th-gen fighters, 2-seat F-35s & classified UAVs

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — It was a presentation this morning by Alton “Al” Romig, the new chief of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, on unmanned air vehicle technology, so you know he had to say something about the RQ-170 Sentinel. Anticipation only grew as he began his lecture to the 50th annual Sciences Meeting of the […]

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Decision week for India’s MMRCA contract?

Photo by Katsushiko Tokunaga via Eurofighter Eleven years after it all started, India’s, er, patient acquisition process may yield a final downselect for the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract later this week — or maybe next month, or — since we are talking about India — next (fill in the blank). But the two […]

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PICTURE: Lockheed reveals concept aircraft for post-F-22 replacement

Lockheed Martin’s 2012 calendar — which your blogger received in the mail but casually deposited, unopened, in the trash — contained the company’s first concept design for a sixth generation fighter to succeed the F-22 after 2030. Call her “Miss February”.The US Air Force has already started the search for the F-X fighter to replace […]

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Almost hot off the presses – Latest F-35 master plan

Mark your calendars. Thanks to ELP’s blog for discovering this five-month-old presentation (see Ebersole brief), Here’s what the F-35 is supposed to do over the next five years. The clock on LRIP-4 started last year. LRIP-5 is getting sorted out now, although it technically should have been awarded before 1 October 2011. The timing for […]

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POLL: Pick airpower’s winners and losers in 2012

1. Lockheed Martin F-35 Will the F-35 … 2. Leftovers from 2011 After each missed a 2011 deadline, the event that will come first in 2012 is … 3. Themes To reflect the year’s most dominant theme, 2012 will be called … 4. Good-byes The programme least likely to survive 2012 is … 5. Winners […]

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