Archive | July, 2012

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Fabulous Flankers in Australia

The six-nation exercise ‘Pitch Black 2012′ kicked off in Darwin, Australia on 27 July, with the Royal Australian Air Force hosting visiting aircraft and personnel from Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the USA. Among the equipment on show are four of the Indonesian air force’s great-looking Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, which are making a […]

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Northrop Grumman X-47B makes first Pax River flight

The Northrop Grumman X-47B made its first flight out of the US Navy‘s flight test center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, yesterday. Here is a Naval Air Systems Command video of the event. My colleagues Flight reporter Zach Rosenberg and Stephen Trimble–the original creator of this blog– are at the base today for […]

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Not everyone believes the USAF has found the root cause of the Raptor’s problems

The US Air Force is holding a press conference tomorrow toaddress lingering questions about the root cause of a series of hypoxia-likeincidents that have plagued its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fleet since 2008. Maj Gen Charlie Lyon, Air Combat Command’s director ofoperations, along with a panel of USAF experts will try to explain how theservice […]

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The Yak-130, those engine intake doors and our exclusive flight test

One of our most-read stories from the Farnborough air show reported on the confusion caused when eagle-eyed flight ops types caught sight of the Yak-130′s engine-intake blanking doors for the first time and were concerned that something was not right with the aircraft. Only after some reassuring words from Irkut personnel about this being a […]

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Lockheed Martin unveils Sea Ghost concept for USN’s UCLASS program

Looks like the US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program is starting to take-off. The USN has already completed its analysis of alternatives for the program. Right now, the service’s three-stars are hashing out the future aircraft’s key performance parameters. This is a Lockheed Martin rendering of the Sea Ghost–looks a lot […]

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‘Drone Wars’ – the UK’s involvement over Libya explained

I shudder to use the expression ‘Drone Wars’ when talking about what are more correctly termed unmanned air systems or remotely piloted air systems, but the phrase seems to have entered the public psyche too far now to ban entirely on The DEW Line, and is admittedly attention-grabbing for headline purposes. My interest was caught the other day, […]

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EADS shows off X3 compound helicopter at the Pentagon

EADS’s subsidiary Eurocopter was showing off its X3 compound helicopter today at the Pentagon. The company hopes to pitch the concept for the US Army’s Joint Mulit-Role/Future Vertical Lift program. While it was only on static display at the five-sided puzzle palace, it was caught on camera by EADS’s photographers when it came in to […]

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Manned aircraft are going to around for a while… UAVs aren’t up to the A2/AD challenge

The USAF believes that manned aircraft aren’t going anywhere anytime soon especially in the light of ever growing anti-access/area-denial threats. That’s why the service needs the F-35 and the nascent Long Range Strike-Bomber (and associated family of systems), the service’s outgoing chief of staff Gen Norton Schwartz says. Unmanned aircraft just don’t have that kind […]

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Four blimey: Rafale half-year deliveries

I didn’t make it to Dassault’s half-year results briefing in Paris today, but there are a few interesting items for all to see within the company’s media material from the event, which is now available online. Firstly, only a combined four Rafales were delivered to the French air force and French navy in the first six months of […]

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Another Voyager enters conversion

AirTanker just Tweeted this shot of the sixth A330 to enter conversion as a Voyager tanker/transport for the UK. Photographed on its arrival from Toulouse on 23 July, the widebody will be the fourth aircraft to enter work at Airbus Military’s Getafe site near Madrid, following a recent decision to relocate the activity from Cobham […]

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