Archive | March, 2013


Russian PAK-FAs escort Boeing 747

This video of a pair of Russian Sukhoi PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighters escorting a Boeing 747 is clearly fake. However, I can’t fault the video-maker’s creativity. Enjoy.  I will say that the PAK-FA is a sharp looking jet; I don’t think it can be disputed that Russia makes some nice looking fighters.. pakfa escorting boeing […]

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F-35B weapons separation trials at Pax River

The Lockheed Martin F-35B has undergone its first weapons separation test for the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The sortie was flown by US Navy test pilot Lt Cdr Michael Burks on 26 March.

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Swedish Black Hawks get set for Afghan duty

It’s a busy time for the Swedish Defence Helicopter Wing, with two of its aircraft types being readied for operations in Afghanistan and off the Horn of Africa and the Somali coast. Two of the nation’s swiftly-acquired Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks will begin flying operational missions from Mazar-e-Sharif air base on 1 April, with their […]

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VIDEO: F/A-18s, Su-30s, an A380, and a big bang at LIMA

This week I had the opportunity to report from the LangkawiInternational Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition.  Owing to horrendously slow Internet – this resortisland is just not set up for thousands of business visitors toting data hungrysmart phones and PCs – I was unable to tweet, let alone post video and imagesto the DEW Line. The […]

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UK confirms SAR transition plan

For as long as I can remember, the Westland Sea King has been the UK’s key search and rescue asset, flown by steady-handed crews from the Royal Air Force (Crown Copyright image of a HAR3A example below) and Royal Navy. The type’s days were already numbered, with its retirement from use by the UK military […]

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Canada’s F-35 procurement saga

Flight International’s Canada special was released today. Our cover story is about Canada’s military aircraft procurements and focuses on that nation’s quest to replace its ageing fleet of 78 Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighters with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Read the full story here. You actually will have to register for access to […]

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New Chinese bomber a flying wing?

The first credible indications that China is looking at developing a true strategic bomber capability are starting to emerge.  Currently, the People’s Republic of China operates a small fleet of upgraded Xian H-6 bombers (cruise missile carriers) which are based on the antiquated Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-16 Badger. According to the Chinese Military Aviation blog, which […]

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UK confirms Norfolk home for F-35 squadrons

In what must be one of 2013′s least surprising announcements, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that its future fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be operated from the Royal Air Force’s Marham base in Norfolk. Here’s a Lockheed Martin shot showing one of the UK’s test aircraft, during its first speaking engagement […]

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Bell’s VTOL flying-wing stealth bomber

No, not really. This Bell Helicopter patent might suggest to some that thecompany is returning its roots as a manufacturer of fixed-wing aircraft, butcompany officials say they simply file patents anytime one of their engineerscomes up with a good idea.  This was oneof those ideas. Basically, even though these drawing might seem to be reminiscentof […]

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North Korea shows off its new drone

This piece is courtesy of my colleague Zach Rosenberg–our resident unmanned aircraft reporter.   North Korea has made its first public showing of a flying unmanned air vehicle (UAV), showing a series of pictures on state media that apparently depict a remotely-piloted vehicle during launch and flight. The grainy pictures appear to show a North […]

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