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Air show ban – what air show ban?

We’ve reported previously on one of the weird knock-on effects of Congressional sequestration – namely the US DoD’s inability to commit aircraft to appear at the last several major international air shows, due to budget constraints. It was too wet to have got outside to see them in Paris¬†anyway, but odd nonetheless to not view […]

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Russia to take delivery of PAK-FA in Q3, Japan launches new carrier

The Russian Air Force will receive its first Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter in the third quarter of 2013, according to RIA Novosti. The report, which cites Russian air force commander Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, states that government flight tests will start in the fourth quarter of the year. Earlier in April, Russian president […]

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A Super Hornet’s first flight

Before any of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets rolling-off the production line in Saint Louis, Mo., can be delivered to the US Navy, the aircraft have to be vetted by company and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) pilots before formally being handed over to the government  with the signing of Form DD-250. One company pilot […]

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Is this what the Lockheed Martin LRS-B concept looks like?

Lockheed Martin released this promotional video of their famed Skunk Works division a couple of weeks ago. The video highlights the company’s historic achievements but also shows off some more recent concepts. In a segment titled “Global Strike” was this aircraft–could this be what Lockheed’s Long Range Strike-Bomber proposal might look like? Well, the answer […]

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Raytheon awarded NGJ tech development contract

The US Navy awarded Raytheon a $279.4 million contract for the technology development (TD) phase of the service’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) programme on 8 July, the service says. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), which administers the effort to build the new jammer pod, says that the new system will “transform how the service […]

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US Army aviation into the 2050s

The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) posted this video looking at future Army aviation concepts out to the 2050s. Frankly, a lot of these concepts look like they come out of the Halo series of video games or the movie Avatar–which is cool, but hopefully still technically feasible. Dr […]

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Boeing reveals updated F/A-XX concept

Boeing is unveiling an updated version of its F/A-XXsixth-generation fighter concept at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Expositionin Washington DC this week. The tail-less twin-engine stealth fighter design comes in “mannedand unmanned options as possibilities per the US Navy,” Boeing says. The designfeatures diverterless supersonic inlets reminiscent of those found on theLockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike […]

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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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VIDEO: Some good footage of Y-20

I came across a decent news video of the Xian Y-20. It appears to have been shot at different times before the aircraft started touting its new black paint scheme a few weeks back.  I don’t speak Mandarin, so I asked my colleague Mavis Toh (a keen observer of the ARJ21 and C919 programmes) to […]

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Will Y-20 have indigenous engine for 2017 service entry?

After yesterday’s China Daily story quoting Xian Y-20 design chief Tang Jun (also spelled Tang Changhong) about the type’s export potential, the Ministry of National Defence has published another China Daily story based on his comments. The exuberant headline says it all: “Confidence sky-high over jumbo cargo plane.” “The country’s first jumbo airfreighter is set […]

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