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Medium airlift and the big sales spat

If you thought that salesperson trash-talk at air shows is exclusively the reserve of Airbus and Boeing these days, think again. During two otherwise innocuous press briefings at the Singapore air show yesterday, the heat was well and truly turned up on an already simmering rivalry between the manufacturers of the C-27J (below) and C295 […]

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UAE: not easy as 123

We’ll be going quiet on The DEW Line for the next week and a bit, as we take in some festive rest and recuperation. But before I power down the posts for a bit, how about the United Arab Emirates ending its interest in the Eurofighter Typhoon (company-provided image below)? There had been a lot […]

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Gripen wins in Brazil

Just when we were starting to think that 2013 was maybe heading into a graceful news wind-down, Brazil surprised us by announcing that it would be making a decision in its FX-2 contest today – and then surprised us again by picking Saab’s Gripen NG. The timing of this came as a complete surprise to […]

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South Korea’s dogfight continues

Flick through the pages of this week’s Flight International and you’d be mistaken for thinking that there’s still a fighter competition to be pursued in South Korea. Seoul’s recent decision to not award an F-X III deal to apparent front-runner Boeing for the F-15 Silent Eagle has been viewed by many as indicating a future […]

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All morning, all BAE Systems, Inc.

How do you attract press coverage amidst the star (literally)-studded speaking schedule of the Air Force Association’s annual convention in Washington DC next week?You hold your press conferences a week early! All of them. I’m headed out this morning for the Rosslyn, Virginia, offices of BAE Systems, Inc. (The “, Inc.” at the end subtly […]

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The Best Headlines of 2017

Last week, I asked you to come up with the top five military aviation headlines of the year for 2017. If even a few of these (mostly) plausible predictions come true, we are all in for a very interesting decade in the defense business. Thanks to my many contributors for … well, contributing. Here’s the […]

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New contest: Name the top 5 military aviation headlines of 2017

This contest is inspired by a similar question posed to Richard Aboulafia on Flightblogger. The challenge: name the top 5 military aviation headlines of 2017. If you’d rather not post your name, feel free to email me with your contributions at stephen.trimble@flightglobal.com. To get the ball rolling, here’s my Top 5: 1. Airbus named Alabama’s […]

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Acronyms that will never be contest: Everyone wins!

Judging my “Acronyms That Will Never Be (ATWNB)” contest is hard. I feel a little like the source selection board for the KC-X tanker contract: I know any pick I make is sure to be challenged and, perhaps, over-turned on appeal. (At least John McCain isn’t breathing down my neck – yet.) So I’m going […]

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Contest: Military aircraft acronyms that will never be

Trying something new on the blog today: a contest! The prize is one of Flight’s famous cutaway posters of the Lockheed Martin F-22. l’ll give everybody a week. The challenge: come up with a military aircraft acronym that makes sense, but could never actually exist. I’ll give you two examples. 1) Ever heard of the […]

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