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Carry on sailing

Newport News, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, DCNS: watch your backs, because you’ve got a new – and by the looks of it highly price-competitive – rival in the flat-top ship-building sector. According to Rex Features (which supplied the image), this is 80 year-old Wen Yuzhu’s cut-price homage to China’s lone aircraft carrier, the Liaoning; it even […]

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AT-6 ceremonial first flight

Yesterday, I visited Beechcraft’s factory in Wichita, Kansas, to see the ceremonial first flight of the company’s AT-6 counter-insurgency aircraft. The company has not sold any of the aircraft just yet, having lost the US Air Force’s Light Air Support tender to supply the Afghans with 20 such machines. But Bill Boisture, Beechcraft’s CEO, says […]

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Chinese aerospace renaissance underway?

During the first half of 2013 a couple of new Chinesemilitary aviation projects have come to light. One recent development was thesighting of China’s Sharp Sword unmanned combat air vehicle, which was revealedin May. More recently, images have emerged of a structural model of whatappears to be a new Chinese stealth bomber. While many are […]

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AVX joins Bell, Sikorsky/Boeing for Army’s JMR-TD development

The US Army has picked AVX Aircraft Company’s design for its high-speed Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. AVX, which was formed by Bell Helicopter veterans in 2005, says it is in negotiations with the service for a JMR-TD contract, which is expected to be awarded in mid-September. The company joins Bell and a joint […]

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What will replace the F-15E Strike Eagle?

The US Air Force hopes to keep its fleet of Boeing F-15EStrike Eagle multirole fighters in service into the 2030s, but it has nodefinitive plan to eventually replace those aircraft.   Read the full article here   The Strike Eagle is arguably the best multirole combataircraft in the USAF’s inventory. No other fighter offers the […]

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The Lockheed L-225 nuclear-powered bomber–can you imagine if this thing had actually been built?

This Lockheed aircraft design from 1951 is for anuclear-powered bomber–which the United States and the Soviet Union had both exploreddeveloping during the Cold War. According to Lockheed Martin, the L-225 design was thecompany’s second attempt at a bomber powered by a small nuclear reactor.   Ultimately, neither the US nor the USSR actually built anoperational […]

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Two high profile Washington DC resignations within the span of hours…

It’s been a weird day; we have had two high profile resignations today here in Washington, DC. First, retired US Army Gen David Petraeus, former commander of US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned today as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency citing an extramarital affair. I suppose if you are European, I’m […]

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Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle adds upgraded helmet mounted cueing system

Yesterday, my friend and colleague Greg Waldron, our defense reporter for Asia, reported that Boeing has integrated a new version of the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) onto its F-15SE Silent Eagle demonstrator aircraft.  The new helmet is called the JHMCS II/h–and it is designed to be lighter and better balanced. Read his story here […]

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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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Pilatus PC-12 gets synthetic vision

My first civilian aviation story has been released… I have to say it was one of the more interesting things I’ve gotten to cover. Basically, Honeywell has launched a new version of its Apex Primus avionics suite for the Pilatus PC-12. This version has synthetic vision added… which makes life a lot easier for the […]

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