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The “Great Radar War” starts tonight (or possibly tomorrow)

Boeing is expected by the end of this week to select a manufacturer to upgrade the US Air Force F-15 fleet with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Vying for this contract are Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, but no matter who wins Boeing’s protest-proof selection (take that, GAO) will be sure to set off […]

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Headline: World goes nuts over fighter sales for one week

The already dubious world of international fighter sales has made some geo-political somersaults this week. Most significant are reports from Russia and Israel that China is selling 24 J-10 fighters to Iran. This comes after months of speculation that Iran was negotiating a whopper deal to buy 250 Su-30s from Russia. The term “Iranian air […]

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Prop-erty of France

Thanks to my sharp-eyed, French-speaking colleague Aimee Turner, we now know that Connecticut-based Hamilton Sundstrand has moved its entire propeller business off-shore — and to France, of all places. Perhaps not surprisingly, you won’t find a press release announcing the outsourcing move that affects about 100 US jobs on Hamilton’s web site. Flight magazine’s Aimee […]

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Iran fires back

In case you’re curious what Iran has to say about the multi-billion dollar arms package going to US allies in the Gulf region, which is presumably with the intent to offset reports of new Iranian deals with Russia, here’s the Iranian News Agency today: Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the US plan […]

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New fad: fishing for counter-insurgency aircraft partners

Why is Northrop Grumman a prime contractor for a fishing boat company (see here)? The answer is: because they’re not stupid. “Need some air cover?” (Source: DOD) Irregular warfare is a growth market, and converting fishing boats into riverine patrol veseels could soon be a booming business with the US Navy, which is standing up […]

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New fad: IR countermeasures

It used to be that only two US defense companies made infrared countermeasures for jamming shoulder-fired surface to air missiles: Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, and both relied heavily upon the same systems supplier — Selex. That was back when the only targets for MANPADS were military aircraft and the only shooters anybody worried about […]

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