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BREAKING: USAF web site confirms Saudi Arabia sale

A US Air Force web site appears to confirm the blockbuster Boeing F-15SA sale to Saudi Arabia. [UPDATE: Within two hours of my blog post, the USAF removed the image from the web site.] The picture shown above was released to a USAF web site at 3:31pm on 28 December. That means the image appeared […]

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Wikileaks shows US played AESA trick on Gripen in Norway

It was September 2008 in Oslo, and a member of the US embassy named “Whitney” was very worried about the Saab Gripen’s bid for Norway’s fighter contract. “Public opinion has swung away from the F-35 due to negative coverage,” he wrote in a non-classified cable titled “Norway Fighter Purchase: High-Level Advocacy Needed Now”. The consequences […]

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PHOTO: Newer, bigger display for F-16 cockpit

Raytheon announced today that the company has won a contract to install a large center pedestal display in F-16s owned by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Here is the first image showing the 6 by 8in color display inside the cockpit. Large-format, color displays could soon become essential for a key […]

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Tekhomirov NIIP AESA radar unveiled for PAK-FA

Calling Russian translators! The video below shows the unveiling of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar designed for the PAK-FA, Russia’s planned fifth-generation fighter. Email me at stephen.trimble@flightglobal if you can translate. 

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Is US scheming to blame for Israel shut-out in India?

A Jerusalem Post article yesterday claims the US government denied Israel Aircraft Industries the chance to offer an Elta Systems radar for the Saab Gripen proposal to India. The claims have already been picked up by the Times of India, which has branded the US actions as “arm-twisting”. The Israeli claims have a familiar ring. […]

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Random 5: Paris Air Show Day 2

Photo by Stephen Trimble Five random items from my notebook on a gloriously beautiful day at the Paris Air Show.1. Boeing confirms the General Electric GEnx engine, among other GE and P&W products, is in the mix for both the its 767- and 777-based options for KC-X. The GEnx currently powers the 787 and 747-8. […]

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B-2′s new radar enters production

The radar modernization program for the B-2 has been delayed more than a year, but has finally transitioned from development to the production phase.Read more about the delay here. The US Air Force emailed me this contract announcement this morning: The Air Force awarded a production contract with the Northrop Grumman Corporation yesterday, December 29, […]

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USAF pilot describes IAF Su-30MKI performance at Red Flag-08

An unnamed US Air Force officer, who is obviously a Nellis F-15 pilot, lectures an audience with incredible details about the Indian Air Force Su-30MKI performance at Red Flag 2008. Both videos were posted yesterday on YouTube by an anonymous contributor, who identifies himself only as an Australian (God bless ‘em!). If you have any […]

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VIDEO: F-15SG roll-out ceremony

I was in St. Louis yesterday to cover the F-15SG roll-out ceremony. This is the new version of the F-15E designed for the Singapore Air Force, featuring the APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) and infrared search and track (IRST). The reportedly Israeli electronic warfare gear, mounted on the tail-exhaust booms, are conveniently hidden from […]

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR promo video

Northrop Grumman is offering a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as a retrofit upgrade for older-model F-16s. It is called the Scalable Agile Beam Radar, and it is derived from the company’s work on the agile beam radar for the F-16 Block 60 (UAE, India) and the APG-70/81 (F-22/F-35).The competitor to SABR is […]

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