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Previewing T-X: The biggest USAF contract nobody is talking about

[As promised, here's the link: US Air Force, industry prepare for T-38 replacement)I’m amazed that the unfolding T-X contract battle, which I’m previewing in this week’s magazine (I’ll add the link after the story is posted online), isn’t one of the biggest news stories in military aviation today. It’s a story that has it all. […]

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Italian M346 becomes American T-100

Alenia North America is quietly previewing a new marketing blitz to bolster the M346 Master’s bid to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon as the US Air Force’s next advanced jet trainer.The online campaign, rolled out on Alenia NA’s web site earlier this week, rebrands the Italian M346 as the “T-100 integrated training system (ITS)“.Although EADS […]

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Junket: F-35, C-27J, AMX news at Alenia’s Caselle base

The fourth C-27J in production for the US Air Force is on the final assembly line at Alenia’s factory in Caselle, Italy, near Turin. This aircraft is one of four expected to deploy by next September or October. (Photo: Stephen Trimble)CASELLE, Italy — On the first of four days of the Alenia/Aermacchi press tour, I […]

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VIDEO JUNKET: Cruising over Turin in Alenia C-27J

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JUNKET: The DEW Line goes on Italian aerospace tour

AleniaAermacchi is hosting a press tour this week in Italy. As you can see above, the itinerary includes stops in Turin, near Milan, Rome and Naples. Your humble correspondent gratefully accepted the invitation. (It’s, um, a difficult assignment — cough-cough — but I’m a professional journalist and blogger; I’ll do my best to make it […]

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Alenia eyes ‘son of Yak’ for USAF light attack fighter

For calling the M-346 jet trainer the ‘son of Yak’, neither Alenia nor Aermacchi may ever forgive me. But, in my defense, the M-346 is a westernized and updated version of the Yak-130 originally produced by the Yakovlev/Aermacchi joint venture in the early 1990s.Now, this descendant of Soviet aeronautical skills could become Alenia’s bid for […]

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An interesting week in the life of the F-35 program

It has been an interesting week in the life of the F-35 program. First, Italy dropped plans to buy two fighters to participate in the initial testing phase, which some could — and have — interpreted as a vote of no confidence. Then, InsideDefense.com reported leaked US Air Force budget documents potentially adding billions of […]

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Name the M346 and win a free flight!!

AleniaAermacchi needs a nickname for the M346 advanced jet trainer, and it has opened it to public contest. The lucky winner gets a free ride on the M346 over the Italian countryside. Check out the contest web site, but here are the rules: the proposed name must be coherent with the characteristics ofthe aircraft, whether […]

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Congress: USAF under-reported C-130J costs

Confusion about the L-3/Alenia C-27J’s price tag relative to the C-130J’s sparked one of history’s most memorable lines from a Congressional hearing earlier this year on military acquisition. Here’s that famous exchange between Rep Neil Abercrombie and USAF acquisition head Sue Payton: “REP. ABERCROMBIE: Ms. Payton, you are right on the edge of getting into […]

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New AC-27J gunship moves forward

New funding to launch a gunship variant of the L-3Communications/Alenia C-27J Spartan joint cargo aircraft (JCA) is now beingfinalized in the USmilitary’s budgeting process, L-3 confirms. The AC-27J would serve as acomplementary asset for the Air Force Special Operations Command’s existingfleet of heavier AC-130 gunships. A formal requirements document is beingdeveloped and “funding profiles are […]

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