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F-35B Ship Trials

New cracks for the F-35B, and life under probation

This was then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on 6 January: The Marine Corps’ short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant is experiencing significant testing problems.  These issues may lead to a redesign of the aircraft’s structure and propulsion, changes that could add yet more weight and more cost to an aircraft that has little capacity to […]

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#DXB11: Certain victory for Rafale turns uncertain

So much for the rampant rumours (well, rampant throughout France anyway) that the UAE’s long-delayed fighter contract was a done-deal for the Rafale.Everything we know about the United Arab Emirates fighter modernisation plans have turned upside down within the first 24h of the Dubai Air Show. Quick summary: Dassault Rafale still in, Saab Gripen still […]

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Boeing sneaks a peek at KF-X design

This literally slipped right past us last week in Seoul. Buried in the Korean-language F-15SE Silent Eagle brochure, which we brought home as a souvenir, is an image revealing Boeing’s concept for South Korea’s KF-X fighter. It was so sneaky we didn’t even spot it until it was pointed out to us by an alert […]

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Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025

As part of its KF-X presentation at the Seoul Air Show on 21 October, Eurofighter representative Cassidian displayed a fascinating chart with a fighter market forecast. Click on the chart to download a high-resolution version.There are some questionable assertions, as one might expect of a manufacturer-driven forecast. Eurofighter, of course, predicts the Dassault Rafale loses […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Eurofighter shares KF-X vision

South Korea needs help developing KF-X. Its industry feels up to the challenge of developing the new fighter’s flight controls, aerodynamics, sensors and weapons. But it wants an industrial partner to transfer technology for the engines, sensor fusion software and systems integration. This presents a certain dilemma for potential US partners. How much do Boeing […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Is that a new F-15 helmet?

South Korea is the first country to see a next-generation helmet-mounted cuing system (JHMCS) for the Boeing F-15. It will be offered to the Republic of Korea Air Force with the F-15SE Silent Eagle for the F-XIII contract. The Elbit Systems-Rockwell Collins joint venture VSI unveiled the JHMCS II at the Seoul Air Show this […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Boeing sexes up F-15 Silent Eagle for ROKAF

You’re the marketing guy. It’s between your aircraft, the Boeing F-15 Silent Eagle, and the Lockheed Martin F-35. The latter is the latest fifth-generation fighter to hit the market and the former is the last and, perhaps, ultimate expression of a 40-year-old fighter series. You fear the Republic of Korea Air Force really wants the […]

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How to make a Chinook out-run an Osprey

The US Army wants helicopters to go faster. We don’t know yet if army is willing or able to pay for that extra speed, but the desire is certainly there. Look around the exhibit hall of the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual convention earlier this week, and the evidence was everywhere. On […]

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PICTURE & VIDEO: Remora weapon for tactical UAV bombers

Weaponizing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) is nothing new. As far back as World War II, the US Army Air Corps converted B-24 Liberators into unmanned cruise missiles guided by remote control from another aircraft. The US Air Force equipped RQ-1 Predators with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles 11 years ago, as our friend Richard Whittle has chronicled. […]

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AUSA2011: Boeing displays ideas for next-gen rotorcraft

The US Army wants to buy a new family of high speed rotorcraft by 2030. Four companies have been awarded study contracts by the Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) — AVX Corp, Bell Boeing, Boeing and Sikorsky. Three of the four concepts were on display in the exhibit hall of the Association of the US […]

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