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VIDEO: South Africa aerospace and defence show

A Cape Town-based videographer has kindly posted video showing a glimpse around the first day of the African Aerospace & Defence Show now underway at Ysterplaat Air Base in South Africa. In addition to showing cool shots of the Gripen flying display, the video also tips off that South Africa is a possible C-17 customer. […]

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PHOTO OP: C-130J family photo

Lockheed Martin is in the middle of nearly tripling C-130J output from 2008 to 2011 as demand for the airlifter rises across the world. A company photo released on 10 August provides a unique glimpse of the diversity of C-130J customers. The line-up shows seven aircraft ordered by four different customers. From right to left, […]

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Michael Wynne reveals F-22′s big industrial ripples

Michael Wynne, a former Secretary of the Air Force, has published a blistering new critique on the industrial impact of the F-22 termination decision. It exposes many skeletons that industry may prefer to keep hidden. He suggests, for example, that F-22′s demise could a) drive price increases for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, b) […]

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An A400M solution: Swap American transports for French tankers?

Bloomberg columnist Celestine Bohlen this morning proposes a radical solution to the “A400M nightmare”: Have Europe agree to dump the troubled airlifter and buy US-made C-17s and C-130Js. In exchange, somehow force the US Air Force to agree to buy an all-Airbus tanker fleet (presumably without competition)! The Paris-based Bohlen writes: There may be a […]

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Tom Barnett predicts Lockheed’s future

Tom Barnett is pushing the theory that Lockheed Martin’s IT and infrastructure unit — dubbed IS&GS — will overtake aeronautics as the company’s biggest cash cow. He writes: IS & GS doesn’t build any platforms in a conventional sense,just IT platforms and services and systems integration, and alreadyit’s the biggest source of revenue of the […]

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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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Lockheed Martin EC-130J

Hark, the Fat Herc!

I’ve been waiting for nearly a year to use that headline. It was at the Air Force Association convention last year that I first asked Lockheed Martin the question: Will you study widening the C-130? I got a “no comment” back then. Finally, one week before the AFA convention this year, the secret is finally […]

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The A400M plot thickens

In case you needed re-assurance that the Airbus A400M is going to be a major player in the US military transport market, EADS last month posted the following chart on its web site: So EADS projects selling more than 400 A400Ms in North America! Subtract 20 or 30 for Canada, and that still leaves a […]

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Not to Brag, BUT …

The US Army has thankfully upheld my professional reputation, such as it is, by selecting the C-27J for a $2 billion contract awarded earlier this evening. I risked public embarassment and several free beers to the Raytheon/EADS North America PR team by sticking my neck out last week and predicting that the L-3/Alenia/Boeing/etc product would […]

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I Predict A Winner: Joint Cargo Aircraft

The C-27J will be announced the winner of the Joint Cargo Aircraft competition later this week. Put it in the bag. Keep in mind that this is a blog and not a news story. I have no information that confirms the sentence above. If I did, you can trust that I’d save it for my […]

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