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Who will win the great Danish dogfight?

Has Lockheed Martin’s grip loosened on the next-generation fighter opportunity in Denmark, as Copenhagen’s new approach to three of its rival bidders might suggest? Beyond its long-held interest in Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Danish defence ministry has now asked for information on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Eurofighter consortium’s Typhoon and Saab’s […]

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VIDEO: Up close and personal with Norwegian F-16s

Our friends at the Norwegian MoD sent us this link to a recent video showing cold-weather ops at Orland air base, involving six Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters from the air force’s 338 Sqn. I’m told that the caption asks whether you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stand 10m away from an F-16 on take-off, so if […]

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F-16 flies through 4,500 deliveries

Lockheed Martin delivered the 4,500th example of the F-16 during a 3 April ceremony at its Fort Worth manufacturing site in Texas, describing the type as “the world standard for evolutionary fighters today”. The aircraft at the centre of the event was a single-seat Block 52 F-16C built under a 24-unit deal for the Royal Moroccan […]

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Why Norway wants the F-35

The Norwegian defence ministry is making a hard push to drive through its planned NKr60 billion ($10.5 billion) purchase of 52 Lockheed Martin F-35As, including four training examples. The proposed buy forms the centrepiece of Oslo’s new defence White Paper, which sets out its priorities for the period 2013 to 2016. While others (read Australia, […]

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USAF, South Korean F-16s walk the walk

South Korea’s Kunsan air base on 2 March played host to a remarkable “Elephant Walk” demonstration with Lockheed Martin F-16s from the Republic of Korea Air Force and the US Air Force. I’m not sure how many aircraft took part in total, but reckon there are about 48 on show in the US Air Force […]

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The UAE speaks — and slaps Dassault

The UAE is to the Arab world what George Harrison was to The Beatles: Usually quiet, but always worth listening to when they do have something to say. Despite all of Dubai’s commercial bluster, weapons decisions get made in the richer, neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi. And Abu Dhabi almost never speaks about their weapons […]

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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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VIDEO: Most amazing F-16 vs dishwasher dogfight … ever

Plot: F-16 fighter pilot/mom forgot her coffee mug at home. Luckily, her dishwasher can transform into a 9g-maneouvring aerial robot, who somehow engages mom’s F-16 in a non-shooting dogfight. Mom/fighter pilot’s small daughter — a deceptively robust sort who requires no pressure suit or life support while carried around at altitude by a flying robot/dishwasher […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: KF-X vision unveiled

In a seminar today at the Seoul Air Show, South Korean government officials outlined the strategy and plans for the KF-X, a twin-engined stealth fighter with a design goal of achieving manoeuvrability, speed and range performance between a Lockheed Martin F-16 and a Boeing F-15. South Korea wants to develop the KF-X over the next […]

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#OSH11: Tough day for fighters at Oshkosh

Spotters captured an a McDonnell North American FJ4 rolling off the end of Runway 36 only hours after the same thing happened to an Alabama Air National Guard F-16. If you look closely enough, you can see the FJ4 roll right by the poor F-16, with its nose stuffed into what is now water-logged mud […]

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