Tag Archives | F/A-18

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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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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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FARN10: Boeing does strike fighters

The title of the briefing was “The Strike Fighter Evolution”, and the briefer was Boeing vice president and general manager for global strike systems Shelley Lavender. In my experience, a briefing with such a title is unpromising: Lots of generic information and references to “generations”, but little in the way of news. But this briefing […]

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Inside Phantom Works

I wish the photo above came from inside Boeing’s Phantom Works facility in St. Louis, which I toured yesterday morning. The image actually comes from inside the next building we toured, where the C-130 avionics modernization program (AMP) was briefed.But you can’t take cameras, cell phones, tape recorders, laptops and possibly even in hearing aids […]

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Sweet Super Hornet photo in Australia

Cheers to the Royal Australian Air Force for releasing a series of lovely new photos of Boeing’s pride-and-joy, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The aircraft apparently can’t impress the Canadians this week, but it still looks good in a photo.

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Doomsday scenario for F-35B/C?

Here’s a scary scenario for the Fort Worth crowd:The US Navy, seeking to overcome a tactical aircraft shortfall that peaks in 2017, decides to buy 126 more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from 2011 to 2015. At the same time, the 8,000hr service life for 509 Hornets is extended by 600hr. To offset that cost, 93 […]

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Boeing plots return to next-generation fighter market

Copyright: Boeing Boeing graciously heeded my pleas to interview someone about their 1/16th scale model  and poster (above) at Navy League displaying two concepts for an all-new fighter jet that would appear after 2025. I admit the idea of launching a development program for a new, at least optionally-manned fighter seems ludicrous after the early […]

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Boeing F/A-XX concept walkaround

Something has to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet after 2025. Why not this?I doubt that’s Boeing sales pitch, but, in fairness, I haven’t had an opportunity to discuss this 1/16th scale model — displayed today at the Navy League Sea Air Space Expo 2010 in National Harbor, Md., — with the relevant program staff (No […]

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Sadly, Finland “frankenhornet” crashes

It’s a sad day for Finland’s Hornet community. The “frankenhornet”, a heavily modified F/A-18D restored to flying status in December, crashed during a flight test yesterday. Fortunately, the crew escaped with only broken limbs, as my colleague Craig Hoyle reports today. But the crew’s injuries will undoubtedly heal faster than the wounded pride of both […]

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O Globo: Saab Gripen claims popular lead in F-X2 race

O Globo, a national Brazilian newspaper, asked online readers to vote on who would win the air force’s F-X2 contract. Despite the hoopla about the now-disputed announcement on 7 September by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declaring the Dassault Rafale the winner, the unscientific poll below showed the Saab Gripen with a comfortable lead. […]

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