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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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USAF-Army swap: MC-12s for C-27Js?

The US Army and Air Force may exchange control of two manned turbopropaircraft programmes as the Pentagon re-clarifies the airborne roles andmissions for each service.READ NEWS ARTICLE HERE

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US Defense Budget: Aviation spending chart and 2 big surprises

[UPDATE: I didn't get into journalism for the math. Updated chart corrects combined fighter purchases from 51 to 61.]DOD plans to spend $23.5 billion to buy about 533 aircraft, excluding the 1,221 RQ-11 Raven micro-UAVs. For the first time I know, the budgets for C2/ISR and UAV platforms exceed the total airlift budget, thanks to […]

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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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Boeing flops, then flips, on JCA

The Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program continues to live up to its reputation as the “just confusing aircraft” program. The confusion now focuses on Boeing’s always-mercurial role in the L-3 Communications/Alenia Aeronautica partnership that’s supplying the C-27J to the US Army. Here’s what a Boeing spokesman told Roxana Tiron at The Hill newspaper last Thursday: […]

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The RAND slam

A new RAND Project Air Force report offers a revealing glimpse into the blue-suiter’s perspective on the Joint Cargo Aircraft program. This blog has long been skeptical that the USAF will actually buy the JCA, which, pending a protest decision, is the L-3 Communications/Alenia C-27J Spartan. Based on RAND’s report, that skepticism appears deserved. Here’s […]

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JCA puzzler #4

Raytheon says it is protesting losing the Joint Cargo Aircraft contract for three reasons: a) the joint program office rated performance equally between the two competitors b) Raytheon’s C-295 procurement price tag beat L-3′s C-27J acquisition cost by 15% c) and lifecycle costs were not factored into the joint program office’s evaluation B and C […]

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JCA: Just Confusing Aircraft

The plot continues to thicken on the mystery of the Joint Cargo Aircraft contract. As I reported in Flight International magazine this week, I have received three different official estimates for cost and aircraft quantity, The joint programme office says the contract will cost $2 billion to buy 78 aircraft. L-3 Communications, the selected prime […]

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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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