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Denmark falls for Romeo

AgustaWestland suffered a Danish tragedy on 21 November, when the nation’s defence ministry confirmed the selection of the rival Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk (US Navy image below) to meet its future shipborne helicopter requirements. Nine “Romeos” will be delivered between 2016 and 2018 under the deal, which still requires the final go-ahead from Denmark’s finance ministry. […]

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F-35 drops its first bomb

The Lockheed Martin F-35 has dropped its first bomb during weapons separating trials at Patuxent River, Maryland. The aircraft  dropped the inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) on 8 August over the Atlantic test range while flying at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 feet. Lockheed Martin pilot Dan Levin dropped the […]

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USAF has discovered root cause of Raptor’s oxygen problems

The US Air Force says that it has discovered the root cause of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor’s oxygen problems. It was basically what I reported before (first!), the Combat Edge upper-pressure garment’s breathing regulator/anti-g (BRAG) valve is the main culprit along with the hose and connections to the aircraft. They’re hoping to have the […]

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PICTURE: First flight of last F-22

We last saw Raptor 4195 on 13 December after it rolled off Lockheed Martin’s assembly line in Marietta, Georgia. The last of 195 F-22s ordered by the US Air Force then moved to finishings and pre-flight checks. Finally, as Flightglobal’s Dave Majumdar exclusively reported yesterday, the still-naked 4195 bird passed the first flight milestone. Lockheed  […]

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Top USAF general explains EXACTLY how to kill an F-22

Hopefully, you will never find yourself in air-to-air combat with a Lockheed Martin F-22,  particularly if you happen to be flying any other fighter besides an F-22. The Raptor still boasts a 30:1 kill ratio in mock dogfights (the only kind of dogfight, alas, the F-22 has ever known). Notice, however, the “:1″ part of […]

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PICTURES: Northrop adapts B-2′s flying wing into airliner for NASA study

NASA two years ago challenged three aircraft makers — Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman — to design a next-generation airliner. Boeing’s and Lockheed’s designs have been revealed before. Northrop’s concept finally was unveiled last week at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Sciences Meeting in Nashville. It’s the first airliner optimized for radar […]

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PICTURE: Lockheed reveals concept aircraft for post-F-22 replacement

Lockheed Martin’s 2012 calendar — which your blogger received in the mail but casually deposited, unopened, in the trash — contained the company’s first concept design for a sixth generation fighter to succeed the F-22 after 2030. Call her “Miss February”.The US Air Force has already started the search for the F-X fighter to replace […]

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Almost hot off the presses – Latest F-35 master plan

Mark your calendars. Thanks to ELP’s blog for discovering this five-month-old presentation (see Ebersole brief), Here’s what the F-35 is supposed to do over the next five years. The clock on LRIP-4 started last year. LRIP-5 is getting sorted out now, although it technically should have been awarded before 1 October 2011. The timing for […]

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F-22 crash mystery finally explained

The US Air Force has ended the mystery of what happened to the Lockheed Martin F-22 that crashed on 16 November 2010. According to the newly-released accident investigation board report, the cause wasn’t the onboard oxygen generation system (OBOGS), although it did stop working. Instead, the pilot apparently struggled to activate the back-up oxygen system […]

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F-22 assembly line fades into history

There are now four active fighter assembly lines in the US, one less than a few hours ago.Lockheed Martin confirms that F-22 tail number 4195 rolled off the assembly line earlier this morning. The last of the 185 operational F-22s has now moved to the flight line, with final delivery to the US Air Force […]

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