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MUST-READ: F-35 concurrency report

A damaging report on the F-35 concurrency strategy is in the news this morning. Flightglobal, Ares and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram have the story, and each account is based on the same leaked Pentagon report. Read the full 20-page report by clicking here: F35 concurrency report.pdfThe report takes aim at the amount of concurrency risk […]

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Iran: We will reverse engineer RQ-170

Iran Press TV reports this evening: Iran has announced that it intends to carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is also known as the Beast of Kandahar, and is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber. We have a few thoughts for our friends in […]

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PICTURE: Raptor snapshots by the Rafale

At LIMA 2011 air show in Malaysia, Dassault released a set of imagery from an apparent engagement between the Rafale and the Lockheed Martin F-22. One of the images have been released before, and it came from the sort-of-friendly fighter jet show-down in November 2009 at Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates. The imagery was […]

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PICTURE: China’s Wind Blade UAV revealed

What was the joke around the office almost the instant after Iran announced possession of an RQ-170 Sentinel?“Look for the RQ-170 copy at the Zhuhai [air show] next year.”If you’ll forgive the streak of cynicism, it seemed at the time like a fair swipe at the reverse-engineering skills and loose intellectual property safeguards in both […]

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Avtobaza: Iran’s weapon in alleged RQ-170 affair?

Could this be the smoking electron in the alleged unmanned air vehicle (UAV) incident over Iran? The original reports that Iran “shot down” a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel appear to be misleading. Iranian news agency reports credited the army’s electronic warfare unit with bringing down the UAV, but apparently in a way that limited the […]

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BREAKING: Iran claims RQ-170 kill

The official Iran Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is reporting that national military forces have shot down a US Lockheed Martin RQ-170 stealth unmanned air system. The aircraft sustained “little damage” and is in the possession of the Iranian military, IRNA reports.Iranian news agency claims always have to be taken with some degree of scepticism. […]

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PICTURES: Lockheed unveils two future C-130 variants

Lockheed Martin has quietly launched two new variants of the 57-year-old (and counting!) C-130 Hercules. The C-130XJ and the C-130NG both appeared in a presentation by Ralph Heath, executive vice president of Lockheed’s Aeronautics division, on 1 December at the Credit Suisse aerospace and defense conference in New York. Few details of both configurations have […]

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The real story behind a $7.4 billion F-22 contract goof

To set the record straight, Lockheed Martin has not received a new $7.4 billion contract to fund upgrades for the F-22. However, a variety of news outlets, including Reuters and a Time magazine blog, as well financial analysts can be excused for getting the facts confused. They were simply reporting the verbatim text of an […]

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New cracks for the F-35B, and life under probation

This was then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on 6 January: The Marine Corps’ short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant is experiencing significant testing problems.  These issues may lead to a redesign of the aircraft’s structure and propulsion, changes that could add yet more weight and more cost to an aircraft that has little capacity to […]

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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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