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Radar vs stealth: Nothing new here, folks

I must say I’m disappointed. As I wrote earlier this week, I looked forward to reading the the Radar Game report issued this morning by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute. I anticipated that Rebecca Grant would build on her 1998 report of the same name, and present a well-researched update on the eternal battle […]

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Week-ahead open thread: Radar versus stealth, round 2?

The Mitchell Institute, an Air Force Association-funded think-tank, will release on Thursday a new paper called “Radar Game and the Value of Stealth”, by Rebecca Grant. It comes 12 years after Grant first published a paper called simply “The Radar Game“, which defended the US Air Force’s long insistence on a mostly- (if not all-) […]

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VIDEO: History of the F-35 by Skunk Works inventor (3 parts)

The DEW Line is pleased to offer a three-part video showing a fascinating (albeit poorly-lit), 1hr lecture on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, presented last week by Skunk Works engineer Paul Bevilaqua at Johns Hopkins University’s applied physics laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.  Bevilaqua is credited with the invention of Lockheed Martin’s shaft-driven lift-fan, the core […]

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VIDEO: F-117 pilot describes shootdown over Serbia

The article below will appear next week in Flight International magazine. Click on the video to hear Lt. Col. Dale Zelko describe the moment a Serbian missile shot down his F-117 stealth fighter.  USAF re-orients frustrated jamming strategy By Stephen Trimble/Washington DC The US Air Force has dramatically changed the focus of a frustrated, decade-long […]

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Stealth finally meets its match

A US Marine Corps pilot posits in a very good new issue of Joint Forces Quarterly that the age of stealth domination in airpower is over. Since the 1991 Gulf War, the USAF has launched thousands of stealth bombing sorties against the hardest targets offered by Baghdad, Belgrade and Baghdad again, yet suffered only one […]

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Washington Post’s anti-F-22 article flubbed a big detail

A comment yesterday posted by an anonymous reader of this blog makes a very important point. With the release of the investigation report on the F-22 crash on March 25, we now know The Washington Post’s highly critical F-22 article contained a major factual error. As The DEW Line highlighted then, TWP Staff Writer R. […]

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New stealth tricks in store for F-35?

Aerospace blogger and journalist Dave Majumdar, a contributor to The DEW Line, has interviewed Lockheed Martin and F-35 program officials in advance of roll-out of CF-1, the first prototype of the naval variant.  Debuting on the July 28 is the US Navy’s first all-aspect stealth aircraft, the F-35C. Designed to meet the stringent requirements for […]

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Washington Post reveals F-22 crash mystery

R. Jeffrey Smith writes today in The Washington Post that the F-22 “has major shortcomings”. The US Air Force says the F-22 costs $44,259 to fly one hour, compared to $30,818 for the F-15. An unnamed “critic” in the Department of Defense calls the F-22′s maintenance problems a “disgrace”. The reporter connects Darrol Olsen’s allegations […]

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POGO on F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit

Mandy Smithberger, an investigator for the Project on Government Oversight, has posted the first summary of the F-22 stealth fraud lawsuit. She concludes: “If the allegations are true, the justification for the whole program may be in question.”Here’s more: This of course is not the first time that the real and practicalcapability of the stealth […]

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Ex-Lockheed engineer sues Lockheed for F-22 stealth fraud

Lockheed Martin has been sued by a former engineer who claims the company knowingly supplied defective stealth coatings for the F-22, according to the legal document posted below. I’m following up with the former engineer’s attorney and Lockheed Martin for further comment.[UPDATE 1: The lawsuit was filed by the attorney for Deepwater whistleblower Michael DeKort, […]

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