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Who will win the great Danish dogfight?

Has Lockheed Martin’s grip loosened on the next-generation fighter opportunity in Denmark, as Copenhagen’s new approach to three of its rival bidders might suggest? Beyond its long-held interest in Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Danish defence ministry has now asked for information on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Eurofighter consortium’s Typhoon and Saab’s […]

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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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Russians don’t take ‘nyet’ for answer in Brazil

Perhaps not since master Iraqi propagandist Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf declared coalition forces defeated even as tanks encircled Baghdad has a certain loser expressed such optimism: Russian firm is confident to win Brazil jet deal (AFP)-3 hours ago MOSCOW — Russia’s state arms export firm voiced optimism on Fridayabout winning a multi-billion-dollar Brazilian fighter jet tenderdespite […]

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Top 5 questions on Rafales-for-Brazil/KC-390s-for-France deal

I have confirmed with Dassault that France and Brazil have signed a joint communique agreeing to negotiate terms to export 36 Dassault Rafale F3s to Brasilia and 12 Embraer KC-390 tanker-transports to Paris. A direct link to the joint communique appears to be on the web site for Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, but for the […]

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Rafale: Keep those Champagne bottles corked

It appears French President Nicolas Sarkozy won’t just waltz [ED: er, make that samba] into Brasilia next month and pick up a $4 billion check for 36 Rafale fighters, after all. Brazil’s media previously reported that the F-X2 contract winner was scheduled to be announced on September 7, independence day, when Sarkozy just happened — […]

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F-35C: Spoiler alert!

Rob Coppinger, Flightglobal’s tech and space editor, is covering the AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference in Denver, and he reports: Lockheed Martin is developing a spoiler for F-35C Joint Strike Fighter flight test aircraft to counter potential wing drop in transonic turns. Wing drop in high rate transonic turns is a problem because it results in […]

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Boeing predicts up to 30 more EA-18G orders

A Boeing executive today predicted the US Navy could buy 26 to 30 EA-18Gs more than the 88 already in the budget, potentially addressing a shortfall created by the US Air Force 12 years ago. For several years, the US Navy’s Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers have been pulling double-duty. The EA-6B serves primarily as the […]

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Boeing unveils first F/A-18F in Australian colors

SAINT LOUIS, Missouri — Boeing unveiled the first of 24 F/A-18Fs ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in a ceremony this morning in St. Louis, Missouri. The event drew hundreds of Boeing factory employees and RAAF officials, including Air Marshall Mark Binskin, Australia’s air force chief. Binskin said the F/A-18F will help the […]

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Defense Links: Boeing Media Tour Day 1

Tour mates and I on the balcony at Boeing’s Titusville plant, across the Indian River from Cape Kennedy, waiting to watch the Atlantis shuttle launch.Here’s a round-up of stories I filed after Day 1 of a surprisingly newsy Boeing media tour. Boeing’s Super Hornet seeks export sale to launch 20% thrust upgrade Boeing: Airborne Laser […]

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FY10 Budget: 13 fewer Super Hornets, 2 more Growlers

The Pentagon announced 31 F/A-18s were inserted in the FY10 budget, but this disguised major changes in the procurement profile for both F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers.The FY10 proposal includes eight F/A-18Es, one F/A-18F and 22 EA-18Gs, for a total of 31. That compares to the USN’s baseline plan to buy a total of […]

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