F-35 MAKES A VERY LOW LEVEL BOMB DROP !
Well maybe it was just into a concrete pit while it was hung above but none-the-less it did release a weapon! Oh and side-note, that weapons bay wiring looks very similar to the scene going on behind my computer desk at this very moment!
V-22 OSPREY MARKETING BLITZ CONTINUES!
After a year of hard-core operations in Afghanistan, Libya and other hostile places, and even a hammy celebrity endorsement by Secretary Of Defense Leon Panetta, the Osprey will be popping up all over the globe in the coming year. Two Marine squadrons will be standing up in Japan, and the USAF Special Operations Command will re-establish a squadron at RAF Mildenhall later this year who will fly the CV-22. The arrival of the CV-22s in England will be the long-awaited replacement for the MH-53 Pavelows that disappeared from British skies years ago.
On the international sales front, it looks like the UAE’s and Israel’s interest in the V-22 continues to grow and the program may just make an export sale in the near future. Also, HMX-1, the Marine’s test squadron that also moonlights as the President’s vertical airlift provider will start flying their dozen freshly painted green and white MV-22’s soon which have replaced their CH-53s that were pulled from Presidential support duty to bolster the Marine’s heavy lift activities in Afghanistan. All this, as well as the multi-year buy of close to 100 Ospreys by the Pentagon may mark 2012 as the year that the Osprey finally “arrived.” Now whether it deserves to have arrived in the first place is a whole other story…
NEW YORK’S MIDWAY AIR MUSEUM PREPARES TO WELCOME THE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE… ON HER FLIGHTDECK DECK UNDER A BUBBLE-WRAP TENT?!?!?
Don’t even get me started with this, why one of the Shuttles ended up in New York is beyond my comprehension. NASA, in all its remarkable creativity (sarcasm!) as of late, simply sent the orbiters to the biggest tourism and population centers, historical relevancy and accommodations be damned! Other facilities had already built incredible indoor space museums for an Orbiter, or in Enterprise’s case a sub-Orbiter, but instead they sent them to two places who have no such facility, those being the LA Science Center and The Midway Air Museum in New York. Boeing Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, with their new top of the line space annex, and Johnson Space Center in Houston, the place that arguably had more to do with the Shuttle than the craft’s Kennedy Space Center home, or even Wright Patterson AFB, would seem like a much more relevant pick. Now a Shuttle, the ultimate in Aerospace treasure and super nerd E-Ticket attraction, will sit under a bubble-wrap like tent on an old aircraft carrier floating on the Hudson. Trust me, I saw how they kept their Blackbird, and it was not encouraging.
I have an idea, wait for someone to claim CVN-65, America’s other about to be retired Enterprise, and give the Enterprise Orbiter to them. There is a lot more room on that thing’s deck and seeing both Enterprises at once, two absolutely cutting edge prototypes that were far ahead of their time, would be one stop shopping for space and military fans alike!
*NASA photo taken in the late 70’s of most of the USS Enterprise “NCC-1701’s” crew standing around NASA’s own Enterprise Orbiter test vehicle.
WE ARE SUCH SUCKERS: AMERICA IS CHINA’S NO-COST SKUNKWORKS
China is stealing our military technical intellectual property at an alarming rate. I have talked about this on end, we should threaten sanctions if they continue to steal all of our national security related secrets that we pay through the nose to develop. We are such fools, where is our leadership on this? They listen to our secret project design conferences for goodness sake!
US NAVY IS ADAPTING ROLLING AIRFRAME MISSILE LAUNCHER TURRET FOR A SURFACE TO SURFACE VERSION OF THE GRIFFON SHORT RANGE MISSILE
The USN is really getting on the fast attack boat threat now. Yesterday we had the announcement that NAVAIR is looking at arming it’s Seahawks with a more accurate version of the Apache’s M230 30MM cannon and today we hear that the Navy is testing the Griffon low yield short-range missile in the Mk-144 Guided Missile Launcher used by the Rolling Airframe Missiles currently deployed on US warships. A single RAM launcher turret holds 21 RIM-116 Rolling Air Missiles which offer limited surface engagement capability but are mainly used as a close in defense weapon against low flying aircraft and air-breathing missiles. It is not clear if the Griffon would be able to be co-housed with RIM-116 RAM missiles or if they would be housed in a separate launcher. Seeing how these close in weapon systems usually provide “hemispherical” coverage do to interference by the ship’s structure, it would be fairly tough and expansive to mount a whole other launcher or launchers to offer 360′ coverage against surface threats with the Griffon. If both missiles could be co-housed in a single Mk-144 Guided Missile Launcher it would allow good load-out flexibility depending on what the threats are in the ship’s area of operations.
*Side note: this thing reminds me eerily of the OCP’s cantankerous and deadly robot ED-209 in the movie Robocop!
MC-12 “LIBERTY BELL” IS A MULTI-ROLE MARVEL THAT CAN ALSO INTERCEPT AND JAM ENEMY COMMUNICATION IN A HIGHLY TACTICAL MANNER
The MC-12 is the right aircraft at the right time for the USAF. Since it’s inception, the aircraft’s true menu of capabilities has always been shrouded in semi-secrecy, now some details are emerging. The aircraft is a true enabler for the ground-pounders below, and now we know it can not only perform highly localized communications intelligence but it can also jam those enemy communications at will. Now lets hang some Griffon missiles on this thing and call it the flying Swiss Army knife!
NORWAY, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE BUT THE DoD, HAS SERIOUS JITTERS ABOUT THE F-35
She is one delicate flying house of cards, there is no doubt about it at this point.