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CARRIER BASED F-35Cs WILL HAVE TO RETURN TO THE MANUFACTURER FOR STEALTH SKIN REPAIRS

Flightglobal has a nice little piece, linked below, describing the modifications that will have to be made to America’s nuclear powered aircraft carriers so that they can support the F-35C. Interestingly enough, the ship will not have facilities for low … Read the rest of this entry

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UPDATE ON THE F-15 GOLDEN EAGLE / F-22 RAPTOR AIR DOMINANCE TEAM

New details have emerged last week pertaining to the F-22’s and F-15’s evolution. The 3rd FW’s F-22A Raptors, equipped with the latest “3.1” software upgrade, have released GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs in mass during Exercise Combat Hammer, which took place … Read the rest of this entry

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ASTONISHING MUST WATCH VIDEO!: SEE THE F-35s AVIONICS SUITE IN ACTION

This is a fantastic video posted over at Engaget featuring the F-35 unclassified simulator and how all the sensors fuse together to create a truly point and click fighter jet. Keep in mind that aside from the F-35’s low radar … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 NEWS UPDATE!: June 28th, 2012

F-35’s DISTRIBUTED APERTURE SYSTEM & APG-81 RADAR DETECTS & TRACKS BALLISTIC MISSILES What an amazing capability serious growth potential, not just in the F-35 but in other manned and unmanned platforms as well! —————————————————————————————————————— NEW WEAPON FOR F-35 MAY BE … Read the rest of this entry

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MEET THE LATEST HARDWARE: KILLER DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PROMO VIDEOS

THE SIKORSKY CH-53K IS GOING TO BE ONE BAD BITCH This things should be the USMC’s top priority. “Shitters” make it happen, when they can actually fly. The current fleet is hurting bad from what I hear. A new machine … Read the rest of this entry

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TAIWAN GETS SLAPPED WITH A FAT F-16 UPGRADE BID, WANT’S NEW F-16s, MAY WAIT FOR F-35B

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/05/08/2003532288 Just as suggested here recently, Taiwan is realizing that the right jet to survive and prevail against possible Chinese aggression is not the latest model F-16 but the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, … Read the rest of this entry

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F-22 & F-15 AIR DOMINANCE TEAM DEPLOYS TO THE PERSIAN GULF: TRAINING FOR A POSSIBLE STRIKE ON IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND IT’S TURBULENT AFTERMATH?

I have waited a few days to post about the USAF’s recent disclosure that F-22s are operating in the Middle East as a show of force deterrent aimed at Iran and for seemingly related joint-force training. Before this news came … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP: APRIL 10th, 2012!

MODERN AESA ARRAYS VULNERABLE TO ELECTRONIC AND CYBER ATTACK The world of countermeasures and counter-countermeasures is alive and well when it comes to modern Active Electronically Scanned Array radar sets. No longer do you simply (and its not simple) attempt … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKMART UNVEILS THE “NEW” F-16V, STRATEGICALLY TAILORED NOT TO COMPETE WITH THE F-35

Lockheed gave birth in public to their highly conservative F-16V concept today at the Singapore Air Show. Although it is not fully clear exactly what the “new” F-16 will feature, what we do know is that it will be fitted … Read the rest of this entry

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INDIA TO RECEIVE 42 “SUPER 30” FLANKERS

Apparently India as ordered  42 SU-30MKI’s to be built to a new standard that will feature a new AESA radar, cockpit layout, electronic warfare system, some stealth treatments, and more weapons carrying capability, as well as the ability to employ the powerful “Brahmos” cruise. I have … Read the rest of this entry

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AESA Tech Evolves Into Modular Helicopter AEW Capability

This is very cool, LockMart has developed a helicopter deployed modular Airborne Early Warning and Control radar system called “Vigilance,” based on a combination of the F-16E/F Block 60’s APG-80 AESA radar and the Northrop Grumman’s SABR system. By leveraging AESA technology into a rotary winged surveillance asset it allows … Read the rest of this entry

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International F-16 AESA Upgrade Talks Begin To Warm Up

This could be the largest upgrade path for a tactical fighter type since the F-16MLU program began. AESA technology installed in middle-aged vipers would certainly give the type new life and relevancy above the modern battlefield. http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dubai-northrop-eyes-mideast-f-16-aesa-market-364733/ An earlier post explaining the F-16 … Read the rest of this entry

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Stun Bombs Used To Guard Libyan WMD Depots?

http://defensetech.org/2011/11/02/stun-bombs-used-to-guard-libyan-wmd-sites/ Interesting story. If there is any truth to it I would imagine that this capability comes from some ability to fry the electronics in a vehicle, such as the ignition system and unshielded subsystems and circuitry. AESA radars, and other similar phased … Read the rest of this entry

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FINALLY, Someone Realizes That A High-Low Combat Aircraft Mix Is Not Only Logical But May Be Absolutely Necessary

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2011/11/10/02.xml&headline=Libya%20Ops%20Show%20Need%20For%20Lower-Cost%20Strike NATO seems to be realizing that a one size fits all, high-end only, fast jet inventory makes air campaigns that last months VERY EXPENSIVE. The dollars add up not just in operational costs but also when it comes to the flight time that gets racked … Read the rest of this entry

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F-16 AESA RADAR BATTLE HEATS UP

http://youtu.be/-3_nKzRhcRM SABR & RACR both offer downright exciting new capabilities to the F-16 (and other aircraft) family tree. We could very well see the USAF look towards these types of upgrades in the future to keep the F-16 relevant for years to … Read the rest of this entry

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