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UPDATE!: BELL INTRODUCES THE V-280 VALOR

Please refer to this recent piece about Bell’s intentions before continuing: http://aviationintel.com/2013/03/07/blind-faith-or-business-suicide-bell-doubles-down-on-titlt-rotor-technology/ I GIVE THIS THING A 1 IN 10 CHANCE OF SEEING WIDESPREAD US ARMY, NAVY, MARINE OR USAF SERVICE. Although, if they had the bucks, the USCG could … Read the rest of this entry

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UNMANNED GAME CHANGER: AUTONOMOUS AERIAL REFUELING IS A REALITY

The emerging capability to refuel drones in flight will make even more of an impact than the ability to do so with manned platforms, a practice that began at the dawn of the jet age some 60+ years ago. Nowhere … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED’S “VARIOUS” UCAV CONCEPT REMAINS INTRIGUING

A few years back Lockheed’s VARIOUS (VTOL Advanced Reconnaissance Insertion Organic Unmanned System) UCAV emerged with a whimper as an idea, and since then it seems that it has remained just that, an idea. Yet VARIOUS looks much more far-fetched … Read the rest of this entry

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GET TO KNOW YOUR DDG-1000 “ZUMWALT” CLASS SUPER DESTROYER

Now only if the Navy can get some low observable modified H-60s Seahawks for embarked multi-mission air support. It’s kind of unfortunate that the current Navy anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare helicopter of choice probably has a bigger radar signature than … 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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MORE INFO ON NAVAIR’S FUTURE WISH LIST

Pretty much everything in the link below has been talked about in detail on this site already, but this piece does underline the reality that the Navy’s F/A-XX pipe-dream is looking more like an updated F-22, similar to the long … Read the rest of this entry

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SOLID WRITEUP ON RUSSIA’S COUNTER-AIR MODERNIZATION PLANS

Aviation Week by and large does a fantastic job reporting on the aviation and military technology world, and today’s piece on Russia’s constellation of emerging weapon systems produced to mainly counter western combat aircraft concepts is worth reading. Of notable … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON THE F-22 RAPTOR & F-15 GOLDEN EAGLE AIR DOMINANCE TEAM

Since only 187 examples of the F-22 had been procured by the Bush and Obama administrations the USAF had to look toward its own tired ranks for bolstering of America’s air superiority capabilities. This led to the F-15 “Golden Eagle” … Read the rest of this entry

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BOEING UNVEILS IT’S FUTURE F-15 ROADMAP AT THE SINGAPORE AIR SHOW AND ITS IMPRESSIVE

Pretty awesome stuff here, nothing really new but at least it’s all what we were hoping for. For the F-15SA and SE, wing stations 1 & 9 will now carry what looks like weapons up to 1000lbs or so, which … Read the rest of this entry

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ENTER THE MICRO-UAV SWARMS: THE FUTURE OF LAND WARFARE MAY BE IN THE AIR

The uber-nerds over at University of Pennsylvania have created this swarm demonstration of tiny remote controlled aircraft that is pretty damn stunning to watch, as it’s relevancy to the battlefield is really limitless. Sure this appears to be a set-piece … Read the rest of this entry

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SIKORSKY MOVES FORWARD WITH “ALL STAR” SUPPLIER TEAM FOR IT’S S-97 RAIDER PROGRAM

It will be very exciting to see this new (by mainstream standards anyway) form of pusher prop/twin rotor configuration hit the skies in just a couple of years. With massive increases in speed and range, and featuring a safer “tail-rotorless” … Read the rest of this entry

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The Legendary C-130 Line Is In For The Long Haul

Lockheed is preparing to evolve the C-130 line into two, or three product lines. The C-130XJ will be a stripped down, no-nonsense version of the J model currently in production. What exactly will be stripped out, aside from the automatic load … Read the rest of this entry

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USAF Capabilities Roundup!

Robert Wall and Amy Butler give a great snapshot of the USAF’s current and future wants and needs under ever-increasing budgetary pressure. Of important note: -F-15C will NOT get an IRST for now but may possibly get a Sniper pod. … Read the rest of this entry

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General Atomics Avenger: The Future Of Affordable UCAVs

This aircraft takes all the functionality, modular architecture and proven reliability of the ultra succesful Predator series of UAVs and wraps it into a faster, stealthier, and more versatile product. General Atomics is really hitting the sweet spot on range, speed, adaptability and survivability with the … Read the rest of this entry

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AVX In The Running For The US Army’s Joint Multirole Helicopter Flyoff

The rendering looks highly relevant and pretty exciting. Once again we get into the realm where you have to ask, is an extra 30% of speed and some range efficiencies worth a highly complex and expensive total fleet? Why not purchase … Read the rest of this entry

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