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F-35’s DISTRIBUTED APERTURE SYSTEM GOES TO SEA AS “SILENT WATCH”

Possibly the most “popular” new capability featured on the highly controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the aircraft’s Distributed Aperture System, otherwise known as “DAS” for short. DAS is a unique system that pairs an array of cameras installed around … Read the rest of this entry

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ATAC BRINGS THE HEAT: PREMIER PRIVATE AGGRESSORS NOW FLYING WITH THE AIM-9 SIDEWINDER

The Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, otherwise known as ATAC, has made another large leap in the commercial adversary support marketplace with the addition of the captive training AIM-9M Sidewinder to their fleet’s quiver. In the past, ATAC pilots would only be able to … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINESE AIR COMBAT UPDATE: J-20’S WACKY RAILS & TERMINATOR FLANKERS

A couple things here I want to approach. First off, as predicted here months ago (with the help of my readers) the J-20’s is going through weapons bay trials, which will inevitably lead up to some type of test launch. … Read the rest of this entry

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ISRAELI STEALTH HELICOPTER TRANSPORTS & OTHER THOUGHTS

Over the last few months there has been some talk about the possibility that Israel is using the same low-observable modified H-60 Blackhawks used in to the now infamous raid on the Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan over a … Read the rest of this entry

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THE BAe-146, PART OF THE LEANER, SMARTER ROYAL AIR FORCE

The stout, quad-engined BAe-146 is now flying for the mainline Royal Air Force. The aircraft were procured under an urgent request to field a short takeoff and landing light-medium transport for operations in Afghanistan’s austere environment. With the retirement of … Read the rest of this entry

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WHY IS THE STEALTHY F-117 NIGHTHAWK STILL FLYING?

I am trying to catch up with reader requests and one common strain of emails pertains to questions surrounding why the F-117 Nighthawk, America’s first stealth attack aircraft, is still flying around the Nellis Range Complex years after it’s official … Read the rest of this entry

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BLEEDING EDGE TECHNOLOGY: SATELLITES MAY GET INFRA-RED COUNTERMEASURES

http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=24041.php In a fantastic piece posted over at nanowerk.com there appears to be an emerging capability that may allow key defense surveillance and communications satellites to be outfitted with a robust countermeasure against anti-satellite weaponry. Like heat seeking missiles on … Read the rest of this entry

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THE COSTA CONCORDIA RESCUE REMINDS US OF THE INDISPENSABLE VALUE OF HELICOPTERS

I don’t want to go into the details of this sad event or the response to it as I am not a nautical expert by any means. But I do want to highlight the amazing capabilities that helicopters provide humanity … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS PART II: THE GRANDSON OF “TACIT BLUE”

PLEASE READ RQ-170 ORIGINS PART I FOR FULL CONTEXT BEFORE CONTINUING ON: My first piece on the ancestry of the RQ-170 Sentinel, America’s secret unmanned stealthy sensor truck of choice, got a lot of traffic and was the topic of … Read the rest of this entry

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Israel Races To Make MUSIC Under Ex-Libyan MANPADS Threat

http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2011/11/11/israel_speeds_up_work_on_airline_defense_system/ Earlier aviationintel article about C-MUSIC: http://aviationintel.com/?p=3237

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