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MY WEEKLY INTERVIEW ON THE JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW

I have said that I would post more of my media interviews here on the site but for some reason they just escape my mind. Anyway, I appear weekly on one of the smartest programs out there, The John Batchelor Show, and I want to share February … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 FLOUNDERS ON WHILE ESSENTIAL F-16 UPGRADE PROGRAM MAY GET AXED

More of the same from the DoD and USAF regarding borrowing from their existing fighter fleet’s capability to pay for their Death Star of boondoggles, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There is a new information out highlighting the continuing “teething … Read the rest of this entry

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BRIEFING ON SUPER HORNET ADVANCED

Here is the unclassified manufacturer brief on the Super Hornet Advanced. It gives a clear idea of what type of operational capability enhancements come with the conformal tanks, weapons pods and so on. Good info for better understanding on the program … 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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ADVERSARY NEWS ROUNDUP

ATAC LOSES ANOTHER… I have to be honest here, I really hate writing anything having to do with the loss of an aircrew, but having done two of these with the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company in the headline within the … 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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WHITE HOUSE RE-EVALUATING TAIWAN’S REQUEST FOR BRAND NEW F-16 VIPERS, SHOULD OFFER F-35B AS WELL

How is selling late block F-16s to our ally Taiwan even debatable? Instead the Obama Administration “offered” to upgrade Taiwan’s existing F-16A/B fleet with modern systems. This should have been offered along with providing as many new F-16s as Taiwan … Read the rest of this entry

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A SOLUTION FOR THE USAF’S HELICOPTER WOES

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-to-reallocate-funds-from-axed-cvlsp-contest-370079/ Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) is an incredibly demanding mission set. The Pavehawk was never really well suited for the job. Much of it’s interior is consumed by a massive auxiliary fuel tank and the aircraft have literally been … 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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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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AFSOC’s CV-22s WILL GET STATE-OF-THE-ART COLOR HELMET MOUNTED DISPLAY SYSTEMS

The CV-22 is one menacing looking machine, just bristling with terrain following radar, laser and traditional countermeasures, SATCOM antennas, refueling probe, remotely operated belly gun turret and so on. Now AFSOC’s tilt-rotor wonder will be getting another new high-tech addition, … Read the rest of this entry

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SECONDHAND LIONS: Israel Eyes Surplus US F-15s… Again. The USAF Could Learn A Thing Or Two From The IDF.

This story has surfaced once again, mainly surrounding the IAF’s interest in acquiring used US F-15A/B/C/Ds. This is not a new idea. Back in the early 90’s Israel took delivery of a batch of freshly retired F-15C/Ds which is considered a very smart purchase in retrospect. … 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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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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At Least 300 Vipers To Get A Major Upgrade & The U-2 Is Still Going Strong

This is good news, the USAF is coming to terms with the realities of the F-35 schedule and of course this is manifesting itself in giving the Viper a major boost via upgrading at least 300 currently in the USAF fleet. I … Read the rest of this entry

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