Saab, Dassault and Eurofighter are keeping their dreams alive as the F-35 lurches and staggers into developmental test, according to Aviation Leak‘s Bill Sweetman:
People at Saab, Eurofighter and Dassault are of one voice on JSF and do not believe it will deliver its promised affordability, whether in acquisition, upgrades or operational cost, or [...]
Navy is used to think in terms of tonnage when it considers its investment in capital ships. The trend these days, however, is to think in pounds:
“There are a lot of weapons in the military’s arsenal,” said Lt. Col. Brad Beach, an official who coordinates the Marines’ drone technology. “But what we don’t [...]
The US Army is set to announce a competition for that service’s next generation infantry rifle, potentially breaking the hold Connecticut-based Colt has had on the contract for the last decade. This has brought legions of lobbyists – including the first for Colt over the intervening period – circling about the trough:
For nearly [...]
The Navy’s F-35C variant made its first air show appearance at Andrews AFB this weekend, prior to heading for the test range:
Piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Eric “Magic” Buus, the F-35C flight commemorated 100 years of naval aviation by highlighting the future of tactical air power, the US Navy said in its website.
Pakistan heads east in search of their latest fighter import:
Two days after Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani took a direct stab at deteriorating US-Paki relations by saying that China is now his country’s “best friend“, China has retorted in kind by announcing it will provide another 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan on an “expedited” [...]
In which a former fighter pilot and current acquisition specialist gets schooled on fighter acquisition by a paratrooper. Of love.
Throughout history, in the development of both military tactics and associated weapons systems, one measure leads to a counter-measure, which in turn leads to a counter-counter measure, which is where it gets confusing and we start afresh with a new measure.
So it comes as no real surprise to learn that Navy, having been [...]
The USAF variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is falling short of its specified unrefueled range requirement:
The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II appears to be unable to fly as far as once predicted, according to a Pentagon document.
The aircraft is currently estimated to have a combat mission radius of 584 [...]
The F-22 community experienced five physiological events with hypoxia-like symptoms in the month of April. Prior to that, there had been nine incidents between June 2008 and February of this year, including one in which a pilot apparently lost his life.
So the USAF is getting around to looking at potential problems with the [...]