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  • Colombia considers second-hand Eurofighters | Raytheon completes SBD-II Lot 1...
    by Padraig McCarrick on December 15, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Americas According to a story originally reported in the Spanish-language news website, Defensa, the Colombian Air Force is currently evaluating a series of options that will boost its fighter-interceptor fleet capabilities. The main option involves procuring about a fighter wing’s worth of […]

  • Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond
    by Joe Katzman on December 15, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Italian Eurofighters (click to view full) The multi-national Eurofighter Typhoon has been described as the aerodynamic apotheosis of lessons learned from the twin engine “teen series” fighters that began with the F-14 and F-15, continued with the emergence of the F/A-18 Hornet, and […]

  • Moving Target: Raytheon’s GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb II
    by Joe Katzman on December 15, 2017 at 3:58 am

    GBU-53/B, aka. SDB-II (click to view full) The 250 pound GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb gives American fighters the ability to carry more high-precision GPS-guided glide bombs, without sacrificing punching power against fortified targets. The initial award to Boeing was controversial, and the Darlene […]

  • LRASM Missiles: Reaching for a Long-Range Punch
    by Joe Katzman on December 15, 2017 at 3:57 am

    LRASM-A Concept (click to view full) The US Navy is beginning to acknowledge a growing problem that threatens its freedom of the seas: its strike reach is shrinking and aging, while potential opponents’ attack reach is expanding and modernizing. As new designs replace older planes, US carrier […]

  • USA Issues JSOW Block III Production Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on December 15, 2017 at 3:56 am

    AGM-154C, impact (click to view full) In March 2007, Raytheon received a contract to develop the AGM-154C-1 variant of the popular JSOW glide bomb family. This new version would add moving target capability via improved imaging infrared seekers, better seeker algorithms, and a 2-way Link-16 data […]

  • Canada wants “trusted partner” for CF-18 successor, Boeing on the outside |...
    by Padraig McCarrick on December 14, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Americas A news conference held by the Canadian government on Tuesday made clear that Boeing would not be supplying them with 18 F/A-18 Super Hornets—they will instead buy second-hand from Australia in a deal worth $388 million—and warned the US airframer that it had little chance of […]

  • Canada Preparing to Replace its CF-18 Hornets, Announces new Competition
    by Joe Katzman on December 14, 2017 at 3:59 am

    CF-18, 20-year colors (click to view full) Canada’s 138 “CF-18s” were delivered between 1982-1988, but accidents and retirements have reduced the fleet to about 103, with only 79 upgraded F/A-18 AM/BM Hornets still operational. The CF-18s are expected to be phased out between 2017 […]

  • Adding Arleigh Burkes: H.I.I. Steps Forward for DDG-51 Restart
    by Joe Katzman on December 14, 2017 at 3:58 am

    DDG-110 Construction (click to view full) In April 2009 Bath and Ingalls agreed to the Navy’s surface combatant plans, thus heralding a significant restructuring within the American naval shipbuilding community. Under the agreements, the USA would end production at 3 Graf Spee sized DDG-1000 […]

  • German MoD favor the Eurofighter, Luftwaffe the F-35 | Bulgaria orders MiG...
    by Padraig McCarrick on December 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Americas A report released Monday by the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General into the US Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program has found that the service did not effectively develop and manage electronic warfare capabilities for upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32 Electronic […]

  • The USA’s RC-12X Guardrail SIGINT Modernization
    by Joe Katzman on December 13, 2017 at 3:59 am

    RC-12N Guardrail (click to view full) They’re derived from Hawker-Beechcraft’s popular King Air B200 twin-prop planes, and they look like a dog that just finished chasing a family of porcupines. Their specialty is intercepting enemy communications, and snooping on electronic emissions. […]

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