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  • Army nuts deliveries over Apache bolt issue | Lockheed to offer fifth-gen...
    by Padraig McCarrick on April 23, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Despite differences over who will pay for the wall along their common border, the Mexican government has been cleared by the Trump administration for the potential purchase of 8 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahwak helicopters. Announced in a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) press release on […]

  • PAK-FA/FGFA/T50/Su-57: Russia Pressing on with T-50, India out of the game
    by Joe Katzman on April 23, 2018 at 3:58 am

    PAK-FA at MAKS-2011 (click to view larger) Russia wants a “5th generation” fighter that keeps it competitive with American offerings, and builds on previous aerial and industrial success. India wants to maintain technical superiority over its rivals, and grow its aerospace […]

  • Lockheed & Mitsubishi’s F-2 Fighter may be replaced with ATD-X (X-2)
    by Joe Katzman on April 23, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Mitsubisihi F-2s (click to view full) Japan already produces F-15J Eagle aircraft under license from Boeing, and in 1987 they selected Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jet as the basis for a “local” design that would replace its 1970s era F-1s. The aim was to produce a less expensive […]

  • AH-64E Apache Block III: Evolving Battlefield Roles
    by Joe Katzman on April 23, 2018 at 3:53 am

    AH-64 in Afghanistan (click to view full) The AH-64 Apache will remain the US Army’s primary armed helicopter for several more decades, thanks to the collapse of the RAH-66 Comanche program, and the retirement sans replacement of the US Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). […]

  • MH-60R/S: The USA’s New Naval Workhorse Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on April 23, 2018 at 3:50 am

    USN Heli Plan (click to view full) The US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawks have always had a naval counterpart. SH-60B/F Seahawk/ LAMPS helicopters were outfitted with maritime radar, sonobuoys, and other specialized equipment that let them perform a wide variety of roles, from supply and transport, […]

  • The hypersonics are coming with $928 million USAF contract | DARPA’s Gremlins...
    by Padraig McCarrick on April 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Lockheed Martin landed Wednesday, April 18, a $928 million US Air Force contract for the delivery of an undefined number of hypersonic conventional strike weapons. According to the Pentagon statement, Lockheed’s work includes the design, development, engineering, systems integration, […]

  • Iraq’s New Trainer-Fighters: FA-50 Bounces the Czech
    by Joe Katzman on April 20, 2018 at 3:58 am

    TA-50 drops tank (click to view full) Iraq may be on track to become the first export customer for South Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle family of supersonic jet trainers and lightweight fighters. But the KAI/Lockheed Martin plane ran into a familiar set of international competitors, plus one dark […]

  • CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program
    by Joe Katzman on April 20, 2018 at 3:55 am

    CH-53K concept (click to view full) The U.S. Marines have a problem. They rely on their CH-53E Super Stallion medium-heavy lift helicopters to move troops, vehicles, and supplies off of their ships. But the helicopters are wearing out. Fast. The pace demanded by the Global War on Terror is […]

  • Pakistan & China’s JF-17 Fighter Program
    by Joe Katzman on April 20, 2018 at 3:53 am

    FC-1/ JF-17, armed (click to view full) The FC-1/ JF-17 Thunder is a joint Chinese-Pakistani project that aimed to reduce Pakistan’s dependence on western firms for advanced fighters, by fielding a low-cost multi-role lightweight fighter that can host modern electronics and precision-guided […]

  • Raytheon wraps up JSOW testing on F-35C | Ukraine looks to muscle in on...
    by Padraig McCarrick on April 19, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Raytheon has wrapped up development testing as part of efforts to integrate its Joint Standoff Weapon C (JSOW C) onto the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. Speaking in a company press release, Raytheon said the low-cost, air-to-ground missile is on track for full deployment in 2019. The latest […]

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