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  • Air Force selects Kirtland AFB for AC-130J FTU | Afghanistan ordered 15...
    by Emily Erhold on November 22, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Americas The US Air Force decided to relocate the AC-130J Ghostrider Formal Training Unit from Hurlburt Field, Florida to Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. This is done so that the Air Force Special Operations Command to realign its training mission under Air Education and Training […]

  • The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks
    by Joe Katzman on November 22, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    RAAF C-130J-30, flares (click to view full) The C-130 Hercules remains one of the longest-running aerospace manufacturing programs of all time. Since 1956, over 40 models and variants have served as the tactical airlift backbone for over 50 nations. The C-130J looks similar, but the number of […]

  • From Dolphins to Destroyers: The ScanEagle UAV
    by Joe Katzman on November 22, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    ScanEagle launch (click to view full) ScanEagle’s base Insight UAV platform was originally developed by Washington state’s Insitu, Inc. to track dolphins and tuna from fishing boats, in order to ensure that the fish you buy in supermarkets is “dolphin-safe”. It turns out that the same […]

  • Army Seeks Proposals For Remote-Controlled Bradley Vehicle Replacement |...
    by Emily Erhold on November 19, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Americas Bell Boeing won a maximum $36.5 million contract modification to extend the period of performance for delivery of V-22 spare consumable and depot-level repairable parts. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell […]

  • V-22 Osprey: The Multi-Year Buys, 2008-2017
    by Joe Katzman on November 19, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    (click to view full) In March 2008, the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received a $10.4 billion modification that converted the previous N00019-07-C-0001 advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee, multi-year contract. The new contract rose to $10.92 billion, and […]

  • The US Army’s Bradley Remanufacture Program
    by Joe Katzman on November 19, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    M3A3 Bradley CFV: Charge! (click to view full) In the 1970s, middle eastern wars demonstrated that tanks without infantry screens were vulnerable to infantry with anti-tank missiles. Unfortunately, armored personnel carriers were easy prey for enemy tanks, and sometimes had trouble just keeping up […]

  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on November 19, 2020 at 11:04 pm

      F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the […]

  • P-8 Poseidon MMA: Long-Range Maritime Patrol, and More
    by Joe Katzman on November 19, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    P-8A Poseidon (click to view full) Maritime surveillance and patrol is becoming more and more important, but the USA’s P-3 Orion turboprop fleet is falling apart. The P-7 Long Range Air ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Capable Aircraft program to create an improved P-3 began in 1988, but cost […]

  • F-135 Testing Resumed At Arnold AFB | Lithuania Signed For Four Black Hawks |...
    by Emily Erhold on November 18, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Americas Honeywell International won a $25.7 million deal for the manufacture of four parts associated with the wheels and brakes used in support of the F/A-18 aircraft.  This contract includes a three-year base period with no options. F/A-18 Hornet became the nation’s first all-weather fighter […]

  • Global F/A-18 Hornet Fleets: Keeping ‘Em Flying
    by Joe Katzman on November 18, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    CF-18: which way? (click to see clearly) The F/A-18 Hornet is the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet‘s predecessor, with the first models introduced in the late 1970s as a spinoff of the USAF’s YF-17 lightweight fighter competitor. Hornets are currently flown by the US Marine Corps as their front-line […]

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