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  • The New Chinooks: Boeing’s Modern H-47 Heavy-Lift Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on September 19, 2021 at 7:54 am

    CH-47Fs take off (click to view full) DII FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record; this FOCUS Article covers the CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook helicopter programs, in the USA and abroad. These helicopters’ distinctive “flying banana” twin-rotor design […]

  • France’s Rafale
    by Joe Katzman on September 19, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Dassault Rafale (click for cutaway view) Will Dassault’s fighter become a fashionably late fighter platform that builds on its parent company’s past successes – or just “the late Rafale”? It all began as a 1985 break-away from the multinational consortium that went on to create EADS’ […]

  • 3 Spirit Bombers Returned From Iceland | Turkish KC-135R Completed Flight Deck...
    by Emily Erhold on September 17, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas Three US Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers returned to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri after a deployment to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, that included a dozen multinational missions over the past month. The bombers, from the 509th Bomb Wing, left Iceland on Saturday, the Air Force […]

  • USA’s B-2 Bombers Leading the Way in Contracting for Availability
    by Joe Katzman on September 17, 2021 at 3:58 am

    All together now… (click to view full) Britain’s practice of “contracting for availability” for key equipment, rather than paying for spare parts and maintenance hours, may be its most significant defense procurement reform. In a world where older air, sea, and ground vehicle fleets are […]

  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on September 17, 2021 at 3:58 am

      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 […]

  • NG To Support ALQ-218 Modification | Greece To Deploy Patriot Units To Saudi...
    by Emily Erhold on September 16, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas Alliant Techsystems won a $41.2 million deal, which procures low rate initial production Lot One of the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER). This contract provides for the production and delivery of 16 AGM-88G AARGM-ER All Up Rounds, six AGM-88G […]

  • EA-18G Program: The USA’s Electronic Growler
    by Joe Katzman on September 16, 2021 at 3:58 am

    EA-18G at Pax The USA’s electronic attack fighters are a unique, overworked, and nearly obsolete capability. With the retirement of the US Air Force’s long-range EF-111 Raven “Spark ‘Vark,” the aging 4-seat EA-6B Prowlers became the USA’s only remaining fighter for radar jamming, […]

  • Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape
    by Joe Katzman on September 16, 2021 at 3:56 am

    DID's FOCUS Article covering the Patriot anti-air missile system, including all development & contracts during the FY 2007 time frame...

  • Sons of Sa’ar? Israel’s Next Generation Frigates
    by Joe Katzman on September 16, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Saar 5: INS Hanit (click to view full) The 1,227t/ 1,350 ton Sa’ar 5 Eilat Class corvettes were built by Northrop Grumman in the 1990s for about $260 million each. It’s a decent performer in a number of roles, from air defense to anti-submarine work, to coastal patrol and special forces […]

  • Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond
    by Joe Katzman on September 16, 2021 at 3:52 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 extended […]

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