Archive for May, 2012

U.S. ready to modify Italian MQ-9s with weapons

Posted in UAV on May 30th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Italy looks set to join Britain as the next operator of the armed MQ-9 drone with the Obama administration preparing to inform Congress of its decision.
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PLANAF officially unveils its J-10s

Posted in Navy on May 30th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force (PLANAF) has released a photograph revealing itself as a operator of the Chengdu J-10 fighter.

France-UAE talks over Rafale stalled again

Posted in Air Force on May 30th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

With a new French president, the UAE has slowed down talks with Dassault for the Rafale fighter, Reuters reports.

CATIC hopes to export 300 JF-17s in 5 years

Posted in Air Force on May 30th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) hopes to sell up to 300 JF-17 fighters over the next five years.
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AH-1Z Viper exceeds expectations on first deployment

Posted in Marines on May 30th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The AH-1Z, on its first deployment on board USS Makin Island, is performing to expectations, the U.S. Marine Corps reported.

Taiwan military official hints Taipei might forgo F-16s and buy F-35s

Posted in Air Force on May 30th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

An anonymous Taiwan military official hinted that Taipei might give up acquiring F-16C/Ds and wait for F-35s instead.

Rafael seeks to boost range of Iron Dome

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Rafael wants to extend the range of its Iron Dome missile interceptor to knock out longer-range weapons. A modified system has already undergone tests to determine its feasibility.

Russian hockey league wants to have match on Admiral Kuznetsov

Posted in Navy on May 29th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

A hockey league in Russia has approached the Navy to host a match on the flight deck of aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

TAI-AgustaWestland to face Boeing, Bell in South Korean contest

Posted in Air Force on May 29th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

TAI-AgustaWestland has been shortlisted along with Boeing and Bell by South Korea for its attack helicopter contest. A decision is expected in October.

Can Super Hornet survive in A2/AD environment?

Posted in Navy on May 29th, 2012 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

According to Dave Majumdar, analysts are questioning if the Boeing Super Hornet can be useful in the Pentagon’s AirSea battle concept to fight in a anti-access/area denial environment.


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