Archive for September 20th, 2015

Unknown UAV appears in Chengdu, China

Posted in Industry, Research on September 20th, 2015 by alert5 – 1 Comment

Google Earth has revealed a previously unknown UAV parked in Chengdu, China. China Aviation News recently ‘leaked’ a news report on the successful flight test of a high Mach number test plane. Could this be it?

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Carlisle reiterates on need to counter the range of Chinese PL-15 BVRAAM

Posted in Air Force on September 20th, 2015 by alert5 – Comments Off on Carlisle reiterates on need to counter the range of Chinese PL-15 BVRAAM

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Sept. 15, ACC cheif Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle reiterated the threat of the Chinese PL-15 beyond visual range air-to-air missile.

General Hawk Carlisle and Lieutenant General Huang Guoxian
By Tech. Sgt. James Stewart [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Fast forward the video to the 16:00 mark on his comments on the PL-15.

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India to seal helicopter purchase during Modi’s visit to U.S.

Posted in Industry on September 20th, 2015 by alert5 – Comments Off on India to seal helicopter purchase during Modi’s visit to U.S.

India will finally ink the contract for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to New York this month.

2H8A9536 copy (14465960441)
By Pacific Aviation Museum (2H8A9536 copy) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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USAF expected to order 12 T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits

Posted in Air Force, Industry on September 20th, 2015 by alert5 – Comments Off on USAF expected to order 12 T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits

The U.S. Air Force is expected to finalize paperwork to buy 12 T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits from Rolls-Royce by end of this month.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Erin Kelley performs a preflight check on a C-130H Hercules before embarking on a retrograde mission to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq 131028-F-YL744-937
By DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker, U.S. Air Force. (Released) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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USAF could expand Rapid Raptor concept to other fighter types

Posted in Air Force on September 20th, 2015 by alert5 – Comments Off on USAF could expand Rapid Raptor concept to other fighter types

Chief of Air Combat Command Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle revealed that his men are working to expand the Rapid Raptor concept to apply it on other fighter aircraft.

F-22A Raptor of the 95th FS at Spangdahlem Air Base in August 2015
By U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman, USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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