Archive for April 1st, 2016

Turkmenistan bought the Chinese FD-2000 air defense system?

Posted in Air Defense on April 1st, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Turkmenistan bought the Chinese FD-2000 air defense system?

During an military exercise in Turkmenistan on Mar. 26, the export variant of the Chinese HQ-9 air defense system – FD-2000 – made its first appearance in the country.

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PLAAF J-11A rocket firing exercise

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F135 engines had quality deficiencies

Posted in Industry on April 1st, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on F135 engines had quality deficiencies

A Selected Acquisition Report seen by Bloomberg says Pratt & Whitney had delivered F135 engines with quality deficiencies in turbine blades and electronic control systems.

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By Rick Goodfriend [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Marines had to cannibalized parts from museum aircraft

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During a recent visit to U.S. Marine Corp bases, House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry was told how Marines had to cannibalize parts from a museum aircraft so that they can send one of the front-line aircraft for an overseas mission.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, center-right, discusses maintenance and readiness issues with Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., March 18, 2016. Thornberry also serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and met with units from across II Marine Expeditionary Force to discuss force-related topics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Cpl. Lucas Hopkins/Released)

Rep. Mac Thornberry, center-right, discusses maintenance and readiness issues with Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., March 18, 2016. Thornberry also serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and met with units from across II Marine Expeditionary Force to discuss force-related topics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Cpl. Lucas Hopkins/Released)


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From fins to fairings, USAF experimenting with various technologies to reduce C-17’s drag

Posted in Air Force, Research on April 1st, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on From fins to fairings, USAF experimenting with various technologies to reduce C-17’s drag

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is busying modifying a C-17 at Edwards Air Force Base in an effort to improve airflow efficiency and reduce drag on the cargo plane.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit
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