Bill Sweetman’s analysis of the F-35A vs F-16D basic fighter maneuvering report

Posted in Air Force, Industry on July 2nd, 2015 Be the first to comment

The controversial test report by a Lockheed Martin test pilot on a basic fighter maneuvering exercise between the F-35A and F-16D has been obtained by Aviation Week and Bill Sweetman has a detail analysis of his findings.

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By US Air Force / Ministerie van Defensie (bron: Ministerie van Defensie.) [CC0 or Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

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Fincantieri to build one LHD for Italian Navy

Posted in Industry, Navy on July 2nd, 2015 Be the first to comment

The Italian Navy has placed an order with Fincantieri for one LHD. The total value of the contract is over 1.1 billion euros and the ship is due for delivery in 2022.

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Greek fighters for Bulgaria?

Posted in Air Force on July 2nd, 2015 1 Comment

The Bulgarian cabinet has authorized Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev to negotiate with Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece for second-hand fighters.

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By Jerry Gunner from Lincoln, UK [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Meet Chuck Norris’ Tae Kwon Do instructor

Posted in Air Defense, Air Force, Army, Heritage on July 2nd, 2015 Be the first to comment

While posted to Osan Air Base, South Korea in the 1950s, Chuck Norris began learning martial arts at the Osan Gym. One of those who taught him, Grand Master Do Sik Mun, is still teaching U.S. military personnel at the gym till this day.

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Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Heather A. Denby, 35th ADA Public Affairs

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MV-22B almost lost at sea due to wrong setting,

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On Oct. 1 last year, the crew on board a MV-22B attempted to take off from USS Makin Island for a mission to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Unfortunately, the flight never made it to Iraq and the aircraft was nearly lost.

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VFA-106 Super Hornet makes emergency landing at Chicago Midway International Airport

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A U.S. Navy Super Hornet landed on runway 4R of Chicago Midway International Airport on Jul .1 at around 12:35 p.m. after experiencing engine problem.

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F-18 with engine trouble lands safely at Midway

Russia expected to launch missile early-warning satellite in November

Posted in Air Defense, Space on July 2nd, 2015 Be the first to comment

At the moment, Russia does not have any early-warning satellite in geosynchronous orbit to warn of a missile attack. This is set to change in November when the first EKS satellite is launch into space.

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Tu-160 and PAK DA will rely on new astronavigation unit

Posted in Air Force, Research on July 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) is researching on a new astronavigation unit, designated ANS-2009, for the Tu-160 strategic bomber.

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By Sergey Lysenko (http://russianplanes.net/id122395) [CC BY-SA 4.0 or CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Naval Pantsir is based on Kashtan CIWS

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A promotional poster at the International Maritime Defence Show 2015 shows the configuration of the naval version of Pantsir air defense system.

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Ka-52K on display at International Maritime Defense Show 2015

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