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With a Variety of Ways to Sting, the F-89 Scorpion Was the First Line of Defense

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 18/07/2024 - 19:05

From cannons to rockets to nuclear-armed ordinance, the F-89 seemed a formidably armed interceptor, protecting North America in the early years of the Cold War from Soviet bomber fleets coming over the polar region. In [...]

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Australian P-8A Poseidon Drops Mark 54 Torpedoes During ‘Hunt’ of US Submarine at RIMPAC 2024 Exercise 

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 18/07/2024 - 15:37

The world’s largest naval exercise with participation of roughly 29 nations, 40 surface ships, three submarines, 14 national land forces, over 150 aircraft, and more than 25,000 personnel, marked the first time an Australian P-8A [...]

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Romania Prepares to Modernize Its Fleet with $6.5 Billion F-35 Deal

The Aviationist Blog - Wed, 17/07/2024 - 16:28

Romania anticipates finalizing a government-to-government agreement with the United States to procure 5th generation F-35 fighter jets by this fall. Romania is poised to sign a government-to-government agreement with the United States to purchase latest-generation [...]

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Turkey Seeks to Scale Down $23 Billion F-16 Deal with US, Perform Part of Modernization Locally

The Aviationist Blog - Wed, 17/07/2024 - 14:58

In early 2023, Turkey announced the modernization of 35 F-16 Block 30 jets with domestically-developed software, avionics and electronics. Turkey is cutting back on its $23 billion contract with the US to modernize its fleet [...]

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Russia’s Monster FAB-3000 Glide Bomb Shown Employed By Su-34 Bombers

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 16/07/2024 - 17:10

The RuMoD extensively captured in a video the bomb’s loading, carriage, release, flight and final target engagement in explicit detail. Almost a month after it released footage of the massive 2,993 kg FAB-3000 bomb strapped [...]

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Check Out This Massive Avro CF-105 Arrow Stage Prop That You Could Own!

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 16/07/2024 - 16:00

For $12k Shipped, A 60% Scale Model of Canada’s Legendary Interceptor is Up for Grabs. The legend of the Avro CF-105 Arrow advanced interceptor, its fascinating development and bizarre cancellation, is well known in aviation [...]

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Comparing The Options Of Maintaining Minuteman III And Developing The $140 Billion Sentinel ICBM

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 16/07/2024 - 15:52

Experts say pursuing a Minuteman III life-extension until 2050 would cost significantly less than its replacement. The Pentagon’s continuation of the LGM-35A Sentinel ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) program, after it triggered the Nunn-McCurdy breach, marks [...]

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U.S. To Deploy Precision Strike, Hypersonic Missiles, SM-6 And Tomahawks In Germany By 2026

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 16/07/2024 - 12:37

In two years, the U.S. will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fires capabilities of its MDTF in Germany. By 2026, the U.S. Army will deploy its new, long-range surface-to-surface missiles to Germany as per a [...]

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Royal Navy’s 809 Naval Air Squadron Completes First F-35 Flight

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 16/07/2024 - 10:02

After reforming in December 2023, 809 Naval Air Squadron has now flown its first ever independent sortie as the UK’s newest F-35B unit. Joining 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, 809 Naval Air Squadron [...]

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US Developing Cheap, Mass-Producible ERAMs for Ukraine: Here’s Why

The Aviationist Blog - Mon, 15/07/2024 - 19:33

The need for the Extended Range Attack Munitions (ERAMs) arises from the advantages Western standoff weapons have provided to Ukraine. However, these benefits could not be fully realized due to the limited availability of such [...]

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U.S. Army Tests Counter UAS Systems To Tackle Drone Swarm Threats

The Aviationist Blog - Mon, 15/07/2024 - 16:49

The event was among the largest demonstrations using a mass sUAS attack scenario. Taking a cue from the war in Ukraine and Chinese drone development capability, and the proliferation of commercial sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial [...]

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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Returns to the United States After Momentous Nine Month Deployment

The Aviationist Blog - Mon, 15/07/2024 - 00:03

After nine eventful months which saw extensive operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Mediterranean Sea, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) finally arrived back in the United States [...]

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China’s H-6K Bomber Spotted Carrying Four Carrier-Killer Ballistic Missiles For The First Time

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 14/07/2024 - 19:01

Launched from high-altitudes by the H-6K, the missile would have a significantly improved range, with powerful kinematic performance in its terminal phase. Nearly two and a half months after a PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air [...]

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France Sells Last KC-135s to U.S. Commercial Refueling Company Metrea

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 14/07/2024 - 15:41

French Air Force sells its last KC-135s to Metrea, which becomes the largest commercial air refueling company. On July 11, 2024, it was announced that the French Air Force had sold the last of their [...]

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F-15EX Eagle II Reaches Initial Operational Capability

The Aviationist Blog - Sat, 13/07/2024 - 14:50

The milestone comes with the delivery of the first two operational aircraft to the Oregon Air National Guard. The new F-15EX Eagle II has finally reached the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with the U.S. Air [...]

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8th FS Unveiled New Addition | GA Tapped For SkyGuardian | Philippines, China To “De-escalate” Tensions Over South China Sea

Defense Industry Daily - Thu, 04/07/2024 - 06:00
Americas The 8th Fighter Squadron (FS) at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, recently unveiled a striking new addition to their fleet – an F-16 Viper flagship painted in a sleek matte black color scheme, reminiscent of the legendary F-117 Nighthawk. This unique paint job serves as a powerful tribute to the squadron’s history and the groundbreaking capabilities of the retired stealth aircraft. The “Black Sheep” nickname reflects the squadron’s proud history, and this new paint scheme specifically honors their time flying the F-117. “We were one of the Holloman fighter units to fly the F-117 Nighthawk,” explained Major Daniel Thompson, an instructor pilot with the 8th FS. “This decision highlights a unique chapter in our history that aligns perfectly with the Black Sheep identity.” Italy has seized Chinese military drones disguised as wind turbines that were heading to Libya in violation of a U.N. embargo, Italian authorities said. Components making up the two drones were concealed in six containers sent on two container ships from China to the Port of Gioia Tauro in Italy, where they were impounded before they could be loaded onto vessels heading for Libya, according to officials. Middle East & Africa Boeing has delivered the […]
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MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

Defense Industry Daily - Thu, 04/07/2024 - 05:58
0 Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a hunter-killer design. Some have called it the first fielded Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). The Reaper UCAV will play a significant role in the future USAF, even though its capability set makes the MQ-9 considerably more expensive than MQ-1 Predators. Given these high-end capabilities and expenses, one may not have expected the MQ-9 to enjoy better export success than its famous cousin. Nevertheless, that’s what appears to be happening. MQ-9 operators currently include the USA and Britain, who use it in hunter-killer mode, and Italy. Several other countries are expressing interest, and the steady addition of new payloads are expanding the Reaper’s advantage over competitors… The MQ-9 Reaper, and its Little Brothers MQ-1 landing – 1 Hellfire fired? (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper was once called “Predator B,” but it is only loosely based on the famous MQ-1 Predator drone. The Reaper is 36 feet long, […]
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Sierra Nevada Tapped For MC-130 | UAE Gets 2nd Gowind-Class Corvette | Ukraine Inducted 480 New Weapons In 2024

Defense Industry Daily - Wed, 03/07/2024 - 06:00
Americas Sierra Nevada Co. won a $400 million contract for the Airborne Mission Networking System. The contract provides for Airborne Mission Networking system kits for the MC-130 aircraft, as well as engineering services, contractor logistics support, program management, field service representative support, and over and above. The locations of performance are Centennial, Colorado; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Englewood, Colorado; Hagerstown, Maryland; Robins Air Force Base, Georgia; Eglin AFB, Florida, and Hurlburt Field, Florida. The work is expected to be completed by June 27, 2029. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins AFB, Warner Robins, Georgia, is the contracting activity. The US Army has received two T901 engines from General Electric (GE) Aerospace for integration and testing aboard the force’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The engines were delivered to Sikorsky’s facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, as part of the country’s Improved Turbine Engine Program, an initiative to develop a more durable, fuel-efficient engine for the army’s Black Hawk and Apache aircraft. Middle East & Africa Naval Group has handed over the second Gowind-class multi-mission corvette to the UAE Navy in Lorient, western France. The ship, Al Emarat, will house its crew in France in July as Naval Group provides training to ensure […]
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Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8” H-60 Helicopter Contract

Defense Industry Daily - Wed, 03/07/2024 - 05:58
US Army HH-60Ms (click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The UH-60M, MH-60S and MH-60R models have already inked export deals, and official requests indicate that more deals are in the pipeline. The new multi-year 2013-2017 contract could be worth up to $11.7 billion, and follows a 5-year, multi-service “MYP-VII” contract in December 2007. Like its predecessor, it covers UH-60M Black Hawk troop transport and light cargo helicopters, Army HH-60M SAR (Search And Rescue) / MEDEVAC (MEDical EVACuation) helicopters, and the US Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. MYP-VIII: Contract in Context USN Heli Plan (click to view full) The US Army plans to order 956 UH-60M and 419 MEDEVAC HH-60M Black Hawks through 2026, a total of 1,375 H-60M models. By then, the US Army’s total […]
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Raytheon Tapped For Tomahawks | FAP Received Second KC-390 | Taiwanese Drills With New Focus

Defense Industry Daily - Tue, 02/07/2024 - 06:00
Americas Raytheon won a $27 million modification, which adds scope and increases ceiling to procure 24 mid-body range safety subsystem kits and flight test kits in support of Tactical Tomahawk missiles for the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. Work is expected to be completed in May 2027. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Lockheed Martin has landed a $5.2-billion contract to supply the US Army with Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles. The US Department of Defense (DoD) did not say how many missiles will be delivered as part of the contract. However, it said the work for the deal will be performed at Lockheed facilities in Alabama, Florida, New York, and nine other states. Deliveries will run through 2027. Middle East & Africa The pier built by the US military to bring aid to Gaza has been removed due to weather to protect it, and the US is considering not reinstalling it unless the aid begins flowing out into the population again, US officials said Friday. While the military has helped deliver desperately needed food through the pier, the vast majority of it is still sitting in the adjacent storage yard and that area is almost full. […]
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