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F-35 – Beyond Stealth
The combination of unique sensors, sensor fusion, man-machine interface and the integration of the F-35 as part of a broader fleet of aircraft comprising a totality of air power, are the convincing arguments driving air forces worldwide to opt for the new fighter.
China considers a naval stealth fighter based on Chengdu J-20
China is likely to complete the construction of its second and third aircraft carriers with the ability to carry J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters, although a carrier-friendly model may need to be designed first
Weapons Bay of J20 Revealed
Defense Update VideoReport presents a remix depicting selected moments from J-20 test flights, captured by Chinese amateur photographers on the Chengdu airfield perimeter. A recent...
Software Integration Remains One of the F-35 Highest Risks – GAO
Last month we published a review of a preliminary report prepared by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about the F-35 program. Software integration, helmet displays, logistics support, arresting hook and airframe durability were the areas of concern raised by the report
China’s Mighty Dragon Grows Teeth
Recent photos of the second 'Technology Demonstrator" Fifth Generation Chengdu J20 'Mighty Dragon' stealth fighter depict a recent flight testing what seems to be an R-77 missile dummy carried on the starboard (right side) weapons bay.
PMF vs AMCA – Indigenuity At What Cost? (Updated)
The first prototype of Sukhoi T-50 PKA-FA 5th generation fighter aircraft, to be provided to India for integration Perspective Multirole Fighter (PMF) will land in India in two years. When it arrives, will it finally meet its match - the 'all Indian' AMCA?
China’s New J-31 Stealth Fighter Takes Off on Maiden Flight
China’s J-31, the new stealth fighter prototype developed by AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) took off on its maiden flight on October 31, 2012 on 10:32 Beijing local time. The flight lasted only ten minutes.
First Raptor Supersonic AIM-9X Launch
This test firing was part of the flight testing and integration of the AIM-9X on the Raptor, expected to run through 30 August 2013.
Japan Formally Commits To Buying First F-35s at Increased Price
Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it has agreed to buy 4 Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) at a cost of $128.61 million each, an increase of $3.7 million over the $124.83 million price negotiated last December. The four aircraft are scheduled for delivery in Fiscal Year 2016.
Raptor Pilots Talk in Public about Hypoxia Effects
Hypoxia (oxygen depravation) conditions often affecting pilots during and after flying in F-22s remain unsolved even after comprehensive investigation launched after the 2011 loss of an Alaska based pilot. While the F-22 returned to operational flying, at least 11 new cases were reported since the Raptors resumed their flights, CBS 60 Minutes reported.
With the Last F-22A Delivered, the Raptor’s Modernization is Only Beginning
While the last of 195th F-22 Raptors was delivered to the U.S. Air Force, at its home base in Alaska, other Raptors are being Upgraded to Assume Precision Strike Missions