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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Singha » 02 Feb 2013 20:45

the "canards" look like they could be swing wing. a true mashup of every next gen manned and unmanned design out there.
if they are serious, its FCS will be a truly complex thing.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby kenop » 02 Feb 2013 21:16

F-313 it says.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 02 Feb 2013 22:06

Looks like a mockup stealth fighter to fight the big Satan......nothing serious about it :D

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby shiv » 03 Feb 2013 18:57

Wonder if the Chinese are involved?
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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby member_20067 » 05 Feb 2013 10:52

Nice flightline of the newest Russian bomber Su-34....

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 05 Feb 2013 12:35

Looks Swanky 8) , I hope we procure 2 squadrons of Su-34 for bomber role and even in marine role.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby krishnan » 05 Feb 2013 12:37

what is that slide like thing near the left engine ?

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 05 Feb 2013 12:39

Hot Exhaust Gas/Flame Deflectors i suppose ?

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Khalsa » 05 Feb 2013 13:24

shiv wrote:Wonder if the Chinese are involved?
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hmm interesting ..... you could be on to a winner again Dear Doctor

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Khalsa » 05 Feb 2013 13:26

Austin wrote:Looks Swanky 8) , I hope we procure 2 squadrons of Su-34 for bomber role and even in marine role.


And there goes away the problem of mating an air launched Brahmos with a suitable fighter type platform.
This would be a cracker of a thing

I have always just loved the 34 platform. Just bloody awesome dev of the Su-27 all the way

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby anishns » 07 Feb 2013 10:38

Didn't know where else to post

Take Off Magazine Feb Edition

http://en.take-off.ru/pdf_to/to25.pdf

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby PratikDas » 19 Feb 2013 22:37

[Moved this post from the Indian Missiles and Munitions thread]

ramana wrote:GD, There was New Zealand hobbyist who built a working CM and put his plans on the internet. He was charged with MTCR violations or something like that.

Bruce Simpson's handiwork.
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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 25 Feb 2013 11:10

Details emerge about Lockheed’s Cuda missile

"Cuda is a highly lethal interceptor that defeats targets by direct body-to-body impact," Lockheed says. "At impact, Cuda sweeps its mass directly through the target at a selected point of vulnerability."

The company claims the Cuda will be a low cost weapon that will support "360° coverage", expand beyond visual range engagement zones and improve within visual range no-escape zones. It will also have extremely high-g maneuverability, Lockheed claims.

The company says the weapon will be effective against enemy warplanes, unmanned aircraft and other air threats. The Lockheed product card seems to indicate that the weapon might have some air-to-surface and anti-ship applications in addition to its air combat role.

With a length of 70 inches (1.78m), fifth-generation fighters like the Lockheed F-22 Raptor or F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to potentially double or triple their air-to-air missile load-outs. That means, Lockheed claims, US and allied forces would be able to achieve air superiority "at a substantially lower cost per sortie."

F-22 pilots in particular have been asking for greater beyond visual range weapons capacity since the Raptor first entered operational testing about a decade ago.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Nick_S » 25 Feb 2013 16:44

Austin wrote:Looks Swanky 8) , I hope we procure 2 squadrons of Su-34 for bomber role and even in marine role.


How about some of these Austin... :wink:


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More here - http://aviaforum.ru/showpost.php?p=1277 ... tcount=177

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 25 Feb 2013 16:53

Looks Pretty Neat , There is a picture and even video of Tu-90MS coming out of cloud it creates a nice picture

http://xmb.stuffucanuse.com/xmb/image.p ... wnwash.jpg

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Nick_S » 25 Feb 2013 17:35

WOW!!! Superb pic. :eek: :eek: :eek:

Are you sure that's not a PS'ed? Looks surreal.

By any chance, you got a link for the video?


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Cosmo_R » 25 Feb 2013 22:40

@Shiv ^^^: "I wonder if the Chinese are involved."

I suspect it's more likely the Klingons

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Nick_S » 26 Feb 2013 04:42

Thanks Austin.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby PratikDas » 26 Feb 2013 05:52

SMH: Superjet take-off fails after engine malfunction
A Sukhoi Superjet 100 failed to take off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after one of its engines malfunctioned, Interfax reported, further clouding the future of Russia's first post-Soviet civil plane project.

The Superjet program hit uncertainty last year after one of its planes crashed in Indonesia during a promotional flight, which investigators said was due to pilot error and Jakarta air traffic control's lack of a minimum safe altitude system.

Russia's Aeroflot, the only airline operating the aircraft so far, also grounded four of its 10 Superjets earlier this month due to technical problems.

The Sunday evening flight from Moscow to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv was called off after the plane had started gaining speed to take off, news agency Interfax reported on Monday, quoting a source at the airport's air traffic control service.

"For an unknown reason the control system for engine No. 1 failed and the crew decided to abort the take-off," the source said. It was not clear how many passengers were on board.

A source close to Sukhoi confirmed the take-off failure but blamed the problem on the airline's maintenance of the aircraft. Aeroflot did not respond to requests for information.


Russian President Vladimir Putin has championed the project which aims to compete with regional jetmakers like Brazil's Embraer or Canada's Bombardier and help Russia shake off its reputation for poor air safety.

The project is led by Sukhoi - part of state-owned United Aircraft Corporation, an umbrella corporation Putin created in 2006 to reorganise and revive the country's aircraft industry - in partnership with Italy's Finmeccanica.

Russia has declared ambitions to sell $US250 billion worth of aircraft by 2025 and overtake even Soviet-era output records to compete with US and European giants.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 26 Feb 2013 17:39

Nice Pictures of Su-30SM Flankers of RuAF

http://fotografersha.livejournal.com/355221.html

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 26 Feb 2013 18:58

Good Details on Raptor Program

The F-22 Raptor: Program & Events

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Surya » 27 Feb 2013 00:18

thanks Austin

beautiful

expensive white elephants but still beautiful

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 28 Feb 2013 10:39

Like i mentioned before more than the F-35 program its the contractors and subcontractors thats trying to rip off pentagon of the last dime they have that makes the program most expensive and riddled be problems. Now its official from USAF criticizing LM and P&W

F-35 program chief lashes out at jet producers

The head of the US Joint Strike Fighter program has publicly lashed out at two defense companies for “trying to squeeze every nickel out of” the Pentagon for an F-35 warplane that is the most expensive combat aircraft in history.

US Lieutenant-General Christopher Bogdan on Wednesday criticized Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney for overcharging the US government and failing to establish a good relationship with the Pentagon, Reuters reports.

“I want them both to start behaving like they want to be around for 40 years,” Bogdan told reporters during a visit to Australia. “I want them to take on some of the risk of this program, I want them to invest in cost reductions, I want them to do the things that will build a better relationship. I’m not getting all that love yet.” :-)

The Pentagon has planned to procure a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 40 years to replace some of its older aircrafts. But the estimated cost to develop and buy this fleet is around $382 billion, while operating it will bring the cost to $1 trillion during the next four decades.

“Its an unaffordable program at the numbers that we’re using,” Lieutenant General Terry Robling told Reuters earlier this month. Bogdan, who heads the program for the F-35 warplanes, has long sought convince Australian lawmakers to buy 100 of the jets, since Australia is a close American ally.

But convincing American allies to purchase the expensive warplanes is proving difficult, since an F-35 was grounded for the second time in two months last week after an inspector discovered a crack on a turbine blade. The military does not know when the plane will be ready to fly again. Additionally, the manufacturers initially claimed the planes would cost $67 million each – but now claim that the cost is $90 million each.

Angered by the manufacturers’ false claims, Bogdan publicly condemned their actions and asked them to work towards developing a better relationship with the US government.

“What I see Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney doing today is behaving as if they are getting ready to sell me the very last F-35 and the very last engine and are trying to squeeze every nickel out of that last F-35 and that last engine,” Bogdan said, who was speaking to reporters at the Australian International Airshow.

Lockheed Martin is the primary defense contractor for the F-35 program, while Pratt & Whitney is the sole supplier of F-35 engines, making it impossible for the government to turn elsewhere for the parts.

Knowing that the US does not have alternative suppliers may have prompted the companies to charge such high prices for their equipment. When Bogdan took over as head of the F-35 program last September, he called the relationship between Lockheed Martin and the US military “the worst I’ve ever seen.”

On Wednesday, Bogdan told reporters that the relationship has improved “a little bit”, but not nearly at the rate he wants to see the relationship develop.

And without Australia’s help in purchasing some of the F-35s that the US military needs, the Pentagon will struggle to buy thousands of the 2,443 F-35s alone.

As the US military budget is slated to be cut by nearly $500 billion in the next ten years, the F-35 program will be costlier than ever.

Other countries currently paying for the development of the F-35 are Birtain, Candada, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway. If Australia opts out, the cost for the US and its allies will only rise at a time when the Pentagon could be facing massive budget cuts that would force the military to reconsider where it spends its money.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby svinayak » 02 Mar 2013 11:48

Military spending cuts expected to ground Blue Angels
NBCNews.com (blog) - ‎9 hours ago‎
MOBILE, Alabama - Blue Angels pilot Dave Tickle said he is focused on practicing maneuvers for an upcoming show in California instead of worrying about how federal spending cuts will threaten performances this year by the U.S. Navy's renowned flight ...

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Nick_S » 05 Mar 2013 19:49

4 Navy air wings grounded, 8 deployments canned

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/03/n ... ed-030313/

The four air wings to be grounded are Carrier Air Wing 2, with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group; Carrier Air Wing 9, with Stennis CSG; Carrier Air Wing 17, with Vinson CSG; and Carrier Air Wing 7, with Eisenhower CSG.

In addition, the two air wings dropping to a “tactical hard deck” are Carrier Air Wing 1, with the Theodore Roosevelt CSG; and Carrier Air Wing 11, with Nimitz CSG. Basic flight training for pilot and flight officer trainees will halt in March.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Singha » 05 Mar 2013 20:01

aha the first real cuts in defence preparedness post 2008...so far its just been development or purchase programs trimmed or cancelled but this is on real world deployed assets.

the fat bloated fleet of 18 Ohio subs could easily be cut to 10 and so too the nearly 70 of so SSNs running around doing nothing much...how many subs does russia and china combined have at sea worth tracking?

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby ArmenT » 08 Mar 2013 14:12

Interesting news details from flightglobal and aviationweek posted over at milphotos.net

Flight Global link
Aviation Week link

Seems that the Chinese WZ-10 had a fair amount of design help from the Russians (specifically, Kamov). Apparently, Kamov was contracted by the Chinese govenment to deliver a design with unique Chinese requirements.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Kartik » 15 Mar 2013 11:17

12 of the SAAF's Gripen jets in long term storage..only 6 qualified pilots for the fleet and a TOTAL of 150 hours flown by the entire 2 Squadron ! Things are really in shambles with the SAAF thanks to funding issues for operational expenses.

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Durban - Twelve Gripen fighter jets that were bought as part of the controversial arms deal more than a decade ago are being kept in mothballs.

This was revealed by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Tuesday.

Responding to a parliamentary question, she said the aircraft had been placed in long-term storage, adding that this was “in line with their utilisation and the budget expenditure patterns/flow of the SA Air Force”.

DA MP David Maynier, who had posed the question, then issued a statement in which he sarcastically commented that these jets were “presumably vacuum-packed, like frozen chickens, in a hangar somewhere in South Africa”.

Maynier said that while the Gripen jets were supposed to provide the country with air combat capability, out of the 26 Gripen fighter jets bought, 10 or fewer were operational and there were only six qualified pilots and about 150 flying hours available to the entire 2 Squadron for this year.


“The Gripen fighter jets are effectively grounded because the operating budget has been stripped to the bone,” Maynier said.

He added that one of the biggest scandals of the arms deal was that South Africa had bought military equipment that it could not afford to operate, and this was illustrated by the keeping of the Gripen fighter jets in long-term storage.

“It is imperative that the minister reviews the allocation of the operating funding to the ‘Gripen system’ in the SAAF,” he said.

Defenceweb reported that at a parade at the Waterkloof air force base last month, the deputy air force chief, Major-General Jerry Malinga, said the acquisition and operationalisation of the data link, digital reconnaissance pod and helmet-mounted display gave the Gripen, operated by 2 Squadron, “a world-class capability”.

But he warned that “inadequate funding will severely hinder maintenance and development of the system and impede transformation efforts and targets”.


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby NRao » 16 Mar 2013 05:23

Mar 15, 2013 :: Ilyushin cancels test flight of Russian Il-476 aircraft

Ilyushin Aviation Complex has postponed the initial test flight of the Russian Air Force's Il-76MD-90A heavy transport aircraft, due to adverse meteorological conditions, a company spokeswoman has revealed.

The spokeswoman was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that all preparations were completed, but the test flight had to be cancelled because of heavy snowfall.

Noting that the adverse weather is expected to continue for the next three days, the spokeswoman did not provide any details about a new schedule.

The test flight was set to be conducted from the Zhukovsky flight test centre near Moscow, Russia, according to the Russian Defence Ministry's original programme, which includes a series of 22 test flights.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 16 Mar 2013 10:11

Vladimir Putin: 5 trillion rubles ( $163 billion ) will be allocated for re-equipping of Russian air forces

5 trillion rubles will be allocated for re-equipping of Russian air forces. It was stated by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, during the meeting dedicated to the current state and development prospects of the combat aviation in Russia .

Vladimir Putin reminded that the advanced aircraft and helicopters are already being delivered to the air forces (this refers to serial deliveries). "We plan to allocate about 25% of the total state defense order for re-equipping of the air forces. As you know the total value of our state defense order is 20 trillion, hence 5 trillion will be allocated for abovementioned purposes", - the president said.


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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby shiv » 21 Mar 2013 08:35

If you have 50 minutes to spare, watch this program. I promise you that you will not regret it. The well made program will teach you about aviation, air warfare, aerodynamics, history of jets and jet engines and a series of aircraft starting from early Lockheed concepts to the F-104, SR 71, F-22 and F-35

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... 3viiJ4g5G8

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 23 Mar 2013 14:18

Russia’s Revived Il-76 Airlifter Now in Flight Test

Speaking to the media earlier this month, Ilyushin general director Victor Livanov said that the advent of the Il-76MD90A “means restoration of our in-country skills to design and manufacture airlifters. This was something we lost after the Soviet Union collapsed, since the Il-76 was in production in Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, Antonov is now a Ukrainian company, and none of its designs is in series production right now. We recommended restarting production at Aviatar with a redeveloped Il-76 in 2006, and the Russian government agreed.” Livanov added that in 2006 Aviastar had only 10 design computers, and the Ilyushin design house only a few more. In addition to acquiring and mastering the computer-aided design technologies, Aviastar has restored 500 machine tools and modernized them with new reprogrammable units during the Il-76MD90A effort.

Redevelopment of the Il-76 began in earnest in 2008, with simultaneous digitizing of the old drawings. The new wing was modeled on that of the Il-96 and now features long structural members, lower weight and longer lifetime. “About 70 percent of the original onboard systems were replaced by new ones,” Livanov said, adding that only the hydraulics remain largely unchanged. Almost all vendor items for the Il-76 were out of production and have been replaced with newer items now available in the market. The Il-76MD90A received new avionics and a digital flight-control system.

Livanov said that Aviastar is on track to hand over the first pair of production aircraft to the Russian air force next year. A contract for 39 Il-76MD90As worth Rouble 139 billion was placed in October last year. The Russian air force operates nearly one hundred Il-76s as airlifters, plus another 50 in various special-mission roles. “We will need to replace them all at some point; some will be withdrawn by 2020, while the remaining ones will undergo a 15- to 20-year life extension,” Livanov said. “There is rule in aviation. If the airframe is good, make the longest possible use of it, and you can change engine and systems,” he added.

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 01 Apr 2013 21:27

IL-76TD Antarctic Mission

http://youtu.be/6P9Y-KkdbWU

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Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Postby Austin » 02 Apr 2013 22:00

Sweden Commits To Gripen E Development

Altogether, the overall framework agreement for the Gripen E program has a value of SEK 47.2 billion ($7.27 billion). An additional order is expected later this year for the modification of 60 single-seat Gripen Cs to the Gripen E configuration, and another for mission-specific equipment and support/maintenance is scheduled to be awarded sometime in 2014. Included in the overall agreement is the supply of 22 new-build Gripen Es and related equipment to the Swiss air force. The Swedish aircraft will involve a significant amount of new-build components.

Switzerland has yet to rubber-stamp the Gripen purchase, which is currently proceeding through the country’s parliamentary process. The agreement does include provision to accommodate Switzerland’s failing to conclude the deal, as well as compensatory measures should Sweden cancel or cut back its order.

Meanwhile, aircraft 39-7, the two-seat Gripen NG test aircraft and formerly the Gripen Demo, is currently grounded while it receives phase 5 modifications, including the Selex ES Skyward G infrared search and track sensor and latest development of ES-05 Raven AESA radar. The aircraft should be back in the air in late spring/early summer. Three more aircraft are due to participate in the Gripen E development program, of which the first (39-8) is due to fly around year-end.


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