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Opinion: Where Commonality Can Work In A Sixth-Gen Fighter Commented on: 3 days ago (February 27, 2015)

At least there is no STOVL 6G requirement - yet.

Late Software Not Expected To Jeopardize U.S. Marine Corps F-35 IOC Commented on: 3 days ago (February 26, 2015)

The 2B F-35B will most certainly not "surpass" the combat capability of the F/A-18C.

Inside Australia’s Air Force Modernization Commented on: 4 days ago (February 25, 2015)

Considering that the USN will be operating its Super Hornets / Growlers into the 2040s, it's pretty much assured that the Australians will do the same - at least they will have the option to do so...

USAF To 'Re-Energize' Debate On Future Of CAS Commented on: 1 week ago (February 19, 2015)

Belittling your critics by labeling their arguments as "ridiculous" makes the USAFs position seem even more desperate. And someone should tell Gen Welsh that the Marines are buying the F-35 not...

ACC Chief Open To A-10 Follow-On Platform Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 14, 2015)

By far the cheapest solution is to retain the A-10Cs and finish upgrading them with the PE package and the new wings. The general knows that there is no money to start another aircraft program....

Navy JSF Cuts Mirror CNO Priorities Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 14, 2015)

There's been talk of retrofitting the ALQ-218 on Super Hornet as well. Maybe that will be part of a MLU package, along with CFTs and other select ASH technologies that would mesh with longer...

ACC Chief: Stealth ‘Incredibly Important’ For Next USAF Fighter Commented on: 2 weeks ago (February 12, 2015)

The USAF really doesn't was to be part of a joint program with the Navy. The way to guarantee that is to differentiate your aircraft from the beginning. And if their proposed super colossal...

Opinion: A Better LCS—Or An All-New Frigate? Commented on: 4 weeks ago (January 30, 2015)

The USN *could* license an off the shelf design (Absalon / Iver Huitfeldt class), you know, to save time and money. But then again, when the various program offices get involved and tart it up,...

Proliferating Threats Open Door To F-35 Follow On Commented on: 4 weeks ago (January 29, 2015)

Definitely time to get the F/A-XX going full bore. Take some of the procurement money slated for the F-35C - which is similar to F/A-18 E/Fs in performance and payload (but about twice the cost...

F-35’s Gen-3 Helmet Display In Final Test Stages Commented on: 5 weeks ago (January 26, 2015)

"Because of the design changes, the Gen-3 helmet requires ground-testing to clear the helmet for pilot ejection at speeds up to 550 kt. A component failed on one ejection-seat test and is being...

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On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

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