Author Archives: Larkins Dsouza

Founded Defence Aviation, clean freak, loves everything aviation, serendipitous & loves to create something new.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in trouble

Problems in the development of F-35 stealth fighter have raised fresh questions from Canada and many other countries. Technical glitches, high cost per unit and postponed production continue to cause problem for fighter program which is a joint venture between the United States and many countries including Canada Israel and Australia. Recent software problem with fuel pump grounded all the ...

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Sukhoi’s Su-35S program to be funded by Sberbank

The Komsomolsk-na-Amure-based Yuri Gagarin Aviation Industrial Concern (KnAAPO), incorporated by the Sukhoi Holding Company, and Sberbank (the Savings Bank of Russia) concluded on September 15th 2010, a general agreement to build the Su-35S multi-role fighter. The document was signed by Alexander Pekarsh, KnAAPO director general, and Olga Bukhankova, head of the Savings Bank central division in Komsomolsk-na-Amure. The signing of ...

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Dassault Rafale

Rafale is a twin-jet combat aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of short and long-range missions, including ground and sea attack, air defence and air superiority, reconnaissance, and high-accuracy strike or nuclear strike deterrence. The aircraft has been developed for the French Air Force and Navy and was designed and built by Dassault Aviation. The origins of the ...

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AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo Specification & Technical Data

Taiwan’s ambitious program to develop an advanced fighter to replace its fleet of F-5s and F-104s began in 1982, after the US government placed an embargo on the sale of the Northrop F-20 and any comparable fighter. The same restrictions were not placed on technical assistance, however, and US aerospace companies have collaborated closely with AIDC to develop an indigenous ...

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First Three C-130J Super Hercules for India Near Completion at Lockheed Martin Facility

The first three C-130J Super Hercules for India take the final positions on Lockheed Martin’s assembly line in Marietta, Ga. India will receive six aircraft plus support, with the first aircraft arrival in India scheduled for February 2011. The six C-130Js will give the Indian Army and Air Force new special operations capabilities using the world’s most advanced airlifter. Indian ...

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Boeing and the Republic of Singapore Celebrate F-15SG’s Arrival in Singapore

Boeing and the Republic of Singapore Air Force on April 5 celebrated the arrival of the RSAF’s first five F-15SG aircraft at Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, where the aircraft were formally inducted into the F-15SG squadron. The F-15SGs returned to Singapore from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, following 10 months of rigorous air-to-air and air-to-ground testing and development ...

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F-35B STOVL-mode Flight

The first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter passes overhead at 40 knots prior to a slow landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on Wednesday, March 10. The flight was one of the last missions before the aircraft’s first vertical landing, and confirmed the jet’s power and controllability at very low speeds. The aircraft’s short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) ...

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Maiden flight of Su-PAKFA a Russian Stealth Fighter

Sukhoi on Friday achieved first flight of its PAK FA advanced tactical front-line fighter. The Russian made Sukhoi T-50, which India refers to as the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), is the Russian equivalent of the US built F-22 stealth fighter. India is a full partner in the project and the Indian version of the jet will feature several homegrown ...

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RQ-170 Sentinel “Beast of Kandahar”

The RQ-170 Sentinel is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Lockheed Martin and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). It has been deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Beast of Kandahar, an aircraft, which was photographed in Afghanistan in 2007, is a surveillance aircraft, confirms US Air Force.  The US Air Force on 8th ...

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Boeing demonstrated ability to destroy airscrafts with laser

The Boeing in May demonstrated the ability of mobile laser weapon systems to track and destroy small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). During the U.S. Air Force-sponsored tests at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., the Mobile Active Targeting Resource for Integrated eXperiments (MATRIX), which was developed by Boeing under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory, used ...

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