Author Archives: Larkins Dsouza

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

Boeing Plans Sixth Generation Fighter With Block 3 Super Hornet

Boeing is touting an even newer version of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet that, paired with an advanced sixth-generation fighter in the works at the company, would give customers what Boeing deems a better package of capabilities than Lockheed Martin’s combination of the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.br /br /The idea is that customers could buy 4.5 generation Super ...

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Air superiority fighters vs Multirole fighters

Air superiority fighters: An air superiority fighter is a type of fighter aircraft intended to enter and seize control of enemy airspace. Air superiority fighters have long range and have BVR (Beyond Visual Range) capabilities. They generally take more scramble time(i.e they generally take more time to be mission ready). The maintainable cost is also high. Air superiority fighters are ...

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Japan cuts back funds for ATD-X steath demonstrator

Japan’s plans to build a stealth fighter demonstrator have been set back after funding for the project was cut in the fiscal year 2008 defence budget. The Mitsubishi ATD-X project has been allocated ¥7 billion ($66 million) of the ¥49.9 billion requested by the Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI).br /br /The plan to build and fly a small stealth ...

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USAF Proposes to Spend $143.9B in 2009

div class=”story-para”Of the $515.4 billion the Bush administration is requesting for its final budget go-around, the U.S. Air Force expects to get a total of $143.9 billion in 2009, including $11.9 billion for space programs./div div class=”story-para”That’s up 6.9 percent from the $134.6 billion that Congress granted the air service for the current fiscal year, an increase Air Force officials ...

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India seeks bidders for new chopper deal

span class=”BTX” A month after scrapping a 600-million-dollar deal to buy nearly 200 helicopters, India is now seeking bidders for an even bigger contract worth almost one billion dollars, officials said on Tuesday.p New Delhi earlier this month contacted four aviation firms in France, Italy, Russia and the United States, asking about their ability to supply 312 helicopters for the ...

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India-Israel Defense Links Raise Political Conflict

div class=”story-para”NEW DELHI — India-Israeli defense ties are threatening to blow up into a major political controversy here as the parties on the political left, whose support the government needs to remain in power, have severely criticized the Jan. 21 launch of an Israeli spy satellite from Indian territory./div div class=”story-para”The left parties want the Indian government to describe the ...

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IAF Dogfights Part 2

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IAF Dogfights Part 1

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Su-PAKFA a Russian Stealth Fighter

The Sukhoi PAK FA (or PAK-FA or T-50 ) is a fifth-generation fighter which is being developed by Russia. PAK FA stands for Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatsyi  which basically means Advanced Tactical Frontline Fighter.PAK FA is being developed by a consortium of companies spearheaded by Sukhoi OKB. Sukhoi’s internal project codename is known as T-50. The PAK FA is ...

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Iraqi Air Force Could Have Fighters by 2011

div class=”story-para”The Iraqi air force could be flying fighter jets by 2011, the U.S. Air Force’s top commander for Iraqi operations said Jan. 15./div div class=”story-para”Lt. Gen. Gary North, head of the 9th Air Force, explained during a talk in Washington, D.C., that he envisioned the Iraqi air force having its own fighter jets by 2011 or 2012. The fighter ...

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