Author Archives: Niva Shetty

Decrease in cost per flight hour by Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk

The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is an unmanned surveillance aircraft which was initially designed by Ryan Aeronautical and known as Tier II+ during development. Global Hawk is similar to Lockheed U-2 in terms of role and operational design. The RQ-4 provides a broad overview and systematic surveillance using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and long-range electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors with ...

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Red Flag celebrates 40th anniversary

Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The latter location is known as Red Flag, which is a successor to Cope Thunder exercise series which was held in Western Pacific and Alaska. Air crew from United States Navy (USN), United States Marine Corps (USMC), United ...

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China bans export of Chengdu J-20

The Chengdu J-20 is a stealth, twin – engine, fifth generation fighter aircraft which is being produced by the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The J-20’s first appearance was made on 11 January 2011 after which six prototypes were produced with various modifications. The latest two prototypes of the J-20 are equipped with ...

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Chengdu J-10B soon to be handed over to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force

J-10B fighter upgraded version of the J-10A model will be the most advanced military aircraft China has developed on its own. Produced by the Chengdu Aviation Corporation the J-10B has an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, integrated jamming rods, IRST sensor, diverterless supersonic intake (DSI), and an uprated AL-31FN Series III turbofan engine. These upgrades increase the J-10B’s power, ...

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Airbus Group and Korean Air bid for new indigenous fighter plane for Republic of Korea Air Force

In a mutual agreement between the Korean Air and European aerospace giant Airbus there will a project worth $8 Billion for the production of fighter jets, said by an airline spokesman on Sunday. They will be made to compete against Lockheed Martin and the Korean Aerospace Industries. This project is said to produce 120 fighter jets of the “indigenous” type ...

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SU-30MKI with BrahMos handed over to Indian Air Force at Aero India 2015

During the Aero India 2015, the first Sukhoi Su-30MKI was handed over to the Indian Air Force equipped with the air based version of the BrahMos which is a supersonic cruise missile. This event took place in Bangalore which was headed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Company and the Russian-Indian Company BrahMos Aerospace. The test launch of this missile is ...

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Rockwell / Boeing B-1 Lancer Specification & Technical Data

The Rockwell (now part of Boeing) B-1 Lancer is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It was first envisioned in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber with Mach 2 speed, and sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. It was developed into the B-1B, primarily a low-level ...

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QF-16 Air Superiority Target (AST) Specifications

The USAF plans to convert older-model F-16s into full-scale target drones under the QF-16 Air Superiority Target (AST) program. These AST drones are used in Weapon System Evaluation Programs (WSEP) for assessing upgrades or replacements for air-to-air missiles (AAM), and they are also useful for giving pilots the experience of a live AAM shot and kill prior to entering combat. ...

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Specification & Technical Data

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take-off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.

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