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Lockheed Martin to begin F-16IN trials for Indian Air Force

Lockheed Martin began flying F-16IN Super Viper trails for Indian Airforce on 7th September. F-16IN which is competing for MCRA deal is a advanced variant of F-16 which incorporates 5th generation technologies similar to UAE’s F-16 Block 60.  The trials will be held in three places Bangalore to simulate urban conditions, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan to simulate desert conditions and Leh ...

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All you need to know about Sukhoi/HAL FGFA

The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) being jointly developed by India and Russia will look substantially different for the two countries. While the Russian version will be a single-pilot fighter, the Indian variant will have a twin-seat configuration based on its operational doctrine which calls for greater radius of combat operations. The program is initiated to develop a fifth generation ...

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US to transfer F/A-18 Super Hornet technology to Brazil

Boeing is ready to transfer F/A-18 Super Hornet technology to Brazil if the country buys 36 F/A-18 Super Hornets as a part of  Brazil’s FX-2 Fighter Competition. Something which US has never done before. Boeing has taken this step to boost the competition in  Brazil’s FX-2 Fighter. Brazil has been showing interest on French Dassualt Rafale which also offers complete ...

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French Military base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

I am on vacation in UAE (United Arab Emirates) so I thought I would hunt for some news in here and I got a big one the day I arrived. President Nicolas Sarkozy on 25th May opened France’s first permanent military base in the Gulf region built primarily to send a warning message to Iran on it’s nuclear ambitions and ...

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Russia to start flight tests of Su-PAKFA soon

Russia is going to start flight testing of the most anticipated warplane by the end of 2009. Su-PAKFA said to be a serious competition for American F-22 and F-35 is jointly developed by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (there are reports of Brazilian involvement too. Click here to know more). Russia’s military program are notorious for ...

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Saras crashed near Bangalore

A Saras prototype, an Indian indigenous multi-role transport aircraft, which was on a test flight, crashed near Bidadi, 30 km from Bangalore, on 06/03/09 killing three Indian Air Force officers. It turned abruptly and started losing height, after a couple of somersaults in mid-air, it crashed. Loud blasts were heard, except the tail-end of the aircraft, everything was burnt. The ...

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B-2 Bombers and F-22 fighters deployed in Guam

The USAF deployed B-2 Bombers and F-22 fighters to Guam on 27/02/09. This is the first time the two types of aircraft operate together. The pairing of advanced B-2 bombers and F-22 fighters in the region follows what the United States and its allies suspect are preparations by North Korea to test fire a long-range Taepodong-2 missile capable of striking ...

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Aero India 2009

The 7th Aero India was organized by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. It was managed by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India from February 11-15, 2009. Aero India has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with six successful editions organized between 1996 and 2007. The show ...

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French fighter planes grounded by computer virus

The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months beforehand. At one point French naval staff were also instructed not to even open their computers. Microsoft had warned that the “Conficker” virus, transmitted through Windows, was attacking computer systems in October last year, but ...

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