Author Archives: Larkins Dsouza

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

Lone Pakistani JF-17 spotted over San Francisco causes chaos, United States Air Force and NORAD are baffled

Today at 0800, the people of San Francisco woke up to an unusual sight, an aircraft that looked like a F-16 with Pakistani insignia on it’s tail was soaring through the skies of San Francisco. The United States Air Force from the Fresno Air National Guard Base responded immediately by dispatching F-15Cs to intercept the JF-17. The episode lasted about ...

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DA #4: A Glimpse into the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry with David Willems of UMS Skeldar

In this episode I interview David Willems from Switzerland, he is the Business Development Director at UMS Skeldar. We discuss on Systems, Customers, ethical issues behind Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry etc. You can stream this episode or download it to your computer or handheld devices. Right-click here to download the MP3. UMS Skeldar is a world leader in the design ...

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DA #3: Future of Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army

In this episode I interview Justin Bronk a  Researcher  for Combat Air-power and Technology in the Military Sciences team at the London based defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute. He is currently working on various projects including  in depth study into how to get the most value from the F-35 for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy ...

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DA #1: Indian Rafale deal- Is the MMRCA competition really dead?

The decision to buy 36 ready-to-fly Dassault Rafales by India came in as a surprise to everyone. After nearly fifteen years of back and forth with Indian MMRCA deal, India finally decided to cancel the MMRCA program and just go with 36 Rafales. What changed? You can stream this Podcast or download it to your computer or handheld devices. Right-click here ...

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Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Managment USA 2014

The global market for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and payloads is thriving, with recent assessments pegging its latest value at close to $20 billion and forecasts of up to $43 billion by 2020. Providing a high-end, versatile capability that offers broad situational awareness, airborne ISR is the force multiplier that no modern military can be without – ...

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F-22 Raptor sees combat for the first time in 9 years: Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

F-22 Raptor on Monday saw action for the first time, The US Air Force deployed its F-22 stealth fighter planes in combat for the very first time on September 22nd during airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria. Syria has advance anti-aircraft system, Assad’s regime may even have Russian S-300 missiles in their inventory, along with other sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons. The ...

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Malaysian Airline Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine, reportedly shot down

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 295 souls on board crashed today in Ukraine. Reportedly shot down using a mobile anti-aircraft system called SA-17 GRIZZLY. It is not immediately clear who had been in control of such a launcher in the troubled area where Ukrainian forces are battling ethnic Russian extremists. Russian-backed rebels groups ...

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Sikorsky develops unmanned UH-60 Black Hawk

In development since 2007, Sikorsky recently acknowledge the existence of an unmanned version of UH-60 Black Hawk. According to Sikorsky the helicopter will be able to carry autonomous missions without having a pilot on board. The helicopter could be deployed as early as 2015. “The ability for the pilot to leave the cockpit for potentially dull and dangerous missions significantly ...

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