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BAE Unveils Advanced Cockpit Controller At AFA 2019

Posted by Colin Clark on


In this video BAE discusses a new cockpit control system, designed with an eye on next generation fighters that may be flying in 2030.

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China’s Defense Industry Barges Into Global Spotlight

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Beijing now boasts six of world’s top 15 defense firms according to a new report, edging out a slew of traditional defense powerhouses.

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Uneasy Times In Europe As Continent Mulls Next Fighter

Posted by Douglas Barrie on


If the re-emergence of an assertive and occasionally belligerent Moscow was an unattractive possibility for Europeans of a cautious nature, an American president whose election campaign comments inadvertently or otherwise questioned his commitment to Article 5, the very heart of NATO, seemed unimaginable. Today, Europe is faced with both a Russia that is a strategic rival… Keep reading →

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B-21 Bomber Boost? KC-46 Still Late

Posted by Colin Clark on


  CORRECTED: What Gen. Harris Meant To Say Was A Total Bomber Fleet of 165; Still “At Least” 100 B-21s WASHINGTON: How many B-21 bombers will the US need? 80? 100? 165? Bound by the president’s budget on one side and congressional appropriations on the other, the head of Air Force acquisition was very careful in… Keep reading →

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New T-X Airplanes Would Add $1B To Trainer Bill: Lockheed

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: Adds Force Comment WASHINGTON: Lockheed Martin is pressing the Air Force to change how it evaluates T-X bids, arguing that new aircraft will cost the service close to $1 billion more over six years and delay Initial Operating Capability by several years. The calculus behind this assertion appears pretty simple. New aircraft require structural… Keep reading →

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Air Force Declares F-35A IOC; Major Milestone For Biggest US Program

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UPDATED: Adds ACC Carlisle, CSAF Goldfein, SecAF James JPO Bogdan Comments PENTAGON: Critics of the F-35 warned it was too heavy. They warned its stealth wasn’t good enough. They warned stealth, however good, wasn’t enough against advanced detection methods. They warned its range was too short and its weapons load too light. They warned it was… Keep reading →

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Lockheed Trumpets $4B More In F-35 Cost Savings

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CORRECTED: Fixes CEO Marillyn Hewson’s name. Sigh… FARNBOROUGH: A pair of cost initiatives by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and the Pentagon should save up to $4 billion over the life of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, officials said here today. Frank Kendall, the head Pentagon buyer, the F-35 Joint Program Office, and… Keep reading →

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The $10B Next Generation Jammer Is ‘On Track, On Schedule’

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LONDON: Farnborough is an air show, but many of the briefings scheduled by American companies this year focus on electronic warfare and missiles — not airplanes. Raytheon, winner of the Next Generation Jammer competition, and the other four defense giants know that much of the money to be made in the next decade will come… Keep reading →

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Northrop Takes The Lead From BAE On $11B T-X Trainer

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WASHINGTON: While Northrop Grumman isn’t doing much at the upcoming Farnborough Air Show — at least publicly — they certainly shook things up today with their announcement that they are swapping places with BAE Systems to take the lead role in the competition for the $11 billion, 350-plane T-X trainer program. While the BAE-Northrop team… Keep reading →

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F-35B To Fly At Christening Of Brits’ Newest Aircraft Carrier, If Weather OK

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WASHINGTON: Do not expect any official confirmation, but the British will allow Lockheed Martin’s F-35B to make its first flight outside of the United States on July 4 when the country’s newest aircraft carrier is christened by Her Majesty the Queen. Apparently eager not to disappoint Queen Elizabeth, should the plane not be able to… Keep reading →

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