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Farnborough 2016

Raytheon’s OCX, As Expected, Gets OSD Nod

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WASHINGTON: There was little doubt that the hack- and jam-proof GPS ground stations known as OCX would be resurrected after incurring a Nunn-McCurdy breach. Even though it was the most screwed up program in the Air Force, was behind schedule and had gone grossly over budget, OCX is a crucial program at an important time. America needs… Keep reading →

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KC-46 Passes Milestone — Finally; Kendall OKs LRIP

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WASHINGTON: After more than a decade of missteps by the Pentagon, the Air Force and Boeing, the airborne tanker program today took a major step forward as the KC-46 passed Milestone C. “The KC-46 is ready to take the next step,” Gen. Dave Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, says in a statement announcing the approval… Keep reading →

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BAE Systems Inches Out In Public On Electronic Warfare

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FARNBOROUGH: For much of the last few years when one thought of electronic warfare, one tended to think of Raytheon. After all, they’re building the Next Generation Jammer, right? BAE Systems would like to change that and is beginning to take a guarded but more public stance. For years, Air Force officials have declined to… Keep reading →

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Boeing Test Pilots Show Off P-8 Poseidon

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As pretty much everyone reported at the Farnborough Air Show, Britain — which had waffled considerably over last few months — finally made a firm commitment to buy Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon to keep an eye on Russian submarines. We don’t usually run videos such as these, but this one is pretty interesting. Britain first made the commitment… Keep reading →

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UK Defense Minister Survives New PM’s Clean Sweep; UK Sole Source Deals Criticized

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LONDON: Sen. John McCain would be howling if 49 percent of Pentagon contracts were not competed — especially if that had been true for more than nine years. How would McCain and his colleagues react if a company awarded a sole source deal charged the government $34,000 for a charitable donation or for “staff welfare?” One can only… Keep reading →

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Acrobatics, Big Planes (A380 & A400M) & Little Planes (Gripen & Starduster)

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The F-35B isn’t flying again til Friday so you won’t see it here. Today was the first day of halfway decent weather at the biennial air show so we’ve got some pretty lovely flying and perspectives here. Enjoy!

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Farnborough Day 3: No DepSecDef, No Rain Yet…

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F-35B Hovers, Finally, At Farnborough; Lots More Planes!

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Video of the F-35B hovering at the Farnborough airshow for the first time.

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Raytheon Unveils Its Next Gen Air Force Trainer

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FARNBOROUGH: For the first time at an air show, Raytheon has presented its offering for the replacement of the T-38 trainer here, the T-100. Thanks to the buckets of rain that keep falling we can’t offer you a photo, but we can tell you the plane is here. We understand the company is likely to make… Keep reading →

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Boeing, UK Ink Big P-8 And Apache Deals For $5B

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