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Aero Report - September 16th, 2014


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September 16th, 2014

F135 Test Fleet Retrofits Could Start in November


Retrofitting a fix to the F135 propulsion systems in the 21-aircraft-strong F-35 test fleet could begin in November and be complete as soon as early next year, according to Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines...

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KC-46 first flight delayed to April 2015

First flight of the US Air Force’s KC-46 aerial refueling tanker has been delayed by several months to April 2015 amid issues relating to redundant wiring in the modified Boeing 767’s forward hold...

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F-35 programme manager confident of evading budget knife

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration continues in 2016, according to the programme's executive officer...

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Air Force F-15s serve as commy guinea pigs

US Air Force F-15C Eagle air-supiority fighters serve as guinea pigs for a new communication and information sharing that is somewhat curiously has been dubbed (Talon) HATE. Boeing has tested the system and it will now aim at delivery of the pod mounted system to operational squadrons in 2015...

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Czech Air Force To Buy Air-to-Ground Missiles

Czech Ministry of Defence, along with partners from several other countries, has signed a NATO summit agreement according to which it would buy 200 affordable air-to-ground missiles for its fleet of Gripen fighters...

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India to seek hi-tech equipment from US

One of the key items that will figure on India’s shopping list during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States later this month will be hi-tech surveillance equipment for India’s top security and intelligence agencies involved in fighting terror outfits as the two countri…

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Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan Highway In 'China Attack' War Games

Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island’s air force bases...

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B-2 Pilot’s Lessons For LRSB, America’s New Bomber

The Air Force very quietly released a Request for Proposal (RFP) this summer for the new Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B). With a purported fly away cost of $550 million per aircraft — but with estimates up to $810 million — the LRS-B will be one of the largest acquisition programs in history with broad strategic implications to the end of this century...

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