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  • pilatus
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jun 2005
    • 693

    Patrouille Suisse fly over the wrong festival
    The aerobatic team fly-by took place over the wrong town, surprising patrons of a yodelling festival.
    visit www.irishairpics.com

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    • Spitfire9
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jul 2008
      • 2822

      Croatia kicks off MRCA procurement process

      http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...t-process.html

      I hope their budget will only only cover something Russian or a light single-engine fighter eg F-16, Gripen, F/A-50. I find it tedious when everyone under the sun is involved in a selection process where the customer cannot possibly afford a medium western twin or F-35.
      Sum ergo cogito

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      • TomcatViP
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Nov 2011
        • 6059

        Croatia should buy some of those Macron's offer 4M$ Mirage F-1 and use everything they had on the 159 to pimp the venerable Mach2 wonder.
        Last edited by TomcatViP; 11th July 2019, 18:56.

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        • TomcatViP
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Nov 2011
          • 6059

          RAF Nato row after 'totally unacceptable' engine problems keep 2.6bn [A400M] fleet on the ground

          [...]MoDs Minister for Procurement, said that after an extremely robust meeting the problems with the A400M aircraft should be fixed by next year.

          Concerns have been raised over the new aircraft since its inception in 2003. A recent Defence Select Committee was told that engineering staff at RAF Brize Norton called the aircraft a dog and that on occasion only two out of the fleet of 20 aircraft were serviceable.

          In 2015 one A400M aircraft crashed in Spain during a test flight, killing four crew members. A software fault, since rectified, was found to be the cause of the crash.
          [...]
          n Parliament this week Mark Francois, a former Defence Minister, said: We have paid 2.6 billion for an aircraft with appalling reliability, bad engines, a virtually broken gearbox, problem propellers, massive vibration problems and an inability to deliver paratroops.

          The former Minister of Defence asked what could be done about the emerging procurement disaster.

          Mr Andrew replied: The performance has been totally unacceptable. We are now expecting EuroProp International, the engine manufacturer, to be more empowered to negotiate the support solutions that we need.
          Source:
          https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ as sourced from the https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/
          Last edited by TomcatViP; 11th July 2019, 19:38.

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          • Spitfire9
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jul 2008
            • 2822

            Portugal has become Embraer's first confirmed export customer for the KC-390 tactical transport/tanker

            https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ntract-459625/
            Last edited by Spitfire9; 12th July 2019, 09:20.
            Sum ergo cogito

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            • Spitfire9
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jul 2008
              • 2822

              Bulgaria approves F-16 purchase

              Approval from the council of ministers was obtained on 10 July, with the agreement likely to be put before the country's parliament next week.
              https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...rchase-459581/
              Sum ergo cogito

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              • Fedaykin
                Fueled by Tea
                • Dec 2005
                • 5290

                Originally posted by Spitfire9 View Post
                Croatia kicks off MRCA procurement process

                http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...t-process.html

                I hope their budget will only only cover something Russian or a light single-engine fighter eg F-16, Gripen, F/A-50. I find it tedious when everyone under the sun is involved in a selection process where the customer cannot possibly afford a medium western twin or F-35.
                Well I think you are going to be disappointed, Croatia wants to align its armed forces with the West and NATO. There is no way they are going to buy a Russian type, they have already expressed strong interest in the F-16 which is a very sensible choice.
                Because sometimes in life we need a bit of fun

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXNAp3mKepc

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                • TomcatViP
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Nov 2011
                  • 6059

                  Luftwaffe deploys A400M tanker for first time (in Jordan):

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                  • TomcatViP
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Nov 2011
                    • 6059

                    Nearly All F-15Es Photographed Arriving In Middle East Carried Dragon's Eye Radar Pods:

                    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...eye-radar-pods


                    The pod is self-contained and carries a stabilized AESA radar that rotates around the pod's center axis as well as geo-positioning and cooling systems. As such, it can work as a side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), taking high detailed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) maps of an area the Strike Eagle flies parallel too or even over, with near photo-like fidelity. In fact, it is supposedly so sensitive that it can detect roadside and semi-buried IEDs and possibly even groups of people on foot. It is also rumored to be able to generate ground-moving target indicator (GMTI) geolocation data on vehicles, such as trucks and armor, or vessels at sea.
                    Last edited by TomcatViP; 13th July 2019, 12:21.

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                    • pilatus
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jun 2005
                      • 693

                      Italians find Qatari Matra super 530 F in raid on right wing extremists.
                      Some of the groups investigated in Italy are said to be linked to pro-Russian militants in Ukraine.
                      visit www.irishairpics.com

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                      • XB-70
                        Rank 4 Registered User
                        • May 2018
                        • 316

                        I was going to post these in the Indian AF thread but it is still closed for review...

                        First run of 25kN turbofan engine
                        https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...w/50173767.cms

                        France is pushing India to jointly finish Kaveri (and they are saying ~30% of the work still needs to be done! Ouch!)
                        https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...4.cms?from=mdr

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                        • TomcatViP
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Nov 2011
                          • 6059

                          Originally posted by pilatus View Post
                          Italians find Qatari Matra super 530 F in raid on right wing extremists.
                          . Subsequent checks showed the weapon was in working condition but lacked an explosive charge.
                          Scary.

                          https://www.reuters.com/article/us-i...-idUSKCN1UA1T0

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                          • BlackArcher
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Dec 2010
                            • 4247

                            Originally posted by XB-70 View Post
                            I was going to post these in the Indian AF thread but it is still closed for review...

                            First run of 25kN turbofan engine
                            https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...w/50173767.cms

                            France is pushing India to jointly finish Kaveri (and they are saying ~30% of the work still needs to be done! Ouch!)
                            https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...4.cms?from=mdr
                            The news items are from July 2018.

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                            • XB-70
                              Rank 4 Registered User
                              • May 2018
                              • 316

                              BlackArcher - Well egg on my face. I only follow flightglobal and a few other sites regularly. Mostly, I've tried to keep this thread alive with quick searches. I'll be more carefull.

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                              • TomcatViP
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Nov 2011
                                • 6059

                                I am looking for someone to say its news at the pace of Indian procurement...

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                                • XB-70
                                  Rank 4 Registered User
                                  • May 2018
                                  • 316

                                  USAF and UK MOD start work to prepare for F-35 at Lakenheath
                                  https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...e-in-e-459697/

                                  F-22 and F-35 to miss 80% mission capability rate
                                  https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ion-ca-459725/

                                  B-2 Spirit 30th anniversary
                                  https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-ai...st-flight.html

                                  AC-130U completes its final combat deployment (I never understood why they jumped from 'H' to 'U')
                                  https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-ai...eployment.html

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                                  • BlackArcher
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Dec 2010
                                    • 4247

                                    Saab offers Gripens to Colombia to replace Kfirs

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                                    • BlackArcher
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Dec 2010
                                      • 4247

                                      Guatemala cancels its Pampa III purchase

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                                      • BlackArcher
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Dec 2010
                                        • 4247

                                        Argentine Navy negotiates P-3C purchase from US

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                                        • Spitfire9
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Jul 2008
                                          • 2822

                                          British military scrambles to speed up work on hypersonic engines, weapons

                                          https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...gines-weapons/
                                          Sum ergo cogito

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