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  • Gerard
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    Wise Guy flies again: B-52 resurrected from Boneyard
    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...vxHxhWMjoqP3TQ

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  • Gerard
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    F-16 fighter crashes into California warehouse, pilot ejects
    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y..._source=clavis

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  • BlackArcher
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    'Centurion' Typhoon uses new Brimstone capability in ops

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  • BlackArcher
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    F-35 ground collision avoidance system recommended for fielding

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  • BlackArcher
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    BriteCloud expendable decoy selected for ANG testing

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  • BlackArcher
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    USAF to activate stealth aggressor unit

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  • BlackArcher
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    Brazil seeks first modernised AEW&C aircraft in 2020

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  • TomcatViP
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    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...GhkjyFuyJ.html

    One of the officials cited above, who requested anonymity, said the initial investigation points to a pilot error as the jets were flying in an incorrect formation while performing the mirror manoeuvre.

    In a mirror manoeuvre, it appears to spectators on the ground that one jet in the formation is flying inverted exactly above the other. But the planes in reality have to maintain minimum lateral separation to eliminate chances of a collision.

    It is a very tight formation. But the pilots have to maintain a minimum lateral separation. It appears the jets did not maintain that separation that day. The Hawk flying below the inverted plane should not have been exactly under it, the second official said, also on condition of anonymity.

    The jet flying below had two pilots in it. A single pilot flew the inverted one above. Footage of the collision showed that the aircraft on top descended rapidly with its nose crashing into the tail of the jet below before snapping off into pieces.

    Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who was flying the inverted jet, was killed in the crash. The two injured pilots in the other plane ejected and parachuted to the ground.

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  • BlackArcher
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    US Canada talks underway to decide if the F-35 will be pulled from Canada's fighter competition

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    Saab names US site for T-X production

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  • TomcatViP
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    Last Libyan GNA Mirage F-1 shotdown and Pilot (Portuguese mecenary) captured by the LNA

    It is reported that again an aircraft (most probably a Mirage F1) is shot down over Libya.

    This time a Government of National Accord (GNA) aircraft was probably hit over Al Hira and crashed in a remote area on 7 May 2019. If it was indeed a Mirage F1, this could be the final F1 of GNA inventory.

    It is said (so unconfirmed!) that the mercenary pilot - with a Portuguese nationality - ejected safely but was captured by the Libyan National Army (LNA) who claimed to have hit the most probably Mirage F1.
    The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, released video footage on Tuesday of a man in bloodied clothes.

    Under questioning, he identifies himself as a 29-year-old Portuguese national working as a contractor.

    The LNA, which is battling rival militias loosely allied with a UN-supported government, says it shot the pilot's plane down over the capital earlier Monday.
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    Scramble Magazine on FB
    https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/liby....1557301610761"]Gulfnews.com[/url]
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 8th May 2019, 18:45.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Russian VKS developing Tu-214 as new AEW&C aircraft

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  • BlackArcher
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    Japan, US Navy recover parts of crashed F-35A

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  • BlackArcher
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    Iraq receives final F-16s

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  • TomcatViP
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    Originally posted by halloweene View Post
    Pfff. Demleteris is based in Viroflay. Near Paris. Pierre Duval phone number is a +33, absolutely french.

    Batard partners is only managing experts pool
    All is here (discussed already):
    https://forum.keypublishing.com/foru...mes-since-2017

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  • halloweene
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    Pfff. Demleteris is based in Viroflay. Near Paris. Pierre Duval phone number is a +33, absolutely french.

    Batard partners is only managing experts pool

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  • TomcatViP
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    the price is fairly known outside of Texas as is the the weird usage of a French Independent intermediary based in... Switzerland.
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 6th May 2019, 22:39.

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  • SpudmanWP
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    Air Force Research Laboratory completes successful shoot down of air-launched missiles

    During the series of tests at the High Energy Laser System Test Facility, the Demonstrator Laser Weapon System , acting as a ground-based test surrogate for the SHiELD system, was able to engage and shoot down several air launched missiles in flight.
    The demonstration is an important step of the SHiELD system development, by validating laser effectiveness against the target missiles. The final SHiELD system, however, will be much smaller and lighter, as well as ruggedized for an airborne environment.

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  • SpudmanWP
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    Texas company's private air force has 90+ fighter, attack jets to help train U.S. pilots

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  • BlackArcher
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    Originally posted by SpudmanWP
    The original title is: Lockheed Martin Says F-35A Flight Hour Stretch Goal Achievable

    Why did you change it?
    Dude, I don't have an agenda ok? the F-35 program is of very little interest to me personally speaking. The Aviation Week article says "Achievable" but there was another similar article titled

    "
    Pentagon Says F-35 Flight Hour Stretch Goal Unachievable



    Aerospace Daily & Defense Report May 02, 2019 , p. 5

    Lee Hudson "


    The Pentagon admits its $25,000 flight hour stretch goal for the Lockheed MartinF-35A is unrealistic to attain by fiscal 2025.


    There are several studies ongoing surrounding F-35 flight hour cost at the Pentagon and there is no path to get to $25,000 by fiscal 2025. Currently, the F-35A cost per flight hour is $44,000, Bob Daigle, Cost Assessment And Program Evaluation (CAPE) director, told the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee May 2.


    Thats a target and its not our projection of where were actually going to be, Daigle said.

    Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin said in February the company was committed to the $25,000 cost target goal by 2025. I have a lot of confidence were going to get there. And every day I see the actions of that partnership, said O.J. Sanchez, sustainment innovation and operations vice president.

    The F-35 enterprise highlights flight hour cost targets in its lifecycle sustainability plan (LSP) that was approved in January. The LSP has eight lines of effort that assess cost per flying hour, cost per tail per year and overall ownership cost, Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 program executive officer, told reporters May 2 after the subcommittee hearing.

    All of those levers that are in the LSP give us the confidence that we can go from $44,000 a flight hour to $34,000 a flight hour in 2024, Winter said.

    The LSP has the $25,000 flight hour stretch goal by 2025 in the document. That will be very, very hard to meet but its FY 19 right now and we have a number of years, he said.

    On average the cost per flight hour for the F-35 must be reduced by 7-12% each year. The 25 by 25 wasnt generated by the program office nor the CAPE. It was stretch goal given to us by our leadership, Winter said.

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