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  • TomcatViP
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    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.
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    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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  • TomcatViP
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    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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  • Spitfire9
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    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.

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  • pilatus
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    Patrouille Suisse fly over the wrong festival
    The aerobatic team fly-by took place over the wrong town, surprising patrons of a yodelling festival.

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  • XB-70
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    Y'all need to buy Lockmart stocks!!!

    Fighter Aircraft Market worth $260 billion over next 10 years

    https://dsm.forecastinternational.co...next-10-years/


    Key part - "Of the nearly 3,400 fighters expected to roll off the production lines during the next 10 years, 1,548 will be F-35s, representing some 45.5 percent of the market."

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  • XB-70
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    India's still considering a large fighter deal

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ire-11-459470/

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  • TomcatViP
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    FA-50 video:

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  • TomcatViP
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    Airstrike On Migrant Detention Center In Libya Kills At Least 44 People

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    NPR.org

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  • TomcatViP
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    Oh it was more about the dramatic screen of the video, not that someone get panicked.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Indian Jaguar birdstrike on T.O (pilot safe):

    Not just the pilot. The airplane was also recovered safely

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  • halloweene
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    Seems taht Norway controversy about prgram costs is heating in Norway

    https://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/10-...rt-ar/71271236

    https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/8...liarder-kroner

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  • TomcatViP
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    Scramble reports that an interesting set of Su30MKI, C-17 and Il78MKI will be based in South West of France at Mont de Marsan during an exercice lasting bw the 1st and 14th of July. An interesting Opportunity not to miss if you are on vacation around.

    Originally posted by Scramble.nl
    Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flankers on their way to France

    The Bharatiya Vayu Sena (BVS, Indian Air Force) is participating in this year's Garuda VI exercise at Mont de Marsan (France) with four Sukhoi Su-30MKI Flanker fighter aircraft. The exercise will start on 1 July 2019 and continue until 14 July 2019.

    In a brief video about the exercise Air Commodore M. Ranade revealed that four Su-30MKI fighters, two Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft and one Il-78MKI aerial refuelling tanker would depart from Bareilly AFS on Tuesday 25 June 2019.
    I wonder if we will see them invited for the French national day parade in Paris

    Edit:
    Seems they already arrived 2 days ago (in Fr)

    Source:
    https://www.facebook.com/Scramblemagazine/
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 30th June 2019, 15:37.

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  • TomcatViP
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    French Gazelle pilots arrowing MEDEVAC (in Fr)

    Read also report by RFI that uncovered the story: http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20190624-h...tage-audacieux

    Ggl Translate:
    A Gazelle helicopter on Operation Barkhane was shot down by jihadists on 14 June on the border between Mali and Niger. The French state-major spoke until then of an "emergency landing".
    Friday, June 14, in the morning, the soldiers of Barkhane lead to fighting in the heart of a jihadist hideout on the border between Mali and Niger, helped by the forces of both countries. A French Gazelle helicopter then tries to connect a 7.62 caliber Kalashnikov-PKM machine gun which caused a fire and a loss of power, obligatorily the crew to make a reversal near the fighting, on a dusty ground with a reduced visibility.[/COLOR]
    The pilot and the leader At the back, an elite commando is a little less well. He manages to extract his comrades from the aircraft, first and foremost a Tiger-type attack helicopter to come to assist them, at the risk of being shot in his turn.
    But this two-seater machine is not designed for transport. Barkhane's soldiers then apply an immediate measure: the two most seriously blessed soldiers are strapped to the outside of the aircraft, near the landing gear. The commando joins the broken machine, blows it up and exfilters into another device.
    This event is signified by the state of mind of the fighting that has taken place in recent weeks on the border between Mali and Niger. That day, 20 members of an armed group are probably involved in the Islamic State group for the Great Sahara. Twenty motorcycles, weapons and means of communication were recovered, then the major state in French.
    The three soldiers wounded in the crash were able to join a military hospital in France.

    We have discussed that already but the Survival of the front seat occupant in case of crash is compromised in the Gazelle by the weird installation of the Viviane roof mounted sight without bracing.
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 30th June 2019, 15:29.

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  • TomcatViP
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    Indian Jaguar birdstrike on T.O (pilot safe):

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  • TomcatViP
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    Raptors sent to Gulf amid Iran tensions

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  • TomcatViP
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    Last edited by TomcatViP; 29th June 2019, 22:10.

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  • TomcatViP
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    Lockheed Martin open South Carolina F-16 production line:

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  • BlackArcher
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    Super Hornet targets Europe sales

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  • BlackArcher
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    JF-17 Block III to have first flight by year end

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