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    The technical issues impeding the maiden flight of AG600 Amphibious Aircraft have been cleared now, it passed the expert assessment on Sunday in Zhuhai and first flight expected within this month.



    https://twitter.com/xinfengcao/statu...07168798793729

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    US-South Korea ‘biggest-ever’ air combat drill kicks off



    The two countries’ air forces launched their annual Vigilant Ace 18 drill, which involves six F-22 Raptors, six F-35A and 12 F-35B stealth fighter jets, according to the South Korean and US air forces. A total of 12,000 US personnel from the air force, marines and navy will also join the exercise. The drill will continue until Dec. 8.

    Some 260 aircraft from South Korea and the US are expected to participate in the exercise, military sources here said, while the US Air Force said the drill will involve about 230 aircraft. Seoul’s Defense Ministry declined to reveal the specific number of participating aircrafts.
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    One of the F-22 involved is OOO atm (problem with front wheels

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    A group of F-22aircraft flying Alaska-Hawaii used less fuel than a control group flying at a lower speed

    The concept of increased speed, although seemingly counter-intuitive, was first explored by the 618th Air Operations Center in 2014. They discovered that flying at a higher speed could save total fuel consumption and flight hours, but it still needed to be proven in action.

    To demonstrate the concept, one cell of F-22s and an accompanying tanker for refueling, flew at a higher velocity, while the other cell flew the standard profile and acted as a control group. Throughout the five-hour flight, researchers collected multiple data points in order to compare results from both cells. The faster cell was able to cut about ten percent off the total flight time and six percent of the fuel required for this type of aircraft re-deployment.
    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...uel-usage.html

    Surprising to me. Good news - get to the target area more quickly with more fuel reserves. Wonder if F-35 might also be capable of this.
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Voilà, SH'est fini. [...]*: Canada to kill Boeing Super Hornet deal


    Canada’s Liberal government will announce next week plans to proceed with an interim buy of used F/A-18 Hornets from Australia, dashing Boeing’s hopes of a Super Hornet sale, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters, according to a Dec. 5 report.

    Canada intended to buy new Super Hornet aircraft to bridge the gap between its aging CF-18 Hornet fleet and a new fighter jet. However, after Boeing lodged a legal complaint accusing Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier of dumping commercial planes on the U.S. market, Canadian government officials — including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — put a hold on the purchase and began looking at other options.

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    *from a song of J.L Aubert "C'est fini" (this is the end)
    From the Doors also:
    This is the end, beautiful friend
    [...], the end
    Of our elaborate plans, the end
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    B-roll of Kunsan F-16s, Hill F-35s over South Korea



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    Re: Turkey wanting to buy Harriers...

    Turkey first approached the United Kingdom about the purchase of Harriers but then turned to the United States for the AV-8B in the inventory of the US Marine Corps because the aircraft have not been used by the UK armed forces since 2010.
    I was under the impression that years ago the UK sold its redundant Harriers and spares thereto. For peanuts IIRC.

    Just checked -

    Britain sells 72 Harrier jump jets that were scrapped in defence cuts to the US in a deal worth about $180m
    Mmmm... the stupidity of whoever manages UK defence: 72 used jump jets sold for about the price of 1 new generation jump jet. Result: no jump jets available to use on the new UK carrier.
    Sum ergo cogito

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    The same Harriers they let their flight certification lapse due to lack of money.
    Go Huskers!

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    Northrop proposes canister-launched UAV for E/A-18 upgrade

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...a-18-u-443943/
    Sum ergo cogito

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    Visite d’Emmanuel Macron à Doha : le Qatar commande 12 Rafale et 50 Airbus
    http://www.leparisien.fr/economie/vi...17-7438512.php

    Already posted in Rafale topic, but qhould also be here i believe.

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    Croatia Ministry of Defence:

    MoD concludes evaluation of proposals for MCA

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    Kind of thought the DPRK was a no-fly zone already. For several reasons.

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    Sure. Just like Windows 10 and macOS, the F-35 phones-home often. Gripen looking better?

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    Latest batch of 6 (3+3) F-15SAs delivered to KSA taking overall deliveries to 30 (all in the last 12 months). Courtesy @MbKS15. Some more images from his feed.

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    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

    Israel's air force followed a number of raids on Hamas sites on Friday with more air strikes in the early hours of Saturday, targeting weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse and a military compound, the Israel Defense Forces said
    Gaza's Shifa hospital said that two bodies of Palestinians were found under the rubble of a Hamas military site bombed by Israeli planes overnight, bringing the death toll in the past 24 hours to four, with 160 injuries. The two other fatalities came when Israeli troops fired on crowds in Gaza during clashes on Friday
    Of the three rockets fired at Israel, Israel's military said it had intercepted one with its Iron Dome defence system, one was found on wasteland and another landed in Sderot late on Friday. No casualties were reported
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