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More of IAI loitering munitions/UAVs:

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Rotem. It carries 2 grenades, 450 gr. each. It can "bomb" target ,designated by operator.

 

 

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Green Dragon. 40 km range and 2 hours working time. It have a 3 kg warhead, UAV is aimed by operator.

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Whoa. USMC Hornet Readiness is down to 60%. They only have 87 Hornets in usable condition.  They have 159 aircraft out of order 'long term' due to maintenance issues. 

 

http://breakingdefense.com/2016/04/marines-are-flying-only-60-of-f-18-hornets-they-need/?__hstc=174454333.23642324354311ce0db4bd6d6e3222c1.1461194720983.1461194720983.1461197395224.2&__hssc=174454333.1.1461197395224&__hsfp=797100936

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Congress wants to look at the possibility of restarting F-22 production.  Because BEAR NO, DRAGON NO.

 

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/04/19/house-lawmakers-air-force-study-restarting-f22-production.html

 

That is a great many steps from actually doing anything and the studies on the subject say it'd be prohibitively expensive.

 

 

Whoa. USMC Hornet Readiness is down to 60%. They only have 87 Hornets in usable condition.  They have 159 aircraft out of order 'long term' due to maintenance issues. 

 

http://breakingdefense.com/2016/04/marines-are-flying-only-60-of-f-18-hornets-they-need/?__hstc=174454333.23642324354311ce0db4bd6d6e3222c1.1461194720983.1461194720983.1461197395224.2&__hssc=174454333.1.1461197395224&__hsfp=797100936

So like their CH-53 fleet?

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It's also pretty bad when apparently your service is getting less flying hours than the Chinese and Russians at the same time that the other services are counting on their huge edge in flying hours in comparison to them.

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   Brasil stopped their financial support of SAR-Brasil joint development of A-Darter ("Agile Darter") short range AA missile. SAR and Brasil started this project in 2006.

   Missile is planned to be very agile and capable of doing almost 100 G maneuvers.

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   Despite the serious financial problems facing the program, the creation of the Brazilian middle-transport and refueling aircraft Embraer KC-390, on April 28, 2016 at the company's factory airfield in Embraer Gavião Peixoto (São Paulo) KC-390 second prototype made its first flight 

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USN has turned to the USAF and one of their manufacturing partners to make wing spars for legacy Hornets, which apparently is one of the mission critical parts that are keeping the Hornets grounded.

 

"Warner Robins (ALC) will be making these for as long as we support the aircraft, as this is a very complex part. They've done a wonderful job here," said Ed Koenig, NORDAM's Warfighter Support director.

Having excess capacity in the 402nd CMXG allowed much-needed manufacturing workloads such as this to take place, said Mark Johnson, 402nd CMXG deputy director.

 

 

http://www.robins.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123473164

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RFP issued for converting 2 747-8 series aircraft into VIP derivatives, with the same level of connectivity as the White House to replace the VC-25s that came into service 26 years ago.

 

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-issues-rfp-for-initial-design-of-next-air-force-425180/

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Report on Denmark's selection of a new fighter aircraft; http://www.fmn.dk/temaer/kampfly/Documents/type-selection-denmarks-new-fighter-aircrafts-english-summary5.pdf

 

Original in nordspeak; http://www.fmn.dk/temaer/kampfly/Documents/typevalg-af-danmarks-kommende-kampfly-reduceret-vers-20160509.pdf

 

JSF wins by a landslide, Eurofighter beats out Super Hornet for 2nd.

 

Other highlight;

 

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Surprised they ranked the Eurofighter as higher risk than JSF. While the F-35's development hasn't been as much of a dumpster fire as Tyler Rogoway or WarIsBoring would have you believe, it definitely has had its share of difficulties. Also, I was under the impression that the Eurofighter was a fairly mature design.

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Sort of.  EF and Rafale both are being hastily upgraded enhanced beyond the abilities of their original production tranches with new AESA and IRST.  The original models of all three eurocanards lacked AESA.

 

I think uprated engines were planned, but later canned for all the eurocanards except the gripen E/F, although that's such a radical change over the original gripen it's practically a new plane.

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"Orion" first Russian strike/armed UAV started test flights yesterday.

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Weight of this thing is 1.2 tons. Can fly for 24 hours, up to 8 km height of fly, 300 kg of weapons.

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