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I don't know which is stranger, that there's a youtube video of a sock puppet explaining the difference between air to air missiles... or that it's actually pretty good:  

Chinese Xian H-6 medium bombers ready for maritime orientation flight on Saturday. Looking decidedly Old School.  

The optics for both gunner and pilot include thermal imagers made by Safran (based on their Iris product line). The Osiris mast-mounted sight also includes other optics, a laser-rangefinder and an aut

VPAF is missing a Flanker. Local fisherman reported an aircraft crash in the area.

 

http://alert5.com/2016/06/14/vpaf-su-30mk2-missing/

Oh shit. Looks like they lost one of the search aircraft too.

  :(   Shit luck for VPAF.

 

http://alert5.com/2016/06/17/vietnamese-c212-goes-missing-while-searching-for-su-30mk2v-pilot/

 

Edit: China sending 4 ships to help in the search.

 

http://alert5.com/2016/06/17/china-has-sent-four-naval-ships-to-look-for-missing-vietnamese-airmen/

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JSOW C-1 variant has reached IOC.

 

http://www.janes.com/article/61636/jsow-c-1-achieves-ioc

 

This is the JSOW that has the ability to hit moving targets, more specifically designated as an anti-ship variant of the JSOW.

JSOW C-1 is fully networked and can be switched between targets mid flight.

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This sounds like a pretty big deal if it works. Carrier landings are hard as fuck. Anything that makes that significantly easier is going to reduce wear and tear on airframes and lower stress levels for pilots. 

 

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/07/03/navy-fighters-one-upgrade-away-changing-carrier-aviation-forever/86521216/

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This sounds like a pretty big deal if it works. Carrier landings are hard as fuck. Anything that makes that significantly easier is going to reduce wear and tear on airframes and lower stress levels for pilots. 

 

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/07/03/navy-fighters-one-upgrade-away-changing-carrier-aviation-forever/86521216/

It's called MAGIC CARPET, and — don't laugh — it stands for Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies

Jeez

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Sweden AirForces adopted Meteor long range (~100km) AA missile.

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   Developed by MBDA since 2003, missile was supposed to be used by the French Air Force, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Spain and Italy. The first launch of the rocket by French Air Force was done in April 30, 2015 as a part of the development of the F3-R Rafale fighter. Adoption into service of a new missile it is directly connected with the installation of the new RBE2 radar. The first Meteor planned to be received by the Air Force and the French Navy in 2018. The rocket also will be standard equipment for Typhoon since P2E modification (completion of the integration is expected in 2017).

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I don't know which is stranger, that there's a youtube video of a sock puppet explaining the difference between air to air missiles... or that it's actually pretty good:

 

 

Hey, sock puppets are people too! Anyway, I'm glad you liked it. Of course there's a lot of gray area and conjecture in that video, but that's infotainment I guess. It's still researched as much as possible, given the limited publicly available information.

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New really big seaplane from China.

 

"An official news agency says China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires.

The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet)."

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Southfront is predictably bullish about Sukhoi products:

 

 

Alas, they get some important details wrong.  And they put canards on the F-22 for some reason.

 

The baseline N011 radar was a mechanically scanned, planar array radar.  N011M was a PESA, based on experience with the N007 PESA set in the MiG-31.  This was later developed into the more powerful N035 Irbis-E PESA in the SU-35.

 

Russian AESA sets are a comparatively recent development.  The first Russian fighter to get AESA will probably be the MIG-35 (some sources say it already has AESA, I am not sure).  Supposedly the AESA set that will equip the PAK-FA is derived from the N035, although I'm not sure how that is possible.  PESA and AESA work quite differently, and I'm not convinced it is feasible to develop one into the other.  On the other hand, designing an AESA to replace a PESA so that it has the same physical dimensions and power requirements is just common sense.

 

SU-27/SU-30/SU-35 family designations are a complete mess, and aircraft with slightly different designations may be produced at different factories and have wildly different capabilities (usually due to avionics fit).  The year of export isn't even that much of a guide; Russian-built flankers exported to India were vastly more capable aircraft than those initially exported to China, thanks to better avionics fit.  The Chinese ones were essentially the same as baseline SU-27s.  Newer Chinese flanker clones are probably close to the latest models coming from Russia, although their carrier-based ones are probably better than the Russian carrier-based models simply because they are newer.

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UK opts to acquire third Zephyr pseudo-satellite

 

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   The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has exercised its option to purchase a third Airbus Defence & Space Zephyr high-altitude pseudo-satellite, which will be acquired under the £13 million ($16.9 million) contract covering the first two examples that was signed in February.  

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