Category Archives: Aviation

Iran Claims Successful Test Flight of Stealth UAV

Iran Claims Successful Test Flight of Stealth UAV

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Screenshot of Iranian PressTV footage of the Iranian copy of a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). PressTV via YouTube

Screenshot of Iranian PressTV footage of the Iranian copy of an American RQ-170 Sentinel Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). PressTV via YouTube

Iran claims to have test flown a domestically built copy of a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that crashed in country in 2011, according to local press reports. Read More

New Chinese Stealth Fighter Relies on Russian Jet Engine

New Chinese Stealth Fighter Relies on Russian Jet Engine

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An undated photo of the Shenyang-J-31

An undated photo of the Shenyang-J-31

The Chinese Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter will use Russian-built engines when it enters production. The prototype was known use Klimov RD-93 engines, which were derived from the Soviet-era Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum’s RD-33 afterburning turbofans. Many observers had expected the new Chinese fifth-generation fighter to eventually sport domestically developed engines. Read More

Chinese Carrier Fighter Now In Serial Production

Chinese Carrier Fighter Now In Serial Production

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Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark tail number 108

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark tail number 108

China has put the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne multirole fighter into serial production, with at least eight production examples known to be flying already. This is in addition to the six J-15 prototypes, some of which conducted carrier trials on board China’s refurbished former Soviet Kuznetsov-class carrier, Liaoning. Read More

Foreign F-35 Partners Allowed More Freedom to Customize Fighter Software

Foreign F-35 Partners Allowed More Freedom to Customize Fighter Software

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An undated picture of five F-35B and a single F-35C. Lockheed Martin Photo

An undated picture of five F-35B and a single F-35C. Lockheed Martin Photo

Foreign air forces ordering the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be able to customize the mission data packages loaded onto their aircraft in a compromise that defense officials say both preserves U.S. security and allows allies a greater degree of customization of their fighters. Read More

U.S. Marines to Retire Harrier Fleet Earlier Than Planned, Extend Life of Hornets

U.S. Marines to Retire Harrier Fleet Earlier Than Planned, Extend Life of Hornets

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AV-8B Harriers sit on the flight deck at night aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on Oct. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

AV-8B Harriers sit on the flight deck at night aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on Oct. 3, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. Read More