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Canada to launch a new fighter competition again in May
Saab will compete with its JAS-39E Gripen. Lockheed Martin will again pitch its F-35 stealth fighter. Boeing is in line to offer the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Airbus Military plans to offer its Eurofighter Typhoon. Canadian government will be calling for a tender to buy new fighters by the end of next month.
Report on U.S. Navy F/A-XX Next Generation Fighter will be ready in Summer
The F/A-XX air-dominance fighter will be a sixth-generation aircraft that eventually will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter in the Navy’s carrier air wings. Rear Admiral Scott D. Conn, director of Air Warfare in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, said on Apr. 4 that the analysis of alternatives (AoA) for U.S....
USS Ronald Reagan carrier scrambles multiple F/A-18s to intercept Russian Tu-95 bombers near North Korea
40,000 pounds of Rhino with motors screaming at full power was yanked down the 300 feet of catapult in a violent acceleration from zero to 170 miles per hour in just two seconds... Francesco “Paco” Chierici is a former U.S. Naval Aviator with 3,000 flying hours and produced the award winning naval aviation...
Rhino Vs Tiger: Former U.S. Naval Aviator describes intense air engagement between an F/A-18F aircrew and adversary F-5s
Silvers stared at the F-5 in the left corner of her Head-Up-Display. The details were mesmerizing, and coming into focus as she streaked ever closer: single tail, missiles on both wingtips, foreign-looking paint scheme. Francesco “Paco” Chierici is a former U.S. Naval Aviator with 3,000 flying hours and produced the award winning...
“We buy F-15EX to keep industrial diversity,” Pentagon Official Says
An upgraded F-16 would mean another Lockheed Martin aircraft, and the DoD wants to maintain a balance between the two largest defense companies. According to a U.S. senior defense official, the Defense Department didn’t propose adding an upgraded F-16 Fighting Falcon into its inventory instead the F-15EX fourth-gen plus aircraft it is...
Former U.S. Naval Aviator explains how to perform a Rhino Sierra Hotel Break
As the near end of the runway disappeared below the pointy nose of his Rhino, Slammer snapped to the left, one wing pointed straight at the earth, the other up to the heavens. Then he pulled back on the stick, quick yet smooth, grunting as speed and back-stick squatted the jet into a tight, seven-and-a-half G...
Boeing receives U.S. Navy contract to convert Block II Super Hornets to a new Block III configuration
Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours. With a three-year contract award for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, Boeing will play a vital role in the U.S. Navy’s...
U.S. Navy to modify 18 Early Production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for Blue Angels
Most importantly for fans, Blue Angels airshow season next year will be shorten while the 2021 will start later to help the unit transition to the new aircraft. Early-production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets have a new mission—help the Blue Angels inspire greatness and service in others—as the next flight demonstration aircraft for the...
USN to retire USS Harry S. Truman, cutting aircraft carrier fleet from 11 today to 10
“A 10-carrier, nine Carrier Air Wing force sounds about right to me,” Robert Work, former deputy defense secretary Breaking Defense says the U.S. Navy intends to retire its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in the next decade. Truman entered service in 1998 and was built...
Boeing Offers EA-18G Growler to Finland
In addition to the U.S. Navy, the EA-18G Growler is flown by the Royal Australian Air Force. Boeing and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorized to purchase the airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.

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