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  1. F-35's for Belgium?

    Another possible F-35 operator: www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/belgium-f-35-joint-strike-fighter-aircraft
  2. Belgian NH90 issues

    Anyone know what the specific problem is? http://www.janes.com/article/77075/belgian-nh90-nfh-helos-out-of-commission-for-radar-repairs
  3. New Bell V280 Valor flies

    The competing aircraft is Sikorsky's "Raider" concept: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/s-97-raider-helicopter.html
  4. Japanese KC-46A?

    Announced today: The Boeing Co., Defense, Space & Security, Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $288,681,573 firm-fixed-price contract for one KC-46A aircraft for Japan. The face value is not-to-exceed $19,786,279. This contract provides for non-recurring engineering, integrated logistics support and one KC-46A aircraft modified to the Japan foreign military sales (FMS) configuration. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, with an expected completion date of Feb. 28, 2021. This contract involves 100 percent FMS to Japan, and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $278,590,571 are being obligated at the time of award. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8609-18-G-0002/FA8609-18-F-0006). Presumably more than one aircraft will be required, or is this some sort of development effort?
  5. Colours for F-35 Lightning II

    According to MIL-STD-2161C, external colors are 36170 and 36375.
  6. Best early F-18 in 1/48

    I believe the Monogram kits from the early 1980's came with Paveway I weapons (GBU-12 with MXU-602 AFG). As far as I'm aware, these were never used operationally on the F/A-18.
  7. Germany prefers F-35

    I would imagine it also depends on how much emphasis Germany puts on stealth capability.
  8. Germany prefers F-35

    Think this will actually result in any orders? http://www.janes.com/article/75511/germany-declared-preference-for-f-35-to-replace-tornado
  9. Presumably some will be used as spare parts donors?
  10. Was there any other helicopter in the running for this contract? http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/czech_republic_17-47.pdf
  11. Tornado service life

    I know that Tornado's days are numbered with the RAF and Luftwaffe, but what about Italy and Saudi Arabia? Will they keep the aircraft in service a while longer?
  12. On Tornado munitions...

    Tornado uses the No 55 "MACE" lug system. As I understand it, No 55 Mk 2 (red) is for Paveway II, No 55 Mk 3 (black) is for Paveway IV, and there are one or two other flavors as well. Are the lugs physically different is some way or is there some other reason for the different colors?
  13. Luftwaffe Mk 82's?

    Nice photos. Thanks for posting.
  14. UK Phantoms

    In the late 1960's, USAF/USN/USMC F-4 pilots were getting plenty of combat experience in Vietnam, although the Yom Kippur War was quite intense for a short time.
  15. GBU-53 for Australia

    Is this set to be the primary air-to-surface weapon for Australia's F-35's? http://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/australia_17-44.pdf