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Spanish Typhoon testbed supports Sniper pod trials

… Production Aircraft 4 (IPA4) to support a flight test campaign focusing on the integration of Lockheed … and Qatar . Using the callsign ‘TIFON91’, EF-2000 (C.16-20/11-91/IPA4) was seen landing at Airbus’ facility in … also opted to equip its Rafale fighters with the system in 2018. … Spanish Typhoon testbed supports Sniper pod trials …

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How BAE Systems sees the evolution of RAF Typhoons

… the three-year, £425m Project Centurion concluded in late 2018, RAF Typhoons have a bigger arsenal of weapons to call … fidelity of real-time video fed by the Rafael Litening V targeting pod. Other systems outside of the RAF’s core Typhoon …

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Why has Poland ordered the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle?

… plans to replace the MiGs (and a handful of remaining Su-22s) are well advanced, with the first 12 of 48 Korea … remaining 36 Polish Golden Eagles are designated as Block 20 FA-50PLs, and are being newly built specifically for the  … The aircraft were fitted with radars and cannon in 2018; 14 aircraft remain in service and Indonesia has signed …

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How the USAF is planning to massively change its frontline fighter fleets

… its focus away from major near-peer adversaries. But in 2018, the DOD’s primary strategy document, the National … environments we’ve operated in for the last 20 years. If you’re going to be an Air Force that flies, … The USAF’s FY23 budget request initially asked for 57 new fighters – comprising 33 F-35As and 24 F-15EXs, with …

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Making the Eurofighter Typhoon of today fit for tomorrow

… Celebrating 20 years in service, the Eurofighter Typhoon has outstanding … package gained its release to service on December 18, 2018 – meaning that Typhoon now had a Litening III LDP, … capability more often but doing it that way allows us to test and drive out costs more efficiently.” Phase 3 …

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Indian Navy bids fond farewell to final Il-38SD Sea Dragons

… extension. The Il-38SD would typically employ Kh-35 (AS-20 Kayak) ASMs, AT-1ME torpedoes and PLAB-series depth … first upgraded aircraft, was the first to go in December 2018. She was followed by IN303, which was withdrawn in … ever landing in IN service. IN307 touched down on Runway 08 before coasting to a halt and turning onto the ramp, where …

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UNIT REPORT: USAF 586th Flight Test Squadron

… with a drone one day, then flying as an enemy aircraft to test radar systems the following day... then later in the … OA-802, and Textron Scorpion. Phase two followed in 2018 with the USAF down selecting just two of the prior … scheme. In this shot it is carrying a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. Flying the Sniper Pod on the C-12 for tests …

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Boeing P-8A: The free world's most capable maritime patrol aircraft?

… part of Lockheed, the Navy terminated the project on July 20, 1990. Formal cancellation of the program by the Defense … The SDD contract provided for the production of five test vehicles comprising three flight test aircraft (T1, T2 … 117 to 109 aircraft in February 2014. However, in April 2018, the Navy Resources and Requirements Review Board set a …

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Su-57 Felon: Why Russia’s first stealth fighter has yet to fully ‘take-off’

… The fifth-generation stealth fighter Su-57 is among Russia’s top airpower priorities, but the … two production-standard machines, originally ordered in 2018) while a total of 24 were to be produced until the end … was reported to have been completed on February 20, 2008. Used on the T-50 prototypes and the …

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Russia moves to make the Sukhoi Su-34 deadlier amidst war in Ukraine

… Alexander Mladenov reviews the status of the Su-34 Fullback , the enhancement plans for the type and its … and common datalink. Four Su-34s were upgraded in 2018-2019 for use of the pods, to carry out the testing and … dubbed Kh-31AD, in addition to the subsonic Kh-35U/UM (AS-20 Kayak ), capable of engaging targets at up to 140nm range. …

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More Typhoons in testing ahead of delivery to Kuwait

… pre-delivery flight testing from Leonardo’s production and test facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy on … formally entered the final assembly process in October 2018. The original plan would have seen the first aircraft … Militare’s (AM, Italian Air Force’s) 4° Stormo (4th Wing)/20° Gruppo (20th Group), which serves as the Operational …

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F-16 Block 70/72: All you need to know about the most advanced Viper to date

… 24, 2023 the aircraft was crewed by Lockheed Martin test pilots Dwayne ‘Pro’ Opella and Monessa ‘Siren’ … (Chinese for Phoenix) program. The first was F-16A Block 20 (serial 6601/93-0702), which made its maiden flight as an … – made its first flight after conversion in August 2018, inaugurating an intensive flight test campaign, mainly …

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What weapons can the F-35 carry? Global armaments list

… internal gun on the F-35A or the external missionized gun pod for the F-35B and F-35C. … Global F-35 operators' … Probable accuracy and is guided by the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) on the F-35 to the target. The … requirement for Block 3F. The first separation flight test took place on June 12, 2015. During that flight Squadron …

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Why Russia’s MiG-35 is proving to be a hard sell

… of the testing works, conducted at the RuASF’s flight-test centre, the 929th GLITs in Akhtubinsk, an order for … aircraft was originally expected to be placed in late 2018 or early 2019, but has never materialised.   The only … Aviation arm, whose fleet is currently dominated by the Su-35S and Su-30SM heavyweight multi-role fighters. It is …

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Oregon Eagles: The F-15s of Portland and Kingsley Field

… in conjunction with the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod and a digital video recorder and video data link. The … example of a real-world intercept occurred on August 10, 2018, when a pair of F-15C's operated by the 123rd FS …