AIN Defense Perspective » October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011 - 10:32am
Unmanned K-Max helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Kaman Helicopters announced that the K-Max unmanned helicopter has been selected for deployment to Afghanistan. The optionally piloted machine was evaluated with the Boeing A-160 Hummingbird for a U.S. Marine Corps requirement.

October 10, 2011 - 10:24am
Brazilian AF P-3AM

The Brazilian Air Force formally introduced–at Salvador airbase on September 30–its first P-3AM Orion maritime patrol aircraft modified by Airbus Military. Brazil bought 12 former U.S. Navy P-3A aircraft 10 years ago, but delayed their introduction to service.

October 10, 2011 - 10:16am
Eurofighter production

A slowing of the production rate of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft is partly responsible for new job losses in the UK and Italy. BAE Systems is trimming 1,500 workers from its employment rolls at Warton and Samlesbury in the UK. Alenia is cutting 1,200 jobs in Italy. Both companies blame squeezed defense budgets for the cuts.

October 10, 2011 - 10:08am
Boeing P-8I Poseidon


The first of eight P-8I maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is building for the Indian navy made its initial flight September 28. The 737 derivative flew for two hours and 31 minutes, reaching a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet during the test flight from Renton Municipal Airport to Boeing Field in Seattle.

October 10, 2011 - 9:58am
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has gone to sea for the first time. An F-35B short-takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) version landed on the small U.S. aircraft carrier Wasp on October 3 at the start of a two-week trial during which 67 takeoffs and landings are scheduled. Some observers have raised concerns about the potential for damage to carrier decks from the aircraft’s F135 engine. It develops 39,400 pounds of thrust in the hover and 38,100 pounds of thrust in short takeoff.

 

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