AIN Defense Perspective » June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011 - 5:15am
China will provide 50 Chengdu JF-17 Thunder fighters to Pakistan, according t...

During a visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani to Beijing in late May, it was reported that China is to provide 50 Chengdu JF-17 Thunder multirole fighters to Pakistan, and that China will pay for the aircraft. The report comes at a time when Pakistan’s relations with the U.S.–its other principal warplane supplier–have soured over the May 2 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

June 6, 2011 - 5:12am
Lockheed Martin CEO Bob Stevens says the F-35 program has stabilized after th...

Lockheed Martin has learned “some painful lessons” during the development of the F-35, CEO Bob Stevens told journalists in late May. “There’s more realism now,” he added.

June 6, 2011 - 5:10am
The third F-35C takes off from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility ...

Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin flew the 12th “weight-optimized” F-35 Lightning II test airframe on May 21, completing the allotted trials batch. CF-3, the third of the F-35C carrier versions, is now undergoing initial trials before joining two other F-35Cs and four F-35B STOVL test aircraft at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later this year.

June 6, 2011 - 5:08am
The “Dragon Spear” conversion of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command MC...

The “Dragon Spear” conversion of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130W special mission aircraft, incorporating a new 30-mm chain gun and other enhancements, has given the command a lethal gunship.

June 6, 2011 - 5:05am
Boeing delivered the first of six C-17s to UAE in recent weeks, one of 21 del...

Boeing sold a fifth C-17 airlifter to Australia and delivered the first of six aircraft to the UAE in recent weeks. The Australian aircraft will be diverted from remaining U.S. Air Force production, to enable an August delivery this year.

 

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