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  1. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Flygbilderna är väl den största behållningen från den här videon.
  2. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    http://www.gp.se/nyheter/världen/stor-publik-när-enormt-hangarfartyg-kom-hem-1.4537720 Stor publik när enormt hangarfartyg kom hem Storbritanniens största och mest avancerade hangarfartyg, den 65 000 ton tunga HMS Queen Elizabeth, har för första gången lagt till i sin hemmahamn i Portsmouth. Tusentals åskådare hade samlats i hamnen för att se det 280 meter långa fartyget komma in. Det är det största örlogsfartyg som hittills byggts för Storbritanniens flotta enligt försvarsdepartementet och det tog åtta år att tillverka. Fartyget ska frakta flygplan, men har ännu inte tagits i bruk. Nu testas skeppet till havs, nästa år ska flygtester starta. Fartyget och dess systerskepp HMS Prince of Wales ingår i ett försvarsprogram med en budget på drygt 62 miljarder kronor.
  3. A-10 Thunderbolt II och dess ersättare

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-military/2017/08/15/air-force-capt-lands-a-10-with-no-canopy-no-gear/ Air Force captain lands A-10 with no canopy, no gear. A misfire from the Warthog's 30mm gun enveloped the A-10 in smoke, blew the canopy off during training flight
  4. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Amateur Drone Pilot Makes Unauthorized Landing on Deck of Britain’s Biggest Aircraft Carrier http://gcaptain.com/drone-lands-on-hms-queen-elizabeth/
  5. PAK-FA har lyft

    PAK FA T-50 har fått ett officielt namn: Sukoi Su-57 http://www.newsweek.com/su-57-russias-first-ever-supersonic-stealth-warplane-aiming-outgun-us-raptor-649734 Formerly known by its factory prototype sobriquet PAK FA T-50, Russia’s fifth-generation jet, which is also its first stealth fighter, has received its official operative name, “like a baby after its birth,” air force chief Viktor Bondarev told Zvezda. Taking one step closer to joining the military aviation’s ranks, the jet will now be called the Su-57. Its title as a fifth-generation jet is also disputed by IHS Jane’s 360. The think tank noted in its 2016 review that the “Russian industry has consistently referred to the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA as a fifth-generation aircraft, but a careful look at the program reveals that this is an ‘in name only’ designation.” Instead, its engine is a souped-up version of its fourth-generation predecessors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-57
  6. http://gcaptain.com/uss-fitzgerald-to-be-hauled-back-to-us-for-repairs/ USS Fitzgerald to Be Hauled Back to U.S. for Repairs The collision killed seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald and ripped a hole below the vessels waterline. Naval engineers in Japan have patched up the destroyer but extensive damage that nearly sank the warship means it is unable to sail under its own steam. “The Fitzgerald may be moved in September but it could be later than that,” a spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. The U.S. Navy plans to hire a commercial heavy lift ship to carry the destroyer. In the tender for the contract it has said that the furthest possible journey could be as far as to naval dockyards in Maine on the U.S. east coast. Har USA inga lämpliga varv på västkusten av USA?
  7. Air force one?

    http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2017/08/trump-wanted-cheaper-air-force-one-so-usaf-buying-bankrupt-russian-firms-undelivered-747s/139912/?oref=river President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with Boeing for the two planes, according to three defense officials with knowledge of the deal. The Pentagon could publicly announce the deal as soon as this week. "We're working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement. The Air Force is not expected to disclose the specific value of the contract, but officials said that the military is getting a good deal on the planes. Boeing lists the average sticker price of a 747-8 as $386.8 million; the actual amount paid by airlines and other customers varies with quantities, configurations, and so forth. “We’re still working toward a deal to provide two 747-8s to the Air Force — this deal is focused on providing a great value for the Air Force and the best price for the taxpayer,” Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson said in a statement. The 747s that will be transformed for Presidential transport were originally ordered in 2013 by Transaero, which was Russia’s second-largest airline until it went bankrupt in 2015. Boeing built two of the four jets in the order, but the airline never took ownership of them. Typically, an airline makes a 1 percent down payment when it orders a plane, then pays the balance in installments. Transaero did not fulfill its scheduled payments, according to an industry source. “Aeroflot absorbed most of Transaero’s existing fleet, but declined to pick up Transaero’s 747-8I orders worth $1.5 billion at list prices,” FlightGlobal reported last month. So Boeing flight-tested the two completed jets and put them in storage. Flight tracking data shows that the aircraft, numbered N894BA and N895BA, were last flown in February, to the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, a sprawling facility in the Mojave Desert whose hot, dry air prevents corrosion. This “boneyard” is largely occupied by retired commercial jets that still bear the liveries of Delta, FedEx, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Other planes, unmarked, sit with their engines shrinkwrapped in anticipation of one day returning to flight. Boeing has been paying to store the two 747s in new condition while searching for a buyer, which allowed the Air Force to negotiate a good deal for them, sources said. It’s similar to the way car dealers discount new vehicles from the previous year when new models hit the lot. Turning a standard 747 into a flying White House requires more than a blue-and-white paint job. After the Air Force takes ownership of the planes, contractors will give them a state-of-the-art communications system, defensive countermeasures, and hardening to withstand an electromagnetic pulse caused by a nuclear explosion. New custom interiors will have conference rooms, offices and seating for White House staff, guests and journalists. The Pentagon’s 2018 budget request, sent to Congress in February, shows that the Air Force plans to spend nearly $3.2 billion between 2018 and 2022 on two new Air Force One jets. Trump would likely fly on the new planes if he is elected to a second term. The 747s currently flown as Air Force One are 747-200s, older models that started flying presidents in the early 1990s.
  8. Air force one?

    http://www.luchtzak.be/airlines/transaero/as-president-trump-wanted-a-cheaper-air-force-one-the-usaf-is-now-buying-2-undelivered-747-8s-from-bankrupt-russian-transaero/ As President Trump wanted a cheaper Air Force One, the USAF is now buying 2 undelivered 747-8s from bankrupt Russian airline Transaero The Air Force awarded a Boeing contract modification Aug. 4, 2017, to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft for future modification to replace the two aging VC-25A Boeing 747-200 presidential support aircraft. (forum discussion) This contract modification follows a set of awards in 2016 for risk reduction activities. The Air Force has already requested Boeing to provide proposals to design, modify, test and field two Presidential mission-ready aircraft. These efforts will be awarded via future contract modifications. The program expects to begin aircraft modifications in 2019 and reach initial operational capability in 2024. “This award is a significant step toward ensuring an overall affordable program,” said Ms. Darlene Costello, the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. “As we move forward, we will continue to seek and implement cost savings opportunities.” These aircraft will start providing worldwide presidential airlift support in 2024, after a series of modifications and tests. Boeing will modify their Federal Aviation Administration-certified commercial 747-8 aircraft to meet presidential operational requirements to help ensure an affordable program. In March 2017, following a series of requirements reviews, the White House reaffirmed the minimum set of requirements necessary to meet presidential mission needs. The modifications to the aircraft will include incorporating a mission communications system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities. “Purchasing these aircraft is a huge step toward replacing the aging VC-25As,” said Maj. Gen. Duke Richardson, the Presidential Airlift Recapitalization program executive officer. “This award keeps us on track to modify and test the aircraft to become presidential mission-ready by 2024.” Since the aircraft were purchased through commercial contracting procedures, price and other related details are commercial-competition sensitive, meaning the negotiated price paid is not releasable. However, the price will be part of the overall program cost baseline once set and will be released in accordance with the contract publication requirements.
  9. USS Gerald R Ford launches first aircraft using electromagnetic catapult http://newatlas.com/uss-ford-electromagnetic-catapult-aag/50695/ The USS Gerald R Ford scored a double first less than a week after commissioning, as the nuclear-powered supercarrier launched and recovered a fighter plane for the first time using an electromagnetic catapult. On July 28, an F/A-18F Super Hornet piloted by Commander Jamie Struck was launched from the flight deck by the ElectroMAgnetic Launch System (EMALS) shortly after arrival, when it made the first arrested landing with the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system. At first sight, the landing and takeoff of the Super Hornet on the Ford looked as conventional as any other touchdown and launch, but the superficial similarity hid technology that had never been used at sea before. For over 60 years, aircraft carriers around the world have launched fixed-wing aircraft using steam catapults, wherein a head of live steam blasted a piston down a slot in the flight deck that dragged the airplane along and hurled it into the air.
  10. F-14 Tomcat

    Why Iran Really Bought F-14 Tomcats http://warisboring.com/why-iran-really-bought-f-14-tomcats/ According to legend, in July 1973 — following two detailed briefings in Iran — the U.S. government had organized a fly-off for Iranian shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi that pitted an F-14 against an F-15. The U.S. Navy F-14 crew put up such a stunning performance that the Shah promptly placed an order for the Tomcat. While there can be no doubt about the Navy’s crew’s skills, stories of this kind make it appear as if the Shah of Iran, his government and the entire Iranian air force were a bunch of gamblers. In fact, the Iranian decision to buy F-14s can be traced back to the early 1960s, when the Iranians – emboldened by steadily increasing earnings from sales of oil and gas – decided to equip their air force with the best combat aircraft available. In fact, the F-14 and E-3 both faced fierce resistance in the U.S. Congress owing to their cost and complexity. The Shah ordered the Iranian bank Mehli to credit Grumman so that the company could build the 80 F-14s for Iran. Encouraged by this step, other investors followed and Congress was left with little choice but to continue financing the U.S. Navy’s own acquisition of the F-14. After all, the Navy couldn’t let some Third World country get the world’s best interceptor while it bought none for itself. The Iranians were perfectly aware that they weren’t just buying aircraft. They insisted on acquiring the entire weapon system including aircraft, avionics, weapons and support infrastructure. That’s why Iran remains capable of operating its surviving F-14s today.
  11. Kinesiska stridsfartyg övar med ryska marinen i Östersjön 2017-07-24 http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=6743364 Det är första gången som kinesiska örlogsfartyg samövar med ryska i Östersjön och det ska ses som en signal till Nato och andra västländer från både Ryssland och Kina. Övningen började formellt i fredags men hittills har man hållit sig på landbacken. I dag ska man ut till havs och där kommer man att hålla på i fyra dagar men tyngdpunkten i morgon och på onsdag. Egentligen är det inte en särskilt stor övning men det är det faktum att den kinesiska marinen deltar som gör den unik. Sammanlagt ett tiotal fartyg medverkar varav tre kinesiska. Flaggskeppet för dem är en ultramodern robotbestyckad jagare. De ryska fartygen är något mindre, som störst av korvettklass. Dessutom ska drygt tio flygplan och helikoptrar delta. Vad övningen ska gå ut på har det bara meddelats i väldigt allmänna termer, att förbättra samverkan mellan ryska och kinesiska fartyg. Så mycket har i varje fall sagts att det ska genomföras skjutövningar och att man ska träna bekämpning av ubåtar, andra ytfartyg och flygplan. På västsidan har övningen väckt viss oro. Från Nato-sidan och Sverige kommer man att noggrant följa vad som sker för att se vilken kapacitet främst Ryssland visar upp och om den eventuellt avslöjar något om de ryska avsikterna i området. I september genomförs andra etappen i den ryskkinesiska flottövningen men då borta i Stilla havet.
  12. Och vem skall turkarna ta motorn ifrån? Hade de tänkt bygga motorn på licens för att bli oberoende av reservdelar?
  13. Associationleken

  14. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2017/07/mil-170720-dod01.htm http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101551 Navy to Commission New First-In-Class Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford The Navy will commission its newest aircraft carrier, the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 22, at Naval Station Norfolk. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carrier, the first new class in more than 40 years, and will begin the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers when the ship is commissioned. CVN 78 honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service in the Navy, in the U.S. government and to the nation. During World War II, Ford attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, serving on the light carrier USS Monterey (CVL-26). Released from active duty in February 1946, Ford remained in the Naval Reserve until 1963. Ford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1948, where he served until President Nixon tapped him to become Vice President in 1973. Ford became president in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and served in the country's highest office from 1974-1977. President Donald J. Trump will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Ford Bales, President Ford's daughter, serves as the ship's sponsor. "The nation's going to be very proud of USS Gerald R. Ford," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. "I am incredibly thankful for the shipyard workers and sailors who worked amazingly hard to bring this mighty ship to life. This Saturday will be a huge day for our Navy and our nation. The new technology and warfighting capabilities that Ford brings will transform naval warfare, making us a more lethal Navy. The increased combat power will enable new ways to combine information, ships, aircraft and undersea forces, changing how we operate and fight." The Navy plans to spend $43 billion developing and building the three new Ford-class ships–Ford, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), and the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80). Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Gerald R. Ford class is designed with significant quality-of-life improvements and reduced maintenance. These innovations are expected to improve operational availability and capability compared with Nimitz-class carriers. The Gerald R. Ford class incorporates advances in technology such as a new reactor plant, propulsion system, electric plant, Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), machinery control, Dual Band Radar and integrated warfare systems. Compared to Nimitz-class carriers, the Gerald R. Ford-class carriers have more than 23 new or modified systems. The ceremony can be viewed on the Navy Live blog at http://navylive.dodlive.mil Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/g/gerald-r-ford.html Learn more about the naval service and life of Gerald Ford here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/presidents/ford.html
  15. http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/185340/croatia-to-issue-rfp-for-new-fighter-this-week.html In the upcoming week, the Croatian Ministry of Defence will send a formal Request for Proposal for the procurement of fighter aircraft to five countries – Sweden (Gripen JAS-39), the U.S (F-16), South Korea (FA-50), Israel (F-16) and Greece (F-16). Upon the receipt, the proposals will be scrutinised based on the aircraft characteristics and capabilities as well as on three key parameters: the bilateral agreement, the price and the business and economy co-operation deal. Croatia aims to promote co-operation at the country level, as the aircraft procurement is a complex and pluriannual deal and entails strategic partnership. The criteria regarding the price will be the overall price of the package and the payment modalities. The Republic of Croatia wishes to see the aircraft procurement contract enhance the economic co-operation with the country of choice, and incite its investments into the Croatian economy. In view of the complexity and demanding nature of the project the Ministry of Defence staff analysed the experiences of other NATO nations faced with the need of replacement or modernisation of the combat component, namely Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Depending on the decision timing and the contracting dynamics, the first aircraft is due for delivery by late 2020.