Rapid Fire 2010-05-24: 5th Gen Fighters

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* For Gates’ future Pentagon blueprint, look to his past? * Just say no: Pentagon chief wants president to veto defense spending bill if “unwanted” projects are funded. * Air dominance challenges: US intelligence analyst predicts China will have J-XX F-22 Raptor-like fighter by 2018 – several years earlier than originally forecast. You can also watch this recent video of a 5th-generation Russian PAK-FA fighter test flight. * Kratos Defense and Security Solutions closes $225 million note offering, completes $133 million acquisition of US military shelter maker Gichner. * Giving Taliban the finger: enemies learning to fear GPS-guided 155mm Excalibur shell, aka. “The Finger of Death.” * Following its maiden flight on March 30/10, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s new Dhruv-derived LCH scout/attack helicopter has its dedication ceremony. * US Marines receive their first new UC-12W King Air 350 cargo aircraft. * Hey, you’re not Santa… is that a sonobuoy through my roof? * RAF will deploy its last Nimrod R1 signals intelligence aircraft to Afghanistan in 2010, before retiring it in 2011. But their successor KC-135s won’t arrive until 2014. * Afghan Air Corps flight medics train with US forces on advanced treatment techniques, evacuation operations. * Dick Tracy calling: HP […]

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