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The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

RAAF C-130J-30, flares (click to view full) The C-130 Hercules remains one of the longest-running aerospace manufacturing programs of all time. Since 1956, over 40 models and variants have served as the tactical airlift backbone for over 50 nations. The C-130J looks...

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France’s Rafale

France’s Rafale

Dassault Rafale (click for cutaway view) Will Dassault's fighter become a fashionably late fighter platform that builds on its parent company's past successes - or just "the late Rafale"? It all began as a 1985 break-away from the multinational consortium that went on...

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F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an "affordably stealthy" multi-role fighter that will...

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