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Pakistani officials have reportedly begun talks with their Chinese counterparts to buy the FC-31 stealth fighter jet, according to a news report.

Pakistani Defense Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain confirmed the discussions were underway, according to an article published by Asia News International, a news agency based in Delhi, India.

The fourth-generation aircraft was unveiled earlier this month at the biennial Zhuhai Air Show. It was the event’s star attraction, marking the first time Chinese authorities allowed a plane that was still in development to be displayed to the public. [Continue reading…]

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F-35Bs_Pax_RiverResidents who live near bases where F-35s are stationed appealed to the Pentagon saying they feared the F-35 would be too loud and disturb neighborhoods.

However, the Joint Strike Fighter program office released results on Oct.31 that found the F-35B is no louder than the F/A-18. The tests results were released ahead of the beginning of training for F-35B pilots at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.

The tests were done in 2013 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Testers found that the takeoff noise made by the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 is only two decibels higher than the Super Hornet — a level of noise that the human ear would have a hard time detecting. [Continue reading…]

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LCS Fort WorthA Military​.com reporter and videographer went aboard the USS Forth Worth, also known as Littoral Combat Ship 3, ahead of its deployment to the Pacific to learn about the ship and get a taste of everyday life aboard.

Capt. Ken Bridgewater, commanding officer of the Fort Worth, offered a first hand walking tour of the inside of the ship before it’s deployed 16 months, mostly out to Singapore. Video link.

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SBIRS

Over the next decade, the Pentagon plans to launch satellites that offer a revolutionary leap in surveillance technology by persistently staring at targets from space for long periods of time, an official said.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers gave the estimate at a defense conference this week in Washington, D.C.

The Defense Department is at a “pivotal moment for intelligence” due to the rapid technological and geopolitical change underway throughout the world, he said. Adapting to the environment requires both short– and long-term investments, he said. [Continue reading…]

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MSF13-0082The Navy is beginning to work on a a next-generation carrier-launched fighter jet to replace the existing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft by 2030 and supplement the F-35C the Pentagon is still developing, service officials said.

The Navy effort, called the F/A-XX study, includes early work on the desired technological capabilities for the new aircraft. The idea is to have a new aircraft ready and producible by the time existing F/A-18s reach their end-of-service dates. Navy officials emphasize that the early work is in the very early stages and purely a conceptual effort to explore alternatives.

The Navy is analyzing industry proposals on the F/A-XX it started collecting two years ago. Navy officials are trying to pick out what they like and study potential ideas. [Continue reading…]

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