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China’s MQ-9 Knock Off

by John Reed on March 17, 2011

Check out this video of China’s Pterodactyl UAV flying and firing weapons. Is it me, or does this thing look very, very similar to the MQ-9 Reaper? Aplologies for the poor quality. Here’s more on the drone. Well done to Trimble for spotting this.

Damn. That’s a picture of a Japanese F-2B fighter swept into a building during last week’s earthquake and tsunami that hit the island nation. The quake may have wiped out an entire squadron of the Mitsubishi-built fighters, which are essentially a bigger version of Lockheed’s F-16. There are rumors that other squadrons have been similarly hit. […]

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is still in the development phase, according to several Chinese officials. Wow, tell us something we don’t know. Ok; these officials did reveal that the jet is designed to “designed to protect the airspace over China,” according to the Global Times newspaper.  It cites several interviews with Zhu Heping, deputy president of […]

For your weekend viewing pleasure, here’s Russia Today’s treatment of the first flight of Sukhoi’s second T-50 PAK FA stealth fighter prototype. The jet’s supposedly going to be in service by 2015 and will cost a cool $100 million a pop. Sukhoi talks it up as a sort of super jet, capable of air-to-air and […]

Check this out. Sukhoi’s second T-50 PAK FA prototype stealth fighter took to the skies over Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, this morning for a 57-minute test flight (or 44-minutes, depending on who you ask), according to Flight Global’s Steve Trimble. The first T-50 is used as the aerodynamic test bed and the second jet is likely being used to test […]