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air forceChina Airshow shows J-20 with missile bay open and new missiles

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China showed off four J-20 stealth fighters during the last day of the 12th Zhuhai Air Show. Two of the stealth fighters opened their weapons bay to show four medium-range air-to-air missiles and two close-range combat missiles. They also had …

air forceAll F-35 stealth fighters are grounded after September crash

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The global fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 combat jets have been temporarily grounded to investigate engine problems following a Marine Corps plane crash last month. Officials said the fleet of about 320 jets would undergo inspections over the next 48 …

air forceLockheed proposes F-22 hybrid upgrade using mostly proven technology

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The F-22 is considered the best fighter in the world. It was cancelled after about 200 were built because of the cost to build them. However, the F-35 has turned out to be even more expensive for the first few …

air forceChina is constantly improving stealth planes, drones and engines

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In 2019, China will start deploy J-20B stealth fighters with a new Xian WS-15 jet engine. This engine could finally bring China to about the engine performance level of the US PW-119 engine that were installed over 20 years ago …

air forceF35 lifecycle cost estimates of $1.2 trillion were wishful thinking

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Deteriorating reliability of the F35 will causes costs to balloon, the Pentagon’s costliest program, according to an assessment from the Defense Department’s own testing office. The aircraft and its parts aren’t as reliable as expected, and it’s taking longer to …