Month: April 2012

Royal Air Force Of Oman To Receive AN/ALQ-211(V) Defensive Counter Measures Systems For Its F-16 Block 50/52

Royal Air Force Of Oman To Receive AN/ALQ-211(V) Defensive Counter Measures Systems For Its F-16 Block 50/52

Defense, Featured
  The Royal Air Force of Oman is ordering advanced defensive electronic systems to protect its F-16 fighter jets. The latest $47.5 million contract to ITT corporation of Clifton, New Jersey will see up to 15 AN/ALQ-211(V), 4 Airborne Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS) along with 2 sets of antenna couplers procured by the end of 2014. The AN/ALQ-211(V) family of electronic protection/defensive countermeasure product comprise the internally carried AN/ALQ-211(V)4 and an external pod version designated AN/ALQ-211(V)9. Both versions are marketed as Airborne Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS) employing state-of-the-art Digital Radio Frequency Memory DRFM functionality. According to Australia Defence Science and Technology Organisation, “they in
Bhoja Air Flight B4-213 Boeing 737-200 Crashes On approach To Islamabad, All 117 Passengers And  9 Crews On Board Lost

Bhoja Air Flight B4-213 Boeing 737-200 Crashes On approach To Islamabad, All 117 Passengers And 9 Crews On Board Lost

Airlines, Headline, Systems
  A Boeing 737-200 operated by Pakistan's Bhoja Air crashed late Friday while carrying 117 passengers and 9 crew members. The aircraft had departed Karachi at 5:05pm and was due to land at Islamabad at 6:50pm (9:50 am New York City local time). The approach took place under very severe weather conditions and the aircraft was reportedly seen turning into a massive fireball shortly before or after hitting the ground near a Husain Abad village residential habitations area. This area is located in the vicinity of the Rawalpindi Air Force complex. The evening crash took place at about 6:40 pm amid lightning, rain and possibly hail conditions as air traffic controllers reported suddenly losing contact with the crew of the doomed aircraft. A large scale recovery effort coordinated by the ...
Discovery Space Shuttle Final Ferry Flight To Washington DC Atop NASA 747 (Photos)

Discovery Space Shuttle Final Ferry Flight To Washington DC Atop NASA 747 (Photos)

Featured, Headline, Systems
  The last Discovery Space Shuttle flight took place Tuesday April 17th 2012 mounted atop the NASA 905 Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. After 39 missions in space totaling 365 days, Discovery left the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:58 am as the pair treated spectators to a graceful fly-by. The arrival four hours later at the nation's capital Washington Dulles International Airport was graced with similar historical solemnity with an overflight of the National Mall and other iconic buildings. Preparing For The Flight Discovery's mating to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was carried out on Sunday April 15th, a day later than planned after strong wind gusts impaired work at the Kennedy Space Center the day before. The Mate Demate Device MDD that helps secure the Space Shuttl...
Virgin Atlantic Orlando Bound A330-300 Emergency Return To Gatwick: Four Minor Injuries

Virgin Atlantic Orlando Bound A330-300 Emergency Return To Gatwick: Four Minor Injuries

Airlines, Featured, Headline, Systems
  Four people aboard a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 aircraft sustained minor injuries following an emergency landing on Monday April 16th 2011. The flight operating as VS27 with 299 passengers and 13 crews on board had departed London Gatwick airport at 9:48 GMT (5:48 am New York local time) at destination of Orlando but returned for an emergency landing at 11:30 GMT (7:30 am New York local time). According to a Virgin Atlantic web site posting, the pilot's decision to reverse course and return to Gatwick followed the in-flight discovery of an unspecified 'technical problem'. The aircraft precautionary evacuation proceeded after the aircraft landed and came to a stop on Gatwick's single runway with all its emergency chutes deployed. Emergency crews at the airport also reported p...
F/A-18D Fiery Crash Onto Virginia Beach Neighborhood:No Fatalities

F/A-18D Fiery Crash Onto Virginia Beach Neighborhood:No Fatalities

Defense, Featured, Systems
  Seven people were injured after a US Navy F/A-18D fighter jet crashed onto an apartment complex in Virginia Beach at about 12:05pm on Friday. Among the two injured were the aircraft's pilot and its flight officer who had ejected reportedly after dumping fuel from the ailing aircraft in anticipation of a crash. Of the seven people injured even only one of the pilot was reported to have remained in the hospital overnight. A total of 63 residents of the Mayfair Mews complex had been found unharmed after some 40 apartments were damaged by the crash ensuing fire. The aircraft had apparently been airborne briefly after taking off from nearby Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The base is home to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) 'Gladiators', a unit serving as the East Coast Fleet...
UTair ATR-72 Crashes In Siberia Killing 31 On Board

UTair ATR-72 Crashes In Siberia Killing 31 On Board

Airlines, Featured, Headline
  A UTair ATR-72-200 carrying 39 passengers and 4 crew members on board crashed shortly after an early morning take off from Tyumen Airport in Siberia, April 2nd. The aircraft built in 1992 was conducting a commercial flight to the town of Surgut 400 miles away (650 km). Airborne for only a few minutes, the doomed twin turboprop airliner went down on a snow-covered field located only 2 miles (3 km) from Tyumen airport. The impact apparently dislocated the aircraft fuselage into three sections that immediately erupted in flames. Thirty one of the aircraft occupants were reported killed and another twelve have been hospitalized in serious condition. Precautionary measures taken by UTair saw the temporary grounding of the sixteen other ATR-72 aircraft in its fleet. The destroyed ATR-...
Software Releases Configurations For F-35 Lightning II JSF (Analysis)

Software Releases Configurations For F-35 Lightning II JSF (Analysis)

Analysis, Defense, Featured, Headline
  Software development involving the F-35 Lightning II sub systems is seeing multiple configurations being developed simultaneously as the new aircraft is progressing towards reaching initial operational capabilities later in the decade. Traditionally “evolutionary” approach would permit software-enabled capabilities to be incremented using the same code base while the aircraft program transitions from “training” to “war fighting” status. In the F-35 case, multiple teams are working on various software releases hoping to merge capabilities at a future stage of maturity. As a result various timetables describe the scope of remaining work done against the aircraft's sub systems architecture. The road map we explore surveys the program's development effort from the current Block 1 “Re