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Switzerland Chooses F-35 As Its Next Fighter Jet

In something of a surprise result, the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter has won the competition to provide the Swiss Air Force with its next fighter jet. The fifth-generation fighter fought off competition from the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, and Eurofighter Typhoon.

After what was described as a “comprehensive technical evaluation,” Switzerland’s Federal Council announced today that it planned to recommend to the country’s parliament that it procure 36 F-35As as part of the Air2030 program. The package also includes five Patriot air defense systems from Raytheon, which will provide the Alpine nation with a new long-range ground-based air defense capability. The Patriot was selected in favor of the rival SAMP/T offered by France’s Eurosam.

“An evaluation has revealed that these two systems [F-35A and Patriot] offer the highest overall benefit at the lowest overall cost,” the Federal Council explained in a statement. “The Federal Council is confident that these two systems are the most suitable for protecting the Swiss population from air threats in the future.”

The Air2030 program will replace the Swiss Air Force’s existing fleet of 30 ‘legacy’ F/A-18C/D Hornets, scheduled to be withdrawn in 2030, as well as its aging F-5E/F Tiger II jets. The new F-35As are expected to arrive in the country from 2025.


Germany is considering a mixed fleet of 30 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and 15 EA-18G Growlers in addition to at least 90 more Eurofighter Typhoons to replace their Tornado IDS and Tornado ECR aircraft. The Super Hornets are intended to provide the Luftwaffe with a platform for US B61 thermonuclear bombs stored in Germany. The EA-18G Growlers will replace the Tornado ECR in the electronic warfare role.

Source: Handlesblatt: Eurofighter und F-18-Jets sollen offenbar Bundeswehr-Tornados ersetzen (Google Translate)

Edit: Confirmed that this is merely a plan at this point

NATO member the Czech Republic said on Tuesday, November 12 it would buy 12 helicopters from the United States in a bid to replace its aging Russian-made Mi-24 aircraft.

The deal between the Czech and U.S. governments worth 14.6 billion koruna ($630 million) will be formally signed this year, the defense ministry said in a statement.

“The army needs new helicopters. The sooner we get rid of our dependence on Russian technology, the better. That is why we want to sign the contract this year so that by 2023 the helicopters will equip the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic,” Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said.
USMC UH-1Y Venom helicopter

The Czech armed forces will buy eight UH-1Y Venom multi-purpose helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, the ministry said, adding that other equipment, ammunition, a training simulator and initial conversion training for pilots and technical personnel is included.

In May, the U.S. State Department approved the sale to the Czech Republic of either 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters or four AH-1Zs plus UH-1Y utility helicopters. The number of UH-1Ys was not specified, but the sale of four AH-1Z helicopters along with 14 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, M197 20mm machine guns and other equipment, along with training, spares, and support was estimated at $205 million.

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Videos & Images / Japan Self-Defense Forces Parade 2018
« on: October 25, 2018, 04:27:22 AM »

F-35A and F-2s start at 12:38
Vehicles, including their AAVP-7s at 20:36

General Discussion / High-G Training for the PAF
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:41:23 PM »
Now that the PAF has a high-performance trainer and will be purchasing a modern MRF, I'm curious how the PAF currently does High G-training and plans on doing so in the future?

Many countries use a human centrifuge (pictured above) to help train their pilots in exercises to prevent a g-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC). As I understand it from adroth, centrifuge time was included in the deal with the FA-50 purchase from South Korea, and the PAF currently has a partnership with Singapore to make use of their facilities. (Correct me if I'm wrong Mr. A)

Are there any current plans to purchase a centrifuge for placement in the Philippines? How often do pilots need to go through G-training in a centrifuge to keep their knowledge in check?

Boeing wins $9.2 billion contract for new Air Force training jet
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) was selected to build the U.S. Air Force’s next training jet in a contract worth up to $9.2 billion over the life of the program, the Air Force said on Thursday.

Boeing teamed up with Sweden’s Saab AB (SAABb.ST) to develop a new plane for the competition, beating out Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and Leonardo DRS (LDOF.MI).

The Air Force currently plans to purchase 351 of the jets and 46 simulators. Additional purchase options on the $9.2 billion contract, first reported by Reuters, could allow the Air Force to buy as many as 475 of the jets and 120 simulators.

The service expects the first jets to be delivered in 2023 with the program to reach full operation in 2034.

In its bid, Lockheed had offered a modified version of its T-50 training jet developed jointly with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (047810.KS) while Italy’s Leonardo DRS had offered the T-100, a modified version of the Italian aerospace company’s M-346.


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