US Navy E-2C Hawkeye crashed yesterday

From U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

E-2C Hawkeye aircraft on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
US Navy photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian M. Brooks

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed at sea March 31 while operating in the North Arabian Sea.

Three of the four crew members have been recovered and search and rescue efforts for the fourth crew member are currently underway.

Further information:

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=52300

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=52308

navy.mil courtesy

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Brand new Fulcrum-Ds on Indian CV

Russian MiG-29K fighters enter service with Indian Navy

15:56 24/02/2010 The Indian Navy has formally taken delivery of Russian-made MiG-29K (Fulcrum) fighters, which will eventually be deployed on an aircraft carrier being refitted in Russia
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USAF airborne LASER destroys boosting missile

2/12/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Missile Defense Agency officials demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed, successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile Feb. 11 over the Pacific Ocean.

The experiment, conducted at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off the central California coast, serves as a proof-of-concept demonstration for directed energy technology.
The Airborne Laser Testbed is a pathfinder for the nation’s directed energy program and its potential application for missile defense technology.

Read further on the YAL-1A, a modified Boeing 747-400F known as the Airborne Laser on:  >>>>>

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Indian Air Force Sukhoi 30MKI – Flanker H

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Argentine Air Force A-4AR Fightinghawk

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Developped from the A-4M Skyhawk, this ground attack fighter aircraft remains undoubtedly the Argentine Air Force flagship. Its roll-out dates back to 1998. The Fightinghawk is the Argentine government’s main asset in its crackdown on drugs for the A-4AR strike capability would be overpowering:

As far as the bombs are concerned, almost 10,000 lbs can be loaded. The elegant Fightinghawk streamlining features two sidewinders (AIM-9M); a jammer; a chaff and flare dispenser; two 20-mm guns; Sextant Avionique + Thales Avionics S.A. head-up display; a P&W J52 turbojet engine; and last but not least… a 1,700-nautical-mile range (i.e. 3220km)!

That is quite enough for a fighter aircraft deemed fairly light, isn’t it?

You can watch a video of this aircraft hereafter:

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