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  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft January 2 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • Avengers are Back
    Avengers are Back December 30 2019
    The United States of America continues to take precautions against increasing air threats in Europe. In this case, distribution of reactivated short range air defence systems continue. After considering the threat level, US decided to store AN/TWQ-1 Avenger short range air defence system (SHORAD). Last year, the US Army decided to reactivate and deploy Avengers to the combat units espacially based in Europe. Within this context, reactivating process of the Avengers which are stored ...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone December 14 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record November 7 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures October 22 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus
    Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus October 20 2019
    Greek internet website “Militaire” broadcasted news a need for radar against Turkey. Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicles continually flying in the Aegean Sea Militaire explained and underlined the discomfort for Greek Navy at Parmenion exercise. It was written that Turkish UAVs were constantly observing the movements of the Greek Navy, and stated the need for radar to detect drones was very clear. The publication highlighted the Telemachus / Telemaxhus radar on which the Hellenic Aer...
  • ASELSAN Touch on Albatros
    ASELSAN Touch on Albatros October 8 2019
    Ukraine has modernized 16 of the L-39 Albatros aircraft in its inventory. ASELSAN took part in the program which was carried out within the scope of upgrade of advanced jet trainer with a work share of 8%. Following the modernization, AI-25 engines of L-39M1 Albatross were modified and upgraded to AI-25TLSH. The acceleration and climbing speed capabilities of the Albatros have been improved thanks to the increased thrust of engines. Three of the platforms which all of them integrate...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • New Test from Atmaca
    New Test from Atmaca September 25 2019
    The Defence Industry Presidency announced that the new test firing of the anti-ship cruise missile ATMACA was successfully carried out on official twitter and Instagram accounts. The Presidency said, “ We successfully fired the new test shot of our ATMACA missile. ATMACA cruise missiles are produced locally by Roketsan and fire control systems and other equipments are produced by Aselsan. ATMACAs will be integrated into MİLGEMs and will increase our deterrence in the sea even ...
  • Russian S-400 is Unable to Detect Israeli F-35s September 20 2019
    Russian S-300 and S-400 air defence systems failed to detect Israeli F-35s flying over Damascus according to Israeli television channel NZIV. NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli aircraft, which struck eastern Syria. It is claimed that İsraeli F-35s, Adir, entered the Syrian airspace and flew for almost several hundred kilometres over the area covered by Russian S-400 and Syrian S-300 air defence systems. NZIV claims that ano...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil September 16 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net
    China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net September 9 2019
    China has developed a drone capable of hunting small, low flying drones, China's state broadcaster China Central Television has revealed. The hexacopter drone made by a research centre under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is capable of approaching a hostile or illegal drone and firing a 16-square-meter net at it. The net can be autonomously launched by the drone hunter, the report said, without disclosing the type of hunter drone. Small,...
  • Akıncı Engine on the Test
    Akıncı Engine on the Test September 2 2019
    Akinci UAV designed by Baykar Defence started the engine for the first time. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selcuk Bayraktar said in his statement from personal twitter that the first engine start test was successful He calls Akıncı as flying fish. It is seen On the prototype, the produced The AI-450 engine, produced by Motor Sich with 450 horsepower is seen on the prototype.  
  • The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory
    The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory August 29 2019
    In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over Euro 7.8 billion to meet urgent requirements on the eastern and western fronts. As a result of this agreement, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in France on September 20 to receive the first Rafale jet manufactured for the Indian Air Force. "In presence of the IAF Chief, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will accept the aircra...
  • First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight
    First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight August 28 2019
    Saab completed a successful first flight with the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft, 39-6001. At 2.41 pm CET on August 26, the Gripen E aircraft took off on its maiden flight flown by Saab test pilot Richard Ljungberg. The aircraft operated from Saab´s airfield in Linköping, Sweden.  The duration of the flight was 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The main purpose was to verify...
  • New Wing for CAS
    New Wing for CAS August 16 2019
    U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.   The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a vari...
  • Old Bird Get Renewed August 11 2019
    The Russian Navy to begin the modernization of the Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Platform, which will be equipped with a new sonar, scanning sensors and a MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) as well as new depth charges and torpedoes. The flying boat is considered the oldest aircraft in service with the Russian fleet. The Be-12 made its maiden flight back in 1960, and its production was completed in 1973. The new equipment will be able to give Chayka a second life. Chay...
  • Autonomous Flight from Russia
    Autonomous Flight from Russia August 6 2019
    Russia’s Sukhoi Okhotnik (Hunter) autonomous heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) has made the first flight, the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters. According to the ministry, the first flight lasted for over 20 minutes and the aerial vehicle has flown by the operator made several circles around the airfield at an altitude of 600 meters. UCAV has a low signature, a flying wing aerodynamic scheme, and a take-off weight of 20 tons. It is made of composite materials and a radar...
  • C-130 Fleet will Change
    C-130 Fleet will Change July 15 2019
    The Portuguese government has confirmed that they will acquire five KC-390 cargo aircraft. Government will make an agreement worth € 827 million to purchase of five KC-390 aircraft, a flight simulator, and the aircraft logistics. Minister of National Defence João Gomes Cravinho explained that the aircraft, with intercontinental range and true multi-mission capabilities, will be able to execute strategic and tactical operations, both civil and military, without limitations, from tr...
  • T-X Starts EMD Flight Trial July 3 2019
      Boeing has begun Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) flight trials of the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with partner Saab for the US Air Force.  The first EMD sortie, which was announced by the company on 1 July, involved Boeing T-X aircraft N381TX flying out of the company's St Louis facility in Missouri. With two EMD aircraft so far built, 71 test flights were flown between December 2016 and December 2018. Since then, Boeing and Saab h...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash
    “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash June 10 2019
    Cause of the Japan's F-35A Lightning II accident accident is announced. According to a statement from Japan, aircraft crashed into the ocean because of the vertigo. 28 minutes after taking off from Misawa in the Aomori Region, aircraft disappeared from the radar and crashed in the Pacific Ocean at 1100 km / h. Japanese officials said the pilot probably suffered vertigo, so he lost the spatial orientation. Aircraft's pilot which costed $ 126 million per unit has a flight time...
  • S-400 Missiles to be Tested
    S-400 Missiles to be Tested June 5 2019
      TASS reports that China will test-fire its S-400 air defence missile system in the first ten days of this month. Two missiles are to be fired, against ballistic and flying targets. China became the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile systems.    Russia dispatched the first regiment set of S-400 air defence missile systems to China in late December 2017 aboard three ships; one of the ships was hi...
  • Human and Technological Preparedness Level For Aircraft June 3 2019
    The air force, which were established only in 1911, is an adventure that kicked off with an aircraft Vecihi Hürkuş built out of assembled aircraft parts. The Turkish Aeronautical Association which was founded in 1925 and Demirağ Aircraft Factory which was founded in 1936, Yavuz Kansu’s THK-13 flying wing project in 1947, TOMTAŞ, TAI. A very, very long process. Compared to countries that produce aircraft or make significant amounts of money from aviation and space technolo...
  • New Ammunition to BMP-2s
    New Ammunition to BMP-2s May 20 2019
      Belgian Mecar and Slovak ZTS-Special companies have carried out a new 30x165 mm ammunition tests. Tests of armour-piercing M929 ammunition were performed in VTSU Záhorie. A total of 240 shots were carried out within two days. The firing trials was carried out on 2A42 cannon with four chamber muzzle brake on TURRA-30 unmanned turret developed for BVP-2 (name given to BMP-2 by the Slovak Army). New ammunition type APFSDS-T (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discard...
  • Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory
    Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory May 15 2019
    The Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force, FAP) received the first of three upgraded F-16s on 9 May.  Two single-seat F-16A Block 15s and a single twin-seat F-16B Block 15 jet were supplied by the USA, FAB inventory will have all the modernization aircraft end of the 2019. The aircraft was the first of two single-seat F-16AMs, the second of which is scheduled for delivery in late July, to be followed by a twin-seat F-16BM in late 2019. They w...
  • U.S. Navy’s New “Flying Water Vehicle” Revealed in Video Leak
    U.S. Navy’s New “Flying Water Vehicle” Revealed in Video Leak April 9 2019
    The Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC), recently released a new video showing the first time the new “flying water vehicle” designed for the special operations. Video was posted to the NSWCCD’s channel on YouTube. The new “flying water vehicle” is nothing short than a hydrofoil. As a hydrofoil craft gains speed, the hydrofoils lift the boat’s hull out of the water, decreasing drag and allowing greater speeds. The new Navy’s high-speed surface craft e...
  • Helicopter Spare Parts to the Philippines April 1 2019
    Philippines procured spare parts of US $ 48 million for UH-1 Huey helicopters in its inventory from Japan. It was announced that the spare parts and equipment were donated to the Philippines in order to increase the defence and humanitarian capabilities of the Philippines Army. After retiring its UH-1 Huey helicopters, Japan is trying to dispose of spare parts and hardware in its warehouses and make room for new systems. In a statement from the Philippines, the equipment donated fro...
  • Su-30's Life Extension
    Su-30's Life Extension April 1 2019
    Malaysia announced a new step about Su-30 aircraft in its inventory. In this context, the service life of the platforms flying in the inventory of the Malaysian Royal Air Force will be extended. A total of 18 Su-30MKMs will undergo a lifetime extension modernization. In a statement from Malaysia, the first of the platforms was carried out by Aerospace Technology Systems Corp. (ATSC) which Sukhoi's partner in the region. Life extension works of first aircraft has already complete...
  • Russian Il-112V Successfully Completes Its First Test Flight
    Russian Il-112V Successfully Completes Its First Test Flight March 30 2019
    Russia’s first military transport plane designed from scratch during the post-Soviet era completed its maiden flight after several postpones. Ilyushin Il-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. The 24-meter-long aircraft took off from a runway at a test range in Voronezh, spent some 45 minutes in the air, flying at a speed of around 250 km/h and circling over the area several times before lan...
  • ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia
    ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia March 29 2019
    Russia's Moscow Aviation Institute has presented an unnamed drone with AK-47 on board that can shoot ammunition to take down rogue drones. The newly presented machine flies like an airplane, takes off and lands like a helicopter. According to a video uploaded to YouTube, the drone starts at an uncommon vertical upwards-looking position. The drone is powered by two propellers installed on its rear, larger, wings, which also allow the drone to manoeuvre. A couple of smal...
  • British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines
    British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines March 26 2019
    British Company Rolls-Royce will develop turboshaft engines for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by US company GE’s T64-GE-419 engine. According to Bell, “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements”. The company however admits that “”the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.” Following Siko...
  • Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range
    Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range March 18 2019
    Japan has decided to increase the range of its air launched anti-ship missile the ASM-3. The Mach 3 capable missile will become standoff and reach 400km range. Standoff defence capability was specified in the new National Defence Program Guidelines adopted by the Cabinet last December. The Defence Ministry completed development of the supersonic air-to-ship ASM-3 missile in fiscal 2017. Mounted on an ASDF F-2 fighter jet, the missile is capable of flying at Mach 3. ...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (3) March 16 2019
    Thousands of aircraft and trained pilots, suspended from duty in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a place in civil aviation, thus paving the way to a the rapidly burgeoning commercial cargo and passenger transportation sector. The Cold War itself set the stage for the development of an unprecedented aircraft industry, offering employment for tens of millions of people from both ideological camps. It is thanks to a fight for survival, in which all resources were mobilised...