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  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • Nuclear Task for Raytheon
    Nuclear Task for Raytheon 24 April 2020
    The US, which announced that suspension of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces / Mid-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, is determined to return its tactical nuclear capability to its old days. With the AGM-86 ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile / Airborne Cruise Missile) systems retired in November 2019, the US took action to fill the capability gap in the cruise missile area that could carry nuclear warheads. In this context, the US Air Force (US Air Force / USAF) has signed a...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter 30 March 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" 17 March 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon
    Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon 2 March 2020
    An important procedure took place in Operation Spring Shield, which was launched after the attack by the Syrian Army in Idlib. The Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) announced that all aircraft approaching the Turkish operation area will be intercepted within the framework of the engagement rules. In this context, yesterday, two Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) belonging to the Syrian Air Force which entered the region threatening the security of Turkish pe...
  • US to Retire Strategic Bombers
    US to Retire Strategic Bombers 1 March 2020
    The end of the road seems for the B-1B Lancers, which became one of the symbolic aircraft of the Western Block during the Cold War period. According to the statement made by the US Department of Defence, there will be a temporary decrease in the strategic bomber power of the US Air Force temporarily. For the platforms that have been in use for many years and whose sustainment costs have increased, the ministry has made a decision. The Air Force and the US plan to transfer the b...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider 2 February 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk”
    Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk” 6 December 2019
    Baykar Defence’s AKINCI UAV made its first flight. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar shared the information about the plane. Bayraktar AKINCI Attack -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by Baykar took off for the first flight test at Çorlu Airport Command on Friday, December 6, 2019. AKINCI completed the first flight test. Bayraktar AKINCI TIHA performed its first engine test on 1 September 2019. Before the first flight test, Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA c...
  • Raiders About to Fly 27 July 2019
    The new B-21 Raider stealth bomber is making good progress, USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said. Speaking on deterrence and the need to modernize the nuclear command, control, and communications network, Wilson said he was at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in the last few weeks, “looking at the B-21,” and said the company is “moving out on that pretty fast’’. US Air Force is analysing the long-range strike capability of the platform, but they s...
  • Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army
    Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army 17 April 2019
      AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies companies introduced Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army. The helicopter has a single-engine, coaxial rotor, a wing and two ducted pusher propellers on its aft fuselage. The wing provides to 50% of the rotorcraft’s lift during high-speed flight. Co-axial design of the prototype has similarities to Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider. AVX Aircraft chief operating officer Kendall Goodman says that their design was more of ...
  • B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth
    B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth 1 April 2019
    The US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota as the preferred location to base the first operational Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber and the stealth aircraft’s formal training unit. B-21s will be located on Whiteman AFB in Missouri and Dyess AFB in Texas once they become available. The USAF says it selected bases using criteria meant to minimise mission impact while transitioning from older bombers, maximise facility reuse, minimise cost and reduce ov...
  • The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started
    The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started 15 January 2019
    The ground test of the prototype SB-1 Defiant of US Sikorsky-Boeing has begun. Helicopter design with a non-rotating coaxial rotor technology first used in the American X-2 and S-97 Raider helicopters. This helicopter was developed under the United Military Joint Military Role demonstration program. The SB-1 Defiant helicopter was designed to achieve greater flexibility and manoeuvrability than double the speed and range of existing operational helicopters. The technology and experience gaine...
  • Review Time for B-21
    Review Time for B-21 17 December 2018
    United States Air Force (USAF) has left a significant phase in the future bomber project. In the last days of November, B-21 weapon system design parameters were reviewed. While assessing the capabilities of the aircraft during the evaluation activities, USAF studied to determine possible risk factors. As a result of multidisciplinary technical evaluation studies, it was decided that the B-21 program would mature enough at the expected level and the program could resume. B-21 Raider, whose de...
  • S-97 hits 200 knots
    S-97 hits 200 knots 5 October 2018
    The Sikorsky S-97 Raider light tactical prototype helicopter flew faster than 200 knots on September 21st at the Sikorsky Development Flight Centre, Lockheed Martin has announced. Raider, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is based on the company's proven X2 Technology, enabling speeds twice that of conventional helicopters. The development of X2 Technology and the Raider program has been funded entirely by significant investments by Sikorsky, Lockheed...
  • B-21 Completes Preliminary Design Review
    B-21 Completes Preliminary Design Review 20 April 2018
    Northrop Grumman's new B-21 Raider bomber has completed its preliminary design review, a US Air Force official revealed. The bomber will now move forward to the next step before assembly of the first aircraft; the critical design review. Northrop Grumman has also delivered the first set of software for the B-21 programme. USAF plans to purchase 100 B-21s and the first deliveries are expected to begin in the mid-2020s. Northrop has been awarded the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB)...
  • Hard Landing 3 August 2017
    The Sikorsky S-97 Raider made hard landing on a test flight yesterday morning. Second prototype of S-97, with X2 coaxial rotor technology, was landed hard for an unknown reason during hovering tests. Authorities did not comment on damage to the helicopter, they reported that the reasons for the incident are investigating.
  • USAF Replaces Bomber Aircraft
    USAF Replaces Bomber Aircraft 22 September 2016
    The US discussed the modernization of USAF bomber fleet at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference held on 19 September. Having a total 158 B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers in their inventory, USAF plans to bring in B-21s as they retire the aging fleet. The Air Force demanded systems that were survivable, reliable and efficient in the long run and a development contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman in October 2015. The new stealth bomber cost $23.5 billion to develop and is wort...
  • Fist Flight of Raider 1 January 2013
    Raider helicopter of Sikosky which has high speed capability, made it's maiden flight