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  • Boeing partners with Israeli Tactical Robotics Company
    Boeing partners with Israeli Tactical Robotics Company 8 March 2020
    An Israeli based company has recently signed an agreement to partner up with Boeing. The Israeli company, Tactical Robotics, has signed a partnership agreement with Boeing to study the development of ducted fan propulsion technology to be implemented in piloted and autonomous Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. As part of the partnership, the two companies will explore and determine what the opportunities that may come with developing, producing are, and marketi...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time 20 October 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 25 July 2019
      Croatia to deploy CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, produced by Schiebel, for maritime surveillance missions. Croatia issued request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for CAMCOPTER S-100 maritime surveillance services. Starting in the summer of 2019, the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security. For these purposes, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System  will...
  • Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV
    Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV 6 March 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy deployed a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer in an exercise in the South China Sea in late February. An image released by Chinese media shows that a Sea Cavalry SD-40 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN). It is not clear whether VTOL is in test or inventory. Published on 26 February on China Milit...
  • CATIC Presents Unmanned Helicopter Armed With Bombs 24 September 2018
    China presents its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at AAD 2018, the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.  The unmanned helicopter Ziyan Blowfish I is armed with bombs. The Blowfish 1 is a lightweight, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company CATIC (China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation). Ziyan Blowfish I, equipped with a new-generation of flight control system, can flight in ...
  • MBDA Unveils New Combat UAV Concept
    MBDA Unveils New Combat UAV Concept 21 September 2018
    British MBDA has unveiled a new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept designed to provide on-call, low-cost organic precision effects close air support for forward-deployed land forces. New UAV is named Spectre and it is a tilt wing, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) combat air system concept. It is capable of quickly transitioning to forward flight mode for rapid traversal over complex terrain at low altitude. Spectre can be equipped with either two MB...
  • Sierra Nevada, IAI to Collaborate On VTOL Tactical UAV
    Sierra Nevada, IAI to Collaborate On VTOL Tactical UAV 23 July 2018
    US Based Sierra Nevada company owned by Turkish businessman Fatih Özmen signed a collaboration agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries at Farnborough Air Show. Two companies aim to support development of a new tactical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL ) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) for the US market. Companies will join their forces to sell VTOL UAVs for special mission applications in the US tactical UAV market over the next decade. Sierra Nevada will be the prime contract...
  • Yugoimport presents X-01 Strsljen armed VTOL UAV
    Yugoimport presents X-01 Strsljen armed VTOL UAV 16 June 2018
    Serbian defence company Yugoimport company has unveiled the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet) vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018. The X-01 Strsljen has been developed by another Serbian firm EDePro and is being marketed by Yugoimport. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 750 kg and can carry a payload of 350 kg including fuel and weapons. X-01 Strsljen may fly up to 4 hours and has 4,000 m service ceiling. The air vehicle ...
  • Textron Unveiled New VTOL UAV
    Textron Unveiled New VTOL UAV 8 May 2018
    Textron Systems unveiled its X5-55 vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 1 May.  The company developed the aircraft to meet requirements for a UAV that is able to take off and land vertically from tight spots while retaining the ability to fly efficiently over long distances. X5-55 uses four independently moving electric-powered rotors. The experimental aircraft was first flown in July 2017. Designed for intelligence, ...
  • VTOL UAV Unveiled at DefExpo
    VTOL UAV Unveiled at DefExpo 17 April 2018
    Ukranian Ukrspecsystems has unveiled a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) variant of its PD-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at DefExpo 2018. PD-1 UAV has an endurance up to 10 hours and a range of 500 kilometres with its onboard 150 W generator. The platform also features an improved payload capacity of 10 kilograms, including high-definition video cameras, and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors. Equipped with an inertial navigation unit, PD-1 has a ma...
  • 'Project Eagle' Passed Another Milestone
    'Project Eagle' Passed Another Milestone 15 December 2017
    Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track it during the approach performed by the pilot. The flight tests have also validated Eagle’s architecture and main components, ...
  • VTOL UAV at AUSA
    VTOL UAV at AUSA 11 October 2017
    Martin UAV displays the 'V-Bat', a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at AUSA 2017. V-Bat has a modular design, enabling the UAV to carry various payloads according to its designated mission. Electro-optical and infrared systems, laser designator, short-wave infrared and 4G LTE links are among the payloads V-Bat is compatible with.  38-kg UAV has a range of over 550 kilometers, an endurance of 8 hours at 45 knots and ...
  • Russia Gets Ready To Compete
    Russia Gets Ready To Compete 19 July 2017
    Russia rolled up its sleeves to develop a fighter aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov announced on Tuesday at the MAKS 2017 airshow that they started discussions on the subject with domestic air platform manufacturers. Borisov added that the new aircraft would be based on the Yak family. Despite the fact that there is no finalized project yet, Russia made clear that it wants to compete in the VTOL...
  • Keel Laid for Second Dokdo-class LPH
    Keel Laid for Second Dokdo-class LPH 2 May 2017
    The Republic of Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 April that the keel-laying ceremony for the second Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter (LPH), to be named Marado (LPH 6112), was held in Busan. 200 m-long vessel feature some upgrades to the first vessel, RoKS Dokdo. Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) is scheduled to deliver the new vessel to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in 2020. ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111), was launc...
  • Hybrid Electric Aircraft Trial by DARPA
    Hybrid Electric Aircraft Trial by DARPA 6 April 2017
    DARPA announced on 4 April that it has completed flight-testing of a sub-scale version of an aircraft design as part of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program. The X-Plane aircraft has been developed and manufactured by Aurora Flight Sciences and will be designated as XV-24A.  According to DARPA's press release, during this phase aerodynamic design of the demonstrator aircraft has been tested along with validation of flight dynamics, and...
  • VTOL UAV Will Fly In 2017
    VTOL UAV Will Fly In 2017 28 January 2017
    Airbus Helicopters plans to conduct maiden flight of its new VSR700 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by December, 2017, the company's CEO said in a press briefing on 27 January. Developed in partnership with French shipbuilder DCNS, VSR700 VTOL UAV was first revealed in October 2016. DCNS will be responsible for its integration into ship-based operations such as development and validation of the mission system the payloads an...
  • AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme
    AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme 6 November 2016
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has revealed its latest armed reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. AV500W prototype on display is shown with a mock-up of a 6 kg precision guide bomb that is also under development by AVIC. The AV500W is essentially a weaponised variant of the civilian model AV500 VTOL UAV modified to improve its structural rigidity, payload capacity, and ove...
  • Airbus and DCNS team up for VTOL Drone
    Airbus and DCNS team up for VTOL Drone 20 October 2016
    Airbus Helicopters and maritime systems company DCNS have joined forces to offer the former’s VSR700 unmanned rotorcraft – derived from the Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 – for a French navy tactical requirement. DCNS's role in the partnership will be to design and supply the entire warship-integrated VTOL drone system. DCNS will design and develop the solutions for the ship-based operation and integration of the drone, including the specification ...