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  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight 21 February 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight 20 January 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines
    China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines 18 January 2020
    According to Chinese media, on January 16, 2020, a heavy three-engine unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Chinese company Tengoen Technology made its maiden flight at one of the airfields in southwest China. The Chinese company Tengoen Technology (also known as Tengdun) was founded in 2016. The new unmanned aerial vehicle is a three-engine UAV built on a two-fuselage scheme. Its wingspan is 20 m, length - 10, height - 3.3 m. The maximum take-off weight reaches 3200 kg, with a payloa...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV 2 January 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 ...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone 14 December 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...
  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia 11 November 2019
    Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV
    Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV 20 August 2019
    Ukrainian State Concern UkrOboronProm made a written statement from its internet page. The declaration was only available in Ukrainian. Unofficial translation of declaration states that the new-generation Akıncı (unmanned aerial cavalry) unmanned aerial vehicle will become one of the first projects of a joint venture created by Ukrspetseksport, a member of UkrOboronProm, and the Turkish company Baykar Defence. "The next generation Akıncı Impact UAV is designed to meet the requi...
  • Sun Powered UAV on the Air
    Sun Powered UAV on the Air 6 August 2019
    Chine joined to solar-powered UAV efforts. A new solar-powered UAV, the MOZI 2, completed its first successful test flight at an airport in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. According to the company Oxai Aircraft, MOZI 2 has a wingspan of 15 meters and is powered solely by solar cells. It can reach an altitude of 8,000 meters with a maximum cruise time of 12 hours at night following eight hours of charging in sunlight. The solar-powered UAV, which is designed for disaster re...
  • New UAV Support to the Border 19 July 2019
      The Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces has deployed three home-made Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where the platforms are deployed is not explained but the military released photographs showing at least one Mohajer-6 deployed to an unidentified airfield that was said to be in northeast Iran, 170 km from the Afghanistan border.  The aircraft would be used to identify and destroy threats to the country's borders. Mohajer 6 is armed with ...
  • C-2 Will Try Its Chance in Paris
    C-2 Will Try Its Chance in Paris 16 June 2019
    Paris is preparing for the Paris Air Show 2019 which will be held between 17-23 June 2019. The fair will be the stage of firsts in 2019 as in every time. Japan, which has alleviated arms export bans in recent years, will exhibit the C-2 transport aircraft in Paris. The platform, which made its first flight in 2010 and has been in service since 2016, will meet visitors for the first time at such a big international event. With a length of 43.9 meters and a wingspan of 44.4 meters, th...
  • Unmanned Period in Airborne Early Warning
    Unmanned Period in Airborne Early Warning 9 November 2018
    China, introduced a new system in Airshow China 2018 China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETGC) introduced the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) system, which was adapted to the airborne early warning mission. The system, described as “first of its kind” was introduced as JY-300. Platform has similar size with Caihong-4 (CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle, is 11 meters long and has 20 meters wingspan. The platform, which is equipped with many radar and sensors includi...
  • Atmaca goes into Serial Production 2 November 2018
    The Atmaca missile, which was developed to increase the deterrence of the Turkish Navy, goes into mass production. Presidency of Defence Industries and Roketsan signed a serial production agreement for the Atmaca cruise missile, which was developed indigeniously.   The Atmaca missile, developed under the Surface-to-Surface Missile Procurement (ATMACA) Project, has 350 mm diameter. The system has a wingspan of 1.4 meters and weighs approximately 800 kilograms and has 2...
  • DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser
    DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser 4 August 2018
    DARPA’s Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment – Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD) program intends to demonstrate the feasibility of keeping an aircraft airborne for indefinite periods by charging the onboard batteries using a laser power source. To test the hypothesis, the research agency has selected the Silent Falcon UAS for the demonstration. Flight Global says the range between the laser and UAV is around 10 km but could be extended in future. Testing is scheduled to st...
  • Zephyr S Set to Break Aircraft World Endurance Record
    Zephyr S Set to Break Aircraft World Endurance Record 27 July 2018
    Zephyr S, Airbus’ High-Altitude-Pseudo-Satellite, has surpassed the current flight endurance record of an aircraft without refuelling of 14 days, 22 minutes and 8 seconds and continues to pioneer the stratosphere. The Zephyr aircraft departed for its maiden flight from Arizona, USA on 11th July 2018. Airbus designs solar-powered aircraft, for a wide scope of applications, ranging for example from maritime surveillance and services, border patrol missions, communicati...
  • 20th Atlas in Inventory
    20th Atlas in Inventory 19 July 2018
    The UK Ministry of Defence has announced that the Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the 20th A400M Atlas transport aircraft. It was also stated that the delivery was made in schedule with the program. The Royal Air Force will have 22 A400M aircraft. The all A400Ms are scheduled to be completed early in 2020. The A400M Atlas, which made its first flight in December 2009, was developed with joint participation of many European countries. TAI and TEI also contribute to the produc...
  • The Looping Hercules
    The Looping Hercules 19 July 2018
    The LM-100J didloop maneuver. During the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, aircraft made a demonstration flight and did a "Loop" maneuver despite its big fuselage and turboprop engines.  "Loop" maneuvering was followed with interest. The civilian version of the C-130J-30 military transport aircraft, the LM-100J, was developed considering the needs of the civilian market. The aircraft, which made its first flight in May 2017 and equipped with ...
  • TAI presents Hurjet Mock-up at FAS
    TAI presents Hurjet Mock-up at FAS 16 July 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) unveiled a mock-up for Turkey’s jet trainer/light attack aircraft for the first time at Farnborough Air show, (FAS)which started in the U.K. today The Hurjet aircraft mock-up , is expected to make its first flight in 2023, TAI announced in a statement. Hurjet will be 13.4 meters long with a wingspan of 11 meters, and it will provide environmental security in offensive operations. The main aim of the project is to replace Turkish Air...
  • Hurjet at Farnborough
    Hurjet at Farnborough 16 July 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is exhibiting the mock-up of the Hürjet advanced jet traininer at the Farnborough Air Show for the first time. The platform, which is being developed to meet the requirements of the fifth generation jet trainer, will be equipped with advanced task computers. A name has not yet been announced for the Hürjet's propulsion system, the aircraft is about 13.4 meters long and have an 11-foot wingspan. It is planned to be able to re...
  • China Increased Production Rate
    China Increased Production Rate 9 July 2018
    China is increasing the production volume of its Y-20 transport aircraft. The image captured by a commercial satellite on July 12 revealed that the production rate of the aircraft has rised. In addition to the nine newly produced Y-20s, six newly painted Y-20s and several engine-assembled yet unfinished Y-20s appear in photo. According to some reports, some of these flights will be converted into AEW aircraft and some will be converted into aerial refueling aircraft. ...
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean 27 June 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • German Navy Receives Puma UAV
    German Navy Receives Puma UAV 9 May 2018
    German Navy has acquired the AeroVironment RQ-20B Puma maritime unmanned aircraft system, the company announced on 7 May. The Puma systems will include the Mantis i45 sensor and pocket Remote Video Terminal. Designed as an intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting platform, the RQ-20B has a wingspan of 2,8 metres and weighs 6,3 kg. An optional underwing transit bay easily integrates third-party payloads such as communication relay, geo-location, or...
  • BAE Systems Unveiled Solar-Powered HALE UAV Consept
    BAE Systems Unveiled Solar-Powered HALE UAV Consept 4 May 2018
    BAE Systems has unveiled solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) PHASA-35 concept on 3 May. The UAV has the potential to fly for up to a year before needing maintenance, the company said in a statement. Prismatic and BAE Systems will collaborate on the development of the new PHASA-35, with work already underway to prepare the first aircraft to be ready for flight tests in 2019. The PHASA-35™ concept has a 35-metr...
  • Stratolaunch To Carry Out Maiden Flight This Summer
    Stratolaunch To Carry Out Maiden Flight This Summer 19 April 2018
    Stratolaunch Systems is planning to conduct the first flight of the largest airplane in the world by wingspan (128 metres) sometime this summer, the company announced at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on 16 April. The company said after three more taxi tests, a maiden flight of the aircraft will be carried out. During the most recent test, the plane reached speeds of up to 74 kilometers per hour. The next test will reach speeds of nearly 130 kilometers p...
  • China's New UAV Concept Unveiled in Singapore
    China's New UAV Concept Unveiled in Singapore 7 February 2018
    China's new low-observable surveillance and strike unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Star Shadow concept has been unveiled at the Singapore Airshow 2018. Envisioned to have a maximum take-off weight of 4,000 kg, the UAV will have a length of 7,3 metres and a wingspan of 15 metres. According to the Chengdu-based developer of the UAV, Star UAV System Co Ltd, Star Shadow will feature a radar cross section characteristic in the range of 0.1 m².&nb...
  • Chinese UAV Completed Live-fire Tests
    Chinese UAV Completed Live-fire Tests 5 February 2018
    China's indigenously developed Caihong-4 (CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle has successfully completed a set of live-fire tests in January. This is the first multi-type ammunition live-fire test for CH-4, conducted with five types of ammunition including 50 kg cluster bomb, 50 kg terminal-sensitive projectile, 50 kg satellite-guided bomb, 100 kg laser-guided bomb and 100 kg satellite-guided glided bomb.  Designed based on CH-3, CH-4 is a medium-altitude long...
  • Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron
    Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron 2 January 2018
    At the year-end press conference for Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Teng Yun medium-altitude long-endurance UAV (MALE UAV) is ready for production. Tengyun is installed with an electronic interference system that upgrades the drone's military strategic value from surveillance equipment to a multi-functional jamming device, capable of interfering enemies’ electronic surveillance systems.  ...
  • One Year Anniversary in Mali
    One Year Anniversary in Mali 7 December 2017
    The Heron 1 UAV system, which is stationed at the Gao air base for the German Armed Forces, completed one year of flight operations in Mali, logging its 3,000th flight hour in November 2017.  The system’s maiden flight took place in Mali on 1 November 2016 after the contract was signed in June 2016. Three Heron 1 aircraft are stationed at the air base in Gao, located in northeastern Mali. Manufactured by the Israeli company IAI, Heron 1 is an unarmed medium alti...
  • Positive Technical Results from the Largest Amphibian
    Positive Technical Results from the Largest Amphibian 6 December 2017
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has successfully completed the official technical quality assessment of the world's largest amphibious aircraft for its maiden flight. The technical evaluation of the aircraft was held in Zhuhai City in south China's Guangdong Province and confirmed the plane is ready for flight.  AG600 The ‘Jiaolong’ (Water Dragon) is 37 meter in length, has a wingspan of 38,8 meters and a maximum take-off weight o...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit in Mass Production
    Indigenous Guidance Kit in Mass Production 5 December 2017
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (TUBITAK SAGE) announced that it has begun mass production of the Wing Assisted Guidance Kit (Kanatlı Güdüm Kiti/KGK), which was developed to provide guidance and extended range capability to unguided general purpose bombs. The unveiling ceremony of the Wing Assisted Guidance Kit weapon system, developed and produced indigenously, was held at TUBITAK. ...
  • China's New UAV Unveiled
    China's New UAV Unveiled 15 November 2017
    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveiled a new strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 13 November at the company's facility in Taizhou. The UAV, dubbed as TYW-1, is a 9,85-metre long and 2,5-metre high platform with a wingspan of 18 metres. The new UAV can carry a 370 kg payload, features four underwing pylons, has a ceiling of 7.5 km, an endurance of 40 hours, and can reach a top speed of 200 km/h, according ...
  • Karayel-su on Display in Dubai
    Karayel-su on Display in Dubai 9 November 2017
    Vestel Defence's tactical unmanned aerial vehicle Karayel-Su will be showcased at the Dubai Airshow aviation fair to be held in Dubai on 12 November. The firm that has established close relations with the countries of the region will exhibit its most advanced UAV here. The improved version of the Karayel increased the wingspan by 13 meters from 10,5 meters to ensure that the Karayel-Su can carry more payload. The duration of the 16-hour flight has risen up to 20 hours. In a...
  • Russia's UAV Will Stay In The Sky For A Year 23 October 2017
    Russia is preparing to fly the first high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to remain in the air with solar energy alone for tests in the stratosphere. Sergey Lemeshevsky, General Manager of the Russian Lavochkin Company said the tests in the stratosphere (between 20 and 50 km altitude) will be completed before the end of the year if the authorities approve. Speaking to the Russian Izvestia newspaper, Lemeshevsky stated that all tests were completed except for th...
  • ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ Completed Maiden Flight
    ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ Completed Maiden Flight 13 October 2017
    China's TB001 armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its maiden flight on 26 September. Chinese company Tengoen had unveiled TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ at the 14th China–Association of Southeast Asian Nations Expo held between 12 to 15 September this year.  The platform has a wingspan of 20 m, a maximum take-off weight of 2 thousand 800 kg, a flight ceiling of 8 thousand m, a maximum range of 6...
  • Giant UAV Goes Into Mass Production
    Giant UAV Goes Into Mass Production 18 July 2017
    China's latest armed reconnaissance UAV Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5) is ready for serial production according to China Daily report. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has unveiled the first prototype of CH-5 at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016, held in November 2016. With its 20-meter wingspan, CH-5 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) class UAV has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3 thousand 300 kg and a payload capacity of 1 thousan...
  • Armed UAV by VESTEL: KARAYEL-SU
    Armed UAV by VESTEL: KARAYEL-SU 11 May 2017
    VESTEL Defence presented an armed version of KARAYEL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) KARAYEL-SU at the 13th International Defense Industry Fair. The armed UAV, developed entirely indigenously, has carried out its first flight with live-firing in 2016. Subsequently, the wingspan of the platform was increased from 10,5 meters to 13 meters in order to improve payload capacity. The endurance of the UAV also increased from 16 hours to 20 hours. The platform has an ammunition...
  • Malaysia Tested 'Fulmar' UAV On New Gen Patrol Craft
    Malaysia Tested 'Fulmar' UAV On New Gen Patrol Craft 24 April 2017
    Malaysia has completed the first at-sea trials Fulmar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from its first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) KM Bagan Datuk (4541) in early April. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted the trials over a two-week period, testing launch and recovery procedures. Featuring a wingspan of 3 m and a length of 1,2 m, Fulmar can operate at altitudes of up to 4,000 m, and can carry a p...
  • Maiden Flight With Two-Year Delay
    Maiden Flight With Two-Year Delay 29 March 2017
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced today that AG600 is scheduled to make its first flight in late May. This is two years after the originally-planned 2015.  The 37-metre-long plane with a wingspan of 38,8 metres, AG600 is the largest amphibious aircraft in the world and designed for marine rescues and battle forest fires.
  • 'Skylark 3' Test by Sky Riders
    'Skylark 3' Test by Sky Riders 14 March 2017
    Israeli Army is to begin trials of the Skylark 3, Elbit Systems' mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), in April this year. The tests will be carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces Artillery, commonly known as 'Sky Riders' unit. Skylark 3, has an operating range of more than 100km and a flight endurance of up to 6 hours. Powered by an electric motor, the air vehicle has a 4,8 m wingspan, and can be operated up to a service ceiling of over 4 thous...
  • Giant Amphibian Ready For Maiden Flight
    Giant Amphibian Ready For Maiden Flight 15 February 2017
    Chineese state-owned aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has completed the engine tests of its AG600 amphibious aircraft and plans to conduct its maiden flight before the end of June this year, announced on Tuesday. One of the largest amphibious aircraft built so far, AG600 has a length of 36,9 mt with 38,8 m wingspan. The aircraft has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and a maximum take-off weight of 53,5 tonnes. Amphibious ...
  • India's indigenous Rustom-II UAV completes maiden flight
    India's indigenous Rustom-II UAV completes maiden flight 18 November 2016
    The Indian-developed Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) has carried out its maiden flight near Bangalore at a specialised test range.. Official sources told that the test flight was limited to a 100 km range even though the UAV's operational range to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for all three of India's services is expected to reach to 250 km. India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said...