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Armed U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle Drone Performs Emergency Landing In Northern Niger

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 24/01/2021 - 21:46

A U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle landed on on the ground in Niger, with a live Hellfire missile on the left wing pylon. Photos have started to emerge on social media on Jan. 24, 2021, [...]

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Eight Chinese H-6K Bombers Flew Inside Taiwan’s ADIZ As U.S. Aircraft Carrier Entered South China Sea

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 24/01/2021 - 16:30

Spike of Chinese “incursions” and presence of H-6K bombers (able to carry Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles) inside the south-western corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) amid escalating tensions in the region. Thirteen Chinese combat [...]

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Polish Armaments Inspectorate Celebrates 10th Anniversary. Here’s A Look At All The Procurements In The Air Domain

The Aviationist Blog - Sat, 23/01/2021 - 21:21

A Look Back at the Air Domain Procurements of the Polish Armaments Inspectorate. The Polish MoD’s armament procurement body, also known as the Armament Inspectorate, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. The body has [...]

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Military Discounts on Casinos and Resorts

Military-Today.com - Fri, 22/01/2021 - 02:10

Military Discounts on Casinos and Resorts
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Deadly U.S. Air Force E-11A Crash in Afghanistan Last Year Caused by Pilot Error Leading To Dual Engine Shutdown

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 21/01/2021 - 23:00

Fatal USAF E-11A crash caused by engine failure and subsequent aircrew mistake. On Jan. 27, 2020, a U.S. Air Force’s E-11A, serial 11-9358, crash landed in a field in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan. The aircraft was [...]

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What Material is Used for Body Armor

Military-Today.com - Thu, 21/01/2021 - 12:20

What Material is Used for Body Armor
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About One Hour Before Biden Takes Office UAE Signs Deal With U.S. To Buy 50 F-35s and 18 MQ-9s

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 21/01/2021 - 01:23

UAE has inked an agreement with the U.S. to purchase 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 MQ-9B drones. Few hours before Biden’s inauguration, “the UAE has signed an agreement with the United States to [...]

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Suspect Of Theft Of Radio Equipment From Russia’s Il-80 Doomsday Plane Arrested

The Aviationist Blog - Wed, 20/01/2021 - 18:58

Some new details about the theft of equipment from Russia’s Il-80 Doomsday Plane have just emerged. On Dec. 7, 2020, we reported the news that thieves had broken into an Il-80 Maxdome and stole radio [...]

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First Greek F-16V Performs Maiden Flight After Block 72 Upgrade

The Aviationist Blog - Wed, 20/01/2021 - 12:20

The F-16V will continue flight testing before being ferried to the U.S. for final upgrades and certification. The first F-16V of the Hellenic Air Force flew for the first time after the end of the [...]

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U.S. Forces Conduct A New Multi-Domain Exercise With F-16s, KC-135s, P-8A And RQ-4B Over The Black Sea

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 18:42

The new Multi-Domain exercise follows the lead of the last summer’s drills, while continuing to increase the presence of the United States in the Black Sea region. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air [...]

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Eurofighter Typhoon: a Test Pilot’s Tale

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 15:13

First hand account of a test pilot’s first flight in a Eurofighter Typhoon prototype, 25 years ago. Editor’s note: Fabio Consoli is a former Italian Air Force test pilot and USAF Test Pilot School distinguished [...]

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“Legion 15”: The Story Of The Italian Air Force Tornado IDS Shot Down During Operation Desert Storm

The Aviationist Blog - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 23:53

A Tornado IDS of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) was shot down on Jan. 18, 1991, during Italy’s first mission in Operation Desert Storm. Even though the fact that the Italian Air Force lost [...]

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New Details About The Advanced Radar That Will Equip Tempest 6th Gen. Aircraft Revealed By Leonardo’s Engineers

The Aviationist Blog - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 12:52

Tempest’s new Multi-Function Radar Frequency System will collect and process 10,000 times more data than existing systems thanks to advanced miniaturization and digitalization technologies. A few months ago, Leonardo revealed to media outlets that the [...]

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Second B-21 Raider Under Construction As The First One Approaches Roll-Out In Early 2022

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 14:53

The lessons learned from the construction of the first B-21 Raider bomber are being used to improve the second one, which will be used for structural testing. A second B-21 Raider bomber is under construction [...]

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RAF C-17 Trained For The First Time To Operate From Austere Runways

The Aviationist Blog - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 21:16

The RAF is exploiting this capability of the C-17, already well known by the US Air Force, to further expand the flexibility of its fleet. The Royal Air Force recently announced that a C-17 Globemaster [...]

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Stab Vest VS Bullet Proof Vest - The Definitive Guide

Military-Today.com - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 18:10

Stab Vest VS Bullet Proof Vest - The Definitive Guide
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HELIOS Delivered To USN | Parrot TO Build 300 Drones For French Army | India Approves Procurement Of 83 Tejas LCAs

Defense Industry Daily - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 05:00
Americas

General Electric won a $101.5 million contract modification, which procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K King Stallion Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft. The King Stallion is the premier heavy-lift helicopter ever built by the United States government. It is an all-new heavy-lift helicopter that will expand the fleet’s ability to move more material more rapidly. That power comes from three new General Electric T-408 engines, which are more powerful and more fuel efficient than the T-64 engines currently outfitted on the CH-53E. The T408 gives the CH-53K helicopter the power to carry a 27,000-pound external load over a mission radius of 110 nautical miles in hot weather conditions, nearly triple the external load carrying capacity of current aircraft. Work will take place in Massachusetts. Estimated completion is in December 2024.

The US Navy has moved one step closer towards integrating the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) laser weapon system on an Arleigh Burke destroyer by taking delivery of the first system. A recent demonstration by Lockheed Martin and the Navy showed that the laser power achieved was in excess of the 60 kW requirement. Lockheed Martin completed the Critical Design Review and Navy Factory Qualification Test milestones in 2020, demonstrating the value of system engineering rigor and proven Aegis system integration and test processes on the way to delivering operationally effective and suitable laser weapon system that meets the Navy’s mission requirements.

Middle East & Africa

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) commissioned its largest vessel in the form of IRINS Makran (441). The Makran is a tanker converted into a multipurpose naval vessel. It has been fitted with 20 mm and twin 23 mm anti-aircraft guns in six raised emplacements, and a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on each of its bridge wings. It was shown with what appeared to be a land-based anti-ship missile launcher under camouflage netting on its flight deck. Iranian media reports quote Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN), as saying the Makran will be able to embark six to seven helicopters.

Europe

French drone maker Parrot will build 300 small drones for the French Army under a five-year contract. The ANAFI USA drones weigh 17 ounces, have a battery-powered fight time of up to 32 minutes and typically carry cameras, including thermal cameras, for day and night observation capabilities. Capable of fitting in a soldier’s hand, the drones have been sold internationally, including to US government agencies, and police and fire departments. The French defense ministry announced the contract on January 13. The cost was not announced.

Raytheon UK won a $200 million contract to improve the Royal Navy’s training, it announced on Wednesday, part of a $1.3 billion transformation of the nation’s navy. According to a statement, the British subsidiary will “provide the Royal Navy with transformative technology, training and learning solutions over the next 12 years.“ Led by the London-based outsourcing and professional services company Capita LLC, a consortium of companies will transform and modernize the Royal Navy’s shore-based training at 16 sites across Britain.

Asia-Pacific

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 83 indigenously designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), including 73 Mk 1A fighters and 10 Mk 1 dual-seat trainers. The Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) announced that same day that the CCS, which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the acquisition of the aircraft for $6.2 billion along with work on the design and construction of related infrastructure for $164.3 million. The LCA Mk 1A, which was designed by the government-run Aeronautical Development Agency and will be built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore, is still under development.

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NORAD Conducts Planned “Falcon Virgo” Air Defense Exercise Over Washington D.C. Area.

The Aviationist Blog - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 00:46

Recurring “Falcon Virgo” Exercise for Washington D.C. Trains Airspace Control and Restriction. Operation “Falcon Virgo”, a planned air defense exercise over the U.S. national capital region, will take place on Jan. 14-15 and again on [...]

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The Russian S-70 Okhotnik UCAV Struck Ground Targets With Unguided Bombs During Weapons Testing

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 14/01/2021 - 12:09

In December it was also announced that the S-70 Okhotnik drone was tested in flight with captive air-to-air missiles in the fighter role The Russian next-generation Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter) [...]

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Boeing Wins $1.7B For KC-46 Tankers | Cyprus And UAE Signed Military Cooperation Agreement | Japan Has Decided On F-X Core Team

Defense Industry Daily - Thu, 14/01/2021 - 05:00
Americas

Boeing won a $1.7 billion contract modification for Lot Six production of KC-46 aircraft, subscriptions and licenses, and G081 flat file. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 12 KC-46 aircraft, data, subscriptions and licenses, and G081 flat file being produced under the basic contract. According to Boeing, this is the sixth production lot of the tankers and is designed to bring new capabilities and operational flexibility to the Air Force and other customers. The KC-46 is a multirole tanker, designed to refuel allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. It is also equipped to carry passengers, cargo and patients. Work will take place in Seattle, Washington. Estimated completion is in April 30, 2023.

Container Research Corp. won an $11.5 million deal, which provides for the procurement of up to a maximum quantity of 275 V-22 Mission Auxiliary Tank System storage containers for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers. The V-22’s fuel system is integrated into the wings and fuselage. The basic configuration consists of five tanks, the two feed tanks, two forward sponson tanks and the right aft sponson tank. This is the standard MV-22 configuration. The CV-22 adds four additional tanks in each wing. Both variants can carry additional auxiliary tanks in the cabin for self-deployment or ferry missions. The following table lists the number and capacity of each tank. Work will take place in Aston, Pennsylvania. Estimated completion is in January 2026.

Middle East & Africa

Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates signed their first military cooperation agreement as Cyprus seeks to bolster relations with nearby countries in the Middle East. Cyprus already had military agreements with Egypt, Israel and Jordan, and its armed forces hold training exercises with the forces of those countries. The nation also has signed a deal to help train Lebanon’s army. Cyprus’ Defense Ministry said in a statement that the agreement with the UAE foresees the holding of joint military maneuvers, training programs and consultations on expanding operational cooperation.

Europe

The Greek parliament will be voting on a deal worth $3 billion to buy 18 Rafale fighters from France. Debate has started and will conclude by the end of the week. Defense ministers from France and Greece are expected to sign off the deal for six new and 12 second-hand fighters this month. For the purchase and maintenance of six new and 12 used Rafale jets, Greece will spend 1.5 billion euros this year, about 400 million euros annually in 2022-23, 67 million euros in 2024 and 34 million euros in 2025.

British hovercraft builder Griffon Hoverwork has delivered new 995EDs to Hong Kong and Estonia. The deals have seen two eight-meter-long 995EDs made for the Hong Kong Marine Police and one for Estonian Border Guard. In total seven 995ED hovercraft have been built and sold since the model was unveiled at the ExpoNaval trade fair in Chile in 2018 with clients ranging from the Malaysia Marine Department to private customers. The 995ED entry price is around £650,000 with plenty of options, and the craft has capacity for eight people or up to four stretchers or any combination up to a maximum payload of just under a tonne making it suitable for a variety of roles. Top speed is 30 knots at full ‘all up weight’.

Asia-Pacific

Kyodo News reports that the core team to develop Japan’s next fighter has formed and the team will eventually grow to have up to 500 members. Japan has plans to domestically develop a sixth-generation F-X stealth fighter that can keep China’s increasingly capable air force at bay. A development timeline foresees construction of a prototype in 2024, with a first flight to follow in 2028.

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