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Terrifying Video Filmed Aboard Atlas Air B767 During Emergency Following Engine Failure After Take Off From Honolulu

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 06/09/2020 - 23:21
The military chartered flight with 212 people on board performed an emergency landing after an in-flight engine shut down, shortly after departing from Honolulu. On Sept. 5, 2020, an Atlas Air Boeing 767-300, N649GT, flying [...]
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Royal Air Force To Get New AESA Radars for the Eurofighter Typhoon

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 06/09/2020 - 21:41
The new radar, called European Common Radar System Mark 2, will enter service in the mid-2020s. The Royal Air Force signed a £ 317 million (about USD 421 million) contract with Leonardo and BAE Systems [...]
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Portuguese F-16s Deployed to Malbork, Poland, For NATO Enhanced Baltic Air Policing

The Aviationist Blog - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 11:45
Portuguese Vipers have arrived in Poland. The Portuguese Air Force has deployed four F-16M Vipers from Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, to 22 Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego at Malbork Air Base in Poland, along with around [...]
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Three U.S. B-52s Fly Mission Over Ukraine’s Sea of Azov Coast In A Clear Show Of Force Toward Russia

The Aviationist Blog - Fri, 04/09/2020 - 15:40
The U.S. strategic bombers, tracking online, have flown inside Ukrainian airspace and operated quite close to the border with Crimea. One week after taking part in the one-day Allied Sky mission that saw 6 B-52s [...]
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Taiwan MOD “Solemnly Refutes” Internet Reports That Taiwan Shot Down a Chinese Su-35 That Violated Its Airspace

The Aviationist Blog - Fri, 04/09/2020 - 12:43
It looks like the news of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Su-35 shot down by a Taiwanese ADS (Air Defense System) is fake. The news that Taiwan brought down a Chinese Air [...]
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USMC RQ-21A Blackjack Drones Supported USAF B-1B and B-2’s Long-Range Air Strikes During Australian Drills

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 03/09/2020 - 18:18
The Marine Corps Blackjack UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) supported Australian Army joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) coordinating air U.S. Air Force B-1B and B-2 Spirit bombers’ long-distance airstrikes during recent exercise in Australia. The U.S. [...]
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Collective simulations for improved air training ​

EDA News - Thu, 03/09/2020 - 15:32

A new EDA research project, for which the Agency Steering Board has just given its go-ahead, will help participating Member States’ Armed Forces to step up their collaborative air training & exercise capabilities thanks to improved modelling and simulation.

The overarching aim of the project called MAJES (Modelling and simulation as a service applications for Air and Joint Exercises & Simulation) is to develop an interconnected and interacting system/network that will allow the military of participating Member States to perform training simulations for coalition operations in a distributed manner from different locations. This will allow much more realistic conditions than in the past when simulations were traditionally configurated and done locally, in isolation, which meant they were mostly unable to take into account external factors and changes and requested participating Member States to meet physically in specific training centres.

MAJES will thus help Member States in the preparation, execution and after-service of collective (but not physically joint) military trainings and exercises for air and joint operations using LVC (Live-Virtual-Constructive) technologies which suppose a mix of physical and simulated assets, including virtual adversaries. This will support as well the management and control of so-called ‘Battlelabs’ (digital distributed defence laboratories) for the concept, development and testing of System of Systems (such as the next 5th generation aircraft systems - FCAS) supporting experiment plan and data farming automation. The project also aims to improve the data collection from exercises for Artificial Intelligence learning in this distributed simulated environment which allows cooperation without joint physical presence.

The project will run over 36 months, starting from the signing of the project contract expected to take place early next year. Three countries are participating so far: France, the Netherlands and Norway (which is not an EDA Member State but has concluded an Administrative Agreement with the Agency). Industry from the participating countries is also involved.

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The Amazing Growler Ball 2020 Video Teases An EA-18G Cyber Attack Capability That Is Yet To Come

The Aviationist Blog - Wed, 02/09/2020 - 22:20
This year’s Growler Ball provides an opportunity to discuss the EA-18G’s ability to launch cyber attacks and hack enemy networks. As our readers know very well, the “Ball” series (“Hornet Ball”, “Rhino Ball”, “Strike Fighter [...]
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F-22, F-35A, and two P-51s Take Part In Heritage Flight During The New York International “Drive In” Air Show

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 01/09/2020 - 23:10
The “American Dream” over Orange County, New York. The New York International Air Show was held at Orange County Airport in New York last week end. The air show was held in a “drive in” [...]
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Will A Future Air Force One Be Hypersonic? New Contracts Explore Feasibility.

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 01/09/2020 - 00:14
Exosonic Awarded Contract to Study Low-Boom Supersonic VIP Transport. Will future diplomats and U.S. Presidents jet around the world at supersonic speeds to conduct a new version of ultra-fast “shuttle diplomacy”? If a new contract [...]
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A Russian Su-27 Violated NATO Airspace Following A B-52H Well Into The Danish Airspace On Friday

The Aviationist Blog - Mon, 31/08/2020 - 17:58
The “unsafe” intercept over the Black Sea was not the only incident between a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber and a Russian Su-27 Flanker last week. As we have already reported with several details, [...]
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Stronger communication & radar systems with help of AI

EDA News - Mon, 31/08/2020 - 12:09

The Agency’s Steering Board has given its green light to the launch of a new EDA research project which aims to improve and harden Armed Forces’ communication and radar systems with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make them more resilient, even in contested electronic warfare environments. Three Member States - Germany, the Netherlands, Poland – will participate in the project. 

Armed Forces’ radiocommunication and radiolocation services are faced with increasing challenges: the spectrum is becoming denser and more users are contending for limited frequency bandwidth, while the risk of interference is increasing. In addition to that, scenarios are becoming more and more dynamic with mobile high-speed communication, highly agile targets, and electronic warfare methods that are much more efficient than simple noise jamming.  

Cognitive systems supported by AI technologies are a promising option to harden the equipment against such interferences as cognitive radios and radars have the capability to respond to dynamically changing environments. This allows them to offer stable communication based on optimal utilisation of radio frequency spectrum by sensing free spectrum availability and minimizing interference between users, e.g. managing reliable communication dynamically.  

EDA’s new project, called ‘Communications and Radar Systems hardened with Artificial Intelligence in a contested electronic warfare environment’ (CRAI), will produce a study which will significantly help to make progress in the use of AI-supported cognitive systems for the benefit of military communications and radar systems. More precisely, the study notably aims to:  

  • investigate future military scenarios and use cases for relevant communication and radar systems, where cognitive methods, combined with AI, offer potential operational benefits; 

  • identify potential new communication disturbance based on the past experiences; 

  • review and adapt AI methodologies for spectrum Situational Awareness and surveillance; 

  • specify the requirements for the common cognitive system acting in contested electronic warfare environments; 

  • analyse potential AI techniques that could be used for cognitive communications and radars; 

  • design and implement cognitive techniques combined with AI for both communication and radar systems using common interfaces; 

  • do the testing, verification and evaluation of AI based communications and radar concepts; 

  • and verify, validate and demonstrate the test system in a (field) exercise. 

The project is expected to last for 36 months, starting with the signing of the project arrangement expected to take place in 2021. It will also involve a number of European defence industry players active in the communications and radar domain.  

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Cockpit Video Shows Russian Su-27 Flanker Crossing Within 100 feet Of The Nose Of A B-52 Over The Black Sea

The Aviationist Blog - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 10:56
The footage shows from the cockpit of the B-52 what the U.S. DoD deemed an “unsafe and unprofessional intercept” by the Russians. As we have already reported with plenty of details, on Aug. 28, 2020, [...]
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Afghan Forces Recapture Territory From Taliban, Kill 18 Militants, Local Authorities Say - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 02:33
Afghan forces on Saturday managed to recapture an area, previously held by the Taliban* movement for years, in the eastern Nangarhar province, Ahmad Ali Hazrat, head of the provincial council, said.
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Flooding in Niger Kills Dozens, Displaces Thousands - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 02:33
Flooding has killed at least 45 people and led to the displacement of more than 226,000 from their homes in Niger this week, officials said Saturday.
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UN extends peacekeeping mission in Lebanon by one year, but decreases troops - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 02:32
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously approved a resolution to renew the mandate of UN peacekeeping forces stationed along Lebanon's southern border with the Israeli-occupied territories, but has reduced troop capacity there.
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Saudi-led coalition, mercenaries plunder oil in Yemen's Shabwah: Top official - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 02:32
A senior Yemeni official says Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed mercenaries loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi are plundering crude oil in Yemen's southern province of Shabwah as the Riyadh regime and its allies press ahead with their devastating war on the impoverished Arab country.
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Palestinian groups ready for 'long-term' battle against Israel amid Gaza escalation - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 02:32
Amid the relentless Israeli acts of aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip, all Palestinian resistance groups have expressed their preparedness for a "long-term" battle against the occupying regime's acts of terror.
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Israel demolished, sized 25 Palestinian-owned structures in West Bank in 2 weeks: UN - Sun, 30/08/2020 - 02:31
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Palestine says Israel forces have either demolished or seized a total of 25 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank in just two weeks.
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