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Aviation defence industry technology

TsAGI tests Slon aircraft model

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed the first stage of aerodynamic trials of a model of the heavy Slon airlifter, the institute said.

Heavy Altius drone to operate in autonomous regime

Altius attack drone will have artificial intelligence elements to interact with fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets. It will lay routes to bypass air defense without human interference, find and attack important targets (headquarters, communication hubs, missile launchers) and return to the base. Experts believe the new capabilities will develop Altius into a universal weapon, the Izvestia daily writes.

Technodinamika designs shock-resistant helicopter fuel system

Technodinamika (Russia) Holding of Rostec designed the first Russian shock-resistant fuel system for helicopters. It prevents fuel leaks during emergency landing and minimizes fire risks. Ka-226T will be the first helicopter to get the system. The design can be used in military and civilian helicopters, Rostec said.

UK: Aviators put seal on pioneering Arctic training

Commando Helicopter Force have put the seal on ‘pioneering’ high intensity training on their annual Arctic workout, Exercise Clockwork.

US Navy Next-Gen Jammer Mid-Band pod completes developmental testing

The US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) developmental pod recently completed a portion of developmental testing in the Air Combat Environmental Test and Evaluation Facility anechoic chamber at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Russian army to learn several lessons from Syrian war

The key lesson of the Syrian campaign is that Russia badly needs an aircraft-carrying fleet at least in the minimal number to protect vital interests in potential conflicts and demonstrate strength. Besides, Russia has to have state-owned airlines of Aeroflot scope equipped with domestic aircraft, the Military-Industrial Courier writes.

100th MXS Airman innovates leak detection technology

A 100th Maintenance Squadron Airman at RAF Mildenhall, England, has designed a device that decreases the time needed to detect leaks within aircraft fuel tanks.

Russia has to maintain leadership in hypersonic technologies

Media reports say Russia has overtaken the United States in hypersonic weapons. American officials say the same. Does it mean the Americans admit the defeat in the hypersonic race? The Vzglyad business newspaper writes about the Russian breakthrough and efforts of the Pentagon in the sphere.

Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program candidates

The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program was initiated by the United States Army in 2018 to develop a successor to the Bell OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter as part of the Future Vertical Lift program. Design contracts for FARA candidates were awarded in April 2019 to five manufacturers: Karem Aircraft, AVX Aircraft (in partnership with L3Harris Technologies), Sikorsky Aircraft (owned by Lockheed Martin), Bell Helicopter and Boeing. Two of the manufacturers will be selected to proceed with their designs in 2020, and prototypes are scheduled to first fly in 2023.

TsAGI completes another test stage of prospective low-noise aircraft

The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed the second stage of trials of a semi-model of the prospective low-noise aircraft, the institute said.

USA: AETC partners with multiple MAJCOMs to create virtual aircraft maintenance hangars

Air Education and Training Command is working to build a faster and smarter Air Force in partnership with multiple major commands to develop a competency-based virtual and augmented-reality training capability for the aircraft maintenance and career enlisted aviator communities.

US Air Force proposed $169 billion budget focuses on great power competition, readiness, establishing Space Force

The Department of the US Air Force released a $169 billion budget proposal Feb. 10, which for the first time includes funding for the newly created U.S. Space Force while also focusing funds to help both services modernize, address threats from Russia and China, and sustain readiness.

Mi-28NM gunships to fire R-74M air-to-air missiles

The latest Russian Mi-28NM helicopter gunships will be able to fight airplanes, drones and helicopters. The rotorcraft will be armed with short-range R-74M air-to-air guided missiles. The helicopter will remain invulnerable at low altitude, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russia creates new generation of shipborne helicopter radars

The Russian naval aviation received the first Ka-27M antisubmarine helicopter in 2017. Its onboard equipment includes Fazotron Helicopter Adaptation (FHA) tactical radar designed by Fazotron-NIIR Corporation. It belongs to the family of Kopye-A onboard radars. The FHA (export option FHA01E) promotes numerous missions of an antisubmarine helicopter, the Radio Electronic Technologies magazine writes.

Three regiments to be armed with Su-57 by 2028

The first prototype of the fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet (later renamed into Su-57) took off and flew for 45 minutes ten years ago in January 2010. Merited test pilot and Hero of Russia Sergey Bogdan flew the aircraft. online publication writes about the program to develop the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA).

US Air Force Chief of Staff offers optimistic update on Air Force’s evolution and future

US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said during a Jan. 27 appearance at the Center for a New American Security that the service is making significant strides in harnessing and using data for deterrence, decision-making and warfighting while also maintaining dominance in space.

AETC and AMC team up on VR solutions for modern C-130 training

With technology constantly changing, the US Air Force is actively seeking innovative methods to train today’s Airmen with tomorrow’s technology.

Russia to create submillimeter radars to detect small drones

The RTI Joint Stock Company, a developer and producer of high-tech products, will create new radars that operate in terahertz frequency range and are capable of pinpointing the smallest drone, RTI CEO Pavel Laptayev told TASS.

Analysis: Experts assess prospects of Russian antisubmarine aircraft - part 2

The Russian Navy reportedly plans to develop passenger Tu-204 airplane into an Antisubmarine Airborne Complex (PlAK). online publication analyzed the prospects of the project.

US Army and Air Force team up for Multi-Domain Operations with F-35s

Two U.S. Air Force F-35s were integrated with the U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), providing an airborne sensor capability to successfully detect, track and intercept near simultaneous air-breathing threats in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The December 2019 test marked the first time F-35s were used as sensors during an IBCS live fire test against multiple airborne targets.

Analysis: Experts assess prospects of Russian antisubmarine aircraft - part 1

The Russian Navy reportedly plans to develop passenger Tu-204 airplane into an Antisubmarine Airborne Complex (PlAK). online publication analyzed the prospects of the project.

Russia to deploy more radars in Arctic capable of spotting hypersonic targets

Russia’s General Staff has decided to increase the number of latest Rezonans-N radar stations capable of detecting hypersonic targets from five to ten in the Arctic, a source in the defense industry told TASS on January 20.

Will future UAVs fly like a bird ?

Researchers at Stanford University have been looking into exactly how birds can maintain controlled flight by changing the shape of their wings. For their study, they created a robot called PigeonBot that has a pair of “biohybrid morphing wings.” The robot is being used to test out new control principles. One of the most interesting aspects of the PigeonBot is that the scientists fitted the flying robot with real bird feathers.

Russia to develop Tu-204 into antisubmarine aircraft

The Russian Navy prepared technical requirements for the latest antisubmarine plane on the basis of Tu-204 passenger aircraft. It will be armed with the latest arms and equipment. The aircraft will ensure the actions of Russian warships in green waters, the Izvestia daily writes.

X-60A program conducts integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test

The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-60A program recently achieved a key developmental milestone with the completion of integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing.

Russia designs several mobile antidrone weapons

Drone threats from terrorists can increase in Syria and in any other country of the world in the near future, as unmanned technologies are rapidly spreading across the globe. Therefore, specific attention should be paid to antidrone fight and upgraded methods to detect and destroy them, the Zvezda weekly writes.

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