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Russian Arctic air defense contour close to completion

The creation of the main elements of the Arctic air defense is nearing completion. The region has developed into a place of standoff between various countries of late. Russia has been therefore creating infrastructure and defense facilities in northern latitudes in case the situation aggravates. The Izvestia daily writes about the means Russia has in the Northern Sea Route and defense prospects in the strategically important direction.

Russia designs drone AI - part 2

Combat drone engagement is becoming a usual practice. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) fight air defense and often win. Swarm tactic of drone engagement has emerged. It brings drone control to the foreground, as the usual operator-drone scheme often fails. Other technologies are necessary, the online Army Standard publication said.

Russia designs drone AI - part 1

Combat drone engagement is becoming a usual practice. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) fight air defense and often win. Swarm tactic of drone engagement has emerged. It brings drone control to the foreground, as the usual operator-drone scheme often fails. Other technologies are necessary, the online Army Standard publication said.

US Air Force awards $5.25 million to accelerate Quantum enabling technologies

To expedite the advancement and innovation of quantum technologies, the US Air Force Research Laboratory awarded $5.25 million to 23 small businesses during a first-of-its-kind virtual quantum collider pitch event June 15-16.

Analysis: US confirms deployment of Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 fighter aircraft in Libya

According to satellite pictures released by the United States Africa Command website on June 18, 2020, United States Africa Command confirms that Russian fighter aircraft MiG-29 and Su-24 are deployed in Libya. Russian aircraft delivered to Libya in late May 2020 are being actively flown in Libya.

Boeing showcases F-15QA fighter aircraft painted in Qatar Air Force colors

American Company Boeing released a video on its Twitter account on June 11, 2020, showing an F-15QA painted in its custom livery. The most advanced F-15 fighter jet ever built, this aircraft – and the paint scheme – were specifically designed for Qatar Air Force.

Orion drones delivered to Russian armed forces - part 2

The Russian Defense Ministry signed an acceptance act for the first Orion drone of Kronshtadt Company in the spring of 2020. The complex of three drones is supplied to the troops for test operation. The acceptance act is a major achievement of the project and a landmark in the development of Russian unmanned aviation. Orion is the first modern UAV of the size supplied to the military. The Army Standard online publication describes the creation history and the capabilities of the first Russian combat one-ton drone.

Orion drones delivered to Russian armed forces - part 1

The Russian Defense Ministry signed an acceptance act for the first Orion drone of Kronshtadt Company in the spring of 2020. The complex of three drones is supplied to the troops for test operation.

Analysis: Russian fighter aircraft Mi-29 Fulcrum and Su-24 Fencer deployed in Libya

According to pictures released on the Official U.S. government website, May 26, 2020, Russian fighter jets were recently deployed to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground. Analysis of pictures by military experts of Air Recognition editorial team has shown two types of fighter aircraft, including Mig-29, NATO reporting name Fulcrum and Su-24 NATO reporting name Fencer.

Review Part 2 US Army Future Vertical Lift FVL program: SB-1 Defiant Sikorsky-Boeing

Review and analysis by Air Recognition (Subdivision of Army Recognition Group) editorial team about the Future Vertical Lift FVL program of U.S. Army, part 2, the SB-1 Defiant from Sikorsky-Boeing. The Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program is a research and development effort dedicated to discovering, investigating, and refining the technologies that is to provide the next generation of vertical lift aircraft for the United States Armed Forces.

Review Part 1 US Army Future Vertical Lift FVL program: Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft

A review by Air Recognition editorial team about the Future Vertical Lift FVL program of U.S. Army, part 1, the Bell V-280 Valor. Currently, two American companies compete for the U.S. FVL program including Sikorsky-Boeing and Bell. The FVL is currently looking at five basic categories of aircraft varying in size, but the initial program is to create a medium transport platform capable of succeeding U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and U.S. Marines H-1 “Huey” utility helicopters. 

Mosquito night navigation inspires new UAV obstacle avoidance system

Scientists have used the principles that guide a mosquito’s nocturnal flight to develop a quadcopter equipped with an elegant collision-avoidance sensory system. Their research, published in Science, demonstrates how the mosquito avoids obstacles in the dark by sensing changes in the airflows generated by its flapping wings.

US Air Force investigates using quantum materials in new navigation tool

Air Force Research Laboratory researchers Drs. Robert Bedford, Luke Bissell, Chandriker Dass and Michael Slocum are finding practical applications for the curious phenomena that occur in quantum materials. Until the late 1990s, the properties — or even the existence — of such materials seemed little more than theoretical. But, what is a quantum material?

Russia designs EW against hypersonic aircraft

Russia is designing electronic warfare (EW) against hypersonic aircraft. It will jam their sights at the final flight section to prevent a precision strike with optical, radar and satellite homing warheads. Experts said the EW would deny hypersonic aircraft a chance to hit targets even if they break through the air and missile defense, the Izvestia daily writes.

Animal Dynamics creates biomechanical small-UAS based on dragonfly

The observation of nature can help innovation. A deep analysis of birdflight, for example, helps in the creation of new designs. Animal Dynamics, a company based in UK, did the same with observation of dragonfly and developed Seeker, a biomechanical drone based on animal biology.

Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System testing readies F-15 for future

The F-15E Eagle fleet is currently undergoing critical electronic warfare testing at the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) on Edwards Air Force Base, California.

S-350 air defense to be deployed in Arctic

The Northern fleet will receive S-350 Vityaz air defense launchers. They can march hundreds of kilometers cross-country and immediately engage in combat. They can be also transported by airlifters and warships. Experts said it takes several hours to deploy S-350 in any part of the Arctic. They will reliably defend the Northern Sea Route and the important northern strategic direction, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russian MoD working on new generation of g-force pilot protection gear

The Russian Defense Ministry’s Research and Testing Center of Aviation and Space Medicine and Military Ergonomics is working on new protective equipment for pilots, using modern materials and technologies, says Igor Zhdanko, Doctor of Medical Science and senior researcher of the medical service, who heads the facility.

NASA develops unique materials for the next generation of aircraft

As NASA looks to the future of flight, the agency is investing in technologies aimed at changing the aviation industry as we know it. These developments vary from basic materials to full-scale experimental aircraft, all designed to increase efficiency and reliability, while decreasing weight and cost.

Analysis: Moscow missile defense undergoes upgrade

The Moscow missile defense is undergoing a deep upgrade. Gazeta.ru online publication writes about the technical characteristics of A-135 missile defense.

Hypersonic glider being developed through international HEXAFLY-INT collaboration

Simulating the test flight of a hypersonic glider, being developed through the international HEXAFLY-INT collaboration, involving partners across Europe, Russia, Australia and Brazil and supported by the European Commission and ESA.

Radar signature is not important for Tu-160 bombers

Foreign media are paying growing attention to Russian military hardware. The National Interest analyzed the characteristics of Tu-160 strategic bomber and concluded it has no major drawbacks except for one. It has no stealth technologies, Gazeta.ru online publication writes.

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.

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