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India to upgrade Su-30MKI fighters and Mi-17 helicopters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to upgrade its Sukhoi Su-30MKI ‘Flanker- H’ multirole combat aircraft and Mil Mi-17-family ‘Hip’ utility helicopters, the military service’s Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria told Indian media on October 4.

Tu-142 antisubmarine aircraft to partner with drones

Forpost drones and Altius in future will provide guidance for antisubmarine aircraft. They can detect a submarine visually or by radar and transmit the information to the aircraft. Tu-142 armed with antisubmarine weapons will immediately deliver a strike. Experts call it a revolution in the fight against submarines, the Izvestia daily writes.

Okhotnik drone to engage in reconnaissance, strikes - part 2

The Russian Defense Ministry published the footage of a joint flight of Okhotnik combat drone and the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet. The drone was controlled by the jet. The ministry said such a configuration considerably increases the radar field of the fighter jet. The Military-Industrial Courier writes about the main missions of the new drone.

Okhotnik drone to engage in reconnaissance, strikes - part 1

The Russian Defense Ministry published the footage of a joint flight of Okhotnik combat drone and the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet. The drone was controlled by the jet. The ministry said such a configuration considerably increases the radar field of the fighter jet. The Military-Industrial Courier writes about the main missions of the new drone.

Analysis: Chinese drones UAVs at military parade Beijing China October 2019

During the military parade in Beijing, China, which was held during the celebrations marking 70 years of the founding of the People's Republic of China, military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of China were showcased among other miliary equipment in a parade. Here is the complete list and analysis of Air Recognition editorial team of these UAVs and drones shown during the military parade in order of appearance, on October 1, 2019.

Russian army to get Orlan-30 drone in 2020

The Russian army will receive the latest Orlan-30 drone in 2020, which is a new vehicle of Orlan family. It has been tested in Syria and at the Center-2019 strategic maneuvers. The drone is equipped with an electronic system and aiming complex. Experts believe drone engagement in combat conditions will considerably increase the effectiveness of artillery and aviation, the Izvestia daily writes.

EW to fight drone swarms - part 2

The latest tensions in the Gulf were triggered by an attack of two dozen drones and cruise missiles on Saudi oil facilities. The Army Standard online publication writes how dangerous drones are, which tactic they can engage and whether they can be effectively stopped.

Analysis: China exhibits advanced drones in military parade

China has celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule with a military parade showcasing the country’s technology, including some UAV's.

EW to fight drone swarms - part 1

The latest tensions in the Gulf were triggered by an attack of two dozen drones and cruise missiles on Saudi oil facilities. The Army Standard online publication writes how dangerous drones are, which tactic they can engage and whether they can be effectively stopped.

Russia trains joint fighter jet, drone operation

The Russian Defense Ministry for the first time demonstrated the footage of joint actions of Su-57 fighter jet and Okhotnik S-70 drone. 
The operational link between manned and unmanned craft is a prospective and inevitable development guideline. Russian and foreign experts believe the sixth generation of fighter jets will be fully unmanned or optionally piloted, the Izvestia daily writes.

IAF operates upgraded MiG-21 fighter jets

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has upgraded its Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name: Fishbed) fighter jets, according to the military service’s official website.

Russia invests in modernization of Mi-24 helicopter

Russia’s aerospace industry is continuing modernizing the Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) combat-transport rotorcraft, according to the state corporation Rostec.

Northrop Grumman Common Infrared Countermeasure systems enters operational testing

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) systems for U.S. Army’s aircraft has entered Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E).

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using swarms comprising upwards of 250 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or unmanned ground systems (UGSs) to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough capabilities.

Russia upgrades Su-25 assault jets - part 2

The overhaul and upgrade of Su-25 assault jets accomplished by the enterprises of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) extend their life cycle and provide new modern combat capabilities. The combat effectiveness of an upgraded Su-25SM3 increased three times, the UAC said.

Russia upgrades Su-25 assault jets - part 1

The overhaul and upgrade of Su-25 assault jets accomplished by the enterprises of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) extend their life cycle and provide new modern combat capabilities. The combat effectiveness of an upgraded Su-25SM3 increased three times, the UAC said.

Russia and USA lead in hypersonic technologies

US national security adviser John Bolton accused Russia of stealing hypersonic technologies. He claimed the Russian hypersonic designs are based on stolen US technologies. Borrowed technologies were the basis of many designs on both sides of the Atlantic during the Cold War. The Izvestia daily offers the story of hypersonic design.

Russia and US develop new strategic bomber projects - part 2

Building specialised machines for use of one particular type of munition, as during the cold war, is way too costly today. So the possibility of using a variety of weapons, both nuclear and non-nuclear, will be envisioned in both cases from the start. The Russian bomber, judging by some data, will have a payload of up to 30 tons, which, in association with a spacious weapons bay must ensure different operational options, including the launch of heavy supersonic anti-ship missiles, plus attachment of different auxiliary equipment for performance of reconnaissance and electronic warfare missions.

Russia and US develop new strategic bomber projects - part 1

Russia and the US have almost simultaneously started to develop new strategic bombers projects.

NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology


The pilot of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology, or QueSST, aircraft will navigate the skies in a cockpit unlike any other. There won’t be a forward-facing window. It’s actually a 4K monitor that serves as the central window and allows the pilot to safely see traffic in his or her flight path, and provides additional visual aids for airport approaches, landings and takeoffs. The 4K monitor, which is part of the aircraft’s eXternal Visibility System, or XVS, displays stitched images from two cameras outside the aircraft combined with terrain data from an advanced computing system. The two portals and traditional canopy are real windows however, and help the pilot see the horizon. The displays below the XVS will provide a variety of aircraft systems and trajectory data for the pilot to safely fly.

Suggested Su-57 production pace looks realistic

The Russian Aerospace Forces are to be reinforced. Su-57 fighter jets of the fifth-generation will be procured in a major series, the Vzglyad business newspaper said.

MAGMA UAV demonstrates innovative flow control technologies

In a series of flight trials that took place in the skies above north-west Wales, the MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrated two innovative flow control technologies which could revolutionise future aircraft design.

Robot swarms to transform US Army aviation

In future combat, US Army units may deploy a large unmanned aerial system that can serve as a mothership capable of unleashing swarms of autonomous aircraft for various missions.

Simultaneous optical and thermal tracking of airborne aircraft by Specialised Imaging

Specialised Imaging reports on how its Lightweight Optical Motion Analysis (LOMA) system has been used to optically track an aircraft for several kilometers while simultaneously capturing the thermal signature of the aircraft over the same distance.

USA: Shark skin studied to make faster aircraft

Scientists have recorded mako sharks swimming at speeds of 95km/h but it is estimated they can reach 130km/h, thanks to a host of evolutionary adaptations that let it cut through the water with minimal drag. The skin of the mako shark is being studied by the U.S. Army to help build faster aircraft, according to research presented on March 4th.

Virtual cockpit for UK military’s new high-G centrifuge

Military aircraft pilots will be able to “fly” a virtual fast jet while experiencing high levels of G-force, with the help of a new training centrifuge. The system, located at RAF Cranwell, is designed to replicate flight in jets such as the Hawk, Typhoon and new F-35 Lightning aircraft.

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