Aviation defence industry technology

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.

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.

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