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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.

DRAGON simulator to augment AWACS training for the US Air Force

A new US  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center simulator will train pilots and flight engineers operating the E-3 Sentry, or AWACS, aircraft updated with cockpit modifications known as DRAGON, which stands for Diminishing manufacturing sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation.

Russian Air defense trains new tactic to fight cruise missiles and drones

Air defense units will begin to train a new tactic to repel massive cruise missile and drone strikes. It was tested in the autumn of 2019 at Combat Brotherhood exercise. The Syrian experience was taken into account, the Izvestia daily writes.

HH-60W enters soundproof chamber for defense systems testing

The US Air Force’s newest combat rescue helicopter was suspended in a soundproof chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems facility in mid-November for defense system testing.

Digital engineering transformation coming to US Air Force weapons enterprise

The US Air Force kicked off a pioneering Weapons Digital Enterprise Workshop Dec. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to solidify ties with the Air Force and Department of Defense digital enterprises to develop advanced capabilities and enable rapid design of weapons and assessment of their impact on military operations.

First world tour of US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus refueling and strategic military transport aircraft

A KC-46A from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing of US Air Force completed the Pegasus’ first flight around the world on November 13-26, 2019. The first global circumnavigation for the KC-46A Pegasus provided extensive training opportunities for maintainers and aircrew at multiple locations on a seven-leg, 13-day journey that included its debut at the 2019 Dubai Air Show (DAS).

US Air Force sets foundation for energy optimization, lethality

As 2020 approaches and the Air Force prepares to take on the challenges of the next decade, we must also review our successes and lessons learned from the last year. For Air Force Operational Energy, 2019 was a year for laying the foundation to build a more optimized and lethal force in the years to come.

US Air Force studies fatigue, sleep to enhance readiness

The Air Force is studying sleep habits among Airmen to find ways to improve performance and ensure their readiness to support the mission.

Russian Su-57 fighter jet will be equipped with new weapons

Russia is developing new, advanced weapons for its Su-57 stealth fighter jet, Yuri Slyusar, general director of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed.

Russia to continue upgrade of long-range aircraft in 2020

Foreign fighter jets regularly accompany Russian long-range aircraft over neutral waters. All the Russian flights are agreed and monitored to avoid disputes, Long-range Aviation Commander, Lieutenant-General and Hero of Russia Sergey Kobylash told the Izvestia daily.

Russia continues to upgrade Tu-160 bombers

The first strategic Tu-160M bomber built by Kazan Aircraft Plant was handed over for trials in the autumn of 2019. All Tu-160 available in the Russian long-range aviation have to be upgraded. The Army Standard writes about the upgrade program.

Russia continues creation of medium, heavy drones - part 2

The Russian military detected over five thousand foreign reconnaissance drones approaching the Crimean coast in the past five years. NATO is soon to get a new US Global Hawk drone for air reconnaissance of ground targets. Gazeta.ru writes whether Russia has a response.

Russia continues creation of medium, heavy drones - part 1

The Russian military detected over five thousand foreign reconnaissance drones approaching the Crimean coast in the past five years. NATO is soon to get a new US Global Hawk drone for air reconnaissance of ground targets. Gazeta.ru writes whether Russia has a response.

TsAGI tests prospective low-noise aircraft

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed the first stage of the research of a semi-model of prospective low-noise short-range aircraft, the institute said.

Analysis: Army aviation community focuses on aircraft survivability

Members of the aviation community gathered for the 35th time to participate in the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) Symposium, with the goal of developing life-saving solutions for the Aviation Soldier and their passengers.

Flow-production accelerates aircraft assembly 30 percent - take 1

Flow-production in the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (KnAAZ) and the Chkalov plant in Novosibirsk (NAZ) of Sukhoi Company accelerated the production cycle 30 per cent. The experience of Sukhoi affiliates will be used at other enterprises of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in Ulyanovsk and Irkutsk, the UAC said.

Belarus builds up military aviation

The Republic of Belarus is shoring up its military aviation component, according to the country’s top military officials.

Information attacks on Russia-India arms trade intensify - part 2

Information attacks on Russian-Indian military cooperation are intensifying proportionally to its expansion. Russian media have recently reprinted an Indian report which doubted the combat capabilities of the Russian Su-30MKI fighter jet against the French Dassault Rafale, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Information attacks on Russia-India arms trade intensify - part 1

Information attacks on Russian-Indian military cooperation are intensifying proportionally to its expansion. Russian media have recently reprinted an Indian report which doubted the combat capabilities of the Russian Su-30MKI fighter jet against the French Dassault Rafale, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Russia continues creation of heavy Slon airlifter

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) presented an aerodynamic model of the super heavy four-engine Slon (Elephant) airlifter which is to replace Ruslan An-124, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Russian Resonans-N radars deployed in Arctic

The third Resonans-N radar will go on combat duty in Novaya Zemlya Archipelago in the Arctic in November. It will detect various ballistic objects, cruise missiles, hypersonic targets and stealth drones in conditions of electronic warfare and natural disturbances, the Army Standard writes.

Analysis: Belarus receives two first Su-30SM fighters

Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence Troops received their two first Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) multirole combat aircraft, the country’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on November 13.

Analysis: India plans to upgrade its Su-30MKI fighters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to upgrade its Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole combat aircraft to a cutting-edge standard, according to local media outlets.

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