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DARPA's Gremlins program on Track for first Demonstration Flights in 2019

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is progressing toward its plan to demonstrate airborne launch and recovery of multiple unmanned aerial systems (UASs), targeted for late 2019. Now in its third and final phase, the goal for the Gremlins program is to develop a full-scale technology demonstration featuring the air recovery of multiple low-cost, reusable UASs, or “gremlins.”

USAF F-16 SLEP program reaches milestone as first aircraft rolls off shop floor

The US Air Force's Ogden Air Logistics Complex reached a major milestone in extending the life of one of the service’s most tested and flown multi-role fighter fleets. An Air Force Thunderbird jet is the first of what will be roughly 300 refurbished C and D model F-16’s that will roll off the shop floor of the 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here after receiving multiple structure-strengthening modifications.

China building new wind tunnel for hypersonic aircraft development

China is building a world-leading hypersonic wind tunnel to test hypersonic aircraft that can travel at speeds of Mach 25 (30,627kph), media reported, saying it will aid the development of future spacecraft that can transport people or payloads into space at far less cost.

DARPA's new ViSAR radar system completes flight tests campaign

DARPA's new ViSAR radar system completes flight tests campaign
 
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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Video Synthetic Aperture Radar (ViSAR) program recently completed flight tests, successfully demonstrating a new sensor that can capture real-time video through clouds, the agency said on Sept. 28, 2017.
 

US Air Force labs successfully test advanced UAV engine

US Air Force labs successfully test advanced UAV engine
 
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The US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, along with Engineered Propulsion Systems and the Arnold Engineering and Development Center, recently concluded ground-based testing of an advanced diesel engine that promises to increase the utility and ease the logistics burden of military aircraft missions, the Lab press office said on Aug. 11.
 

TsAGI progressing towards light convertible aircraft test trials

TsAGI progressing towards light convertible aircraft test trials
 
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Experts of the Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed another cycle of test trials of the model of a light convertible aircraft. They were held in the wind-tunnel small-speed T-102 facility of TsAGI in the framework of the state contract with the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry, TsAGI press service said.
 

USAF's KC-46A Pegasus tanker enters Benefield Anechoic Facility for the 1st time

USAF's KC-46A Pegasus tanker enters Benefield Anechoic Facility for the 1st time
 
A US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus has entered the Benefield Anechoic Facility for the first time, the USAF said on May 30. The new aerial refueling tanker is undergoing tests to demonstrate that it meets Federal Aviation Administration certification requirements and DOD electromagnetic environmental effects requirements for systems. These tests include shielding effectiveness, emission control and high intensity radiated fields.
 

TsAGI progressing towards low-noise aircraft development

TsAGI progressing towards low-noise aircraft development
 
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Russian aerohydrodynamics specialist TsAGI (a subsidiary of the Zhukovsky Institute) has completed the second phase of its research into an improved model of a future low-noise aircraft in April. The aircraft features a slightly swept wing allowing the laminar airflow without chaotic speed and pressure fluctuations on the surface and, hence, slashing drag, according to TsAGI’s press office.
 

Bell unveils its vision for the future through FCX-001 helicopter concept

Bell unveils its vision for the future through FCX-001 helicopter concept
 
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Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, unveiled yesterday March 7 at HAI Heli-Expo 2017 its vision for the future of rotorcraft – the FCX-001. This is Bell Helicopter’s first concept aircraft and presents a 3-D roadmap for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions.
 

Mikoyan MiG-35 in Full Details: Specifications - Performances - Weapons - Sensors

Mikoyan MiG-35 in Full Details: Specifications - Performances - Weapons - Sensors
 
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The advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) multirole fighter has started its flight trials, according to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President Yuri Slyusar. "The flight tests of the MiG-35 advanced fighter have begun," he told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a session of the Military Industrial Commission (MIC).
 

TsAGI unveils new concept of flying wing heavy transport aircraft

TsAGI unveils new concept of flying wing heavy transport aircraft
 
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Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) is developing a concept of a heavy transport plane with the wing-fuselage configuration, the institute’s press office said on Jan. 16, 2017. The wing-fuselage configuration will allow using the internal volume as effectively as possible and increase aerodynamic effectiveness, the press office added.
 

USAF B-52H bomber test-launched unarmed AGM-86B nuclear cruise missile

USAF B-52H bomber test-launched AGM-86B nuclear cruise missiles
 
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US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircrews recently tested three unarmed AGM-86B air-launched cruise missiles, demonstrating the bomber force’s ability to configure, load, fly and deliver the nation’s only nuclear cruise missile, the Edwards AFB press service announced on Jan. 19, 2017.
 

BAE Systems developing groundbreaking "atmospheric spy lens" for surveillance missions

BAE Systems developing groundbreaking "atmospheric spy lens" for surveillance missions
 
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Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens which is capable of enhancing commanders’ ability to observe adversaries’ activities over much greater distances than existing sensors, the company announced on Jan. 15, 2017.
 

US DoD successfully demonstrates Autonomous Swarming Drones Technology

US DoD successfully demonstrates Autonomous Swarming Drones Technology
 
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In one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the US Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California, the US DoD stated on Jan. 9, 2017.
 

Russia Considers Developping a Full Range of UAVs in Coming Years

Russia Considers Developping a Full Range of UAVs in Coming Years
 
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The Russian Defense Ministry is seeking to set up a complete line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including tactical and high-altitude ones, expert Denis Fedutinov writes in the pages of the Vedomosti daily. Five years ago, Russia’s lagging behind technologically developed nations by far was a commonplace in the discussion of the development of domestic UAV systems. Russian customers, among which the Defense Ministry ranks first, have done much since then to remedy the problem.
 

USAF's C-17 drag reduction program enters final testing phase

USAF's C-17 drag reduction program enters final testing phase
 
USAF C 17 drag reduction program enters final testing phase 640 002 When it comes to aviation fuel, the C-17 Globemaster III utilization rate makes it stand out as the largest consumer in the Air Force. This is why a team at the USAF 418th Flight Test Squadron has been working for the past year on the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s C-17 Drag Reduction Program.
 

US Army lab successfully performs first flight test of MMT-70 modular missile

US Army lab successfully performs first flight test of MMT-70 modular missile
 
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The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center successfully launched three modular open systems architecture test missiles Sept. 21 at the Redstone Test Center on Redstone Arsenal. The test missiles were designed and developed by AMRDEC under the Modular Missile Technologies Project. All three test missiles were launched from a fixed stand and followed the expected ballistic flight paths.
 

US flies first MV-22B Osprey outfitted with 3-D printed critical parts

US flies first MV-22B Osprey outfitted with 3-D printed critical parts
 
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The United States' Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) marked its first successful flight demonstration of a flight critical aircraft component built using additive manufacturing (AM) techniques on July 29 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland.
 

USAF F-15 unit complete flight tests with new ADCP II computer operating system

USAF F-15 unit completed flight tests with new ADCP II computer operating system
 
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USAF Eglin's Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force completed a historic test mission here July 8 on an aircraft system that will enhance the life and lethality of the F-15, the Egline public affaires team announced on the airbase website.
 

Russia already eyes on 6th-gen unmanned fighter jet

Russia already eyes on 6th-gen unmanned fighter jet
 
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Russia is working on a new-generation fighter, according to former Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief Gen. Pyotr Deinekin. "The development of the new-generation fighter began in 2013," the general said, adding that the new aircraft would be unmanned.
 

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