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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.
 

Sikorsky achieves key milestone within DARPA's ALIAS program

Sikorsky achieves key milestone within DARPA's ALIAS program
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.
 

USAF tests fuel-saving winglets on MC-130J Commando II aircraft

USAF tests fuel-saving winglets on MC-130J Commando II aircraft
 
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The USAF 413th Flight Test Squadron, based at Eglin AFB, Florida, recently started flight of C-130 Hercules military airlifter fitted with "fuel-saving" winglets, the USAF announced on April 19, 2016. Lockheed Martin originally lead the program, but abandoned it three years ago.
 

RAF moving forward in ASRAAM missile integration on F-35 fighter jet

RAF moving forward in ASRAAM missile integration on F-35 fighter jet
 
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In February 2016, missile manufacturer Matra BAE Dynamics Alenia announced that the first Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles were delivered to the U.S. for integration and testing on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II. Store separation testing of the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile has been conducted in the wind tunnels at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base.
 

DARPA completes first flight test of ALIAS advanced Sense-and-Avoid system

DARPA completes first flight test of ALIAS advanced Sense-and-Avoid system
 
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A research effort associated with DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program recently conducted the first successful flight tests of a shoebox-sized, plug-and-play system designed to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to automatically detect nearby aircraft and avoid potential mid-air collisions.
 

Japan's X-2 stealth fighter prototype proceeds in ground test phase

Japan's X-2 stealth fighter prototype proceeds in ground test phase
 
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According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, Tokyo conducted another ground test of the country's first domestic fighter jet. Japan held a ground test on Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016, of its first aircraft designed with stealth technology.
 

New pictures of Japan's ATD-X Shinshin 5th gen aircraft demonstrator

New pictures of Japan's ATD-X Shinshin 5th gen aircraft demonstrator
 
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New pictures of the Japan-made Advanced Technology Demonstrator – X (ATD-X) have been released on the internet by Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Shimbun. The first prototype of the future F-3 5th gen fighter aircraft has been showcased today, Jan. 28, to industrial representatives and local press by Japan Air Self-Defense Forces officials.
 

USAF started testing the GAU-21 machine gun on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter

USAF started testing the GAU-21 machine gun on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter
 
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Arriving in the rain, an HH-60G Pave Hawk landed Jan. 5 at USAF's Edwards Air Force Base to begin testing the ballistic dispersion of a GAU-21 .50-caliber machine gun. The Pave Hawk will be at Edwards AFB until Jan. 22 where the 412th Test Wing and 418th Flight Test Squadron are providing the facilities, range safety, photographic documentation and maintenance support equipment.
 

USAF achieves final development flight test of a B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb

USAF achieves final development flight test of a B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb
 
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The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and United States Air Force completed the third development flight test of a non-nuclear B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on October 20, 2015, the NNSA announced on Nov. 16, 2015.
 

Lockheed Martin's F-35A Lightning II successfully completes first aerial gun firing

Lockheed Martin's F-35A Lightning II successfully completes first aerial gun firing
 
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The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight, Oct. 30. This milestone was the first in a series of test flights to functionally evaluate the in-flight operation of the F-35A’s internal 25mm gun throughout its employment envelope.
 

USAF Global Strike Command successfully test-launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM

USAF Global Strike Command successfully test-launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM
 
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A team of US Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle today at 5:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
 

China's new Avicopter Z-11WB light helicopter performed its maiden flight

China's new Avicopter Z-11WB light helicopter performed its maiden flight
 
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Designed as a military improvement over the AC-311, China’s Avicopter Z-11WB made its first successful flight late last month. In November of 2010, Chinese state-owned manufacturer Avicopter unveiled the AC-311, a single-engine helicopter capable of carrying up to six people.
 

Thales’ TLP long range early warning radar heads towards first test phase

Thales’ TLP long range early warning radar heads towards first test phase
 
The historical radar manufacturer Thales has recently revealed details about its on-going project of Very Long-Range Radar. Launched in 2007 by the French Defense Ministry, the TLP (Radar Très Longue Portée) is a ballistic missile early warning radar (BMEWS) being developed by Thales and the French Aerospace Lab ONERA. It will be able to detect intermediate-range as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The historical radar manufacturer Thales has recently revealed details about its on-going project of Very Long Range Radar. Launched in 2007 by the French Defense Ministry, the TLP (Radar Très Longue Portée) is a ballistic missile early warning radar (BMEWS) being developed by Thales and the French Aerospace Lab ONERA. It will be able to detect intermediate-range as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles.
 

Georgian company Delta unveils new Multi-function Unmanned Helicopter 2905153

Georgian company Delta unveils new Multi-function Unmanned Helicopter
 
Georgia recently unveiled a new unmanned attack and reconnaissance helicopter produced by the state research and development center Delta. This new UAV has been displayed for the first time on Roses Square in Tbilisi, during Georgia's Independence Day celebration on May 26. Delta, which was established in 2010, was subordinate to the Georgian Ministry of Defense until 2014, but is now controlled by the Georgian Ministry of Economy.
Georgia recently unveiled a new unmanned attack and reconnaissance helicopter produced by the state research and development center Delta. This new UAV has been displayed for the first time on Roses Square in Tbilisi, during Georgia's Independence Day celebration on May 26. Delta, which was established in 2010, was subordinate to the Georgian Ministry of Defense until 2014, but is now controlled by the Georgian Ministry of Economy.
 

USAF F-22 Raptor successfully test fired AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles 1105155

USAF F-22 Raptor successfully test fired AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles
 
US Air Force's 411th Flight Test Squadron and F-22 Combined Test Force successfully test fired two guided AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles this year as part of the latest phase in getting the Raptor closer to using the missile operationally. The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared missile and the newest of the Sidewinder family of short-range air-to-air missiles carried on a wide range of fighter jets.
US Air Force's 411th Flight Test Squadron and F-22 Combined Test Force successfully test fired two guided AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles this year as part of the latest phase in getting the Raptor closer to using the missile operationally. The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared missile and the newest of the Sidewinder family of short-range air-to-air missiles carried on a wide range of fighter jets.
 

Dassault's Rafale fighter successfully performed first guided firing of a Meteor missile

Dassault's Rafale fighter successfully performed first guided firing of a Meteor missile
 
On 28th April 2015, teams from the French Ministry of Defence, Dassault Aviation and MBDA carried out the first guided firing of the long-range Meteor missile against an air target from a Rafale combat aircraft. The firing, from a Rafale prepared at the DGA’s Cazaux Flight Test Centre (near Bordeaux, S.W. France), proceeded successfully within the secured zone of the DGA Essais de Missiles (previously Centre d'Essais des Landes) in Biscarosse (also near Bordeaux).
On 28th April 2015, teams from the French Ministry of Defence, Dassault Aviation and MBDA carried out the first guided firing of the long-range Meteor missile against an air target from a Rafale combat aircraft. The firing, from a Rafale prepared at the DGA’s Cazaux Flight Test Centre (near Bordeaux, S.W. France), proceeded successfully within the secured zone of the DGA Essais de Missiles (previously Centre d'Essais des Landes) in Biscarosse (also near Bordeaux).
 

KRET starts equipping Russia's Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters with Strapdown Inertial Navigation System 2904155

KRET starts equipping Russia's Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters with Strapdown Inertial Navigation System
 
Radioelectronic Technologies Concern "KRET", part of Rostec State Corporation, has started equipping Russia's Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters with the strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS). This is the first time SINS is installed on an indigenous helicopter. The new system will allow the helicopters to navigate and perform tasks under extreme conditions of the Far North, KRET’s press-service reports.
Radioelectronic Technologies Concern "KRET", part of Rostec State Corporation, has started equipping Russia's Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters with the strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS). This is the first time SINS is installed on an indigenous helicopter. The new system will allow the helicopters to navigate and perform tasks under extreme conditions of the Far North, KRET’s press-service reports.
 

Australia's Tiger ARH helicopter successfully test fired APKWS laser-guided rocket

Australia's Tiger ARH helicopter successfully test fired APKWS laser-guided rocket
 
The Australian Defence Force demonstrated the precision strike capability of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket, firing the system from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) for the first time. Using a Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ) rocket motor, warhead, and launcher, the APKWS rocket was 10 for 10 in the live fire flight trials.
The Australian Defence Force demonstrated the precision strike capability of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket, firing the system from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) for the first time. Using a Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ) rocket motor, warhead, and launcher, the APKWS rocket was 10 for 10 in the live fire flight trials.
 

Raytheon's Small Diameter Bomb II on its way to production readiness

Raytheon's Small Diameter Bomb II on its way to production readiness
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) program reviews prior to a mid-May Milestone C decision, the US-based company announced on April 9 in a statement. During March and April, the SDB II team successfully completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review (SVR). A successful Milestone C brief and decision clears the way for low rate initial production (LRIP) in 2015 for SDB II.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) program reviews prior to a mid-May Milestone C decision, the US-based company announced on April 9 in a statement. During March and April, the SDB II team successfully completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review (SVR). A successful Milestone C brief and decision clears the way for low rate initial production (LRIP) in 2015 for SDB II.
 

USAF's MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit for the first time maritime target during joint exercise

USAF's MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit for the first time maritime target during joint exercise
 
An MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico on March 17. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) hit a maritime target, said the USAF yesterday, April 2nd.
An MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico on March 17. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) hit a maritime target, said the USAF yesterday, April 2nd.
 

DARPA unveils new SoSITE program for maintaining air superiority

DARPA unveils new SoSITE program for maintaining air superiority
 
DARPA recently revealed its plans in order to integrate new technologies and airborne systems with existing systems more quickly and at lower cost than near-peer adversaries can counter them. DARPA's new program aims to develop and demonstrate concepts for maintaining air superiority through novel SoS architectures--combinations of aircraft, weapons, sensors and mission systems--that distribute air warfare capabilities across a large number of interoperable manned and unmanned platforms.
DARPA recently revealed its plans in order to integrate new technologies and airborne systems with existing systems more quickly and at lower cost than near-peer adversaries can counter them. DARPA's new program aims to develop and demonstrate concepts for maintaining air superiority through novel SoS architectures--combinations of aircraft, weapons, sensors and mission systems--that distribute air warfare capabilities across a large number of interoperable manned and unmanned platforms.
 

TOW 2A RF practice missiles successfully fired from an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter

TOW 2A RF practice missiles successfully fired from an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter
 
In the first of its kind launch, Raytheon Company fired tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) 2A radio frequency (RF) practice missiles from an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter during a December exercise, the US-based company said yesterday, March 30.
In the first of its kind launch, Raytheon Company fired tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) 2A radio frequency (RF) practice missiles from an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter during a December exercise, the US-based company said yesterday, March 30.
 

India's first upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter aircraft has begun scheduled flights

India's first upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter aircraft has begun scheduled flights
 
The first MiG-29UPG underwent modifications conducted by Indian specialists and soared into the sky in February this year, stated CEO of MiG Corporation Sergey Korotkov in an interview with Interfax-AVN. The group of MiG-29’s, which underwent modernization in India, is made up of four fighter aircraft.
The first MiG-29UPG underwent modifications conducted by Indian specialists and soared into the sky in February this year, stated CEO of MiG Corporation Sergey Korotkov in an interview with Interfax-AVN. The group of MiG-29’s, which underwent modernization in India, is made up of four fighter aircraft.
 

Boeing delivered first production QF-16 full-scale aerial target to Tyndall Air Force Base

Boeing delivered first production QF-16 full-scale aerial target to Tyndall Air Force Base
 
The USAF's Tyndall Air Force Aerial Target Division has a new target. Since March 11, the division has access to the QF-16, an unmanned F-16 it will use in exercises with its F-22 squadron. The QF-16s are based at the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, but some are being sent to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin.
The USAF's Tyndall Air Force Aerial Target Division has a new target. Since March 11, the division has access to the QF-16, an unmanned F-16 it will use in exercises with its F-22 squadron. The QF-16s are based at the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, but some are being sent to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin.
 

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