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DRS Technologies successfully completes flight test of new GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal

DRS Technologies successfully completes flight test of new GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal
 
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced on January 21 that it successfully performed the first airborne demonstration of its GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal. At less than six inches in diameter and weighing less than nine pounds, the GS205 is one of the smallest stabilized, light-weight and fully qualified targeting systems on the market.
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced on January 21 that it successfully performed the first airborne demonstration of its GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal. At less than six inches in diameter and weighing less than nine pounds, the GS205 is one of the smallest stabilized, light-weight and fully qualified targeting systems on the market.
 

KRET to equip future MiG-31BM fighter jets with new Zaslon-M radar system

KRET to equip future MiG-31BM fighter jets with Zaslon-M radar system
 
More than 50 modernized MiG-31BM fighter jets will be delivered to the Russian armed forces by the end of 2018. The updated MiG jets will patrol some of the most important strategic areas, including the Arctic, as reported by TASS. The upgraded MiG-31BM will have the new Zaslon-M radar system, designed by the Research Institute of Instrumentation named for Tikhomirov, which is part of KRET.
More than 50 modernized MiG-31BM fighter jets will be delivered to the Russian armed forces by the end of 2018. The updated MiG jets will patrol some of the most important strategic areas, including the Arctic, as reported by TASS. The upgraded MiG-31BM will have the new Zaslon-M radar system, designed by the Research Institute of Instrumentation named for Tikhomirov, which is part of KRET.
 

Iran's indigenously made Borhan fighter aircraft successfully passed wind tunnel tests

Iran's indigenously made Borhan fighter aircraft successfully passed wind tunnel tests
 
According to Iranian news agency Tasnim, the Iran-made Borhan fighter aircraft, which is also known as B92, has been completely manufactured by the Iranian military experts and has successfully passed wind tunnel tests. Currently, 70 percent of the detail design of the fighter, which is an updated and optimized version of Shafaq fighter, has been completed and its mock-up has been also manufactured, reported Tasnim news agency.
According to Iranian news agency Tasnim, the Iran-made Borhan fighter aircraft, which is also known as B92, has been completely manufactured by the Iranian military experts and has successfully passed wind tunnel tests. Currently, 70 percent of the detail design of the fighter, which is an updated and optimized version of Shafaq fighter, has been completed and its mock-up has been also manufactured, reported Tasnim news agency.
 

US Air Force gives new smart weapons capability to its B-52H strategic bomber fleet

US Air Force gives new smart weapons capability to its B-52H strategic bomber fleet
 
Since the US Air Force's decision in 2013 to increase the B-52H bomber fleet's effectiveness and versatility by increasing the aircraft's smart weapons capacity by over 50 percent, teams from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Boeing and, now Edwards, have partnered up to begin developmental testing on the "Buff's" newest upgrade.
Since the US Air Force's decision in 2013 to increase the B-52H bomber fleet's effectiveness and versatility by increasing the aircraft's smart weapons capacity by over 50 percent, teams from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Boeing and, now Edwards, have partnered up to begin developmental testing on the "Buff's" newest upgrade.
 

Rafael's SPICE 250 precision guided glide bomb undergoing adaptation test on IAF's fighters

Rafael's SPICE 250 precision guided glide bomb is undergoing adaptation tests on IAF's fighters
 
Rafael’s SPICE (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost Effective) air-to-surface precision guided glide bomb family has been significantly reinforced recently with the addition of the new SPICE-250, reports today Israel Defense. Unlike previous models in this category, which offered a smart conversion kit for Mk-83 and Mk-84 general purpose bombs, the SPICE-250 offers a complete solution with a 250 pound (100 kg) warhead to a range of 100 km.
Rafael’s SPICE (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost Effective) air-to-surface precision guided glide bomb family has been significantly reinforced recently with the addition of the new SPICE-250, reports today Israel Defense. Unlike previous models in this category, which offered a smart conversion kit for Mk-83 and Mk-84 general purpose bombs, the SPICE-250 offers a complete solution with a 250 pound (100 kg) warhead to a range of 100 km.
 

India successfully tests Tejas-PV1 Light Combat Aircraft with advanced Electronic-Warfare suite

India successfully tests Tejas-PV1 Light Combat Aircraft with advanced Electronic-Warfare suite
 
An advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite developed by the DRDO has been successfully tested onboard India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-PV1. "After obtaining due flight clearances and certification, the first flight sortie of LCA PV1 with the EW equipment operational took place today [Saturday, January 10]. The equipment was noted to be detecting radar signals operating in and around the flight path," a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) release said.
An advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite developed by the DRDO has been successfully tested onboard India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-PV1. "After obtaining due flight clearances and certification, the first flight sortie of LCA PV1 with the EW equipment operational took place today [Saturday, January 10]. The equipment was noted to be detecting radar signals operating in and around the flight path," a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) release said.
 

Boeing delivers enhanced F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft training simulators to US Air Force

Boeing delivers enhanced F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft training simulators to US Air Force
 
Boeing has improved the realism of ground-based F-22 Raptor training by delivering the first simulators for that aircraft with an immersive, 360-degree visual environment. Two simulators were installed, each paired with the Constant Resolution Visual System (CRVS), Boeing’s patented display that provides high-resolution imagery for pilots to train with nearly 20/20 acuity.
Boeing has improved the realism of ground-based F-22 Raptor training by delivering the first simulators for that aircraft with an immersive, 360-degree visual environment. Two simulators were installed, each paired with the Constant Resolution Visual System (CRVS), Boeing’s patented display that provides high-resolution imagery for pilots to train with nearly 20/20 acuity.
 

New Chinese Electronic Warfare Aircraft for PLAAF based on Shaanxi Y-9 Transport Aircraft

New Chinese Electronic Warfare Aircraft for PLAAF based on Shaanxi Y-9 Transport Aircraft
 
An image appeared on the Chinese internet showing a new type of electronic warfare (EW) or Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) aircraft based on the Shaanxi Y-9 platform. The Shaanxi Y-9 aircraft is a transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Company in China. It was developed as an improved version of the Shaanxi Y-8F with greater payload and range. The Y-8F is based on Soviet Antonov An-12.
An image appeared on the Chinese internet showing a new type of electronic warfare (EW) or Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) aircraft based on the Shaanxi Y-9 platform. The Shaanxi Y-9 aircraft is a transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Company in China. It was developed as an improved version of the Shaanxi Y-8F with greater payload and range. The Y-8F is based on Soviet Antonov An-12.
 

Japanese Defense Ministry plans to conduct performance tests on ATD-X fighter jet prototype in 2015

Japanese Defense Ministry plans to conduct performance tests on ATD-X fighter jet prototype for 2015
 
The Japanese Defense Ministry’s efforts to develop an all-domestic fighter jet, Japan’s first since World War II, are moving into full swing. A test model under development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is expected to make its maiden flight in mid-January, reported today the Japan Times.
The Japanese Defense Ministry’s efforts to develop an all-domestic fighter jet, Japan’s first since World War II, are moving into full swing. A test model under development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is expected to make its maiden flight in mid-January, reported today the Japan Times.
 

Stealth Technology: Theory and Practice in Russian defense industry

Stealth Technology: Theory and Practice in Russian defense industry
 
For a long time, the struggle for supremacy in the air has been fought for in the field of radio electronics. This contest may be an invisible battle of electromagnetic rays over a distance of hundreds of kilometers, but it still operates according to the old rule of fighting favors the element of surprise. Stealth technology is reviving this basic principle of warfare. (Source: Rostec)
For a long time, the struggle for supremacy in the air has been fought for in the field of radio electronics. This contest may be an invisible battle of electromagnetic rays over a distance of hundreds of kilometers, but it still operates according to the old rule of fighting favors the element of surprise. Stealth technology is reviving this basic principle of warfare. (Source: Rostec)
 

Photo Report : Belgian Air Force Days in Kleine-Brogel

Photo Report : Belgian Air Force Days 2014
 
The Belgian Air Force Days were held at the Kleine-Brogel military airbase on September 12nd, 13rd and 14th 2014. For three days, visitors could board several aircrafts, both ancient and actual, from more than twenty different countries and numerous aerobatic teams such as French Acrobatic Patrol, Jordanian Falcons and British Red Arrows. Air Recognition attended the event and brings you a special photo report.
The Belgian Air Force Days were held at the Kleine-Brogel military airbase on September 12nd, 13rd and 14th 2014. For three days, visitors could board several aircrafts, both ancient and actual, from more than twenty different countries and numerous aerobatic teams such as French Acrobatic Patrol, Jordanian Falcons and British Red Arrows. Air Recognition attended the event and brings you a special photo report.
 

The 40th anniversary of the Mi-24 legendary Russian-made attack helicopter 2203132

The 40th anniversary of the Mi-24 legendary Russian-made attack helicopter
 
This year marks the 40th anniversary of production of the Mi-24, the first purpose-built Russian combat helicopter, at Rostov Helicopter Plant, today called Rosvertol, a Russian Helicopters company. The design of the Mi-24, a strike and transport helicopter was, was so successful that versions are still in use today: some 1,500 Mi-24s serve with the armed forces of 60 countries worldwide.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of production of the Mi-24, the first purpose-built Russian combat helicopter, at Rostov Helicopter Plant, today called Rosvertol, a Russian Helicopters company. The design of the Mi-24, a strike and transport helicopter was, was so successful that versions are still in use today: some 1,500 Mi-24s serve with the armed forces of 60 countries worldwide.
 

A new type of laser eye protection (LEP) for pilots is being tested by British Ministry of Defence 1310121

A new type of laser eye protection (LEP) for pilots is being tested by British Ministry of Defence
 
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been working with British Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to evaluate and assess the specially designed spectacles. The LEPs can filter out different wavelengths of light from the spectrum, including those used in various laser weapons and laser pens, which are becoming increasingly available from the internet.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been working with British Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to evaluate and assess the specially designed spectacles. The LEPs can filter out different wavelengths of light from the spectrum, including those used in various laser weapons and laser pens, which are becoming increasingly available from the internet.
 

New UH-72A Lakota helicopter of U.S Army is approaching 100,000 flight hours 0904124

New UH-72A Lakota helicopter of U.S Army is approaching 100,000 flight hours
 
The United States Army's newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota, is approaching 100,000 flight hours, and maintains one of the highest mission-capable rates among Army aircraft. The U.S. Army expects to buy a total of 345 of the aircraft, and the service has just taken delivery of 209 so far.
The United States Army's newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota helicopter, is approaching 100,000 flight hours, and maintains one of the highest mission-capable rates among Army aircraft. The U.S. Army expects to buy a total of 345 of the aircraft, and the service has just taken delivery of 209 so far.
 

Next generation of attack helicopter Apache AH-64 Block III performs well in tests 0904123

Next generation of attack helicopter Apache AH-64 Block III performs well in tests
 
The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Block III next-generation attack helicopter is finishing up its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation at Fort Irwin, Calif., and should be ready to deploy with Soldiers sometime next year, officials said April 2 at the Army Aviation Association of America's 2012 Professional Forum and Exposition.
The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Block III next-generation attack helicopter is finishing up its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation at Fort Irwin, Calif., and should be ready to deploy with Soldiers sometime next year, officials said April 2 at the Army Aviation Association of America's 2012 Professional Forum and Exposition.
 

The new American lighter-weight Air Soldier Warrior System for rotary-wing aircraft personnel 0904122

The new American lighter-weight Air Soldier Warrior System for rotary-wing aircraft personnel
 
The American Air Warrior system, an aviation life-support and communications ensemble first fielded in 2004, and designed for Soldiers who work aboard rotary-wing aircraft, was designed for use between five and six hours of flight time. The system is now being used by Soldiers at double that time.
The American Air Warrior system, an aviation life-support and communications ensemble first fielded in 2004, and designed for Soldiers who work aboard rotary-wing aircraft, was designed for use between five and six hours of flight time. The system is now being used by Soldiers at double that time.
 

Series installation of the sensor-based landing aid in the German CH-53 GS/GE helicopter starts 2603121

Series installation of the sensor-based landing aid in the German CH-53 GS/GE helicopter starts
 
After the Defense Committee and the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag had given their consent, the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung, BWB) was able to conclude the contract covering the series installation of the sensor-based landing aid (abbreviation: SeLa) on 22 February 2012.
After the Defense Committee and the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag had given their consent, the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung, BWB) was able to conclude the contract covering the series installation of the sensor-based landing aid (abbreviation: SeLa) on 22 February 2012.
 

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