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Aviation defence industry technology

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. 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, 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.

TsAGI completes another test stage of prospective low-noise aircraft

The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed the second stage of trials of a semi-model of the prospective low-noise aircraft, the institute said.

USA: AETC partners with multiple MAJCOMs to create virtual aircraft maintenance hangars

Air Education and Training Command is working to build a faster and smarter Air Force in partnership with multiple major commands to develop a competency-based virtual and augmented-reality training capability for the aircraft maintenance and career enlisted aviator communities.

US Air Force proposed $169 billion budget focuses on great power competition, readiness, establishing Space Force

The Department of the US Air Force released a $169 billion budget proposal Feb. 10, which for the first time includes funding for the newly created U.S. Space Force while also focusing funds to help both services modernize, address threats from Russia and China, and sustain readiness.

Mi-28NM gunships to fire R-74M air-to-air missiles

The latest Russian Mi-28NM helicopter gunships will be able to fight airplanes, drones and helicopters. The rotorcraft will be armed with short-range R-74M air-to-air guided missiles. The helicopter will remain invulnerable at low altitude, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russia creates new generation of shipborne helicopter radars

The Russian naval aviation received the first Ka-27M antisubmarine helicopter in 2017. Its onboard equipment includes Fazotron Helicopter Adaptation (FHA) tactical radar designed by Fazotron-NIIR Corporation. It belongs to the family of Kopye-A onboard radars. The FHA (export option FHA01E) promotes numerous missions of an antisubmarine helicopter, the Radio Electronic Technologies magazine writes.

Three regiments to be armed with Su-57 by 2028

The first prototype of the fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet (later renamed into Su-57) took off and flew for 45 minutes ten years ago in January 2010. Merited test pilot and Hero of Russia Sergey Bogdan flew the aircraft. online publication writes about the program to develop the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA).

US Air Force Chief of Staff offers optimistic update on Air Force’s evolution and future

US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said during a Jan. 27 appearance at the Center for a New American Security that the service is making significant strides in harnessing and using data for deterrence, decision-making and warfighting while also maintaining dominance in space.

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