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    • Virgin Galactic rocket plane crash – pilot Killed Oct 31, 2014 ss2_2nd_powered_flight_9_5_13_890Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed today when performing a test flight over California. The spacecraft was testing a new propellant on this flight. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • 44 navies embark on the largest naval exercise spanning the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf Oct 30, 2014 Ships participating in International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013 in May 2013. This year IMCMEX 14 began November 30, and will continue through November 13. Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year's exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Michael Sandberg)Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year’s exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Sikorsky pulls out of a $3.6 billion Polish helicopter tender Oct 30, 2014 Australia's first MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft, complete with RAN kangaroo roundel aircraft markings, conducts its initial test flight at Sikorsky's production facility in Stratford, Connecticut, USA.
Project AIR 9000 Phase 8, the Seahawk Romeo helicopter program, reached a significant milestone on June 26, 2013.
Carrying the tail number N48-001, Australia's first Seahawk Romeo completed its initial test flight at Sikorsky's production facility in Stratford, Connecticut, USA. 
The helicopter successfully passed a range of tests during the 1 hour and 20 minute sortie including controllability, engine performance, vibration analysis and navigation. A second sortie later that day completed the 'Contractor Flight Acceptance' phase. 
The helicopter will now be fitted with its highly capable mission systems and sensors at Lockheed Martin's facility in Owego, New York.
The first two MH-60R helicopters are scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Australian Navy in December 2013.The Consortium of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PZL Mielec is withdrawing form a tender for utility helicopters requested by the Polish Ministry of Defense, unless terms of the procedure are amended, Sikorsky Aircraft and PZL Mielec announced today. Sikorsky said the Consortium is not opting out of the procurement but “It is impossible to submit an economically viable offer that would be 100% compliant with each and every requirement, including technical, legal and financial aspects.” Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft Oct 30, 2014 osprey_mountainsIsrael’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel’s procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Germany reconsiders co-funding Israel’s future OPV fleet Oct 29, 2014 ARC 20 de Julio on Seatrials is the first of five 80 m' OPVs Fassmer is building for the Chilean Navy. It was commissioned in 2011. Photo: FassmerThe Israel Ministry of Defense has called off an international tender for the supply of four Offshore patrol Vessels for the Israel Navy after Germany said it will reconsider sharing the construction costs if the contract is handed to a German shipyard Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Cargo rocket destined to the International Space Station destroyed on liftoff Oct 29, 2014 Cargo rocket destined to the International Space Station destroyed on liftoff. Photo: via NASA TVThe Antares rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus suffered a ‘catastrophic anomaly’ seconds after liftoff from NASA’s Wallops flight facility in Virginia at 06:22 PM EDT. Cygnus was packed with 5,000 pounds (2.268 tons) of food and supplies, scientific experiments destined to the International Space Station. It was the third cargo mission under a $1.9 billion contract Orbital Sciences has won from NASA. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • A new stealth corvette from France Oct 29, 2014 CSword_90725Cherbourg based CMN (Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie) has unveiled the C Sword 90 stealthy corvette at the Euronaval naval expo in Paris this week. The stealth vessel is one of three new ship designs the company is launching, all positioned to address the growing needs of world navies to support increasingly demanding missions encountered at the high sea and littoral waters. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • DCNS, Airbus Defense & Space to jointly develop a shipborne helicopter UAS Oct 28, 2014 Tanan_800Airbus Defense & Space and DCNS will jointly develop a shipborne unmanned helicopter to be seamlessly integrated into the ship’s combat system, extending the vessel’s ‘eyes and ears’ into the sky. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • US should be prepared to meet North Korean KN08 ICBM Oct 28, 2014 The tip of the KN-08 missile carries a tri-conical reentry vehicle, containing the warhead. This section weighing 700-1000 kg is likely to carry a miniaturized nuclear device,The US is concerned that north Korean provocations could start a cycle of action and counteraction, leading to an unintended, uncontrolled escalation. General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commanding general of U.S. Forces in South Korea considers that, although untested yet, the North Korean KN08 missile is a real threat Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Thales introduces AESA based maritime surveillance airborne radar Oct 28, 2014 Thales Searchmaster radar shares some technologies with other AESA technologies developed by the company, particularly with the RBE2 radar developed for the Rafale combat aircraft programme.
The Searchmaster radar has been selected for France's ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft, extending the platform capabilities beyond maritime search and anti-submarine warfare.  Photo: ThalesThales has unveiled today the a new version of the Searchmaster multirole surveillance radar equipped with active electronic scanning antenna (AESA) technology. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket