KC-46A Pegasus Conducts First In-Flight Refueling

The US Air Force's new aerial refueler, KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter. Flight tests employing the centerline drogue system and wing aerial refueling pods will evaluate refueling of A-10, C-17 and F/A-18 and AV-8B and receiving fuel from KC-10. Shortly after the tests the program will proceeding to the Milestone C decision and Low Rate Initial Production, bringing the aircraft to initial operational status by August 2017.

France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

The French Ministry of Defence has launched a modernization program for the country's SAMP/T ground based air defense system. The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.

Following Myanmar, Pakistan is Eager to Sell More JF-17s

Colombo is likely to drop its plan to buy 10 new JF-17 fighter jets from Pakistan, following intensive Indian pressure to drop the deal, that would have cost $400 million.

Russian Helicopters Testing Advanced Rotorcraft Technology

Russian Helicopters' MIL division has begun flight testing of a experimental version of a Mi-24K helicopter that could increase the helicopter's cruising speed by up to 30 percent. The blue painted helicopter testbed made its maiden flight from MIL's test center in Tomilino, on 23 December 2015.

Barak 8 / LRSAM Tested Onboard an Indian Destroyer

The two consecutive tests took place around midnight today, from the Indian P15A destroyer, INS Kolkata. The Barak-8 / LRSAM missile is being developed in joint collaboration by India and Israel.

DARPA To Fly VTOL Tail Sitter Drone From Frigates and Destroyers

DARPA awarded Northrop Grumman US$93 million for under the 3rd phase of the Tern program. The company will develop and demonstrate an innovative unmanned tail-sitting, flying-wing aircraft
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David’s Sling Weapon System Completes Final Testing

The Israeli David's Sling air and missile defense weapon system (DSWS) successfully completed today the fourth and final series of tests (DST-4), representing the final milestone in the system's development. DST-4 is the final milestone before the IDF declares the David's Sling an operational system. The first of two units is expected to become operational in early 2016.
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Turkish UMTAS Missile Dropped From a Bayraktar Tactical Drone

A Turkish drone has successfully completed firing tests of UMTAS anti-tank missile. On the recent test the Bayraktar TB2 drone carried two missiles at a total weight of 75 kg. One missile was dropped from an altitude of 16,000 ft. to hit a 2x2 meter laser-designated target self designated from the drone, from a distance of 8,000 meters.

Poland Orders Spike Missiles to Equip Rosomak IFVs

The Polish Armament Inspectorate awarded Mesko a production contract worth over $150 million, for the delivery of 1,000 Spike anti tank guided missiles to equip the Polish Army's Rosomak infantry fighting vehicles.

K-50 T-X, Seoul’s Contender for the USAF Future Trainer Competition

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled yesterday the improved version of its T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer, the model that KAI and Lockheed Martin are proposing as the successor of the US Air Force’ T-38 trainer, under the T-X program.

Qatar Confirms Order for 24 Rafales

The contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft by Qatar came into force today. Qatar joins France, Egypt and India that have ordered the Rafale. The Qatari order increases the foreign orders worth €15 billion for Rafale to 84.

More JASSMs For US, Allied Air Forces

Lockheed Martin has received an additional production orders worth $302.2 million for 286 baseline and extended range variants of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The new order was negotiated with a previous order of 280 of these missiles, worth 305 million that was awarded in October.

France Confirms Order for Eight MRTT Tankers

Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further eight A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The first A330 MRTT will be delivered to France in 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and the remainder at a rate of one or two per year.

Failed Cruise Missile Crashes Into Russian Village

A cruise missile tested yesterday by its manufacturer NPO Mashinostroyeniya failed on a test flight and crashed into a three storey building at the town of Nenoksa in the Arkhangelsk region in northern Russia.

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