First Flight for the New MRTT Royal Saudi Air Force Tanker

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has successfully completed its maiden flight lasting 4hr 15min. Following the...

Nano Sensors Enhancing Warfighters’ Situational Awareness

The miniaturization of electronic and electro-mechanical systems, including sensors, computers, and flight controls enable designers to create ‘flying sensors’. This article introduces three such sensors designed specifically for military operations.

Australian Growler Crews Have A Heavy Workload Ahead

For Australia, adding the Growlers to the RAAF’s fleet of Super Hornets is viewed as a necessary step in strengthening the nation’s airborne defense capability. The question to be answered is, can the American and Australian flyers learn to overcome the challenges they will face in handling the EA-18Gs known deficiencies?

Russian Fighters Fly High at MAKS 2015

Facing the pressure of economic sanctions imposed by Western countries, the Russian civilian aviation market has experienced reduced business volume, due to dropping demand from domestic airlines. Against this background the military aviation market took center stage at the MAKS 2015 airshow at Zhukhovsky near Moscow, Russia. Despite the absence of new military aircraft, Russian manufacturers unveiled a number of new systems and capabilities at the airshow, positioned as the largest aerospace event of the Eastern bloc.

F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System Enters Low-Rate Production

The first production configuration of the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) was recently delivered for integration onto the F-35A aircraft. The systems are embedded into...

China’s Xian Y-20 Takes Off on First Flight

The highly anticipated first flight of China's new Y-20 four-engined heavy cargo jet completed successfully today. (video) The Y-20 (Yun-20 or Transport-20) is the culmination...

Washington to supply 14,000 TOW missiles to the Saudi National Guard

Following a conclusion of a large foreign military sales contract signed by the US Government, the Raytheon company is expecting an order for 14,000 tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles worth about $750 million.

S70 Okhotnik Flies MUM-T with Su-57

Sukhoi and the Russian Ministry of Defense have flown the S-70 Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle with Su-57 fifth-generation fighter aircraft for the first time. The flight that laster 30 minutes as part of the ongoing test program. On this flight, Okhotnik flew with a full avionics configuration in an automated mode.

SlowFast Tactical Drone Tactical ISTAR UAV

Based on the Moyen Duc demonstrator, Dassault Aviation and Sagem are jointly developing a concept of a new stealthy tactical drone which will be...

International Debut for F-35 at Farnborough, Air Tattoo in July

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will make its international debut in July this summer, the British Defence Secretary has announced. The F-35 Lightning II will...

Pegasus is airborne!

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program Sunday 28 December 2014. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Wash., at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The 767-2Cs enter flight test as commercial freighters prior to receiving their aerial refuelling systems, while the KC-46s will fly as fully equipped tankers through the FAA and military certification process.

Asia Pacific defense Update – Nov. 2012 Edition

The new issue of Asia pacific Defense Update is here! This digest of 26 articles highlighting recent defense news events from the region is based on the full version (premium content) from Defense Update and other sources, brought to you in a concise, pdf edition you can store on your desktop, read on tablets and smartphones.

Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR)

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) Provides A Global Sensor Solution for Today’s Complex Operational Environment

Paris Airshow 2011 Photo Report

This is where Defense-Update will upload new photos during every day of the Airshow... The new Fury 1500 UAV from AME. With an empty weight...

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