Solar HALE Drones Turn into Atmospheric Satellites

While DARPA refocuses its SOLAR HALE ambitions, a privately funded company is determined to launch a solar drone into an 'atmospheric orbit', tapping evolving opportunities in the commercial and homeland security market. Mega-size solar power drones are taking shape at several manufacturers across the USA, where 'atmospheric satellites' are being developed, designed to take small payloads into 'atmospheric orbit'...

Enhanced T56 Engine Could save Billions in C-130H Operating Costs

C130H engine test
The US Air Force began testing a C-130H Hercules tactical transport aircraft powered by an enhanced T-56 engine that could save $2 Billion, keeping the Hercules flying until 2040.

New Engine to Power the Next Generation Fighters

The US Air Force is funding the development of a new class of 45,000 lb thrust-adaptive jet engine, designed to power the future sixth generation fighter in the 2030s. Two contracts were awarded, each to complete three prototype engines in four years.

F-35A aborts mission after catching fire on takeoff

An F-35A assigned to the 33rd fighter wing caught fire yesterday while taking off on a training mission from the Eglin Air Force Base. The pilot escaped unharmed and no injuries were reported but the aircraft suffered major damage

IAI to Unveil a New Air Defense & Air Surveillance Radar

IAI Elta is introducing a new air defense, surveillance, threat alert and air traffic control radar (AD STAR) offering an affordable, mission specific solution for customers worldwide. In recent years IAI Elta has witnessed a growing demand for air surveillance radars, with customers planning to phase out legacy air defense radar system.

Thrust-Vectoring Upgrade for Typhoon Eurojet EJ200?

Eurofighter and engine supplier Eurojet are promoting a thrust-vector option for the Eurojet EJ200 engines powering the Typhoon, proposed for the Indian MMRCA program. Eurofighter has raised the possibility of a thrust-vectoring upgrade to become part of a future Typhoon mid-life upgrade, a move that could deliver substantial operational cost savings that would offset the cost involved with the...

Phantom Eye Damaged After First Flight

Boeing's Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system (UAS) completed its first autonomous flight June 1 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Snecma Tests Open Rotor Engine

Snecma, the French engine manufacturer of the Safran group is working on an 'open rotor' engine that promises to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels, and reduce acoustic signature powering the passenger airplanes in the 2030s. The goal of the current research is to test a jet engine that consumes 30% less fuel than today’s powerplants. This new type...

F-135 – High Performance Jet Engine for Lightning II

Pratt & Whitney announced today the certification of its F135 engine to power the Lightning II's first flight later this year after successfully completing all tests scheduled to date. The F135 has achieved Initial Flight Release from the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO). Robert Burnes, JPO F-35 propulsion director, has declared all F135 tests and verification reports complete, clearing...

Silent Falcon To Soar for 14 Hours Powered by Solar Energy

Silent Falcon UAS is introducing at AUVSI 2013 a small drone, designed to perform long endurance missions of up to 14 hours using solar power. The drone called Silent Falcon, can be launched by hand or from a vehicle, and carry a dual-sensor payload weighing about 1.3 kg. According to the manufacturer the drone has completed development and is...

North Korea launches a Ballistic Missile from a Submarine

North Korea launched what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine in the East Sea Saturday, the South Korean military said. South Korea's defence ministry said the missile, fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), flew around 30 kilometres (18 miles) and that the test showed "certain technological progress" in the North's SLBM capability.

Dependable Engines: Pratt & Whitney

Dependable Engines: With Evolving Military Landscapes, Pratt & Whitney Remains Steadfa

India in Search for a Foreign Engine Maker to Improve Kaveri Program

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to attract an international partner for the development of the troubled Kaveri jet engine program, through an international, open tender, after the joint program with French engine maker Snecma failed to deliver the expected results.

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