US Drone Maker Cleared to Export Jet Powered Combat Drones

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a manufacturer of jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems, will soon offer its Mako militarized, combat unmanned aerial vehicles systems for export, following approval of such export by the U.S. State Department to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries.

Hypersonic Weapons Enter Service with Russian Aviation

Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Republic confirmed today that Russia began deploying new strategic weapons that are virtually immune to enemy missile defense capabilities. These weapons include a hypersonic air-launched attack missile and ground-launched hypersonic glider, that can be used with nuclear or conventional warheads. Russian scientists have also matured a compact nuclear propulsion system that can be fitted to unmanned aerial vehicles and torpedo-like submersibles, used as cruise missiles. Nuclear powered Representing new weapon categories, both systems are not likely to be covered by the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

UVision’s Hero 400EC Demonstrates Loitering, Precision Attack Capabilities

Israel's UVision demonstrated their Hero-400EC extended-range loitering missile system last month, pitching the enhanced drone to a strategic customer that already operates the company's other Hero loitering weapons.

Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

The planned arrival of amphibious support ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in the Pacific Ocean introduces a new capability for amphibious support ships carrying the F-35B fifth-generation stealth fighters without relying on large aircraft carriers. Apart from the American LHD, both Japan and South Korea are interested in the new potential mating STOVL fighters with flat-deck helicopter carriers. Both countries already acquired the conventional take-off variant (F-35A), and consider operating the Short Take-Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) B version from ships.

Aussie Super Hornets to Return Home from Iraq in January 2018

Australia is set to pull out six F/A-18F Super Hornets currently operating as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Australian Air Task Group flying Super...

US Air Force to Experiment With Counter-Air Defense Cruise Missiles

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) munitions directorate awarded two competitive contracts for the first phase of development of a new cruise missile designed to defeat modern, integrated air defense systems (IADS).

Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Completes First Flight

The V-280 Valor has achieved first flight yesterday, at Bell Helicopter facility at Amarillo, Texas. The V-280 Valor is Bell's variant evaluated by the US Army Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator initiative.

F-35 Program Met 2017 Goal with 66 Aircraft Delivered

On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017. The delivery rate in 2017 represents more than a 40 percent increase from 2016, and the F-35 enterprise is prepared to increase production volume year-over-year to hit full rate of approximately 160 aircraft in 2023. As production ramps and additional improvements are implemented, Lockheed Martin's goal is to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020.

Russian Air Force to Receive the First Production Su-57 in 2018

Initial assembly of the Su-57, the Russian fifth generation fighter, is slated to begin next year at the Gagarin Aircraft-Building Enterprise in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in the Khabarovsk Region in the Russian Far East. The Russian Aerospace Force will begin receiving the first batch of production Su-57 fighters in 2018 and could field about 220 such aircraft between 2020 and 2030.

Preparing for Operational Service, B-1B Fires LRASM in Salvo

Lockheed Martin successfully launched production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force's B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F in 2019, LRASM will fulfill the US Navy's Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment I requirement.

Autonomous Guidance and Landing for Helicopters Tested by Airbus

Airbus' EAGLE vision system began flight testing on ab H225 helicopter flying testbed. The system improves situational awareness and reduces the pilot’s workload by automating and securing approaches, take-off, and landing. Photo: Airbus

Marines Try Out Fully Autonomous Helicopters

The Marine Corps examined an innovative autonomous flying capability that enables troops to safely and reliably control helicopters from the ground, even in difficult weather conditions. The demonstration flight took place this week at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the successful conclusion of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program.

Qatar’s Race for Air Power

In recent months Qatar defense officials were busy dealing in shopping for fighter jets to expand their minuscule air force into a significant, modern air power. If those deals are fulfilled, in less than five years the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will increase its order of battle from the current nine Mirage 2000-5 fighters to 96 modern combat jets, armed with the latest weapons the Western world can offer.

Israel’s F-35I Declared Combat Ready

The Israel Air Force declared its F-35I unit operational today, following the year-long initial operational capability qualification of 140 Squadron ('Golden Eagle') the first IAF unit operating the Fifth Generation fighter (dubbed 'Adir' by the IAF). By the summer of 2018, the squadron is expected to receive six more fighters.

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