Defense

News and issues relating to the defense aerospace business, with emphasis on current/in-use, in-development and prospective programs for manned military aircraft, unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAVs), military aircraft engines, avionics, missiles, bombs, guidance systems and ground-based air-defense systems.

December 24, 2014, 9:40 AM

MQ-8C Completes First Landing on U.S. Navy Ship

The U.S. Navy completed the first ship-based testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.

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The view inside one of the two CAE full mission simulators. These are not designed to provide full-motion, but the pilot seat does “nudge” and “roll” and therefore can be “quite sick-making,” according to Ascent.
Jul 13, 2014 - 10:05 AM
Ascent has run UK Military Flying Training System at RAF Valley for a year. It has lowered front-line training and can now take foreign students.
Jul 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Ascent has lowered front-line training and is able to take foreign students at the UK Military Flying Training System at RAF Valley.
TAI’s Hurkus, a tandem two-seat, low-wing, single-engine turboprop (left), is being developed as a basic trainer and ground attack aircraft for the Turkish armed forces. The prototype Hurkus, TU-VCH, made its first flight on Aug. 29, 2013, a year after it was rolled out at TAI’s Ankara facility.
Jul 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM
While leaving the Hurkus at home, the Turks have come to show off their T129 attack helicopter and Anka (Phoenix) UAV.
Artist’s impression of Bloodhound SSC during a record run. The actual record attempts are planned to take place in South Africa in 2016.  The car is appearing at Farnborough before heading for South Africa.
Jul 13, 2014 - 6:00 AM
Richard Noble’s Bloodhound supersonic car is his most ambitious project yet, with a mere two years until the first attempts.
Flare dispenser trials culminated in this spectacular full flare jettison test of the Airbus A400M.
Jul 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM
The fleet of Airbus A400M tactical transports is starting to grow as the Royal Air Force prepares to take delivery of the first of its 22 in September.
The CH-53K “King Stallion,” one of the first all-digitally designed helicopters, was assembled inside a 3-D virtual reality lab at Sikorsky’s headquarters before any metal was cut or composites were laid out.
Jul 11, 2014 - 7:15 AM
Operational service of the mostly composite helicopter, which has been dubbed the “King Stallion,” is expected in 2019.
Jul 11, 2014 - 7:13 AM
The RAF’s Voyager fleet has been cleared for protected air transport operations with the defensive aids suite, allowing the aircraft to operate into theater. Voyager operations to Afghanistan began just before Christmas 2013.
Jul 11, 2014 - 7:00 AM
Soon several countries will be operating the Airbus A330-based MRTT tanker aircraft, with more orders expected from around the world.