AIN Defense Perspective » July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011 - 5:50am
Attack helicopters, including this British AH-64D Apache, are launched from s...

Recent briefings in Brussels and London on Operation Unified Protector reveal that attack helicopters provided by France and the UK are now making key contributions to NATO-led operations over Libya, which has been extended until the end of September.

July 18, 2011 - 5:40am
The British have switched from the STOVL version of the F-35 to the carrier v...

A report by the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) has listed some risks arising from the decision by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to switch its Joint Strike Fighter selection from the F-35B STOVL (short takeoff and vertical landing) version to the F-35C carrier version.

July 18, 2011 - 5:30am
The AL-31FN is based on the standard Su-27 engine but is reconfigured to suit...

China has signed a fifth contract with Russia’s Rosoboronexport for the supply of Saturn AL-31FN military turbofan engines from the MMPP Salyut factory to power the Chengdu J-10 multi-role fighter, according to reports from Moscow.

July 18, 2011 - 5:20am
The K-Max is one of two contenders for an unmanned cargo lifting requirement ...

Lockheed Martin flew a K-Max helicopter to NAS Patuxent River to start an evaluation that will result in an unmanned airborne cargo delivery system being deployed to Afghanistan. The K-Max is competing against the Boeing A160 Hummingbird for a U.S. Marine Corps requirement.

July 18, 2011 - 5:10am
The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstration aircraft ...

The U.S. Navy stepped closer to the first carrier landing of an autonomous, unmanned aircraft following the July 2 carrier touchdown of a manned F/A-18D surrogate aircraft. It is equipped with the same avionics and software planned for the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft.

 

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