Author Archives: Mehtaj Bora

Future deployment plan of Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) aircraft

Since the official unveiling of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) aircraft on June 14, 2012, many defence analysts have tried to predict its future development plans and the systems impact once it is based on various American Air Bases around the world including Kadena Air Base in Japan which is the hub of U.S. airpower ...

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First European stealth UCAV the nEUROn almost ready for flight

Since the official unveiling of the nEUROn, Europe’s Dassault-led stealth UCAV to the partner nations France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland early this year on 19 January, its maiden flight is expected to be conducted in mid 2012. Final assembly activities on the programme’s lone aircraft were completed recently at Istres air base in southern France, and the platform ...

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Pentagon considers nuclear-powered drones

According to new report released on March 2012, American scientists are working on new-generation nuclear-powered unmanned aircraft capable of staying in the air for up to several months. The report said Sandia National Laboratories were working with Northrop Grumman’s unmanned systems division concerning an “ultra-persistent propulsion and power system” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Recently Federation of American Scientists also ...

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Boeing is close to flying the liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye

To meet the demand from the US military for unmanned drones designed to provide advanced intelligence and reconnaissance, Boeing has recently announced that it has conducted its first medium-speed taxi test for its latest High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) surveillance drone the Phantom Eye at Edwards Air Force Base on March 10 in coordination with the NASA’s Dryden Flight Research ...

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Analyzing the pictures and mystery behind capture of the U.S. stealth drone RQ-170

As the “Downed” RQ-170 Sentinel saga continues, the solution to the mystery of its capture is still under much speculation. The Iranian government claims that the UAV was hacked by its electronic warfare unit but the US government claims that the UAV malfunctioned and crashed. Soon after Iran displayed the captured RQ-170 Sentinel on it’s national television, Iranian state run ...

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Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance

Maritime Reconnaissance involves anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-ship, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance gathering and search and rescue operations by fixed-wing aircrafts which are designed to operate for long durations over water. They are operated by military forces and other government agencies for also roles such as battlefield surveillance, airspace surveillance, observation (e.g. artillery spotting) and border patrol. Maritime Reconnaissance is ...

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Lockheed Martin Unveils Samarai Flyer

With UAVs taking all shapes and sizes in recent years, Lockheed Martin has been working which is based on a monocopter platform. Lockheed Martin calls it Samarai Flyer and was unveiled for the first time publically on August 16th, 2011 at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference. Technically a monocopter is like a helicopter, except that the entire ...

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Future Of Iraqi Air Force

Iraq’s air force has been very slow in modernization but as a state-of-the-art air operations center worth $9 million has been opened by U.S. Air Force and Iraqi officials as the Iraqi air force celebrated its 80th anniversary April 21, 2011 seems to getting it to its feet. While Iraq is reportedly on the verge of $13 billion deal with ...

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BAE Systems to provide Flight Controls for Embraer’s KC-390 Aircraft

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force have selected BAE Systems to provide flight control electronics for the KC-390 military transport aircraft. The Embraer KC-390 is a medium-size, twin-engine jet-powered military transport aircraft under development by Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer.  The KC-390 is a twin-turbofan powered medium-weight transport jet that can be refueled in flight and can be used for in-flight ...

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Dassault Aviation at Paris Air Show 2011

The International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget hosted more than 2,100 international exhibitors for the first time in its history, from 20 to 26 June. With its 28 international pavilions, 140 aircraft the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget offered its 138,000 professional visitors and 200,000 general public visitors a unique experience. With 138 000 trade visitors, 193 ...

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