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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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World’s First practical personal jetpacks now in India

Martin Aircraft Company, the inventors of world’s first practical personal jetpacks have announced that they have signed an agreement with India’s M2K Group based in New Delhi to start productions of Martin Jetpacks in India. Under this agreement India will serve as the manufacturing base of Martin Jetpacks and all orders placed from sub-continent will be fulfilled by the Indian ...

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B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Completes 18.5-Hour Polar Test Mission

Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s  B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production.The Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Increment 1 system verification review ...

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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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Construction of HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier begins

Work on the forward section of the hull, known as Lower Block 02, commenced as Commander-in -Chief Fleet Admiral George Zambellas cut the first steel in a ceremony at the company’s production facility. The huge section, which will weigh around 6,000 tonnes upon completion, will house the ship’s machinery spaces, stores and switchboards, as well as some of the accommodation, ...

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Dassault Rafale wins Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Competition

Dassault Rafale wins Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Competition

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation wins Indian Air Force MMRCA deal worth $10.4 Billion. India plans to buy 126 aircraft from the company for the coming ten years. Sources say that the process of lowest bidder has been completed, Rafale emerged winner against the European Eurofighter Typhoon. According to the deal 18 aircraft will be directly bought from Dassault Aviation ...

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Iran displays captured US RQ-170 Sentinel

An embarrassment to the United States Air Force, Iran displays a captured RQ-170 Sentinel on it’s national television. Iranian state run news agency IRNA had claimed that Iranian Armed Forces had brought down a RQ-170 with “little damage” to the aircraft, suggesting  that a RQ-170 Sentinel was captured by Iranian Armed Forces in east of Iran. But there were many ...

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Iran claims to have captured a RQ-170 Sentinel

On Sunday International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) issued a statement that an unarmed U.S reconnaissance aircraft was missing while on a mission in western Afghanistan. ISAF did not specify on the type of the aircraft. Iranian state run news agency IRNA claimed that it had brought down a RQ-170 with “little damage” to  the aircraft, suggesting  that a RQ-170 Sentinel ...

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Indian Air Force DARIN upgrades for SEPECAT Jaguar

Jaguars were chosen in October 1978 as a part of Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft (DPSA) program to replace its aging fleet of Hawker Hunter and Canberra. Initially an interim batch of ex-RAF jaguars was delivered to IAF in 1979. These aircrafts were fitted with NAVWASS (NAVigation Attack Weapon Aiming Sub-System) from Marconi-Elliot and a Head-Up display (HUD) from Smiths. Aircraft ...

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Simplex Manufacturing to Help Build Next Generation Airframe Icing Test System

Simplex manufacturing has been selected by Battelle to develop a large internal water tank for the CH47 Chinook Helicopter.  The tank will be a component in a new airframe icing test system called the Objective Helicopter Icing Spray System (OHISS).  OHISS will be used by both the military and industry customers to test aircraft flight characteristics in both icing and heavy rain ...

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