Thursday, January 30, 2014
Iraq has requested U.S. a Foreign Military Sale of 24 Boeing AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $4.8 billion.
This proposed sale of AH-64E APACHE helicopters will bolster its close air support, armed reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare capabilities. Iraq is upgrading its military by ordering more advanced military equipments after decade long sanctions and US led invasion ruined its military capabilities. Iraq has recently requested a deal for Hellfire missiles.
The deal also consists, 56 T700-GE-701D Turboshaft Engines, 27 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight, 27 AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 12 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars with Radar Electronics Unit (LONGBOW component), 28 AN/AAR-57(V)7 Common Missile Warning Systems, 28 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 28 AN/APR-39A(V)4 or APR-39C(V)2 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 28 AN/ALQ-136A(V)5 Radar Jammers, 52 AN/AVS-6, 90 Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets, 60 HELLFIRE Missile Launchers, and 480 AGM-114R HELLFIRE Missiles.
Also included are AN/APR-48 Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers, AN/APX-117 Identification Friend-or-Foe Transponders, Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation with Multi Mode Receiver, MXF-4027 UHF/VHF Radios, 30mm Automatic Chain Guns, Aircraft Ground Power Units, 2.75 in Hydra Rockets, 30mm rounds, M211 and M212 Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munitions flares, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, site surveys, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, design and construction, and other related elements of logistics support.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
|T-6C in RNZAF Paint Scheme © Beechcraft|
Beechcraft signed a $127 million contract to provide Beechcraft T-6C Texan II turboprop military training aircrafts for pilot training of Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) pilots, including spare parts, training, logistics and maintenance support. The contract includes 11 Beechcraft T-6C aircraft, two CAE operational flight training simulators, computer-based training courseware and customized RNZAF pilot training syllabus.
Monday, January 27, 2014
India has lifted restrictions on flights using Airbus A380 super jumbo airliners to India. A380 flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore airports will be allowed which has the required infrastructure for A380 operations. India banned A380 flights due to concerns that foreign carriers may affect international traffic on state run Air India airlines.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
|Date: 04 December 2013|
Copyright: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab
Saturday, January 25, 2014
|© Dassault Aviation - V. Almansa|
This year F-35 fighter test pilots will fly a third-generation Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), incorporating modifications to the second-generation display system currently used for training purposes.
|© 2013 Lockheed Martin|
The combat proven HELLFIRE missile is extensively used by U.S. Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan from its Apache attack helicopters and Predator UAVs for precision strikes. It can be launched from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms, offering multi–mission, multi-target capability and precision–strike lethality. The latest HELLFIRE II model is the AGM-114R multi–purpose missile consolidates the capabilities of all previous HELLFIRE II variants equipped with semi–active laser (SAL) seekers into a single missile that can defeats a broad range of targets.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
|© Aeronautical Development Agency|
The success of Tejas fighter programme for Indian Airforce, built the confidence of Indian Navy to entrust Aeronautical Developmental Agency (ADA) with the design and development of naval version of LCA Tejus for operation from aircraft carriers.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
India successfully test fired its advanced nuclear capable 4000 km range Agni-4 ballistic missile, off the coast of Odisha on Monday morning.
This was the third consecutive successful launch and the last in the series of development flight trials. The missile reached a height of over 850 km, covered the range in about 20 minutes, hit the target with two digit accuracy.
Agni-IV is lighter in weight and has two stages of solid fuel propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield. The re-entry heat shield withstood temperatures in the range of 4000 degree centigrade and made sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature reaching less than 50 degree centigrade. Compared to the 50 tonne Agni-3 with a range of 3000 km, Agni-4 weighs just 17 tonnes.
Agni-IV is equipped with modern and compact avionics with redundancy to provide high level of reliability, and fifth generation on board computer. It can correct and guide itself for inflight disturbances. The missile features a indigenous Ring Laser Gyros based high accuracy inertial navigation system (RINS) and Micro Navigation System (MINGS) complementing each other in redundant mode. The high performance onboard computer with distributed avionics architecture, high speed reliable communication bus and a full digital control system have controlled and guided the missile to the target.
Indian Agni series consists 5 ballistic missiles- Agni I (750km), Agni II (2500 km), Agni III (3000 km), Agni IV (4000 km) and Agni V (5000 km). Agni-I, II, III and Prithvi series (150-300 km ) missiles are already inducted into Indian armed forces. The Agni V missile has completed two successful test firings in 2012-13.
Friday, January 17, 2014
|Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andy M. Kin|
U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified U.S Congress on January 13 of the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Israel for V-22B Block C Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.13 billion.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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U.S. Army fleet of Northrop Grumman Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), recently surpassed 100,000 combat flight hours since 1996.
The MQ-5B Hunter, which is currently deployed supporting contingency operations across the globe, provides warfighters with state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition (RSTA), communications relay and weapons delivery.
The MQ-5B Hunter is distinguished by its heavy fuel engines, its "wet" (fuel-carrying) extended center wing with weapons-capable hard points and a modern avionics suite. The MQ-5B Hunter system uses the Army's One System ground control station and remote video terminal.
It also carries a communications relay package to extend the radio range of warfighters. Hunter is also equipped with a differential GPS automatic takeoff and landing system.
The MQ-5B features a robust, fixed-wing, twin tail-boom design with redundant control systems powered by two heavy fuel engines – one engine to "push" and another to "pull" the air vehicle.
Another Hunter capability is its relay mode that allows one Hunter to be controlled by another UAV at extended ranges or over terrain obstacles typical of those found in the Balkans and Afghanistan.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Currently it is the largest and heaviest aircraft in the world performing outsized commercial cargo transportation, carrying payloads weighing up to 250 tons with a 640 tons maximum take off weight.
Designed by the erstwhile Soviet Union's Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s, An-225 was an enlargment of the An−124 Ruslan heavy transport, to airlift the Energia rocket's boosters and the Buran space shuttle for the Soviet space program.
Less than six months from its maiden flight in 1988, the An-225 made its maiden flight from Baikonour with its first cargo – Buran spaceship weighing more than 60 tons piggybacked. Together with Buran, An-225 performed 14 flights with total duration of 28 hours and 27 minutes.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the following cancellation of the Buran space program, the only operational An-225 was placed in storage in 1994 and the second partially completed An-225 airframe was also stored.
The An−225 holds 240 world records including transportation of the heaviest cargo weighing 253.8 tons, the heaviest mono cargo at 187 tons as well as a cargo with length 42.1m.
The aircraft has a spacious pressurized cargo compartment with a length of 43.32 m, width of 6.4 m and height of 4.4 m. It is powered by six Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofan engines with 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) thrust each.
In 2009, maintenance was carried out on An-225 to extend its operational life to 20000 flight hours or 4000 flights, equal to 45 years of operation, extending it opertional life through 2033.
BAE system engineers have successfully flight tested metal parts produced through 3D printing, for the first time on-board a RAF Tornado GR4 fighter jet. The 3D metal camera bracket was test flown from BAE's airfield at Warton in Lancashire. BAE say's some of the parts cost less than £100 per piece to manufacture, and has already resulted in savings of more than £300,000 and will offer further potential cost savings of more than £1.2 million by 2017.
BAE is also designing and producing 3D printed functional components at RAF Marham airbase to support the Tornado when it is being maintained on the ground. The parts are made from a plastic material and include protective covers for Tornado cockpit radios, support struts on the air intake door and protective guards for Power Take-off shafts. Watch 3D printing machine video here www.youtube.com/watch?v=33wIEBb9yoU
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
|The “Spirit of Washington” lands at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Dec. 16, 2013.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Boutte/Released)|
After three years and nine months of maintenance, US Air Force and Northrop Grumman restored the B-2 Stealth Bomber "Spirit of Washington" to full mission ready status, after an engine fire in 2010 badly damaged the aircraft.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
|USAF B-2 Stealth Bomber|
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $13.4 million contract to design and develop the Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal Increment I (Global ASNT), which sends and receives alert messages to bomber, tanker and reconnaissance air crews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions.