Mysterious New Jet Takes to the Air

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Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its newly developed, experimental aircraft Model 401. The company produced two such aircraft for an undisclosed customer, to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and research flight services for the United States government. This successful first flight is the beginning of the flight test phase for vehicle number 1. The Scaled team plans to continue envelope expansion on the first aircraft as they move toward first flight of the second Model 401 vehicle.

RAF Testing Threat Awareness and Pilot Safety Enhancements for the Typhoon

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P2E flight trials are conducted at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business in Warton, Lancashire. Testing is scheduled to continue through 2016. Photo: EurofighterThe latest enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet have been successfully tested by UK Royal Air Force (RAF). The P2Ea package incorporates software and avionics improvements such as upgrades to the radar, defensive aids systems and targeting pods.

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Taurus KEPD 350 missile Flying on the Typhoon

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Privately Developed Scorpion Jet Takes to the Air on Maiden Flight over Kansas

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TACPOD™ Completes Air Force Flight Testing — Press Release

Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems

Austin TX — 28 August 2013 12:01PM CST

For immediate release

Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems recently completed successful flight testing of its TACPOD™ mid-tier aerial communications relay node on a US Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft. The US Government flight testing marks the culmination of Ultra’s development and production contract to support Beyond Line of Sight Command and Control (BLOS C2) for the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. An earlier TACPOD configuration completed similar flight testing in December 2011.

“TACPOD fielding will provide a substantial capability for the warfighter to share meaningful information to the tactical edge,” according to Ultra’s TACPOD Project Manager, Bryan Jimenez. “This successful flight test series demonstrates the capability of TACPOD and its readiness for the next phase leading to fielding.”

The Tactical Airborne Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Pod (TACPOD) is a robust non-invasive approach to providing tactical information exchange to tactical edge users on a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft. The TACPOD system’s small size, standard weapons mount interface, modularity, scalability, and plug and play capability provides unprecedented mission adaptability.

The TACPOD system establishes a network that extends Line of Sight and Beyond Line of Sight communications for voice, video and data. It connects forces throughout the battlefield on the ground, in convoys, command centers, ships and aircraft. Using its Battlefield Integrated Gateway for Tactical Exchange (BIGTEX)™ software, TACPOD relays, bridges, translates, distributes and manages current and legacy voice, video and data. From the lower altitudes of the mid-tier aerial network to the upper-tier aerial network, TACPOD provides persistent communications relay and tactical data link gateway services over widely dispersed and austere environments.

The US Air Force awarded Ultra a contract to provide the TACPOD BLOS Employment Quick Reaction Capability in March 2012. The project will conclude with delivery of multiple, complete TACPOD systems, each incorporating a two-pod mission set, along with ground support and ancillary equipment.

“TACPOD represents a continuation of our commitment to deliver solutions that help customers integrate, share and act on time-critical information,” says Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems President John McAlonan. “We look forward to fielding TACPOD, providing an affordable persistent communications and interoperability capability to the joint warfighter across a wide spectrum of missions.”

Ultra Electronics, Advanced Tactical Systems specializes in designing, manufacturing and supporting tactical command and control systems, subsystems and products for defense and homeland security applications worldwide. Their products and services are used on aircraft, ships, submarines, vehicles, air operations centers and other key locations throughout the world.

Advanced Tactical Systems is part of Ultra Electronics, an internationally successful defense, security, transport and energy company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth.

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M51 Nuclear Missile Fails on a Test Launch from a Newly Upgraded Submarine

May 5, 2013 by · Comment
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Working on the behalf of the French defence procurement agency DGA (French Ministry of Defence procurement agency), since the 1960's, the company has produced the submarine-launched MSBS family (M1, M2, M20, M4) of the French deterrent force. The latest version, the M-45, is currently deployed on board France's new generation submarines. The MSBS-M51, an ultra-modern missile with considerably enhanced performance, has been under development since 1992.A French M51 submarine launched ballistic missile malfunctioned during a test launch Sunday, and had to be destroyed while in flight, the Ministry of Defense said. It was the 6th flight test of the latest French strategic ballistic missile and the...

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A400M Buyers and EADS Reach Deal on A400M Program

a400m eads europe agreement transportThe EADS (EADS:P) developed A400M transport has been the most important military aerospace project in Europe for the last ten years. The multi-engined propeller driven aircraft was designed to support the airlift needs of seven European countries as well as compete on the world market for military transport contracts. Unfortunately due to issues with engine and software development and integration the program is at least four years late and billions of dollars over cost.

Because the program was considered low risk the contract was structured so that the buyers provided up front money to pay for the development and then would not have to pay anymore until deliveries started. As the costs and schedule changed EADS and the customers renegotiated the programlast year as the program faced cancellation and EADS paying back millions in penalties. The decision was made to keep the program going with EADS paying some of the cost and the contract has been in renegotiation since.

During that time the United Kingdom has announced changes to their planned quantities as well as a complete restructuring of their defense spending as part of SDSR.

Word leaked this weekend that a new agreement had been reached. The buyers will now pay up to about $18 million more per airframe but some will now buy less. They will also pay about $3.5 billion more for the program with EADS paying all of the other cost overruns. The aircraft is now in the flight test stage and the first aircraft will be accepted in 2013 rather then the originally planned 2009.

If the A400M was not completed the Europeans would be faced with buying either the Boeing (BA) C-17 or Lockheed Martin (LMT) C-130J. The A400M is designed to be bigger and longer ranged then the C-130 but more fuel efficient then the C-17. Unfortunately the delays in the program meant that the program missed out on some opportunities for foriegn sales as the C-17 and C-130 have been purchased by countries like the U.A.E. and Canada.

EADS would like to sell the aircraft to the American military but needs to identify a mission This may prove difficult as the C-17 production is winding down as the Air Force has met their inventory requirement and there is expected to be pressure on the U.S. defense budget that would reduce opportunities for new programs.

The new agreement is good news for EADS and Europe as canceling the transport would have been a blow to the aerospace giant’s finances as well as a black eye for the state of the industry in Europe as a whole.

Photo from Chris MOEEG’s flickr photostream.

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BAE Systems Completes Successful Rocket Ballistic Test of 5-inch Long Range Land Attack Projectile

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MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems has conducted a successful rocket ballistic flight test of its 5-inch Long Range Land Attack Projectile at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Employing a tactically configured airframe propelled by a rocket motor, the rocket ballistic test met all predicted performance parameters during its flight. Coupled with previous component and subsystem testing, this successful test sets the stage for planned guided flight demonstrations of the 5-inch LRLAP. The 5-inc

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Dyess On Deck

Dyess On Deck
July 13, 2010

MARIETTA, Ga., - The next two Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130Js for Dyess Air Force Base, Tex., near completion at the company's Marietta facility. The aircraft will soon enter flight test prior to delivery later this year. Dyess will receive 28 new Super Hercules to be flown by the 317th Airlift Group, making it the world's largest single C-130J operator.

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The Third Sukhoi Superjet 100 Joins the Flight Test Campaign — Press Release

The Third Sukhoi Superjet 100 Joins the Flight Test Campaign

sukhoiJuly 25, 2009, Komsomolsk – The Third Sukhoi Superjet 100 Joins the Flight Test Campaign Today, the third Sukhoi Superjet 100 flight prototype SN 95004 took to the air from Komsomolsk adding momentum to the flight test campaign. Prior to this, the flight test campaign included the first two flying prototype aircraft – SSJ100 # 95001 and # 95003.

This first Flight of SN 95004 began at 07:44 p.m. local time and lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes (landing local time – 09:05 p.m.). The purpose of the flight was to check all aircraft system operations and to confirm their ability to ensure the safety o f the aircraft. The first flight of SSJ100 SN 95004 was quite similar to the flights performed to check the ramp-up production aircraft prior to delivery.
As Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95004 will undergo testing of the passenger cabin and avionics, it will be the first aircraft to be completely fitted with passenger equipment and the certification-ready avionics suite, which includes all options designed to meet the airlines’ requirements.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 #95004 will demonstrate the full capabilities of the “dark-and-quiet” cockpit, which is powered by the avionics suite and designed to make the flight comfortable for the pilots and, therefore, safer for the passengers. Later, the aircraft will undergo a series of tests in Italy that will include checks on the community noise level, Instrumented Landing System, Precision Navigation (P-RNAV) and High Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) tests.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company test-pilots Nikolay Pushenko, who captained the flight, and Sergey Korostiev were the crew for SN95004’s initial test flight. Pushenko and Korostiev also flew SSJ100 SN 95003 from Komsomolsk to Moscow via Novosibirsk this spring. “It is a pleasure to be the first to touch the controls of another SSJ100 and we are very pleased that, in accordance with the schedule of the flight test campaign, every “first flight” becomes more and more saturated as the operational functionality of the aircraft broadens”, – said Nikolay Pushenko, after leaving the plane.

Upon completion of a few factory test flights and painting, the aircraft will follow the same route through Novosibirsk to SCAC’s flight test center in the Moscow region and join the other two prototypes for their certification flights.

“Putting another Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the sky is an important milestone for us, as it demonstrates the capacity of this comfort oriented design, which has taken into consideration the noise and emissions of the aircraft, safety of the passenger cabin, and also the comfort of its pilots, crew, and passengers. It will supplement the daily flight display of SSJ100 # 95003 at MAKS airshow this August in the Moscow Region, showcasing the passenger cabin comfort at the static display”, – noted Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, SCAC’s President upon completion of the flight.

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