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Italian Air Force Tornado Strike Fighters Deploy to Israel for Desert Training

Carmel FireInternational Aerial Group Supports Israel's Firefighting Campaign in Mt. Carmel

Aerospace report
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A Blue Angel Naval Aerobatic Team awaiting takeoff for an aerobatic display in front of a fire wall effect preceeding the display. U.S. navy photo.

Defense Update Aerospace Channel - November 2010

IAFItalian, Israel Air Force Complete Joint Aerial Exercise

The Israeli and Italian air Forces concluded an extensive, two-week exercise in Sardinia today. Members from four Israel Air Force fighter squadrons participated in the exercise, “The Twin-Tail Knights” and “The Spearhead” flying F-15Cs and Ds from the Tel-Nof base, and the “Defenders Of The South” and “The Golden Eagle” squadrons from the Nevatim IAF base, flying F-16. (Read More...)

Indonesia Selects the Armed Super Tucano as Bronco Successor

Indonesia will be the first Asia-Pacific country to order the Super Tucano. Indonesia plans to field eight Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft to replace its aging Rockwell OV-10 Broncos. Indonesia was planning to buy 16 aircraft but will settle for the near term on eight. The Broncos were built in the 1960s and most are no longer operational...


Sikorsky Forms a Team to Develop the X2 Raider Armed Scout Helicopter

Sikorsky has launched the development of a prototype light tactical helicopter based on the X2 rigid coaxial rotor technology designated S-97, and named 'Raider X-2'. The company plans to produce two prototypes and fly them toward 2014, in time for a future request for proposals (RfP) for an Army Armed Aerial Scout


F-35: Test Flights are Catching Up with Schedule

With more aircraft joining the combined test force, the F-35 flight test program gained momentum and, compared to the delays of past years, is now exceeding schedule. Overall, the program has completed 321 flights this year, and is working toward the total of 394 test flight this year. (read more...)


BAE Systems to lead Industry Team Supporting British Training Aircraft

BAE Systems will lead a team comprising Gama Group Limited, Babcock Aerospace Limited and Pilatus Aircraft Limited, positioned to supporting training aircraft for the UK armed forces through the Ascent Flight Training program. MOD is positioning Ascent to become the Fixed Wing Aircraft Service Provider (ASP) for the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) program for a period of 25 years. Under MFTS the UK MOD has a requirement to have a range of aircraft platforms and systems available to train aircrew across the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. BAE Systems is working with its partners to submit a proposal to Ascent in January 2011.

New Composite Improves Durability of B-2 Hot Trailing Edge

The U.S. Air Forces' Research Laboratory (AFRL) has implemented Hot Trailing Edge (HTE) skin composed of AFR-PE-4 composite material on the B-2 stealth bomber. Through the implementation of the new composite AFRL expects to virtually eliminate field repairs, reduce downtime, and achieve higher mission capability rates for the bomber.
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Russian Air Force to Get more Su-34s by Year’s End

Sukhoi Company conducted flight tests of serial Su-34 fighter bombers at the Chkalov Aviation Production Association (NAPO) flight testing station in Novosibirsk, prior to entering serial production of the aircraft at the company’s NAPO plant. The Russian Air Force has already received initial deliveries of Su-34s, with another delivery expected until the end of 2010. (read more...)


U.S. Army set for Operational Testing of Ground,
Foliage Penetrating Airborne Radar

Lockheed Martin is discussing potential operational deployment of foliage penetrating synthetic aperture radar (SAR) next year. The UHF-band Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar (Tracer) has completed approximately 100 test flights through 15 months testing on an Army C-12 aircraft and is currently undergoing flight testing on a NASA-operated Ikhana (Predator B derivative) unmanned aircraft. (read more...)

Next Generation Air Dominance Missiles

DARPA has awarded two competitive development contracts to Boeing and raytheon, to conduct conceptual design and development of a multi-mission air/air and air/ground missile dubbed 'Triple Target Terminator' (T3). The program, part of the agency's advanced weapons initiative, is pursuing a high speed, long-range missile that can engage enemy aircraft, cruise missile and air defense targets. T3 will be designed for internal carriage on stealth aircraft like the F-35, F-22 and F-15SE, or externally on fighters, bombers and UAVs. (read more...)

Falcon is Healthy, Few Tweaks Will Suffice to Fly the Next Mission in Late 2011

Six months after the first test flight of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle’s (HTV-2) which failed to meet its objective, an independent Engineering Review Board (ERB) identified the anomaly that caused the vehicle to exceeding the design flight control envelope.  DARPA is planning to repeat the test in late 2011 trying to complete a 30 minute hypersonic flight at speeds reaching Mach 20, covering about 3,000 nautical miles over the Pacific Ocean. The first flight was terminated prematurely, about 9 minutes after launch. (read more...)

Israel’s Next Generation Spy Satellite could be Operational by Late 2012

IAI unveiled more details about Israel's next generation spy satellite, expected to be ready for launch by late 2012. The satellite known as 'OpSat 3000' is assumed to become the next in the Israeli Ofeq series of spy satellites, supposedly 'Ofeq 10'. The 400 kg satellite will orbit at an altitude of 600 km, incl. 98.23 deg. heliocynchronous orbit, with a period of 99 min. It will carry 30 kg of fuel to sustain maneuvering for at least six years in orbit. Despite the increased weight IAI confirms OpSat 3000 satellites can be launched into orbit by current Shavit satellite launchers or by other launchers. The current satellite leading Ofeq series in space is Ofeq 9, launched in June 2010. (read more...)