Team Valor is applying lessons learned from a multiyear flight-test programme and Soldier Touchpoint events, in preparation for an RfP from the US Army for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft.
Air Warfare magazine: tankers, RAF modernisation and more
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COMMENT: Seller beware
Reports that ISR data from Chinese-made CH-3A TUAVs may have been used to help army snipers from Burma’s military, the Tatmadaw, target and kill civilian protestors in Mandalay once again raise serious questions around the ethics of drone sales and misuse of the hardware.
New tanker aircraft offer many operational advantages, allowing for more time spent airborne and reduced fuel consumption. However, the KC-46A has faced many delays over the course of its development. As costs continue to rise, the pressure is on to deliver the aircraft.
Maintaining air superiority
The UK’s Integrated Review has reinforced the government’s commitment to supporting the capabilities of the armed forces. However, the threat from near-peer adversaries and the growing asymmetrical capabilities of non-state actors demands that limited resources are spent optimally.
Lessons from the Caucasus
The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict highlighted the importance of long-range capabilities on modern battlefields. Loitering munitions contributed to the Azerbaijani victory, resulting in a newfound international desire to obtain, and learn to counter, this type of weapon.
New kids on the block
Much has been said of new air power concepts such as next-generation fighters, loyal wingmen and low-cost UAVs, but without a proven track record on the battlefield and budgets tightening, will their influence be as seismic as originally hoped?
The need for speed
Able to travel at speeds exceeding Mach 5 while eluding most existing methods of defence and detection, hypersonics have become all the rage in recent years, and Russia is at the forefront of this race.
Beams come true
Airborne fire control radars are getting more aggressive, and evolutions in the AESA world are promising to outfit them with ways to jam their hostile counterparts.
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The US has approved the sale of 12 F-16s to the Philippines, hotting up a battle with Saab's Gripen. Almost simultaneously, the PAF loses a Black Hawk helicopter.
Leidos has been awarded a contract valued at almost $13 million for the Saturn Arch programme.
Technodinamika will showcase the new L376-2 Yagel decoy ammunition at MILEX-2021.
Novel applications to be displayed at an upcoming French SOF exhibition include the integration of acoustic shot detection technology on a mini-UAV.
OEM Boeing will deliver the first of 14 heavy-lift CH-47ER aircraft to the RAF in 2026.