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The United States drone fleet is growing nowadays in unprecedented scale. Many unique constructions are currently in various states of development. One of them is recently unveiled by Bell V-247 Vigilant.

The Bell V-247, designed as tiltrotor, is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully in maritime environments and locations without secure runway availability.

This revolutionary UAS is  designed to combine unparalleled capability with unprecedented flexibility to execute a wide array of mission sets, including electronic warfare, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), escort, C4 (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers), persistent fire missions and tactical distribution. The UAS is expected to accomplish all of this with the benefits of extended endurance through plug-and-play mission packages.


The growing tensions in Asia are the ignite point of new arms race. India is one of its main participant. New Delhi is reacting seriously to the growing strength of its neighbours – Pakistan and China.

Indian Air Forces, as a part of modernization program, are acquiring new sophisticated equipment. The long-awaited deal between India and France for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft has been finally inked on Friday Sept. 23 between defence minister Manohar Parikkar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. New Delhi on Wednesday cleared the deal amid indications that the French government waived off the advance guarantee, allowing India to save $150 million. Under the new deal, the Rafales will be built in France and shipped to India, ready for operation.

Defense analysts and officials feel the purchase of Rafale jets would bolster the country's military image in the region and help modernize Indian military's ageing fleet of combat aircrafts.


The US Department of Defense announced that Raytheon has been awarded a $43 million contract for the procurement of 64 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical full-rate production of  missiles for the governments of Japan, Norway, and Taiwan. In addition to these missiles, this modification provides for the procurement of 70 Block II captive air training missiles.

The Block II upgrade adds Lock-on After Launch capability with a datalink, so the missile can be launched first and then directed to its target afterwards by an aircraft with the proper equipment for 360 degree engagements. The AIM-9X Block II is also equipped with redesigned fuse and a unidirectional forward-quarter data-link.

The AIM-9X missile is a true dual-use missile, effective in either air-to-air or surface-to-air applications with no modifications required. It is compatible with the U.S. Army’s ground-based multi-mission launcher.

The effectiveness and versatility of the AIM-9X missile have been combat-proven in several theaters throughout the world. It is actively deployed on U.S. Navy and Air Force F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft, and also in the air forces of 18 international customers.

The AIM-9X Block II missile is the current version of the AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range missile family, in use by more than 40 nations. This next generation missile is in its 14th year of production.

The new Block II variant adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device that enhances ground handling and in-flight safety. It also features updated electronics that enable significant enhancements, including lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support beyond visual range engagements.


Według informacji zamieszczonych na łamach znanego chińskiego dziennika „Economic Information Daily”, ukraińskie Biuro Konstrukcyjne Antonowa i chińska firma China Airspace Industry Group Ltd., mająca swą siedzibę w Hong-Kongu, podpisały umowę dotyczącą produkcji największych na świecie samolotów transportowych An-225 Mirja w ChRL.

Strona chińska otrzyma od ukraińskich partnerów wszelkie niezbędne technologie, dokumentację techniczną oraz licencję na produkcje An-225. Umowa dotyczy także silników D-18T, które napędzają tę potężną maszynę. Pierwsze samoloty opuszczą linię produkcyjną w 2019 r.

An-255 to największy na świecie samolot transportowy. Aktualnie istnieje tylko jedna taka maszyna, która należy do Ukrainy. Samolot ten został zaprojektowany jeszcze w ZSRR (lata 80. XX w.), a jego pierwotnym przeznaczeniem miało być transportowanie radzieckiego promu kosmicznego (wahadłowca) Burian.

An-225 jest napędzany aż 6 silnikami. Rozpiętość skrzydeł maszyny to 88,4 m. Antonow jest w stanie przewieźć ładunek ważący 400 ton, czyli dwa razy więcej, niż jego masa własna. Samolot może poruszać się z prędkością 850 km/h, a jego zasięg wynosi 14500 km.


Siły Powietrzne Chińskiej Republiki Ludowej zintensyfikowały prace rozwojowe nad nowym bombowcem strategicznym dalekiego zasięgu. Samolot prawdopodobnie będzie już wykonany w technologii stealth i zostanie wyposażony w najnowsze zdobycze techniki. Maszyna ta w znaczny sposób wzmocni potencjał uderzeniowy chińskiego lotnictwa i uzupełni, a w przyszłości zastąpi flotę obecnie używanych, wiekowych bombowców Xian H-6, które są licencyjną wersją radzieckiego Tupolewa Tu-16.

Największą niewątpliwą zaletą nowego chińskiego bombowca będzie możliwość wykonywana ataków za pomocą pocisków manewrujących dalekiego zasięgu. Obecnie tylko Bombowce USA i Rosji posiadają taką możliwość.


After a failed military coup in Turkey the anti-IS (so called Islamic State) coalition ceased operations from Turkish territory. Now they are resumed.

“After close coordination with our Turkish allies, they have reopened their airspace to military aircraft,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. He also added: “US facilities at Incirlik are still operating on internal power sources, but we hope to restore commercial power soon. Base operations have not been affected.”

The Incirlik facility is located 110 kilometers (68 miles) from the Syrian border and houses 1,500 US troops. The base has notably been used to deploy drones, Prowler electronic warplanes and A-10 ground attack aircraft in the fight against the IS group. The base have strategic meaning for both NATO and anti-IS coalition. Worth meaning is also that the US military has a total of around 2,200 service members and civilian employees in Turkey, which is a NATO member and a crucial regional partner for Washington.


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