Aviation

Checkmate by Black Knight

Without doubt, the new fifth-generation Sukhoi light fighter the Checkmate became the main premiere of the MAKS-2021 airshow, which took place in Zhukovsky near Moscow at the end of July 2021. The Debutante Ball The social media campaign launched by Rostec's press service before the opening of MAKS-2021 was second to nearly none in the…
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Western Sixth-Generation Air Systems

The new millennium brought with it a new generation of fighter aircraft. The progress between the fourth and the fifth generations was primarily a leap in information technology, but the incorporation of stealth features and cutting down Radar cross section also marked the new generation of fighters. While the number of models that can be…
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Thunder is Heard

The Grom (Russian for Thunder) unmanned aerial vehicle exists now in the form of a mock-up and a concept. Preliminary design works began in August 2021, and at this phase the shape of the future combat robot will be specified. But one unique capability of the new UAV has already been announced: it will be…
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Indonesian Air Force Purchases 42 Dassault Rafale Fighters

Yusuf Jauhari,  Head of Defence Facilities Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation signed the contract for the acquisition by Indonesia of 42 latest-generation Dassault Rafale aircraft in Jakarta. The Rafale acquisition for the Indonesian Air Force includes a complete turnkey solution, with a comprehensive package…
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A-100 ‘Premier’ To Finish Its Flight Tests in 2022

A-100 "Premier" long-range radar surveillance and control aircraft will complete its flight tests this year, Chief Designer of the Vega Group (part of the state tech corporation Rostec) Vladimir Verba stated. [newslist] The next-generation A-100 ‘Premier’ airborne system has been developed on the basis of the Il-76MD-90A aircraft and features a fairing with a unique…
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US Shows Its First Unmanned UH-60A Black Hawk

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program completed a first ever flight of a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter without anyone onboard. [newslist] Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, completed 30-minutes of uninhabited flight with the optionally piloted vehicle (OPV).  The Black Hawk was retrofitted with Sikorsky MATRIX™ autonomy…
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The First Newly-built Tu-160M to Be Received

Denis Manturov, Industry and Trade Minister of Russia reported that Russia’s Defense Ministry will receive the first newly-built Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber until the end of the second quarter of this year for subsequent state trials and operational service. [newslist] During his trip to the Republic of Tatarstan in the Volga area, Manturov visited the…
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Heart of the Swarm

The Russian Aerospace Forces will receive a flying drone control center. It was stated during the visit of the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to the first specialized factory for the production of large-size unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Dubna, built by “Kronstadt” company. [newslist] Sergey Surovikin, the Commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces presented…
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Russia Received 21 Aircraft in 2021

Russian Armed Forces received 21 aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and combat training aircraft In 2021. [newslist]   Two Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters. At the end of 2021, two serial Su-57 fighters, built by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAZ, a branch of PJSC Sukhoi Company), were handed over to the Russian Aerospace…
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Su-30SM2 Delivery to the Aerospace Forces Starts

United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) handed over the first upgraded Su-30SM2 fighters to the Ministry of Defence. UAC has started the delivery of upgraded Su-30SM2 fighters to the Russian Armed Forces. [newslist] "The planes are fully equipped, have withstood all tests, and have been accepted by the military representative office," said Alexander Veprev, CEO of Irkut Corporation.…
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