Lockheed Martin Commemorates 4,500 F-16 Aircraft Deliveries | Aviation & Air Force News at DefenceTalk

jueves, 5 de abril de 2012



B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Completes First Ever Polar Test Mission | Aviation & Air Force News at DefenceTalk

Under contract to the U.S. Air Force,
Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit stealth
bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour
sortie over the North Pole to validate new
flight management software.
The computer upgrade system, which is
the cornerstone for all future B-2
upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate
initial production.



Apache Block III Helicopter Performs Well In Tests | Army & Land Forces News at DefenceTalk

The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Block III
next-generation attack helicopter is
finishing up its Initial Operational Test and
Evaluation at Fort Irwin, Calif., and should
be ready to deploy with Soldiers sometime
next year, officials said April 2 at the Army
Aviation Association of America's 2012
Professional Forum and Exposition.
The nitial Operational Test and Evaluation,
known as IOT&E, is a series of combat-like
assessments and evaluations placing the aircraft
in operationally relevant scenarios as a way to
prepare the platform for full-rate production,
said Col. Shane Openshaw, project manager,
Apache Attack Helicopters.



Su-35 Fighters Made 500 Test Flights | Aviation & Air Force News at DefenceTalk

The plane reached the maximum ground-level
speed of 1,400 km/h, speed at altitude — 2400
km/h, the ceiling — 18 thousand meters. The
detection range of targets in the "air-to-air"
mode is over 400 km. This is significantly higher
than that of the combat aircraft currently in
service. The onboard OLS (optical locator
station) can detect and track multiple targets at
ranges exceeding 80 km. The aircraft complex is
ready to undergo tests for combat use.