Airforce Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the web site en-us Airforce Technology-Updates UK Dstl contracts QinetiQ to carry out ten aircrew research projects QinetiQ and the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have signed a four-year contract worth £5m to carry out research to enhance military aircrew performance and protection. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Russian Helicopters begins series production on Mi-26T2 helicopter Russian Helicopters has started the series production on the heavy Mi-26T2 helicopter, a modernised version of the Mi-26T, at Rostvertol facility. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetail fleet achieves final operational capability The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail aircraft have achieved final operational capability, enabling the service to have the most advanced air battle space management capability. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Israeli forces launch air strikes on targets in Gaza Strip The Israeli Air Force has launched four strikes on training camp targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to a cross-border rocket attack near the port city of Ashdod. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT BAE to upgrade UK Watchman surveillance radars BAE Systems has secured a £7m contract to upgrade four Watchman radars in a bid to enhance the UK’s surveillance and air traffic control (ATC) capabilities. Mon, 25 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT HAL conducts noise measurement flight trials for Dhruv Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has conducted noise measurement flight trials for the Dhruv advance light helicopter (AHL). Mon, 25 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Russia agrees to deliver 46 MiG-29 aircraft to Egypt Russia has reportedly agreed on a contract worth approximately $2bn with Egypt to supply 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters. Mon, 25 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT RAAF equips C-17A Globemaster with new Satcom and imagery display system The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has equipped its C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft with a new advanced satellite communication (Satcom) and imagery display system for its crew and passengers. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Ka-226T Multi-Mission Helicopter The Ka-226T is a light, twin-engine multi-role helicopter offered by Russian Helicopters, for military and civilian missions. The military version of Ka-226T is designed for operation in hard-to-reach upland conditions as well as hot and cold climate… Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Upgraded French AWACS fleet achieves initial operating capability Boeing has achieved initial operating capability (IOC) of the modernised French Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Boeing successfully returns USAF’s E-4B aircraft into operational service The US Air Force's (USAF) E-4B advanced airborne command post has successfully returned to operational service following the completion of its maintenance at Boeing's San Antonio site. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Kongsberg receives orders to support F-35 joint strike fighter Kongsberg Defence Systems has secured two orders worth NOK135m ($17.85m) to deliver structural components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT PeruSat-1 Earth Observation Satellite PeruSat-1 is a very high-resolution Earth observation satellite system being built for the government of Peru. The satellite is first of its kind to be operated by Peru and is scheduled for launch into Sun-synchronous orbit in 2016. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT USAF’s X-37B successfully launched aboard Atlas V The US Air Force (USAF) Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission with support of a United Launch Alliance at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Rockwell Collins performs LVC air combat training flight Rockwell Collins has conducted the first successful live, virtual, constructive (LVC) air combat training flight using production joint secure air combat training system (JSAS) equipment. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT India successfully test fires Astra missile from Su-30 MKI fighter jet The Indian Air Force's (IAF) Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAM) has been successfully test-fired from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha, India. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Three UK companies to develop new anti-UAV defence system British technology firms Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems have collaborated to develop a fully integrated anti-UAV defence system (AUDS). Tue, 19 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Top Gun: The 10 most powerful fighter jet engines American aero-engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation produce six of the world’s ten most powerful fighter jet engines while the rest are all Russian made. profiles the ten most powerful fighter jet engines in op… Tue, 19 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Israel to receive JDAM tail kits from US for $1.87bn The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth around $1.87bn to Israel for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits, munitions, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support. Tue, 19 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT Elbit Systems to install JHMCS II onboard AC-130W Elbit Systems of America has entered into a NAVSEA Crane contract to install the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II onboard the AC-130W. Tue, 19 May 2015 23:00:00 GMT