Improving airfield repairs with AI drones
The US Navy is looking for a drone equipped with artificial intelligence to speed up the repair of damaged airfields. Claire Apthorp looks at the current airfield maintenance process to find out where the weaknesses lie, and ask how intelligent unmanned systems could improve the speed and efficiency of repairs.
How hypersonic flight could transform air combat
At Mach 5, you can circle the globe in less than seven hours. The appeal of that to the aerospace industry is obvious and promises huge potential benefits, spawning new generations of weapons and platforms for the air forces of the future.
October’s top news stories
The UK MoD is to invest more than £90m in Royal Air Force aircrew training facility. Greece requested $2.404bn sale of F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade from the US. Airforce-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from October 2017.
Friend or foe: securing aircraft IFF systems
The US Air Force has contracted Raytheon to provide secure identification friend-or-foe (IFF) equipment in a bid to help safeguard aircraft. IFF technology, which helps radar operators and missile crews tell the difference between friendly and potentially hostile aircraft, can be susceptible to spoofing, so securing this capability is essential. Claire Apthorp takes a look at Raytheon’s solution and other approaches to keeping IFF equipment secure.
Maxwell: smart base pilot kicks off
AT&T has announced it is working with Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, to pilot a more efficient and effective “smart base.” The concept uses Internet of Things technology to pull together connected smart perimeters, gate monitoring, notifications, fleet management and more. Claire Apthorp spoke to those involved to find out more about the pilot and talk early results.