Experimental US Air Force programmes made steady progress, with the X-51A hypersonic WaveRider jet successfully completing a test flight and the X-47B drone launching from the USS George H W Bush. Airforce-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2013.
The US and Israel announced a multibillion-dollar arms deal to maintain Israel’s air superiority, while the UK adopted control of its drone operations from a new control centre at RAF Waddington. Airforce-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from April 2013.
University of Pennsylvania scientists believe they may have developed the next emerging technology for Micro UAVs with their eagle-like grasping claw. Promising to enable UAVs to retrieve items, as well as perch, does this technology have legs?
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Flight tests aboard Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft were cleared to restart, having been grounded, while Iraq confirmed an eagerly anticipated arms deal with Russia was not cancelled after all. Airforce-technology.com wraps up key headlines from March 2013.
Capable of soaring at high altitudes for days on end, high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAVs have emerged to an enthusiastic reception given their vaunted surveillance capabilities. Tentative progress has been made through several demonstrator programmes, but could existing technology be repurposed for the same end?
North Korea continued to defy the world’s wishes and conducted a further nuclear test, while the USAF sanctioned upgrades to its troubled F-22 fighters. Airforce-technology.com wraps up February’s key headlines.
Bidding troubles will not hold back the US Air Force’s combat rescue helicopter programme, while Israel validated enhancements to its Iron Dome missile defence system. Airforce-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from January 2013.
As mysterious as it is controversial, the US Air Force’s X-37 has captivated everyone from amateur astronomers to international governments. Following a third launch, Liam Stoker investigates some of the theories surrounding the spacecraft.