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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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The camera features a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor along with the Leica Maestro image processor, and a massive 2GB memory buffer. The buffer upgrade is a huge improvement over its predecessor, giving it the ability to capture burst mode shots twice as fast. Of course this beauty also features full HD video recording to really relive those special moments in all their glory, and that gorgeous water-resistant full-metal magnesium alloy chassis is sure to help turn some heads during your photoshoots. 

Aesthetically, fans of the iconic camera maker will notice that while the details remain true to Leica, the camera is one of the few without that instantly recognizable red logo stamped on the front. As with all Leica products, expect to drop some coin for this thing, as the M-P camera retails for about $8,000.

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Drone Aviation Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Drone Aviation Holding Corp, a developer of specialized tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats, today announced the delivery of specialized surveillance equipment to support the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF). The advanced optics systems will be utilized for official Government use.

"Drone Aviation is honored to have been selected again to provide our government customers with specialized equipment to support their surveillance objectives," stated Felicia Hess, CEO of Drone Holding Aviation Corp. "Our systems leverage aerostat technology to elevate military payloads and provide network communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Going forward, we remain focused on expanding our client relationships with both our military and civilian customers as we continue to build confidence in our capabilities through additional deliveries of both specialized components and our complete systems."
Drone Aviation Corp. has previously supplied the REF with aerial based systems including lighter than air based systems as well as components to support various objectives of the REF. DAC systems are controlled via a mobile, self-contained launcher operated by Soldiers possessing common soldier skills.

Source : Drone Aviation Corp
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Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced the United States Navy has executed an Advanced Acquisition Contract for Australia’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

Senator Johnston said this key Defence procurement would allow the withdrawal of the ageing AP-3C Orion fleet, and enable Boeing US to place lead time orders in support of Australia’s first four P-8A aircraft.

“Together with high altitude unmanned aerial vehicles, these aircraft will replace the Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions that have served Australia so well for over four decades,” Senator Johnston said.

He said the P-8A could also conduct search and rescue, anti-submarine and maritime strike missions using torpedoes and harpoon missiles.
“These aircraft work closely with other existing and future Defence assets, and the Australian Customs and Border Protection aviation fleet, to secure our vitally important ocean resources, including northern Australia’s offshore energy resources and to protect our borders,” Senator Johnston said.

Australian industry stands to benefit by as much as $1 billion through construction of facilities for these aircraft and work to meet maintenance and other support needs.

Delivery of the first aircraft is set for 2017 with all eight to be delivered by 2018.

Source : Ministry of Defence Australia

Monday, 25 August 2014

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Polaris is an American company known for manufacturing snowmobiles and ATVs, but more recently it’s an open-air performance three-wheeler that caught our attention.

Called the 2015 Polaris Slingshot, the vehicle is powered by a GM-sourced 2.4-liter EcoTec engine which outputs 173 bhp (129 kW) at 6,200 rpm and 166 lb-ft (225 Nm) at 4,700 rpm, sending it to the rear wheel with help from a five-speed manual gearbox and a carbon-reinforced drive belt.

Not much else is known in terms of technical specifications, but with of only 1,700 lbs., the vehicle is certain to be really fast and agile. The Slingshot sits on 18-inch front wheels and a 20-inch rear wheel and is 149.6 inches long, 77.6 inches wide and 51.9 inches tall, with a 105-inch wheelbase and a 5-inch ground clearance.

Adding to the three-wheeler’s appeal are features like projector-beam headlights, LED taillights, adjustable waterproof seats, locking glove box, tilt steering-wheel, three-point seat belts, and roll hoops. For entertainment, there’s a 4.3-inch LCD with Bluetooth, six-speaker sound system, USB support, and a backup camera.

The Polaris Slingshot will set you back $19,999 if you only want the basic model, with prices going up to $23,999 for the SL version. Two years of unlimited warranty are included as standard and for an extra fee you get add to that another three years. [via]

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Most of us will never get the chance to drive a Bugatti Veyron, let alone own one. But for a select few individuals in the world, the standard multi-million dollar supercar just doesn’t cut it.

That was certainly the case for this Singapore-based customer as he commissioned this gorgeous Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ’1 Of 1.’ The 2-door was debuted at Pebble Beach this year, and as you may have already guessed, is a customized one-off version of the supercar we all know and love. The vehicle has been draped in a black and yellow paint job, with the customer’s initials inscribed in the front grill, and a blacked-out Bugatti emblem out back. The two-tone paint job took the team over 200 hours to hand polish. The color scheme continues throughout the interior with black leather, and plenty of yellow contrasting yellow stitching to round out the look.

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Another Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarine, built for the Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet, will be launched on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported Monday.
"The third in the series of six Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines will be launched at Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on August 28," according to the official statement.

Six submarines from the project are to be constructed prior to 2016, according Russian Navy General Staff plans and become part of the submarine forces of the Black Sea Fleet.
The much-anticipated delivery of these submarines, dubbed by the US Navy "black holes in the ocean" because they are nearly undetectable when submerged, is a key part of Russia’s naval strategy in the Mediterranean, where Moscow has recently deployed a permanent task force consisting of 10 surface ships.

The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines and features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.
The submarines are mainly intended for anti-ship and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.

The vessels, carrying crews of 52, have a top underwater speed of 20 knots and a cruising range of 400 miles (electric propulsion), with the ability to patrol for 45 days. The submarines are armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air missiles. [via]
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Evidence that Singapore has far more than the officially claimed 24 Boeing F-15SG fighter aircraft has emerged, although the precise number of airframes has yet to be ascertained.

The FAA registry shows that eight Boeing F-15SG aircraft were registered to Boeing on 6 August 2014. The aircraft bear registrations N361SG, N363SG, N366SG, N368SG,N373SG, N376SG, N378SG, and N837SG.

Over the years industry observers have come to share the belief that the true number of aircraft is probably 32 - not 24 - mainly owing to the range of registration numbers on Singapore air force registered F-15SGs.

Moreover, on a tour of Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) Sachon factory in 2011, Flightglobal observed the forward fuselage assembly of an F-15 labelled “SG28.” KAI is a key contractor in the F-15 programme.

Combined with aircraft sightings in recent years, it is feasible that the eight F-15SGs registered on 6 August push the size of Singapore’s fleet of the type to 40 aircraft.

Singapore and Boeing, for their part, have adamantly maintained that the official strength of Singapore’s F-15SG fleet is 24 aircraft.

Nonetheless, it is impossible to escape the view that the true size of the fleet is greater. At the recent Pitch Black exercises in Australia, defence observers noted that some F-15SGs showed signs that registration numbers had been painted or taped over, possibly a tactic to obfuscate the true size of the fleet.

Another element of evidence about additional F-15SGs is buried in the Federal Register from 17 April 2013, which indicates that Singapore may obtain additional examples through the direct commercial sale route.
The registry entry pertained to the acquisition of additional Raytheon AIM-120C7 AMRAAM missiles, but referenced additional aircraft as well.

“The Republic of Singapore requires these missiles to meet current and future threats of enemy aircraft,” says the entry. “Singapore is procuring, via Direct Commercial Sale, new F–15SG aircraft.”

If Singapore has 40 F-15SGs, the country’s fighter fleet numbers about 126 aircraft. Flightglobal’s World Air Forces directory shows that Singapore also operates 60 Lockheed Martin F-16s and 26 Northrop F-5s. The country plans to upgrade the F-16 fleet, and replace the F-5s with the F-35 – the country has indicated a preference for the short take-off vertical landing F-35B variant.

Singapore’s secrecy about its F-15SG fleet could stem from the fact that the type is, by a very large margin, the most effective combat aircraft in Southeast Asia – especially coupled with the high quality of Singapore pilots.

Singapore’s F-15SGs are split between Singapore and the USAF’s Mountain Home base in Idaho, where a training detachment is stationed. [via]
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 One of the most exciting vehicles revealed in 2014 has received a metal makeover– plus hints that it could be taking a step closer to production. The Toyota FT-1 Graphite Concept was revealed at Pebble Beach this week, a new iteration of the already-famous sports car they revealed in Detroit in January. It first arrived in red, a visual challenger to the Ferrari’s and other sports cars with a red color signature. The new graphite alternative is more sleek and refined, and it arrives among rumors that the FT-1 might end up as the production successor of the adored Toyota Supra.

The Toyota FT-1 Graphite Concept is identical to its red counterpart with the exception of the color scheme.  Like the other FT-1, the Graphite version is still considered a design study without exact engine specifications. If life imitates art in any way, future versions of the FT-1 (and perhaps a production model) could share the 485-horsepower that the virtual FT-1 sports in Gran Turismo 6. From my perspective, it seems strange to invest so much in a design study, continue to promote it, and not eventually mate it to a firm engine specification. Hey, that’s alright though– I’m content to drool.

The rumors about the Toyota FT-1 Graphite Concept and its earlier iterations are pretty exciting. This year, Toyota renewed the trademark of the Supra, a vehicle that had a cult following during its production years. It’s an interesting coincidence that Toyota would reveal the FT-1, then subtly renew the Supra name, then continue to push vehicles like the Toyota FT-1 Graphite Concept in the months that follow. My opinion? You’re looking at the next Toyota Supra, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota confirms this by January 2015 at the next Detroit Auto Show.

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The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity.

"The test milestones are a direct result of the detailed planning, coordination and execution between various government teams and the integrated test force," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's Vice President for F-35 Test & Verification. "Every testing milestone demonstrates the development of the F-35 in successive steps toward enabling the U.S. Marine Corps to attain its F-35B Initial Operational Capacity (IOC) next year."

F-35A aircraft AF-1 accomplished its 400th flight during a successful GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) aircraft separation test on Aug. 13 at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  This was the first GBU-31 Mark-84 (2,000-pound guided munition) separation demonstration from the F-35.  Previous GBU-31 separations were with the BLU-109 (Bomb Live Unit) bomb body.

F-35B aircraft BF-1 and BF-4 completed "Mode 4" formation testing on Aug 9th, as required for Block 2B software capability. "In Mode 4 operations, the STOVL Propulsion System is engaged, the lift fan, roll post nozzle, and three-bearing-swivel nozzle are operating, and all propulsion system doors and inlets are open.  Flight testing validated the F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant's ability to operate well in this configuration during formation flight which supports operations around the ship; a key milestone for the F-35B path to IOC," McFarlan said.

F-35B aircraft BF-3 completed the 2B software fleet release weapon separation requirements for the F-35B with two successful AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Air Vehicle Instrumented (AAVI) separation flights on consecutive days, Aug. 14 and 15.  The AIM-120 radar-guided missiles were launched over the Atlantic Test Range. "2B software fleet release is critical to the warfighter because it delivers the first combat capability to our most dominant 5th generation platform. Weapons employment is one the most critical combat capabilities.  This culminates years of dedicated work that proves safe separation in 2B configurations and provides this capability and confidence to our customers," McFarlan said.
Along with the testing milestones, to date, the overall System Development and Demonstration (SDD) F-35A test fleet surpassed its 4,000th flight hour on Aug. 14 and in total, the F-35 Fleet has surpassed 19,500 flight hours, with more than 8,000 hours in SDD aircraft. F-35A aircraft AF-1 achieved its 400th flight milestone on Aug. 13; F-35A aircraft AF-4 surpassed 500 flight hours, Aug. 11 and F-35C aircraft CF-2 achieved 300 flights on Aug. 14.

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 Hornet for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps' planned 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

Source : The Lockheed Martin

Sunday, 24 August 2014

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The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 reportedly cranks out an astounding 986 horsepower, good enough to get you over 200 mph. The aerodynamics are insane with a wider body kit, lower front splitter, and larger fixed-height rear wing helping slice through the wind. 

The P1 GTR also features a Drag Reduction System (DRS) from the hydraulically-adjustable wing and an Energy Recovery System (ERS) for a jolt of electric power derived from captured braking energy. Production of the McLaren P1 GTR starts next year, and it will only be available to McLaren P1 owners. At roughly 1.98 million British Pounds.

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The MVP Aero Model 3 could redefine what it means to go your own way, as this “most versatile plane” is meant to take you anywhere you want with supremely futuristic panache. It can touch down on land or water, and once it’s down you’ll hardly want to leave it. The canopy moves upwards and back on a 4-bar link to sit atop the engine pylon, thus freeing up the nose of the plane to resemble the front of a classic bass-type fishing boat. 

You can use the MVP’s 100 hp engine and outboard motor to navigate the waterways, or rest in the hammock between the cabin and tail. It’s all still in the planning phase right now, but it’s expected the base price will be around $189,000. [via]

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There’s all-terrain vehicles, and then there’s the Avtoros Shaman 8×8 all-terrain vehicle – the end all, be all for ATVs. Measuring in at 6 meters long, 3 meters high, and 2.5 meters wide, this 2.5-ton beast can tackle literally any terrain, from land and snow right down to floating through water. 

The vehicle is powered by an Iveco F1C 3.0-liter turbo diesel that pumps out 146-horsepower through a 6-speed manual gearbox, but it’s the steering system that makes this thing really unbeatable. The 8-wheel drive Shaman has 3 different steering systems, allowing the driver (from the captain’s chair) the ability to switch between On-Road (front 4-wheel drive), Off-Road (active rear wheel steering), and Crab Mode (turns all 8 wheels in sync to move sideways). 

Each off-road monster can carry up to 1.5 tons of cargo, is capable of scaling 45-degree inclines, and according to those who have sat behind the wheel, is actually “pretty easy to drive.” The Shaman takes 2 months to manufacture, which means there are plenty of customization options (as if this thing wasn’t unique enough).

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