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Saturday, 18 October 2014

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Russia's Southern Military District (SMD) aviation regiment has received six new Su-34 fighter-bombers, renewing the regiment's fleet by 75 percent, the SMD press service said Friday.

"In accordance with the plan of re-equipping the troops of the SMD, a separate bomber aviation regiment, stationed in the Rostov region [town of Morozovsk], has received another batch of new fighter bombers Su-34 in the amount of six units.

 All aircraft have been accepted by the engineers of the Morozovsk aviation regiment, who checked the readiness of the aircraft for operation," the SMD said in a statement.
According to the statement, Morozovsk aviation crews will begin scheduled exercises in late October. In the near future the SMD is expecting to receive more than 40 new aircraft, including the modernized Su-27 SM3 fighters and Mi-35 attack helicopters.

A derivative of the Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 is fitted with twin AL-31MF afterburner turbojet engines and can carry a payload of up to eight tons of precision-guided weapons over 4,000 kilometers [2,500 miles]. The aircraft will eventually replace all the Su-24 strike aircraft in service with the Russian Air Force and Navy. [via]
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Charles Bombardier is a prolific designer. Grandson of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the founder of Bombardier Inc, he has created numerous concept vehicles over the years, ranging from cars and motorcycles to submarines and spacecraft. His latest creation is an enormous airship called ALERT.

The ALERT military airship is designed to carry out long-range patrols, and transport men and machines over the vast Canadian arctic. The idea behind the concept is to provide assistance along the recently opened Northwest Passage, a trade route which is almost completely devoid of infrastructure. The ALERT could carry out critical missions and provide search and rescue capabilities along this increasingly important route.
The airship has been designed with long duration missions in mind. Bombardier envisages a 200 ton cargo capability, and a range of 5,000 nautical miles. It could fly in most weather conditions, and the large load bay doors would allow bulky machinery to be loaded with ease. Other interior configurations would allow the airship to be used for a variety of uses, including living quarters, labs, surveillance, of passenger cabins.

To keep the skin of the ALERT free from ice build up, the fabric would be treated with a Superhydrophobic coating. Infrared heating in critical areas would also help prevent ice build up.
Providing thrust and directional control for the ALERT airship are four Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbo prop engines, each delivering 2,000 horsepower. These would be mounted on pivoting arms to provide full control of the aircraft in flight.

Interestingly, and although it works great for the concept, ALERT isn’t just a name plucked from the air (no pun intended). It is in fact named after a military and scientific outpost in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada, and is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world. [via]
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Based in Belgium, Zadig Motorcycles have rolled out of their garage this stunning custom motorcycle named "The Salander”. Based on a 1979 Honda CJ250T, the bike has an utilitarian character achieved by the rough-round-the-edges finish, and features a vintage Brooks bicycle seat and a bare fuel tank carved with artistic flair, that compliment the raw look perfectly. [via]










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The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii. 

At approximately 9:08 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time, October 16, 3:08 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 17) a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii.  The USS JOHN PAUL JONES, positioned west of Hawaii, detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 (BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade) Weapon System.  Several fire control, discrimination, and engagement functions were exercised.  No SM-3 guided missiles were launched during this event.

Other test participants included the Sea-Based X-band Radar, Space Tracking and Surveillance System Demonstrators, Discrimination Sensor Technology, Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) Enterprise Sensors Lab, C2BMC Experimentation Lab, and the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex located at PMRF. 
The objective of the Discrimination Sensor Technology associated operation was to demonstrate that the Aegis weapon system can launch an SM-3, engage and destroy a ballistic missile solely on tracks from remote airborne sensors.  For this test, an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS-B) was used.   The engagement was simulated in real-time using a mainland test bed laboratory.

This test is designated Flight Test Other (FTX)-20.  The MDA will use test results to improve and enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System and support the advancement of Phase 2 of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe to provide protection of U.S. deployed forces, our European allies and partners.

Aegis BMD is the naval component of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System.  The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.  Additional information about all elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System can be found at here .

Source : MDA

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

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The two-man crew of a Bombardier Learjet 35A died when their aircraft was in collision with a German air force Eurofighter after a quick reaction alert training exercise went wrong, Germany’s BFU accident investigation board has concluded, in an interim report into the 23 June accident.

Operated by Germany’s GFD, Learjet D-CGFI was taking part in training with a pair of Eurofighters, the latter having taken off from Nörvenich air base.

The exercise scenario was for the aircraft to be out of communication with air traffic controllers, prompting a Eurofighter to intercept and fly alongside it to observe its pilots, before instructing them to follow it to land at Wunstorf air base.

After visually identifying the suspect aircraft, the pilot of the lead Eurofighter moved into a position to the left side of the Learjet at an altitude of around 8,000ft.

When the aircraft’s pilots had failed to follow instructions within 3min of a radio call the combat aircraft remained in position. Three minutes later, the exercise scenario developed, as the civilian crew reported that a hijacker had been overpowered, and that they were now able to follow the interceptor.

The Eurofighter pilot initiated a bank to the left to an angle of 27˚ shortly after this call. The pilot in command of the Learjet disengaged its autopilot and made a 5˚ bank to the right. This was followed by a 4˚ bank to the left, and engine power was increased to 88%. At this point, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) reveals that he had lost visual contact with the escort, and handed control to his co-pilot, before bank angle increased to 13˚ to the left.

“Over the next 6s until the collision, the altitude, indicated airspeed and bank of the Eurofighter remained approximately constant,” the BFU says.
By contrast, the Learjet reached a maximum bank angle of 52˚. The CVR picked up the lead pilot saying “just take the computer”, before “muffled noises” were heard around 2s before the collision occurred. The Learjet came down near Olsberg-Elpe and both crew members were killed.

The Eurofighter involved in the collision was severely damaged. “The entire right engine of the aircraft was deformed in the direction of the aircraft longitudinal axis, and also had blue paint transfer on parts of the nozzle,” the report says. Its starboard under-wing external fuel tank was discovered in two parts, each more than 1nm (2km) away from the main wreckage of the Learjet, and insulation material from the latter’s fuselage was subsequently found attached on the end of a missile launch rail.

The Eurofighter pilot landed his aircraft safely after recovering to Nörvenich, despite having switched off its damaged starboard Eurojet EJ200 engine shortly before reaching the base.

The Eurofighter involved in the collision was severely damaged. “The entire right engine of the aircraft was deformed in the direction of the aircraft longitudinal axis, and also had blue paint transfer on parts of the nozzle,” the report says. Its starboard under-wing external fuel tank was discovered in two parts, each more than 1nm (2km) away from the main wreckage of the Learjet, and insulation material from the latter’s fuselage was subsequently found attached on the end of a missile launch rail.

The Eurofighter pilot landed his aircraft safely after recovering to Nörvenich, despite having switched off its damaged starboard Eurojet EJ200 engine shortly before reaching the base. [via]
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