AIN Defense Perspective » August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011 - 5:30am
Russia’s stealth fighter flies at MAKS 2011. (Photo: Vladimir Karnozov)

Russia’s first stealth fighter, the Sukhoi T-50, made its public debut last week at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011), where Russian air force commander General Alexander Zelin gave an update on this and other re-equipment programs. The two T-50 prototypes flew in formation, before one gave a restrained solo display.

August 22, 2011 - 5:20am
An Su-34 taxies at MAKS 2011. The strike aircraft is slowly replacing older a

A total of 12 Sukhoi Su-34 interdiction aircraft are being procured this year, according to Russian air force commander General Alexander Zelin, speaking last week at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011). The service is seeking a total of 120 Su-34s, Zelin said.

August 22, 2011 - 5:10am
The Russian air force has plans to upgrade all of its Sukhoi Su-25 fleet–now

More than 50 Sukhoi Su-25s have now undergone a mid-life upgrade and modernization, bringing them to the Su-25SM standard. The attack aircraft, which is modified by the Aircraft Repair Station 121 based in Kubinka, Russia, was on display last week at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011). This year, the station launched a program for the mid-life upgrade of the Su-25UB twin seaters.

August 22, 2011 - 5:00am
Northrop Grumman’s Fire-X unmanned helicopter program, using the Bell 407, is

The U.S. Army and Navy will coordinate their requirements for a future unmanned medium-range helicopter, officials said at the Unmanned Systems North America conference last week in Washington, D.C. Such has been the interest in unmanned VTOL systems that programs and requirements seem to have proliferated, leading to potentially duplicative and costly developments.

August 22, 2011 - 4:50am
The U.S. Army has ordered 180 of the new AeroVironment Puma, a hand-launched,

"Surges" of Puma and Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are boosting U.S. Army operations in Afghanistan. Responding to an urgent operational requirement there, the Army has ordered 180 new Puma systems to protect route clearance patrols from IEDs. This follows earlier urgent requirements for the two aircraft, manufactured by AeroVironment, of Monrovia, Calif.

 

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