AIN Defense Perspective » September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011 - 9:30am
A French Air Force Harfang UAV returns to Sigonella, Sicily, after its first

By the time that Tripoli fell with surprising ease to rebel forces, NATO had flown more than 20,000 sorties during Operation Unified Protector. More than one third of these were strike missions, although weapons were not released on every sortie.

September 2, 2011 - 9:25am
The upgraded Mi-26T2 was displayed at the recent Moscow Air Show  (Photo: Vla

The Mil Mi-26T2 upgrade made its debut at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011), demonstrating its higher power-weight ratio and better handing characteristics in the flight display.

September 2, 2011 - 9:20am
The U.S. Department of Defense does not expect China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth f

The first publicly observed flight of the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in January and the more recent emergence of the ex-Soviet Varyag aircraft carrier demonstrate China’s progress toward becoming a modern military power by 2020. But China’s ability to project force outside the region remains limited in the near term, the U.S.

September 2, 2011 - 9:15am
The mini-UAV that crashed in Pakistan close to the Afghan border was disguise

U.S. special or covert forces are using hand-launched UAVs disguised as large birds to monitor terrorist movements along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The Pakistan Frontier Corps recovered one such UAV after it crashed on August 25 near one of its border forts in Baluchistan.

 

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