Thursday, September 23, 2021

Aircraft Systems

Tactical Manned Aircraft Systems

Chinese Military Mounting ‘Laser Guns’ to Hypersonic Vehicles (Aircraft and Missiles) to Increase Speed and Range

By David Crane Image Credit: The U.S. Sun July 27, 2021 Well, this isn’t good. Apparently, they’ve been busy little beavers over there at Beijing’s Space Engineering University, developing a “powerful laser gun” mounted onto hypersonic missles and aircraft to increase speed (and obviously range) by cutting air resistance by 70 percent (70%) or more. According to the Chinese laser …

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Sukhoi Su-57 Felon ‘Raptorsky’ 5th-Gen Low-Observable/Stealth Air-Superiority/Multi-Role Fighter Jet Aircraft Goes Live: Is it Really a Raptor Killer?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: The Russians, and The Aviationist December 31, 2020 Last updated on 1/01/21. Six days ago, RT posted an interesting video (see first/top embedded video below) on the Sukhoi Su-57 Felon “Raptorsky” 5th-generation low-observable/stealth air-superiority/multi-role fighter jet aircraft going into serial production, so DefenseReview (DR) thought it would be nice to …

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Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA): Will it be a Compound Helicopter, or a Tiltrotor Aircraft…and What’s Taking So LONG?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com December 27, 2020 Back in 2011 and 2013, DefenseReview (DR) published pieces on the Sikorsky X2 coaxial/dual-rotor compound helicopter technology demonstrator and Sikorsky S-97 Raider dual rotor/coaxial compound helicopter concept, here and here. Well, all these years later, it’s being reported that “the Army is taking its final steps before starting a …

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Attack of the Drones: Artifically Intelligent ‘Robotic Wingmen’ UCAV’s and UAS/UAV ‘Drone Swarms’ are on the Way: Will They Actually Work?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 27, 2020 Last updated on 9/28/20. DefenseReview’s (DR) been following drone aircraft/UAV/UAS technology for, well, forever. The unmanned aerial/aircraft systems technology sphere is indeed a fascinating one, and one that forces one to think about the future of military combat aviation as a whole, and what it’s likely to look like …

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Chinese Xian H-20 Long-Range, Low-Observable/Stealth Bomber Aircraft: How Big a Threat is it Really?

by David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Weibo and South China Morning Post (SCMP) July 21, 2020 As if hitting us with Coronovirus COVID-19 weren’t enough, China’s reportedly got a new long-rang, low-observable/stealth bomber in late-stage development called the Xian H-20, which also coincidentally sounds like a Chinese virus. So, it looks like China’s becoming one hell …

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Did Soleimani get JAGM’d? A Little Follow-Up on the Joint-Air-To-Ground Missile, Precision-Guided Goodness

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo Credit: Title Image: Lockheed Martin via Defense News January 6, 2020 Last updated on 1/09/20. Well, this year (2020) certainly started off with a very big bang (or several bangs, perhaps), when a US General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B weaponized drone/UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) sent what may have been multiple Lockheed …

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Russian Avangard Hypersonic Glide Vehicle Flies at Mach 27, and Can Make ‘Sharp Maneuvers’ around Opponent’s Defenses, according to Claims

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Russian Ministry of Defence December 30, 2019 Well, this one’s gonna’ be a tough one to deal with, assuming it works as advertised, of course. DefenseReview’s been writing about Russian and Chinese hypersonic missile tech for quite some time now (see “Related Articles” below), but Russia’s latest one, the Avangard …

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DARPA Gremlins Program: Attack Drones Eventually Carried by Low-Observable/Stealth ‘Mothership’ Carrier/Launching Aircraft! Northrop Grumman B-21, Anyone?

By David Crane January 2, 2018 Last updated on 1/03/18. Nasdaq recently published an article titled “Air Force Could Test Flying Aircraft Carriers” as Early as Next Year, that caught DefenseReview’s (DR) attention, thanks to its provocative title hinting at giant electrogravitic-propulsion (anti-gravity) aircraft carriers flying around like alien craft. The article itself actually alludes to a much less provocatively-titled …

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Chinese Military Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) Strike Aircraft/Missile Tech Being Developed to Attack US Military Missile Defense Systems, with Nuclear Payloads: Can the US Military Win World War III (WWIII)?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: CCTV and The Washington Free Beacon November 12, 2017 The Washington Free Beacon recently published a piece on the latest Chinese military “secret hypersonic strike aircraft being developed to deliver nuclear warheads through U.S. missile defenses”, including the DF-ZF, and it’s an interesting read, albeit one to be taken with …

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Lockheed Martin Laser Advancements for the Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) Air-to-Air/Air-to-Ground Fiber-Optic Laser Weapon System for Supersonic Fighter Jet Aircraft: 60-Kilowatt+ Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control (ABC) Laser Weapon Turret by 2021?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Lockheed Martin November 8, 2017 DefenseReview (DR) has been discussing air-to-air laser weapons for fighter jet aircraft since late 2013, when the US Air Force put out a solicitation for “Lasers Systems for Future Air Dominance Platforms”. Well, according to a recent Daily Mail article it would appear that the …

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