British Army trialling “heavy-duty” Bug nano drone

Drone company UAVTEK has collaborated with BAE Systems to deliver 30 prototypes of the Bug nano-drone to the British Army for field evaluations. Weighing just 196 g, the Bug is designed to operate in winds of up to 80 km/h.

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F/A-18 Super Hornet makes first launch from a “ski-jump” ramp

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet has made its first launch from a "ski jump" ramp. No, it's not a dare or some weird new winter sport but a demonstration to show the Indian Navy that the fighter jet can safely operate from its aircraft carriers.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne hypersonic scramjet engine sets new thrust record

Aerojet Rocketdyne and the US Air Force Research Laboratory have achieved a new record thrust output from a scramjet engine, generating 13,000 lb of thrust with over an hour of combustion under various hypersonic conditions.

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DARPA’s X-61A Gremlin drone misses airborne retrieval by inches

DARPA says that air-recovery of three X-61A Gremlins missed success by just inches during recent tests. Nine attempts to capture the combat drones as they flew behind a C-130 transport plane failed, and they had to parachute to earth.

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Macron says France’s next aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered

President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will replace the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle with a nuclear-powered carrier in 2038. Once completed, the carrier will displace 75,000 tonnes, have a length of 980 ft and carry a crew of 2,000.

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BAE Systems to design expendable Skyborg drone for US Air Force

BAE Systems has won a contract worth up to US$400 million to design a low-cost, autonomous robotic combat drone that can partner with piloted warplanes under the US Air Force's Skyborg program.

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Switchblade 600 drone provides improved loitering missile capability

AeroVironment has unveiled its latest loitering missile unmanned aircraft system. Based on the Switchblade 300, which was deployed with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011, the Switchblade 600 is larger with increased capabilities.

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USAF introduces “eSeries” designation for digitally engineered hardware

The US Air Force has announced that it is introducing a new "eSeries" classification for military air and space hardware, indicated by an "e" prefix", that has been digitally engineered and virtually tested before a physical example is ever built.

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DARPA’s Gremlins military drone completes key second test flight

DARPA has announced that its unmanned Gremlins X-61A air vehicle has completed a second round of aerial tests at the US Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, a step closer to the program's goal of air-launching and air-recovering up to four unmanned drones.

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