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Love and rockets. Aug 1, 2015 2947
Today's fighter market: achieving sales of fourth-generation fighters is proving difficult, and Chinese combat aircraft marketing remains strangled by Russian engine availability. Jun 1, 2015 3196
Advances in rotorcraft. Jun 1, 2015 3086
Tankers, the new generation. Jun 1, 2015 3320
Transport aircraft in times of change. Apr 1, 2015 3276
Pin-point accurate bolt from the blue. Aug 1, 2014 3698
Selling the Osprey. Jun 1, 2014 3218
Target markets for armed whirly birds. Apr 1, 2014 3556
Special mission aircraft. Feb 1, 2014 3293
Changing perceptions in the fighter marketplace: Widespread funding cutbacks, the general improbability of a major conventional conflict, and the growing realisation of the true cost and uncertain value of stealth, are some of the factors encouraging nations to delay combat aircraft procurements, reduce their fleets, and upgrade and retain existing equipment. Nonetheless, some countries are proceeding with new purchases. Dec 1, 2013 3476
Change of air: A massive logistic operation is now ramping up, as most elements of the 49-nation International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are to be withdrawn from remote, landlocked Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The US Army alone is estimated to have $ 27 billion of hardware in the country, including 25,000 vehicles and 100,000 shipping containers. Dec 1, 2013 4900
Laser-guided rockets, at long last! The military need for low-cost semi-active laser-homing guided rocket projectiles has been evident for decades. Suddenly, half a dozen manufacturers are vying to satisfy that need. Jun 1, 2013 3019
Attack helicopter weapons: all helicopters are weight-sensitive, hence the emphasis in choosing their weapons is invariably on lightness. However, whereas utility helicopters need armament for all-round self-defence, attack helicopters need forward-firing weapons that can destroy hardened objectives from a safe standoff distance, and a flexibly-mounted gun for less demanding targets. Jun 1, 2013 3204
Trainers, aviation's sine qua non: the business of developing and selling fixed-wing military training aircraft lacks continuity, and company survival is enhanced by being part of a large multi-product empire. On the bright side, all sections of the market are currently reporting orders, and the new-generation jet trainers are finally taking off. Jun 1, 2013 3262
Attack helicopters go multirole: first tested in Vietnam, but later developed primarily to counter massed armour thrusts across Europe, the attack helicopter may now be going back to its roots, as a fast escort for ground convoys and heliborne assaults, and as a fire support gunship. Company overview Apr 1, 2013 3461
Fighting from a deck: carrier-based fighters and attack aircraft are a special breed. Their weight is strictly limited, and they have either a slow stall to facilitate catapult/skijump-launch and arrested-recovery, or jet lift. Both solutions require excellent control at low airspeeds. Such aircraft also have to be rugged and tolerant of salt spray and designed to occupy only a limited area of deck or hangar floor. Apr 1, 2013 3163
Air extraction: operations carried out in extreme environments such as those seen above often require extraction of either own troops or freed civilians taken as hostages on the ground. As we shall see, the art begun to evolve as soon as aircraft with sufficient reliable agility and flexibility became available. Dec 1, 2012 4096
Vertilift cargo drones: some experts believe that large fixed-wing commercial freighter aircraft could be flying in uninhabited form within 20 years. However, the first essential stepping-stone toward that goal will be much smaller military cargo helicopter drones, dependably delivering supplies to combat outposts in inaccessible and dangerous areas, by day and night and in all weathers. Oct 1, 2012 2614
Below us the waves. Aug 1, 2012 2734
AEW&C aircraft - today's "must-have" assets. Jun 1, 2012 2635
Swiss knives for jack-of-all-trades whirlybirds. Jun 1, 2012 2751
Fighter market in frenzy. Jun 1, 2012 2666
Like horses for courses, air-to-ground weapons for wars. Apr 1, 2012 2569
Vertilift drones on surf: the 3-100 was selected for the 1450-tonne, 87-metre L'Adroit, the first Gowind-class offshore patrol vessel lent to the French Navy by DCNS. Feb 1, 2012 2668
One-way ticket the loiter-attack drone. Feb 1, 2012 2533
Scout helicopters. Oct 1, 2011 2565
Transforming close air support. Aug 1, 2011 3872
Last ditch air-defence: the ultimate umbrella: originally intended to safeguard forward troops from direct attacks by low-flying aircraft, very-short-range air-defence (V-Shorad) guided missiles are being developed into high-lethality systems to protect ground and naval units, against not only aircraft, but also cruise missiles, reconnaissance and attack drones and air-launched tactical weapons, including precision-guided bombs. Jun 1, 2011 2568
Fighter thirst quenchers. Jun 1, 2011 2729
Cheap shot - air to ground weapons. Apr 1, 2011 2652
MPAs at a turning point, as drones take off. Dec 1, 2010 2635
Air robotic terminators are go! Oct 1, 2010 1953
Transforming aerial transporters: recent military operations have highlighted the usefulness of air logistics in moving personnel and materiel quickly and safely to remote areas in scenarios characterised by rough terrain and hazardous roads. Oct 1, 2010 4154
Combat aircraft fighting for ... sales! This year Russia has begun--and China allegedly will begin--flight trials of fifth-generation fighters, joining America in the elite world of stealth, supercruise, thrust-vectoring and aesa radars. Aug 1, 2010 2605
Air transport: no panacea. Jun 1, 2010 2692
Vertol drones for Cargo? Next-generation helicopters can achieve higher performance with variable-speed rotors like this Boeing A160T Hummngbird. Apr 1, 2010 1884
Rotor thunder: a Sikorsky MH-53 mounting the 12.7-mm FN Herstal M3M. Apr 1, 2010 2569
New guilding for coin aircraft? Dominican Republic Super Tucano with 12.7-mm machine gun and armour protection. Apr 1, 2010 2579
Combat search and rescue: the United States Air Force has written the book on combat search and rescue (Csar). The Pentagon's current rethink is only the latest chapter in a long story of budgetary feasts and famines, and hard-won operational lessons being forgotten and expensively relearned. Feb 1, 2010 2587
Mixed punch from the air: OCOs (overseas contingency operations: Obama-speak for foreign wars) have highlighted some shortcomings in the aerospace assets available to special forces, but future scenarios are generating ever grater challenges. Company overview Dec 1, 2009 5844
Trainers at a cusp: the new generation of fixed-wing military trainers is finally winning sales, the more advanced categories bringing performance improvements at correspondingly escalated prices. Oct 1, 2009 2586
Ever so needed Airlift: in recessions, defence acquisition budgets are tight and transport aircraft are not normally high on wish lists. today, several major air forces have an overarching need to expand their air transport capacity. Oct 1, 2009 3853
Strike drones: persistent, precise and plausible: Unmanned aircraft are becoming America's strike system of choice, not only in dealing with fleeting counterinsurgency targets, but also in actions of dubious legality, where the use of conventional aircraft could have worse political consequences. Their success has been a major factor in limiting US Air Force purchases of fifth-generation fighters. Aug 1, 2009 1874
Fighters forever. Jun 1, 2009 2855
The can-do choppers. Jun 1, 2009 2647
Top it up, please! Air-to-air refuelling extends the endurance of patrolling aircraft, increases the radius of strike aircraft and makes passible safer, longer-range deployments. Today more than ever, the latter consideration is taking all its significance. Apr 1, 2009 2055
Airborne sensor platforms--the force multipliers. Feb 1, 2009 3493
Africa aerospace and defence 2008: given its suburban Ysterplaat airbase with large hangars and proximity to the city's harbour facilities, South Africa's Cape Town is an ideal location for a tri-service defence equipment show. This year Russia and China came in force. Dec 1, 2008 2472
Air ops: at their best, special operations involve high-value objectives being achieved by small forces in difficult conditions and in the face of numerically superior opponents. Succeeding against the odds depends not only on surprise, superior training and dedication, but also on special equipment and support from a secure rear base. Dec 1, 2008 5362
Always faster, sometimes safer: multi-national operations, whether of disaster relief or peacekeeping nature, in distant underdeveloped regions are driving demands for strategic airlifters and tankers, and for fixed-, rotary- and tilt-wing intra-theatre transports. Sea and land aspects of mobility are reviewed in following sections of this report. Oct 1, 2008 4294
Sailor beware--the antiship missile: the see-saw balance of effectiveness between anti-ship missiles and target defences appears to have been tipped decisively by a new generation of long-range strike weapons, using a high-Mach approach, high-G manoeuvres or a near-vertical descent. Time to man the lifeboats? Aug 1, 2008 1887
Utility helos with a purpose. Jun 1, 2008 2642
Better bombs make cheaper missiles: in an age when many households have infrared sensors, video cameras, remotely-controlled electronic devices and cars with GPS nagivation, the idea of air forces using simple unguided bombs seems so mid-20th Century. Things are changing. Jun 1, 2008 2652
United States fly high: while the United States and the Soviet Union were the first to re-explore uncrewed aircraft technologies since the second world war in the 1960s, notably through Ryan and Tupolev (but with mixed results in both cases), Israel was really the first nation to turn the discipline into a viable proposition in the 1980s, before being overtaken in terms of market size by the United States. Jun 1, 2008 4910
Transport aircraft morphing: the planning switch from a short central European war to protracted out-of-area operations has raised logistic needs. Aside from requiring increased range, the aircraft to be purchased from now on will have to accommodate larger and heavier ground vehicles. Apr 1, 2008 3117
Rotary wings for Navies: developments in turbo-shaft engines, rotor technology and lightweight avionics and armament allowed the roles of shipborne helicopters to be expanded to include armed assault, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface vessel warfare, over-the-horizon targeting, mine laying/mine-countermeasures and airborne early warning. Apr 1, 2008 2703
Airlifters for distant wars: the prospect of a continuing series of West-led multi-national out-of-area actions in under-developed regions is boosting sales of both strategic and tactical airlifters. The following review broadly considers military transport developments in order of increasing aircraft size. Feb 1, 2008 3342
Like wire through cheese: supercavitation: suprcavitation occurs when a submerged moving body is covered in water vapour, with consequent reduction in density-dependent friction. Already applied to torpedoes and special-purpose bullets, the concept may be extended to submarines, surface vessels and (possibly) bunker-busting munitions. Feb 1, 2008 1938
Defending the attacker. Dec 1, 2007 2598
Special air delivery: air support for special operations forces (SOF) has so far relied largely on adapting fixed- and rotary-wing manned/unmanned aircraft that were originally developed for other uses. The growing importance of such operations is now producing some aviation assets aimed specifically at this application. Dec 1, 2007 5297
A clash of generations: the key question in advanced jet trainers is whether new designs should now take over, thereby providing a quantum leap in angle-of-attack, specific excess power and possibly Mach number. Lower down the scale, can turbofan-powered basic trainers really compete against turboprops? Oct 1, 2007 2552
Gambling on 'must have' assets: the purchase of a new manned fighter now involves commitment for a 30-to 50-year period, during which today's stealth could prove useless, stovl performance might become essential and unmanned combat aircraft may prove entirely feasible. Oct 1, 2007 3308
Mean dedicated machines: the need to be able to stop hundreds of armoured fighting vehicles with dedicated attack helicopters has hopefully gone away. What remains is a need for fast rotary-wing aircraft that are both armed and armoured, to perform close air support for ground and amphibious forces, and to escort utility and transport helicopters. Oct 1, 2007 2577
Better than bombs: unpowered guided bombs now dominate the drop-count, but there are better ways to attack low-value ground targets and those protected by modern air defences. There are also better armaments for drones and helicopters. Aug 1, 2007 1902
Help from above: the high cost of modern combat aircraft militates against risking them in close air support, but there are times when only air assets can provide the necessary fast response and concentration of firepower. This type of mission also remains essential for special forces and operations in mountainous terrain, where heavy artillery is not usually available. Jun 1, 2007 3248
Way to go and return! The manner in which unmanned aircraft are launched and retrieved has a major impact an the overall performance and operational flexibility of the system, in addition to dictating response and turn-round times and the likelihood of damage during recovery. Jun 1, 2007 2080
Twisting thrust for supermanoeuvrability: the majority of aircraft engines produce forward or reverse thrust roughly parallel to the fuselage axis. Given variable-geometry exhaust systems, combat aircraft powerplants can also generate substantial jet lift and pitching and yawing movements. Jun 1, 2007 1895
Aerial pick-ups; the ten tonners: offering an attractive combination of usefulness and affordability, utility helicopters of around ten tonnes are the aviation equivalent of the pick-up truck. Such aircraft are operated in large numbers, and several outstanding designs are competing for new and replacement orders. Jun 1, 2007 2582
What a range! Jun 1, 2007 936
Better batteries boost drone duration. Apr 1, 2007 1945
Drives for drones: engines designed for vehicles as diverse as snowmobiles and regional jets have been adapted for drones. Their special needs are reductions in engine weight, fuel consumption and detectability, and the use of battlefront fuels. Feb 1, 2007 1939
Heavy-handed accuracy: the accurate delivery of aerial bombs has become a cornerstone of modern warfare, combining the desired terminal effects with minimal use of relatively low-cost weapons, and substantially reduced collateral damage and aircrew exposure. Dec 1, 2006 2617
AAD 2006: relocating the latest Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to Ysterplaat Air Force Base in Cape Town allowed the showing of full-scale ships, making it a genuine tri-service event. South Africa, a base for trading with all sub-Saharan Africa, is strengthening its defence equipment ties with Europe and is building new links with Brazil, China, India and Russia. Dec 1, 2006 1148
Ship-based helicopters: what's hot and what's not. Apr 1, 2006 2799
J-Ucav cave in. Apr 1, 2006 1266
Unmanned, but now armed. Feb 1, 2006 2682
Fighter aircraft: which way to go? Feb 1, 2006 2621
Whirly stingers: not cheap, but nasty. Cover Story Dec 1, 2005 3289
Black kite discretion. Dec 1, 2005 3588
Weapons for whirlybirds. Oct 1, 2005 3995
Bolt from the blue: as aerial combat becomes a distant memory, the emphasis in aircraft armament is now on the ground attack role, with growing demands for day and night all-weather precision weapon delivery against fixed and moving targets, the minimum of collateral damage and the ability to out-range increasingly effective ground defences. Aug 1, 2005 4107
Vertical jacks (literally) of all trades. Jun 1, 2005 3648
Hercules and beyond. Jun 1, 2005 2624
Learning topsy turvy. Cover Story Jun 1, 2005 2758
From scepticism to Sine Quan Non. Jun 1, 2005 8284
The drone's sting. Apr 1, 2005 1264
Air strike--from the sea. Feb 1, 2005 3717
Punch from the air. Feb 1, 2005 2581
Fill it up, please! Dec 1, 2004 2625
Sneaking in from above. Dec 1, 2004 2691
Fire from the sea. Oct 1, 2004 2511
Transport aircraft news. Apr 1, 2004 3286
The practical problems. Apr 1, 2004 1865
Three "D" missions--dull, dirty and dangerous! Feb 1, 2004 3161
More eyes in skies. Feb 1, 2004 3025
The watch over water. Dec 1, 2003 3260
Hard nut crackers: the Pentagon's top priority in weapon developments is to find a means to deal effectively yet safely with deeply buried facilities used for the production and storage of chemical and biological materials. This follows decades of penetration weapon development, directed first at bridges and airfields, and later at underground command and control bunkers. Dec 1, 2003 2553
The only way is up! Aug 1, 2003 3517
In control of the sky: aerial dominance--the ability to employ assets with impunity in the airspace above enemy territory and forces--depends not only on achieving a high kill ratio in air combat (which increasingly relies on situational awareness provided by off-board sensors), but also on destroying the enemy's airfields, radars, Sam systems and control centres. (Fixed-wing). Jun 1, 2003 3128
Drones turn nasty: the successful firing of laser-homing Lockheed Martin Hellfire anti-armour missiles from CIA-operated General Atomics MQ-1B Predators against ground vehicles in Afghanistan from 2002 (reportedly over 40 rounds) and in Yemen in 2003 opened the eyes of the leading armed services to the possibility of avoiding the use of expensive manned aircraft in some ground attack missions. (Armed UAV). Jun 1, 2003 1399

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