Boeing Flies Next Generation Rotocraft With Double the Speed and Range

The Sikorsky-Boeing #SB1 DEFIANT helicopter completed its first flight on March 21, 2019. This next generation vehicle will have twice the speed and twice the range of helicopters. Its two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, DEFIANT is unlike production rotorcraft available today. It represents a leap forward in technology to achieve …

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Overpriced US Wasp mini-carriers is the first carrier patrolling with F35b stealth fighters in the Pacific

The USS Wasp (mini-aircraft carrier) and its strike group went out for its first regional patrol since arriving in Japan earlier this year. The US could have spent half the money for a larger carrier like the UK Queen Elizabeth and put out more F35b with longer short takeoff range instead of vertical takeoff and …

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China will launch nuclear-powered aircraft carrier by 2025

China might have a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the water by 2025. China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), which refitted China’s first aircraft carrier and built its second confirmed that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was in the works. The reports are from the South China Morning Post and the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. CSIC is also …

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China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter will be put on combat patrols over South China Sea

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered combat service. The fighter jet officially entered military service in September, and was put through its combat paces over nine days of drills with less-advanced J-16 and J-10C fighters last month. The announcement came two days after Beijing announced its Su-35 fighter jets had taken part in a …

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China’s new carrier based AWAC can detect stealth planes from over 200 miles away

China is building its first carrier-borne early-warning plane called the KJ-600. Above is the KJ-600 The KJ-600 would be fitted with an advanced active electronically scanned array, or AESA, radar which could enable it to spot stealth aircraft such as US F-22s and F-35s. The new surveillance plane could also become a command center in …

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DARPA Selects Orbital ATK for Hypersonic Engine Research

Orbital ATK has entered a new DARPA contract to study the integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) program. The AFRE program seeks to develop a new aircraft propulsion system that could operate over the full range of speeds from conventional runway …

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China’s next aircraft carrier will make its Navy distant second behind the USA

China’s third carrier (called the 002) is expected to be launched in 2019 or 2020. It will be almost as large as the US Nimitz carriers and include electromagnetic launchers. 002 will undoubtedly come with other improvements. A more robust air defense weapons suite is likely, with close-in weapons such as the HQ-10 Flying Leopard …

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Military Confirms China’s high tech third aircraft carrier construction details

China started building its third aircraft carrier, with a hi-tech launch system, at a Shanghai shipyard last year, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army. One of the sources said Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard Group was given the go-ahead to begin work on the vessel after military leaders met in Beijing following the annual …

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