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The Caelus scout missile

Missile systems specialist MBDA unveiled a new conceptual UAV missile system at Farnborough Airshow this week. MBDA hopes that by soon after 2030, the CVS301 Vigilus could extend the strike capabilities of unmanned UAV drones by using scout missiles in hostile territory, allowing carrier UAVs to maintain a safe distance.  Read More

Eurocopter UH145 wins US$3 billion contract

July 2, 2006 EADS has landed the hotly contested contract to supply the U.S. Army’s next-generation Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) in a deal worth up to US$ 3 billion. The French-German company teamed with Sikorsky Aircraft to win the contest with its Eurocopter UH-145, a military version of the EC145. The UH145 flies at 131 kts, has a range of 370 nm, endurance of 3.4 hrs and can carry 2 pilots and 8 passengers. Its unique attributes include an antitorque rotor mounted on a high tailboom for safety and a set of aft-mounted clamshell cabin doors. UH145 production will move from Germany to the United States as part of the deal which is the first major win for EADS as a prime contractor for the US military.  Read More

Germany approves Medium Extended Air Defence System program

April 21, 2005 MEADS International (MI) announced that Germany has approved entry into the Design and Development (D&D) phase for the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS). MEADS is a mobile air defence system designed to replace Patriot systems in the United States, Patriot and HAWK systems in Germany, and Nike Hercules systems in Italy. It also meets the requirements of a "capabilities oriented" air defence concept in Germany and the United States. MEADS incorporates the proven hit-to-kill PAC-3 missile in a system that includes surveillance and fire control sensors, battle management/communication centres, and high firepower launchers. The system will combine superior battlefield protection with unprecedented flexibility, allowing it to protect maneuver forces and to provide homeland defence against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and aircraft.  Read More

AirTanker selected as preferred bidder for British Tanker Aircraft Programme

March 1, 2005 Air refuelling is a vital military capability that enables armed forces to rapidly deploy offensive, defensive and combat support aircraft, as well as troops and equipment, over long distances, as quickly as possible. The importance of air refuelling has been demonstrated over many years and the announcement earlier this week that AirTanker was to become the preferred bidder for the UK RAF replacement program highlights just how capable airtankers have become. The new A330 FSTA tankers will each be able to deliver 65 tonnes of fuel in their air-to-air refuelling role, at a distance of 1,000 miles from base, following up to two hours on station. All of the fuel, including that consumed by the A330 FSTA itself, is carried entirely within existing tanks in the wing and tail, leaving the whole cabin free for some 295 seats in a troop-transport role, and its entire cargo hold free to carry military equipment on pallets or in containers.  Read More

Maiden Flight of the Australian ARH Tiger

The first Tiger production helicopter ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) version, for Australia, performed its maiden flight at Eurocopter's Marignane plant on 20 February 2004. This 50 minute flight gave the flight test pilot, Jacques Larra, and the flight test engineer, Bernard Jansonnie, the opportunity to check that all systems were operating correctly and to check out the complete flight envelope.  Read More

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