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U.S. Army to test a next generation ballistic missile this month

U.S. Army to test a next generation ballistic missile this month

The U.S. Army is set to test a next generation ballistic missile this month, which will leverage current launchers and be capable of achieving greater ranges than current technology, according…

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Bell unveils next-generation rotorcraft, promising a new era on the modern battlefield

Bell unveils next-generation rotorcraft, promising a new era on the modern battlefield

Bell Textron Inc., part of American conglomerate Textron, said on Wednesday it is moving forward on a U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program it claims will…

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Army testing modernized UH-60V Black Hawk digital cockpit

Army testing modernized UH-60V Black Hawk digital cockpit

Combat aviators are conducting operational tests of Army modernization efforts using three UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters. The UH-60V Black Hawk will retrofit the Army's remaining UH-60L helicopter fleet's analog

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Oshkosh Defense exhibits JLTV combat capabilities at Modern Day Marine 2019

Oshkosh Defense exhibits JLTV combat capabilities at Modern Day Marine 2019

A 4-door General Purpose JLTV will be equipped with the Javelin Integration Kit (JIK), LW30 Remote Weapon Station (RWS), and, for the first time, a Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance System…

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The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first flight and airborne tests on December 5, 2017, taking off from Paine Field at 10:32 a.m. PST and landing approximately three-and-one-half hours later

«Today’s flight is another milestone for the Air Force/Boeing team and helps move us closer to delivering operational aircraft to the warfighter», said Colonel John Newberry, U.S. Air Force KC-46 System program manager.

During the flight, Boeing test pilots took the tanker to a maximum altitude of 39,000 feet/11,887 meters and performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved flight profile. Prior to subsequent flights, the team will conduct a post-flight inspection and calibrate instrumentation.

«We’re very proud of this aircraft and the state-of-the-art capabilities it will bring to the Air Force», said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager. «We still have some tough work ahead of us, including completing our FAA certification activities, but the team is committed to ensure that upon delivery, this tanker will be everything our customer expects and more».

The newest tanker is the KC-46 program’s seventh aircraft to fly to date. The previous six are being used for testing and certification and to date have completed 2,200 flight hours and more than 1,600 «contacts» during refueling flights with F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, AV-8B Harrier II, C-17 Globemaster III, A-10 Thunderbolt II, KC-10 Extender and KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.

The KC-46A Pegasus, derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe, is built in the company’s Everett facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

The KC-46A Pegasus is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

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