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Watch this: fantastic footage of F-16 firing AIM-9X and AIM-120 missiles, downing drone


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Royal Danish Air Force F-16s involved in a LIVEX (Live Firing Exercise).

Last week some RDAF F-16 pilots were involved in a LIVEX over the North Sea.

During the Live Firing Exercise, the Danish pilots had the opportunity to fire AIM-9L and AIM-9X Sidewinder IR-guided air-to-air missiles against burning flares as well as AIM-120 AMRAAMs (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles).

And, fortunately, they also filmed the live firing activity with both GoPro cameras as well as the aircraft’s targeting pod (you will probably remember the epic selfie shot during a Livex last year by a RDAF pilot).

The RDAF video clearly shows the Danish pilots wearing the JHMCS (joint helmet-mounted cueing system) a multi-role system that enhances pilot situational awareness and provides head-out control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors.

The helmet can be used in an air-to-air role: in this case it was used in combination with the AIM-9X missile, as High-Off-BoreSight (HOBS) system, that enables pilots to cue onboard weapons against enemy aircraft merely by pointing their heads at the targets to guide the weapons.

 

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Iron Dome upgraded


The Iron Dome interceptor system has been upgraded to meet “an unprecedented range of threats,” the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced.

Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Iron Dome Battery Deployed Near Ashkelon
By Israel Defense Forces from Israel (Iron Dome Battery Deployed Near Ashkelon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Video shows Su-30MK2 fighter jet fly over people rafting on the Nile River in Uganda


Su-30MK2 Uganda AF

A Sukhoi of the Uganda People’s Defence Air Force makes a low pass over raft.

Uganda People’s Defence Air Force (UPDAF) operates a small fleet of Su-30MK2 aircraft.

Six such multirole jets have been delivered to the Ugandan Air Force by Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms company, starting in 2011.

The aircraft, based at Entebbe, can carry air-to-air missiles as well as various general purpose bombs for air-to-surface missions. The six Su-30s are believed to have conducted missions against Al Qaeda targets in Somalia, to provide support for UPDF acting under the Africa Union/UN mission (AMISOM), and  have reportedly launched airstrikes against opposition forces in South Sudan.

In spite of its quality, the following video is quite interesting as it one of the few available on the Internet showing a Ugandan Su-30s at work: the aircraft was filmed from a raft as a group of people were rafting on the Nile in Uganda.

According to the author, the jet flew over the raft twice; the second time he filmed it. “It did a couple spins after it passed us. I think it was about 50 meters high, maybe lower,” the author says on Youtube.

H/T Alex Wambogu for the heads-up!

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Crazy Cool 360° video shot from inside an F-5 fighter jet over the Alps


360° video Patrouille Suisse

360° movie from the cockpit of a Swiss Air Force F-5 jet with the Patrouille Suisse display team flying over the Swiss Alps.

This video is stunning.

It provides the immersive experience of a 360° view from inside the rear cockpit of an F-5F Tiger of the “Patrouille Suisse” display team during a flight over the Swiss Alps.

If you use one of the supported browsers or app, the camera will let you move around the 360 degree field of view of the spherical video. Otherwise, you’ll simply enjoy the fisheye point of view.

Cool, isn’t it?

H/T David Ljung for the heads up!

 

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USN trawls industry for future frigate’s long-range missile


The US Navy (USN) is canvassing industry for technology options to fulfil a requirement to equip its future frigates with an over-the-horizon weapon system to defend the ships against military surface craft and vessels.
As part of a Request for Information (RfI) released by the Naval Sea Systems

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Presidential MV-22 Osprey photo


The US Marines Corps HMX-1 squadron, based at Quantico, VA (just south of Washington DC) maintains a fleet of helicopters and V-22s for Government use. There are 12 Sikorsky VH-3D of 1960s’ vintage, 8 Sikorsky VH-60N from the 80s/90s era and 12 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Ospreys. According to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network Fleet database, the 12th and final HMX-1 Osprey was delivered in August 2014. All these Presidential aircraft are maintained to an incredibly high standard and are easily distinguishable by their olive green paint scheme, always polished to a high degree.

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Muilenburg Named Boeing CEO


Dennis Muilenburg will become CEO of Boeing on July 1, the American airplane manufacturer announced Tuesday.

       
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British pilot performs first ever F-35B launch from ski-jump


F-35B inaugural ski jump

F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter performs first launch from ski-jump in the hands of a British pilot.

On Jun. 19, BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete ‘Wizzer’ Wilson launched the Lockheed Martin F-35B from a land-based ski-jump for the very first time, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

The trials aim at validating the troubled fifth generation multi-role aircraft’s ability to take off safely and effectively from a ski-jump ramp similar to that which will be used on the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Ski-jump ramps on aircraft carrier help the launching plane take off with an upward flight path. Italy’s Cavour aircraft carrier, destined to receive the Italian Navy F-35Bs that will replace the AV-8B+ Harrier II is also equipped with a ski-jump.

 

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Hoverbikes for U.S. military in development


Hoverbike drone

In coming years, American soldiers may zip over rugged war zones on futuristic hoverbikes.

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USA’s $17b aircraft carrier fail


WOULDN’T trust Australia to build a canoe? Check out the shambles the United States is experiencing with its new $17bn aircraft carrier.

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