Tag Archives: flight test

MDA Tests Missile Intercept Functions of SM-3, Aegis BMD System

The Missile Defense Agency has worked with U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. Navy to conduct four tests on the interception functions of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system and Raytheon missiles. MDA said Monday the Multi-Mission Warfare flight test events featured the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 weapon system configuration and the Standard Missile-6 Dual …

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NASA, Govt & Industry Partners Test Collision Avoidance Functions on UAS

NASA and its partners General Atomics, Honeywell International and the Federal Aviation Administration are conducting a series of tests under the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System program. The space agency said Tuesday the team will perform tests on several UAS at the Armstrong Flight Research Center through July. Previous tests …

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US Air Force Student Pilots Complete Flight Tests of Textron’s Prototype Defense Aircraft; Russ Bartlett Comments

Students from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School have completed a series of flight tests of two prototype aircraft from Textron subsidiaries Textron AirLand and Beechcraft Defense Co. for the school’s Capstone Project. The student pilots performed 19 flight demonstrations at the company’s test centers in Wichita, Kansas, to assess …

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Boeing-Built ecoDemonstrator Concludes Active Flow Control Flight Tests; Mike Alexander Comments

NASA has completed flight tests on technology onboard the Boeing-developed ecoDemonstrator 757 airplane that are designed to cut fuel consumption and emissions. NASA researchers installed sweeping jet actuators on the aircraft’s vertical tail to  evaluate its contribution to stability during takeoffs and landings, the space agency said Monday. “If we can control the flow …

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General Atomics Completes Airborne Radar Testing Onboard Predator B; Frank Pace Comments

General Atomics’ aeronautical systems company has completed the flight test for a sense-and-avoid radar aboard a remotely piloted aircraft in an effort to further the aircraft’s integration into international and domestic airspace. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. flight-tested a due regard radar on Predator B and the radar system performed …

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Raytheon Puts AESA Radar Function Through Flight Test; Roy Azevedo Comments

Raytheon has completed a flight test of its APG-79(V)X AESA radar system fitted to F/A-18C/D Hornet jets to check detection, SAR mapping and air-to-air/air-to-ground functions. The company said Monday the radar system will aim to help extend the tactical advantage and relevance of the F/A-18C/D. The APG-79 system joins Raytheon’s APG-63(V)3 and APG-82(V)1 radars and also flies on the F/A-18E/F Super …

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Rob Weiss: Lockheed to Continue Open Architecture Support for USAF Aircraft Modernization

Lockheed Martin has deployed its Skunk Works Enterprise Open Systems Architecture to integrate multiple sensors that are compliant with the U.S. Air Force‘s Open Mission Systems standard into the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. The company said Dec. 10 that the three-week flight test series utilized Lockheed’s mission management software, an IP-based data link and four OMS-compliant sensor payloads to …

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Travis Slocumb: Raytheon, Navy Test Airborne Electronic Attack System vs. Threat Radars

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have conducted flight tests on a prototype airborne electronic warfare system at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. The Next Generation Jammer, which features an active electronically scanned array radar and digital receiver and techniques generator, was fitted onto a Gulfstream business jet, Raytheon said Wednesday. Travis Slocumb, vice …

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Lockheed Tests Beam Control Turret’s 360-Degree Coverage; Doug Graham Comments

Lockheed Martin has completed a series of initial flight tests on its new beam control turret designed to provide military aircraft with a 360-degree coverage area to engage missiles or other aircraft with laser weapons. The company said Monday it worked with the University of Notre Dame and the Air Force Research Laboratory to demonstrate the functions of the Aero-adaptive Aero-optic …

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Northrop’s Infrared Countermeasures System Completes Flight Test; Jeffrey Palombo Comments

Northrop Grumman has completed a six-week capabilities test of its Common Infrared Countermeasures system for the U.S. Army‘s UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, wherein the system operated under aircraft flight and staged combat environments. The company said Thursday the laser-based system, which was developed with Selex ES and Daylight Solutions, uses open architecture to interoperate with …

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