Archive for July 22nd, 2017

Poll: Should an unmanned S-3 compete for the MQ-25A program?

Posted in MQ-X, Navy, UAV on July 22nd, 2017 by alert5 – 1 Comment

The latest draft request for proposals for the MQ-25A competition suggests the U.S. Navy is only keen on having the aircraft acting as a mission tanker and less emphasis is given on its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. An artist concept from Lockheed Martin showed a Navy buddy tanking pod hanging on a pylon. Do you think the company might just refurbish the S-3s under storage and offer them as unmanned tankers?

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Graphic: Lockheed Martin

Should an unmanned S-3 compete for the MQ-25A competition?

  • Yes (74%, 210 Votes)
  • No (26%, 72 Votes)

Total Voters: 282

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China buys 4 Mi-171Es at MAKS 2017

Posted in Industry on July 22nd, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on China buys 4 Mi-171Es at MAKS 2017

Rosoboronexport disclosed that China has ordered four Mi-171E helicopters during the MAKS 2017 airshow and these rotorcraft will be delivered in 2018.

PLA Mil Mi-17-1 at Chelyabinsk Shagol Air Base
By Dmitriy Pichugin [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons
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MQ-25A will be a mission tanker

Posted in MQ-X, Navy, UAV on July 22nd, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on MQ-25A will be a mission tanker

The U.S. Navy has issued a new draft request for proposals for its MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refueling tanker and one of its two key performance parameters (KPP) is to do mission tanking.

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Graphic: Lockheed Martin
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Angola might take over final 6 Su-30Ks

Posted in Air Force, Industry on July 22nd, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Angola might take over final 6 Su-30Ks

A report by Kommersant on Jul. 21 said Angola is negotiating to buy the six unsold Su-30K fighters. The African country had bought twelve former Indian Air Force Su-30Ks back in 2013.

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Australia to sign MoU for MQ-4C in March 2018

Posted in Navy, UAV on July 22nd, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Australia to sign MoU for MQ-4C in March 2018

Inside Defense has obtained a selected acquisition report which mentions the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Australia in March for seven MQ-4Cs.

MQ-4C Triton flight testing
By Alex Evers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/8906719846/) [Public domain or CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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