For the First Time, the MQ-25A Stingray Tanker Drone Is Visible With The Refueling Pod

MQ-25A Stingray Tanker Drone - United States - Although there have been no cases of tanker shot down, but like airborne early warning and control (AEW & C) reconnaissance aircraft, tankers are strategic targets for long-range air-to-air missiles.

Departing from this, then initiated a tanker aircraft designed unmanned with stealth or semi-stealth capabilities. In addition to ensuring the tanker's "safety", with a stealth mode, tanker aircraft can also better support the movement of fighter jets to the target area.
Boeing MQ-25A Stingray
The definition already exists, Boeing under the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program has launched a semi-stealth tanker drone MQ-25A Stingray which flew for the first time on 19 September 2019. Although it is not fully operational, because it is still a prototype, the figure of MQ -25A seems familiar to global netizens, because the photos of this drone are not difficult to find.

Even though it has conducted several flight tests, including from the aircraft carrier, because the operator of this tanker drone is indeed the US Navy, it has never been seen that the refueling pod installation on the MQ-25A has been caught on camera clearly (from behind). The photo uploaded is a prototype MQ-25A sitting in one of the hangars at MidAmerica regional airport in Mascoutah, Illinois.
MQ-25A Stingray Tanker Drone

And as expected, the MQ-25A Stingray is designed to serve water refueling systems with the hose method. By distributing fuel using the hose method, the target is an aircraft using a probe. Since it will be used by the US Navy, it is clear that this tanker drone will be used to 'breastfeed' the F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet and F-35B Lightning II fighter jets.

As a tanker drone, the MQ-25A is designed to be able to fly as far as 804 km and carry around 6,800 liters of avtur fuel. Boeing has so far built a prototype which is codenamed T1 (N234MQ). T1 began flight test activities in September 2019, and as of February 2020, has accumulated approximately 30 flight hours.
MQ-25A Stingray Tanker Drone
Boeing in August 2018 was awarded an engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) contract worth US $ 805.3 million by NAVAIR for design, development, fabrication, testing and delivery of four MQ-25A units, where the drone tanker's operational targets can be fully started. in early August 2024.

Although officially not classified as a stealth drone, the MQ-25A, with its shaping fuselage structure, is expected to protect engine blades from radar capture. The MQ-25A is equipped with a Rolls-Royce AE 3007N turbofan jet engine capable of producing thrust of up to 4,500 kg.

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Top Amazing Facts About The F-35 Lightning II Aircraft

F-35 Lightning II - Apart from Sukhoi and Gripen, Lockheed Martin is one of the most classy aircraft manufacturers in the world. During this time, they are always consistent in creating a masterpiece that could be considered okay to have. Starting from the F22 or F16 which is still a mainstay of many countries in the world today. Do not stop innovating, Lockheed still crazy by releasing their latest aircraft whose prestige is already extraordinary. Yes, this aircraft is called the F-35 Lightning II.

This aircraft is the latest generation of F Lockheed Martin variant fighter jets. Because this is the most brand new, of course the F-35 Lightning II is equipped with a lot of crazy and most up-to-date things. Whether it's fundamentals such as maneuvers, to the network of integrated IT-based devices. Not only that, about the price, he said the official F-35 Lightning II is also still quite affordable.

More about these frightening fighter jets, here are the facts of the F-35 Lightning II.

Aircraft with the most capable maneuverability
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Before starting to be marketed as it is now, the F-35 Lightning II has gone through many phases of trial and repair. It could be said that the F-35 Lightning II was truly perfect in every way, especially about maneuvers. Yes, this plane is arguably one of the fighter jets with the best flying ability.
The F-35 Lightning II can twist and turn very easily and in accordance with the wishes of the pilot. Not only that, this maneuver ability is also equipped with a very capable speed. Even so fast, the F-35 Lightning II was able to carry out stealth missions.

Having the Best Communication System
Communication system
Communication is an absolute thing that must exist in an aircraft, especially the type of combat. Because the success or failure of the mission also depends on this tool. Concerning communication, F-35 Lightning II certainly embed this, and if we talk about the most sophisticated communication tools, then F-35 Lightning II is the owner now.

This aircraft is crammed with a super-sophisticated communication system that can integrate very well with one another. Not only between aircraft, but also headquarters and even land and sea defense equipment. Plus the F-35 Lightning II communication system is super secure. Other manufacturers seem to be jealous of the excellent features of this Lockheed Martin.

The F-35 is perfect for all missions
Training Systems
This one plane was created so perfectly because it can perform almost all missions. For combat, the F-35 Lightning II can carry out air-to-air missions and also air-to-ground missions. All fighter planes can do this, but the F-35 Lightning II can do it much better thanks to the many supporting components.

Not only that, as mentioned before, this fighter aircraft is also capable of conducting reconnaissance missions. Thanks to the design and engine attachment okay, this aircraft can fly undetected. For reconnaissance missions, this aircraft is also equipped with 360 degree view so that pilots can see everything.

Vertical Flying Ability
vertical landing
One of the other okay abilities of the F-35 Lightning II is its ability to fly vertically. So, this plane doesn't need a distance to take off at all. It only requires a little space to fly up.

This is certainly something that is very beneficial. F-35 Lightning II can immediately take action at any time wherever they are. Very practical and this will help the mission to be completed more perfect because the time spent directly jumping into the mission is only very briefly.

The price turns out to still make sense
With the ability and the ability of this highly qualified technology, we certainly think that the F-35 Lightning II will be priced very expensive. The impression is like that, even though it isn't. Yes, this super-sophisticated aircraft turns out to be carried off at a price that is still very reasonable for a fighter jet.

The F-35 Lightning II has at least three variants, each priced at around $ 98-116 million. It makes sense to see what this plane can do.

These are the facts of F-35 Lightning II. The aircraft is currently the subject of world discussion because of its truly frightening capabilities. Indonesia again seems to really need to buy some of these aircraft. Not only as a collection, but because what can be done by the F-35 will certainly help very much for the country.

The Russian Navy will get two frigates Project 22350 with hypersonic weapons in 2025-2026

Russia frigate Project 22350

Moscow, - During the official ceremony, Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov said that the frigate would be equipped with hypersonic weapons.

The Russian Navy will get two frigates Project 22350 - Admiral Yumashev and Admiral Spiridonov - equipped with hypersonic weapons in 2025-2026, the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (UAC), Alexei Rakhmanov, told Sputnik.
The two ships were put in St Petersburg on July 20. During the official ceremony, Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov said that the frigate would be equipped with hypersonic weapons.

"The construction of this ship will last for four and a half years. The navy will get it between 2025 and 2026," Rakhmanov said.
Russia frigate Project 22350
Russia frigate Project 22350

Poor Airspace, Singapore Asks F-35B Training Location to the United States

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Singapore, - The super-rich country in Southeast Asia, namely Singapore, cannot be separated from the problem of limited land and air space for its defense equipment.

So it is not surprising that detachment training for fighter jet pilots must also be carried out abroad. In cooperation with its close ally, the United States, Singapore in December 2019, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States to establish a combat jet training detachment in Harvest Andersen, Guam.

However, it should be noted, the implementation of the Singapore Air Force permanent detachment training in Guam, was only effective in 2029, when the Singapore Air Force effectively operated the SVTOL stealth fighter jet, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

The MoU between Singapore and the US also includes the deployment of F-15SG fighter jets, F-16 C / D and Gulfstream G550 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) reconnaissance aircraft, along with supporting assets and personnel at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

For information, Singapore has ordered four F-35B units, with the option to add 8 units. The US Department of State and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) have approved a plan to acquire 12 F-35B units to Singapore for US $ 2.5 billion.
Now, while the implementation of the training detachment in Guam has not yet run, so far the Singapore Air Force fighter pilot training program has been carried out in Luke Air Force, Arizona.

The Singaporean Air Force has submitted a request to the US, to be able to use Luke Luke's Base as a training location for prospective F-35B pilots. At the same time, Singapore also requested that the Luke Lanud be used as a storage location for unused F-16 fleet stock.

US AU spokesman Ann Stefanek said it plans to build an F-35 Foreign Military Sales Training Center. The training site will be built on the US mainland and can accommodate 36 F-35 units. "Based on negotiations with F-35 user states, and taking into account airspace and weather, there are five candidate locations for training locations, namely in Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Lanes Fort Smith, Arkansas; Lanud Hulman, Indiana; Lanud San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; and Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, "said Ann Stefanek.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Of all the lanud above, none of them are currently ready to accommodate the F-35. Of course, a large investment is needed to establish an F-35 pilot training center, because the existing infrastructure requires modifications to support the operation of the fifth generation jet fighter.

Luke Airfield, located on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, in the next few years will lack capacity, because the facilities at the Lanud will be converted from supporting F-16 to F-35A. All this time, Lanud Luke has been a 'temporary' training location for F-35 operator countries.

In addition to the Singapore Air Force training detachment, at Luke Air Base there is also the Taiwan Air Force training detachment, and both must move later. If the Singapore Air Force F-16 training detachment will move to Andersen Lanud in Guam, the Taiwan Air Force F-16 training detachment will move to the Arizona Air National Guard base in Tucson.

12 of the Most Prestigious Military Academies in the World

Military Academies in the World
Military - The military leadership school has so far remained one of the best candraduka craters for the birth of national leaders in the world. From these schools or institutions initiated by the military, many figures were born in many countries in the world. Here are some of the best military academies with the most stringent and most prestigious entry in the world.

1. United States Military Academy (West Point)
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The academy provides a comprehensive but balanced curriculum to instill the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to become tough fighters and overcome each challenge professionally and personally. After graduating, cadets were assigned as second lieutenants in the US Army. The de facto motto of West Point is "Much of the history we teach is made by the people we teach".

Sure enough, the Academy has produced many people who have shaped US and world history. West Point has a long list of well-known graduates including two Presidents, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other Civil Generals include Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. While World War II alumni of West Point who are popular include Douglas Mac Arthur, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley and Henry H. Arnold.

2. RAF College Cranwell, United Kingdom
RAF College Cranwell, United Kingdom
RAF College Cranwell was the first air academy in the world when it was opened in 1919. This British Royal Air Force education and training school provides initial training to RAF personnel who wish to be assigned as officers. The College is also responsible for all RAF recruitment activities.
Most RAF officers complete a 32-week course in transforming leadership, air power studies (including ethics). Famous alumni include Prince Charles and William as well as several members of the Arab aristocracy.

3. Saint-Cyr Special Military School, France
Saint-Cyr Special Military School, France
Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803 in Fontainebleau, L'Ecole Speciale Military de Saint-Cyr is a French national military academy. Five years later Napoleon moved the institution to Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole near Versailles at the location of a 17th-century school founded by Louis XIV's wife.

However, buildings were destroyed in World War II and the academy was moved to Coetquidan, Brittany after the war but the name was retained because of its popularity. During the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century, the Saint-Cyr school only prepared officers and staff for infantry and cavalry.

However, after World War II, he began training engineers, technical officers, and artillery. Women were accepted into the academy only in late 1983. Today, Saint-Cyr offers a three-year educational program with a master's degree in management, engineering and international relations, and graduates become first lieutenants in the French army. The founder father of modern France, General Charles de Gaulle is an alumni of this academy who graduated satisfactorily in 1911.

4. PLA National Defense University, China
PLA National Defense University, China
This institution is the Beijing national university under the leadership of the Central Committee of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). This institution was formed in 1985 as a result of the merger of the PLA Military Academy, the PLA Logistics Academy and the PLA Political Academy.

The PLA National Defense University is a leading military education institution in China. The establishment of this academy is claimed as a response to the establishment of the US West Point academy. The curriculum taught at the academy includes the Joint Command and Staff Course, the National Defense Course and the Advanced Refresher Course.

Advanced studies teach High Command and Defense Studies Courses. Postgraduate School is a level where students consist of Captain, Lieutenant, Senior Colonel, and PLA Captain. Since the big merger in 1985, PLA NDU has produced more than 10,000 senior professionals in various fields.

More than 800 medium foreigners to senior military professionals have participated in this academy. All field commanders and PLA service heads are currently PLA National Defense University graduates.

5. Academy of General Staff, Russia
Academy of General Staff, Russia
First known as the Imperial Military Academy, it was founded in 1832 in St. Petersburg. The Academy offers higher military education to Tsar land officers and surveyors.

The Academy employed some of the best military tactics and theorists of its time such as Alexei Bajov, Heinrich Leer, Nikolai Medem and Alexander Myshlayevsky. Under them, the Academy made a significant contribution to military theory. In 1918, the General Staff Academy became the Red Army Military Academy.

In 1921, what remained of the General Staff Academy was dissolved. The name was reintroduced when the Voroshilov Military Academy of the Soviet Army General Staff was established. Currently known as the Military Academy of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff. Among the academy's most famous alumni are Abdolhossein Teymourtash, Fyodor Radetsky, Nikolai Stoletov, and Mikhai Skobelev.

6. Japanese National Defense Academy
Japanese National Defense Academy
The Japanese National Defense Academy is an integrated state educational institution to train Army, Navy and Air Force cadets. The four-year course is designed to train students intellectually, physically and psychologically to grow into future leaders of the Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF).

After graduation, students undergo further training at the school of officers of the three JSDF military wings. In the prewar period, the Navy and the Imperial Japanese Army had two separate academies before they were united. The academy offers master and doctoral courses for eligible candidates.

In addition to producing exceptional military officers who have led Japanese armed forces, the Academy has given senior Japanese politicians Kimiya Yui and Satoshi Morimoto to each be an astronaut and academic academic.

7. South African Military Academy
South African Military Academy
The academy was founded in 1950 under the University of Pretoria and is now named the College of the Army of South Africa. This academy was created by adopting the United States military academy system to develop military officers who could meet the challenges of modern warfare.

The Academy provides a Bachelor of Military degree in Arts, Science and Commerce. Postgraduate degrees at master and doctoral level are also offered.

The Ministry of Defense decides that applicants to the Academy must meet the requirements in their respective services before gaining entry to the Academy. Therefore starting in 1976, junior officers did not have to undergo a degree program at the Academy.

The South African military is currently being rebuilt after the apartheid politics. The name of the country's armed forces also changed to the South African National Defense Force (SANDF).

8. Evelpidon Hellenic Military Academy, Greece
Evelpidon Hellenic Military Academy, Greece
The Greek Army Officer cadet school, the Evelpidon Military Academy was founded in 1828 by Ionnis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of modern Greece. The aim is to improve the capabilities of Hellenic Army officers (Infantry, Armor, Artillery, Engineering and Aviation). This institution also provides manpower for the Technical Corps, Transportation & Supply and Corps.

Academy graduates continue their careers to become not only distinguished military officers but also high-level scientists and writers. The Academy successfully produced the first civil engineer and the first Physics and Mathematics professor in Greece. The first Hellenic Navy and Air Force officers in the Balkan War were also graduates of the Evelpides Academy.

9. National Defense Academy, India
National Defense Academy, India
In 1941, the Sudanese government awarded a gift of USD100,000 to Lord Linlithgow, Governor General of India, to thank him for the sacrifice of Indian troops in the East African World War II Campaign. After the war, Commander of the Indian Army, Field Marshall Claude Auchinlek led a committee which studied various military academies throughout the world.

He then recommended the establishment of a Joint Service Military Academy that mimics the US Military Academy at West Point. After partition, the Indian government decided to use a gift from Sudan to cover part of the costs of building the National Defense Academy (NDA) in Dehradun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand. NDA offers a housing undergraduate program that teaches academics, Military Studies, Military History & Geography, Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict. The academy graduates will then follow further training in an accredited school of the military wing of their choice. One of the most famous NDA alumni is India's first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma.

10. Pakistan Military Academy
Pakistan Military Academy
Also known as the PMA (Pakistan Military Academy), this academy is the first federal accredited military service school in Pakistan. Old Indian Army Brigadier Francis Ingall became the first PMA Commander. He formed the Pakistan Military Academy after the formation of Sandhurst (England), Saint-Cyr (France and West Point (US).

The academy provides four-year undergraduate programs with subjects such as English, Military Geography, International Relations, Islamic Studies, and Military, General & Social Sciences. Students also attend grueling physical training to develop combat quality for Pakistan's armed forces.

Alumni so far have also succeeded in producing several Pakistani national figures including General Rahimuddin Khan, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Parvez Musharraf, and General Ashfaque Parvez Kayani, a former Army Chief of Staff.

Russian VPK launches the Strela light tactical vehicle

Russian Strela tactical vehicle
Moscow, - The Military Industrial Company (VPK) part of the GAZ Group, launched a light tactical vehicle (rantis) called Strela (Arrow) on July 13, 2020.

The strength of Strela is its light weight of around 4.7 tons or half the weight of the GAZ Tigr ranpur, so that it can be moved via air hanging using Mi-8 / Mi-17 helicopters.
In addition Strela can devour all fields and maneuver with agile. Vehicles can be driven on flat roads up to 155 km / hour.

Like the Airspace Review quote from RIA Novosti, although it is classified as light rantis, Strela has a capable ballistic protection. This rantis is able to withstand the onslaught of bullets up to 7.62 mm caliber.
Russian Strela tactical vehicle
As for the level of protection against landmines and improvised explosive devices (IED), the equivalent of the explosive power of 2 kg TNT.
As a versatile fantasy, Strela can be developed for a variety of missions such as personnel transport, reconnaissance, command and control, recovery, and medical evacuation.

The personnel transport variant (APC) of Strela can accommodate eight armed forces including the driver.
While external weaponry is available as optional.

After 40 Years on the Air, the KC-10A Tanker Airplane Begins to Retire

KC-10A Jet Tanker

United States, - First flight on July 12, 1980, that means the age of the KC-10A Extender tanker has reached 40 years, and as if following in the footsteps of the DC-10 commercial aircraft that became its platform, the KC-10A reportedly began to enter the era pension. In a ceremony at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base, New Jersey, on July 13, 2020, a farewell ceremony was held at the inaugural unit of the KC-10A which will be flown to its final resting location at the boneyard (graveyard of aircraft), Lanud Davis-Monthan, Arizona .

The first KC-10A retired was an aircraft with registration number 86-0036. At Lanud Davis-Monthan, KC-10A will be handled by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, where several important components of the KC-10A will be stripped down and used as spare parts for the KC-10A fleet which is still operating.

The US Air Force operates a total of 59 KC-10A Extender units that are deployed at various domestic and foreign bases.
Apart from aging reasons, the KC-10A pension program is also encouraged by the increasingly difficult to maintain a supply chain of spare parts, especially the stock of DC-10 aircraft operating increasingly depleted, where most KC-10 parts rely on cannibals from the remaining DC-10. The plan, until the end of 2020, the US Air Force will retire two more units, namely KC10A with registration numbers 87-0120 and 83-0077, it is hoped that the pension process will both be carried out in September 2020.

Besides being used by the US, the Dutch Air Force also still operates two KC-10A units, one of which even hung out at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, while accompanying two Dutch F-16 fighter jets that participated in the 1996 Indonesia AirShow.
KC-10A Tanker
Referring to its history, the KC-10 Extender flew first from the McDonnell Douglas enclosure on July 12, 1980. While officially began operating by the US Air Force in March 1981. Nearly 88 percent of the KC-10 Extender components are identical to the DC-10 used by civil aviation, this is a point it is important that the operator is interested, given the ease of maintenance and the similarity of spare parts.

Interestingly, one unit of KC-10 Extender was also operated by a civil operator, namely Omega Aerial Refueling Services, a private company based in San Antonio, Texas. KC-10 services from Omega Aerial have been used by Australian F / A-18 Hornets on flights to Red Flag training in Alaska.

Initially, KC-10A which can distribute 161,478 kg of fuel will still be maintained by the US Air Force until 2043, but the decision to accelerate KC-10A retirement has been carried out. In its place, the US Air Force has designated the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus as the backbone of the tanker and cargo fleet.

2S43 Malva, SPH latest tire wheel made in Russia

2S43 Malva made in Russia

Moscow, - MilitaryMedia.Net Not wanting to be left behind by the world trend that is launching the SPH (self-propeller howitzer) wheeled tire, the Russian defense industry launched the truck-based 2S43 Malva in mid-July 2020.

Compared to the wheeled version of the chain, SPH wheeled tire has a lighter weight and more agile maneuverability.
This combat vehicle does not need a transport truck so that it can be driven quickly to the destination point.

Malva was developed by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute, a division of Uralvagonzavod which is now part of the state company Rostec.

As the Airspace Review learned from Army Recognition, the Malva vehicle is based on an 8X8 BAZ-6010-027 military truck chassis manufactured by the Bryansk Car Factory.

As for the main weaponry carrying the 152 mm caliber howitzer.
Like other modern SPHs, Malva also adopted a semi-automatic munition loading system with a firing rate of 8 rounds per minute.
Malva is designed to be able to destroy command posts, communication centers, tank bases and armored vehicles, bunkers and army barracks, fuel depots, air defense system sites, aircraft hangars, and runways.

Malva's presence is said to be able to replace the role of the SPH's old-wheeled SPH of the Russian Army, namely 2S19 Msta 152 mm and 2S1 Gvozdika 122 mm.

This is the Origin of the Sukhoi Su-57 Felon Name

Sukhoi Su-57 Felon - Moscow - For Russian Fans Boy, the name of the Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet feels sacred, this is a symbol of the superiority of the Russian Air Force defense system. It symbolizes the achievement of Russian technology in stealth-capable combatants.

Although its existence was rocked by several technical problems and the impact of the oil price war with Saudi Arabia, the Vladimir Putin government was still consistent in continuing the Sukhoi Su-57 acquisition project. Well, apart from that, do you know where the origin of naming Su-57?

The site, quoting information from the Russian Aircraft Corporation "Gorizonti" Magazine, states that the Su-57 was originally named T-50, which based on the Russian tradition of aircraft production, the letter "T" was given to projects aircraft that have triangular wings. While the number 50 comes from the word "poltinik" (half-ruble coin), the unofficial name given by the designers of the aircraft.
Sukhoi Su-57 Felon
Traced from its history, the T-50 was the product of Sukhoi, Alexander Davidenko, in which the T-50 flew first on January 29, 2010. And only in August 2017, the Russian Air Force Commander (AU) formally called the aircraft by the name Su-57 .

Then the Su-57 label ‘addition’ becomes the Su-57 Felon, where "Felon" is the code given by NATO to the Su-57. The NATO code in naming Russian production weapons is used in radio communication and in general use among Westerners, including fans.

The first letter of Felon is "F", or "FOXTROT," which is used by NATO to image Russian fighter jets, such as Foxbat for MiG-25, Fulcrum for MiG-29 and Flanker-E for Su-35.

"Then the Su code, of course, comes from the Sukhoi constructor and manufacturer (JSC Sukhoi Company). While the number 57 has its own meaning, five (5) shows the fifth generation of Russian warplanes, and seven (7) is the lucky number, which shows the relationship with the previous generation's best fighter, Sukhoi Su-27, "Gorizonti wrote.
Sukhoi Su-57 Felon
Sukhoi Su-57 is designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth and and advanced avionics to overcome the deficiencies in previous generation fighter jets, precisely the Su-57 was indeed staying to replace the MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker in the Russian Air Force. With leading combat equipment, the Su-57 is claimed to be a match for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

Ilyushin Il-38N Novella - Old Looks With New Technology, This is Russia's Mainstay Maritime Spy

Ilyushin Il-38N Novella - Moscow - Wednesday, April 8, 2020, there was a tense incident in the skies of Alaska, when a Russian maritime reconnaissance aircraft, the Russian Ilyushin IL-38N type was detected in the United States Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the Alaska region. And not wanting to take the risk, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) then sent a F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet, and a Raptor intercept incident occurred on the Il-38. Although it did not end up in the heat of the Washington-Moscow political tension, what became interesting here was the figure of Il-38, which was classified as a legendary reconnaissance aircraft since the Cold War era.

Flashbacks on December 7, 2010, two Russian Il-38 units were reported to appear above the Sea of ​​Japan near the Noto Peninsula, both planes known to conduct "disturbances" in joint exercises between the US-Japanese Navy. The exercise was eventually suspended due to concerns that the Il-38 was carrying out a surveillance mission on US / Japanese naval activities.

Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO code - May) is actually a reconnaissance aircraft. Ilyushin Il-38 first flew on September 28, 1961, and was officially used by the Soviet Union in 1967. By global military analysts, the Il-38 is referred to as an aircraft copy of the Lockheed P-3C Orion, because Orion first flew first in 1959 .

Besides being operated by the Russian military, Il-38 users in several variants are only Indian and Egyptian. Even Egyptians only used Il-38 until 1976.

Well, in the ambush incident by the F-22 Raptor on April 8, competing was the latest upgrade variant of the Il-38, which was labeled Novella's Il-38N. Quoted from, Il-38N is operated by the navy and inaugurated its use by the Russian Navy Aviation Service Commander General Igor Kozhin on January 31, 2020 in Lanudal Ramenskoye, south of Moscow.

General Igor Kozhin said that there were about 30 of the 54 Il-38 fleet units that would be upgraded to become Il-38N variants, where the entire upgrade program would be completed by 2025 and would later be deployed in the Pacific and Northern Fleet.

Ilyushin Il-38N features a new technology called Novella P-38 search and sighting system made by the company from St. Petersburg, Leninets. This control technology replaces the Berkut-38 which is now installed in the old Il-38 variant. Novella P-38 is able to track 32 targets simultaneously, and has a detection range at an air target of up to 90 km and a detection range at targets at sea level as far as 320 km. India is said to be a user of the export variant Novella P-38 installed on Il-38SD, in its marketing language, Novella P-38 is also referred to as the Sea Dragon sensor suite.

The Russians also realized how old the Il-38 design was, "This is an old platform, but we expect a substantial increase in mission equipment updates. Other maritime countries will be surprised by the new capabilities that Il-38 will show after modernization, "said Igor Kozhin.

Kozhin described the Il-38 as the first Russian anti-submarine aircraft capable of long-haul long-distance flights over the ocean, and was still able to locate and destroy submarines. He also praised Ilyushin for producing unique and durable machines.

Il-38 deployed by Russia is not limited to spying on the sea, but its intrinsic function is the destroyer of submarines. As a destructive force, Il-38 is equipped with two bomb bays which can load a variety of munitions, ranging from torpedoes, sea bombs and mines, to a total payload of 9 tons. Similar to the Orion P-3C, a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) appears on the tail. To accurately sniff the opponent's submarine, one of the bomb bays was prepared as a launch point for sonobuoys. (Haryo Adjie)

Specifications Ilyushin Il-38
  • Number of crew: 7
  • Length: 40,185 meters
  • Wingspan width: 37.4 meters
  • Height: 10.17 meters
  • Empty weight: 35,500 kg
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 66,000 kg
  • Engine: 4 × Ivchencko / Progress AI-20M turboprop engines
  • Max speed: 645 km per hour
  • Roaming distance: 7,500 km
  • Endurance: 13 hours
  • Max altitude: 11,000 meters

BMP-3M Dragun - Amphibian IFV with Artificial Intelligence Technology

BMP-3M Dragun Artificial Intelligence Technology - Still a family with the BMP-3F Marine Corps, the Russian military is now preparing to accept a new type of ranpur, and reportedly this ranpur will be included in the Russian Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2020. The intended Ranpur is the BMP-3M Dragun (Dragoon), a type of IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) that uses a firing control system with artificial intelligence technology. Reportedly, besides BMP-3M Dragun, who took part in the May 9 parade was BMP-3 hanud variant (Derivatsiya-PVO).

Dragun is a true unmanned shooting module. Another feature of the Dragun's BMP-3M is a modern fire control system called "Vityaz," which increases the BMP-3M Dragun's fire power compared to the older IFV BMP-3. The advantages of this technology include reducing the preparation time in the shooting process, scanning faster and increasing the attack power ranpur.

Vityaz firing control system is fully automatic, all-digital, with a unified information environment, anti-jamming, and able to track targets on land and air automatically. In comparison to the manned combat modules of the previous generation of BMP-3, Dragun which adopted the RCWS (Remote Control Weapon System) base ensured the movement of infantry troops could operate freely. The module location is at the back of the ranpur, which allows more free space for mounting additional devices.

The main armament of the Dragun RCWS dome consists of a main cannon 2A70 caliber 100 mm and an automatic canon 2A72 caliber 30 mm. Ammunition storage in the dome consists of 22 items for cannon 2A70 and 500 munitions for canon 2A72. The 2A70 cannon can shoot at targets up to a maximum distance of 7,000 meters. Dragun RCWS can also fire 8 ATGM missiles. Still from the dome, there was also a 7.62 mm caliber PKTM coaxial machine gun with 2,000 rounds of munitions.
Dragun RCWS is also equipped with an outside mounted panel for the "VPDU" remote weapon control system, which is fully digital, and is equipped with video information output, vision control, real time with jamming-free or optical fiber free radio lines.

The BMP-3M Dragun is equipped with a four-stroke UTD-32T diesel engine with direct fuel injection plus a 860 hp gas-turbine turbocharger. The location of the engine is at the front, while the compartment for eight infantry troops is at the rear which is equipped with a hydraulic door. The maximum speed of the Dragun's BMP-3M is 70 km per hour and swimming speed in water reaches 10 km per hour.

The standard weight of Dragun's BMP-3M is 18 tons, but when added additional protection, ranpur weight can reach 21 tons. This Ranpur OJSC Kurganmashzavod production has passed the trial in 2017 ago.

The second Tu-22M3M long-range bomber aircraft premiered

Tu-22M3M - Moscow - The second Tu-22M3M long-range bomber is reported to have carried out its inaugural flight from the aircraft industry facility in Kazan. After carrying out the flight, the plane then landed again in the same place.

Tupolev (part of Rostec) said flights were carried out to test takeoff and landing parameters.
In addition, the flight control system and information technology were also tested in the flight.
As the Airspace Review quoted from TASS news agency on Friday (20/3), the aircraft will then undergo other tests in the near future.

Meanwhile, the first Tu-22M3M test aircraft was aired on December 28, 2018.
A source from the defense industry said, until October last year the first Tu-22M3M aircraft had carried out flights 18 times.

The Tu-22M3M is an upgraded aircraft from the old Tu-22M3 version. This aircraft can carry anti-cruise cruise missiles Kh-32 (X-32) and Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has previously planned to upgrade 30 Tu-22M3 to Tu-22M3M. It is known, Russia still operates approximately 60 Tu-22M3.

This modernization program also simultaneously increases the age of aircraft use to reach 45 years.
The Tu-22M3 prototype (NATO: Backfire-C) flew in 1977 and began to be used by the Soviet Air Force in 1989.