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Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.

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Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop ...

Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop ...

Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop ...

Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop ...

Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop ...

Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop ...

Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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Army 2020: Latest Russian Tu-95 variant prototype flies for the first time

by Nigel Torp Petersen

Russia’s Tu-95MSM prototype, the latest variant of the Russian strategic missile carrying turboprop bomber, flew for the first time on 22 August from the Taganrog Aviation Plant, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) director general Yuri Slyusar announced at the Army 2020 defence exhibition in Kubinka near Moscow on 23 August before it opened the same day.

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95MSM prototype taking off for its first flight on 22 August. (UAC)

The Tu-95 entered service with the Russian military in the 1950s and has since been extensively modernised. Current upgrade work on the Tu-95MSM has been carried out jointly by Tupolev and GM Beriyeva. The aircraft received improved Kuznetsov NK-12MPM turboprops and new propellers from the Aerosila Research and Production Enterprise. The Rostec press office said in a statement in August 2018 that these new engines would increase the aircraft’s range and significantly reduce vibration. A new phased array radar has been fitted, likely to be the Novella-NV1.021.


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WB Group unveils W2MPIR swarming UAV system

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

W2MPIR's main components: FT-5, FlyEye, and Warmate presented during the MSPO 2021 in Kielce. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polsnd's WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary's layered air defences.

The system comprises the company's FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions. These are controlled by the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).

WB Group is also offering its encrypted low-emission Silent Radio Network suite – derived from the Perad radios suppled by subsidiary Radmor – to support communications between W2MPIR nodes.

“The main advantage of the W2MPIR system is the combination of Silent Radio Network communication system and Topaz [ICMS] unmanned aircraft systems [that are] capable of reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and jamming [including the] FT-5 and FlyEye in co-operation with loitering munitions systems Warmate and Warmate 2,” Remigiusz Wilk, head of communications at WB Group, told Janes on 15 September.

“WB Group's UASs features artificial intelligence [AI] to support navigation, stack, and attack capabilities,” added Wilk.


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Boeing selects Australian production site for ATS loyal wingman

by Gareth Jennings

The Boeing ATS is to be built at Toowommba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, the manufacturer announced on 22 September. (Boeing)

Boeing has selected the site in Australia where it is to build the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) ‘loyal wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle, establishing the company's first final assembly line outside of North America.

The manufacturer said on 22 September that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, had been chosen as the preferred site to build the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

News of the proposed siting of the production facility came eight months after the first ATS that Boeing Australia is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made its maiden flight in February.

When it was unveiled at the Avalon Air Show in 2019, the ATS concept was named Boeing ATS (BATS). The system is not remotely piloted, however, it will be semi-autonomous and controlled from both the ground and the air.


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Leonardo offers AW139 helicopter to Polish armed forces

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The Italian Navy HH-139B helicopter during Leonardo's presentation of its AW139 for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Leonardo subsidiary PZL-Świdnik revealed details of its offer for the Polish armed forces' multirole medium helicopter requirement in Warsaw on 16 September. Jacek Libucha, president of PZL-Świdnik's management board, said the AW139 is being offered for the requirement, replacing the W-3 Sokół rotorcraft family that was produced in Świdnik.

The offer involves the ‘Polonisation' of production of the future AW139W, which would be manufactured in Poland, including its PT6 engines. Świdnik would take over design authority to allow the integration of Polish-made weapon systems, such as heavy machine guns from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów and Spike anti-tank guided missiles delivered by MESKO. The final step of AW139 ‘Polonisation' would be the delivery of unspecified computer systems developed by Poland's Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lądowych (Air Force Institute of Technology).


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