USAF Completed Test Series For F-15EX | ADSB Unveiled 510 OPV | Japan Considers Used Armored Vehicles ExportNov 10, 2022 05:00 UTC
The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a multi-party project to ramp up its hypersonic weapons testing capacity. The Multi-Service Advanced Capability Hypersonics Test Bed (MACH-TB) project will develop an affordable ground and flight test bed that leverages “commercially-available launch vehicles for hypersonic payloads,” contractor Dynetics said.
The US Air Force has completed a series of ground and flight acoustic tests for its F-15EX fighter aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The trial was the first for the air force’s F-15 with the GE-129 engine. Test administrators aimed to establish a baseline of sound data to update the information on noise level predictions and models where the aircraft will be deployed.
Middle East & Africa
EDGE Group subsidiary Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has unveiled the largest military boat it has produced to date: a 51-meter (167-foot) offshore patrol vessel. Called the 510 OPV, the ship was introduced at the Indo Defense Expo & Forum 2022 in Jakarta.
British and Estonian officials have inked a road map for beefing up their military ties that will boost the remaining UK contingent in the Baltic nation with short-range air defense weapons and multiple-launch rocket systems, the two governments announced Tuesday. The agreement, signed in London by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and his Estonian counterpart, Hanno Pevkur, aims to implement NATO plans approved in Madrid, Spain, over the summer for hardening the alliance’s eastern front.
The Indonesian Air Force has sent a contingent of pilots and engineers to France to learn how to operate the Rafale. Six pilots and eight engineers are currently there, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo disclosed. In February, Defense Minister Prabowo Sugianto had signed a cooperation contract for the purchase of six French-made 4.5-generation Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft.
The Nikkei has reported that Tokyo is giving consideration into the export of used armored vehicles and missiles from its Self-Defense Force to other nations. The report said these weapons will be transferred free of charge to Asian countries. The change in policy could be indicated in the National Security Strategy that is being published by end of this year. The Nikkei says once this new policy is accepted, it will be put into practice next year.
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