Dec 13, 2009
Polish defence minister Bogdan Klich has unveiled the schedule for a tender to acquire a new medium-range unmanned air vehicle system to be used by Polish land forces in Afghanistan. Warsaw launched the tender process on 1 December by issuing a request to possible suppliers, says Klich. Sources suggest the requirement could be met by one of three Israeli companies. The selected system will be required to provide reconnaissance and target acquisition services for ground artillery, and should also have an automatic landing capability. The equipment must also be suitable for integration with Poland's Topaz command and control system. Dec 11, 2009
Airbus Military has confirmed that its A400M transport is scheduled to make its first flight on 11 December, with aircraft MSN001 due to lift off from San Pablo airport near Seville around 10am local time. The manufacturer's flight plan was confirmed on 9 December in an invitation addressed by Airbus Military managing director Domingo Urea. The correspondence says the debut sortie will last "between one hour and three, depending on the progress of this very first test flight". Airbus last week outlined its intention to conduct a flight of about 3h, during which the aircraft will reach an altitude of around 15,000ft (4,570m) and a maximum speed of 300kt/M0.72. The milestone event will be attended by officials including EADS chief executive Louis Gallois and Airbus chief executive Tom Enders. Dec 9, 2009
EADS's Barracuda unmanned air vehicle could be teamed with a Eurofighter Typhoon for a...