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Turkey’s new 'unmanned fighter' steps closer to first flight after ground test success

Turkish defence company, Baykar, has marked a significant milestone in the development of its Bayraktar Kizilelma UCAV after the initial prototype successfully completed its first Automatic Taxi and Running Test at the Akinci Flight Training and Test Center in Tekirdağ, Turkey, on November 20

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EXCLUSIVE: Italy’s newest attack helicopter completes first flight

The initial prototype of Italy’s next-generation attack helicopter – Leonardo Helicopters’ AW249 – completed its highly anticipated maiden flight at Vergiate Airport near Milan in northern Italy on August 19

Bell shows off 360 Invictus as prototype nears completion

US-based helicopter manufacturing giant, Bell, has released images of its 360 Invictus prototype – the firm’s proposed solution for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) requirement – adding that the platform is nearly complete

US Navy demos new mine countermeasure prototype on MQ-8C Fire Scout

The US Navy has recently demonstrated new mine countermeasure prototype technology aboard a Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Eglin AFB in Florida

KAI's KF-21 fighter prototype begins taxi tests

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has begun taxi tests of its indigenously developed KF-21 Boramae multi-role fighter

Sikorsky’s first Raider X prototype is more than 85% complete

Sikorsky announced on April 4 that the production of its Raider X competitive prototype for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft programme – a part of the service’s wider Future Vertical Lift portfolio – is now more than 85% complete

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Five B-21 stealth bomber prototypes are now in production

The USAF’s newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, has confirmed that there are now five Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider test aircraft in production at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

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Singapore’s prototype Advanced A330 MRTT undergoes final tests

Republic of Singapore Air Force-operated Airbus A330 MRTT - serial 764 - which has been converted as a prototype of the automatic air-to-air-refuelling (A3R) A330 SMART MRTT, has returned to Spain for completion of its trials programme

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Ilyushin Il-112V prototype destroyed in fatal crash

The first prototype of the new Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport aircraft was destroyed in a fatal accident on August 17, killing all three crew members

Bell provides update on 360 Invictus progress

Bell Textron has released new data on the build and testing for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype. The programme is rapidly progressing through manufacturing, assembly, components testing and systems integration work