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US Navy completes back-to-back BQM-177 test flights off Japan

NAVAIR has revealed that the US Navy recently completed three back-to-back test flights off the coast of Japan with its newest subsonic aerial target – the BQM-177A – in preparation for the type achieving full operational capability later this year

F-15E completes first successful maritime JDAM test

Three USAF F-15E Strike Eagles from the 53rd Wing’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Skulls’ at Eglin AFB, Florida, supported a test as part of the Quicksink Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on August 26

Legion Pod-equipped Avenger autonomously follows target aircraft

A GA-ASI-owned Avenger RPAS equipped with Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod has recently demonstrated its ability to track and follow targets of interest autonomously during a test flight over California

85th TES F-15C fires first IRST-cued AMRAAM

The USAF’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, has conducted the first-ever live fire of an AIM-120 AMRAAM from a Boeing F-15C Eagle using an IRST system

NF-16D VISTA becomes X-62A to support new mission

Officials from the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, California, announced on July 30 that the USAF’s Lockheed Martin NF-16D Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA) had been formally redesignated as the X-62A from June 14

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Skyborg completes test flight aboard MQ-20 Avenger

The USAF's Skyborg artificial 'brain' flew inside a stealthy, jet-powered UAV for the first time in late June, during a test flight which advanced the drone control system's air-to-air capability, as we explain

F-35As conduct acoustic and emissions testing at RAF Lakenheath

Two USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs from the Vermont ANG – which recently arrived in the UK – are being used to prepare RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, for the arrival of its first fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters

US completes second live fire AIM-120D-3 missile test

The AMRAAM joint program office has completed the second live fire test of the new AIM-120D-3 variant of the missile family, which incorporated upgraded hardware in its guidance section

Jolly Green II completes developmental testing

The USAF’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II, has completed its developmental test programme at Eglin AFB in Florida

US Navy Poseidon tests RFCM prototype

A US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) Boeing P-8A Poseidon has successfully completed an airworthiness test of a pod-mounted radio frequency countermeasure prototype at the NAWCAD Atlantic Test Ranges