In 2015, Russia’s resurgent military ambitions are likely to conflict with internal economic turbulence. The international reaction to its actions in the Crimea and Ukraine, and to renewed activity by long-range air strike forces, has played a part in destabilizing the currency.
From autonomous cargo delivery to the beginnings of legal commercial unmanned-aircraft operations in U.S. airspace and rising concerns about safety, here are some highlights from an eventful 2014 in the unmanned systems market.
From the rollout of Sikorsky’s high-speed S-97 Raider to the first flight of Bell’s light Model 505 and the SYHe SH09 from a Swiss newcomer, here are some of the rotorcraft-industry highlights of 2014.
From engine troubles that kept key commercial and military aircraft test programs on the ground to the production debut of a new U.S. turbofan maker, here are some key events in the propulsion industry in 2014.
Take a look at some of the news in the world's regions that will influence the civil aviation aftermarket in 2015. That market will be worth about $56.3 billion in 2015, according to an Aviation Week forecast.
A certain sameness is evident in unmanned combat aircraft flown or planned in the U.S. and Europe—and even China and Russia—a result of an emphasis on stealth with long range and endurance.
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Airbus is seriously considering upgrading the four-engine A380 and appears to be nearing an agreement with engine maker Rolls Royce, Guy Norris reports. This comes after the airframer had mused openly about halting production of the double-deck transport.
Also in this issue are reports on a new engine for Orbital Science’s Antares, Darpa’s “clip-together” satellites and the latest on the KC-46 tanker program.