Tank Craft 8, Jagdpanther, Tank Destroyer, German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Europe 1944-1945

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This popular series is aimed primarily at model makers and engineers but it contains first class illustration and a very effective text overview of the Jagdpanther. This new book covers the development, on the Panther chassis, of a very effective tank destroyer – Highly Recommended.


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Tank Craft, Panzer IV, 1933-1945

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This popular series is aimed primarily at model makers and engineers but it contains first class illustration and a very effective text overview of the Panzer IV. This new book covers the tank model that became the backbone of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS armoured divisions to the end of the war – Highly Recommended.


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Tank Craft, Panzer I & II, Blueprint for Blitzkrieg, 1933-1941

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This popular series is aimed primarily at model makers and engineers but it contains first class illustration and a very effective text overview of the Panzer I & II. This new book covers the first two tank models issued to the new Wehrmacht – Highly Recommended.


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Fact File, Tanks of the USSR, 1917-1945

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This very affordable book provide a wealth of information on full period from the October Revolution to the end of World War II for the Red Army armoured capability. The photographs are very interesting an include some that have suffered from the conditions at the time they were shot and subsequent storage, but provide important imagery. Highly Recommended.


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Battleship Warspite, detailed in the original builders’ plans

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This addition to the much acclaimed series of books using original builders’ plans is again a publication in association with the (British) National Maritime Museum Greenwich. The NMM holds sets of original builders plans and this book makes available reproductions of the plans for the battleship Warspite – Most Recommended.


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Lockheed Martin Receives $524 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missiles

DALLAS, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a $524 million contract modification for production and delivery of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors. This modification is in addition to the $944 million contract awarded on Dec. 21, 2017 for PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE production and delivery.

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Ground based trials to demonstrate the release of a full-sized store from an aircraft payload bay have successfully taken place thanks to a bespoke rig built at BAE Systems in Lancashire. Releasing a weapon or store from an aircraft weapons bay at high subsonic and supersonic speeds presents a series of complex engineering challenges. The harsh aero-acoustic noise and vibration experienced within a weapons bay creates a high risk of damaging the structural integrity of the aircraft or the store and the need to rapidly open and close bay doors adds to the complexity. A unique ground test facility at BAE Systems’ site in Warton has allowed engineers to undertake full-scale ground tests which will provide a much more detailed understanding of the bay environment. Working closely with the Weapon and Ejector Release Unit design organisations within MBDA UK and Harris’ Release Systems, the collaborative team has captured high quality data from instruments and high speed cameras during the trials. The test culminated in the successful high subsonic release of a store from a bay designed, and now proven, to survive this severe environment. The data will be used to help define the optimal design of payload bays to carry weapons, fuel tanks or sensor equipment on future aircraft. Michael Christie, BAE Systems’ Strategy Director, said: “Future combat aircraft need to offer a multitude of capabilities. They must also be affordable and adaptable. By demonstrating the ability to operate a weapons bay at high speed and use it to carry other payloads, we’re proving that we have the ability to design flexible, high performance combat aircraft a long way into the future.” Colin Gambrill, Harris Release Systems Chief Engineer, said: “The challenge associated with the safe carriage and release of internally carried payloads cannot be understated. We relish this opportunity to influence the design of future carriage systems.” Gareth Hesketh, MBDA UK Lead Engineer for Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), added: “As well as being a technical success, this is a great example of UK industry working together. The team’s collaboration has been a real feature of the programme, and one of the key factors in overcoming challenges.” The collaborative team has further work to analyse data from these trials and to incorporate these into working methods for design and qualification.

 

Ground based trials to demonstrate the release of a full-sized store from an aircraft payload bay have successfully taken place thanks to a bespoke rig built at BAE Systems in Lancashire.

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Sikorsky Qualifies Weapons System for Digital Black Hawk Helicopter

Integrated system simplifies high accuracy targeting of guns, rockets and missiles for medium attack roles

SINGAPORE, Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, has completed qualification to military standards of a comprehensive weapons system for S-70M / S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters. Fully integrated with the aircraft’s existing avionics, the system allows either pilot to place munitions quickly from forward firing guns, rocket pods and laser-designated air-to-ground missile launchers onto static or moving targets with high accuracy.

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