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RAF test pilot to fly with Virgin Orbit crew Story: Flight Global A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) test pilot will be seconded to support Virgin Orbit’s small satellite launch activities, with a successful candidate to fly on board its modified Boeing 747-400 platform, named “Cosmic Girl”. A total of 17 candidates applied for the opportunity and a shortlist of four – two each from the fast jet and multi-engined aircraft areas – has been drawn up. One of these will join the Virgin Orbit flight-test team, Air Commodore Richard Davies, commandant of the RAF’s Air Warfare By: Craig Hoyle centre, confirmed at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Placing a test pilot within the Virgin Orbit organisation forms part of a broader satellite initiative announced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 18 July. Under this, a Team Artemis organisation will use a £30 million (.5 million) funding allocation to “fast-track the launch of a small satellite demonstrator”, the MoD says. Parties involved include Airbus, Raytheon, Surrey Satellite Technology, Virgin Orbit, the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office and the US government. “The demonstrator will be designed to understand the military utility of small satellites and provide information to combat aircraft more quickly,” the MoD says. Launch by Virgin Orbit is expected to be conducted after taking off from Cornwall Airport Newquay. Read more here... Tim Peake Joins Red Arrows As They Prepare To Take On North America Story : Forces,net Image: MOD British astronaut Tim Peake joined the Red Arrows for a rehearsal flight before their display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) this weekend. It is the RAF’s Aerobatic Teams last display in the UK this year before setting off next month for their biggest-ever tour of North America. Mr Peake sat in the rear seat of Red 1’s aircraft for the 20-minute flight. He experienced the team’s hallmark combination of close-formations, precision passes and dynamic loops and rolls first-hand. One of the manoeuvres practised - which features in the Red Arrows’ 2019 show - is Apollo, arranged in a shape that marks Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. After the flight, Mr Peake said: “What a huge honour and privilege to join the Red Arrows today – a fantastic flight Read the full story... | 08

NEWS News Around The Globe South Korea fires warning shots at Russian aircraft Story: UK Defence Journal South Korea fired warning shots at a Russian A-50 after claiming the aircraft entered its air defence identification zone, say the South Korean Ministry of Defence. The Russian jet breached the South Korean air defence identification zone twice say the country, prompting its air force to launch jets and fire warning shots according to By George Allison local media. The incursion came during what South Koreans officials claim was a joint Russian-Chinese military exercise. Two Chinese H-6 bombers had passed into Seoul’s air identification zone just hours before, joined by another two Russian military planes. Read more here... Indian Army’s flood rescue operations team saves 150 in Nalabari Story: The Statesman Incessant heavy downpour in the Nalbari district of Assam resulted in the breach of embankments of ‘Pagladiya’ river. Immediately, a highly trained and well-equipped Flood relief column of the Indian Army was mobilized and arrived at the Balitara Village in Nalbari District to undertake a massive humanitarian aid and disaster relief operation. “Operating under heavy downpour, dangerous currents and alarming water levels in addition to the pitch-dark night, Indian Army toiled hard and ensured to rescue 150 stranded civilians, including 60 women and children, and brought them to safe zone. The locals and civil administration were forthcoming in expressing their heartfelt and overwhelming gratitude to the Army in light of their Service Before Self Motto as the dedicated efforts resulted in averting disaster and resulted in normalization of the situation,” said, Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, PRO (Defence), Tezpur while commenting on the situation. More here... North Korea launches 2 short range missiles Story: Politico: North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Thursday in its first weapons launches in more than two months and an apparent effort to pressure Washington as the two sides struggle to restart nuclear negotiations. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were fired from near the eastern coastal town of Wonsan and flew about 430 kilometers (270 miles) and 690 kilometers (430 miles) respectively before landing off the country’s east coast. South Korea’s military earlier said both missiles flew 430 kilometers but the trajectory for one was revised based on a joint South Korean-U.S. analysis. South Korean officials said the missiles were both short-range. A South Korean defense official, requesting Image: Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo anonymity because of department rules, said that an initial analysis showed both missiles were fired from mobile launchers and flew at a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers (30 miles). He said South Korea’s military believes a second missile that flew 690 kilometers is a new type of missile but more analysis is necessary. Read more here... 09 |

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