• Next-gen US military helicopters prepare for 2017 flights

    The US Army's Joint Multirole-Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort is moving towards first flights in 2017, but meanwhile is focused on crucial system architecture demonstrations. Dan Bailey, the army's programme director for JMR/FVL, said the effort is demonstrating

  • No US budget deal yet as new fiscal year looms

    Congress has yet to reach an agreement on a simple stop-gap funding measure to keep the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the wider federal government funded when fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) begins on 1 October. The funding would mainly be at the current year's levels and lawmakers have been aiming

  • Saab captures USN's next-generation shipboard ATC radar

    Saab Defense and Security USA has won the race to provide US Navy (USN) aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships with a new shipboard air traffic control (SATC) radar. The company was on 21 September announced as the recipient of a USD38 million Engineering and Manufacturing Development

  • US approves Triton UAV for production

    The Pentagon has approved the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for low-rate initial production (LRIP), the US Navy (USN) announced on 22 September. The Milestone C decision, signed by Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall, "brings us

  • AFA 2016: General Atomics looks to adopt DARPA's Gremlin effort to MQ-9

    Key Points DARPA is seeking a small UAS capable of air launch and recovery from a C-130 The idea is to operate an SUAS in airspaces that current systems cannot penetrate General Atomics Aeronautical displayed its proposal for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Gremlin


  • Evolution by increments

    The US Army is, for the most part, moving cautiously ahead with a variety of modernisation plans to upgrade and evolve its equipment and structures. Daniel Wasserbly reports
  • Face off: East-West relations

    Russia's improving A2/AD and hybrid warfare capabilities are asking new questions of NATO's maritime forces. Richard Scott reports on how this Russian resurgence is spurring new thinking
  • Russia increases use of Ukraine cyber proxies

    Russia's cyber operations in Ukraine are increasingly dependent on criminal proxies. Lincoln Pigman examines what this means for cyber security in Ukraine and beyond.
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  • Bell unveils V-247 Vigilant unmanned tiltrotor

    Bell Helicopter on 22 September revealed a new unmanned tiltrotor aircraft in anticipation of a US Marine Corps (USMC) requirement for a ship-based armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Vince Tobin, Bell vice-president for advanced tiltrotor systems, unveiled a model of the V-247 Vigilant at the
  • US approves SkyCeptor LCI for Poland

    Key Points SkyCeptor is the US-compliant variant of the Rafael/Raytheon Stunner interceptor Raytheon is expected to position SkyCeptor as a secondary effector for the US Army's IFPC 2-I Block 1 requirement The US government has approved the release of SkyCeptor as the low-cost interceptor (LCI)


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47