• US approves Saudi AWACS mods deal

    Key Points The US State Department has approved a USD2 billion Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal with Saudi Arabia to modernise its five-aircraft AWACS fleet The upgrades include Block 40/45 mission computing kits and AN/UPX-40 friend or foe identification platforms Saudi Arabia plans to

  • Bolivia selects French air surveillance systems for airspace control

    Bolivian President Evo Morales announced selection of France to provide an air surveillance and air traffic control system, according to a 1 August Bolivian government statement. Under the terms of the agreement, which IHS Jane's understands from Bolivian sources is not yet final, Thales will

  • US Army successfully tests electronic jamming capability for Gray Eagle UAS

    The US Army conducted flight testing of an unmanned airborne electronic attack capability known as Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated (NERO) onboard the General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle. The tests, which took place from 2 to 19 June but were only recently announced, were conducted at

  • USAF: Manned airborne ISR still crucial

    Key Points The USAF says it needs both manned and unmanned aircraft to perform ISR over areas such as Iraq The USAF still wants to divest many of its legacy fleets for financial reasons, as well as the need to purchase more survivable aircraft The US is using both manned and unmanned aircraft to

  • Paraguay seeking radars and light fighters

    The Paraguayan Air Force (FAP) requires four new radars and a fleet of 12 combat aircraft, FAP Commander General Luis Noceda Riveros said during a 21 July radio interview. Gen Noceda explained that the FAP currently operates two radars, which combined provide a 100 km coverage, but a further four

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  • Swiss IMESS soldier system ready for serial production

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed the development of the Swiss Army's planned new future soldier system and is now ready to enter serial production, the company announced on 30 July. Known as the Integrated Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier (IMESS), it builds on the company's
  • Patrol vessel receives RNLN's final I-Mast 400 fit

    The Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) last Holland-class ocean-going patrol ship HNLMS Friesland (P 842) is being fitted with its Thales Nederland I-Mast 400 integrated mast system. Friesland , commissioned in January 2013, is the last RNLN ship to receive the I-Mast 400 fit. Four masts were


  • Beechcraft 1900 series surveillance variants

    Type Multi-sensor surveillance aircraft Description Over time, IHS Jane's sources have identified two multi-sensor surveillance variants of the Beechcraft (formerly Raytheon Beechcraft/Hawker Beechcraft and then a component of Textron Aviation) 1900 regional airliner, the known details of which

  • Boeing E-3 Sentry

    Type Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft Description The Boeing E-3 Sentry is a land-based, multi-operator, AWACS aircraft that can be refuelled in-flight; utilises a militarised Boeing 707-320B airframe and provides an all-weather, surveillance, Command and Control (C2) and

  • AN/UPX-39(V) Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar

    Type Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) system Description The AN/UPX-39(V) MSSR equipment is described as being a 'modern, digital, commercial-off-the-shelf' system that is designed to replace existing analogue identification friend-or-foe interrogators that can no longer be

  • Condor series Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar Systems

    Type Family of ground-based Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) systems Description Raytheon System's Condor MSSR interrogators are solid-state, digital, surveillance systems designed to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 10 standards and are billed as providing