• China launches latest Yaogan-series satellite

    China placed its latest satellite in orbit on 27 August, carried by a Long March 4C rocket launched from the Taiyuan satellite launch centre in northern China. Yaogan-27 was described by Chinese media as a remote sensing satellite to be used for land surveys, crop yield forecasts, and disaster

  • India launches latest military comms satellite

    India launched a multi-media communication satellite on 27 August that is intended to augment its military's network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the GSAT-6 aboard the three-stage, indigenously developed Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch

  • FAC receives AN/TPS-78 air surveillance radars

    The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Colombiana: FAC) has taken delivery of four new Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 3D long-range radars, FAC commander Major General Carlos Bueno Vargas announced on 20 August during a visit to the No 2 Air Combat Command in Apiay. The FAC ordered the mobile radars

  • MQ-8C radar promises long-range ISR boost for LCS

    Key Points NAVAIR plans to award the contract for a surface search radar for the MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV in March 2016 Draft specifications indicate that the radar will be able to track 500 targets at ranges out to 100 n miles The US Navy (USN) is seeking a surface search radar for the MQ-8C Fire

  • Pentagon satellite-launching UAV development enters new phase ahead of 2016 competition

    Key Points DARPA has awarded Boeing USD6.6 million to continue work on the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane The agency plans to hold a Phase II competition among the three teams working on the project next year for the follow-on production order The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects


  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
  • Catching up: China's space programme marches on

    China's space programme is acquiring and fielding impressive technologies and capabilities, but must address innovation-related challenges to ensure long-term competitiveness in space. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Cyber-mercenary industry grows worldwide

    As attention focuses on inter-state cyber-warfare, private non-governmental actors have rapidly proliferated. Tim Maurer examines the rise of these often powerful proxy groups.
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  • UK orders more Saab Giraffe AMB radars

    The British Armed Forces have ordered additional Giraffe AMB (Agile Multi-Beam) 3-D air-defence radars from Saab, the company announced on 24 August. Worth SEK610 million (USD74.6 million) the contract also includes the upgrade of the United Kingdom's existing Giraffe radars to the latest


  • Bombardier Global 5000 EL/I-3360 maritime patrol variant

    Type Maritime patrol aircraft Description Designed for a range of applications that include ISR; broad area persistent threat monitoring; communications, command and control (C3), anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare; search and rescue (SAR); law enforcement; homeland security and disaster

  • Panchromatic camera for Cartosat 2A/B satellites

    Type Space-based sensor Development The Panchromatic Imaging Camera (known as the PAN Camera) developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary sensor aboard the ISRO's Cartosat-1 and Cartosat-2 civilian satellites, and Cartosat-2A and -2B military satellites, of which the

  • Tactical reconnaissance pod

    Type Reconnaissance pod Development In 1994, what was the Military Aircraft Division of Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA) started development of a new-generation Tactical reconnaissance (Tac recce) pod for the German Air Force. In 1997, an additional reconnaissance pod solution was contracted by the

  • YY-series EO turrets

    Type Sensor turrets Development The first in the YY-series of EO observation and tracking turrets from China's Luoyang Optoelectro Technology Development Center (LOEC) - the YY-1 system - was first noted by IHS Jane's in February 2006, where it was being promoted at the Asian Aerospace exhibition