• Brazil officially cancels participation in Cyclone-4 rocket

    The Brazilian government has officially cancelled participation in a bilateral space co-operation treaty with Ukraine. The Long Term Cooperation Treaty for the use of the Cyclone 4 Rocket from the Alcântara Launch Center (CLA) was originally signed in October 2003 and focused on the joint

  • China launches two more Beidou satellites

    Chinese media have reported the successful launch into orbit of the 18th and 19th Beidou navigation system satellites. The carrier was a Long March 3B rocket that was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 25 July. As with the 17th Beidou satellite launch in March, this deployment

  • Finmeccanica confirms Kronos radar sale to Qatar

    The Italian defence company Finmeccanica announced on 26 July that its Selex ES division will supply the Qatar Armed Forces with Kronos radars to monitor the country's airspace. The Finmeccanica statement came over a year after Qatar said it was buying Kronos radars when it announced a series of

  • US Army ends Kiowa CASUP as aviation restructure gains steam

    The US Army is poised to terminate the Bell OH-58F Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program (CASUP) as part of its Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI), according to a Pentagon announcement on 24 July. With the termination the army will de-obligate USD48 million, the remaining balance accounting for

  • Russia's PAK DA bomber to get new communication suite

    Russian United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) has started the development of the new onboard communication suite (CS) for the PAK DA strategic bomber, according to a source in UIMC. The source told IHS Jane's that "the new suite will provide robust communication over operational

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  • Thales UK receives Scout SV sights subcontract

    Thales UK has been awarded a GBP125 million (USD195 million) subcontract for sighting and situational awareness systems for the British Army's new Scout SV tracked reconnaissance vehicles. Announced on 30 July, the subcontract from prime contractor General Dynamics UK includes 245 Orion commander


  • 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