• CERDEC to test wireless power beaming

    Key Points The US Army's CERDEC are pursuing technologies for the wireless transmission of power over long distances Initial testing of power beaming to a quadcopter will take place later this year The US Army is exploring the ability to wirelessly beam power from the ground up to unmanned

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

  • Pakistan launches experimental, remote sensing satellites

    Pakistan launched two satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 9 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad announced in a statement issued the same day. The 1,200 kg Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1), which is set

  • Indian Navy to trial new ESM system on Kamov Ka-31 helicopters

    The Indian Navy will trial a newly developed airborne electronic warfare (EW) system aboard its Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter. A June 2018 tender document for the programme disclosed that the country’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to

  • Lockheed Martin soon implementing Auto-GCAS on F-35

    Key Points Lockheed Martin in 2019 will implement an Auto-GCAS system on the F-35 This can assume temporary control and pull out of a crash if a pilot is unresponsive Lockheed Martin will soon implement on its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance

  • Russia receives second Tu-214PU-SBUS airborne command-and-control post

    On 20 June, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) received the second Tu-214PU-SBUS airborne command-and-control (C2) post from JSC Tupolev, a subsidiary of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). The aircraft was built by the company’s Kazan Aviation Plant under contract to the

  • Kuwait to get Super Hornet simulators

    Kuwait is set to receive two tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet multirole fighters that it has ordered, according to a notice released on the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 18 June. The notice said Boeing will supply one legacy

  • UK undecided on F-35 DAS upgrade

    The United Kingdom has yet to decide if it will upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JAF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced earlier in the month. Answering questions in the House of Commons, Guto Bebb, Minister for Defence

  • LM switches F-35 DAS supplier ‘to enhance capability, reduce cost’

    Lockheed Martin has switched suppliers for the Distributed Aperture System (DAS) fitted to its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), contracting Raytheon in place of the incumbent Northrop Grumman. The aircraft manufacturer announced on 13 June that it has selected Raytheon to develop the

  • Eurosatory 2018: Skylock offers all-in-one anti-drone solution

    Skylock, part of Israel’s Avnon Group, was among the numerous companies offering anti-drone systems at this year’s Eurosatory exhibition. Skylock anti-drone systems have already been delivered to a number of clients, including in Israel, but Skylock’s presentation at Eurosatory

  • Qatar orders Sniper pods for Rafales

    Qatar has selected the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) to equip its fleet of Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the company announced on 11 June. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will receive the pods, spares, and deployment support from 2019. As noted by Lockheed

  • TRU seeks to continue USAF simulation work

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to award two significant training system contracts in 2018, one for B-1B Lancer bomber and the other for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft training systems. The B-1B Request for Proposal (RFP), which was not made publicly available, was released to industry

  • Leonardo reveals BriteCloud decoy countermeasures for larger transport aircraft

    Leonardo has unveiled a new transport-specific version of its BriteCloud expendable decoy, building on the company’s experience providing the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Tornado GR4 fleet with a 55 mm fighter variant of the system. The BriteCloud 55-T fits in the same 55 mm chaff

  • KRET unveils N025E mast-mounted helicopter radar

    Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) – a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation – unveiled the N025E mast-mounted radar for the Mil Mi-28N/NE ‘Havoc-B’ combat helicopters during the HeliRussia 2018 exhibition in Moscow. The N025E is an all-weather,

  • South Korea signals AESA progression

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signalled progression in its programme to develop an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system in collaboration with local industry. DAPA said in a statement on 31 May that its radar programme – intended

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • India's LCA Mk 1A programme faces delays as IAF insists on additional requirements

    Serial production of India’s indigenously developed Tejas Mk 1A Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) could face further delays as the Indian Air Force (IAF) demands the incorporation of new and upgraded systems. Sources from within manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) told Jane’s on

  • BAE Systems to manage EW maintenance for F-35 JSF

    Lockheed Martin awarded the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to BAE Systems to provide the advanced fighter aircraft with electronic warfare (EW) systems. Under the five-year contract, BAE Systems will support the entire global fleet of F-35s to

  • USAF seeks DVE solution for Pave Hawk helos

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to equip its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters with equipment for flying in degraded visual environments using a DVE system (DVES). The USAF announced on 16 May that it is seeking from industry a DVES that specifically address the

  • Update: SNC embraces USAF light attack experiment’s new logistics evaluation

    Key Points Sierra Nevada is embracing the new logistics portion of the USAF’s light attack experiment The company believes its A-29 Super Tucano has many logistical advantages over its competitor Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) is looking forward to the new logistics evaluation of the US Air

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