• Pentagon budget 2019: USAF secretary says JSTARS meets few combatant commander requirements

    Key Points The US Air Force secretary believes its current JSTARS fleet meets 5% of requirements The service has decided to divert billions of US dollars to other BMC2 efforts The US Air Force (USAF) is moving away from recapitalising its fleet of Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target

  • Colombian Air Force to launch new satellite by July

    The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Colombia: FAC) plans to have its first domestically manufactured satellite, FACSAT-1, in orbit by July, the FAC said on 8 February. FACSAT-1 is a cube-like nanosatellite with a 30 m per pixel lens. Its control centre will be located at the ‘Marco

  • Controp updates airborne and maritime EO/IR payloads with SWIR channel

    Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has introduced new high-definition (HD) thermal imaging (TI) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) capabilities to its airborne iSky-50HD and maritime iSea-50HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) payloads. The payloads, which are housed in gyro-stabilised 30 kg

  • Lockheed Martin targets international users with VCSi

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new version of its VCS software that adds functionality and opens up the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system for non-US operators. VCSi (the ‘i’ designation referring to international) builds on the VCS-4586 software that is in widespread service

  • USAF develops virtual maintenance trainer to better prepare airmen

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a maintenance training system that will place students in a virtual environment enabling them to get more time with an aircraft prior to working on a real jet. The Maintenance Training Based on Adaptive Game-based Environmental Using a

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Honeywell details proposals to upgrade Indonesian F-16s

    Key Points Honeywell has revealed a suite of upgrade options available for Indonesia’s F-16s The upgrades will enhance a pilot's situational awareness, and maintain load capacity Honeywell has revealed its suite of proposals to upgrade the Indonesian Air Force’s (Tentara Nasional

  • IAI announces new towed radar decoy

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is now marketing a new towed decoy system designed to protect all types of aircraft against surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Rami Navon, electronic warfare marketing manager at IAI Elta, told Jane's that the ELL-8270 is a lightweight, affordable, self-contained

  • Greece to lease Heron UAVs from Israel

    Greece will lease seven Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for three years to enhance its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in the Aegean Sea, Greek media have reported. Greek Alternate Minister of National Defence Dimitris

  • India’s HAL test-flies Hawk-i trainer fitted with indigenous RTOS

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Hawk-i advanced jet trainer fitted with an indigenously developed real-time operating system (RTOS), the state-owned aerospace and defence company announced on 7 February. “It is the first indigenous RTOS

  • Lockheed Martin to deliver Israeli upgrades for Block 3F+ standard F-35

    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver Israeli-specific upgrades for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) as part of a wider Block 3F+ software package. The USD147.96 million contract modification was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 February, and is set to

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Taiwan acquires AR-1500 airborne radio system

    Rockwell Collins has secured Taiwan as the launch customer for its latest TruNet AR-1500 networked communications airborne radio system, the company announced on 4 February. The deal will enable Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), headquartered in the western city of

  • HAL tests indigenous flight control system for Light Combat Helicopter

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) using an indigenously developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), the state-owned aerospace and defence company announced in a statement on 31 January. “The maiden

  • Boeing designs T-X cockpit display for students of personal device generation

    Key Points Boeing designed its T-X cockpit displays with flatscreens and intuitive functionality The company on 30 January unveiled the display Boeing designed its T-X aircraft cockpit display with flat screens for students from the personal device generation, according to a key executive.

  • HuAF Mi-24s to receive night vision

    Eight Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Mi-24V and Mi-24P gunships delivered to the 419th Aircraft Repair Plant (419 ARZ), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will be overhauled, modernised, and have night vision googles (NVG) integrated, it has been announced. The work will be conducted

  • CMI Defence outlines UAV integration

    CMI Defence has provided details on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration onto its turret systems. Speaking to Jane's at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference, a representative from CMI Defence said that the integration was completed approximately 18 months ago following a

  • DARPA selects Orbital ATK for AFRE hypersonic engine research project

    Orbital ATK said on 23 January it entered into a contract with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study potential integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) programme,

  • PLAN deploys H-6G bomber in electronic warfare configuration

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed for the first time its Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6G bomber in an electronic warfare configuration as part of recent “combat manoeuvres”, according to Chinese state-owned media. Equipped with an electronic

  • Elbit Systems of America to demo upgraded counter-DVE solution for CV-22

    Elbit Systems of America is to demonstrate its upgraded Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) technology aboard a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the US military has disclosed. A USD748,609 contract for a real-world evaluation of the company’s DVE equipment aboard a V-22 was announced

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • USAF tests M-Code integration aboard B-2 bomber

    The US Air Force (USAF) has validated the integration of Raytheon’s prototype Miniaturised GPS Airborne Receiver (MAGR)-2K-M with the inaugural test of the Military-Code (M-Code) GPS system aboard a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This test verified successful integration of the prototype

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