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  • 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

  • Xponential 2018: AFRL to test its Ground-Based Detect and Avoid (GBDAA) system

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will soon test a new Ground-Based Detect and Avoid (GBDAA) system that would enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate in national airspace. AFRL demonstrated recordings of displays from its GBDAA system at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The

  • Xponential 2018: Lockheed Martin reveals first US customers for its vehicle control station

    Lockheed Martin announced Aurora Flight Sciences as its first US customer for the universal unmanned vehicle control station – called Vehicle Control Station International (VCSi) – at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The system can control dozens of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles

  • USN seeks hard-kill aircraft self-protection systems

    Recognising the threat of increasingly lethal and survivable long-range missiles, the US Navy (USN) has commenced studies on novel hard-kill platform self-protection systems as an adjunct or alternative to more conventional electronic countermeasures and/or soft-kill decoy devices. In a Request for

  • Boeing launches Super Hornet SLM modification

    The first US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to enter the Service-Life Modification (SLM) process ahead of the Block 3 enhancement programme arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility in Missouri in late April. A twin-seat F/A-18F from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106

  • Xponential 2018: C-UAS system architecture drives adaptability

    Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) may be falling behind in their quest to counter new technological advancements, to the point that they are often chasing technology and reacting to new threats. According to Textron Systems’ chief engineer control and surface systems Brian Hetsko,

  • Australia receives F-35A training equipment

    Australia has received an initial delivery of training equipment for the pilots and ground crews that will operate the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in a statement that an Antonov An-124

  • Evolved MASE self-protection pod debuts

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has developed an evolved and upgraded version of its Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) pod intended to afford greater flexibility in self-protection integration. MASE was introduced to the market in the early 2000s. Controlled by Terma’s

  • EW attacks on US aircraft increasing in Syria

    US AC-130U Spooky gunships are being targeted by electronic warfare (EW) attacks when flying over Syria, General Raymond Thomas, the commander of US Special Operations Command, revealed on 24 April. “Right now in Syria, we’re in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our

  • AAAA 2018: US Army selects BAE Systems to develop aircraft missile warning system

    Key Points BAE Systems is developing a two-colour advanced warning system for aircraft 2C-AWS uses two-colour IR sensor technology to positively identify and track inbound missiles The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as USD98 million to develop a quick reaction capability

  • US controls drive Chile toward Israeli F-16 upgrade

    The Chilean Air Force is looking again at putting some of its 46 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters through a service life extension programme (SLEP), local military sources have told Jane’s . The SLEP, which would incorporate upgrades to avionics and weapons sourced from Israel, would free the

  • Indra developing updated A400M full flight simulators

    Indra has announced a fresh order in partnership with Thales and Airbus for new full flight simulators (FFS) for the Airbus Defence and Space A400M transport aircraft for the German and French air forces. The Spanish systems group said these would double the training capacity for the aircraft at

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-25 flight deck taxi capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling, including taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate, according to a company statement. As part of the

  • US Air Force performs first B-21 Raider software drop

    The US Air Force (USAF) has performed its first software drop for its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber programme, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisition, told a Senate panel on

  • Elbit Systems completes acquisition of Universal Avionics

    Elbit Systems has completed the acquisition of Universal Avionics Systems Corporation, which will now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Israeli aerospace and defence company. With the USD120 million deal now finalised, Universal Avionics will lead commercial sales in North America for

  • Portugal to establish UAV-based ISTAR capability

    Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through

  • BAE pitches Sceptre as mission management tool of choice for Typhoon and other fast jets

    BAE Systems is showcasing the latest version of its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets, having developed it to the latest capability standard of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane’s in early April, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John

  • Paramount to restore Mirage F1s for Draken International

    Draken International has signed an agreement with South Africa’s Paramount Aerospace Systems for the overhaul and ongoing engineering support of Dassault Mirage F1M aircraft recently acquired from the Spanish Air Force. The agreement, announced on 9 April, pertains to 22 single-seat Mirage

  • Boeing awarded further Japanese E-767 AWACS upgrade contract

    Boeing has been awarded a further USD64.8 million contract to upgrade the mission computing system aboard Japan’s fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said on 29 March. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) award brings the total

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