• DSEI 2017: AeroVironment extends Puma control range through new antenna

    AeroVironment has developed a Long Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA) system for operation with its Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Speaking to Jane’s at DSEI 2017 in London, Trace Stevenson, the company’s vice president and deputy general manager, said that the new

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems marks LiteHUD first-flight milestones

    BAE Systems has flown its Lite Head-Up Display (HUD) for the first time on a number of different aircraft types, the company announced at the DSEI exhibition in London on 13 September. The LiteHUD, which is billed as being 60% smaller and 50% lighter than other comparable systems, has so far this

  • Bahrain F-16V procurement and upgrade approved

    Bahrain has been approved to procure 22 new Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons and to upgrade its existing fleet of 20 aircraft, in two separate deals valued at a combined USD3.86 billion. The approvals, announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 8 September, comprise

  • Inzpire to provide GECO mission system for Indonesian Air Force

    UK-based company Inzpire announced on 13 September that it will provide its GECO Air tablet-based mission system to the Indonesian Air Force (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) in conjunction with its in-country partner PT Kadomas Aviasindo. “Once in service, GECO [Air] will

  • US Air Force awards L3 Technologies Compass Call replacement UCA

    Key Points US Air Force awards UCA to L3 Technologies for Compass Call replacement programme The service has previously faced numerous hurdles to awarding a contract action The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 8 September that it had awarded L3 Technologies an undefinitised contract action (UCA)

  • DSEI 2017: Leonardo’s BriteCloud passes trials

    Leonardo has announced that its BriteCloud system has successfully undergone trials with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the United States in March this year. The trials saw more than 80 BC55 BriteCloud countermeasures in the round 55 mm diameter configuration dispensed by the Panavia Tornado GR4

  • Leonardo to supply AESA radars for Bangladesh Navy’s new Dornier 228 multirole aircraft

    The Bangladesh Navy’s (BN’s) two recently ordered RUAG (Dornier) 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) will be equipped with Leonardo’s Seaspray 5000E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The Italy-based company announced in an 11 September statement that it had

  • MSPO 2017: WB Group presents SWARM reconnaissance-strike system

    The largest private defence company in Poland, the Ozarow Mazowiecki-based WB Group, presented the SWARM mobile reconnaissance-strike system at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition held in Kielce, Poland, on 5-8 September. The system integrates the company's existing FlyEye mini

  • US Air Force anticipates F-35 OBOGS testing through end of 2017

    Key Points The US Air Force anticipates F-35 oxygen system testing to last through the end of 2017 The service, earlier this year, restricted the aircraft’s flight envelope after physiological issues The US Air Force (USAF) anticipates testing for the on-board oxygen generation system

  • Northrop Grumman, USAF develop plan to keep E-8C JSTARS flying through 2030

    Key Points Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force have developed a strategy to fly E-8Cs through 2030 JSTARS recapitalisation is one of the service's top priorities, but the programme has been repeatedly delayed Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force (USAF) are developing a roadmap to keep the

  • Elbit Systems announces F-5 upgrade for Asia Pacific customer

    Israel’s Elbit System announced on 29 August that it was awarded a contract worth approximately USD93 million from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country to upgrade its F-5 light fighter fleet, with work expected to be completed by 2020. According to the company’s statement, it will supply

  • US to provide AMISOM with enhanced ISR capability

    The US Department of State is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a spokesperson for the US military's Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has told Jane's . The spokesman said that a

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • Thales readies Elix-IR airborne threat warning system for production

    Thales’ Elix-IR multifunction airborne infrared (IR) threat warning system will be available for production by the end of September 2018, Jane’s has learnt. Developed though a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) jointly funded by Thales and the UK Ministry of Defence, the Elix-IR

  • Indian Jaguar 'test-flown with AESA radar'

    Key Points HAL says it has test-flown a Jaguar fitted with an AESA radar It remains unclear how many Jaguars are likely to receive such an upgrade India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) claims to have successfully test-flown an Indian Air Force (IAF) SEPECAT Jaguar

  • China’s CASC plans app-based control system for Cai Hong UAVs

    Engineers at the Beijing-based China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform, systems, and technology business unit of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), are developing a new app-based UAV management system

  • KB Kuntsevo develops new mobile air surveillance radar

    Russia’s KB Kuntsevo design bureau is developing a new mobile 3D active phased array air surveillance radar system designated the Uzola, Jane’s has learnt. The solid-state Uzola radar is designed to detect, track, and measure airborne target azimuth and elevation, ground speed, as well

  • Update: Philippine Air Force receives two Cessna 208B ISR aircraft from US

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received two US-built Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft modified to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The service released images of an unrelated awards ceremony held on 24 July at the Villamor Air Base in Manila showing

  • US approves Swiss Hornet upgrades

    The US State Department has approved upgrades to Switzerland's fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet fighters, valued at USD115 million. The upgrades, which were announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 28 July, centre on a service-life extension programme (SLEP) for the fleet.

  • KC-46A tanker completes EMP testing

    Boeing has completed electromagnetic testing of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker to test and evaluate the aircraft’s electromagnetic pulse (EMP) protection while in flight. The test, which was announced by Boeing on 27 July, took place at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland and

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