• Elbit awarded F-35 cockpit contract

    Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a contract to develop a replacement cockpit display for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The contract, which was announced by Elbit Systems on 6 June, is for the Technology Refresh 3, Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit (PCDU).

  • USN eyes MALD-N stand-in jammer development

    Key Points NAVAIR plans to award Raytheon a sole-source contract for the development of requirements for a network-enabled MALD-N stand-in jammer Requirements definition is being informed by the MALD-X demonstration programme The US Navy (USN) plans to acquire a modified variant of the ADM-160

  • US Navy kicks-off Super Hornet Block 3 effort with IRST contract

    The US Navy (USN) has begun the process of upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the latest Block 3 standard, with a contract award to Boeing to incorporate the Block 2 Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) onto the combat aircraft. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which was announced by

  • USN plans MQ-8C UAS in-flight target update demonstration

    Key Points The USN is seeking to demonstrate transmission of in-flight target updates for network-enabled weapons via Link 16 installed on the MQ-8C NAVAIR is planning to contract with Northrop Grumman for Link 16 hardware and software integration The US Navy (USN) is planning to integrate and

  • Saudi completes radar upgrade for AWACS fleet

    The final Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft has now completed its major radar upgrade, the manufacturer Boeing announced on 23 May. The last of five RSAF E-3As has completed the Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) that has already been

  • MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils new airborne active jamming system

    Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has developed an active jamming pod for use on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system - which was displayed at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk - is claimed to be capable of creating false targets, delaying detection, disrupting radar lock-on, and

  • AFRL plans AgilePod multi-INT pod flight test on MQ-9 Reaper

    The US Air Force (USAF) has disclosed details of a prototype platform-agnostic modular, reconfigurable, multi-sensor payload pod planned for flight testing on an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in late 2017. Known as AgilePod, the multi-intelligence (multi-INT) pod system has been

  • US AFRL develops sensor pod to navigate in GPS-denied environments

    Key Points US AFRL develops navigation technology for times without GPS GPS can be easily denied in certain environments The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed a sensor pod allowing warfighters to navigate when global positioning system (GPS) signals aren't available. The sensor

  • AFRL looks to extend aircraft ISR range through TOBS effort

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is developing a tube-launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can be deployed from an AC-130 gunship, or similar aircraft, and provide video that will rival that provided by its own sensors. In situations where weather affects the effectiveness of

  • L3 WESCAM develops MatriX ISR package

    L3 WESCAM has developed a removable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) kit that can convert rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft into missionised platforms. Using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems, the company's MatriX ISR systems solution enables the conversion without having to

  • Boeing sets out upgrade ambitions for Super Hornet, Growler platforms

    The US Navy (USN) may roll-out future upgrades for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet beyond the Block 3 enhancement currently earmarked, as it looks to maintain the combat aircraft in service for decades to come. Speaking at the company's St Louis facility in Missouri, Larry Burt, director of

  • Motor Sich to receive investment from China

    Key Points Company to receive USD250 million for investment in Ukrainian facilities from China's Skyrizon Comes as Motor Sich and Skyrizon finalise plans for assembly and maintenance facility in China Ukrainian aero-engine manufacturer Motor Sich is to receive USD250 million from China’s

  • Latest US Army MFIX showcases broad range of C-UAS capabilities

    Key Points There were 33 different systems demonstrated at MFIX The focus was on precision fires, SHORAD, and directed energy and EW The US Army is hoping its recent manoeuvre and fires integration experiment (MFIX) will lead to the quick transition of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • Gripen E to feature next-generation electronic warfare capability

    Both operational testing and evaluation (OTE) pilots with the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) and the company's own test pilots are highly complimentary of the next-generation Saab Gripen E fighter. "It is a happy coincidence that both the manufacturer and the customer - in this case the SwAF - have

  • New mission computer to open up Eagle's advanced capabilities

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to upgrade the mission computers of its Boeing F-15C Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle combat aircraft under a USD434.8 million contract awarded recently to the aircraft manufacturer. The contract will see the fighter and strike variant Eagles fitted with the new Suite 9

  • Xponential 2017: Airbus expects to field fifth-generation targets in 10 years

    Airbus expects in the next decade to field aerial targets - drones in the literal sense - that perform similarly to fifth-generation aircraft, although a real challenge may be finding test ranges to accommodate these targets. Reto Schniedermeier, head of Airbus sales services for target systems and

  • Boeing demonstrates Talon HATE airborne networking system

    Key Points Boeing and US Air Force demonstrate key airborne networking system Talon HATE is developed by a USAF program designed to rapidly field key capabilities Boeing and the US Air Force (USAF) recently demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can communicate using the

  • IDEF 2017: New Turkish F-16 jammer in development

    Turkey's Tübitak Bílgem Informatics and Information Security Research Center is developing a self-protection jamming pod for deployment on Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. While development is not yet complete, a production prototype was displayed at the IDEF'17 exhibition in

  • IDEF 2017: Turkey's TAI signs deal for serial production of Hürkus-C light attack aircraft

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat has signed an agreement with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the development and serial production of the Hürkus-C light attack aircraft, according to a statement issued by TAI. The deal, which involves the production of 12 Hürkus-Cs and

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