• India seeks new SIGINT and COMJAM aircraft

    India has issued a request for information (RFI) for signals intelligence (SIGINT) and communications jamming (COMJAM) aircraft, with deliveries to begin two years after a contract signature. The RFI for seven aircraft, which was issued by the Indian government in late July, is for five SIGINT and

  • US Air Force analysing future of multi-domain C2

    Key Points The USAF is performing a year-long analysis of multi-domain C2 The goal is to increase the speed of C2 to overwhelm an enemy The US Air Force (USAF) is performing a year-long analysis of the future of multi-domain command and control (C2), according to the service’s top officer.

  • Logos tests ultra-lightweight WAMI pod on Group 3 UAV

    Logos Technologies has flown a podded version of its Redkite wide area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard a US Navy RQ-23 TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The demonstration represents the first-time the Redkite pod has been operated on a UAV. The NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation

  • French Air Force upgrades AWACS

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, awarded a tender on 12 July to Air France International/KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) for the manintenance in operational condition (MCO) and cockpit upgrade of the French Air Force's

  • Marduk Technologies readies Shark C-UAV system for initial trials

    Marduk Technologies expects to demonstrate a prototype of its Shark counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system in the August/September timeframe with the Estonian military. Indrek Sepp, Marduk Technologies’ CEO, told Jane’s that the testing of limited aspects of the system will

  • Australia poised to join US on Next Generation Jammer

    Key Points Australia is in discussion to join the US Navy's next-generation jamming pod programme The Next Generation Jammer-Medium Band will replace the legacy AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system Australia is nearing an agreement to join the US Navy's (USN's) AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation

  • Rafael adds laser hard-kill intercept capability to Drone Dome

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has introduced a directed-energy, hard-kill intercept capability to its Drone Dome micro- and mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection and neutralisation system. The standard Drone Dome system comprises a RADA RPS-42 S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar, a

  • Thales optimises airborne data communications

    Thales has taken the opportunity at the 2017 Paris Air Show to showcase the latest developments in its airborne communications product line. Smart Connectivity is intended to overcome the problem of increasing saturation of communications networks with high volumes of data, particularly full motion

  • Thales demonstrates System 21 compatibility with GX satellite constellation

    Thales and Inmarsat announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show that they have conducted a successful series of trials to demonstrate that the former's System 21 satellite communications (SATCOM) ground segment can be employed with the latter's Global Xpress (GX) satellite constellation. System 21

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Elbit Systems reveals SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance system

    Elbit has revealed its SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) system at the latest iteration of the Paris Air Show. Yair Ganor, the company's senior director for WAPS business development and marketing, told Jane's that the system "has already been sold to several customers and is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Rockwell Collins avionics to support SkyGuardian's integration into civil airspace

    US avionics house Rockwell Collins announced at the Paris Air Show on 21 June that its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to support its MQ-9B SkyGuardian medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

  • Paris Air Show 2017: L3 Wescam updates MX sensor turret family

    L3 Wescam has updated its MX family of modular electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turrets, Jane's has learnt from a company spokesperson at the Paris Air Show. Paul Jennison, vice-president of government sales and business development, highlighted the improvements on the company's MX-10 model, which

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Thales outlines counter-UAS system concept

    Thales presented a counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) concept at this year's Paris Air Show designed to counter hostile or unauthorised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) penetrating airspace over borders, airports, and key infrastructure sites. Michel Dechanet, product manager within the company's

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Raytheon AESA radars surpass a million flight hours

    Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that its family of active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radars for fighter aircraft have clocked up more than one million operational flight hours with the US Air Force, US Navy, and four international customers. The company additionally

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Controp launches T-STAMP-XR payload

    Controp Precision Technologies unveiled the T-STAMP-XR miniature electro-optical/infrared payload at the Paris Air Show 2017. The gyro-stabilised system is principally aimed at small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aerostats, and rotary-wing platforms. Speaking to Jane's , Hagay Azani, Controp's

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Bird Aerosystems presents fully configured AeroShield pod

    Tel Aviv-based Bird Aerosystems presented its AeroShield missile defence pod in its full configuration for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS) family of solutions that the company produces in co-operation with Airbus Defence and Space, the

  • Lightweight Gabbiano radar pitched at UAVs

    Leonardo has unveiled its lightest airborne multimode radar to date. The Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light weighs less than 24 kg and is designed for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The radar was debuted at the Paris Air Show and comprises a 12 inch nose-mounted antenna and a receiver transmitter

  • Israel acquires EHUD air combat training pods

    The Israel Air Force (IAF) has acquired EHUD air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI) systems from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the company announced on 12 June. Made by IAI's Malam division, the EHUD pods help air-to-air combat training by producing flight data that can be used to work

  • RAF to lose Sentinel ASTOR aircraft

    A bid to reverse budget proposals to retire the UK Royal Air Force's (RAF's) fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) aircraft appears to have been rebuffed. During the UK Ministry of Defence's annual budget round, known as ABC17, air force chiefs were pushing to extend the

  • US Air Force's Space Fence enters hardware installation phase

    Key Points The US Air Force entered hardware installation, a key phase, in its Space Fence programme The programme will allow the USAF to eventually track space objects the size of a marble The US Air Force (USAF) expects to complete hardware installation for its Space Fence space situational

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