• 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

  • ARDS ELINT pod set for 2018 flight testing on Predator B

    Raytheon Deutschland GmbH expects to flight test its new Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS) electronic intelligence (ELINT) payload on a General Atomics Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the first half of 2018, company officials have confirmed. Developed by Raytheon Deutschland's

  • Xtender puts satellite phone monitoring into UAVs

    UK-based Horizon Technologies is adapting its FlyingFish airborne satellite monitoring system for integration on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and light aircraft. The new instantiation, known as Xtender, is intended to enable even small hand-launched UAVs to be used for signals intelligence

  • USAF moves forward with Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 acquisition

    The US Air Force (USAF) has chosen Lockheed Martin to develop and produce a next-generation radar threat simulation system to emulate advanced surface-to-air guided weapons. Under a USD104.6 million firm-fixed-price contract awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin

  • AFRL explores the use of liquid metal to reconfigure radar

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is building antennas using liquid metal to enable changes to the size, shape, and functionality of the electrical wiring. Currently, the research effort is using gallium, which is known for its use in radars (gallium arsenide and gallium nitride types) and

  • 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

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