HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

  • LIMA 2017: Aselsan debuts 'anti-drone jammer' system, targets Asia-Pacific countries

    Key Points Aselsan has developed a man-portable system designed to incapacitate hostile unmanned aerial vehicles System has been developed against the backdrop of a proliferation in small commercial off-the-shelf UAV systems Turkish defence company Aselsan has unveiled a man-portable 'anti-drone

  • LIMA 2017: Thales makes inroad into Malaysian market with Air Force helicopter flight simulator delivery

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has received and operationalised a helicopter flight simulator from Thales, the company announced on 22 March at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition. The simulator, which is currently being used to train RMAF pilots for the H120

  • India to fit six new C-130J s with terrain warning system

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to equip six new Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft equipped with the Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS), it was disclosed on 15 March. A solicitation posted by the US Air Force (USAF) on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) calls for

  • US Army eyes new 'high-altitude' airships or solar-powered sensor platforms

    US Army Space and Missile Defence Command (SMDC) is working with other Pentagon organisations to assess the value of high-altitude sensor capabilities for the army, including airships and solar-powered platforms. High-altitude systems, which can operate around 60,000 ft and essentially at the edge

  • Low intensity, high capability: OPVs promise balance in requirements and budgets

    As offshore patrol vessels become more popular with navies around the world, they are adding operational value to lower-end tasks. Dr Lee Willett reports The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) provides an interesting case study of how navies around the world are attempting to balance the numerous and

  • RFI issued for USAF CV-22B radar upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) is moving forward with plans to integrate the Raytheon AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto its Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. A request for information (RFI) for industry sources to provide support for the integration work was

  • UTC's MS-177 built for high-altitude sensing and future growth

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Aerospace Systems is transitioning its MS-177 multi-spectral sensor from a 7- to 10-band configuration, now designated the MS-177A. The systems will be integrated onto the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, and the first flight test of the 7-band sensor aboard

  • FAP receives its first Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa: FAP) has taken delivery of an initial four AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening AT Block II airborne navigation and targeting pods upgraded to the Litening G4 standard by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Northrop Grumman, the Portuguese Ministry of

  • MS-177 sensor trialled on Global Hawk

    Northrop Grumman has completed the first flight test of the new MS-177 multispectral sensor, which will provide a broad-area search capability for the company's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to begin formal development testing of Global Hawk

  • North African country to get PicoSAR payload for Camcopters

    Leonardo announced on 28 February that Austrian company Schiebel has selected its PicoSAR surveillance radar for the Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft that it is selling to the armed forces of an unidentified North African country. The PicoSAR is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar

  • RNLAF F-16s receive missile warning and flare upgrade

    Key Points PIDSU pylons fitted to RNLAF F-16 fighters are being upgraded to PIDS+ standard with the addition of a missile warning system and flare dispenser kit Dispensers introduced with the Flare Up modification are canted so that flares are fired diagonally downward Terma is upgrading the

  • Raytheon adds geo-location capability to ALR-69A(V)

    Raytheon is completing the final flight test verification of a single-ship geo-location capability for the ALR-69A(V), enabling aircrews to assist with targeting solutions while continuing to identify threats in dense signal environments. Geo-location capabilities offer aircrews more options,

  • IDEX 2017: Radiozavod reveals new MANPAD C2 System

    Key Points The system provides C2 for up to 12 firing units of shoulder-launched air defence weapons Development of the system was completed in 2016 and has been ordered by the Russian Army Radiozavod showcased the latest version of its man-portable air defence (MANPAD) command-and-control (C2)

  • Rafael selected for UK Sky Sabre BMC4I solution

    Key Points Delivery of the Rafael MIC4AD solution scheduled to be finalised by 2020 Land Ceptor and Giraffe AMB will be integrated with the BMC4I functionality to deliver the Sky Sabre comprehensive air defence capability The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Joint Sensor and Engagement Networks Team

  • IDEX 2017: Groza-R enters C-UAV fray

    KB Radar Design Bureau has developed a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system, unveiling the package at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Speaking to Jane's, Zhybul Siarhei Victorovich, head of KB Radar's electronic warfare department, said that the Groza-R Counter-Multicopter Radio

  • Logos conducts first Redkite sensor flight aboard a tactical UAS

    Key Points The three-hour test showed that Redkite could operate from an Integrator UAS The Redkite payload operates on less than 300 W Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor flew aboard a Boeing Integrator Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in early February. The test marked the first time the

  • BAE Systems looks to alter atmosphere to protect forces

    BAE Systems is working on a concept that could potentially defend aircraft against high-powered laser weapons or extend the reach of a radar well beyond current capabilities by heating up small areas of the atmosphere. The Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) concept works by simulating

  • EDA seeks satcom provision for EU's expeditionary missions

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) is seeking the provision of satellite communications services on behalf of the EU's expeditionary common security and defence policy (CSDP) operations, and to support the member states' crisis management activities. Worth EUR20 million (USD21.2 million), the

  • USAF has 'urgent' need to increase size of BACN fleet

    The US Air Force (USAF) has an "urgent" need to increase its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) capability with an additional Northrop Grumman EQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the service disclosed on 8 February. The BACN

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