• 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

  • US Air Force rewriting '127-1' range safety regulations

    Key Points US Air Force updating launch range safety rules This will help the service modernise for new launch technologies The US Air Force (USAF) is rewriting a number of its range safety regulations known as '127-1' to better embrace emerging launch technologies. USAF spokesman Bryan Purtell

  • IDEF 2017: Aselsan unveils anti-UAV systems

    Aselsan has developed two counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems and showcased them at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul. The IHTAR is a mast-mounted integrated radar and electro-optic (EO) system with an RF jammer, designed to counter mini- and micro-UAVs in both

  • Xponential 2017: US Army to introduce OSRVT enhancements

    The US Army is eyeing a number of improvements to its One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Edward Godzur, product director at the service's UAS Project Office, said that the Level III capability will enable control over aircraft when on the move,

  • Xponential 2017: Fifth-gen aircraft present simulation challenge

    It is unlikely that aerial targets will be able to address fifth-generation aircraft simulation requirements, according to Kyle Patterman, Meggitt Defense Systems business development manager for training systems. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Patterman said that targets

  • Xponential 2017: Logos progresses Redkite validation for Integrator

    Logos Technologies completed a second flight test of its Redkite Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard an Insitu Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS), confirming the reliability of the communications system and that the processing capability was working. Logos wanted to be certain the

  • USAF to field additional BACN Global Hawk

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD39.9 million contract to convert an additional RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into the EQ-4B Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) configuration. The contract, which was announced

  • Electronic warfare upgrade for USAF F-15s passes CDR

    The F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) upgrade for the US Air Force (USAF) has passed its Critical Design Review (CDR), it was announced on 1 May. The programme prime, Boeing, completed its CDR of the system in February following a review of the CDR of the system's

  • BAE Systems looks to 3DAWS for layered missile warning capability

    BAE Systems is developing a new missile warning capability to protect rotary-wing aircraft against advanced threats. Working in adjunct with either BAE Systems' Common Missile Warning System or any passive threat detection system, the company's 3-Dimensional Advanced Warning System (3DAWS) not only

  • USAF seeks bespoke C2 capsule for C-17

    The US Air Force (USAF) has re-launched its effort to equip the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft with a bespoke command-and-control (C2) capsule. Renamed the Roll-on Conference Capsule (ROCC) programme, details of modified effort were posted on the Federal Business

  • Indonesia to acquire Lockheed Martin's Sniper ATPs for F-16s

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) will acquire Lockheed Martin's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATPs) for its F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of trade and investment agreements signed between Washington and Jakarta on 21 April. "This

  • Singapore equipping Apache helicopters with new mission systems

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is equipping a number of its Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters with new mission systems to enhance the platform's survivability and improve its mission capability. The country's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement on 20 April

  • General Atomics demos Reaper fitted with radar warning receiver

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) has demonstrated its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying with a radar warning receiver (RWR), the company announced on 10 April. The demonstration, which was flown out of GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale in

  • Germany orders enhanced BOZ-pods for Tornados

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has ordered Saab enhanced BOZ-101 EC electronic warfare (EW) pods for its Panavia Tornado combat aircraft. The order, announced by Saab on 11 April, was placed by the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) on behalf of the Luftwaffe, and covers

  • Navy League 2017: USMC's Target Handoff System 2 enters IOC

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) anticipates fielding the Target Handoff System 2 in fiscal year 2018, Jane's has learnt. The system is designed to enable forward observers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) to digitally call for fires support with a lower risk of error. The service recently

  • Pakistan Air Force selects Rockwell Collins for C-130 Hercules avionics upgrade

    Rockwell Collins has been selected to supply its Flight2 avionics system for the upgrade of up to 11 Lockheed Martin C-130E and 5 C-130B aircraft operated by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The US-based company announced in a 31 March press statement that it will provide the integrated avionics suite

  • Colombian Air Force receives first locally developed air defence radar

    The Colombian Air Force on 29 March received the first Tactical Air Defence Radar (TADER) system, developed by the Colombian High Technology Corporation (CODALTEC), at the Gomez Niño Apiay Air Base, in Villavicencio. The TADER was developed in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of Defence

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