• 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

  • 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

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