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  • Elbit to upgrade Mi-17 helos of 'Asia-Pacific' country

    Elbit Systems is to upgrade the Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport helicopters of an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country over the next five years, the company announced on 8 February. The project is valued at USD110 million, including post-upgrade maintenance, and will see the avionics of "dozens of

  • SideArm undergoes successful testing

    Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a full-scale technology demonstrator of the SideArm unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) retrieval system. Video of the tests released by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) shows several instances of the SideArm system capturing a 400 lb

  • Raytheon to demonstrate anti-jam SATCOM system

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tasked Raytheon with demonstrating a new communications technology that will continuously link tactical users with higher levels of command when operating in contested environments. The objective of the USD37 million Protected Tactical Services Field Demonstration

  • US Navy sticks with AAG as future carrier arrestor system

    Senior US Navy (USN) officials have confirmed that the service will install the new Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the future USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) and subsequent Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers after ruling out a return to the legacy Mk 7 Mod 4 recovery system.

  • DARPA awards Raytheon Phase II contract for MAD-FIRES guided projectile concept

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been selected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to execute the next phase of the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) programme. Designed to improve ship survivability in high threat environments, the

  • Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate new soft-kill pod into USN helicopters

    Business units within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems have been awarded parallel contracts to develop and integrate a new persistent anti-ship missile decoy payload on US Navy (USN) MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. A USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the Advanced

  • AUDS achieves TRL 9, deploys with US forces

    An undisclosed number of Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS) have been supplied to US forces and are now in operational service. The AUDS has been developed in a collaborative effort by a UK defence consortium comprised of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems

  • Challenges with implementing DCGS continue

    As the US military transitions to a more open and modular version of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), the services continue to encounter hurdles as they seek ways to get more intelligence data into the hands of analysts. The US Air Force (USAF) is moving off the legacy baseline DCGS

  • UK orders Crowsnest helicopter radar systems

    The United Kingdom has awarded a GBP269 million (USD327 million) contract to Lockheed Martin to build Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) systems for the Royal Navy. Crowsnest is the replacement for the service's Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, due to retire in September 2018.

  • Thales to upgrade Swiss air surveillance radars

    Thales has won a contract from Switzerland to upgrade the Master radars within its military air surveillance radar network, IHS Jane's can reveal. Worth EUR74 million (USD79.2 million), the contract will see "the modernisation of all the fixed long-range surveillance radars" within

  • Crowsnest ASaC manufacture contract confirmed

    Key Points Crowsnest will use an updated and improved version of the Thales Cerberus mission suite and Searchwater radar New Merlin-based system will replace the RN's SKASaC when it goes out of service in late 2018 Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems is to deliver the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new

  • US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

    The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half years after operations with the helicopter-based system

  • USN, USAF, Royal Thai Navy select L3 WESCAM to upgrade EO/IR capabilities

    Key Points USN, USAF to add new EO/IR systems to MMA and AC130-J fleets L3 Webcam gets first MX sale in Thailand L3 WESCAM announced it has received several defence contracts valued at more than USD90 million for a range of airborne and maritime domain MX-series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR)

  • F-16 mission computer upgrade will add more processing power and memory

    Raytheon will provide new mission computers for the US Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, which will more than double the processing capability and increase the memory of the legacy mission computers. Based on commercial technology, Raytheon's Modular Mission

  • US Navy explores counter-UAS capabilities

    The US Navy is seeking near-term technological solutions to address threats from small remotely-piloted aircraft to its ships, bases, and other installations. Officials at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre in Dahlgren, Virginia, want to explore "mature, field-ready" counter-small unmanned

  • Cognitive Systems demonstrates compact EW capabilities, partners with ARL

    Cognitive Systems has commenced testing of its on-a-chip electronic warfare (EW) system on board a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Speaking at the inaugural International UAV Show in Toronto in December, Nebu John Mathai, director of strategic initiatives at Cognitive Solutions, told IHS

  • India issues global tender for AESA radar and EW suites to equip Tejas LCA

    India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has invited overseas bids for 80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and an equal number of electronic warfare (EW) suites to equip the locally developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A variant. HAL issued on 14 December

  • DARIN-III-equipped Jaguars receive Indian IOC

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received initial operational clearance (IOC) for its upgraded SEPECAT Jaguar fighters featuring the locally developed Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation-III (DARIN-III) avionics suite for precision bombing. Subhash Bhamre, minister of state for defence, told

  • Boeing delivers first GATM-upgraded E-3 to NATO

    The first of 14 Boeing E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to be upgraded for operations in commercial airspace has been delivered back to NATO, the company announced on 13 December. The aircraft, which had been fitted with global air traffic management (GATM) technology, was

  • NAWCTSD receives VR prototype for mission rehearsal

    Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) has developed a prototype high-fidelity virtual reality (VR)-based F/A-18 Super Hornet flight simulator for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). The system integrates an Oculus Rift CV1 with BISim's VBS Blue whole-earth rendering

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