• JTAC training tech advances emerge

    A number of new and updated training systems for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) were in evidence at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December. ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH showcased its Joint Fires

  • Chile signs for Black Hawk helos

    Chile has signed for six Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered in 2018, the manufacturer announced on 7 December. The contract signing followed a type selection made by the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) in September, in which the Black Hawk beat off

  • SSAT target achieves Milestone C approval for production

    The US Navy's (USN's) BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) programme has achieved Milestone C approval, paving the way for award of a first low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. What is now the Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEi) subsidiary of

  • TCI International builds signals database for new C-SUAS

    SPX Corporation's TCI International has developed a counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-SUAS) tracking technology based upon the company's legacy Blackbird signal detection, classification, and geo-location system. The C-SUAS system utilises angle of arrival and/or time difference of arrival

  • French Air Force matures digitally aided CAS system

    The French Air Force is shortly to have a fully networkable digitally aided close air support (DACAS) system. According to Colonel Olivier Aribaud, Director of Operational Studies at the French Air Force Air Warfare Centre (Centre d'Expertise Aérienne Militaire: CEAM), who spoke at the Omega

  • Morocco replacing F-16 defensive aids

    The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has decided to replace the Raytheon Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES) installed on its Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 multirole fighters with the Harris AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS). The RMAF's

  • Elbit unveils ReDrone counter-UAV system

    Elbit Systems unveiled on 14 November a new system designed to identify, track, and jam unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that enter restricted and sensitive airspace. Developed by Elisra, Elbit's electronic warfare and signals intelligence (SIGINT) subsidiary, the ReDrone system was unveiled at the

  • USAF to study future command-and-control requirements

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to shortly begin work on a study to asses its command-and-control (C2) capability requirements out to 2030 and beyond, an official said on 16 November. Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that the study would be similar in scope to the service's air

  • BAE Systems' adaptive radar countermeasures project moves to Phase 3

    BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 3 contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue developing cognitive airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real time without having to require new hardware. "The problem

  • Advatech Pacific introduces new cross domain solution, TACDS undergoes recertification

    Advatech Pacific is completing development of a smaller version of its Tactical Cross Domain Solutions (TACDS), which could be worn by a soldier or used on a small unmanned aircraft system. Additionally, the company's latest version of its military-standard TACDS is going through the National

  • Gripen E/F to feature Targo HMD

    The Swedish and Brazilian air forces are to use the Elbit Systems Targo helmet-mounted display (HMD) for their Saab Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, it was announced on 7 November. The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) awarded the airframer a SEK119 million (USD13 million) contract for an

  • Airshow China 2016: AVIC showcases YINGS III airborne targeting pod family

    Chinese defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is showcasing its latest YINGS III range of day and night capable airborne targeting pods at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition, which is being held in the southern city of Zhuhai from 1-6 November. The YINGS III - which stands for

  • Airshow China 2016: Russia unveils new AESA radar for MiG-35 fighter

    Russia's Fazotron-NIIR Corporation (a subsidiary of the KRET Concern) has developed a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Mikoyan MiG-29/35 ('Fulcrum') multirole fighter. The radar, the Zhuk-AMEh, was unveiled at the Airshow China 2016 aerospace exhibition, held in Zhunhai

  • Indo Defence 2016: SAGE ESM enters service on Indonesian CN-235

    Leonardo's Airborne & Space Systems business has confirmed that its SAGE digital electronic support measures (ESM) system has entered service with the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). Under contract to US-based prime contractor Integrated Surveillance

  • Indo Defence 2016: Indonesian Air Force evaluates options for passive radar system on Natuna Islands

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) is currently evaluating proposals from radar systems manufacturers and suppliers regarding a passive early warning radar system to be installed at Ranai airbase. Five presentations, from companies based in China,

  • Situational awareness, force protection hallmarks of future US Army UAS

    Future US Army missions will "place a premium on all types of unmanned systems" and such systems will largely be used to protect soldiers, a senior service official said on 26 October. "First, these systems must increase our situational awareness, going where manned systems cannot,

  • BIRD sees strong demand for its aircraft protection system upgrade

    The Israeli company BIRD Aerosystems is upgrading the Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) it has already sold to several customers by installing a radar sensor that will significantly improve its performance against man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), a company representative told IHS

  • SES develops low-cost persistent SATCOM and ISR capability

    Global satellite communications (SATCOM) provider SES is using small aerostats to provide an affordable way to establish and maintain SATCOM and a persistent surveillance capability. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS) not only provides cost-effective enhanced situational awareness but it can be

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • L-3 buys ISR apps provider ForceX

    L-3 Communications announced on 13 October that it had acquired intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems provider ForceX. ForceX specialises in ISR mission systems software and geospatial application technology programs, as well as training courseware, for the US Department of

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