• Saudi completes radar upgrade for AWACS fleet

    The final Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft has now completed its major radar upgrade, the manufacturer Boeing announced on 23 May. The last of five RSAF E-3As has completed the Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) that has already been

  • MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils new airborne active jamming system

    Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has developed an active jamming pod for use on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system - which was displayed at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk - is claimed to be capable of creating false targets, delaying detection, disrupting radar lock-on, and

  • AFRL plans AgilePod multi-INT pod flight test on MQ-9 Reaper

    The US Air Force (USAF) has disclosed details of a prototype platform-agnostic modular, reconfigurable, multi-sensor payload pod planned for flight testing on an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in late 2017. Known as AgilePod, the multi-intelligence (multi-INT) pod system has been

  • US AFRL develops sensor pod to navigate in GPS-denied environments

    Key Points US AFRL develops navigation technology for times without GPS GPS can be easily denied in certain environments The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed a sensor pod allowing warfighters to navigate when global positioning system (GPS) signals aren't available. The sensor

  • AFRL looks to extend aircraft ISR range through TOBS effort

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is developing a tube-launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can be deployed from an AC-130 gunship, or similar aircraft, and provide video that will rival that provided by its own sensors. In situations where weather affects the effectiveness of

  • L3 WESCAM develops MatriX ISR package

    L3 WESCAM has developed a removable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) kit that can convert rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft into missionised platforms. Using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems, the company's MatriX ISR systems solution enables the conversion without having to

  • Boeing sets out upgrade ambitions for Super Hornet, Growler platforms

    The US Navy (USN) may roll-out future upgrades for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet beyond the Block 3 enhancement currently earmarked, as it looks to maintain the combat aircraft in service for decades to come. Speaking at the company's St Louis facility in Missouri, Larry Burt, director of

  • Motor Sich to receive investment from China

    Key Points Company to receive USD250 million for investment in Ukrainian facilities from China's Skyrizon Comes as Motor Sich and Skyrizon finalise plans for assembly and maintenance facility in China Ukrainian aero-engine manufacturer Motor Sich is to receive USD250 million from China’s

  • Latest US Army MFIX showcases broad range of C-UAS capabilities

    Key Points There were 33 different systems demonstrated at MFIX The focus was on precision fires, SHORAD, and directed energy and EW The US Army is hoping its recent manoeuvre and fires integration experiment (MFIX) will lead to the quick transition of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • Gripen E to feature next-generation electronic warfare capability

    Both operational testing and evaluation (OTE) pilots with the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) and the company's own test pilots are highly complimentary of the next-generation Saab Gripen E fighter. "It is a happy coincidence that both the manufacturer and the customer - in this case the SwAF - have

  • New mission computer to open up Eagle's advanced capabilities

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to upgrade the mission computers of its Boeing F-15C Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle combat aircraft under a USD434.8 million contract awarded recently to the aircraft manufacturer. The contract will see the fighter and strike variant Eagles fitted with the new Suite 9

  • 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

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