• Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

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    Raytheon will flight test a prototype version of its Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) on a Gulfstream 550 in September, company officials disclosed on 14 July. Travis Slocumb, vice president of Electronic Warfare Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, said during a briefing at the Farnborough

  • Update: RIMPAC 2014: Exercise's HADR phase experiments with green energy use

    The US Navy (USN)-hosted Rim of the Pacific ('RIMPAC') 2014 maritime exercise has been using energy generated from sustainable sources for the first time, during its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) phase. The HADR activity, which is running from 3-12 July, is seeing relief tents,

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

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  • USAF extends BACN mission support contract through 2015

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD89.7 million support contract for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the company said in a 7 August press statement. The company will continue its overseas operational support of the USAF's seven systems through
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    Airbus Defence and Space has completed the development of the Swiss Army's planned new future soldier system and is now ready to enter serial production, the company announced on 30 July. Known as the Integrated Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier (IMESS), it builds on the company's

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