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  • China aims to speed up training of carrier pilots

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is exploring ways of streamlining the training and increasing the number of fast jet pilots to keep pace with the country’s growing number of aircraft carriers, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 7 January. Quoting Song

  • SNA 2018: Lockheed continues Aegis improvements for missiles, UAVs

    Lockheed Martin is bolstering its Aegis combat system’s ability to better perform ballistic missile defence (BMD) operations and provide protection against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to James Sheridan, Aegis programme director for the company. Lockheed Martin is looking to

  • Indian Navy signs USD307 million contract with Boeing for P-8I simulator

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a INR19.49 billion (USD307.36 million) contract with Boeing on 5 January for a simulation-based training solution for the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) fleet of Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft. IN officials said the

  • Hanwha secures communications contract

    South Korean firm Hanwha Systems has secured a contract to deliver the second stage of its networked communications system for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company announced on 29 December. Hanwha Systems said its contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is

  • Saab joins South Korean AESA fighter radar development effort

    Saab has won a contract to support the development of South Korea’s indigenous active electronically scanned array (AESA) fighter radar, the company announced late December 2017. The SEK125 million (USD15.2 million) deal calls for Saab to provide technology support – namely algorithm

  • Philippines commissions two multi-mission vessels for HADR, fishery patrols

    Key Points The Philippines has bolstered its marine resources protection capabilities with two new 50 m patrol vessels Vessels can also be deployed for humanitarian assistance duties in the event of natural calamities The Philippine government has commissioned two indigenously built 50 m patrol

  • USAF pursues indigenously developed rocket engines

    After completing the first full-scale testing of a rocket engine component under the Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) programme, researchers at the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are one step closer to addressing the country's reliance on Russian rockets for its space programmes. Additionally, AFRL

  • BAE Systems advances plan for new UK complex radar demonstrator

    BAE Systems is putting forward an investment case for a new UK advanced radar testbed to provide an enduring platform for the development and testing of future multifunction radar (MFR) technologies and techniques. Intended to yield a successor to the previous Multifunction Electronically Scanned

  • AFRL’s flexible GaN could improve electronic systems

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated a new method to transfer gallium nitride (GaN) on a flexible substrate, a development that could lead to improved communications and radar systems, as well as wearable electronics. GaN is a wide bandgap material that amplifies a signal to

  • T-90MS details emerge

    Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the

  • NATO signs ELGTR follow-on agreement with Lockheed Martin

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a five-year agreement with Lockheed Martin enabling the agency to procure Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of NATO member countries. ELGTR emulates the employment characteristics of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs

  • Northrop Grumman leads integration and testing of DARPA’s HIVE chip

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Northrop Grumman to integrate and test a new graph processor chip, currently under development, that will enhance the efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors. The goal of DARPA’s Hierarchical Identify

  • Meggitt introduces FATS 300 training system

    Meggitt Training Systems has expanded its range of small arms training systems, launching its FATS 300 multi-screen immersive trainer at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. The system consists of five flat 150x84 inch, 16:9

  • US Army seeks air defence and C-UAV system for Stryker vehicles

    The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles. A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • Draper Labs targets natural forces for satellite control

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory is using natural forces in space to control spacecraft, satellites, and potentially nanosatellites. Smaller satellites are more difficult to manoeuvre due to the impact that drag, solar radiation pressure, and magnetic field forces have on them. The result on

  • DARPA launches effort to shorten analysis cycle for security situations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing technology to enable analysts to rapidly develop models that can address national security situations. The predictive type models will enable different scenarios to be analysed as well as analysis of various intervention

  • China test-fires new laser-based C-UAS

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) released images on 28 November showing the test-firing in Beijing of what appears to be a new counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS). The shelter (ISO container)-based, truck-mounted C-UAS, which the MND refers to as a short-range air defence

  • Intelsat General, General Atomics demonstrate beam switching on high throughput satellite

    Intelsat General (IGC) and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) on 30 August successfully demonstrated the beam switching capabilities of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with one of IGC’s high throughput satellites. The tests validated the compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG

  • AFRL pursues 3D printing technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is examining whether three-dimensional (3D) printing can be used in a safe, reliable manner, for aircraft parts. Doing that will require that the part be based on the design process, understanding how much strength is needed, as well as the criticality of

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