• Farnborough 2018: Five companies form alliance to supply GA-ASI’s UK Protector UAS programme

    Five companies have formed an alliance to supply weapons, sensors and other equipment and components for current and future variants of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial systems (UASs) being developed for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). GA-ASI President

  • US Army selects Raytheon’s Coyote to counter hostile UAVs

    The US Army is to use the Raytheon Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and KRFS (Ku-band radio frequency system) radar to counter the escalating threat of hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) above the battlefield, the company announced in a press release on 17 July. The Coyote is a small,

  • Afghan army's 205th Corps sets up quick-response company

    The Afghan National Army’s (ANA's) 205th Corps has increased its combat capabilities with the establishment of a new quick-response unit called the Eagle Strike Company, according to an 18 July statement by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The company, which was formed by selecting

  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant, says report

    The United States has offered to sell India the weaponised version of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were originally authorised for sale as unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN), the Reuters news agency quoted an

  • LCS anti-submarine warfare mission package completes testing milestones

    A Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package system recently successfully completed two testing milestones, the US Navy (USN) Unmanned and Small Combatants Program Executive Office said on 16 July. The Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and

  • Farnborough 2018: Raytheon outlines hypersonic weapon work

    Raytheon took the opportunity at Farnborough to outline its work on hypersonic weapons, along with some of the key technologies that are making such systems viable. Speaking to journalists on 18 July, Dr Thomas Bussing, Advanced Missile Systems Vice President at Raytheon Missile Systems, first

  • Light Attack Experiment participant expects draft RFP in weeks

    Key Points A Light Attack Experiment participant expects a draft RFP to be released in weeks This will provide clues to which capabilities in light attack aircraft the USAF prioritises A participant in the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Light Attack Experiment (LAE) expects the service to

  • US Air Force issues Boeing EMD contract for Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 17 July issued Boeing a contract modification of unspecified value for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) programme. In addition to EMD, the contract is for detailed design, modification, testing,

  • RCAF Cyclone helicopter makes operational debut

    A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone helicopter deployed operationally for the first time by boarding a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate as part of Operation ‘Reassurance’. The Cyclone helicopter, developed by Sikorsky, embarked on the Halifax - class frigate HMCS Ville de

  • Farnborough 2018: Longsword in ‘holding pattern’ while L3 waits on launch customer

    The L3 Aerospace Systems–Air Tractor AT-802L Longsword light attack aircraft is waiting on a launch customer to be signed up before the weapons certification process can proceed, Jane’s was told on 18 July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, L3’s senior project manager for the

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo, General Atomics announce sensor co-operation for MQ-9B UAS

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) have signed an agreement to jointly integrate Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures system/electronic intelligence (ESM/ELINT) into the SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian variants of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B

  • SMWDC expands to address additional USN surface warfare needs

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is looking to expand its reach to surface needs for better training aboard other ship types and in other warfare areas. The SMWDC has already started to train crews on minesweepers and is looking to

  • State operations to regain control of gang-held sectors in San Salvador likely to increase gun-related collateral injuries

    Event On 13 July, the Constitutional Chamber of the Salvadoran Supreme Court (CSJ) ordered the state to retake control of gang-held territories throughout El Salvador. The ruling came in the context of rising forced internal displacements that saw a 53% year-on-year increase in 2017 to 701, from

  • Update: Boeing views MH-139’s affordability as key to USAF UH-1N replacement success

    Key Points Boeing believes the affordability of its MH-139 will bring it UH-1N replacement success The aircraft is lighter and smaller, meaning cheaper, than a key competitor Boeing views its MH-139 offering’s affordability for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) UH-1N helicopter

  • Farnborough 2018: F-35 moving towards ‘rapid capability insertion’, says programme chief

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme is moving to a spiral development model as the project moves ahead, according to a programme brief given at Farnborough. A key focus for the programme is now “rapid capability insertion”, said Greg Ulmer, who was installed as

  • Chile receives first batch of Black Hawk helicopters

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) received three Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters during a ceremony in Mielec, Poland, on 13 July. The multipurpose platforms will undergo final inspections before they are transported to Chile, according to a FACh press communique dated 14

  • Farnborough 2018: Aero Vodochody announces new L-39NG sales, backlog increase

    Aero Vodochody signed agreements with two contracted air training service companies for its L-39NG at the Farnborough Airshow on 17 July. SKYTECH signed a binding agreement for the delivery of 10 L-39NG aircraft, as well as an option for a further six. SKYTECH's senior vice-president, Mal Sandford,

  • Farnborough 2018: Boeing bidding F-16 upgrade campaigns

    Boeing is engaged in a number of campaigns to upgrade Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for unspecified customers, Jane’s was told on 17 July. The head of the company’s recently created Global Services division, Stan Deal, said that Boeing is making good on the

  • Farnborough 2018: Netherlands orders MQ-9 UAVs

    The Netherlands ordered four MQ-9 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the United States on 17 July during the Farnborough Airshow. The government-to-government agreement was signed by Vice Admiral Jan de Waard, director of the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation, and Lieutenant General

  • Pentagon, Lockheed Martin reach handshake agreement on F-35 Lot 11

    The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) and prime contractor Lockheed Martin reached a handshake agreement on the production contract for low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. Lockheed Martin said in a 15 July statement that it continues to