• Paris Air Show 2019: Collins Aerospace, Sikorsky develop fly-by-wire retrofit autonomous flight solution

    Key Points Collins Aerospace and Sikorsky have developed a triple redundant fly-by-wire retrofit solution that allows autonomous flight The companies believe it is an affordable solution as the system’s design allows it to be installed without modifying the hydraulic system or hydraulic

  • AESA technology could migrate to electronic warfare equipment

    Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, typically associated with radar systems, is being explored to aid electronic warfare (EW) equipment. AESAs use multitudes of transmit/receive (TR) modules on their surface. In the radar domain, each of these modules acts as its own miniature

  • IAI Elta announces multi-sensor air defence system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary Elta Systems unveiled on 12 June a new version of its EL/M-2084 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) that has been developed to counter emerging threats. Called the Multi-Sensor MMR (MS-MMR), the new system includes an additional radar and passive sensors to enable

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo unveils Falco Xplorer

    Italy’s Leonardo has unveiled a new variant of its Falco unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) family, the Falco Xplorer. The new system is larger than some of the existing family of Falco UAVs, with a wingspan of 18.5 m and a length of 9 m. The Xplorer is equipped with a Rotax engine and has a

  • US looking for surveillance aerostats for Saudi Arabia

    The US Army released a request for information on 10 June to find companies that can produce an exportable version of its large Persistent Surveillance System – Tethered (PSS-T) aerostat for Saudi Arabia. “The vendor will be responsible for the delivery and installation of ten systems,

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo launches MAIR missile warning system

    Italy’s Leonardo has launched a new hostile fire indicator system, known as the Multiple Aperture Infrared (MAIR) system. MAIR can provide spherical IR-based protection to a range of aircraft platforms, including rotary- and fixed-wing systems, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and

  • Archangel light attack aircraft proliferates, supports USAF training

    The US Air Force (USAF) has become a customer for contract close air support (CAS) training using the IOMAX Archangel light attack aircraft, which appears to be proliferating for CAS roles. The converted crop-duster aircraft is suited to the CAS training role in part because of its USD882

  • French Air Force’s DACAS declared operational on Rafale

    The French Air Force has officially achieved initial operating capability (IOC) with its digitally aided close air support (DACAS) system aboard its two-seat Rafale B F3 strike aircraft, according to Brigadier General Etienne Patry, Chief of Staff of Air Force Command for the French Air Force. The

  • Isotta Fraschini Motori to provide diesel generators for Italy’s fourth PPA vessel

    Fincantieri subsidiary Isotta Fraschini Motori (IFM) is to supply its new 16V170C2ME diesel generator system (DGS) for the Italian Navy’s fourth multirole offshore patrol vessel (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura: PPA). The new generator model was unveiled by IFM on 11 June following the

  • Russia trials new EW tactics

    Russian forces have trialled new electronic warfare (EW) tactics designed for comprehensive protection against air assets such as cruise missiles, airborne radars, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 June. “EW military specialists managed to

  • NATO eyes energy-efficient camps via data collection, monitoring

    After six years of trial-and-error experimentation, NATO logistics experts say they are close to a breakthrough in achieving more efficient interoperable energy production and consumption for multination camp operations. Combining new at-source kits for energy monitoring and data collection with

  • Cubic Mission Solutions awarded contract to develop SFF radio prototype for USAF

    Cubic Mission Solutions has been awarded a delivery order from the US Air Force (USAF) to develop and demonstrate a Small Form Factor (SFF) Radio prototype for the Data Link Enterprise (DLE), the company announced on 10 June in a press release. The system comprises one air and one ground component

  • Cubic to deliver Video Data Link solution for the F-35 Lightning II programme

    Cubic Mission Solutions has been selected by Lockheed Martin as the Video Data Link (VDL) provider for the F-35 Lightning II programme, the company announced on 11 June in a press release. The VDL capability is a secure and mission-enhancing system that enables the aircraft to receive and transmit

  • Rafael adds SAR capability to Litening 5, Reccelite XR EO pods

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has teamed with Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Elta Systems to upgrade the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR all-weather stand-off airborne electro-optic (EO) targeting pods with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery intelligence payload. Litening 5 is

  • Northrop Grumman wins contract to provide USMC full-rate production G/ATOR radar systems

    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD958 million contract by the US Marines Corps (USMC) for full-rate production of the gallium nitride-based (GaN) AN/TPS-80 ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) systems, the company announced on 10 June. According to Northrop Grumman, the system is intended

  • Elbit Systems wins contract to supply E-LynX radios to the German Army

    The German Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a subsidiary of Elbit Systems a contract to supply E-LynX PNR 1000 soldier personal radios in handheld and vehicular configurations to the German Army, the company announced in a press release on 4 June. The system, which was developed for

  • Russia to launch two upgraded Meridian-M military communications satellites in 2019

    Russia plans to launch two upgraded Meridian-M military communications satellites this year, Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu announced on 31 May at a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting. The satellite is expected to be taken into orbit on a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk

  • Belgian companies develop new amphibious propulsion kit for M113 APCs

    Belgium’s Flanders Technical Supply (FTS) and Syllab International have teamed to propose a new amphibious navigation package for BAE Systems’ M113A2 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC). The development of the vehicle, called the M113 Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), is scheduled

  • Brazilian marines close to fully implementing new C4ISR system

    The Brazilian Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais) is implementing its ambitious C4ISR system, the SIC2CFN (Sistema Integrado de Comando e Controle para o CFN), which was purchased from Elbit Systems via a USD40 million contract on 31 March 2017. The Marines Material Command is responsible for

  • USN eyes technologies for future multi-mission fire control radar

    The US Navy has outlined plans for a new multi-mission fire-control radar (MMFCR) that would combine horizon search functions with fire control for missile and gun engagements. In a request for information (RFI) issued on 30 May, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), on behalf of the Program

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