• 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

  • Farnborough 2018: Airbus launches SmartForce

    Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters have launched the SmartForce advanced data analytics suite of services and products for defence operators, the company announced on 16 July. SmartForce is based on the Skywise civil aviation data platform announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Stephan

  • Farnborough 2018: Initial UAE GlobalEye delivery likely by end of year

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), launch customer for the Saab GlobalEye multi-mission airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, is likely to receive its first aircraft by the end of this year, company sources have indicated. At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015 the UAE initially

  • 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

  • First BQM-177A target delivered to US Navy

    The Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has handed over the first production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) to the US Navy (USN). A formal rollout event was performed on 11 July in McClellan, California, in conjunction with the USN. Actual handover of the

  • Lockheed Martin readies E-2D Advanced Hawkeye ESM upgrade

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD64.7 million sole-source contract to upgrade the AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) system fitted to US Navy (USN) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft. Awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 25 June, the

  • Farnborough 2018: CAE launches 700MR-series simulator for military helicopters

    CAE has launched its new CAE 700MR-series flight training device (FTD) for military helicopters at the Farnborough Airshow. The “next-generation” device, as the company describes it, is a development from earlier systems designed to train crews on helicopters such as the AgustaWestland

  • Farnborough 2018: Terma, Leonardo team to offer pylon-mounted self-protection jammer for F-16 users

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has teamed with the electronic warfare (EW) business of Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems to develop a new pylon-mounted self-protection jammer installation aimed at the Lockheed Martin F-16 user community. The new development marries Terma’s

  • Internal review of USAF requirements could decide fate of F-15C EPAWSS

    Key Points A US DoD report notes without EPAWSS, F-15Cs will be limited in capability The decision to cut production funding could result in the F-15C’s retirement Although the US Air Force (USAF) continues to recommend ending procurement of the F-15C tactical fighter’s advanced

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

  • Thales UK invests in directed energy potential

    Thales UK is investigating the potential uses of directed energy to destroy sensors on various platforms, the company has told Jane’s . Speaking to Jane’s at the division’s headquarters in Belfast, Thales air operations and weapon systems UK general manager Philip McBride said the

  • Greece receives EU funding for surveillance equipment

    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU). The first programme, managed by the Hellenic Navy, concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for the service’s eight

  • Raytheon laser technology makes US patent history

    Raytheon has received a US patent for technology to obtain real-time readings on speed and distance from the data stream created by laser radars. The patent marks the 10 millionth US patent issued. The technology, invented by Joe Marron, an optical engineer for Raytheon, improves the ability of

  • Pakistan launches experimental, remote sensing satellites

    Pakistan launched two satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 9 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad announced in a statement issued the same day. The 1,200 kg Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1), which is set

  • DIUx approaches data rights with focus on prototype outcomes

    Key Points DIUx is focusing on having appropriate data rights as opposed to owning technical baselines The unit is more flexible with data rights than its US military service brethren, who want more data rights The Pentagon’s commercial innovation outpost is focused on the outcomes of

  • DARPA seeks to model conflicts for military planners

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to develop algorithms and new technologies to model the operational environment, enabling military planners to make more informed and quicker decisions. Today, the techniques for understanding the issues behind a conflict are labour

  • Indian Navy destroyer INS Delhi receives extensive combat systems makeover during MLU

    The Indian Navy’s Project 15 destroyer INS Delhi is receiving a major combat system upgrade as part of its ongoing mid-life upgrade (MLU). Imagery analysis suggests Delhi had entered its MLU cycle at Naval Dockyard Mumbai by May 2017 and work is currently ongoing. Under the destroyer’s

  • Systematic to supply Danish artillery system fire-support capability

    Danish software house Systematic has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver a new fire-support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems. The contract value was not released. The new function builds on the Fire

  • Russia reveals two new 1L122E-series air-defence radars

    Russia’s NNIIRT facility, part of the Almaz-Antey group, has detailed its latest 1L122E-series air-defence radar systems that it is now offering on the export market. The systems include the 1L122-1E tripod-mounted radar and the larger 1L122-2E that is typically mounted on the roof of a

  • Lockheed Martin demonstrates UCP TDU system at RIMPAC 2018

    Lockheed Martin is to support the special operations element of Rim of the Pacific (‘RIMPAC’) 2018 with a communications suite designed to enhance interoperability between participating partner nation forces (PNFs). Speaking to Jane’s at the inaugural ‘RIMPAC’

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