• KAI to update Link 16 datalink for RoKAF’s FA-50 aircraft

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to update the Link 16 tactical datalink system for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) fleet of FA-50 light attack aircraft. In a 6 December

  • MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-variant helicopter, the existence of which

  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final operating capability (FOC). Director General Air

  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator

    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing record interest from Latin American militaries in a

  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine

    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and MTU Aero Engines of Germany settle the details of

  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system

    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexander Mikheev told Jane’s.

  • France launches realisation phase of SIGINT aircraft programme

    The French ministry for the armed forces has officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE Programme on 18 November. Under this project, Dassault Aviation and Thales will deliver three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with a signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload. The ARCHANGE programme,

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options

    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration of the radar onto the aircraft is expected to

  • Russian military focuses on C-UAV capabilities

    Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) are focusing on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) missions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release published on its website on 14 November. “During this year’s training, VKS air defence and radio-technical troops practised

  • Australia orders vehicle-mounted, active phased-array radars for NASAMS air-defence system

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD137 million (USD93 million) contract to local company CEA Technologies for the supply of vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radars for the country’s future short-range, ground-based air-defence (GBAD) system. Defence

  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaffe Brigadier-General Christian Leitges, Deputy Chief

  • Japan to outfit Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI technology

    Japan plans to equip an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to boost the platform’s intelligence gathering capabilities, an official at the Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told

  • FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase

    France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the demonstrator phase in the coming weeks.

  • PESCO to fund European Airborne Electronic Attack system

    The European Council’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund is to support the development of a new Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) system, it was disclosed on 12 November. PESCO’s updated list of projects states that Spain, France, and Italy are to co-operate in the

  • US Air Force plans aircraft communications survivability test in December

    Key Points The USAF is planning a communications test between a F-22 and F-35, both of which use different languages and frequencies to exchange data The test is part of a USAF effort to develop capability in four-month increments The US Air Force (USAF) is planning for a communications test

  • British Army releases RFI for weapon locating radar

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released an initial request for information (RFI) on 31 October for new weapon locating radar systems being procured under the Project Serpens programme. Formerly the Next Generation Weapon Locating System (MGWLS), the new systems are to be introduced from 2026, with

  • J-11B images fuel speculation about AESA radar upgrade

    Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-11B multirole combat aircraft featuring light-grey radomes instead of the usual black ones, prompting speculation that some of the fighters may have

  • Saab begins escort jammer flight testing

    Saab has begun flight testing of a low-band Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) developed as part of the company’s Arexis family of fast-jet electronic-warfare (EW) equipment. A Swedish Air Force two-seat Gripen D aircraft made a first test flight with the EAJP pod on 4 November. Saab said

  • Saab flies new electronic attack pod on Gripen for first time

    Saab flew its Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) on the Gripen combat aircraft for the first time on 4 November, the company announced. According to Saab, the pod’s interfaces with the aircraft’s hardware and software, as well as cockpit control and monitoring, were tested during the

  • Slon wind tunnel test model revealed

    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) announced on 5 November that it had completed the manufacture of an aerodynamic model of its proposed heavy-lift transport aircraft known as “Slon” (Elephant). The model, made of aluminium alloys and steel, will be used in wind

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