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  • KC-46A Pegasus fuel system leaks excessively

    Key Points The KC-46A’s fuel system leaks unreasonably in 16 platforms This could put pressure on the US Air Force’s desire to divest legacy tankers The US Air Force (USAF) has upgraded an existing deficiency of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker to the most serious

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with new IFF, datalink

    South Korea is to integrate advanced identification friend or foe (IFF) and datalink systems onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 March that the State Department had

  • Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar satellite stops working

    The Venezuelan government has announced that its Simón Bolívar (VeneSat-1) satellite is no longer operational, without citing specific causes. The platform was an important component of the country’s defence and telecommunications sector. In 2018, then-head of Venezuela's National

  • Update: Pentagon evaluating extending F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display life expectancy

    Key Points The Pentagon wants to extend the life expectancy of its F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display to reduce sustainment costs A former programme official believes that Lockheed Martin paid at least a share for the HMD redesign so it could meet the SDD requirement The Pentagon is investigating

  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR

    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s product line of intelligence, surveillance, and

  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded

  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications

    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational Requirements Specialist, said that the Sceptre

  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests

    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annual Gripen Seminar on 26 March, the

  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software

    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus augmented reality (AR) software solution, according

  • Nigerian Air Force upgrades Alpha Jet avionics

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) revealed the installation of new avionics in an Alpha Jet it has reactivated when the aircraft (NAF 455) was recommissioned by the 407 Air Combat Training Group at Kainji Air Base on 21 March. “The avionics upgrade, which is the first of its kind on the Alpha Jet,

  • USN completes development testing of NGJ-MB pods for Growler

    The US Navy (USN) has completed developmental testing of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pods being developed by Raytheon for the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft. The milestone, announced by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 19 March, followed 400 hours of

  • China’s Long March 7A launch vehicle fails to place satellite into orbit

    China’s space programme suffered a setback with the failure of a Long March 7A (CZ-7A) launch vehicle that lifted off from the Wenchang space launch centre on the southern island of Hainan on 16 March but failed to place its satellite payload into orbit. It was the first launch of the CZ-7A.

  • USAF deploys ‘urgent need’ helicopter protection systems from Leonardo DRS

    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters fitted with an urgent need protection system supplied by Leonardo DRS. The US-based subsidiary of the Italian company announced on 18 March that the USAF had for the first time used

  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission

    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftwaffe Tornado reconnaissance aircraft have been

  • Pentagon lacks performance metrics for F-35’s ALIS logistics system

    Key Points The Pentagon is unable to measure how the F-35’s logistics system performs A congressional watchdog believes this contributes to inadequate mission-capability rates The Pentagon is unable to judge the overall performance of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike

  • BAE Systems trials new UAS SIGINT payload for DARPA

    Programme engineers at BAE Systems demonstrated a new aerial signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload for US armed forces and representatives from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), featuring the company’s latest software-defined radio (SDR) and small-form-factor semiconductor

  • USN set to test, roll out E-2D Advanced Hawkeye upgrades

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to introduce a raft of enhancements for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning and control aircraft. Upgrades include an aerial refuelling capability, communications and Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) improvements, and a datalink upgrade,

  • China launches penultimate BeiDou navigation satellite

    The penultimate satellite required to complete the BeiDou global positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system was launched from the Xichang satellite launch centre in southwestern China on 9 March. The BeiDou system has been developed in three phases. The first phase was largely experimental

  • USAF to upgrade F-16s with pylon-based IR warner from Elbit

    The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted Elbit Systems of America to equip its reserve Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft with a pylon-based missile approach warning system (MAWS). The USD471 million contract, which was announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 5 March, will

  • US Navy seeks advanced multi-domain sensor payload technologies for unmanned systems

    Navy research and engineering officials are casting a wide net among industry to help the service develop a new generation of multi-domain sensor payload technologies for manned and unmanned systems. A broad agency announcement (BAA) issued by Naval Air Warfare Command on 28 February is soliciting

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