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  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options

    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for information (RFI) released on 15 January, US Naval Air

  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS

    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earlier in the programme The Pentagon is replacing

  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force

    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). The TNI-AU will operate the L-band,

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes

    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soliciting proposals from industry to build upon the

  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI-AL) has submitted a

  • Egypt demonstrates aerial refuelling for combat aircraft

    Egypt now has the capability to aerial refuel combat aircraft, with an official video released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showing ‘buddy-buddy’ systems fitted to air force MiG-29M ‘Fulcrum’ fighters. The video, which was released on 13 January to highlight the

  • UK to receive F-35 DAS upgrade

    The United Kingdom is to upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced in 2018, in line with other international customers. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 7 January that the UK

  • Russia receives systems to ‘heavy drop’ armoured vehicles with crews inside

    Russia’s Airborne Troops (VDV) have begun to receive new ‘heavy drop’ systems for parachuting regular-sized armoured vehicles with their crews inside, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 January. “The use of the new ‘heavy drop’ equipment allows us to

  • Tempest radar receiver technology demonstrated

    Leonardo UK, as part of Team Tempest, has demonstrated a new miniaturised digital radar warning receiver technology as part of the company’s ongoing development work for the next-generation Tempest future combat air system (FCAS). In an 18 December announcement, Leonardo UK said that in a

  • Terma introduces T-OPS software for airborne self-protection

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has launched a new configurable ‘honeycomb’ electronic warfare (EW) software structure for airborne self-protection systems. Known as T-OPS (Terma Operational Software), the new software structure is designed to promote high-end interoperability

  • 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

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