• TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s NCSIST unveils new MALE-class UAV development

    Taiwan’s primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held from 15 to 17 August. A full-scale mock-up

  • US Air Force seeks information on sUAS supply chain investment roadmap

    Key Points The US Air Force seeks information on creating financial incentives to shore up the US small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) supply chain The US sUAS industrial base has not been able to successfully compete with dominant foreign competition The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan advances Mobile Mortar System development

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) took the opportunity at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, to unveil an updated version of the 81/120 mm Mobile

  • Indonesia receives two more upgraded Su-30s

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has taken delivery of two more Su-30 aircraft that underwent upgrades in Belarus. In response to queries from Jane’s , the service’s office of information and public affairs replied that the aircraft,

  • Update: US Air Force seeks information on T-38A virtual reality flight simulator

    Key Points The US Air Force is asking industry about a possible virtual reality flight simulator with full cockpit integration for the T-38A This is likely a lower cost bridge solution as the T-38A debuted in the 1960s The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information from industry on the possibility of

  • ONR outlines vision for autonomous, distributed airborne EW

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is planning to develop advanced algorithms and software to enable autonomous, distributed airborne electronic warfare (EW) operations. ONR’s Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Resource Allocation Management (EMW RAM), under the Future Naval Capabilities

  • Russia’s D-14 parachute to enter trials

    Russia is to begin trials of its D-14 Shelest (Rustle) parachute designed to provide airborne forces with the ability to fire personal weapons during a parachute landing, Vladimir Kachalov, chief designer from Russia’s Research Institute of Parachute Making (RIPM), told the state-owned TASS on

  • Ultra H1 sales increase with defence contract wins

    Ultra Electronics announced a double-digit percentage sales increase on 7 August, as well as a higher orderbook for the first six months of 2019. Revenues increased by 10.4% compared with the first half (H1) of 2018 with organic growth in all three of its divisions (Aerospace & Infrastructure,

  • Raytheon delivers first NGJ-MB pod to US Navy for testing

    Raytheon has delivered the first Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pod to the US Navy (USN) for ground and aircraft integration testing, the company announced on 5 August. The pod, which is the first of 15 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and 14 flight-certification trial

  • Australia’s OneSKY integrated civil-military air traffic system running 10 years late

    The OneSKY programme to modernise and integrate Australia’s civil and defence air traffic management systems is running 10 years late and will cost more than double the original estimate to acquire, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has reported. Australian airspace covers 11% of

  • China launches more surveillance satellites

    China launched three more Yaogan-30 remote-sensing satellites from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwestern China on 26 July, according to a report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The report said that the satellites, which were placed into orbit by a Long March-2C carrier rocket,

  • DroneShield boosts C-UAS portfolio with DroneGun MKIII

    DroneShield’s new DroneGun MKIII was developed in response to military requests for a smaller and lighter counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability that can complement a primary weapon, the company has told Jane’s . DroneGun MKIII, which was announced in mid-July, is centred on

  • Lockheed Martin begins integration of Auto GCAS into F-35As

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has started installing Auto GCAS on the F-35A This software can pull an unresponsive pilot out of a tailspin Lockheed Martin has begun integrating the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) onto US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike

  • Curtiss-Wright’s helicopter recovery system selected for new JMSDF frigates

    Curtiss-Wright has been selected to supply two more Indal RAST (recovery, assist, secure, and traverse) helicopter handling systems for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) new frigate programme. This is the same system that was selected for the first two ships in the

  • Indian Navy signs USD230 million deal for ‘dedicated’ satellite

    The Indian Navy (IN) has signed an INR15.89 billion (USD230 million) deal with the government-owned Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the supply of a ‘dedicated’ surveillance and communication satellite. Official sources told Jane’s that the agreement, signed on 11

  • UK announces ‘ambitious’ defence space programme

    The UK government has announced what it describes to be an “ambitious” defence space programme that will see more than GBP30 million (USD37.25 million) invested in a number of separate but related efforts. Speaking at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power

  • RAF sets out hypersonic weapons and propulsion plans

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has outlined near-term plans for the development of hypersonic weapon and propulsion technologies for its current and future fleets of combat aircraft. Speaking at the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air & Space Power Conference (ASPC) in London, senior service

  • Re-introduced Hellenic Air Force P-3Bs fly with mixed Greek-US crews

    The P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), recently re-introduced into Hellenic Air Force (HAF) service after being withdrawn in 2009, has been flying with mixed Greek-US crews. The HAF’s 353 Maritime Patrol Squadron (MPS) was reformed as part of 112 Wing at Elefsis Air Base in June, with

  • US Air Force seeks information on Combat Rescue Helicopter aircrew training system

    Key Points The US Air Force seeks industry information for a possible HH-60W aircrew trainer This could lead to an acquisition programme The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information from industry on potential capabilities supporting a ground-based aircrew trainer (GBAT) for the new Sikorsky HH-60W

  • DroneShield launches new counter-UAV jammer

    Australia-based company DroneShield announced on 14 July the launch of a new lightweight jammer to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Called the DroneGun MKIII, the device has been described by the company as a pistol-shaped UAV jammer that weighs less than 2 kg, has an effective range of 500

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