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  • Paris Air Show 2019: NATO MRTT to receive Elbit DIRCM

    NATO, Airbus, and Elbit Systems have integrated and tested the J-MUSIC directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) self-protection system into an A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft of the NATO Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF), the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Elbit announced on the

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin returns to MPA kit concept for C-130

    Lockheed Martin is again looking to court the maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) market with an ‘MPA kit’ concept for the more than 70 countries operating variants of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. However, unlike the company’s previous Sea Hercules concept proffered in 2012,

  • US looking for surveillance aerostats for Saudi Arabia

    The US Army released a request for information on 10 June to find companies that can produce an exportable version of its large Persistent Surveillance System – Tethered (PSS-T) aerostat for Saudi Arabia. “The vendor will be responsible for the delivery and installation of ten systems,

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Collins Aerospace, Sikorsky develop fly-by-wire retrofit autonomous flight solution

    Key Points Collins Aerospace and Sikorsky have developed a triple redundant fly-by-wire retrofit solution that allows autonomous flight The companies believe it is an affordable solution as the system’s design allows it to be installed without modifying the hydraulic system or hydraulic

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo launches MAIR missile warning system

    Italy’s Leonardo has launched a new hostile fire indicator system, known as the Multiple Aperture Infrared (MAIR) system. MAIR can provide spherical IR-based protection to a range of aircraft platforms, including rotary- and fixed-wing systems, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and

  • French Air Force’s DACAS declared operational on Rafale

    The French Air Force has officially achieved initial operating capability (IOC) with its digitally aided close air support (DACAS) system aboard its two-seat Rafale B F3 strike aircraft, according to Brigadier General Etienne Patry, Chief of Staff of Air Force Command for the French Air Force. The

  • Russia trials new EW tactics

    Russian forces have trialled new electronic warfare (EW) tactics designed for comprehensive protection against air assets such as cruise missiles, airborne radars, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 June. “EW military specialists managed to

  • Cubic to deliver Video Data Link solution for the F-35 Lightning II programme

    Cubic Mission Solutions has been selected by Lockheed Martin as the Video Data Link (VDL) provider for the F-35 Lightning II programme, the company announced on 11 June in a press release. The VDL capability is a secure and mission-enhancing system that enables the aircraft to receive and transmit

  • Rafael adds SAR capability to Litening 5, Reccelite XR EO pods

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has teamed with Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Elta Systems to upgrade the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR all-weather stand-off airborne electro-optic (EO) targeting pods with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery intelligence payload. Litening 5 is

  • China carries out first sea-based satellite launch

    China carried out its first-ever launch of a satellite from a sea-based mobile platform on 5 June. The event took place in the Yellow Sea using a Long March 11 rocket that carried seven satellites into orbit, some of which are for commercial use, while the others are for scientific data-gathering

  • General Atomics integrates its SkyGuardian UAS with L-3 Wescam's MX-20 EO/IR imaging system

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) plans to integrate its SkyGuardian and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with L3 WESCAM’s MX-20 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging system, the company announced on 29 May. The MX-20 system is designed for high-altitude

  • UK helicopters and aircraft to receive new electro-optical sensor turrets

    A rapid procurement project to replace the electro-optical (EO) infrared sensor turrets on five UK military aircraft and helicopter types worth up to GBP100 million (USD126 million) is to receive the go-ahead “within weeks”. The major refresh of the sensor turrets on UK Royal Air Force,

  • Leonardo DRS wins contract to provide Global SATCOM for USSOCOM

    Leonardo DRS has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement contract to provide worldwide satellite communications and support to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The contract, awarded by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, has a potential value of up to USD977

  • Leonardo wins contract to supply PicoSAR radars for Canadian armed forces’s ISTAR drones

    Leonardo has been awarded a contract to provide its active electronically scanned array (AESA) PicoSAR ground moving target indication/synthetic aperture radars (GMTI/SARs) for new intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) drones for the Canadian Armed Forces. The

  • USN launches Next-Gen Jammer Low-Band integration on Growler

    The US Navy (USN) has launched an effort to integrate the Next Generation Jammer- Low Band (NGJ-LB) system onto the Boeing EA-18G electronic attack (EA) aircraft, with a request for information (RFI) issued on 30 May. The RFI released by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is for the

  • GAO denies ITEP helo engine protest from ATEC

    The US Government Accountability Agency (GAO) has denied a protest from Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) pertaining to the awarding of the US Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) to its competitor earlier in 2019. ATEC – a joint venture (JV) between Honeywell and United

  • DARPA ramps up search for new partner to send robotic arm into space

    The Pentagon’s research arm is once again on the hunt for a team to launch a robotic arm into space to repair satellites and send older ones into the graveyard orbit. Earlier this month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held an industry day to find a partner for its

  • Belarus reveals enhanced ‘Backfire’ EO package

    Minsk-based Peleng has developed a new electro-optical (EO) sensor package as part of a wider upgrade programme for the Russian Air Force’s Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire’ strategic bombers. The new system, designated ST-22-1, can be used as a bombardment sight over land and sea, automatically

  • Viasat secures contract to deliver and test Link 16-capable spacecraft

    Viasat has been awarded a contract by the Administrator of the Space Enterprise Consortium to deliver and test the Link 16-capable low Earth orbit (LEO) spacecraft. The contract for the LEO spacecraft was awarded under the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles XVI programme, the company

  • RAF trials BriteCloud decoy from Typhoon

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the first trials of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 multirole fighter. The MoD announced on 23 May that the first such trials took place in the United Kingdom in April. A total of 33

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