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  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

  • AFA 2018: Northrop Grumman rolls out new open, modular ISR system

    Northrop Grumman’s newest air-to-ground surveillance radar, known as Vanguard, is designed around a single small panel that makes the system modular, scalable, and repairable on the flight line. The approach has enabled Northrop Grumman to have wide-band capability on a tile, Curtis Pearson,

  • AFA 2018: Logos Technologies’ WAMI sensor now available for Integrator UAS

    Logos Technologies announced that its Redkite-I, a wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system, completed its final Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight test and will now be added to Insitu’s catalogue of sensors available for the tactical UAS. John Marion, the president of Logos

  • UK RAF Typhoon aircraft shift to ISR for Operation ‘Shader’

    As the Islamic State group has been cleared from more of the territory that it once held, UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter (RAF) Typhoons on Operation ‘Shader’ are flying fewer planned attack missions, and instead are increasingly being used for ‘armed overwatch’, with a

  • AFA 2018: B-52 re-engining could feature rapid prototyping

    Key Points An industry executive believes rapid prototyping could play a part in the US Air Force’s B-52 re-engining effort Despite the engines being commercial, he believes there are many issues involved in integrating modern engines on legacy aircraft An executive from potential B-52

  • Argentina’s INVAP develops and tests new ISR platform

    Argentina’s INVAP has developed a prototype intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) pod mounted on a Laviasa PA-25-235 Puelche light aircraft prototype. The system consists of a gyro-stabilised turret, developed by local company FixView, that is equipped with a TV camera,

  • France launches Scorpion studies

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on 11 September that it had launched studies to prepare three new capabilities of the Scorpion programme. The studies are on the integration of unmanned ground and aerial vehicles into the

  • Lockheed Martin’s eCASS will support F-35C in 2020

    Key Points Lockheed Martin’s eCASS automated test equipment will support the F-35C in 2020 eCASS is designed to enable aircraft to return to operational status quickly and efficiently Lockheed Martin’s electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) will support the F-35C

  • Pentagon mulls options for space-based missile defence sensors

    The Pentagon is considering adding a significant array of space-based tracking assets to improve missile defence capabilities following a recent wave of congressional support. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system is effective defending against a limited-sized raid of

  • Boeing to integrate Legion Pod onto F-15C Eagle

    Boeing has been awarded USD208.3 million to equip the F-15C Eagle fighter with the modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) Legion Pod. The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 5 September, provides for engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD), production, integration,

  • Raytheon offers APG-79(V)4 for US Marine Corps’ Hornet radar upgrade

    Key Points Raytheon offered its APG-79(V)4 AESA radar for the USMC’s Hornet radar upgrade The company was expected to offer its APG-84 radar, but chose the APG-79(V)4 due to a commonality requirement Raytheon offered its APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, instead of its

  • First Poprad air defence systems delivered

    On 31 August, the first seven SPZR Poprad self-propelled very short-range air defence systems were handed over to the 8th Air Defence Regiment in Koszalin. Manufactured by PIT-Radwar, the system consists of a turret with a stabilised electro-optical (EO) target acquisition system with

  • BAE Systems draws on motorsport experience to revolutionise cockpit development

    Key Points Williams has built a transformable cockpit structure to help BAE Systems experiment with training approaches and assess new cockpit technologies The cockpit tool is part of a holistic approach BAE Systems is taking to improve products and training solutions, using team-based lessons

  • RAAF receives flight instrumentation kit to facilitate non-intrusive testing

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received a new flight instrumentation kit designed by the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) research and development arm – the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – to facilitate non-intrusive testing and evaluation.

  • Army 2018: Russia unveils Sosna SHORAD system production version

    Russia for the first time publicly unveiled a serial production example of the Sosna short-range air-defence (SHORAD) system mounted on the MTLB chassis at the Army 2018 exhibition being held in Kubinka, near Moscow, on 21-26 August. The Sosna is a point defence turret developed by Nudelmann Design

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

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