• DARPA delays key Launch Challenge deadline

    Key Points DARPA delayed an important Launch Challenge milestone, allowing additional teams to pre-qualify The partial US federal government shutdown affected the launch licence approach, a programme requirement The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) delayed an important

  • Lockheed Martin reports growing demand for F-16 thanks to new upgrades and variant

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has reported growing demand for F-16 aircraft The company has rolled out new block upgrades and a F-16V variant The demand for F-16 Fighting Falcons is accelerating around the world due to new production models and upgrades, according to a company official. Victor

  • Lockheed Martin to develop ‘Silent CROW’ for US Army Multi-Function EW programme

    Lockheed Martin’s recent deal to provide its Silent CROW podded system for the US Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme is part of a broader surge of interest in electronic warfare/cyber offensive capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Lockheed Martin

  • USAF to complete CV-22B Silent Knight Radar upgrade by end of 2021

    The US Air Force (USAF) is aiming to integrate the Raytheon AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto its Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over the next three years. A contract modification of USD15 million announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 12 February brings the total

  • Netherlands orders Thales MMR

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 February that it had awarded Thales a contract for the delivery of nine Multi Mission Radars (MMRs). The radars are designed for artillery, air surveillance, air defence, and security applications, according to Thales. The contract value was not

  • Update: US Air Force intends to issue contract for Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing effort

    Key Points The USAF intends to issue a contract to GA-ASI for Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing The goal is to advance sensor technologies that aid in C4ISR, targeting, and other efforts The US Air Force (USAF) said on 29 January that it intends to award General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc

  • US completes final developmental ballistic missile flight test for AN/SPY-6(V) radar

    The US Navy (USN) AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a ballistic missile target on 31 January during the final developmental test in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests. During this 15th live missile flight test, designated ‘Vigilant

  • US approves possible LAIRCM self-protection suites sale to India

    The US State Department on 6 February approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of two Boeing 777 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Self-Protection Suites (SPS) to India for roughly USD190 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). India requested to

  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance

    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space Flight Lab (UTIAS SFL) under the All Domain

  • Brazil to upgrade Fennec AvEx and AS365K2 helicopters

    The Brazilian Army is to significantly improve the capabilities of its Airbus Helicopters Fennec AvEx and AS365K2 Super Pantera helicopters as part of the “Modernização do Sistema de Armas” sub-programme. Twelve and eight of the so-called SiAAIH (Sistema de Armamento Axial e

  • Portuguese C-130s to receive new avionics

    OGMA Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal will modernise Portuguese C-130H Hercules transport aircraft for EUR15.5 million (USD17.76 million). The upgrade will take place in 2019–20, the Portuguese Air Force told Jane’s on 30 January. The aircraft’s communication,

  • US Air Force eyes KC-46A aerial refuelling boom redesign

    Key Points The US Air Force is planning to redesign the KC-46A boom to better accommodate lighter aircraft The USAF agreed to pay for this upgrade as Boeing met its international standard The US Air Force (USAF) will redesign the problematic boom on the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling

  • BAE Systems to undertake ‘Project Heisenberg’ of upgraded F-35 EW suite

    The programme office for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will award BAE Systems a sole-source contract to conduct flights trials of the aircraft’s future electronic warfare (EW) and countermeasures suite. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on

  • Raytheon to maintain cyber defence for USAF Global Hawks

    Raytheon will provide software upgrades to defend the ground control systems and onboard sensors used by the US Air Force (USAF) fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft against cyber threats. The contract is part of a subcontract with RQ-4 prime contractor Northrop Grumman and is

  • US Navy to equip E-2D with MUOS satcom

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 24 January that it intends to award Northrop Grumman

  • Boeing eyes ‘rather significant’ KC-46A remote vision system upgrade

    Key Points Boeing is planning hardware and software upgrades to fix its KC-46A remote vision system deficiencies The US Air Force negotiated a deal with Boeing to get these issues fixed while accepting first delivery Boeing is planning an upgrade to its KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling

  • Indonesia completes technical evaluation for aerial refuelling requirements

    Key Points Indonesia has completed a study to finalise requirements for new aerial refuelling platforms Aircraft must support both the probe-and-drogue and flying boom methods The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has completed a study on the

  • US begins Transdniestr surveillance flights

    US military aircraft have begun flying surveillance missions near the breakaway Transdniestr enclave in Moldova, where about 1,000 Russian troops are based. The Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty aircraft flights were first identified earlier in January when their ADS-B transponder signals appeared on open

  • Elbit to supply helmet-mounted displays for US Army helicopter crews

    The US Army has selected Elbit Systems to satisfy its Air Soldier Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) requirement, with a USD24.3 million contract awarded on 22 January. The initial firm-fixed-price award will see Elbit Systems of America’s subsidiary Elbit Fort Worth Inc providing an

  • Raytheon to upgrade USMC Hornets with new AESA radar

    Raytheon has been selected by the US Marine Corps (USMC) to replace the radars of its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornets with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system. The company announced on 15 January that it will fit its AN/APG-79(V)4 AESA radar to equip the USMC’s F/A-18C/D

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