• US Air Force seeks A-10C central interface control unit redesign

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a redesigned central interface control unit (CICU) for the Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft and hopes to have it integrated onto the aircraft by the mid-2020s. The CICU is the brains of the A-10, managing, among other

  • Uruguayan Naval Aviation develops and builds Beechcraft T-34C-1 simulator

    After months of development and modifications, the Uruguayan Naval Aviation unit publicly unveiled its own Beechcraft T-34C-1 Turbo Mentor simulator recently. The system was built using an old T-34A airframe, modified to perfectly simulate the cockpit of a T-34C-1. The software can reproduce all

  • Russia to field Polye-21 EW system capable of defeating PGMs and UAVs

    Russian electronic warfare (EW) units are set to receive the Polye-21 (‘Field-21’) EW system designed to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and reduce the effectiveness of cruise missiles, according to a 15 April report from Russian state-owned news outlet RIA Novosti. Major

  • AAAA 2019: US Army seeks virtual reality to faster produce helicopter pilots

    Key Points The US Army is looking to use virtual reality to faster develop helicopter pilots The US Air Force is also working on a similar effort The US Army is taking a page from the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) pilot training playbook by infusing virtual reality (VR) into its helicopter

  • Pentagon confirms deployment of new passive sensor

    The Pentagon has confirmed the deployment of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), and cruise missile (CM) threats. The US Army has fielded the Army Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive

  • RoKAF begins deploying locally developed precision approach radar

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a new, locally developed phased-array radar designed to help aircraft land safely in adverse conditions, including bad weather or when dealing with faulty instrumentation. The Precision Approach Radar (PAR), which was successfully developed in

  • AAAA 2019: Raytheon demonstrates land-based approach and landing system

    Key Points Raytheon has developed a land-based JPALS variant that it believes can apply to non-fixed wing aircraft on undeveloped airfields This could help rotary-wing aircraft land in challenging environments Raytheon earlier this year demonstrated a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint

  • As China claims terahertz radar advances, experts see potential, pitfalls

    In March, China renewed claims regarding its development of powerful new ‘terahertz’ radar technology for ground-based air defence. Although the claims could not be substantiated, some experts believe the technology is feasible, albeit more so for smaller force protection applications.

  • US Army to use upcoming exercises to test high-altitude airborne ISR capability

    The US Army intends to use upcoming exercises to conduct sensor evaluations for a planned high-altitude fixed-wing airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (AISR) capability that it first publicised towards the end of 2018. According to the Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA)

  • LAAD 2019: IACIT develops small UAV jammer for militaries

    Brazil’s IACIT has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) jammer for military use called DroneBlocker that can block small to medium-sized aircraft in multiple ways, according to a company official. Henrique Nobre, IACIT general manager for sales and marketing, told Jane’s on 4

  • India launches first electronic intelligence-gathering satellite

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched the first electronic reconnaissance satellite developed by the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to detect enemy radar and gather communications intelligence. Launched on 1 April from the Satish Dhawan Space

  • ADF HATS training system achieves IOC

    The Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) joint helicopter aircrew training system (HATS) for army and navy personnel has achieved initial operating capability (IOC) 15 months after commencement of the first 26-week course. “At an acquisition cost of AUD436 million (USD305 million),

  • LAAD 2019: Rafael eyes Brazilian Army helicopters upgrade

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering a modernisation package for Brazilian Army Aviation Command’s Fennec AvEx and AS365K2 Super Pantera helicopters. Rafael’s proposal includes Brazilian privately-owned firm Akaer Engenharia for design, subsystem production, integration,

  • Russia radar design bureaus eye new airborne radar systems

    Russian manufacturers are seeking avenues to address requirements for airborne radar systems. Airborne radar capabilities have become a progressively larger factor in the competition for fighter aircraft export sales, as most advanced air forces now require a fighter that includes an active

  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system

    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack helicopter crashed in Syria due to a

  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of

  • Defence partners with SYPAQ to innovate battlefield logistics unmanned aerial system for army

    The Australian Army in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub has awarded SYPAQ an innovation contract to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Australian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 March that the Australian

  • UK cancels ASDOT aggressor programme

    The UK has cancelled its effort to provide air combat training for its pilots using private contractors, with a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson telling Jane’s that it is re-examining its options. The decision to cancel the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) project,

  • Australia to boost EW capabilities with modified Gulfstream G550 business jets

    Australia is to buy four modified examples of the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’, to strengthen the country’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds announced on 18

  • Rafale F4 to get upgraded SPECTRA fire control radar avoidance system

    Dassault’s Rafale F4 multirole combat aircraft is to include an upgraded version of a Thales/MBDA Rafale Fire-Control Radar Protection and Avoidance System (Système de Protection et d‘Évitement des Conduites de Tir du Rafale: SPECTRA) self-protection suite. SPECTRA is designed

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