• DSEI 2019: Controp unveils T-STAMP-XD gyrostabilised multisensor turret

    Controp Precision Technologies announced on 28 August that it is marketing a T-STAMP-XD gyrostabilised, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload developed for integration on small unmanned aircraft systems (SUASs), aerostats, and rotary-wing platforms. The T-STAMP-XD builds upon the company’s

  • Eurofighter Typhoon DASS enhancement study contract awarded

    The four-nation European defensive aids subsystem (EuroDASS) industry consortium has been contracted to explore potential upgrades for the Praetorian DASS equipping the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, Eurofighter announced in a press release on 4 September. Lasting 18 months, the Praetorian

  • Bulgarian Su-25s arrive in Belarus for overhaul

    The Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) has begun sending its Su-25 attack aircraft for overhaul to Belarus’s 558th Aircraft Repair Plant (558 ARZ). The first aircraft was airlifted by Il-76 transport to Baranovichi in Belarus in a partially disassembled state on 28 August. The framework agreement

  • MAKS 2019: Rostec unveils Mi-24P-1M upgraded combat helicopter

    Russia’s JSC KRET and other Rostec subsidiaries have developed the upgraded Mil Mi-24P-1M combat helicopter, which was unveiled at the MAKS 2019 aerospace show being held in Zhukovskiy near Moscow on 27 August–1 September. KRET director general Nikolai Kolesov told Jane’s that the

  • Boeing awarded USD500 million to begin Qatari F-15QA training

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing USD500 million to begin air and ground training of Qatari personnel on the F-15QA combat aircraft. The award, announced on 28 August, will see Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) pilots and maintainers trained on the F-15QA in St Louis, Missouri,

  • UK MoD admits unplanned outages of F-35 support system

    A computer system that supports the UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning Joint Strike Fighter has suffered from “short unplanned outages”, according to data released to Jane’s under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS),

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 73 SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD3.29 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 73 Raytheon Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor missiles – along with related equipment and services – to Japan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • First Saab Gripen E for Brazil makes first flight

    The first Saab Gripen E multirole fighter being developed for Brazil, 39-6001, made its first flight on 26 August, Saab said in a statement. The flight lasted 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The aircraft operated

  • Portugal signs KC-390 contract with Embraer

    Portugal signed a contract worth approximately USD920 million with Embraer for five KC-390 multi-mission transport aircraft, a full flight simulator, aircraft maintenance, and 12 years of logistics support on 22 August, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) and the Brazilian aerospace company

  • Brazilian Air Force using C-130s with MAFFS to fight Amazon fires

    The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) is using Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) to fight fires that have spread throughout the Amazon region. The FAB said in a 24 August press

  • BAE Systems wins F-35 electronic warfare upgrade deal

    The Pentagon has awarded BAE Systems a contract to upgrade and modernise the electronics warfare suite aboard the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with an eye towards mitigating evolving threats posed by near-peer competitors such as Russia and China. The upgrade and modernisation deal

  • US Air Force develops plan for restoring F-22 low observability maintenance capacity

    Key Points The US Air Force is determining how to improve the low observability maintenance capacity for its F-22 fleet The capacity was damaged when the former F-22 home, Tyndall Air Force Base, was severely damaged by a hurricane in October 2018 The US Air Force (USAF) is developing a plan to

  • Engine upgrade for Indian Jaguars stalls

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is poised to scrap its decade-old proposal to up-engine its fleet of SEPECAT Jaguar ground attack aircraft owing to the high cost involved. Industry sources told Jane’s that Honeywell quoted a price of USD2.4 billion for 180 F-125IN turbofan engines as replacements

  • 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,

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