• Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • New Zealand orders flight simulator for NH90 helicopters

    The government of New Zealand has approved the purchase of a flight simulator from Canadian company CAE to train the pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) fleet of NHIndustries NH90 multirole medium helicopters. “A New Zealand-based simulator offers the benefits of

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

  • Made in Space believes its on-orbit manufactured power supply can save militaries money

    Key Points Made in Space developed an on-orbit manufactured 5 kW power supply that can fly on smaller rockets This is a cheaper approach as current 5 kW technology requires flying on larger, more expensive rockets Made in Space believes its new on-orbit manufactured power supply can save

  • Kuwait to upgrade legacy Hornets with new countermeasures

    Kuwait is to upgrade its Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft with defensive countermeasures to be delivered by the end of March 2021. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), Raytheon has been awarded USD32 million to deliver F/A-18 CD-108B/ALE-50(V) control, dispenser, decoy,

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo launches SPIDER COMINT system

    Leonardo unveiled its new Spider airborne communications intelligence (COMINT) system at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. SPIDER has been developed in the UK and operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz band, is designed to “detect, identify, analyse and geolocate” emissions. Jan Boyes, head of

  • Terma updates ACMDS countermeasures dispenser

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has introduced an updated version of its airborne Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System (ACMDS) designed to provide an improved mixed-payload capability and inventory management, as well as promote compatibility with a new generation of smart expendables.

  • Brazil details delivery schedules of KC-390, F-39 Gripen E/F aircraft

    Key Points Brazil recently detailed its delivery schedule for the KC-390 and F-39 Gripen E/F The two programmes are the nation’s most important aircraft modernisations efforts The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) recently detailed its delivery schedules for two of its most important modernisation

  • Farnborough 2018: Bird Aerosystems showcases ASIO solution

    Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018. Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo, General Atomics announce sensor co-operation for MQ-9B UAS

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) have signed an agreement to jointly integrate Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures system/electronic intelligence (ESM/ELINT) into the SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian variants of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B

  • Farnborough 2018: Airbus launches SmartForce

    Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters have launched the SmartForce advanced data analytics suite of services and products for defence operators, the company announced on 16 July. SmartForce is based on the Skywise civil aviation data platform announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Stephan

  • Farnborough 2018: Initial UAE GlobalEye delivery likely by end of year

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), launch customer for the Saab GlobalEye multi-mission airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, is likely to receive its first aircraft by the end of this year, company sources have indicated. At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015 the UAE initially

  • Farnborough 2018: Boeing bidding F-16 upgrade campaigns

    Boeing is engaged in a number of campaigns to upgrade Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for unspecified customers, Jane’s was told on 17 July. The head of the company’s recently created Global Services division, Stan Deal, said that Boeing is making good on the

  • Lockheed Martin readies E-2D Advanced Hawkeye ESM upgrade

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD64.7 million sole-source contract to upgrade the AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) system fitted to US Navy (USN) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft. Awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 25 June, the

  • Farnborough 2018: CAE launches 700MR-series simulator for military helicopters

    CAE has launched its new CAE 700MR-series flight training device (FTD) for military helicopters at the Farnborough Airshow. The “next-generation” device, as the company describes it, is a development from earlier systems designed to train crews on helicopters such as the AgustaWestland

  • Farnborough 2018: Terma, Leonardo team to offer pylon-mounted self-protection jammer for F-16 users

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has teamed with the electronic warfare (EW) business of Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems to develop a new pylon-mounted self-protection jammer installation aimed at the Lockheed Martin F-16 user community. The new development marries Terma’s

  • Internal review of USAF requirements could decide fate of F-15C EPAWSS

    Key Points A US DoD report notes without EPAWSS, F-15Cs will be limited in capability The decision to cut production funding could result in the F-15C’s retirement Although the US Air Force (USAF) continues to recommend ending procurement of the F-15C tactical fighter’s advanced

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

  • Pakistan launches experimental, remote sensing satellites

    Pakistan launched two satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 9 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad announced in a statement issued the same day. The 1,200 kg Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1), which is set

  • Indian Navy to trial new ESM system on Kamov Ka-31 helicopters

    The Indian Navy will trial a newly developed airborne electronic warfare (EW) system aboard its Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter. A June 2018 tender document for the programme disclosed that the country’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to

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