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  • Persistent Systems updates Rugged Display

    Persistent Systems took the opportunity during the 2019 Xponential exhibition held in Chicago from 30 April to 2 May to highlight the enhancements made to its Rugged Display handheld control unit, which can be used for various applications including unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned

  • Bahrain approved for F-16V weapons procurement

    Bahrain has been cleared to procure weapons to support its recent contract for Lockheed Martin’s Block F-16V Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The US State Department has cleared the Foreign Military Sales purchase of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry for Bahrain’s 36 new and

  • Harris Corporation wins contract modification for supply of F/A-18 electronic jammers

    Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD212 million contract modification to supply the next production lot of electronic jammers to protect US Navy (USN) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet combat aircraft against electronic threats. The order, which was received

  • IDEF 2019: Aselsan’s iHTAR counter-UAV system breaks cover

    Aselsan unveiled a modular iHTAR counter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) exhibition held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May. iHTAR is a modular system designed to detect and classify UAVs in urban and rural settings. It can be

  • IDEF 2019: Aselsan to produce low-altitude radar systems for Turkish Air Force

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 1 May that it had signed a contract with Aselsan to produce five low-altitude radar systems (AIR) for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract was signed on 1 May at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF), held

  • Australia’s EA-18G electronic attack capability achieves IOC

    Initial operating capability (IOC) has been achieved by the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) 11-strong fleet of Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft, the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, announced on 30 April. Attaining IOC confirms the RAAF 6

  • China claims development of new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft

    Chinese scientists have developed a new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft that can endure more than 3,000°C from heating caused by its passage through the atmosphere at speeds between Mach 5 and Mach 20, state-owned newspaper Global Times reported on 28 April. Fan Jinglian, the

  • Belarus unveils Groza-P2 mobile counter UAV system

    Belarus-based defence industrial group KB Radar has announced the development of the Groza-P2 mobile counter unmanned aerial vehicles (C-UAVs) jammer. The system, which will be showcased at the defence technology expo MILEX 2019 in Minsk in May, is a portable rifle-style jammer designed to prevent

  • RAAF to equip some C-130Js with upgraded satcom suite

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will equip half of its fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters with an upgraded satellite communications (satcom) suite. Under the upgrade, which was announced by the Department of Defence (DoD) on 29 April, six of the RAAF’s 12 C-130J-30

  • ONR lays down markers for long-endurance soft-kill decoy

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is launching a concept design effort intended to address US Navy (USN) needs for a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known as the Long Endurance Advanced Off-board Electronic Warfare (AOEW)

  • US Air Force develops ‘EAGLE’ ESPA satellite ring with propulsion capability

    The US Air Force (USAF) has developed an ‘ESPA’ ring that is traditionally used to attach secondary payloads to upper stages on space launches and turned it into a completely independent and functional satellite. The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter

  • DoD contracts Iridium for enhanced mobile satellite service gateway

    The US Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Iridium Communications a contract to continue supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) enhanced mobile satellite service (EMSS) gateway for four and a half years, the company announced on 22 April. The contract for gateway maintenance

  • NAVAIR eyes magnetic anomaly detector fit for MH-60R

    Plans are being developed to introduce magnetic anomaly detection equipment onto US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has revealed. In a sources sought notice issued on 17 April, NAVAIR advised that it

  • US Navy to roll out further E-2D upgrades

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) networking and GPS-protection capabilities for operating in an electronic attack (EA) environment. The Naval Air Systems Command

  • New Chinese combat aircraft engine designed and tested in 18 months

    China’s Gas Turbine Research Institute (GTRI) has within 18 months designed and tested a prototype of a new turbofan engine for fighter aircraft, according to a 17 April report published in the state-owned Global Times newspaper. This suggests that China may have finally resolved the

  • 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

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