• Ford accepts second advanced weapons elevator

    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently accepted its second advanced weapons elevator (AWE) as the service works through technological issues identified with the new equipment. The elevators have been the subject of concern for several months now. In its annual report

  • Martin-Baker develops advanced sequencer for ejection seats

    Martin-Baker has developed new technologies, including an advanced sequencer and a new parachute, for both its US16E ejection seat found on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and its new Mk18 seat. Steve Roberts, Martin-Baker head of business development, told

  • AFA Winter 2019: US Air Force bets on better software development improving aircraft acquisition

    Key Points The US Air Force hopes better software development will improve the speed of acquisition One software programme, ALIS, has contributed to high F-35 sustainment costs US Air Force (USAF) leadership is betting that better software development practices will help improve aircraft

  • Turkey and South Korea consider procuring IDS electromagnetic measurement radar

    Turkey and South Korea have shown interest in buying the Flying Aircraft Radar signature Acquisition and Determination (FARAD), an electromagnetic measurement radar system produced by IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi SpA, the company told Jane’s . FARAD is designed to perform dynamic Radar Cross

  • AFA Winter 2019: New ground control station controls MQ-9 for the first time

    Key Points GA-ASI’s new ground control station recently controlled a MQ-9 Reaper UAV for the first time The company is expected to deliver seven stations to the US Air Force before May 2021 The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) new Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) controlled a

  • Aero India 2019: PBS Velká Bíteš takes aim at Indian requirements with PBS TJ150 UAV engine

    Czech company PBS Velká Bíteš introduced its latest PBS TJ150 turbojet engine to the Asia-Pacific market during the 2019 Aero India exhibition held in Bangalore from 20–24 February. The engine is a further development of the company’s TJ100 engine designed for unmanned

  • Avalon 2019: Next Generation Jammer on track for US Navy IOC in 2022

    The US Navy (USN) will receive the initial Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Mid-Band pods in May for chamber testing, Captain Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Programmes Office (PMA-234) programme manager in the US Naval Air Systems command, has disclosed. Speaking on 28

  • AFA Winter 2019: BAE Systems updates F-35 electronic warfare systems

    BAE Systems has successfully inserted new technology into its electronic warfare (EW) systems for the global fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, according to a 28 February statement. The Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator and Tuner

  • AFA Winter 2019: Collins Elbit Vision Systems plans new capabilities for F-35 helmet

    Key Points CEVS is looking to bring additional colour capabilities to its F-35 HMDS The company is targeting 2026 for this new configuration Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) is planning to use microdisplay technology to bring additional colour capabilities to its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning

  • DoD contracts DB-110 recon pods for Middle East air forces

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Collins Aerospace to supply the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) DB-110 Tactical Reconnaissance Pod (TRP) to three Middle East air forces. The USD47.6 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract modification, which was announced on 27 February, covers

  • AFA Winter 2019: Hughes delivers modems for MQ-9B unmanned aerial vehicles

    Key Points Hughes recently delivered its first HM400 units to GA-ASI for use on its MQ-9B UAVs The modem was customised for use on the aircraft Hughes Network Systems recently delivered its first HM400 satellite communication (satcom) modems to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)

  • AFA Winter 2019: Northrop Grumman plans drop-in replacements for US Air Force next-generation navigation system

    Key Points Northrop Grumman is planning drop-in replacements as part of its US Air Force EGI-M programme This will help save money by improving modernisation with minimal integration Northrop Grumman is planning drop-in replacements for legacy positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems as

  • Northrop Grumman touts SABR radar for B-52

    Northrop Grumman is offering to replace the obsolete radar on the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Boeing B-52H Strafortress strategic bombers with its latest AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) system. The USAF is looking at several options to satisfy its Radar Modernization

  • South Korea accelerates airborne sensor and EW acquisition programmes

    The Republic of Korea (RoK) is advancing efforts to introduce new long-range airborne sensor and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. Jane’s understands from RoK military and foreign defence company sources that the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) commenced detailed studies

  • Russia wraps up trials of Poliment-Redut SAM system on Project 22350 frigates

    The Russian Navy (VMF) has completed trials of the Poliment-Redut shipborne surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for Project 22350 frigates, navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov told Russian media on 11 February. The system comprises the Poliment phased array radar and Redut vertical

  • US Air National Guard seeks technology to identify and down small UAS

    The US Air National Guard is seeking industry input on developed and available technologies to detect and down small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). In a recent announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the Air National Guard said it was seeking information to identify

  • 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

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