• Pilots warned of jamming threat in Eastern Med

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the possibility that Russian electronic warfare systems in Syria could disrupt commercial flights. The FAA posted a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on 9 October warning them to “be aware of possible loss of GNSS [global navigation satellite

  • AUSA 2018: US Army to begin testing of upgraded Kestrel sensor

    Logos Technologies has introduced a new lighter weight Kestrel Block II day/night wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor for aerostats. The company is currently building three systems for the US Army’s Project Manager (PM) Force Protection. Logos was able to trim roughly 47 kg from the

  • Leonardo-Thales aircraft protection system successfully tested against multiple MANPADS missiles

    Leonardo's Miysis directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system has been successfully tested against different types of man-portable air-defence system (MANPADS) missiles detected by a Thales Elix-IR multi-function threat warning system (TWS), the companies announced in a 9 October press release.

  • AUSA 2018: BAE Systems develops next-generation Smart D2 countermeasures dispenser

    Key Points BAE Systems has developed a new programmable countermeasures dispenser Smart D is designed to counter advanced threats BAE Systems has developed a next-generation programmable aircraft countermeasures dispenser that is able to deploy smart, expendable countermeasures. The Smart D 2

  • DroneShield releases new counter-UAV system

    Australia-based company DroneShield announced on 10 October the launch of a new system to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) called the DroneCannon Remote Weapon (RW). Described as a lightweight soft kill UAV-jammer that can be used with any hard kill remote weapon station, the DroneCannon RW

  • AUSA 2018: UTC develops new lightweight ballistic protection for COOLS CH-47 cargo system

    UTC Aerospace Systems has developed a new Lightweight Ballistic Protection System (LBPS) for its Cargo On/Off Loading System (COOLS) on Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Terry Schulz, UTC Aerospace Systems military cargo systems manager, told Jane’s ahead of the annual Association

  • Philippine Air Force receives airborne ISR boost with C-130 SABIR kit

    The 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing (AISW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), based at Benito Ebuen Air Force Base on Mactan Island, has received an Airdyne Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) kit for use on board one of the service’s C-130 transport aircraft

  • US Navy to award large-area display contract for Super Hornets and Growlers

    The US Navy (USN) is to proceed with the next phase of the Block 3 upgrade of its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft, with a contract for a new large-area display (LAD) to be awarded shortly. Following earlier contracts to develop and fit conformal fuel tanks (CFTs)

  • China conducts further tests with hypersonic vehicles

    China carried out atmospheric tests with three hypersonic vehicle models at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on 21 September, with state-owned television channel CCTV 7 reporting a week later that the tests were completed successfully. The three test vehicles were lofted to a high altitude

  • Lockheed Martin picks Harris for F-35’s next-generation computer processor

    Key Points Lockheed Martin picked Harris to provide the F-35’s next-generation processor This processor should provide a 25-times increase in computing power Lockheed Martin said on 27 September that it selected Harris to develop and deliver the next-generation Integrated Core Processor

  • Northrop Grumman demos unmanned capabilities at ANTX

    An MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate aircraft has demonstrated its ability to autonomously deliver underwater sensors for the first time, Northrop Grumman announced on 19 September. During the demonstration, which was conducted in late August as part of the US Navy’s (USN’s) Advanced Naval

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Taiwan navy conducts first co-ordinated ASW drills with P-3C aircraft

    To validate its recently enhanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has for the first time taken part in co-ordinated drills involving one of the country’s 12 recently received US-made P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). The drills, which are

  • GDMS-UK pitching NetLink Gateway for Wildcat helicopters’ data connection

    General Dynamics Mission System-UK (GDMS-UK) has devised a solution to provide a data communications capability for the British Army’s Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat AH Mk 1 Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopters, and showcased it at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September in advance of a trial the

  • Taiwan, Bahrain order Sniper pods

    Taiwan and Bahrain have placed orders under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme for the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip their respective fleets of F-16 combat aircraft. “The Royal Bahraini Air Force continues to order Sniper ATPs with this most

  • Locally developed CATS EO/IR system enters Turkish inventory on Anka-S UAV

    Turkish firm Aselsan’s Common Aperture Targeting System (CATS) has entered the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TAF), Ismail Demir, director of the Turkish Defence Industries Directorate (SSB), announced on his Twitter account on 25 September. The CATS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR)

  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

  • AFA 2018: Northrop Grumman rolls out new open, modular ISR system

    Northrop Grumman’s newest air-to-ground surveillance radar, known as Vanguard, is designed around a single small panel that makes the system modular, scalable, and repairable on the flight line. The approach has enabled Northrop Grumman to have wide-band capability on a tile, Curtis Pearson,

  • AFA 2018: Logos Technologies’ WAMI sensor now available for Integrator UAS

    Logos Technologies announced that its Redkite-I, a wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system, completed its final Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight test and will now be added to Insitu’s catalogue of sensors available for the tactical UAS. John Marion, the president of Logos

  • UK RAF Typhoon aircraft shift to ISR for Operation ‘Shader’

    As the Islamic State group has been cleared from more of the territory that it once held, UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter (RAF) Typhoons on Operation ‘Shader’ are flying fewer planned attack missions, and instead are increasingly being used for ‘armed overwatch’, with a

  • AFA 2018: B-52 re-engining could feature rapid prototyping

    Key Points An industry executive believes rapid prototyping could play a part in the US Air Force’s B-52 re-engining effort Despite the engines being commercial, he believes there are many issues involved in integrating modern engines on legacy aircraft An executive from potential B-52

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