• Saudi-led coalition announces end of US aerial refuelling

    The Saudi-led coalition announced on 10 November that its aircraft would no longer be refuelled by US Air Force (USAF) tankers, according to a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency. The statement attributed the move to a recent increase in the coalition’s “capability to

  • Update: US Air Force to miss FAA deadline for C-17 traffic tracking upgrades

    Key Points The USAF expects to miss a 1 January 2020 deadline for upgrading C-17 aircraft with traffic tracking upgrades All US aircraft – including commercial, military, and corporate – are required to have ADS-B Out capabilities by the start of 2020 The US Air Force (USAF) expects

  • USAF demonstrates AERONET international datalink for light attack aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) has demonstrated the AERONET international datalink system in the most recent phase of its light attack experiment (LAE) conducted earlier this year, an official said on 13 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official noted that the tactical datalink was

  • US Air Force awards Rockwell Collins contract for anti-jam GPS receiver

    The US Air Force recently awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to provide its latest Digital Global Positioning System (GPS) Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR), according to a company statement. DIGARs will provide navigation for US Air National Guard (ANG) and US Air Force Reserve Lockheed Martin F-16

  • Indo Defence 2018: PT Len unveils locally developed air surveillance radar

    Key Points Indonesia is showcasing a locally developed air surveillance radar for the first time The system is undergoing further validations on an island near the country’s maritime boundary Indonesia’s state-owned defence electronics company PT Len has unveiled a locally developed

  • USAF to upgrade A-10Cs with 3D-audio for pilot situational awareness

    The US Air Force (USAF) is moving ahead with plans to equip its Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II combat aircraft with 3D-audio to enhance the situational awareness of its pilots. Following a request for information (RFI) issued in December 2017, a notification was issued by the service on 5

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio to be integrated into ScanEagle

    Insitu will incorporate Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology into its line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the ScanEagle, ScanEagle2, ScanEagle3, Integrator, and RQ-21A Blackjack. Persistent Systems has entered into several five-year agreements

  • Egypt to upgrade F-16C/D Block 40 powerplants

    Egypt is to upgrade the engines of an unspecified number of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft under a USD273.5 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 31 October. Under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract General Electric (GE) will upgrade

  • DroneShield unveils ruggedised UAS jammer

    DroneShield has announced the release of its latest counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) jamming device called DroneNode. DroneNode is designed to defeat UAS operating in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies out to a range of 1 km, with an option to jam systems using global satellite navigation

  • L3, Northrop Grumman receive NGJ low-band technology contracts

    L3 Technologies and Northrop Grumman have each received contracts to explore technology options for the low band increment of the US Navy’s (USN’s) AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) programme. The 20-month Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contract awards, announced on

  • With protest settled, USN moves forward on NGJ-LB contracts

    L3 Technologies Communications Systems West and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems have each been awarded a USD35.75 million US Navy (USN) contract to provide for the demonstration of existing technologies (DET) in support of the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) programme. NGJ-LB is an

  • RAF transforming ISTAR to deliver Joint Force 2025

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is working to bring together all of the disparate elements of its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) force into a fully integrated capability for the first time. Speaking in London on 24 October, Group Captain Adam

  • Unitech Composites to provide weapon pylons for Afghan Black Hawk helos

    Unitech Composites, a subsidiary of Unitech Aerospace, has been awarded a contract to provide its Lightweight Armament Support Structure (LASS) weapon pylons for fitment onto several of the Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk multirole helicopters the United States is supplying to the Afghan government, the

  • Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center equipment installed on carrier Eisenhower

    The US Navy (USN) reached a technical milestone towards the operation of aircraft carrier-borne unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with the recent installation of Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center (UAWC) equipment aboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). USN officials announced on 16 October the

  • AUSA 2018: New small-sized processor from Logos can handle big tasks

    Logos Technologies, best known for developing sensors for aerostats and unmanned aerial vehicles, has developed an image processor small enough to fit into a Group II unmanned aircraft system, yet capable of processing about a billion pixels per second. The company has combined graphics processing

  • AUSA 2018: Raytheon adds GaN to GEM-T to improve reliability

    Raytheon announced it will begin using gallium nitride (GaN) computer chips in new production Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) interceptors to replace travelling waveform tubes (TWT) currently used in the missile’s transmitter. By upgrading GEM-T’s transmitter with GaN chips,

  • 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

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