• JPO launches F-35 Block 4 effort

    The US Joint Program Office (JPO) has begun the process for rolling out Block 4 (full combat) capabilities onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). A USD211.3 million contract for “pre-modernization efforts” related to a Block 4.1 software drop was awarded

  • China to upgrade radar of Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter aircraft

    China will upgrade Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft with the KLJ-7A active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar, according to a 28 March report by the China Daily newspaper. Hu Mingchun, head of the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET) in

  • Kuwait to receive new radar jammers for Hornets

    Kuwait will acquire 14 Harris AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 aircraft radar countermeasures systems under a USD24.5 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 March. The DoD said the contract is expected to be completed by May 2021, but did not identify the aircraft they will be

  • Turkey’s Anka UAV gains SIGINT capabilities

    Test flights have been conducted with the Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying electronic intelligence (ELINT) and a communication intelligence (COMINT) payload, the Undersecretariat for Turkish Defence Industries (SSM) tweeted on 24 March. The UAV had previously only carried a synthetic

  • USN enhances P-8A capability with software upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) is rolling out a software upgrade programme designed to improve mission system functionality, as well as support and maintenance, for its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) Increment 1 and 2 variants. The Fleet Release 40 (FR40) upgrade involves a number of elements,

  • Boeing to award F-15C Legion Pod contract before end of year

    Boeing expects to award Lockheed Martin a full development and production contract before the end of the year for the integration of the Legion Pod onto the F-15C Eagle combat aircraft, a senior official told Jane’s on 22 March. The modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor package has

  • USMC to upgrade Hornets with new AESA radar

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to replace the radars of its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornets with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 20 March calls for a new AESA system to replace the incumbent

  • US lining up Huey II simulator for Kenya

    The US Army is carrying out market research to find the best way to procure a flight training device (FTD) for Kenya’s Bell Huey II helicopters and possibly a second for Uganda. A notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 March said the requirement is for a contractor

  • New York Air National Guard assesses DB-110 for MQ-9 UAV

    The New York Air National Guard has completed an operational assessment of UTC’s DB-110 airborne reconnaissance system aboard the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The assessment, conducted by the 174th Attack Wing at the Syracuse, New York Air National Guard Base, examined the

  • Jordan and Qatar to acquire DB-110 recon pods

    Jordan and Qatar are to procure the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) DB-110 Tactical Reconnaissance Pod (TRP) to carry aboard their frontline combat aircraft fleets, it was disclosed on 5 March. Both countries were named in a US Department of Defense (DoD) USD51.2 million contract modification

  • Polish special forces privatise parachute training

    Poland's GROM special forces unit on 27 February issued a tender for private contractors to provide aircraft, aircrews, and infrastructure for parachute training. The call is for 60 flying hours with an aircraft with doors bigger than 1.2 m 2 and 50 hours with an aircraft with a rear door or ramp

  • Spain launches call for bids for anti-UAV system

    Spain has begun seeking national offers to meet its requirement for a military anti-UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) system. The launch of the Condor project follows on from a similar one, Rapaz (Bird of Prey), which began more than two years ago to test and acquire actual UAV aircraft systems

  • Russia gifts Serbia MiG-29 training

    Russia has approved the donation of EUR2 million (USD2.5 million) to Serbia for training future MiG-29 pilots, Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed on 23 February during a visit to Moscow. The donation comes after Russia transferred surplus MiG-29 jet fighters to Serbia in October

  • AFA Winter 2018: US Air Force vows software patches will fix AC-130J gun issue

    Key Points A USAF officer said software patches will fix the AC-130J’s 30 mm gun “retriggering” The gun is one of the most important parts of the gunship A key US Air Force (USAF) officer vowed that software patches will fix excessive triggering on the Lockheed Martin AC-130J

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with JHMCS II

    South Korea is to integrate the latest Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II) helmet-mounted display onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USAF secretary says JSTARS meets few combatant commander requirements

    Key Points The US Air Force secretary believes its current JSTARS fleet meets 5% of requirements The service has decided to divert billions of US dollars to other BMC2 efforts The US Air Force (USAF) is moving away from recapitalising its fleet of Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target

  • Colombian Air Force to launch new satellite by July

    The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Colombia: FAC) plans to have its first domestically manufactured satellite, FACSAT-1, in orbit by July, the FAC said on 8 February. FACSAT-1 is a cube-like nanosatellite with a 30 m per pixel lens. Its control centre will be located at the ‘Marco

  • Controp updates airborne and maritime EO/IR payloads with SWIR channel

    Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has introduced new high-definition (HD) thermal imaging (TI) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) capabilities to its airborne iSky-50HD and maritime iSea-50HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) payloads. The payloads, which are housed in gyro-stabilised 30 kg

  • Lockheed Martin targets international users with VCSi

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new version of its VCS software that adds functionality and opens up the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system for non-US operators. VCSi (the ‘i’ designation referring to international) builds on the VCS-4586 software that is in widespread service

  • USAF develops virtual maintenance trainer to better prepare airmen

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a maintenance training system that will place students in a virtual environment enabling them to get more time with an aircraft prior to working on a real jet. The Maintenance Training Based on Adaptive Game-based Environmental Using a

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