• Boeing designs T-X cockpit display for students of personal device generation

    Key Points Boeing designed its T-X cockpit displays with flatscreens and intuitive functionality The company on 30 January unveiled the display Boeing designed its T-X aircraft cockpit display with flat screens for students from the personal device generation, according to a key executive.

  • HuAF Mi-24s to receive night vision

    Eight Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Mi-24V and Mi-24P gunships delivered to the 419th Aircraft Repair Plant (419 ARZ), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will be overhauled, modernised, and have night vision googles (NVG) integrated, it has been announced. The work will be conducted

  • CMI Defence outlines UAV integration

    CMI Defence has provided details on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration onto its turret systems. Speaking to Jane's at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference, a representative from CMI Defence said that the integration was completed approximately 18 months ago following a

  • DARPA selects Orbital ATK for AFRE hypersonic engine research project

    Orbital ATK said on 23 January it entered into a contract with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study potential integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) programme,

  • PLAN deploys H-6G bomber in electronic warfare configuration

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed for the first time its Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6G bomber in an electronic warfare configuration as part of recent “combat manoeuvres”, according to Chinese state-owned media. Equipped with an electronic

  • Elbit Systems of America to demo upgraded counter-DVE solution for CV-22

    Elbit Systems of America is to demonstrate its upgraded Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) technology aboard a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the US military has disclosed. A USD748,609 contract for a real-world evaluation of the company’s DVE equipment aboard a V-22 was announced

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • USAF tests M-Code integration aboard B-2 bomber

    The US Air Force (USAF) has validated the integration of Raytheon’s prototype Miniaturised GPS Airborne Receiver (MAGR)-2K-M with the inaugural test of the Military-Code (M-Code) GPS system aboard a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This test verified successful integration of the prototype

  • USAF integrates AgilePod onto light attack jet

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) demonstrated the flexibility of its open architecture AgilePod by fitting it aboard a Textron Aviation Defense Scorpion light attack/intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) jet. AgilePod is a government-owned, and air force-trademarked,

  • Bundeswehr outsources helicopter training

    The Bundeswehr is outsourcing helicopter training to a private company to keep pilots qualified. The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support,

  • SNA 2018: AN/ALQ-248 AOEW pod set for mid-2018 CDR milestone

    Key Points The AN/ALQ-248 AMP will be integrated with MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide a long-endurance electronic attack capability Lockheed Martin has now been contracted for the build of AN/ALQ-248 engineering development models Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

  • Omani F-16s to receive software, IFF upgrades

    The US government has approved a USD62 million upgrade to the Royal Air Force of Oman’s (RAFO’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The State Department approval, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 5 January, covers an

  • US Air Force developing next generation ISR dominance flight plan

    Key Points The USAF expects to complete a next generation ISR plan by spring It will set a roadmap for how the service plans to use and acquire ISR capabilities in the future The US Air Force (USAF) expects to complete by spring a comprehensive next generation intelligence, surveillance, and

  • ‘Netted Sensors 2017’ experiment exploits TTNT link

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed work to explore potential near-term improvements in F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler survivability, situational awareness, and enhanced targeting as part of the ‘Netted Sensors 2017’ (NS17) fleet experiment. Undertaken in August this year, NS17

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • US Air Force awards Boeing contract for AWACS avionics upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December awarded Boeing a USD46 million contract modification to upgrade the avionics in its Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract modification is a firm-fixed-price and

  • BAE Systems providing C-UAS prototype to USN for Mk 38 testing

    Key Points The capability is not expected to use lasers or rely on signals jamming The USN intends to install the prototypes on ships in September 2019 The US Navy (USN) is expected to issue a sole source contract to BAE Systems to add a counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability to the

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • USAF sets out F-16 SLEP timeline

    The US Air Force (USAF) has outlined the proposed timeline for the planned service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, with questions from industry being answered on 4 December. Having issued a request for proposal for the F-16 SLEP

  • USN continues with integration of Magic Carpet carrier landing system

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing the development and deployment of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, known in the USN by its acronym Magic Carpet, a system meant to make easier and safer to land F/A-18 aircraft

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