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  • Raytheon offers APG-79(V)4 for US Marine Corps’ Hornet radar upgrade

    Key Points Raytheon offered its APG-79(V)4 AESA radar for the USMC’s Hornet radar upgrade The company was expected to offer its APG-84 radar, but chose the APG-79(V)4 due to a commonality requirement Raytheon offered its APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, instead of its

  • First Poprad air defence systems delivered

    On 31 August, the first seven SPZR Poprad self-propelled very short-range air defence systems were handed over to the 8th Air Defence Regiment in Koszalin. Manufactured by PIT-Radwar, the system consists of a turret with a stabilised electro-optical (EO) target acquisition system with

  • BAE Systems draws on motorsport experience to revolutionise cockpit development

    Key Points Williams has built a transformable cockpit structure to help BAE Systems experiment with training approaches and assess new cockpit technologies The cockpit tool is part of a holistic approach BAE Systems is taking to improve products and training solutions, using team-based lessons

  • RAAF receives flight instrumentation kit to facilitate non-intrusive testing

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received a new flight instrumentation kit designed by the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) research and development arm – the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – to facilitate non-intrusive testing and evaluation.

  • Army 2018: Russia unveils Sosna SHORAD system production version

    Russia for the first time publicly unveiled a serial production example of the Sosna short-range air-defence (SHORAD) system mounted on the MTLB chassis at the Army 2018 exhibition being held in Kubinka, near Moscow, on 21-26 August. The Sosna is a point defence turret developed by Nudelmann Design

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • New Zealand orders flight simulator for NH90 helicopters

    The government of New Zealand has approved the purchase of a flight simulator from Canadian company CAE to train the pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) fleet of NHIndustries NH90 multirole medium helicopters. “A New Zealand-based simulator offers the benefits of

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

  • Made in Space believes its on-orbit manufactured power supply can save militaries money

    Key Points Made in Space developed an on-orbit manufactured 5 kW power supply that can fly on smaller rockets This is a cheaper approach as current 5 kW technology requires flying on larger, more expensive rockets Made in Space believes its new on-orbit manufactured power supply can save

  • Kuwait to upgrade legacy Hornets with new countermeasures

    Kuwait is to upgrade its Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft with defensive countermeasures to be delivered by the end of March 2021. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), Raytheon has been awarded USD32 million to deliver F/A-18 CD-108B/ALE-50(V) control, dispenser, decoy,

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo launches SPIDER COMINT system

    Leonardo unveiled its new Spider airborne communications intelligence (COMINT) system at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. SPIDER has been developed in the UK and operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz band, is designed to “detect, identify, analyse and geolocate” emissions. Jan Boyes, head of

  • Terma updates ACMDS countermeasures dispenser

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has introduced an updated version of its airborne Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System (ACMDS) designed to provide an improved mixed-payload capability and inventory management, as well as promote compatibility with a new generation of smart expendables.

  • Brazil details delivery schedules of KC-390, F-39 Gripen E/F aircraft

    Key Points Brazil recently detailed its delivery schedule for the KC-390 and F-39 Gripen E/F The two programmes are the nation’s most important aircraft modernisations efforts The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) recently detailed its delivery schedules for two of its most important modernisation

  • Farnborough 2018: Bird Aerosystems showcases ASIO solution

    Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018. Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo, General Atomics announce sensor co-operation for MQ-9B UAS

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) have signed an agreement to jointly integrate Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures system/electronic intelligence (ESM/ELINT) into the SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian variants of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B

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