• LM switches F-35 DAS supplier ‘to enhance capability, reduce cost’

    Lockheed Martin has switched suppliers for the Distributed Aperture System (DAS) fitted to its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), contracting Raytheon in place of the incumbent Northrop Grumman. The aircraft manufacturer announced on 13 June that it has selected Raytheon to develop the

  • Eurosatory 2018: Skylock offers all-in-one anti-drone solution

    Skylock, part of Israel’s Avnon Group, was among the numerous companies offering anti-drone systems at this year’s Eurosatory exhibition. Skylock anti-drone systems have already been delivered to a number of clients, including in Israel, but Skylock’s presentation at Eurosatory

  • Qatar orders Sniper pods for Rafales

    Qatar has selected the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) to equip its fleet of Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the company announced on 11 June. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will receive the pods, spares, and deployment support from 2019. As noted by Lockheed

  • TRU seeks to continue USAF simulation work

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to award two significant training system contracts in 2018, one for B-1B Lancer bomber and the other for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft training systems. The B-1B Request for Proposal (RFP), which was not made publicly available, was released to industry

  • Leonardo reveals BriteCloud decoy countermeasures for larger transport aircraft

    Leonardo has unveiled a new transport-specific version of its BriteCloud expendable decoy, building on the company’s experience providing the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Tornado GR4 fleet with a 55 mm fighter variant of the system. The BriteCloud 55-T fits in the same 55 mm chaff

  • KRET unveils N025E mast-mounted helicopter radar

    Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) – a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation – unveiled the N025E mast-mounted radar for the Mil Mi-28N/NE ‘Havoc-B’ combat helicopters during the HeliRussia 2018 exhibition in Moscow. The N025E is an all-weather,

  • South Korea signals AESA progression

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signalled progression in its programme to develop an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system in collaboration with local industry. DAPA said in a statement on 31 May that its radar programme – intended

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • India's LCA Mk 1A programme faces delays as IAF insists on additional requirements

    Serial production of India’s indigenously developed Tejas Mk 1A Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) could face further delays as the Indian Air Force (IAF) demands the incorporation of new and upgraded systems. Sources from within manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) told Jane’s on

  • BAE Systems to manage EW maintenance for F-35 JSF

    Lockheed Martin awarded the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to BAE Systems to provide the advanced fighter aircraft with electronic warfare (EW) systems. Under the five-year contract, BAE Systems will support the entire global fleet of F-35s to

  • USAF seeks DVE solution for Pave Hawk helos

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to equip its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters with equipment for flying in degraded visual environments using a DVE system (DVES). The USAF announced on 16 May that it is seeking from industry a DVES that specifically address the

  • Update: SNC embraces USAF light attack experiment’s new logistics evaluation

    Key Points Sierra Nevada is embracing the new logistics portion of the USAF’s light attack experiment The company believes its A-29 Super Tucano has many logistical advantages over its competitor Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) is looking forward to the new logistics evaluation of the US Air

  • Xponential 2018: Lockheed Martin reveals first US customers for its vehicle control station

    Lockheed Martin announced Aurora Flight Sciences as its first US customer for the universal unmanned vehicle control station – called Vehicle Control Station International (VCSi) – at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The system can control dozens of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles

  • USN seeks hard-kill aircraft self-protection systems

    Recognising the threat of increasingly lethal and survivable long-range missiles, the US Navy (USN) has commenced studies on novel hard-kill platform self-protection systems as an adjunct or alternative to more conventional electronic countermeasures and/or soft-kill decoy devices. In a Request for

  • Boeing launches Super Hornet SLM modification

    The first US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to enter the Service-Life Modification (SLM) process ahead of the Block 3 enhancement programme arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility in Missouri in late April. A twin-seat F/A-18F from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106

  • Xponential 2018: C-UAS system architecture drives adaptability

    Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) may be falling behind in their quest to counter new technological advancements, to the point that they are often chasing technology and reacting to new threats. According to Textron Systems’ chief engineer control and surface systems Brian Hetsko,

  • Australia receives F-35A training equipment

    Australia has received an initial delivery of training equipment for the pilots and ground crews that will operate the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in a statement that an Antonov An-124

  • Evolved MASE self-protection pod debuts

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has developed an evolved and upgraded version of its Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) pod intended to afford greater flexibility in self-protection integration. MASE was introduced to the market in the early 2000s. Controlled by Terma’s

  • EW attacks on US aircraft increasing in Syria

    US AC-130U Spooky gunships are being targeted by electronic warfare (EW) attacks when flying over Syria, General Raymond Thomas, the commander of US Special Operations Command, revealed on 24 April. “Right now in Syria, we’re in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our

  • AAAA 2018: US Army selects BAE Systems to develop aircraft missile warning system

    Key Points BAE Systems is developing a two-colour advanced warning system for aircraft 2C-AWS uses two-colour IR sensor technology to positively identify and track inbound missiles The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth as much as USD98 million to develop a quick reaction capability

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