• Indra developing updated A400M full flight simulators

    Indra has announced a fresh order in partnership with Thales and Airbus for new full flight simulators (FFS) for the Airbus Defence and Space A400M transport aircraft for the German and French air forces. The Spanish systems group said these would double the training capacity for the aircraft at

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-25 flight deck taxi capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling, including taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate, according to a company statement. As part of the

  • US Air Force performs first B-21 Raider software drop

    The US Air Force (USAF) has performed its first software drop for its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber programme, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisition, told a Senate panel on

  • Elbit Systems completes acquisition of Universal Avionics

    Elbit Systems has completed the acquisition of Universal Avionics Systems Corporation, which will now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Israeli aerospace and defence company. With the USD120 million deal now finalised, Universal Avionics will lead commercial sales in North America for

  • Portugal to establish UAV-based ISTAR capability

    Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through

  • BAE pitches Sceptre as mission management tool of choice for Typhoon and other fast jets

    BAE Systems is showcasing the latest version of its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets, having developed it to the latest capability standard of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane’s in early April, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John

  • Paramount to restore Mirage F1s for Draken International

    Draken International has signed an agreement with South Africa’s Paramount Aerospace Systems for the overhaul and ongoing engineering support of Dassault Mirage F1M aircraft recently acquired from the Spanish Air Force. The agreement, announced on 9 April, pertains to 22 single-seat Mirage

  • Boeing awarded further Japanese E-767 AWACS upgrade contract

    Boeing has been awarded a further USD64.8 million contract to upgrade the mission computing system aboard Japan’s fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said on 29 March. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) award brings the total

  • UK funds migration, upgrade of HIDAS self-protection suite into AH-64E

    The UK arm of Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems has been awarded contracts by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Boeing to modify the defensive aids suite (DAS) fitted to the Army Air Corps' WAH-64 Apache Longbow AH1 attack helicopter for integration into the replacement AH-64E helicopter.

  • FIDAE 2018: Brazil selects Rockwell Collins to service Fennec, Panther helicopters

    The Brazilian Army Aviation Command awarded Rockwell Collins a three-year contract to service avionics equipment on the country’s fleet of Fennec and Panther helicopters, the company announced on 3 April here at the FIDAE Airshow. The deal includes local support for Rockwell Collins’

  • FIDAE 2018: Rockwell Collins sells Pro Line 21 avionics upgrades to Brazilian Air Force

    Rockwell Collins sold its first Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit suite for a Hawker 800XP in Latin America when it was awarded a contract from Brazil, the company announced on 3 April here at the FIDAE Airshow. The Brazilian Air Force Flight Inspection Group (GEIV) will bring its fleet of 800XP

  • 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,

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • L-3 buys ISR apps provider ForceX

    L-3 Communications announced on 13 October that it had acquired intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems provider ForceX. ForceX specialises in ISR mission systems software and geospatial application technology programs, as well as training courseware, for the US Department of

  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9

  • ATK completes spinoff, merges with Orbital

    After a delay pushed the completion of a series of moves by ATK into 2015, the company completed the spinoff of its sporting business and merged the remaining units with Orbital Sciences on 9 February. Starting on 10 February the new defence- and space-focused company, Orbital ATK, began trading

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