• Farnborough 2018: Airbus launches SmartForce

    Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters have launched the SmartForce advanced data analytics suite of services and products for defence operators, the company announced on 16 July. SmartForce is based on the Skywise civil aviation data platform announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Stephan

  • Farnborough 2018: Initial UAE GlobalEye delivery likely by end of year

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), launch customer for the Saab GlobalEye multi-mission airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, is likely to receive its first aircraft by the end of this year, company sources have indicated. At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015 the UAE initially

  • Farnborough 2018: Boeing bidding F-16 upgrade campaigns

    Boeing is engaged in a number of campaigns to upgrade Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for unspecified customers, Jane’s was told on 17 July. The head of the company’s recently created Global Services division, Stan Deal, said that Boeing is making good on the

  • Lockheed Martin readies E-2D Advanced Hawkeye ESM upgrade

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD64.7 million sole-source contract to upgrade the AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) system fitted to US Navy (USN) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft. Awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 25 June, the

  • Farnborough 2018: CAE launches 700MR-series simulator for military helicopters

    CAE has launched its new CAE 700MR-series flight training device (FTD) for military helicopters at the Farnborough Airshow. The “next-generation” device, as the company describes it, is a development from earlier systems designed to train crews on helicopters such as the AgustaWestland

  • Farnborough 2018: Terma, Leonardo team to offer pylon-mounted self-protection jammer for F-16 users

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has teamed with the electronic warfare (EW) business of Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems to develop a new pylon-mounted self-protection jammer installation aimed at the Lockheed Martin F-16 user community. The new development marries Terma’s

  • Internal review of USAF requirements could decide fate of F-15C EPAWSS

    Key Points A US DoD report notes without EPAWSS, F-15Cs will be limited in capability The decision to cut production funding could result in the F-15C’s retirement Although the US Air Force (USAF) continues to recommend ending procurement of the F-15C tactical fighter’s advanced

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

  • Pakistan launches experimental, remote sensing satellites

    Pakistan launched two satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 9 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad announced in a statement issued the same day. The 1,200 kg Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1), which is set

  • Indian Navy to trial new ESM system on Kamov Ka-31 helicopters

    The Indian Navy will trial a newly developed airborne electronic warfare (EW) system aboard its Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter. A June 2018 tender document for the programme disclosed that the country’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to

  • Lockheed Martin soon implementing Auto-GCAS on F-35

    Key Points Lockheed Martin in 2019 will implement an Auto-GCAS system on the F-35 This can assume temporary control and pull out of a crash if a pilot is unresponsive Lockheed Martin will soon implement on its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance

  • Russia receives second Tu-214PU-SBUS airborne command-and-control post

    On 20 June, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) received the second Tu-214PU-SBUS airborne command-and-control (C2) post from JSC Tupolev, a subsidiary of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). The aircraft was built by the company’s Kazan Aviation Plant under contract to the

  • Kuwait to get Super Hornet simulators

    Kuwait is set to receive two tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet multirole fighters that it has ordered, according to a notice released on the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 18 June. The notice said Boeing will supply one legacy

  • UK undecided on F-35 DAS upgrade

    The United Kingdom has yet to decide if it will upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JAF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced earlier in the month. Answering questions in the House of Commons, Guto Bebb, Minister for Defence

  • 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,

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