• Raytheon demonstrates X-Net autonomous radio communications system

    Raytheon in August demonstrated its X-Net radio communications system, which autonomously and instantly selects the optimal radio frequency to provide continuous communications. Barbara Borgonovi, Raytheon vice president of integrated communications systems, told Jane’s on 10 December that

  • Russia upgrades Naval Aviation

    The Russian Navy’s (VMF’s) Naval Aviation is upgrading its fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the service’s commander, Major General Igor Kozhin, told Russian media on 10 December. “The Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters are being replaced by the Ka-27M, and the

  • Aquabotix expands SwarmDiver USV family with stealth systems

    Aquabotix has launched three new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) for defence and commercial applications including covert operations and protection of ships in port. SwarmDiver Stealth is designed to covertly collect intelligence and transfer data in littoral environments where the waters are

  • China’s Beihang UAS readies BZK-005E long-range reconnaissance UAV for export

    The Beijing-based Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Technology is now seeking the first international order for its export-specific BZK-005E multirole medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), following the successful grant of an export licence for the air vehicle

  • IAI reveals enhanced Drone Guard

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a ‘next-generation’ version of its Drone Guard ground-based range of systems for detecting, tracking, and disrupting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The enhanced system, announced by the company on 21 November, has been developed by

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  • Sikorsky-Boeing team delays Defiant first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky and Boeing delayed their Defiant rotorcraft first flight until early 2019 Undisclosed issues arose during PSTB testing The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter delayed the aircraft’s first flight from late 2018 until early 2019 due to
  • European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of
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