Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists. “Our cable meets military standards, but we’re able to supply the strength and flexibility without the bulk.” said research scientist Francesca Mirri.
New thrusters system designed for the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) of the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) missile have passed an important validation test yesterday. The planned test that was originally scheduled for late 2015 did not include a target intercept. The test evaluated the CE-II EKV that demonstrated the performance of alternate divert thrusters in a flight environment. It also performed end-to-end discrimination of a complex target scene through the GMD fire control loop. The next flight test will conduct full intercept of a target simulating an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICMB).
Textron Systems announced today the first export sale of its SCTV (Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle) to the Ukraine. In 2015 the US Government has agreed to deliver Ukraine 200 HMMWVs from US military surplus; Some of these vehicles will be converted by Ukroboronprom into SCTV, using Textron delivered kits.
The latest enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet have been successfully tested by UK Royal Air Force (RAF). The P2Ea package incorporates software and avionics improvements such as upgrades to the radar, defensive aids systems and targeting pods.
The US Air Force's new aerial refueler, KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter. Flight tests employing the centerline drogue system and wing aerial refueling pods will evaluate refueling of A-10, C-17 and F/A-18 and AV-8B and receiving fuel from KC-10. Shortly after the tests the program will proceeding to the Milestone C decision and Low Rate Initial Production, bringing the aircraft to initial operational status by August 2017.