First Order for BrightNite Helicopter Piloting System

Elbit Systems received a first order for the BrightNite vision system from one of NATO air forces in, (name of the country has not been released). BrightNite is designed to enhance helicopter pilot visibility and situational awareness in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) conditions. The company is expected to deliver the systems under a $17 million contract, within 30 months.

A Gunslinger with Bad Eyesight?

Continued delays in the completion of the third and final developmental software block (Block 3f) of the F-35 is likely to push back the...

New Evidence of Russian Iskander M Missile Deployment in Syria

Satellite imagery analysis by Imagesat International (ISI) intelligence experts revealed deployment of Iskandar (SS-26 “Stone”) advanced missile system vehicles as part of the Russian deployment. Iskander units were first spotted at Hmeimim airbase in Latakia, Syria in March 2016.

Iran Test Fires Sayyad-3 High Altitude SAM

Iran’s Air Defense employed an upgraded version of the locally-made Sayyad-3 high-altitude air-defense missile yesterday. This missile provides the upper layer of the Talash air defense system, designed to intercept targets at ranges up to 150 km. It can track 30 targets and engage 12 of them simultaneously.

Acquisition of Israeli Radars – First Phase of Czech Air Defense Modernization

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems division was selected to deliver eight MultiMission Radar (MMR) systems to upgrade the air defense systems of the Czech Republic.

New Wings for the Italian Air Force

In the past week, Italy received several brand new aircraft - two Italian-assembled F-35 and the first of two G550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft that will take its air force to new heights.

USAF Selects Boeing to deliver podded High Energy Laser

The Boeing Company has been awarded an estimated $90 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the development and delivery of an experimental laser pod. The...

Super Hornets Getting New, Thermal Eyes

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded an $82 million to deliver 12 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. The IRST system developed and built by Lockheed Martin is a long-wave infrared (LWIR) detection system housed in a centerline pod. The IRST acts like a passive radar and targets airborne vehicles in a radar-denied environment.

“Fireball, We’re Taking It Down!”

Last night th United States Navy tracked and intercepted the most capable and maneuverable ballistic missile deployed in the Pacific today, a target missile, representing the Dong- Feng 21 Chinese "carrier killer." The new medium target missile was flown for the first time on May 17, launching out of the PMRF range in Hawaii.

Beefing up Defense Against Chinese ‘Carrier Killers’

The U.S. Navy yesterday intercepted a medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) target using the new SM-6 Dual I interceptor, proving the capability of the upgraded multi-mission missile to defend the fleet against 'carrier killer' ballistic missiles.

Israeli F-35Is Are Airborne

The two F-35s were escorted by F-16I Sufa fighters. No. 140 squadron, the IAF first F-35 fighter squadron is expected to achieve initial operational capability in few months and have nine operational jets within a year.

F-35I ADIR – Mission Autonomy, Stealth to Transform Air Warfare in the Middle East,

The first two F-35s expected to land in Israel next week will be the first 5th Generation jet fighters the U.S. hands out to a foreign ally. The two ADIR Jets are only the beginning. Over the next eight years, Israel will receive 50 aircraft forming two full ADIR squadrons flying the F-35. The unique capabilities of the new fighter will provide the Israel Air Force a game-changing platform that has not been seen in the region since the introduction of the F-15 Eagle (by the IAF), 40 years ago.

Guided Missile Attack in Syria Delivers a Clear Message

Syria claimed yesterday that two surface-to-surface missiles launched from Israel struck the military airbase of Al Mezzeh, in a suburb of the capital Damascus, about 56 km from the Golan border. While Israel did not respond to this allegation, the Syrian claim may indicate Israel is maintaining a new precision strike capability, by tactical surface launched rockets, extending its deterrence capability throughout the region – both against adversaries in the close range, as well as the long range.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.2 Billion to Upgrade the South Korean F-16 Falcons

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics a contract worth over US$1.2 Billion for the upgrading of 134 South Korean F-16 fighters. The contract for the ROKAF upgrade is a foreign military sales contract issued by the U.S. Air Force.
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