Saturday, October 10, 2015


With the evolution and proliferation of drone technology, ordnance disposal units are now facing a new and worrisome threat, the Flying IED.

Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variants conducted their first arrested landings aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) off the coast of the eastern United States yesterday. The operations are part of the second Developmental Testing (DT II) test phase, the second of three at-sea test phases planned for the F-35C.

Despite the Russian declared intention to assist fighting ISIS in Syria, NATO defense officials are concerned of the Russian military buildup in the country

Egypt, France and Russia have reached an agreement to sell Egypt the two Mistral Helicopter Carriers originally built in France for the Russian Navy. The ships could be delivered to Egypt in March 2016. Egypt is also buying Russian Ka-52K helicopters, to be delivered from 2017.

An advanced, distributed real-time IP networking platform known as ‘Orion’ is introducing advanced communications and audio management capabilities on board aircraft, facilitating advanced directional audio and voice command that become essential for modern fighters, flown 'heads out' using of helmet-displays.

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new trailer-mounted, remotely-controlled launch system for the Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) multi-purpose tactical missile at DSEI 2015. The new version doubles the missile load of the previous trailer-based version operated by a NATO customer, and improves some of the system's target acquisition and support elements which were already integrated into the vehicle-mounted version of the system, developed for South Korea.

Facing the pressure of economic sanctions imposed by Western countries, the Russian civilian aviation market has experienced reduced business volume, due to dropping demand from domestic airlines. Against this background the military aviation market took center stage at the MAKS 2015 airshow at Zhukhovsky near Moscow, Russia. Despite the absence of new military aircraft, Russian manufacturers unveiled a number of new systems and capabilities at the airshow, positioned as the largest aerospace event of the Eastern bloc.

Among the aerospace technologies displayed at MAKS 2015 in Zhukovsky last week were quite a few missiles, presented by different divisions of the Tactical Missile Corporation, and independent manufacturers. Some of the new missiles on display are outlined below:

Iran unveiled yesterday a new member of the Fateh ballistic guided missile family. The new Fateh 313 missile has a range of 500 km - twice the range of the former Fateh 110 version. According to Iranian sources the new missile will enter production soon, following a recent successful test flight.

Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems have won additional funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to continue developing their concepts for the United States military's XS-1 robotic space plane under the program's second phase (Phase 1B).

Spain has decided to buy four Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drones for its air force. According to the Ministry of Defense announcement made on thursday in Madrid, the Government allocated €25 million ($27 million) in the 2016 budget to fund the acquisition of the first system. Both US madse MQ-9 and Israeli Heron TP are considered.

The Royal Air Force ( RAF) will extend the service of no. 12 (Bober) Squadron operating   Tornado GR4, which currently takes part in the air campaign against ISIL in Iraq. The squadron's Tornados will will be maintained in service for an additional year, until March 2017 the British Defence Secretary has announced during a recent visit in Baghdad.

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and US Navy conducted a successful series of missile intercepts in the Pacific Ocean last week, demonstrating the capability of a newly modified missile interceptor to defeat short range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles with the same weapon. The SM-6 was designed from the start to defeat air breathing targets such as cruise missiles, but the recent test was the first to demonstrate the modified variant's capability to defeat ballistic threat missiles in their final seconds of flight.

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it recently was awarded two contracts for its MUSIC family of Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures (DIRCM) airborne multi-spectral self-protection systems, protecting aircraft and helicopters against air-to-air missiles (AAM) and infra-red guided Man Portable Air Defense missiles (MANPADS).

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