Sunday, March 18, 2018

Global Hawk Gains Traction in Asia

The Japanese government has embarked on a plan to acquire the Global Hawk a high-altitude, long-distance (HALE) unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft from the United States. South Korea is also interested in buying the drone, though higher than expected costs cooled Seoul's enthusiasm about the system.

Update: Brazilian KC-390 Program Gathers Steam

In the recent month Embraer has strengthened its KC-390 tanker transport program, transforming from a domestic program into an international venture. Following the announced Brazilian...

Chinese Air Force Activates a Counter-UAV Unit

A specialized unit dedicated to detecting and dealing with small unmanned aircraft has been set up within the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The unit performs drills against a squadron equipped with multiple types of drones to simulate reconnaissance, infiltration or strike operations.

Saab Debut ‘2000 Special Mission Aircraft at Farnborough

The first Saab Erieye 2000 AEW aircraft is currently undergoing flight testing in Grenada, Spain and expected to continue throughout the fall of this...

New Information Systems to Support German Modernized CH-53 GA

EADS Defence & Security (DS) will equip the German Armed Forces’ CH-53GA transport helicopters with the networked logistical and operational support system, enabling an...

France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

The French Ministry of Defence has launched a modernization program for the country's SAMP/T ground based air defense system. The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.

Drones Double Weapon Loadout with Laser-SDB

The U.S. Air Force is planning to increase the weapon loadout on its MQ-9 drones by integrating Guided Bomb Unit-39B/B, also known as laser small diameter bomb (LSDB) onto the drone. The weapon is integrated into the vehicle using a dual carriage system, controlled via universal armament interface. The Reaper currently carries the GBU-12 250 pound Laser Guided Bomb, in addition to Hellfire missiles, both are limited to short range attack patterns.

Near-Space Brokers to Empower Tactical Wide Area Networks

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force carried out the first test in a series of demonstrations evaluating the use of near-space airborne platform...

Drone Guard

AI Elta Systems' Drone Guard is an integrated system comprising a low-level air defense radar and jammer. One of the first C-UAV system developed in Israel ‘Drone Guard’ went through an extensive test series proving its effectiveness against a variety of different drones in different scenarios, including simultaneous multiple drone penetrations or attacks.

MH-60R Wins First International Sale with Australian Order for 24 Helicopters

The Australian Navy intends to buy 24 MH-60R multi-role naval combat helicopters to equip its new surface ships. The Royal Australian Navy is expected to take delivery of the first two helicopters in 2014. The package will be processed through U.S. Foreign Military Sales. This is the first export order for the MH-60R out of the USA.

Defense Update Introduces ‘Mobile Edition’ for iPad, iPhone & Smartphones

Defense Update today released a news edition optimized for smart phones. The new edition currently supports iPhone, iPad, Blackberry (9500-9800 series), Android, Palm and Samsung S8000 phones.
Global Hawk RQ-4B Block 40 | NATO AGS Configuration

Industry Team Finalizes AGS Negotiation, Anticipates Order Award in July 2011

Northrop Grumman Corporation submitted its final proposal for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) core capability. NATO AGS system will employ an air segment consisting...

US lead coalition target ISIL power centers in Syria

Busy day in Syria - US Air Force stealth fighters, bombers and drones, along with Navy Super Hornets and cruise missiles pound the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in East Syria; Israel shoot down a Syrian Su-24 that penetrates its airspace over the Golan Heights; Syrian launch air strikes target at rebels in the northwest Syria and in Damascus suburbs

Boeing Joins U.S. Army’s EMARSS Airborne ISR Competition

The Boeing Company confirmed today the submission of a proposal for the U.S. Army Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS). According to Dennis...