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In Spite of Medvedev's Optimism Russian Military Is Facing Severe Crisis
A Series of Crashes are Haunting Afghanistan Air Ops
British Troops Seize Control of Helmands' Water Lifeline
Changing Strategy for Afghanistan
New Surge Reflects a Fresh Strategy for Afghanistan
Are Iraqi Security Forces Up to the Challenge?
US Pull-Out from Iraq: The Beginning Or the End of The Iraq War?


New Korean Utility Helicopter Unveilled

Three years after the launch of the Korean Helicopter Program in 2006, Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter celebrated the Rollout of the first Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) prototype last week. The helicopter is scheduled to perform its first flight by early 2010, with initial deliveries commencing in 2012. The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) is planning to buy 245 KUH helicopters. (Read more...)

€9 billion Awards Launch Typhoon Tranche 3 Procurement

NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NATMA) has awarded production contracts worth over €9 billion for Tranche 3 Typhoon fighter aircraft, to be produced by the principal Typhoon manufacturers - Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH and EUROJET Turbo GmbH. The two contracts are funding production of 112 Typhoon aircraft and 241 engines, for the four partner Nations: Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. (Read more...)

First U.S. Navy F-35C Carrier-Based Lightning II 5th Generation Fighter Rolled Out at Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Navy's first stealth fighter, F-35C rolled-out in a ceremony at Lockheed Martin's Ft. Worth TX facility July 28, 2009. Following the ceremonial roll-out the first F-35C, designated CF-1, will undergo a series of ground tests before its first flight, scheduled for late 2009. Initial Operational Capability is planned for 2015. (Read more...)

Royal International Air Tattoo 2009

A selection of photos taken by aviation photographers at the recent Royal International Air Tatoo held at Fairford, UK 17-18 July 2009. (See Pictures...)

L3 Delivers 7th Project Liberty MC-12W ISR Aircraft

The first seven aircraft of 'Phase 1' of Project Liberty Aircrat (LPA) have been delivered. Under LPA program awarded by the US Air Force on September 2008, L-3 Mission Integration will modify a total of 37 Air Force MC-12Ws with sensor packages and communications systems. (Read more...)

Israel Embarks on a $76 Million Air Transport Defense Plan

Elbit Systems' C-MUSIC missile-defense DIRCM will be operated by all Israeli operated commercial ailines (read more...)

More news on: Aircraft & Helicopters | Guided Weapons | C4ISR | UAVs


Israel Navy Successfully Tests an Upgraded Barak Anti-Missile System

The Israel Navy conducted a successful test firing of the Barak anti-missile system, featuring an improved version of the missile that includes upgrades to its missile interception capabilities. The improvement of the Barak point-defense missile system is part of a modernization process the Israel Navy is going through. (Read more...)

Arrow-2 Test Launch Aborted

A long range missile intercept test utilizing the Improved Arrow-2 was aborted yesterday (July 22, 2009) after one of the communications channels failed to link with the interceptor. (Read more...)

More news on: Missile Systems | Air Defense | Precision Strike


Oshkosh Receives Second M-ATV Production Contract

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) has received an additional $1.06 billion delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for the delivery of 1,700 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) to the U.S. Armed Forces by February 2010. The new delivery order follows an initial $1.05 billion delivery order Oshkosh Defense received last month, for 2,244 M-ATVs. The new contract also includes spares and support for the fielded vehicles, commencing April 2010. (Read more...)

British MOD Calls for Rapid Replacement for Scimitar CVR(T)

BAE Systems Global Combat Systems and General Dynamics (UK) are the two companies invited by the British Ministry of Defence to team with the MOD to develop a new armored vehicle for the British Army. The program is part of the Future Rapid Effect System Specialist Vehicle (FRES SV), intended to field reconnaissance and reconnaissance support variants that will replace the existing Scimitar and Spartan vehicles now on operations in Afghanistan. (Read more...)

MOD Orders Textile-Based Armor Protecting Against RPGs

More than 20 sets of TARIAN have been ordered, with half of them fitted to the Heavy Equipment Transporters which are in use on operations in Afghanistan. (Read more...)

Rafael concludes a succesful Iron Dome C-RAM tests series

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Israel Ministry of Defense concluded another series of intercept tests conducted with the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system, the recent tests employed all the system's elements. (Read more...)

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Patroller UAV Completes Flight Testing Campaign

Sagem and Stemme have successfully carried out the first series of test flights of the Patroller long-endurance UAV system. The first flight took place on June 30, 2009 at Kemijarvi in Finland. This facility provides the test site of Robonic Ltd, a Finland-based subsidiary of Sagem, specializing in manufacturing pneumatic driven catapult launchers for unmanned aerial vehicles. (Read more...)

Dominator II - an Unmanned DA-42 Performs First Flight

Last week, Israel-based Aeronautics Defense Systems successfully completed the first flight of the 'Dominator II' Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (Israeli code name "Oz"). The Dominator II is based on the Austrian Diamond DA-42 manned aircraft. The system's flight testing evaluated the performance of a variety of sub-assemblies integrated into the system to convert it into an unmanned platform.(Read more...)

Excalibur VTOL UCAV Demonstrated in Flight

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. completed the first flight of the Excalibur Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) last month. The first flight took place at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland on June 24, 2009. (Read more...)


The U.S. Marines Explore Unmanned Cargo Delivery

The U.S. Marine Corps is seeking new ways to support troops fighting in Afghanistan, and is exploring how unmanned vehicles could be utilized for this role. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s immediate cargo unmanned aircraft system project has drawn considerable attention from the industry, with offers received form at least four bidders. (Read more...)

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Empire Challenge: Turning ISR into Actionable Intelligence

Empire Challenge (EC 09) sets the stage for an annual demonstration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) interoperability, executed by US Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) under the sponsorship of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD/I). (Read more...)


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Lockheed Martin Announces Plans to Acquire Gyrocam Systems

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced plans to acquire Gyrocam Systems, a developer of gyro-stabalized optical surveillance systems. Lockheed Martin plans to manage Gyrocam under its Missiles and Fire Control business unit. (Read more...)

Elbit Systems Acquires Simulation Expert BVR Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the assets of BVR Systems (1998) Ltd. for a price of $34 million. (Read more...)

MBDA, BUMAR Tighten Cooperation in Anticipation for Polish Air-Defense Program

MBDA is strengthening its positioning in the Polish market, in anticipation for the forthcoming decision on the future modernization of Polish ground based air-defense system. The company is formalizing its strategic relations with Poland's leading defense company Bumar MBDA following earlier cooperation agreements with PIT and BUMAR subsidiary RADWAR signed in 2007. (Read more...)