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US Air Combat Command Declares F-35A ‘Combat Ready’

The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command. The 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing, based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the service’s first operational F-35A squadron, having met all the established criteria for Initial Operational Capability

Expanding Strategic Defense in Space – China’s Missile Interceptors and Satellite...

China's Defense Ministry confirmed today that it was pressing ahead with anti-missile system tests after pictures appeared on state television, depicting a successful missile intercept test conducted in 2010. Earlier this week Beijing released another video depicting an anti-satellite test conducted last year. The Aolong-1 (Roaming Dragon) spacecraft sent into orbit last month will be cleaning up space junk, other analysts suspect it could serve a military purpose.

First Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’ is Airborne

The first F-35 bound to Israel made its maiden flight June 25 from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot. The aircraft will now conduct a series of flight tests to confirm its airworthiness.

Pyongyang is Moving Rodong Missiles Closer to the Border with the...

North Korea has moved the Rodong Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) launchers closer to the South in an attempt to circumvent the missile defense shield soon to be established by the U.S. THAAD missiles.

China Expects J-20 Stealth Fighter to Be Combat Ready in 2019

The Chinese People's Republic Army Air Force (PLAAF) is believed to have received four J-20 jets, that have been tested and completed acceptance tests recently. The first front-line regiment is supposed to activate and receive aircraft by June 2017 and is expected to be combat ready by 2019.

Germany to use Heron 1 UAVs to Support UN Peacekeepers in...

The German forces will soon deploy Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Mali. Airbus Defense and Space announced yesterday it had signed a contract with the German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) to provide such surveillance drones in support of the Bundeswehr missions in Africa.

Land Systems News

Israel Develops a Highly Protected APC to Replace Thousands of M-113...

Israel’s Ministry of Defense unveiled today the first prototype of the Eitan, a new 8x8 armored personnel carrier developed by the Ministry’s Tank Development Program Directorate (Mantak), as a possible successor for thousands of American-made M-113 APCs Israel has been operating since the 1970s.

Australia Shortlists Boxer, AMV-35 for Future Combat Recce Vehicle

The Australian Defense ministry announced that two European companies - British BAE Systems and German Rheinmetall, as the bidders shortlisted as potential suppliers of armored combat vehicles for the Australian Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, also known as 'Land 400 Phase 2' program, to become the successor of the 8x8 ASLAV currently in service. The Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced.

India to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers From US

India's Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the acquisition 145 M777 ultra light weight howitzers from the United States. 25 of the howitzers will be delivered from the US and 120 delivered from an Indian assembly and integration facility created in India by Mahindra. The contract is expected to be worth about $750.

Robot Mounted GroundEye Sensor Set to Combat Hidden IEDs

Raytheon UK and Estonian UGV developer Milrem unveiled at Eurosatory an IED detection platform based in Raytheon UK GroundEye sensor system, integrated on the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) developed by Milrem.

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Protecting the Flamable Load – Carapace Demonstrates Protected Logistics at Eurosatory

The French Army has recently deployed the Carapace, a highly protected fuel lorry designed to survive an ambush attack, fight back and cpress on delivering the fuel to the front lines.

A New Israeli Sandcat Spoted in Paris

Israel's Plasan is showcasing a new model of the Sandcat light armored vehicle at Eurosatory 2016. Two versions of the vehicle are on display here: the Sandcat Stormer, shown in an ISR version, and a light combat vehicle carrying Rafael's Samson remote weapon station (RWS), mounting a machine gun, Spike missiles and optronics.

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Israel Requests Eight SH-60F SeaHawk from US Navy Surplus

Israel is seeking US approval for the supply of eight SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopters from US Navy surplus to support the Israeli Navy security operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopters will initially operate with the four new Meko-100 Class Magen corvettes Israel will receive from Germany by 2020.

New Mobile VSHORAD Positioned to Replace German Stinger-Based leFlaSys

Rheinmetall and MBDA launched today a mobile air defense system designed to defeat aerial targets at close- and very close-range, including small and very unmanned aerial systems (UAS, LSS). As an element of the future integrated air defence, the new modular system is positioned to become a possible successor to the lightweight air defence system leFlaSys/Stinger currently in use with the Bundeswehr.

Controp’s new SPEED-ER Observation System Spots Targets 40 km Away

Controp Precision Technology is unveiling the SPEED-ER, an ultra-long-range, land-based observation system operating in three channels – Visible, Thermal and SWIR. The company will display the new system later this month at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, France.

Finnish Government Completes Sale of 49.9% Patria Stock to Kongsberg

The competition authorities in Finland have granted their approval concerning the sale of 49.9 percent of the shares of the Finnish defense company Patria Oyj, fully owned by the State of Finland to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS. Patria, Kongsberg and the Norwegian Nammo, equally owned by Patria and the State of Norway, will together form a leading Nordic entity in its field.

Submarine Launched Blackwing Drone to Enable Strikes in Denied, Contested Environment (A2AD)

The US Navy plans to deploy hundreds of ‘Blackwing’ drones on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles; the new, low cost, submarine launched unmanned aircraft system is optimized for Anti-Access/Aerial Denial (A2/AD) environments.

New C-IED Jammer for the French Army

The ECLIPSE C-IED jammer recently completed qualification testing with the French Defense Procurement and Technology Agency (DGA), under the BARAGE program.

Denmark Downselects F-35 to Replace its Aging F-16s

The Danish Prime minister and defense minister Denmark confirmed today the Danish government recommendation to buy 27 F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the F-16A/B Fighter Replacement Program (FRP). Part of an ongoing process that began in 2005, the recent announcement reaffirms the Danish plan to buy the plane, following the downselection process through open competition.

AN/DAS-4: Sharper Eyes for the Reaper

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $90 million first-lot production contract for the next-generation Multi-Spectral Targeting System. As the latest variant of the MTS family of sensors, AN/DAS-4 incorporates greater fire control and Target Location Accuracy technology for precise coordinates.

Enhanced, Switchblade to Use Immune, Digital Datalink

AeroVironment and Orbital ATK announced the completion of development of a block upgrade for the Switchblade tactical missile system, improving the weapon's datalink with a new, encrypted digital data-link. AeroVironment has teamed with Orbital ATK to produce the advanced warhead for the weapon.

Australia Cleared to Receive the Latest AMRAAM Missiles

Australia is likely to become the first international user of Raytheon’s AIM-120D, the latest, extended range variant US Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). This is the newest air-to-air weapon in the U.S. arsenal AIM-120D offers increased range, GPS-aided navigation, two-way data link and improved kinematic performance.

DCNS Selected to Build 12 Shortfin Barracuda Stealth Submarines in Australia

France has beaten Japan and Germany to win an Australian mega-deal to build a fleet of 12 new submarines in Australia, for the Australian Navy SEA 1000 program. The decision was formally announced by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today.

US Army Missile Test Demonstrates ‘Any Sensor, Best Shooter’ Capability

By 2018 the US Army expects to field a new command-and-control (C2) system developed to deliver a single, unambiguous view of the battlespace. The Integrated (air and missile defense) Battle Command System (IBCS) developed and built by Northrop Grumman will significantly enhance aircraft and missile tracking, and improve the ability of combatant commanders and air defenders to make critical decisions within seconds.


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