Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Aerospace News

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.

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.

North Korea launches a Ballistic Missile from a Submarine

North Korea launched what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine in the East Sea Saturday, the South Korean military said. South Korea's defence ministry said the missile, fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), flew around 30 kilometres (18 miles) and that the test showed "certain technological progress" in the North's SLBM capability.

Next Generation Jammer Opens a New Era of Electronic Attack

The U.S. Navy has entered the final phase of development of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) pod that will replace the ALQ-99 that has been in use since the Vietnam War. The new electronic attack pod matches advanced electronic-attack technology that combines high-powered, agile, beam-jamming techniques with cutting-edge, solid-state electronics.

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Defense Business News

Alpha Design to Assemble Hermes UAVs in India

Exclusive! Elbit Systems and Alpha Design company of India are announcing today (Wednesday) an agreement to build Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India, for domestic customers and for export.

DRDO Displays MRSAM Fire Unit at DEFEXPO

The Indian Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) unveiled at Defexpo 2016 the fire unit of Medium Range Surface-to-Air (MRSAM) missile system, developed and manufactured for the Indian Air Force and Army.

Reliance Forms JV with Rafael, to Focus on Missiles & Aerostats

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Indian Reliance Defence company have signed today at Defexpo 2016 a joint venture (JV) that will provide the local content of major defense programs Rafael is involved with, estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

Airbus Competes With Four Different Aircraft and Helicopters on Five Indian Tenders

The Airbus Group has submitted the C295W light transport plane to the Indian AIr Force, as part of its teaming agreement with Tata Advanced Systems. The group also proposes different helicopters to be manufactured by Mahindra Defence.

JLTV Wins Second Production Order for 657 Vehicles

Oshkosh Defense has received the first production order for the 657 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) vehicles. The order, issued by the U.S. Army is valued $243 million.

Startup Accelerator to Promote Innovation in Defense, HLS

Israel's first defense and HLS accelerator, recently launched by I-HLS, has already won the support of major defense corporations and local authorities. The accelerator will provide startup companies and innovators in defense and HLS an 'umbrella' of services.
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Israel at Defexpo 2016

Twenty-eight Israeli companies will present a wide range of advanced technologies – many of them operational – including sophisticated sensors and systems protecting borders and sensitive facilities, robotic and automotive logistics, electro-optics for artillery and infantry, airborne satellite communications, fire control solutions, tactical medical equipment, and more. See Defense-Update video coverage of Defexpo.

China Establishes Aero-Engine Conglomerate

China is setting up a conglomerate that will merge three aircraft engine manufacturers. The move is expected to improve China's indigenous design and manufacturing of aircraft and aero-propulsion systems. Though one of the biggest aviation markets, the country is still heavily reliant on imported engines for military and commercial aviation.

Russian Arms Export Remain Stable in 2015

Russia arms exports remained stable in 2015, despite the sharp drop in oil prices, that has drawn economical difficulties in some of the markets Russia is active in.

Russian Army Evaluates a New, Disposable Rocket Launcher

The Russian Armed Forces are testing a new, yet unnamed disposable rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Land Systems News

Extended Range Modifications Could Double the Range of Current Howitzers

Picatinny Arsenal engineers have been working to create a longer, newly modified M777A2 howitzer that has the potential to double the range of current M777 artillery systems. Charged with developing technology to extend the range of all 155mm artillery, the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) project is funded by science and technology office at the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
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DRDO Demonstrates Arjun Mk II, ICV Combat Vehicles in Action at...

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian armored vehicle manufacturers displayed today for the first time a number of combat vehicles developed in India for the Indian armed forces. Among the new vehicles were Arjun Mk II, Kestrel Wheeled Armored Platform (WhAP) and 4x4 Armored Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) developed by Tata.

MKU Unveils Body Armor, Helmet with Integrated Support to Wearable Systems

Indian military equipment manufacturer MKU is introducing at Defexpo a body armor integrated with a health monitoring system that provides effective, lightweight protection and supports the combatants with connectivity

TATRA, BEML Expect to Deliver 250 Trucks to India in 2016

TATRA is returning to India and is now introducing a range of new vehicles to address Indian military systems.

DARPA Seeks New Technologies for the Future Dismounted Squad

To succeed in their missions, military units must have a robust, multi-faceted picture of their operational environments, including the location, nature and activity of...

TOW Missile Hits a T-90 Tank with ‘Soft-Kill’ (SHTORA) APS and...

An anti-tank team of the Free Syrian Army (western supported rebels) has successfully used a TOW anti-tank missile (Raytheon BGM-71) missile to destroy a Russian T-90 tank equipped with a SHTORA 'soft-kill' active defense system.

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