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The British Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced a £269M (US$327 million) deal for the procurement of 10 aerial surveillance systems to operate on the Royal Navy new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Initial deliveries are expected in 2018 with initial operational capability in 2020.
Continued delays in the completion of the third and final developmental software block (Block 3f) of the F-35 is likely to push back the...
The first two F-35s expected to land in Israel next week will be the first 5th Generation jet fighters the U.S. hands out to a foreign ally. The two ADIR Jets are only the beginning. Over the next eight years, Israel will receive 50 aircraft forming two full ADIR squadrons flying the F-35. The unique capabilities of the new fighter will provide the Israel Air Force a game-changing platform that has not been seen in the region since the introduction of the F-15 Eagle (by the IAF), 40 years ago.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.
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.
The US Navy's fifth and last Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched June 24, 2016, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The system will transform legacy telephone links into a globally connected IP-based ‘mobile phone’ network, that will support voice, text and data, enabling small units to switch from line-of-sight communications to beyond line-of-sight Satellite Communications. (SATCOM).
The US Army completed a successful test of Tamir interceptor missile from the new Multi Mission Launcher (MML) developed under a US Army initiative.
The US Air Force and DARPA are looking at new concepts of operations that will enable unmanned platforms to support the future air component in all operational environments
A federal judge on Thursday denied Lockheed Martin's motion that could have forced Oshkosh Corp. to stop working on a $6.7 billion military contract while a lawsuit over that contract award continues. Lockheed had challenged the military’s late-August decision to award Oshkosh Corp.
Lockheed Martin announced today that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force's T-X Advanced Pilot Training (APT). The T-50A is the US designation reserved for the Korean T-50 Golden Eagle. The US Air Force plans to acquire 350 advanced trainers, to replace the +50 year old T-38 Talon in service.
Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled yesterday the improved version of its T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer, the model that KAI and Lockheed Martin are proposing as the successor of the US Air Force’ T-38 trainer, under the T-X program.
Lockheed Martin has received an additional production orders worth $302.2 million for 286 baseline and extended range variants of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The new order was negotiated with a previous order of 280 of these missiles, worth 305 million that was awarded in October.
The U.S. Army instructed the Oshkosh Corporation to resume work on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) following the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision to dismiss Lockheed Martin’s protest yesterday. Lockheed Martin said it is planning to file a new protest to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by December 17th. Oshkosh is expected to begin production under the Army’s orders and wait for the Federal Claims Court decision.
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.