The classified MOD report leaked by the Daily Telegraph casts shadows on the capability of the F-35B to meet the requirements set by the military. The documents stated that in order to fulfill the entire mission requirements met by 97 F-35C, MOD will have to buy 136 F-35B STOVL ‘jump jets’, at an extra cost of £2.4 billion. Nevertheless, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to support shifting back to the STOVL variant.
MBDA was awarded a £483 five-year MOD contract to develop the Sea Ceptor, a new naval air defense system for the British Royal Navy Type 23 frigates. As part of the 'Future Local Area Air Defence System' (FLAADS), Sea Ceptor will replace the current Vertical Launch SeaWolf by 2016.
The long process of the selection of the future 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) for the Indian Air Force is reaching a crucial milestone today, with the planned opening of the two offers, submitted by the European consortium EADS offering the Eurofighter Typhoon and French company Dassault offering the Rafale. The request for proposal (RFP) for the acquisition worth over US$10 billion was originally issued in 2007.
QuickShield, a textile-based, lightweight net designed to stop rocket-propelled grenade threats (RPG) from penetrating vehicle armor. QuickShield is applied as a 'band aid’, enabling armored vehicle crews to rapidly replace damaged bar (slat) armor on military vehicles in the field.
Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are launching a joint venture aimed at acquiring, operating and maintaining advanced training aircraft for the israel Air Force. The companies are considering the financial requirements for this substantial undertaking; considering the substantial value of the program, raising capital in a public offering could be considered.
Above: Ground in Arizona, as part demonstrating the solar powered drone's capability to fly a two week mission. Photo: QinetiQ
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