L-3 Converts a Special Mission Aircraft for the US Army

L-3 Mission Integration has conducted the maiden flights of the first Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to be converted into a special mission platform under the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program.

Jade Helm 15 – 2 Month Long SpecOps Exercise Starts Today

The U.S. military is launching 'Operation Jade Helm 15' today, a large scale exercise taking place over several states. The Special Operations Command (USASOC) will supply the vast majority of the roughly 1,200 personnel participating in the joint exercise, along with units from the Navy, Marines and the Air Force. The exercise will span over two months, from July 15 through September 15.

ULCV: In Search of the 21st Century Jeep

The US Army intends to develop and field a new family of specialized vehicles to support 'joint forcible entry' missions. The Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) general-purpose troop carrier is the highest priority in this plan. Fast, agile and safe to drive on and off road, ULCV will provide troops the survivability and protection by avoiding the roads vulnerable to IEDs and ambushes, gaining freedom of movement by traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes.

GD begin serial manufacturing of 72 GMV 1.1 vehicles for SOCOM

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD OTS) announced it has reached a critical milestone and is moving to low rate initial production (LRIP) with the custom designed Flyer 72 all terrain vehicle it has been selected to produce for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

Polaris’ DAGOR, the ultra light, high mobility vehicle is tailored for...

Polaris Defense is unveiling at AUSA a new all-terrain vehicle - the largest off road vehicle it has ever designed - has been developed and produced for SOCOM. The DAGOR offers extreme off-road terrain at full payload. The vehicle curb weight is less than 4,500lbs to maximize aircraft operational range. The width of DAGOR allows rapid loading into the CH-47 Chinook platform without modification and the weight allows it to be sling loaded under the UH-60 Black Hawk.

Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Boeing will soon deliver the first new build MH-47G configuration to the US Special Operations Command. The modernized Chinook incorporates a number of production improvements to include the digital advanced flight control system, more robust, improved monolithic machined-frames, and improved air transportability

These stealthy bikes are made for special ops

Defense-Update looks at the new generation of ultra stealthy, off-road bikes designed specifically for special ops

Electric bikes gear for military service

Defense-Update talks with John Lloyd, Zero Motorcycles President and CEO about the advantages and challenges the new electric motorcycles represent to the military user

production AH-6i Light Armed Scout Helicopter makes first flight

The AH-6i armed scout helicopter has made its first flight in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production, the...

SOCOM Orders Falcon Wideband Tactical Radios for $36 Million

Harris Corporation has received $36 million in orders from U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to accelerate its deployment of an advanced wideband tactical communications...

SOCOM Extends WAVE Licensing for Cross-Network Interoperability

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) recently licensed Twisted Pair Solutions’ WAVE software for use throughout the Command. The application enables warfighters, public-safety professionals, government agents and commercial organizations to communicate instantly with their teams, regardless radio system compatibility.

Industry Team Offers MAV-L for Special Applications Beyond SOCOM

MAV-L Driving Tests
MAV-L was designed to meet SOCOM GMV 1.1 requirements, the team considered it has applications beyond SOCOM. For example, such vehicles could be suitable for US Army and Marine Corps recon teams, forced entry teams operated by the Air Force, or for international customers.

SOCOM to Modernize its Tactical Vehicle Fleet

AM General is offering a beefed-up variant of the HMMWV, optimized for Special Operations.
As heavy combat vehicle programs are idling, modernization of the tactical vehicles is in progress, as the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command plan to replace and reset their fleet of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Two vehicles classes are currently underway - the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), equipping the Army and US Marine Corps, and the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 – replacing the HMMWVs operated by the Special Operations Command.

US Navy Tests Rafael Spike Missiles on Unmanned vessels

Spike missile fired form Mini Typhoon weapon station mounted USV-PEM, during an evaluation of the missile by the US Navy last week. Photos: US Navy, Rafael
The US Navy has test fired the Israeli Spike Electro-Optically Guided Missile from an unmanned boat last week, on Oct. 24th, as part of an operational demonstration of the weapon conducted as part of an international agreement between Israel Ministry of Defense and the US Combating Terrorist Tactics Support Office.