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  • Lockheed Martin Prepared to Enhance F-35 Targeting Capability Sep 17, 2019 Lockheed Martin Prepared to Enhance F-35 Targeting CapabilityLockheed Martin said today it has developed an advanced version of the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) used in the F-35 Lightning II. The Advanced EOTS offers higher resolution and improved multi-spectral sensing. The development was funded through internal investment and was vetted through Operational Analysis against the most demanding F-35 missions.
  • Raytheon’s Peregrine to Maximize Fighters Air/Air Loadout, Agility Sep 16, 2019 Raytheon's Peregrine to Maximize Fighters Air/Air Loadout, AgilityRaytheon Company announced today it is developing a new medium-range, air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile, that is half the size and cost of today’s AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater effect.
  • Reaper Drones to Master AI with Agile Condor Super Computing Pod Sep 16, 2019 Reaper Drones to Master AI with Agile Condor Super Computing PodGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to demonstrate the Air Force Research Lab’s “Agile Condor” capability using a company-owned MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The testing will determine the optimum artificial intelligence and machine learning methodologies to find, identify and track select targets. Agile Condor also has the potential to dramatically reduce satellite bandwidth requirements as a result of its ability to automatically identify, classify, and nominate targets of interest.
  • Missile Launch Detected by F-35 Provide Early Warning for Ballistic Missile Intercept Test Sep 16, 2019 Missile Launch Detected by F-35 Provide Early Warning for Ballistic Missile Intercept TestLockheed Martin Skunk Works, the Missile Defense Agency, and the U.S. Air Force successfully connected an F-35, U-2 and a ground station in a ground-breaking test demonstrating a secure distribution of sensitive information across multiple platforms, facilitating true multi-domain operation. During the demonstration, called Project Riot, an F-35 detected a missile launch at long range, using standard onboard sensors. It then shared that information through the U-2 gateway, providing an early warning to an air defense center on the ground, enabling the commander to quickly make the decision to target the threat.
  • Australia Selects Korean, German Industries for Next Gen IFV/APC Evaluation Sep 16, 2019 Australia Selects Korean, German Industries for Next Gen IFV/APC EvaluationThe Australian MOD has shortlisted two companies for the Land 400 Phase 3 Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) of the next-generation tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and armored personnel carriers (APC), to replace the Australian M-113s. The two contenders are Hanwha Defense System AS21 Redback and Rheinmetall Lynx KF-41.
  • Elbit Systems of America to Provide Displays and Datalinks for Boeing Red Hawk (T-X) Sep 16, 2019 Elbit Systems of America to Provide Displays and Datalinks for Boeing Red Hawk (T-X)Elbit Systems of America confirmed it will supply Boeing a number of products – including cockpit displays, datalinks, and embedded training capabilities for the T-7A RedHawk (T-X) advanced pilot training aircraft Boeing is developing for the United States Air Force. In the initial phase, Boeing was selected to deliver 351 trainers, over 10 years, from 2024 to 2034.
  • Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries Proves the Devastating Potential of Iranian Cruise Missiles Sep 14, 2019 Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries Proves the Devastating Potential of Iranian Cruise MissilesOn the night of September 14, 2019, several attacks rocked two strategic infrastructure sites in Saudi Arabia. One target was a large oil field at Khurais, recently developed by the Saudi national oil company Aramco. The second is the company’s main processing center and one of the world’s largest oil refineries at Buqayq, 200 km northeast of Khurais.
  • Babcock led Team to Build Five Type 31 Light Frigates for the Royal Navy Sep 12, 2019 Babcock led Team to Build Five Type 31 Light Frigates for the Royal NavyBabcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to deliver its new warships. Led by Aerospace and Defence company Babcock, in partnership with the Thales Group, the T31 general-purpose frigate program will deliver the Royal Navy with five light frigates, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship. The first ship is scheduled for launch in 2023. The ships follow Babcocks’s Arrowhead 140 design, balancing between global mission capability in blue or white waters, both at an affordable cost. Work on the fleet of five ships will begin immediately following formal contract award later this financial year, with detailed design work to start now and manufacture commencing in 2021 and concluding in 2027.
  • German Puma Equips with MUSS Soft-Kill APS Sep 12, 2019 German Puma Equips with MUSS Soft-Kill APSThe HENSOLDT company has delivered the 300th active protection system (soft kill) equipping the German Puma infantry fighting vehicle. In total, the company is under contract to deliver 342 MUSS equipment sets by 2020 to PSM, the vehicle manufacturing JV.
  • New Defensive Suites for RAF Shadows Sep 11, 2019 New Defensive Suites for RAF ShadowsThe UK Ministry of Defence has chosen Leonardo/Thales protection system to protect the RAF Shadow ISTAR fleet. This single-source selection by the MOD follows the recent SALT III international trials hosted by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in Sweden. There, the integrated Miysis/Elix-IR system, using a jamming waveform developed by the UK MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, proved its ability to defeat Infra-Red missiles in live-fire exercises.