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German Herons log 15,000 Combat-Operation Hours in Afghanistan

At the beginning of July, the German Heron 1 UAS logged its 15,000th operational flight hour. The three systems, which are operated by Cassidian subsidiary Airborne Solutions on behalf of the German Air Force - the Luftwaffe, are stationed in Mazar-e-Sharif in north Afghanistan...

The ‘Dambusters’ will be the first British unit to receive the F-35B

The Royal Air Force has announced that 617 Squadron, the famous ‘Dambusters’, will be the first operational squadron using F-35B Lightning II aircraft. According to Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, the 617 Squadron is to disband on 1st April...

India’s Planned Mountain Strike Corps to Cost $13 Billion

The Indian cabinet committee on security (CCS) gave its approval for raising a mountain strike corps along the China border. This would be India's fourth strike corps, meant chiefly for offensive operations into enemy land, as well as India's first dedicated corps for offensive...

US Intelligence Report a Cut-Paste on Chinese Missiles

College students can be flunked for cut-and-paste reports, think tankers can be embarrassed, Defense News staff writers can be fired, but not, apparently, members of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Defense News reports. Most of its so-called “updated” report, 2013 Ballistic and...

Chinese Official Orders 24-Hour Security Patrols in Xinjiang

China's top law enforcement official has ordered 24-hour security patrols in the country's western Xinjiang region in response to the worst violence seen in the ethnically-mixed area in years. Chinese state media said Meng Jianzhu visited the regional capital of Urumqi on Saturday to give...

Improved Water Purification Technology Reduces SWaP, Logistics Burden

Military vehicles don’t run without fuel—and warfighters don’t run without water. As little as a six to eight percent water deficit can be debilitating. As a result, military logistics plans must take into account the approximately three gallons of daily drinking water that each...

Standoff Detection of IEDs – with DARPA’s MEDS Program

In October 2012 The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) published a call for technology developers to come up with innovative ideas for explosive detection technologies capable of detecting and identifying explosives from standoff distance. The 'Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff' or...

Airbus Military A400M successfully demonstrates flares release

Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the release of decoy flares from the A400M new generation airlifter as part of the development of the aircraft´s self-protection systems. The flares are designed to mislead heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, particularly surface-to-air missiles (SAM). Flares are a crucial part of...

South Korea Kicks off Bidding for US$7.3 Billion Fighter Jet Tender

South Korea started the bidding process Tuesday to pick a contractor to provide 60 advanced fighter jets for US$7.3 billion, the Defense Acquisition Program and Administration (DAPA) said. Seoul faces a tough decision in selecting either the Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II stealth jet, Boeing's...

GA-ASI’s VideoSAR Turns Radar Images into Full-Motion Video

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), has successful developped, integrated and operationally tested a system enabling the transfer of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data in in full, High-definition (HD) video format (1080p). This capability, called VideoSAR, provides continuous, real-time, all-weather, day/night Synthetic Aperture...

A New Sensor Detects Home-Made Hydrogen Peroxide based Explosives

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.: Scientists at the Sandia National Laboratories are working on explosive detection methods that would reliably detect homemade explosives, but will not be triggered by the ordinary materials like hydrogen peroxide used in these compounds. Hydrogen peroxide is found in everyday products ranging...

Elmo Introduces Advanced Servo Controls for Missiles, UAVs

Elmo, a provider of motion control (servo) solutions is presenting new servo applications designed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other aerospace applications. At the upcoming Paris Airshow Elmo Motion Systems (Hall 3, Booth A8) is highlighting a complete electrical solution for aerospace applications, that is...

Raytheon awarded contract for F-15C AESA radars

Boeing Company has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract for the sixth production lot of APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array radars for United States Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C aircraft. The original contract from Boeing began in 2007 as part of the F-15C upgrade...

IMDEX 2013: World navies Gather in Singapore

Changi Naval Base, Singapore: 15 warships from nine countries around the world, including the latest patrol vessels, frigates, corvettes and destroyers, sailed into Singapore for the Warships Display at IMDEX Asia 2013 this week. The US Navy’s first ever littoral combat ship, USS Freedom,...

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