Boeing to Upgrade Dutch CH-47D Chinooks to F-Model

Netherlands awards Boeing an upgrading contract for six Chinook helicopters, with planned to begin in 2021. Upgrading six CH-47D to the latest F-model configuration will bring the Dutch fleet to 20 F-model Chinooks.

ICS Computer is Ready for FCS Mobile Platforms

The first Integrated Computer Systems (ICS) were delivered last week to the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The prototype units supplied by the ICS team will provide mobile FCS elements with computing, networking and information assurance resources to enable current force vehicles to be a part of the FCS network. Bradley fighting vehicles, Abrams main battle tanks...

Two US Minehunters Join Taiwan Navy

Two refurbished US coastal minehunters were delivered to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy on 2 August as part of an overall arms deal valued at $6.4 billion. The two Osprey-class minehunters, the former USS Oriole (MHC-55) and USS Falcon (MHC-59), were decommissioned by the US Navy in 2007 and were approved for sale to Taiwan at a cost of approximately $105 million in 2010

Waiving Gripen Lease Option, Bulgaria Looks for Portuguese F-16s

After being one of the prospects for European fighter manufacturers in recent years Bulgaria has recently decided to but used F-16s from Portuguese Air Force surplus to equip its air force, thus delaying a major investment in its air force.

AeroVironment Launches Global Observer Program for the US Special Operations Command

AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) will develop and build a hydrogen-powered high altitude, long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial systems for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The $57 million contract is calling for 'development and military utility assessment' initiates a Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) sponsored by multiple other government organizations, Multiple government organizations are sponsoring the JCTD program, reflecting broad interest...

Navy Cancels Construction of 3rd Littoral Combat Ship

The Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced yesterday (April 12, 2007) terminated the construction of the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 3), after the Department of the Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) failed to reach an agreement on the terms of a modified contract after the Navy realized that the cost of the first Lockheed ship...

Engine flameout blamed for Colombian Kfir crash

The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has reportedly grounded its entire fleet of Kfir C-10 jet fighters following a crash of one of the aircraft. According to Colombian sources, the J79-GE J1EQD engines powering the Kfir are believed to have caused four accidents involving the Kfir TC12/C10, in a series of accidents that claimed the life of one pilot.

MLB/AAI Team to Build Long-Endurance Vertical Takeoff And Landing (VTOL) Tier II-Size UAV for the US Air Force

The US Air Force selected a team headed by UAV makers MBL, AAI, and Brigham Young University, to develop a vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle meeting Tier II size, weight and performance (SWAP).

Northrop Grumman to Build an Unmanned Combat Aircraft for the US Navy

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) won a $635 million US Navy contract to build a Carrier-based (CV) Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration vehicle (UCAS-D). The program will mature critical carrier suitability technologies for future low observable unmanned combat platforms. Once proving these capabilities, the Navy is expected to launch a full scale development of a future UCAV, which could be...

IAI Introduces New Medium Laser Guided Weapon

// // IAI/MBT is unveiling here the MLGB, - Medium Laser Guided Bomb, offering dual-mode guidance employing GPS and terminal laser guidance. The weapon comprising an 80 kg warhead offers pinpoint accuracy under all weather conditions. The MLGB kit employs the warhead, terminal seeker and guidance system, attached to a wing assembly that retracts after release. Despite the relatively...

Defense Exhibitions & Events 2015

Subscribe to see past eventsFor Events taking place before July 2015 - Click Here Global Security Asia 2015 March 3-5, 2015 - Suntec Exhibition & Convention Center, Singapore LAAD 2015 April 14-17, 2015 - Riocentro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Soldier Equipment and Technology Advancement Forum – SETAF April 15-16, 2015 - Scandic Solli Hotel, Oslo, Norway Soldier Equipment and Technology Advancement Forum is the ideal place to have in...

China’s New J-31 Stealth Fighter Takes Off on Maiden Flight

China’s J-31, the new stealth fighter prototype developed by AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) took off on its maiden flight on October 31, 2012 on 10:32 Beijing local time. It landed after nine minutes.
China’s J-31, the new stealth fighter prototype developed by AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) took off on its maiden flight on October 31, 2012 on 10:32 Beijing local time. The flight lasted only ten minutes.

RAF Upgrades Tornados, Harriers with Aerial Datalinks

The RAF will upgrade its strike aircraft installing secure communications and datalinks in Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9s. The British Ministry of Defense announced the two programs this week (January 14, 2008) at a cost of about £350 million. // // The Harrier GR9s will receive a second secure communications channel and a Tactical Information Exchange Capability (TIEC), as part...

L-3 Integrated Systems Selected for Nimrod R1 Upgrade

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) was selected by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to become the preferred bidder for a planned upgrade of the RAF Nimrod R1 electronic reconnaissance aircraft fleet. L-3 IS was awarded a contract worth more than GBP 11.5 million ($21.7 million) to carry out the risk reduction studies for HELIX...