Israel’s INSS Report Follows Trends in Middle-East Military Powers

The Despite the turmoil of the ‘Arab Spring’ uprising in many Arab states, the Middle East continues to be one of the world’s leading markets for defense systems. Israel's Institute of National Security Studies has released the annual assessment of Middle East military forces. Following is a short assessment by the editor of the report Yiftah S. Shapir.

US Air Force F-35A – On Track for Operational Capability

The F-35A is on track to be declared Initially Operationally Capable (IOC) between August and December this year. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable to conflict theaters.

Chinese Weapons Shipped to Lebanon to Aid Hezbollah

The Lebanese Army received a shipment of Chinese weapons Friday, the latest in a recent series of international arms deliveries to help Lebanon contain the militants on its eastern border with Syria

Defense Events – Conferences, Exhibitions & Airshows 2014

January - March | April - June | July - September | October - December Farnborough International 2014, 14-20 July, 2014 - Farnborough Airfield, UK Oboronexpo 2014 - International weapons forum - August 13-17, Zhukovsky, Russia. MSPO 2014, 1-4 September, 2014 - Kielce, Poland 3rd UVID Conference , 17 September, 2014 - Airport City, Israel GPEC 2014 – General Police Equipment Exhibition, 9-11 September 2014 - Leipzig, Trade Fair, Germany Azerbaijan...

Saab receives €20 Million order for RBS15 Mk3

The Swedish Defence and security company Saab has received an order from its German partner Diehl BGT for the Surface-to-Surface Missile RBS15 Mk3. The order value is SEK 168 million, ($25 million, €20 million) and includes options with a total value of SEK 83 million ($12.5 million, €10 million). Deliveries will take place during the period 2014 to 2016.

South Korea Announces Evaluation of F-X Fighter Bids to Begin Next Week

South Korea’s primary defense acquisition agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), announced that evaluations would begin next week to select the winning bid in the competition for a $7.3 billion contract for 60 advanced fighter aircraft. Previously submitted bids from three defense contractors were found to be lacking relevant details and were resubmitted, at South Korea’s request, on...

Brazilian Army Selects a Local Supplier for 16,000 km Border Monitoring Program

The Brazilian Army has selected the Tepro consortium as a single provider for Sisfron, the Integrated Border Monitoring System (Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras - Sisfron).

Space News Roundup – December 2012

Lockheed wins $1.9 billion contract for two U.S. satellites Lockheed Martin has won a contract valued at $1.9 billion to build two additional advanced military communications satellites for the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon said on Friday, December 28, 2012. The contract, which runs for ten years, through January 2022, covers production of the fifth and sixth satellites in the...

Boeing and iRobot Team to Offer COTS based Small UGVs

Boeing (NYSE:BA) and iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) are teaming to design and develop 'SUGV Early', a small unmanned ground vehicle designed for reconnaissance and intelligence capabilities for military and civil applications. Early will be a smaller, lighter version of the PackBot, currently operational with US forces and EOD units worldwide. The new SUGV will carry a video camera and commercial electro-optics, infrared...

US considers Extended Range THAAD, enhanced BMS to defend against attacking hypersonic gliders

The US Missile defense Agency is seeking future missile defense measures that will be able to defeat hypersonic glide vehicles, similar to those being developed by the China, Russia and India.

SIPRI Annual Arms Sales Report Reflects Surge in Russian Military Production

Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies totalled $401 billion in 2014. The global slowdown in arms sales between 2013 and 2014 is mostly attributed to a decline of 5.2 per cent in revenues of companies based in the United States and Western Europe. Lockheed Martin, has bucked the regional trend with a 3.9 per cent growth in real terms Despite difficult national economic conditions, the Russian arms industry’s sales continued to rise in 2014.

Computer Mapping & Modeling

Start < Page 4 of 6 > For hundreds of years, maps and cartography provided critical means for command and decision support. Their value was derived from the accuracy, timeliness and relevance of their data sets. Maps are still valuable command tools, but today their production is faster, the data is much more accurate and most important – when embedded into...

Orion UAS breaks flight endurance record on 80 hour mission

Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80 hour flight by its Orion unmanned aircraft system (UAS). However, Despite the impressive performance of the system, the US Air Force is not interested in buying more systems

U.S. Army to Demonstrate Full Manned-Unmanned Operations Next Year

The U.S. Army is planning to test a combined operation of manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as part of the demonstration of advanced capabilities enabled with current and future systems and technologies. The demonstration called 'Manned Unmanned Systems Integration Concept' (MUSIC) will take place at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, in September 2011. MUSIC will demonstrate the interoperability between manned and unmanned...