USAF Determined on Super-Tucano for Afghanistan Even at Higher Cost

US based Sierra Nevada Corp. and Brazilian Embraer will deliver 20 A-29 Super Tucano turboprop powered light air support aircraft to the Afghan Afghan Air Force, under a contract worth US$427 million awarded yesterday by the USAF.

SAAB Integrates Surveillance Systems for Piaggio Aero MPA

The Saab group has signed a framework agreement with Italian Piaggio Aero Industries for the integration of surveillance systems in the Multirole Patrol Aircraft - a new surveillance aircraft based on Piaggio Aero's business plane.

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...

Israeli Spyders to Replace the Czech Air Force SA-6 Missiles

The Czech government approved the launch of procurement negotiations for four Israeli “SPYDER” batteries, within the framework of a G2G agreement between the two countries. Israel was selected as the sole supplier for the project and the expected agreement between the countries' defense ministries is estimated at over $400 million.

France to base Ground Master 400 radars over Monte Carlo

The French Air Force will position a new Ground Master 406 radar at the Nice Mont-Agel airbase, overlooking Monte Carlo

Preparing for Operational Service, B-1B Fires LRASM in Salvo

Lockheed Martin successfully launched production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force's B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F in 2019, LRASM will fulfill the US Navy's Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment I requirement.

Predator XP Expands into New Markets

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is offering a new export version of the Predator unmanned aerial system. The export of the standard RQ-1 Predator system has been limited by U.S. Government export restrictions, to select NATO members and allied nations. To meet the export potential of the system GA-ASI has recently expanded its aircraft portfolio to offer an...

Partial Meltdown Triggers Radiation Spike at Fukushima 2

Fires, explosions and radiation leaks have repeatedly forced Japanese rescue workers at the nuclear power plant to suspend work, including on Sunday when radiation levels spiked to 100,000 times above normal in water inside reactor No. 2 at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) plant. A partial meltdown of fuel rods inside the reactor vessel was responsible for the...

India Relaxes Offset Guidelines, Sets 20% penalty on Failure to Fulfill Obligations

Amid growing criticism of its unrealistic demands for buyback, India has relaxed its offset guidelines to enable foreign vendors to fulfill their obligations in timely manner by including Technology Transfer and R&D as offsets. New Delhi also imposed a 20% penalty on vendors failing to fulfill their offset obligations within the prescribed timeframe, as set by the Defense Department procurement procedure.

IAF Chief: Rafale Contract Should Be Signed This Year

By April or May the MMRCA contract negotiations should move to the next stage, including a crucial review by the ministry of finance. "If all goes well by the middle of the year we will be in a position to sign the contract" Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne said

New Photos of Barak 8 Test

Barak 8 first test launch
Two images taken during the Barak 8 test firing show a flight testing of the propulsion system (left) and vertical launch system (right). Both versions were the basic barak 8 missile.

Increasing Infantry Overmatch with Advanced Shoulder Fired Weapons

Seeking to increase the combat power of small dismounted teams, DARPA is studying the Massive Overmatch Assault Round (MOAR) as a way to enhance current man-portable infantry weapon systems with compact, multi-function precision engagement munitions. While some manufacturers address these capabilities with dedicated weapon systems, Saab is exploring enhancement for its proven M4 and AT4 weapon systems, to meet MOAR goals.

Navy, Marines Test Improvements to Hellfire Spitting KC-130J

The U.S. Navy is testing an upgraded weapon kit for the KC-130J Harvest HAWK to provide close support for Marine and special operations forces. The HH+ is an upgrade to the original Harvest HAWK roll-on, roll-off precision strike package weapons system. The team also develops an engineering change proposal (ECP) to improve the Hellfire weapons capacity on the aircraft and ensure the KJ platform is sensor-shooter, electronic warfare and digitally interoperable capable.

Long Range, Hyperspectral Vision and Staring IRST – Air Force Essentials in Counter-A2AD Operations

Leidos has been selected to deliver the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) extended-range, high-resolution imaging, hyperspectral sensing, and close-in imaging with expendable sensor technologies designed to defeat adversary anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) threats.