Stuxnet Computer Worm Exposes Potentially Disastrous Vulnerabilities to Cyber Terrorism

"Stuxnet is definitely not a military code, at least not a Western one" said Shai Blitzblau, Head of Maglan-Computer Warfare and Network Intelligence Labs, interviewed by Defense Update. "Stuxnet is a sophisticated and highly advanced code, but it lacks certain elements commonly associated with military operations" Blitzblau explains that the broad, indiscriminate attack on industrial computers launched by Stuxnet...

MANPADS Revitalized with Red-Sky II

Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) are commonly used to protect mobile, deployed forces, or defend point targets and strategic sites. Although technically capable to intercept combat aircraft and helicopters, human factors critical limit the use of MANPADS to very short range. At Aero-India 2011 Israel Military Industries (IMI) is introducing the new and improved Red-Sky 2, which converts...

B-21 is the Designation of the USAF New Stealth Bomber

After years of intense speculation, the Air Force finally revealed a first image of its long-awaited new bomber, formerly known as the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-Band) and gave it an official designation - B-21.

IAI/Elta has unveiles TASCAN targeting pod

IAI/Elta has unveiled the TASCAN Electro-Optical targeting pod for fighter aircraft, thereby complementing its EL/M-20600 Radar Targeting Pod (RTP) which uses Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for that purpose. Sofar Elta's RTP has been offered along with the Litening EO targeting pod produced by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. IAI's pursuit of an independent program could mark a departure from...

India Terminates Helicopter Contract with AgustaWestland over Corruption Allegations

According to Indian media sources New Delhi has terminated a helicopter purchase from the Italian-british company AgustaWestland, following allegations that the company or its middlemen bribed Indian officials and politicians to secure the win. Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland's parent company said it received the MOD notification concerning the appointment of an arbitrator, and confirmed it also received the termination notice. The company said...

BAE Systems Embraces the UAS Challenge

BAE Systems is responding to the growing demand for military unmanned air vehicles with the establishment of a Global UAS Strategy Team, headed by Mark Kane, who leads the Company’s UK UAS activities, is pursuing several new opportunities for unmanned systems, in military and civil applications. “Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are proving that many dull, dirty and dangerous...

C-RAM or VSHORAD? Iron Dome Do Both

RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems faces an uphill battle convincing foreign customers as successful and capable as Iron Dome, simply because very few face the situation Israel has to cope with, targeted by tens of thousands of rockets constantly aimed at its population centers. When pitching Iron Dome abroad, RAFAEL is likely to focus on the system's air defense capabilities, promising to be as impressive as its C-RAM combat record

Main Battle Tanks Moving East

With the world’s largest armies (except China and India) have ceased procurement of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), third world countries are becoming more dominant customers for this weapon category. Ukraine T-84, Russian T-90 and Chinese MBT2000 are all in production while western tanks are sold second hand to Asian armies at bargain price

First Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’ is Airborne

The first F-35 bound to Israel made its maiden flight June 25 from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot. The aircraft will now conduct a series of flight tests to confirm its airworthiness.

Layered Multi-Ply Armor Enhances Ballistic Protection

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed new methods to enhance the ballistic performance and penetration resistance of ballistic armor by the application of multiple layers of hard and soft materials in a process called 'multi-ply' armor. The new armor consists of alternating layers of 'elastomer' (elastic polymer) and a harder material such as aluminum, ceramic, or hard polymer. Elastomeric...

Sniper Location & Gunshot Detection Systems

Snipers have become the second greatest cause of fatalities in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Troops are often most vulnerable in stationary environments, such as when on perimeter or a Forward Operation Base (FOB). Until recently, sniper detection and location systems were employed primarily on vehicular and static installations, when manning guard towers, or out at mobile checkpoints. However,...

SPEAR Mk-2 Mobile Mortar – Firepower for the Light Infantry

Elbit Systems unveiled the Spear Mk 2, a new version of the autonomous mortar system designed for Lightweight Combat Vehicles

Italy Expands Airborne C4ISR Capabilities

The ministries of defense Israel and Italy have signed today two agreements formalizing several defense acquisition packages worth over two billion US$. The Government-to-Govenrment (G2G) agreements include the selling 30 Alenia Aermacchi M346 advanced jet trainers to Israel, as part of a €1.1 billion arms transfer. As part of the buyback agreement, the Italian MOD acquired two G550 Airborne...

Asia-Pacific Defense-Update

The new issue of Asia pacific Defense Update is here! This digest of 28 articles highlighting recent defense news events from the region is based on the full version (premium content) from Defense Update and other sources, brought to you in a concise, pdf edition you can store on your desktop, read on tablets and smartphones.