THAAD Hits Two Targets on the First Unit’s Operational Qualification Test

The U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system performed a successful intercept today, scoring almost simultaneous kill of two targets. The test was conducted at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, as part of the The test, part of the first THAAD unit’s initial operational qualification phase.

Mobile Commander’s Associate (MCA)

Lockheed Martin has completed flight demonstrations of Mobile Commander’s Associate (MCA), that will enable U.S. Army command and control helicopters to form and manage teams of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned strike aircraft. MCA integrates key functionality required for manned / unmanned teaming: connectivity to multiple digital radio links to provide simultaneous command and control of UAVs and communicate...

First Meteor BVRAAM launched from Rafale

France has performed the first launch and flight test of the 'Meteor' beyond visual range air-to-air missile from a Rafale combat jet. The missile is expected to be fielded in 2018 with the first batch of upgraded Rafale F3-R, which will also be fitted with RBE2 AESA radar and advanced Infrared Search Track system, enabling long-range engagement of hostile targets.

British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Wescam Provides a New EO/IR Payload for the Camcopter

Schiebel and L3 have tested the S-100 Camcopter Vertical take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) equipped with L3's Wescam MX-10 EO/IR payload. The first flight was performed in Austria.

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 Buy Two Dassault Surveillance Jets

Dassault Falcon 2000LX
The South Korean Defense Acquisition and Program Administration (DAPA) announced plans to acquire two French Dassault Aviation Falcon-2000 jets. The new aircraft are expected to be placed in service sometime in 2017 replacing the current Hawker 800RC.

Defending The Homeland – The Future Of Japan’s And Taiwan’s Air Defense

The unsettling appearance of a Chinese aircraft carrier has created quite a stir in the Pacific among those nations that rely heavily on the United States for warfighting protection and military hardware. With the Chinese carrier now underway on its second round of sea trials, the Pacific community is looking with increased urgency to improve air defenses. Taiwan and Japan in particular are in critical need of an upgrade to their existing air-superiority fighter forces.

Israe’s Mafat to Evaluate Bird Aerosystems’ HybridEye – a New Active Protection for Ground Forces

Israel’s Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research and Development (MAFAT – DDR&D) has tasked BIRD Aerosystems to demonstrate a prototype of an active defense system that will protect ground troops and high-value assets against airborne threats (including anti-tank guided missiles – ATGM). The system called ‘HybridEye’ was unveiled at the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition. The system provides hemispheric detection of threats and provides target data for passive or active countermeasures on board.

Griffin III ‘Concept Tank’ is GDLS’ Fresh View of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle

GDLS introduces Griffin III at AUSA 2018. The modular design and open architecture enable the user to configure the vehicle different squad carrying and crew seating configurations. Implementing scalable protection, chassis and turret configuration with different weapons and mission systems, the Griffin III is optimized to perform in multi-domain operations.

Roboteam Demonstrates the Rooster Drone-Robot

Military robotics expert Roboteam is developing a hybrid air/ground drone robot system called ROOSTER, that mimics the flying of a male chicken. Its capability to fly over a short distance enables the Rooster to get around obstacles and reach vantage positions, like moving from a street to a rooftop in a short time.

A Step Closer to Railgun Capability – U.S. Navy Fires Record Breaking 33 megajoul Shot

On a recent test firing of a U.S. Navy experimental electromagnetic rail gun the Office of Naval Research (ONR) claimed the world record for the muzzle energy. The test, carried out on December 10, 2010 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division achieved a world-record 33-megajoule muzzle energy shot – over three times the previous world record also claimed in...

Germany to Field Trophy APS with Leopard II Tanks

Germany plans to equip one tank company with Rafael Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) to better protect a rapid reaction force it plans to deploy as part NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). German officials confirmed the news at the International Armored Vehicles forum (#IAVevent) in London this week. The unit is...

Heavy Drones set to Roam the European Skies

Two leading manufacturers of remotely piloted aircraft systems are nearing the goal of certifying unmanned aerial systems (UAV) for operation in the same airspace with manned aircraft, thus removing a major barrier to entry for drones that restricted the operation of large drones over the populated areas in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Elbit Systems of Israel and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. are the two forerunners in this field, followed by IAI and Northrop Grumman.