‘Skyshield’ – Counter MANPADS Laser Countermeasure Completes Testing

The Israeli C-MUSIC laser-based Directional InfraRed CounterMeasure (DIRCM) system has recently passed a major milestone, following the completion of a qualification test series, an essential part of the systems' certification process. In 2009 the system was selected by the Israel Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Transportation to defend commercial airplanes operated by Israel's three commercial airlines. Designated 'Skyshield', the...

GAO: Army Unable to Confirm US$ 38 Billion Spent on Equipment Reset

A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today the preliminary observations on the U.S. Army’s implementation of its equipment reset strategies. According to the preliminary report, due to reporting and tracking inadequacy, the Army is unable to confirm that the $38 billion that Congress has appropriated since fiscal year 2002 for equipment reset has actually been obligated and expended...

Brimstone Completes Drone Test Trials

MBDA has successfully demonstrated the operation of Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone (DMB) missile from an MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), scoring nine direct hits against a range of targets including very high speed and manoeuvring vehicles. The main advantage of Brimstone is its dual-mode operating capability, combining millimetre guidance with semi-active laser targeting, enabling the operator to accurately designate a target,...

British F-35B to Carry Meteor Missiles from 2024

The United Kingdom is preparing its F-35 Lightning II to carry and operate the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) as its principal long-range air/air weapon.

Cheongung – a New MR-SAM for the South Korean Multi-Tier Defense System

The growing threat of missile attack by North Korea has concerned Seoul for decades, but only recently defensive systems are showing progress, with interceptor technology becoming available on the domestic and world market. Last week Seoul unveiled the Cheongung, a new medium-range Surface to air Missile system designed to beef up the country's air and missile defense.

North Korean Artillery Barrage Strikes South Korean Island

North Korea fired scores of artillery shells at the South Korean Yeonpyeong island on Tuesday, killing two soldiers. Two soldiers were killed in the attack, 17 wounded. Three civilians were also hurt. The South Korean army returned fire with artillery and scrambled fighter planes to the area. South Korea was conducting military drills in the area at the time...

US Air Force’s KC-X Aerial Tanker Replacement Program

// // The U.S. Air Force released yesterday (Jan. 30, 2007) the Request for Proposal for the KC-X Aerial Refueling Aircraft, officially launching the Air Force's highest priority acquisition program in recent years. According to Sue C. Payton, the Air Force's senior acquisition executive, the RFP reflects the Air Force effort to minimize development risk among differing aircraft manufacturers...

Larson Introduces IR Headlights for Military Vehciles

Larson Electronics is introducing an infrared Light Emitting Diodes (LED) based headlight system for vehicles, designed to allow users to replace or augment their vehicles current headlights with infrared illumination that is visible only with the use of night vision devices. The 60 Watt LED's output is set to be in the infrared 940Nm end of the light spectrum, making...

Liteye OLED Helmet Mounted Displays

Liteye 450 helmet mounted display (HMD) introduced by mid-2005 is a rugged, waterproof lightweight display that snaps into a standard PVS-14 military helmet mount, replacing the NVG tube. This self-contained color monocular OLED display weighs only 100 gr. including all the electronics providing 'plug and play' connection to any mobile computing device. Liteye can be used on left or right eye. displaying...

F-15E, B-1B Modernization and Upgrades

Last week Boeing was awarded two aircraft upgrading and modernization contracts, upgrading the operational capabilities of U.S. Air Force combat command aircraft.

U.S. Navy Awards Austal Two Additional High Speed Landing Support Vessels

The U.S. Navy has exercised production options for two additional Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), awarding Austal USA, from Mobile, Alabama $204 million contract modification. JHSV will provide high speed, shallow draft transportation capability to support the intra-theater maneuver of personnel, supplies and equipment for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army. Austal will construct the new vessels until December...

Airshow China Photo Report – Robotics

Sharp Claw 2 wheeled 6x6 UGV, an unmanned platform designed for combat recce, patrol, assault and transport missions. The system is designed to move and perform its mission along manned units, assisting war fighters by carrying missions of high risk or sustaining the unit by carrying heavy weights. It can also deploy additional UGVs, designed for specific missions such...

Return of the X-Planes

NASA is planning to embark next year on a bold and exciting research program aimed to reduce fuel use, emissions, and noise. NASA Aeronautics plans to achieve these exciting goals exploring 'New Aviation Horizons', a 10 year research program that will changing the way aircraft are designed, built and operated, in the air and on the ground. Part of...

French Cougars for Mexico

Mexico is increasing its order for Eurocopter EC725 Cougar helicopters with additional six helicopters, following an initial order for six made in March 2009. Eurocopter will supply all 12 helicopters to Mexico’s SEDENA (Secretaría de La Defensa Nacional) beginning in the second quarter of 2011. The helicopters will be used for transport and civil security missions. EC725 is the...