Boeing P-8A Begins Advanced Airborne Sensor Testing

Boeing and the US Navy began testing an Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) radar system for the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. A series of photos, taken by Russell Hill revealed earlier this week. The radar, developed by the Raytheon company, is a follow-on to the Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LRRS, APS-149 also built by Raytheon) currently...

Missile Launch Detected by F-35 Provide Early Warning for Ballistic Missile Intercept Test

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the Missile Defense Agency, and the U.S. Air Force successfully connected an F-35, U-2 and a ground station in a ground-breaking test demonstrating a secure distribution of sensitive information across multiple platforms, facilitating true multi-domain operation. During the demonstration, called Project Riot, an F-35 detected a missile launch at long range, using standard onboard sensors. It then shared that information through the U-2 gateway, providing an early warning to an air defense center on the ground, enabling the commander to quickly make the decision to target the threat.

DB110 Aerial Reconnaissance Pod

The Goodrich's DB-110 reconnaissance pod is a digital, real-time, tactical reconnaissance system designed to capture images in day or night, using electro-optical sensor technology. The pod can transmit Images via datalink to the ground in real time. The system is produced Goodrich's Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems (SRS) team based in Chelmsford, Mass. The data link ground stations are designed...

IAI’s Battle Management Solution Changes the Rules of Combat

OPAL - a decentralized battle management system that enables interconnectivity, data sharing in real-time, enables military forces to meet the challenges of the modern combat arena.

AN/DAS-4: Sharper Eyes for the Reaper

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $90 million first-lot production contract for the next-generation Multi-Spectral Targeting System. As the latest variant of the MTS family of sensors, AN/DAS-4 incorporates greater fire control and Target Location Accuracy technology for precise coordinates.

The Eyes of the Future RN Carrier Strike Force

The British MOD is set to select soon the future Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system to be deployed on the future Royal Navy (RN) Queen Elizabeth II aircraft carriers. Thales UK and Lockheed Martin submitted final offers for the Crowsnest AEW solutions last month, competing for the £500 million ($761 million) contract.

Iran Displays Captured RQ-170 Stealth Drone

RQ-170 captured by Iran
On December 8 Tehran came out open displaying footage of the captured drone which seems in pristine condition. Although the drone was reportedly shot down by Iran's air defense, its upper surface seems to be intact while the bottom, covered by propaganda billboards and camouflage net may hint about more extensive damage caused by hard landing.

Enhancing Global Hawk ISR Capabilities Over Land and at Sea

The Triton recently demonstrated its ability to share the video with the navy’s P-8A Poseidon, as both platforms were airborne and far away from each other. The Air Forces’ Block 30 Global Hawk was also updated, to carry new mission payloads.

HARM Targeting Pod (HTM) – AN/ASQ-213A

The High speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Targeting Pod (HTS) enables F-16 Block 50/52 pilots to engage targets faster, and more accurately when tasked with Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) missions. The HTS pod is mounted to the side of F-16 aircraft. It provides essential combat identification capabilities for fighter aircraft on air patrols over the battlefield. The HTS is able...

Aviation Week: RQ-180 UAS is the USAF new Stealth Drone

A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency, Aviation Week reported today. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be...

L-3 Converts a Special Mission Aircraft for the US Army

L-3 Mission Integration has conducted the maiden flights of the first Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to be converted into a special mission platform under the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program.

CICADA – Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft

CICADA - for Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, is developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to enable rapid dispersion of communication nodes, sensors, or effectors can then be placed in a programmable geometric pattern in hostile territory without directly over-flying those regions or exposing human agents on the ground.

AFSOC Gunships to Get Air-Launched UAVS for Operational Evaluation

The US Air Force Special Operations Command is planning to use air-launched drones to enable Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) AC-130 aerial gunships and MQ-9 Reaper drones to operate in all weather conditions, particularly above the clouds.

Next Gen Jammer Nears Flight Testing

NGJ-MB testing
The U.S. Navy recently completed a portion of developmental testing of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) electronic warfare (EW) pod. Moving to flight testing with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 by late June or early July 2020, the program is scheduled to reach Milestone C by the end of this fiscal year and expected to become operational in 2023.

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