AWACS – Airborne Early Warning & Control Aircraft

A major upgrade for the mission systems of the first Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft operated by NATO was recently completed by EADS, Boeing. The upgrade is part of a $1.32 billion Mid-Term Modernization Program. The entire fleet of 17 AWACS aircraft, based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, are scheduled to complete the upgrade program in 2008. The enhancements provide...

Boeing P-8A Poseidon Special Missions Aircraft

Boeing is modifying its single-isle flagship - Boeing-737-800 airframe into a fighting machine. The first fuselage was completed by Spirit Aerospace and moved by rail from Wichita, Kansas to Renton, Washington, where the first B-737-800 is transformed into the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA), a future successor of the venerable P-3 Orion. As it enters service in 2013...

With Libyan Air Defense Neutralized, Coalition Air Forces Target Libyan Ground Forces

After a third night of mounting military pressure by coalition forces, units loyal to Muammar Gaddafi were reported to withdraw from Benghazi, shifting their pressure to the west on Tuesday, Gaddafi’s forces attacked two Libyan towns on the eastern border with Tunisia.

Navy Halts Development of a Sense and Avoid Systems for Triton

The US Navy has halted work on 'Sense and Avoid' radar for the RQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft (RPA); "We have made a decision to pause of the development of that capability," Capt Jim Hoke confirmed, Hoke is the Naval Air Systems Command program manager for the Triton. Hoke was speaking at a press conference at the AUVSI 2013...

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Could Support India’s Future Naval Force

Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
India is among the first countries for which the Advanced Hawkeye capability has been approved by the U.S. government. Such capability would significantly enhance the surveillance coverage, and security of India's future catapult-equipped aircraft carriers which will be capable of launching such aircraft at sea.

DARPA Teaches Drones to Collaborate (Under Human Supervision)

The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) selected Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as the prime contractors for the agency's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) demonstration. The program seeks to help conduct dynamic Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) operations over long distances, against short lived, moving targets in denied or contested electromagnetic airspace.

Controp Expands Miniature EO Payload Line with Laser Designating Micro-Payloads

Controp is unveiling at the Paris Air Show 2011 the TD STAMP, a new lightweight payload optimized for small UAVs. TD STAMP is displayed at the airshow on Aeronautics's Orbiter 3 UAV, also making its international debut here.

India Receives First EMB-145 AEW&C Aircraft

Embraer Defense and Security today delivered the first EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) class of aircraft to the Government of India.

Cassidian, Rheinmetall form Unmanned systems’ JV

Rheinmetall and Cassidian are pooling their Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) activities in tactical, Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS and cargo loading systems. The newly announced cooperation will consolidate the offering of the two companies to gain customer support.

G550 AEW Unveiled! – IAI’s CAEW Aircraft to Make a Public Debut at Farnborough

Israel Aerospace Industries will debut at the upcoming Farnborough International airshow its latest version of the Conformal Airborne early Warning aircraft (CAEW), based on a special mission variant of the Gulfstream G550 business jet. In less than 18 months after the first modified 'green' G550 aircraft was delivered from Gulfstream, Elta delivered the first aircraft (in February 2008), the...

Embraer Unveils the First EMB-145 Modified for AEW Platform for the Indian DRDO

Embraer presented today at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms developed for India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). These improvements will allow the installation of the advanced electronic systems currently being developed by India’s DRDO, under Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) coordination. Following its...

USAF Cancels Block 30 RQ-4 Global Hawk

Few months after declaring the latest model Global Hawk intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) unmanned aircraft 'operational' the United States Air Force has announced it has decided to discontinue any further procurement of the Block 30 RQ-4 Global Hawk drones.

Surveilling Miniature Attack Cruise Missile (SMACM)

SMACM is a long range, long endurance, expendable unmanned air vehicle (UAV) that can be used in a reconnaissance role or in an armed version to attack moving or stationary targets. SMACM will be launched from outside the range of enemy air defenses from attack aircraft. The weapon incorporates a J45G turbojet engine, two-way datalink, multimode warhead and an...

Multi-Band SAR Supports Task-Force ODIN in Iraq in C-IED Operations

Northrop Grumman Corporation's software-defined Multi-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (MB SAR), recently provided counter-improvised explosive device (IED) support assisting the drawdown of U.S. combat troops in Iraq. The radar was deployed aboard a U.S. Navy NP-3D Orion aircraft, which performed missions as a part of Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify and Neutralize (ODIN). Arriving in theater, July 20, 2010, the aircraft,...

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