China: Expanding Offshore Radar Surveillance with UHF Counter-Stealth Sites

China continues its force buildup across islands throughout the South China Sea. A study compiled by Asia maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) unveiled new installations and preparations on a number of islands.

T-X: Raytheon Teams with Finmeccanica, Honeywell and CAE for USAF Trainer Competition

Raytheon is partnering with European aircraft manufacturer Finmeccanica, CAE and Honeywell to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System as its contender for the USAF T-X advanced new jet trainer

Chinese HQ-9 Surface-to-Air Missiles Spotted in the Spratly Islands

Updated satellite images taken by Imagesat Eros B intelligence satellite acquired by ISI on 14/2/16 reveal a deployment of Chinese HQ-9 (the Chinese S-300...

First USMC F-35B unit to Deploy to Japan in 2017

The US Marine Corps is planning to deploy the first F-35B unit to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan within a year. The US Air Force is planning to deploy its first units to RAF Lakenheath In the UK by 2020.

EO/IR Surveillance Improving Aviation Safety in Airports

An automated bird detection system based on the Israeli Spider persistent surveillance system has been tested by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the capability to detect and track bird activity near airports. A derivative of the system can also detect foreign objects and debris (FOD) on runways and taxiways.

Lockheed Martin To Offer Korean ‘Golden Eagle’ for USAF Advanced Future Trainer (T-X)

Lockheed Martin announced today that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force's T-X Advanced Pilot Training (APT). The T-50A is the US designation reserved for the Korean T-50 Golden Eagle. The US Air Force plans to acquire 350 advanced trainers, to replace the +50 year old T-38 Talon in service.

Rocket Systems for Coastal Defense

An island and coastal defense system uses precision guided rockets to provide Asian maritime and island nations with with the tools to enforce their national sovereignty over remote islands in the disputed archipelagos of the South China Sea.

Nano-Coating Makes Coaxial Cables Lighter

Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists. “Our cable meets military standards, but we’re able to supply the strength and flexibility without the bulk.” said research scientist Francesca Mirri.

Flight Test Evaluates New Thrusters for the Ground-Based Interceptor

New thrusters system designed for the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) of the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) missile have passed an important validation test yesterday. The planned test that was originally scheduled for late 2015 did not include a target intercept. The test evaluated the CE-II EKV that demonstrated the performance of alternate divert thrusters in a flight environment. It also performed end-to-end discrimination of a complex target scene through the GMD fire control loop. The next flight test will conduct full intercept of a target simulating an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICMB).

RAF Testing Threat Awareness and Pilot Safety Enhancements for the Typhoon

The latest enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet have been successfully tested by UK Royal Air Force (RAF). The P2Ea package incorporates software and avionics improvements such as upgrades to the radar, defensive aids systems and targeting pods.

KC-46A Pegasus Conducts First In-Flight Refueling

The US Air Force's new aerial refueler, KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter. Flight tests employing the centerline drogue system and wing aerial refueling pods will evaluate refueling of A-10, C-17 and F/A-18 and AV-8B and receiving fuel from KC-10. Shortly after the tests the program will proceeding to the Milestone C decision and Low Rate Initial Production, bringing the aircraft to initial operational status by August 2017.

France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

The French Ministry of Defence has launched a modernization program for the country's SAMP/T ground based air defense system. The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.

Following Myanmar, Pakistan is Eager to Sell More JF-17s

Colombo is likely to drop its plan to buy 10 new JF-17 fighter jets from Pakistan, following intensive Indian pressure to drop the deal, that would have cost $400 million.

Russian Helicopters Testing Advanced Rotorcraft Technology

Russian Helicopters' MIL division has begun flight testing of a experimental version of a Mi-24K helicopter that could increase the helicopter's cruising speed by up to 30 percent. The blue painted helicopter testbed made its maiden flight from MIL's test center in Tomilino, on 23 December 2015.