India Issues Request for 83 Tejas MK1A Light Combat Aircraft

The Indian Air Force intends to buy 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas MK1A from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), according to a tender issued to HAL, as the sole source for the indigenously developed and built aircraft.

Japan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this Year

Japan's defense ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) is planning to unveil the country's advanced technology demonstrator-experimental (ATD-X) plane within months; the lightweight...

Raytheon to Build a New 360 Radar for the US Army Patriot Air Defense...

The Raytheon Company announced it has been selected to provide the US Army with its next-generation, 360-degree capable radar – known as the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS). Deployment of sensors like LTAMDS is expected to close the vulnerability of sectorial air defenses that was clearly demonstrated in the failure of Saudi Arabian air defenses to detect and warn of the Iranian cruise missile attack.

Guided Missile Attack in Syria Delivers a Clear Message

Syria claimed yesterday that two surface-to-surface missiles launched from Israel struck the military airbase of Al Mezzeh, in a suburb of the capital Damascus, about 56 km from the Golan border. While Israel did not respond to this allegation, the Syrian claim may indicate Israel is maintaining a new precision strike capability, by tactical surface launched rockets, extending its deterrence capability throughout the region – both against adversaries in the close range, as well as the long range.

Bastion-P Test Reinforces Russian Control of Arctic Marine Route

The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the completion of a successful firing test of the Onix ground-launched, supersonic anti-ship cruise missile at a naval target floating at the Arctic Sea, 200 kilometers from the Chukotka Peninsula. The test reinforces the Russian claim to control this new, strategic sea route that has opened as a result of global warming effects.

Sweden’s Multirole Fighter Spreads Its Wings

Saab rolled out the newest member of the Gripen family of fighter jets - the Gripen E. Saab defines the new fighter as 'revolutionary' because it combines advanced technology and operational effectiveness in an affordable package that no other fighter aircraft can. Defense-Update takes a look at what the new fighter jet can do.

Modernized Blackjack takes off after avionic upgrade

The first Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack has completed its maiden flight after an avionic modernization that revamped the bombers' radar and avionic systems in the past two years. The aircraft is one of three undergoing the upgrade, under a contract worth RUR3.4 billion (US$103 million) awarded in 2013.

F-16 Downs a Cruise Missile with APKWS

The US Air Force successfully demonstrated the intercept of an aerial target using the AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket. This proof of concept can have implications for homeland defense missions, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

US Army, Foreign Customers to Invest $6 Billion in Patriot PAC-3 Enhancement

Lockheed Martin has received a $6.07 billion contract from the U.S. Army for the production of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors. PAC-3 MSE leverages an advanced multi-mission interceptor that expands the Patriot weapon system's capability against advanced tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft.

PMF vs AMCA – Indigenuity At What Cost? (Updated)

The first prototype of Sukhoi T-50 PKA-FA 5th generation fighter aircraft, to be provided to India for integration Perspective Multirole Fighter (PMF) will land in India in two years. When it arrives, will it finally meet its match - the 'all Indian' AMCA?

Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

The planned arrival of amphibious support ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in the Pacific Ocean introduces a new capability for amphibious support ships carrying the F-35B fifth-generation stealth fighters without relying on large aircraft carriers. Apart from the American LHD, both Japan and South Korea are interested in the new potential mating STOVL fighters with flat-deck helicopter carriers. Both countries already acquired the conventional take-off variant (F-35A), and consider operating the Short Take-Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) B version from ships.

M-346 Undergoing Weapons Tests

As part of the expanded weapon's capability of the M-346 Master aircraft, the Leonardo Group tested the fighter/attack trainer with air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, launching Raytheon's AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missile and drop laser-guided bombs.

New Defensive Suites for RAF Shadows

The UK Ministry of Defence has chosen Leonardo/Thales protection system to protect the RAF Shadow ISTAR fleet. This single-source selection by the MOD follows the recent SALT III international trials hosted by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in Sweden. There, the integrated Miysis/Elix-IR system, using a jamming waveform developed by the UK MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, proved its ability to defeat Infra-Red missiles in live-fire exercises.

Soft Launch Delivers a Hard Fist

Following first deployments at sea on Type 23 frigates, MBDA’s Sea Ceptor matures to become highly effective and efficient all-weather air defense weapon system. A key capability of the system is the use of a soft launch mechanism that maximizes missile performance and kinematics, and imposes minimal loads on the launchers and structure.

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