New Airborne AESA Radars from China
LKF601E, an airborne FCS AESA radar from the Chinese Aviation Industry Cooperation (AVIC) was unveiled at the AirshowChina event. The new radar is designed for new and upgraded platforms such as the JF-17 and FTC-2000G ‘export fighters’. uses a 3GHz bandwidth at the X-band, provides detection of fighter-sized targets at 170 km, tracks up to 15 targets simultaneously and engages four with air/air missiles. The radar also supports air/ground modes, with one-meter SAR resolution and terrain mapping at 300 km. Searching targets at sea, the radar can detect large targets from 200 km.
Virgin Galactic rocket plane crash – pilot Killed
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashed today when performing a test flight over California. The spacecraft was testing a new propellant on this flight.
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.
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.
Israel to Get the First of 12 New CH-53K Helicopters By 2026
Israel has signed an order for more than two billion $ for the purchase of 12 CH-53K helicopters, with an option to purchase six more. The first helicopters will arrive in Israel by 2026 and will replace the old CH-53D Yasur helicopters, that are planned for decommissioning in 2025.
Israel Delivers First Components for the F-35
Elbit Systems-Cyclone has delivered its first advanced composite component for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman. This...
U.S. Navy Clears E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for Full Rate production
The latest Aircraft-Carrier operated Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - has been approved to enter full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
US Air Force Invests in Vulcan – ULA’s All-American Rocket
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, entered into a public-private partnership with the U.S. Air Force to develop a new rocket propulsion system to power the Vulcan - ULA's next-generation launch system.
UK, France to Invest £120 million in a Joint UCAV Study
The UK and France have agreed to strengthen defence cooperation following a Summit at RAF Brize Norton today. A communiqué signed by the Prime Minister...
Precision Aerial Delivery
Start < Page 1 of 6 > Aerial delivery by parachute has been practiced extensively, but until the introduction of the ram-air parachute this capability...
UK E-3D Replacement Opens Opportunities for BizJet-Based AEW
The UK considers replacing the seven Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.Mk 1 airborne warning and control (AWACS) aircraft currently in service. The E-7 aircraft, based...
US Army Tests Israel’s Tamir Interceptor with its new Multi-Mission Launcher
The US Army completed a successful test of Tamir interceptor missile from the new Multi Mission Launcher (MML) developed under a US Army initiative.
Tejas – India’s First Indigenous Combat Aircraft Cleared to Operate by Indian Air-Force Pilots
On January 10, the Indian Air Force (IAF) formally announced the country's new, indigenous fighter, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was received 'initial...
Goodrich to Upgrade U-2 Mission Payload With Multi-Spectral Sensors
Goodrich Corp. is upgrading the two Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance Sensors (SYERS) currently used on U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin U-2 'Dragon Lady' platforms operated by the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Multi-spectral sensors capture images at specific frequencies across the electromagnetic spectrum. Enhanced images provided by the payload are used for targeting, threat analysis, and situational assessment, by evaluating changes in images taken in different times, showing differences not readily apparent to the human eye.