MH-60R Wins First International Sale with Australian Order for 24 Helicopters

The Australian Navy intends to buy 24 MH-60R multi-role naval combat helicopters to equip its new surface ships. The Royal Australian Navy is expected to take delivery of the first two helicopters in 2014. The package will be processed through U.S. Foreign Military Sales. This is the first export order for the MH-60R out of the USA.

Israel receives new M346 trainers from Italy

The first two Lavi advanced trainer M-346 produced for the Israeli Air Force (IAF) by the Italian company Alenia Aermacchi have been delivered yesterday to the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force Base in the Negev Desert.

US Air Force’s KC-X Aerial Tanker Replacement Program

// // The U.S. Air Force released yesterday (Jan. 30, 2007) the Request for Proposal for the KC-X Aerial Refueling Aircraft, officially launching the...

Italy Expands Airborne C4ISR Capabilities

The ministries of defense Israel and Italy have signed today two agreements formalizing several defense acquisition packages worth over two billion US$. The Government-to-Govenrment...

Super Hornets Getting New, Thermal Eyes

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded an $82 million to deliver 12 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. The IRST system developed and built by Lockheed Martin is a long-wave infrared (LWIR) detection system housed in a centerline pod. The IRST acts like a passive radar and targets airborne vehicles in a radar-denied environment.

USAF Selects Boeing to deliver podded High Energy Laser

The Boeing Company has been awarded an estimated $90 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the development and delivery of an experimental laser pod. The...

Telephonics: Integrated Surveillance and Communication Systems

Telephonics Corporation is a worldwide leader in Integrated Surveillance and Communication Systems technology. We serve aerospace, defense, and commercial markets around the globe. Whether...

Rudra Growing Claws

The development of a weaponizaed version for the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) was far from a simple upgrade; the integration of multiple weapon systems simultaneously was a complicated task involving four major groups of systems and weapons, from eight countries - Israel, France, Belgium, South Africa, Germany, Italy, USA and India.

Florida Based Company Obtain New Zealand’s Remaining A-4s to Support Military Training Missions

Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight Douglas A-4K Skyhawk strike fighters formerly used by the Royal new Zealand Air Force. Draken has already received the necessary approval from the US State Department and expects to have the aircraft operational by the first quarter of 2013.

Defense Update Introduces ‘Mobile Edition’ for iPad, iPhone & Smartphones

Defense Update today released a news edition optimized for smart phones. The new edition currently supports iPhone, iPad, Blackberry (9500-9800 series), Android, Palm and Samsung S8000 phones.

Second F-35 Production Jet Takes First Flight

AF-7, the second F-35 Lightning II production jet, takes off on its first flight Friday, March 4, from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint...

Moscow to Spend $300 Million on Eight Aerial Firefighters

The Russian Emergencies Ministry signed a $330 million contract with the Beriev design bureau for the procurement of eight Be-200 Altair amphibious planes configured...

Israel Moves to Tighten, Improve Special Ops, by Establishing a SOF Wing

Israel’s Air Force (IAF) today officially inaugurated the special operations wing, a combat formation that groups the air-force operated elite units under one wing. Based in Palmachim Air Force Base south of Tel Aviv, the 7th Special Operations Wing includes the 669 combat rescue squadron, Shaldag Special Tactics Squadron, and the Tactical Air Operations Unit. The new wing will soon establish a new intelligence to provide intelligence support for the special operations. A training center scheduled to open will complete the wing’s structure in 2022.

Romania Evaluates Spike LR Missiles in Dismounted Configuration

The Romanian Army has completed testing of SPIKE LR (Long Range) missiles as part of the Romanian Army qualification of the man-portable Spike-LR for dismounted operations.

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