Fielding of Russian Special-Mission Aircraft Delayed Until 2013-2014

The Russian Air Force has contracted the Tupolev design bureau to develop and produce two prototypes of special-mission versions of its Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft, designated Tu-214R, developed under the codename ‘Project 141’.

Elettronica and the art of Innovation

“In a highly competitive market niche you can’t afford to be runner up, but you must always get their first - explains the CEO Mr. Enzo Benigni - and to do so you must be at the forefront and invest in Research & Development. Neutralizing a threat implies knowing what’s happening, and transforming this know-how into a realistic undertaking.”

BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman to Develop Anti-Jam ‘NAVWAR Sensors’ for the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. is embarking on a development of a future Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to better cope with hostile electronic attacks. Last week the Air Force awarded two contracts worth $47 million each to BAE Systems and Northrop grumman, for the development of ‘navigation warfare’ (NAVWAR) Sensor that could replace military GPS receivers used on aircraft and missiles.

Raytheon Deploys Miniature Air Launched Decoys From C-130 Cargo Aircraft

A recent air launching demonstration of two Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) instrumented shapes from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules, employed the new Raytheon-developed and funded MALD Cargo Air Launched System (MCALS), opening the door for 'non traditional' counter-air support operations.

Elisra Unveils Portable COMINT-DF System

Elisra is introducing a man-portable Communications Intelligence Direction Finding (COMINT-DF) system designed to support tactical, dismounted combat units. The compact, lightweight is carried and operated by a single person. The system designated ‘NEWS Portable' detects, locates and monitors signals of interest from specific locations. With this on-the-move capability, soldiers can locate emitters and adjust their route according to the signal's source.

Elisra to Become Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Elbit Systems

Elbit continues the consolidation of its domestic acquisitions. Following the successful completion of buyout of the remaining ITL Lasers shares held by the public, traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange, Elbit Systems announed today the procurement of  30% of the remaining shares of Elisra Electronics Systems, held by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems. With this acquisition Elbit Systems will 100% holding of...

U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin Deliver First-Of-Its-Kind Missile Warning Spacecraft

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin team has delivered the first geosynchronous (GEO-1) Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for an early May liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. SBIRS GEO-1, with its highly sophisticated scanning and staring sensors, will provide the nation...

Boeing EA-18G Growlers Deployed by US Navy

The Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft has entered operational servcie with the U.S. Navy. The EA-18G is the only air combat platform currenlty in servcie that delivers full-spectrum Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capabilities along with the targeting and self-defense capabilities derived from the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet.

U.S. Navy Selects Integrators to Evaluate Four Competitive Cyber-Warfare Concepts

Four system integrators were selected by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) to develop cyberspace operations systems for the U.S. Navy, supporting the tactical, operational and strategic levels. The four include General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, (GD-AIS) Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. At its preliminary phase, the...

Raytheon Acquires Applied Signal Technology for $490 Million in Cash

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced its plans to acquire Applied Signal Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: APSG) for about $490 million. Applied Signal technology is a specialist in signals intelligence (SIGINT) communications intelligence and electronic warfare (EW) systems. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Pending the successful completion of the tender offer, the transaction...

Tomahawk Test Demonstrates Time-Critical Use

The U.S. Navy test launched the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile during an operational test November 5, 2009 evaluating the missile's new anti-jam GPS system and successful use against time-critical targets. The enhanced capabilities of the ship and submarine launched Tomahawk Block IV increase fleet effectiveness, with network enabled communication, battle damage imaging. On this test mission the missile flew...

Jammers combat insurgents’ wireless and mobile phone triggering ‘dial a bomb’ IEDs

Cellphones and other wireless communications devices are providing terrorists an effective means of control. By separating the device preparation and placement from the actual activation, IEDs can be planted in different locations and be activated by remote command, in response to the target's behavior – such as speed of movement, specific target vulnerability, local situation (vis-à-vis nearby civilians) or...

Combating Terrorism & Crime: Location Tracking via Cellphones

Beside monitoring content and call activity, cellular networks provide powerful location tracking of active subscribers, enabling intelligence and law enforcement agencies to track the locations of tens of thousands of subscribers per second. These capabilities are being implemented by the network providers, with authorities having mandated such capability. Tracking technologies have been developed by companies specializing in cellular services,...

Combating Terrorism & Crime: Stealth Probes Track Terrorists Online

Communications interception systems are designed to comply with Lawful Interception (LI) delivery standards. These include norms set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as well as the American Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). However, some agencies are operating 'above the law' and are exempt of LI restrictions. Organizations such as the Intelligence and National Security agencies, rely on powerful...