F-35 Thermal Scan Highlights New Stealth Features

FLIR Systems published today a short video depicting the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation fighter during its flight display at the recent Farnborough Airshow (2016). The clip shows the JSF after a simulated takeoff, in forward flight, approach to vertical landing and hover. While the video highlights the extremely hot air exhaust during vertical hovering, it also shows the striking...

Rafael’s ‘Smarter’ Spike is Designed to Defeat Tanks with Active Protection

Israel's missile pioneer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. unveiled today the latest member of its Spike multi-purpose missile family - Spike LR II. The new weapon defined as the first "5th generation" variant of the Spike Family, is designed to defeat the toughest targets in the battlefield, modern main battle tanks, fast vehicles or bunkers.

CombatGuard – go-anywhere 4×4 armored vehicle

IMI will unveil the CombatGuard - a light, agile off-road armored vehicle at the Eurosatory. Adapted to asymmetric and high intensity warfare, IMI claims it offers unprecedented protection, speed and mobility even in the most rugged terrain for an armored vehicle of its class.

T-72 – Battle-Tank Fit For Urban Combat

The T-72 is the most popular tank currently in service. With over 22,000 produced, the T-72 is involved in almost every theater of war, and, with the transformation of warfare from symmetric to asymmetric combat, waged in urban areas, the T-72 must also adapt, to maintain its effectiveness in complex terrain. This article reviews the new, T-72 urban warfare upgrade kit displayed at KADEX 2016

F-16V – Falcons turn into Vipers

Lockheed Martin unveiled the new version of the F-16 at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer, communications capabilities and improved cockpit – all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements.

40mm Missile Extends Grenade Launcher’s Range Beyond 2,000 Meters

Standard single-tube grenade launchers demonstrated hitting targets beyond 2 kilometers, using Raytheon's Pike precision guided missiles

IAI Introduces New Loitering Weapons for Anti-Radiation, Precision strike

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling two new loitering weapons at the Singapore Airshow this week. The Green Dragon - a compact loitering man-in-the-loop guided weapon and the Harpy New Generation (NG), an autonomous anti-radiation Loitering weapon, are both based on the HARPO family and technology.

Germany to Field Trophy APS with Leopard II Tanks

Germany plans to equip one tank company with Rafael Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) to better protect a rapid reaction force it plans to deploy as part NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). German officials confirmed the news at the International Armored Vehicles forum (#IAVevent) in London this week. The unit is...

TATA Introduces the Kestrel – an 8×8 Amphibious Armored Fighting Vehicle

As part of TATA’S strategy to enhance the scope of its defense business Tata Motors HAS showcased the ‘Kestrel’, an 8x8 wheeled armored amphibious vehicle platform providing protected mobility and firepower to the troops. TAT Motors unveiled at Defexpo 2014 an 8x8 Amphibious Armored Fighting Vehicle and (AFV) and 4x4 Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle (LAMV), functioning as a recon...

Rheinmetall Defence Displays Two Marder Upgrades

Above: Upgraded Marder APC. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update // // Main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as well as wheeled armored combat vehicles continue to form the backbone of modern mechanized armed forces. Even in contemporary asymmetric conflicts, their mobility, excellent protection, firepower and C4I capabilities render them invaluable. Rheinmetall is offering upgrading and modernization of legacy vehicles such as...

Submarine Launched Blackwing Drone to Enable Strikes in Denied, Contested Environment (A2AD)

The US Navy plans to deploy hundreds of ‘Blackwing’ drones on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles; the new, low cost, submarine launched unmanned aircraft system is optimized for Anti-Access/Aerial Denial (A2/AD) environments.

Lockheed Martin Unveils the Vector Hawk

Lockheed Martin unveiled today a family of small unmanned aerial vehicle, part of the line of Small UAS line. The mini-drone dubbed 'Vector Hawk' was unveiled at the AUVSI 2014 convention in Orlando, Florida. "Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system" Steve Fortson, business development manager for Lockheed Martin explained. The...

New Drones Dominate China’s Airshow

The Chinese Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) unveiled at AirshowChina a new jet-powered, long-range UAV called WJ-700. This drone is designed for reconnaissance and attack missions over land and sea. The drone has an endurance of 20 hours. At a maximum takeoff weight of 3,500 kg, it carries weapons and payloads on four underwing hardpoints, two for each...

Israel’s F-35s will Carry the Spice 1000 Guided Weapons

Rafael is proceeding with the adaptation of the Spice 1000 Electro-Optically, Stand-Off guided weapon as part of its roadmap to carry this family of weapons into the future. “The Israel Air Force will be able to operate the F-35s with Spice 1000 soon after these fighter jets arrive in Israel later in the decade” a source in RAFAEL told...