Next Gen Jammer Increment 1 on track

The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B program office (PMA-234) of the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) completed a critical design review (CDR) for the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment (Inc) 1 Mid-band program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in late April. The system is now in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase with Raytheon Space...

Raven Small UAV Demonstrates Persistent Surveillance Capability on a 30 Hour Mission

Attached to the forward echelons and operated by the troops, Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAV) have become a common element of support to the fighting units, providing a broad range of services to the warfighter, from intelligence gathering and target acquisition to battle damage assessment and force protection. Indispensable as they are, SUAV have one clear drawback – short...

Army Sponsored Team Demonstrates Airspace Deconfliction of Multiple UAVs

In a recent test sponsored by the U.S. Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, a team lead by Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) demonstrated how the flight paths of multiple, small UAVs could be planned, safely separated and dynamically deconflict, with minimal communications and processing resources. The system employed for the demonstration was based on a new version of...

Sniper XR (Pantera) Targeting pod

The new targeting pod selected by the US Air Force is designated "Sniper". It was developed by Lockheed martin, together with an export version is called "Pantera." The design is based on a mid-1990s candidate for the US Navy advanced targeting pod system. The wedge-nosed, long-range targeting pod design features a third-generation mid-wave Flir system, diode-pumped laser operating up...

Light-Appliqué Armor Systems Technology

LAST Armor incorporating ceramic appliqué armor hexagons has been used on American, Canadian and French ground vehicles since the 1990s and is also used to reinforce plane cockpits by the Air Forces of ten nations around the world. The system uses a unique attachment system, enabling rapid assembly and removal of armor modules. The attachment system, similar to the...

DOD FY2012 Budget Passes Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D) marked up the FY2012 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill today, providing $530 billion for DoD (excluding Military Construction), almost $9 billion below the president’s request but $17 billion over last year’s level.  In addition, the bill contains $119 billion in emergency spending for Defense activities related to the Global War on Terror –...

ISDEF 2013 – Tactical Combat Vehicles

The ISDEF 2013 exhibition opened yesterday in Tel Aviv is the largest, most impressive defense expo taking place in Israel in recent years. Over 100 exhibitors gathered here, with thousands of visitors attracted by many professional seminars and demonstrations of assault means, weapon systems and CBRNE protective measures. In this brief coverage we highlight Tactical vehicles. Two additional reports...

MicroFly

The MicroFly can be configured with any military ram air parachute to accompany inserting HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) or HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) parachutists. Since the MicroFly and the jumpers are under the same canopy, the MicroFly will remain in close proximity with the jumpers through the flight. MicroFly can fly autonomously to the pre-planned impact point relying...

No Coms – No Bombs

US Air Force tests new datalinks, integrated command and control to demonstrate precision, strike of time critical targets at JFEX 08 The recent Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008 (JEFX 08) wargame conducted by the US Air Forces' Global Cyberspace Integration Center conducted last month (April 15-25) provided an opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate the collaborative effort of 15 new communications,...

Countermeasures against computer worms

Application-Level Behavior Blocking / Finjan Software Traditional Internet security solutions consisted on detection and irradiation of virus, firewall protection, sniffers tasked with detection and prevention of intrusions and heuristic-based systems. These measures are no longer sufficient to prevent today's highly sophisticated network attacks launched by ultra-fast malicious code that can infect networks and PCs system within seconds. Such threats are undetected...

Two US Minehunters Join Taiwan Navy

Two refurbished US coastal minehunters were delivered to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy on 2 August as part of an overall arms deal valued at $6.4 billion. The two Osprey-class minehunters, the former USS Oriole (MHC-55) and USS Falcon (MHC-59), were decommissioned by the US Navy in 2007 and were approved for sale to Taiwan at a cost of approximately $105 million in 2010

Force Protection’s Timberwolf Pursue Canadian TAPV Program

The Tactical Armored Patrol vehicle (TAPV) program of the Canadian Army is picking steam as the deadline for proposals nears. Force protection announced yesterday its offer submission for the program. The company is offering the ‘Timberwolf’, a 6x6 variant of the battle proven Cougar. A contract award to the final selected bidder for the TAPV requirement is currently expected by the second quarter of 2012.

Oshkosh Wins JLTV Contract, to deliver 17,000 Combat Vehicles to US Army and Marine Corps

Oshkosh, Wisconsin Based Oshkosh Defense company was awarded yesterday $114 million firm-fixed-price contract for two-year low-rate initial production of Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) for the U.S. army and U.S. Marine Corps. The company is likely to win follow-on orders under options of that contract, worth over $6.7 billion, under the  and full-rate production phase expected to open in 2018 and carry...

Sikorsky Selects CH-53K Fuselage Supplier Team

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today that it has selected four subcontractors to design and fabricate the major fuselage sections for its new CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter currently under development for the United States Marine Corps. Sikorsky's Fuselage Team will consist of Aurora Flight Sciences, EDO Corp., GKN Aerospace, and Spirit AeroSystems. Sikorsky will conduct the integration and test program on the...