Recent Industry Events:

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...

Russian Latest Viking Air Defense System Offered to China

Russia is displaying an export variant of the Buk-M3 air defense system called 'Viking' at AirshowChina in Zhuhai. the Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system was recently accepted for service in the Russian Army. The weapon system is a follow-up of medium-range air defense missile systems (known as Buk-M2E - SA-17) is designed to protect troops and infrastructure facilities against modern and future air attack weapons amid jamming and counter-fire.

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.

Land Systems

Mission Master Multi-Mission UGV – Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall Mission Master UGV (MMUGV) uses the 8x8 Avenger manufactured by Argo of Canada as a wheeled platform, designed to support troops on dismounted operations, providing logistic transport, surveillance, protection, medical evacuation, fire suppression, CBRN detection, and communication relay.

New Missiles Unveiled at Airshow China 2018

An illustrated report reflecting on of some of the new missiles displayed this week at the Airshow China in Zhuhai.

Aerospace News

New Nozzle Transforms J-10B into a Super Maneuverable Fighter

Among the new systems displayed at AirshowChina this year the J-10B TVC testbed stood out with its new thrust vectoring nozzle (TVC), empowering the Chinese average fighter with a level of ‘super maneuverability’ seen only with much powerful and advanced Su-27/30 class aircraft.

Chinese New Mini Robot Carries Micro Intelligent Missiles

A new robotic vehicle displayed at 'Airshow China' defense expo in Zhuhai this week is equipped with a missile called by its developers a 'micro-intelligent missile'. The tube-launched weapon weighs only one kilogram but is equipped with energetic rocket propulsion powerful enough to carry it on a flight up to 2,000 meters, and a warhead, (likely shaped charge) designed to defeat light armor.

Unmanned Systems:

Ironclad UGV – BAE Systems

BAE Systems’ Ironclad UGV was unveiled at DSEI 2017. This tracked robot is designed to be small enough to negotiate tight urban environments and maintains the mobility needed for cross-country operation. It can be carried on a trailer or pickup truck or join other vehicles in a convoy.

DARPA Studies Human-Swarm Interactions

DARPA calls for proposals to study tools to enable soldiers to operate and control swarms of up to 250 collaborating bots. Such swarms will be able to support soldiers fighting in an urban area, providing critical situational awareness, understanding, and decision making.

Naval Systems News

Boeing Selected to Develop Refueling Drones for the US Navy

The Boeing Company was selected to develop and build the Stingray MQ-25A, the first unmanned refueling aircraft to be operated by the fleet. The...

Super Hornets to Gain Counter-Stealth Capability with New IRST Sensor

The IRST will enable the Navy fighters to target adversaries beyond visual and radar range, and enhance survivability in radar denied environment, operate against existing and emerging air threats.

Defense Electronics & Cyber:

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Defense Business News:

Boeing Commits to Reciprocal Procurement in Israel to Support $10B Mega Deal

Boeing has agreed to spend billions of dollars in Israel over the coming decade if it wins major defense contracts, Israel’s Economy Ministry said on Tuesday. The “reciprocal procurement” agreement calls for Boeing to collaborate with Israeli industries for at least 35 percent of the value of any transaction it signs with the Israeli government.

L3, Harris Merge to Become a $16 Billion Defense Tech Giant

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and L3 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger of equals to create a global defense technology leader, focused on developing differentiated and mission-critical solutions for customers around the world. The merger is expected to close in the mid-calendar year 2019,

IDF Evaluates Active Protection for Light Vehicles

The IDF is evaluating a new configuration of the Iron-Fist lightweight active protection systems (APS) for the protection of medium wheeled vehicles such as the 8x8 Eitan Armored Personnel Carrier and tactical trucks. The system is also considered for the protection of heavy bulldozers.

New Contract Brings F-35A Price Below US$90 Million

The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have finalized an $11.5 billion contract for the production and delivery of 141 F-35 aircraft at the lowest per aircraft price in program history. The 11th Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP 11) agreement funds 91 aircraft for the U.S. Services, 28 for F-35 International Partners and 22 for F-35 Foreign Military Sales customers. Deliveries will begin in 2019.

Boeing, Saab to Build the US Air Force’s Future Trainer

The U.S. Air Force plans to replace its pilot trainers, with an integrated system comprising modern trainer jet and flight simulators. The Air Force announced yesterday the awarded of a $9.2 billion contract to the Boeing Company, to develop and deliver 351 T-X aircraft, 46 simulators, and associated ground equipment to replace the Air Education and Training Command's 57-year-old fleet of T-38C Talons.

Israeli-British JV to Service Satellites in Orbit

Utilizing innovative spacecraft design, the Space Drone will 'top up' satellites in orbit with propulsion power to extend their mission in space, just before they run out of fuel, thus extending their service far beyond their designated lifespan. U.K. based Effective Space company has signed up its launch customer to service two satellites in orbit by 2020 and has options to serve more satellites.

Australia Establishes a Cyber Training Center

Elbit Systems of Australia has been chosen to deliver a cyber training range for the Australian Department of Defence, under a three-year contract to boost the country's cyber security capability.

RAFAEL to Produce Spike LR2 Guided Missiles in Australia

Australia selected the Israeli Spike LR2 multi-purpose guided missile to equip the new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance vehicles procured from Rheinmetall Defense under an A$2.1 billion Under project Land 400 Phase 2 contract. Australia is the second user to select the new LR2 version of the missile, following the Israel Defense Forces that placed an order for 2,000 in 2017.

A Modernized ‘Backfire’ Prepared for Testing

A modernized Tu-22M3M will soon begin flight testing. The modernization will deal with the obsolescence of the outdated avionics on the Tu-22M, bringing it to the same level as the modernized Tu-160. Further upgrades could also include the installation of missile pylons that would carry four Dagger hypersonic missiles.

Russian Giant Helicopter Prepares for Maiden Flight

As a modernized version it will bring earlier models to the T2 standard. The Mi-26 is operated by a crew of five but the improvements introduced by the BREO-26 avionics suite enables most missions to reduce the to crew to 2-3 persons.

Israel Awards Contracts for Combat Systems for Magen Class Corvettes

With the expected delivery of the first of Magen Class corvette next year the IMOD awards orders for the combat systems to be integrated with those vessels as they arrive in Israel. Elbit Systems announced today the receipt of an order worth US$85 for electronic warfare systems destined for those ships.

France Develops a Successor for the MICA Missile

The French armament directorate (DGA) has launched a development program that will modernize the MICA air/air and surface/air missile, introducing a new generation of the weapon (MICA NG).