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Huge Power Containers to Power the Future Railgun at Sea

The US Navy is gearing to take its futuristic Railgun out of the lab where it has been tested for to past eight years. In the next biennium, these mighty weapons will be tested in open firing ranges and eventually at sea, where the futuristic electromagnetic gun will be able to demonstrate its full capacity to fire projectiles at targets 50-100 nautical miles (92 - 185 kilometers) away.

              

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Sweden’s Multirole Fighter Spreads Its Wings

May 22, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, SAAB, Sweden, Syndicated Industry News 
Gripen E has an increased maximum take-off weight enabling the aircraft to carry more weapons. In the rollout ceremony held on May 18, 2016 the aircraft was configured to carry five Meteor Air/Air missiles, two IRIS-Ts, eight GBU-39 small diameter guided bombs and a Litening recce pod. Photo: SaabThis weapon load includeSaab rolled out the newest member of the Gripen family of fighter jets - the Gripen E. SAAB defines the new fighter as 'revolutionary' because it combines advanced technology and operational effectiveness in an affordable package that no other fighter aircraft can. Defense-Update takes a look at what the new fighter jet can do.
              

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New C-IED Jammer for the French Army

ECLIPSE is built around a new-generation jammer that prevents improvised explosive devices from being detonated by remote control. Photo: ThalesThe ECLIPSE C-IED jammer recently completed qualification testing with the French Defense Procurement and Technology Agency (DGA), under the BARAGE program.
              

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Staring Night Vision Sensor Opens the Night for Helicopter Pilots

May 4, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
BrightNite is a multi-spectral end to end panoramic piloting solution that delivers the essential data directly to both eyes of the pilot, enabling intuitive flight in a head-up, eyes-out orientation in pitch dark and other DVE conditions.  Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems successfully demonstrated the BrightNite system in a series of night flights. Britenite is a solution that enables utility helicopters to perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions successfully in more than 90% of the nights. The demonstration flights carried out in Israel and involved dozens of pilots from different nationalities and services.
              

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Tata Power SED to Produce Active Protection Systems for Saab

March 29, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, India, Sweden, Syndicated Industry News 
At Defexpo 2016 TATA Power SED displayed a model of the LEDS 150 active protection system integrated on a T-90 tank, anticipating Indian Army interest in such solutions. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-UpdateThe Swedish defense company Saab and Indian company Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) have started the process of manufacturing Self-Protection Systems for Land-based Platforms, for the Indian market and for export to Saab’s global market.
              

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Alpha Design to Assemble Hermes UAVs in India

March 29, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, India, Syndicated Industry News 
Alpha Design, a long term partner of Elbit Systems, will enter the UAV business as a supplier, manufacturer and subcontractor for Elbit Systems' for the Hermes 900 and 450 line of UAVs, providing the airframe manufacturing and assembly for the drones. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-UpdateElbit Systems and Alpha Design company of India are announcing today (Wednesday) an agreement to build Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India, for domestic customers and for export.
              

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Airbus Competes With Four Different Aircraft and Helicopters on Five Indian Tenders

March 26, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Airbus, India, Syndicated Industry News 

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Startup Accelerator to Promote Innovation in Defense, HLS

March 23, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, IAI, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
acceleratorIsrael's first defense and HLS accelerator, recently launched by I-HLS, has already won the support of major defense corporations and local authorities. The accelerator will provide startup companies and innovators in defense and HLS an 'umbrella' of services.
              

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APKWS – High Precision, Deadly Sting

March 20, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: BAE Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
In december 2015 the US Army acquired a first lot of APKWS rockets from BAE Systems for immediate deployment. The weapon was successfully tested with AH-64 Apache gunships in 2013. Photo: BAE Systems.Currently in its third year of full rate production, the APKWS rocket is the only U.S. Department of Defense fully qualified guided 2.75-inch rocket. Following the Navy and Marine Corps, the US Army has also ordered the rocket for its Apaches. Since the weapon has been cleared for export the US NAVY program has received 13 formal letters of request (LORs) from international customers expressing interest in acquiring APKWS.
              

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SM-6 Demonstrates Warfighting Capability Against Air and Surface Targets

sm-61021The Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) continues to demonstrate its prowess in operational tests - in a challenging multi-threat intercept test SM-6 missiles successfully engaged five targets, struck a surface target and shattered its previous maximum engagement range record, set in June of 2014.
              

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France, UK To Fly Unmanned Combat Aircraft Demonstrator in 2025

March 3, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: BAE Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
FCAS (Future Combat Air System) candidate design. Illustration: Dassault Aviation.Defense ministers of France and the United Kingdom endorsed today the plan to develop a full scale 'Future Combat Air System' operational demonstrator. Launched next year, the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) could begin flight testing as early as 2025.
              

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Digital Eyepiece Opens the Night for Fighter Pilots

February 23, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 

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Raytheon Teams with Finmeccanica, Honeywell and CAE for USAF T-X Competition

February 22, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: CAE, Companies, Honeywell, Syndicated Industry News 
A pair of T-100s fly tandem during a training mission. Integrated with the Embedded Tactical Training Simulation (ETTS) suite, the T-100 training system provides the most advanced Blended Live Virtual Constructive training environment available. Photo: RaytheonRaytheon is partnering with European aircraft manufacturer Finmeccanica, CAE and Honeywell to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System as its contender for the USAF T-X advanced new jet trainer
              

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Compact INMARSAT SATCOM Extends Tactical UAVs Range, Performance

the Aviator UAV 200 is designed as a compact and lightweight unit that delivers Inmarsat Class 4 SwiftBroadband services in a low-SWAP package. Photo: CobhamCobham SATCOM has developed what is claimed to be the smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution. Mounted within the airframe and measuring 24cm x 16cm x 6cm, the AVIATOR UAV 200 delivers up to 200 kbps data and full, real-time control of data channels.
              

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Court Clears Oshkosh to Continue JLTV work

February 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 

A federal judge on Thursday denied Lockheed Martin’s motion that could have forced Oshkosh Corp. to stop working on a $6.7 billion military contract while a lawsuit over that contract award continues. Lockheed had challenged the military’s late-August decision to award Oshkosh Corp.  Lockheed Martin’s lawsuite  compelled Oshkosh Corp. to stop building JLTVs, while its

              

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Lockheed Martin To Offer Korean ‘Golden Eagle’ for USAF Advanced Future Trainer (T-X)

February 11, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, South Korea, Syndicated Industry News 
T-50A trainer delivers the fighter-like performance and capabilities needed to eliminate 5th Generation training gaps and inefficiencies. Photo: KAI/ Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin announced today that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force's T-X Advanced Pilot Training (APT). The T-50A is the US designation reserved for the Korean T-50 Golden Eagle. The US Air Force plans to acquire 350 advanced trainers, to replace the +50 year old T-38 Talon in service.
              

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New Drone Extends Combat Brigade’s View Beyond 100 km

February 10, 2016 by · Comment
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New Seagull USV Sets for Anti-Submarine, Counter-Mine Warfare

February 8, 2016 by · Comment
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KC-46A Pegasus Conducts First In-Flight Refueling

January 24, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News 
The KC-46A Pegasus performs its first-ever aerial refueling passing 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 fighter Jan. 24. Photo: USAF by Paul WeathermanThe US Air Force's new aerial refueler, KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter. Flight tests employing the centerline drogue system and wing aerial refueling pods will evaluate refueling of A-10, C-17 and F/A-18 and AV-8B and receiving fuel from KC-10. Shortly after the tests the program will proceeding to the Milestone C decision and Low Rate Initial Production, bringing the aircraft to initial operational status by August 2017.
              

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France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

Aster 30 extended range air defense missile system (SAMP/T). Photo: DGAThe French Ministry of Defence has launched a modernization program for the country's SAMP/T ground based air defense system. The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.
              

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IAI and Formula Systems Acquire Israel’s C4I Software Systems House TSG

January 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, IAI, Syndicated Industry News 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Formula Systems, an Israel based software holding company today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase of TSG – a subsidiary and the military arm of Ness Technologies. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Formula Systems, an Israel based software holding company today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase of TSG – a subsidiary and the military arm of Ness Technologies, engaged in the fields of command and control systems for all echelons, maritime security, intelligence, air and missile defense, homeland security and Cyber security. The total purchase price in the transaction will be $50 million in cash

              

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KAI Unveils the K-50 T-X, Seoul’s Contender for the USAF Future Trainer Competition

December 18, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
k50t-x_1021Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled yesterday the improved version of its T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer, the model that KAI and Lockheed Martin are proposing as the successor of the US Air Force’ T-38 trainer, under the T-X program.
              

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More JASSMs For US, Allied Air Forces

December 16, 2015 by · Comment
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US Army Orders Oshkosh to Resumes JLTV Work

December 16, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
Oshkosh is submitting the Light Armored Tactical Vehicle (LATV) design for its proposed version of the JLTV. The LATV is seen here racing through the SART course at Quantico, June 2013. Photo: Oshkosh.The U.S. Army instructed the Oshkosh Corporation to resume work on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) following the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision to dismiss Lockheed Martin’s protest yesterday. Lockheed Martin said it is planning to file a new protest to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by December 17th. Oshkosh is expected to begin production under the Army’s orders and wait for the Federal Claims Court decision.
              

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Successful Intercepts Sweeten a Challenging Year for Missile Defense

December 10, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, MDA, missile defense, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
Arrow 3 interceptor missile launched from Palmachim missile test site on Israel's Mediterranean shore, December 10, 2015. Photo: IMODThe US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has completed three major missile defense tests this week, a closing accord for an ambitious test plan this year. Two tests performed earlier today included a successful exo-atmospheric intercept test of the Arrow 3 interceptor, and first intercept mission of the Land-Based Standard Missile SM-3 Block IB launched from a land-based site. A third test conducted earlier this week tested the latest, most advanced variant of Standard Missile 3 series, the US-Japanese SM-3 Block IIA.
              

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