Four Multinational Teams Bid for £1.5 billion UK-MOD Operational Readiness Training Services Contract

The British Ministry of Defense has selected four groups to bid for its upcoming Air Support to Defense Operational Training (ASDOT) requirement. Each of the groups selected for the program has teamed with training services specialists from the USA, Canada, and Israel to deliver adversary aircraft and weapons. The winning group will operate various high-performance jets simulating aggressor fighter and attack planes, cruise missiles and electronic combat to training British air, land and naval forces. A final selection is expected in September 2018 followed by the contract award in 2020 that could be worth up to £1.5 billion over 15 years.

Australian SilverShield to Protect Afghan Security Vehicles from IEDs

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will soon equip their vehicles with a newly developed Australian made counter-IED device called ‘SilverShield’. According to a contract awarded by the Australian defense ministry to L-3 Micreo, the company will deliver 13,000 communications jammer units to the Afghan forces, bringing the total sales of Australian C-IED jammers to Afghanistan to A$85 million.

US Drone Maker Cleared to Export Jet Powered Combat Drones

March 15, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Kratos, Syndicated Industry News 
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a manufacturer of jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems, will soon offer its Mako militarized, combat unmanned aerial vehicles systems for export, following approval of such export by the U.S. State Department to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries.

Ukrainian APS to Protect Turkish Tanks in Syria

Facing serious threats to their armored forces operating in Syria, the Turkish Army turned to Ukraine to counter the Kurd missile attacks on their tanks. The system presented by the Turks as ‘Akkor Pulat’ is actually the light version of the Ukrainian Zaslon that has recently completed its initial tests in Ukraine and now enters an accelerated test series in Turkey. Designed with simplicity and relatively simple integration, the system is expected to be fitted soon to all types of Turkish main battle tanks currently operating in Syria.

BAE Selects Plasan to Armor Britain’s Type 26 Frigates

February 28, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's armor specialist Plasan was selected to design and produce armor protection for Britain's new Type 26 frigate. The ships will be built by BAE Systems in Glasgow, Scotland and are considered among the world's most advanced combat ships. Armor production for the first three vessels will begin this year. Plasan's advanced armor technology has been implemented to protect armored vehicles and personnel, transport aircraft and helicopters as well as naval vessels. The Royal Navy plans to replace eight Type 23 Duke class anti-submarine frigates with six Type 26s, based on BAE Systems' 'Global Combat Ship' design.

Boeing Joins General Atomics MQ-25 Stingray Team

February 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, General Atomics, Syndicated Industry News 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has formed an industry team to pursue the US Navy MQ-25 Stingray, the future carrier-based aerial refueling drone program. The most surprising member is the Autonomous Systems division of the Boeing Company. Boeing is also pursuing the MQ-25 opportunity with its own MQ-25 platform, developed by its rapid prototyping center - the 'Phantom Works'.

Sikorsky Teams with Rheinmetall to Offer CH-53K to Germany

February 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Germany, Sikorsky, Syndicated Industry News 
Lockheed Martin Sikorsky has signed a strategic agreement with and German defense firm Rheinmetall teaming for competing in the German Air Force planned replacement of Sikorsky's CH-53G heavy transport helicopter program (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber - STH). The Germans evaluate two options - the CH-47F Chinook from Boeing and CH-53K from Lockheed Martin Sikorsky. The team plans to introduce more German teammates in the weeks to come.

Britain Offered 60% Workshare, Local Assembly of BOXER

February 5, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK have signed agreements with the German-Dutch ARTEC consortium, as partners for the production of BOXER. The agreement paves the way for significant local manufacturing of the vehicle and its systems in the UK, should the BOXER be selected by the Ministry of Defense as the British Army’s next generation Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV).

New Configuration of MHTK Miniature Missile Validated In Flight Test

Lockheed Martin has tested a new configuration of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Friday, January 26th. The test comprised a controlled flight of the miniature missile to demonstrate the interceptor's increased agility and to validate the performance of its airframe and electronics. The missile now uses a common configuration for both active and semi-active guided missiles.

RAFAEL Introduces Trophy APS with Samson 30 Turret

January 24, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
RAFAEL has designed a new version of the Samson 30 unmanned turret fitted with an integral Trophy active protection system (APS). In addition to a 30mm automatic cannon and coax machine gun, the new turret integrates two independent sights, and two multi-purpose guided missiles, recessed launchers for smoke grenades and complete Trophy APS system comprising four radars and two countermeasures units enabling complete hemispheric coverage of the protected vehicle.

BAE Systems Introduces Future-Proofed CV90

BAE Systems introduced today the fifth evolutionary variant of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle that embeds many of the upgrades and modifications designed through the evolution of the vehicle family.

France to Evaluate Airbus’ Unmanned Helicopter for Use on its Future Frigates

January 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Airbus, Syndicated Industry News 
Airbus is developing a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system for naval application, under a newly awarded contract signed with the French armament directorate DGA. Under the program the company's VSR700 drone will be demonstrated on board ships, to evaluate its use with future frigates.

G&C Provides Functional Design for Saudi Multi-Mission Surface Combatant

January 10, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Saudi Arabia, Syndicated Industry News 
Gibbs & Cox naval architecture and marine engineering firm (G&C) will support the functional design of new, Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC), a new class of frigate based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship ordered by the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia.

Secret Zuma Satellite Launched by SpaceX May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

SpaceX Launched a Secret Satellite. Then It May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

UK Army Cadet Force Get New Manpack Radios

January 3, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
The U.K. Army completed the induction of a new, tactical radio system known as the Mercury Radio System, that recently achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC). The new radio is now in service with the UK Army Cadet Force (ACF). The Mercury Radio is based on Elbit Systems' PRC-710 and -720 sets.

IAI Consolidates Civil Activities into +US$1 Billion Commercial Aviation Group

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is strengthening its commercial aviation activities by forming a single, business-oriented group that unifies six business lines currently distributed in different corporate activities. The new structure is likely to focus IAI's activities to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of the commercial aviation market. The transformation is implemented at a time in which many countries bring home their manufacturing operations and are fighting aggressively for market shares, challenging IAI to sharpen its offering in defense and commercial aviation alike.

Canada to buy Australia’s used Hornets

December 24, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Boeing, Canada, Syndicated Industry News 
Canada plans to buy 18 used F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes from Australia to fill the air forces’ fighters shortage. The purchase is regarded as a stopgap measure as Ottawa moves forward with a more permanent selection of a future replacement for the CF-18.

Boeing Awarded US$6 Billion to Build 36 Eagles for Qatar

December 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Qatar, Syndicated Industry News 
Boeing Defense, Space, & Security company has been awarded a $6,173,500,000 undefinitized contract action contract for the F-15 Qatar program. FMS funds in the amount of $3,019,750,000 are being obligated at the time of award. This sole source contract provides for the foreign military sales (FMS) requirement to procure 36 new F-15QA aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.

$944 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missiles

December 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a new $944 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin, for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors and launcher modification kits for the U.S. Army, Romania and other foreign customers.

US Air Force to Experiment With Counter-Air Defense Cruise Missiles

December 21, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Kratos, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) munitions directorate awarded two competitive contracts for the first phase of development of a new cruise missile designed to defeat modern, integrated air defense systems (IADS).

An Unmanned Pathfinder for the Royal Navy Flagship

December 21, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
On the recent visit of HMS Ocean at the port of Haifa, the flagship of the Royal Navy participated in a mine warfare exercise at the Haifa Bay, where Israeli Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) acted as pathfinders for the British amphibious support helicopter carrier, sailing in simulated mine-infested waters. The mission was part of a joint exercise between the Israeli Navy and the British Royal Navy in Haifa Bay.

Brazilian KC-390 Achieves Initial Operational Capability

December 20, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Embraer, Syndicated Industry News 
The Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) today. As part of the IOC, Embraer obtained a KC-390 Provisional Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), According to the schedule, in 2018, the final Type Certificate will be issued. Delivery of the first series aircraft to the FAB is also scheduled to take place in 2018.

Boeing Unveils the Unmanned Aerial Refueling Drone Proposed for the US Navy MQ-25 Program

December 19, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News 
Boeing has unveiled a photo of an unmanned aircraft proposed to the U.S. Navy for an aerial refueling aircraft that will operate from aircraft carriers, to refuel Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers.

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