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First Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’ is Airborne

July 28, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
F-35I_10210The first F-35 bound to Israel made its maiden flight June 25 from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot. The aircraft will now conduct a series of flight tests to confirm its airworthiness.
              

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Israel Requests Eight SH-60F SeaHawk from US Navy Surplus

July 10, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Sikorsky, Syndicated Industry News 
Sikorsky/US Navy SH-60 Sea hawk. U.S. Navy photo by Zachary EshlemanIsrael is seeking US approval for the supply of eight SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopters from US Navy surplus to support the Israeli Navy security operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopters will initially operate with the four new Meko-100 Class Magen corvettes Israel will receive from Germany by 2020.
              

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An Unmanned Seagull That Fires Torpedoes!

June 28, 2016 by · Comment
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A lightweight torpedo is launched from Elbit Systems' Seagull USV. The success of the first torpedo launch is a major milestone, confirming the USV’s capability to incorporate anti-submarine weapons, in addition to its unique submarine and mine detection capabilities. Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems completed recently a trial test torpedo launch from its Seagull multi-mission, autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) system. Lightweight torpedoes are often used by anti-submarine vessels, helicopters, and aircraft against submarines located in shallow waters. This is the first instance where such weapons are used from unmanned platforms.
              

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Fifth Launch Completes Satellite Completes U.S. Navy’s Global Military Cellular Network

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, space, Syndicated Industry News 
The 7.5 ton MOUS satellite is based on Lockheed Martin's A2100 satellite bus powered by with two five-panel solar array wings. Its dual payload comprises the WDCMA and legacy channels, using 14 and 5 meter diameter reflecting mesh antennae. Image: Lockheed MartinThe US Navy's fifth and last Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched June 24, 2016, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The system will transform legacy telephone links into a globally connected IP-based ‘mobile phone’ network, that will support voice, text and data, enabling small units to switch from line-of-sight communications to beyond line-of-sight Satellite Communications. (SATCOM).
              

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India to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers From US

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: BAE Systems, India, Syndicated Industry News 

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L-3 Converts a Special Mission Aircraft for the US Army

June 24, 2016 by · Comment
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The King Air 350 was first deployed with the US Air Force Project Liberty, as MC-12W.L-3 Mission Integration has conducted the maiden flights of the first Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to be converted into a special mission platform under the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program.
              

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Robot Mounted GroundEye Sensor Set to Combat Hidden IEDs

Raytheon UK's new Counter-IED sensor 'GroundEye' combines an imaging sensor with a laser array to measure ground disturbances and changes created by IEDs. Photo Raytheon.Raytheon UK and Estonian UGV developer Milrem unveiled at Eurosatory an IED detection platform based in Raytheon UK GroundEye sensor system, integrated on the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) developed by Milrem.
              

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Protecting the Flamable Load – Carapace Demonstrates Protected Logistics at Eurosatory

P1950089The French Army has recently deployed the Carapace, a highly protected fuel lorry designed to survive an ambush attack, fight back and cpress on delivering the fuel to the front lines.
              

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A New Israeli Sandcat Spoted in Paris

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Eurosatory 2016 – Photo Report (Day 1)

June 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 
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Smaller Drones for Tactical Missions – The race is On!

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This IronVision Helmet Can See Through Armor

June 8, 2016 by · Comment
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KADEX: T-72B – Battle-tank Fit For Urban Combat

The T-72B with added 'urban kit' displayed at KADEX 2016. Photo: UVZThe 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
              

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KADEX: Barys – The New 8×8 APC from Kazakhstan and South Africa

The Barys - based on the South African Paramount Mbombe 8. Photo: UVZThe Kazakh-South-African joint venture, “Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering” (KPE) introduced the new Barys 8X8 armored fighting vehicle at the KADEX - Kazakhstan's defense expo. The JV will start producing the vehicles at the new 15,000 square meters assembly plant opened in 2015 in the Kazakh capital Astana.
              

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KADEX 2016 – Photo Report

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Super Puma Grounded

H225 is operated by several countries in search and rescue missions. The civilian version is also used for SAR as well as offshore transportation. Photo: Airbus Helicopters Airbus will need to work hard if military sales are ever to recover the growing scandal over the Norwegian crash.
              

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Super Puma Grounded

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AN-72/74 Intercepted by Belgian Air Force in Baltic

CNN International is reporting that Belgian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons based in the Baltic States recently intercepted a variety of Russian aircraft.  One of the reported ones was the Antonov AN-74 Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) transport, the AN-72/74.  The AN-72/74 was developed in the late Seventies and was very similar to a Boeing developmental aircraft for the US Air Force  that never went into production.

While the Antonov never was used by the Soviets the company was able to build a quantity in the 90’s which found use with Russian civil airlines, foriegn airlines and the Russian military.

The AN-72/74 are very distinctive with the engines set above the wing to maximize short takeoffs.

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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
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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
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