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Entry of International Players Could Change India’s Aerospace Landscape Forever

February 13, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, IAI, India, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The Aero India 2017 airshow opening today (February 14) at Indian Air Force (IAF) Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru marks the 11th Aero India airshow. Unlike past events dominated by competitors seeking to sell aircraft to India, this time the world’s largest aerospace industries are offering to deliver complete production lines that will roll out today’s fighter […]
              

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US-Japanese Missile – SM-3 Block IIA Scores a Bullseye on 1st Intercept Test

February 4, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, missile defense, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
The first live intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor missile was completed successfully on Friday dawn, off the west coast of Hawaii, proving the design maturity of the most advanced interceptor in the sea-based AEGIS Missile Defense system. The intercept was conducted by the US Navy AEGIS test ship - from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as part of a US-Japanese cooperative development.
              

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Sig Sauer’s P320 Selected for the Army’s Next Service Pistol

January 20, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: FN, Syndicated Industry News 
The US Army selected the Sig Sauer P320 pistol for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), replacing the the service's Beretta M9 pistol that has been in service in the past 30 years. The $580 million contract announced yesterday covers procurement of some 280,000 handguns over 10 years.
              

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Royal Navy to Induct the Crowsnet New AEW Helicopter by 2020

January 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
The British Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced a £269M (US$327 million) deal for the procurement of 10 aerial surveillance systems to operate on the Royal Navy new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Initial deliveries are expected in 2018 with initial operational capability in 2020.
              

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Operational Arrow-3 Interceptors Transferred to Israel’s Air Force Missile Defense Force

January 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, IAI, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel enhanced today its nationwide multi-layered missile defense system with the delivery of the first batch of Arrow 3 interceptors to be inducted to the Arrow Weapon System (AWS) made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI/MLM). The induction of Arrow-3 interceptor enables the AWS to intercept ballistic faster missiles, at longer range, and higher altitude (exo-atmospheric) with more precise ballistic engagements.
              

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Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to Become Dual-Mission, Assume Anti-Ship Role

January 17, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
New capabilities introduced to the new batch of Block IV Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles (TLAM) are transforming the weapon of the 1980s into a smarter, more versatile 21st century weapon. The U.S. Navy is planning to rapidly deploy the modernized, retargetable Block IV land attack missile on board ships as a dual-mission 'Maritime Strike Tomahawk'.
              

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An Israeli Radar to Guide an Asian Mobile Laser Weapon

RADA Electronic Industries announced today its RPS-42 radar system has been selected by a country in the Far East to be used in the development and evaluation of High-Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system. The announcement follows the the selection of these Israel’s radar for similar programs in North America and Europe. The RPS-42 is a member […]
              

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First Order for BrightNite Helicopter Piloting System

January 17, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems received a first order for the BrightNite vision system from one of NATO air forces in, (name of the country has not been released). BrightNite is designed to enhance helicopter pilot visibility and situational awareness in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) conditions. The company is expected to deliver the systems under a $17 million contract, within 30 months.
              

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Protected: A Gunslinger with Bad Eyesight?

January 16, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 

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Elbit Systems’ Subsidiary to Produce Remote Weapon Stations in Brazil

January 8, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
Ares, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems will supply the Brazilian Armed Forces remotely Controled Weapon Stations (RCWS). REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns that was Specifically designed by Ares to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program. The system have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles.. Some of the Brazilian VBTP vehicles are also armed with a larger weapon station mounting the 30mm automatic cannon.
              

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Spy’Ranger – a New Mini-Drone for the French Army

January 5, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Airbus, France, Syndicated Industry News, Thales 

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USAF Selects Boeing to deliver podded High Energy Laser

December 16, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News 
The Boeing Company has been awarded an estimated $90 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the development and delivery of an experimental laser pod. The contractor will provide research and development of high energy laser technologies through the next five years. The laser pod referred to in this award is likely to be the Self-Protect High […]
              

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Beefing up Defense Against Chinese ‘Carrier Killers’

December 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: MDA, missile defense, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 

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ADIR Mission Autonomy, Stealth to Transform Air Warfare in the Middle East,

December 9, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The first two F-35s expected to land in Israel next week will be the first 5th Generation jet fighters the U.S. hands out to a foreign ally. The two ADIR Jets are only the beginning. Over the next eight years, Israel will receive 50 aircraft forming two full ADIR squadrons flying the F-35. The unique capabilities of the new fighter will provide the Israel Air Force a game-changing platform that has not been seen in the region since the introduction of the F-15 Eagle (by the IAF), 40 years ago.
              

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World’s First Explosive Detection Drone Unveiled at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Event

November 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, Syndicated Industry News 
SpectroDrone is equipped with a laser based explosive detector, capable of detecting and identifying explosive materials, drugs and chemical compounds from a distance of few meters. Image: LDSFollowing extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor. SpectroDrone employs LDS’s patented standoff gated laser spectroscopy techniques, proven to detect a wide range of explosive and hazardous materials at distances of several meters.
              

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High Flying Drones Recruited for Missile Defense

reaper_bmds_1021Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.
              

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Ghost Ships Gather in Scotland for Naval Robotic Wargames

p950_unmanned_rib_1021Almost 50 unmanned systems from the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, and Austria participated in a month-long war game for robots, organized by the Royal Navy. Spanning air, surface and the undersea domain, ‘Unmanned Warrior 2016’ (UW16), has been in the making for almost two years, with dozens of players from different nations invited to take part in this unique operational demonstration, held as part of NATO’s Joint Warrior exercise.
              

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Increasing Infantry Overmatch with Advanced Shoulder Fired Weapons

October 4, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, SAAB, Syndicated Industry News 
m4_side_1021Seeking to increase the combat power of small dismounted teams, DARPA is studying the Massive Overmatch Assault Round (MOAR) as a way to enhance current man-portable infantry weapon systems with compact, multi-function precision engagement munitions. While some manufacturers address these capabilities with dedicated weapon systems, Saab is exploring enhancement for its proven M4 and AT4 weapon systems, to meet MOAR goals.
              

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Boeing Introduces its Brand New Candidate for the USAF T-X Trainer

September 13, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News 

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Unmanned Peacekeepers Over Africa

September 5, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, Syndicated Industry News 

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New Mini-Drone Provides ‘Eye in the Sky’ for Small Boats

August 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Rail launched from a ship deck or small boat, Skylark C is operated by two operators from a portable mission control unit. Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems introduce today the Skylark C - the first naval member of its electrically powered mini-UAV family. Based on the operational and combat-proven Skylark I-LEX Mini UAS, the naval variant extends the Skylark reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to the maritime domain.
              

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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
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
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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