Lockheed Martin UK Developed a Submarine-Launched UAV

OUTRIDER, a miniature, expendable drone launched from submarines while underwater at periscope depth was unveiled today by Lockheed Martin. The drone was developed in the UK and is being evaluated by potential customers.

Command Vehicles get a Haircut

Cobham introduced today an Integrated Communications Environment (ICE) that allows for an optimised integration of multiple radios on command vehicles, improving communication effectiveness and reducing antennae count on such vehicles.

Watchkeeper UAVs Grow COMINT Ears

Britain's electronics expert QinetiQ has developed a variant of its AS3 communications intelligence (COMINT) system designed specifically for unmanned aerial vehicles. Following an integration,...

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Sharper Eyes for Border Protection

On clear days observation posts on border lines can cover tens of kilometers, but at night or in degraded visibility conditions, the line becomes porous and attracts unlawful or hostile activity. Israel’s Electro-Optics (EO) specialist CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. succeeded to expand such sensor coverage beyond 40 km, enabling security forces to deploy fewer towers while improving the coverage of long borders and coastal lines.

A Digital Window Embedded with Transparent Armor

ScreeneX, a digital display embedded in a vehicle's windshield is the first armored windshield with a built-in LCD digital screen, enabling combat vehicle designers to use areas of the vehicle’s ballistic protected windows to display digital images, including information from the vehicle systems, command, and control, on board sensors or digital maps.

Aerospace News

Royal Navy Complete first firing Test of a New Air Defence...

The Sea Ceptor weapon system recently completed its first successfully firings from HMS Argyll, the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program.

North Korea Successfully Tests a Thermonuclear Device

Pyongyang confirmed today it successfully tested a hydrogen-bomb device, claiming it is now fully independent in producing such nuclear devices, from raw materials to the assembly in missiles. Prior to the recent test the official news agency KCNA released undated photos showing Kim Jong Un inspecting a peanut shaped object of the instrument claimed to be a new, miniaturized thermonuclear device designed for use in Hwasong-14 ICBMs. Photo: KCNA.

Land Systems News

Lithium Juice for Combat Vehicles

Israel's battery specialist Epsilor has launched a new line of vehicle batteries with ultra-high energy density, packed in standard 6T form factor. The new lithium rechargeable military vehicle batteries offer triple time silent watch, high power and managed charging, as well as heater supported operation in extreme temperatures.

Robots Join the Army Manned-Unmanned Hunter-Killer Teams

The event demonstrated collaboration of manned and unmanned vehicles conducting a combat mission. Among the unmanned assets included in the demonstration was an all terrain vehicle (ATV) modified with a landing plate on top, to operate a tethered multi rotor UAV and an aut0nomous mortar vehicle that provided direct and indirect fire support for the combat team, using the robots as fire observers, thus establishing a robotic 'hunter-killer' team.

Naval Systems News

Modernizing the Submarine Fleet

As work on the seventh, and last Astute Class attack submarines begins, design work is already underway on the Dreadnought - the future class of submarine that will become Britains' strategic nuclear-powered missile submarine in the 2030s.

River Class OPV

The four River class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) operating with the Royal Navy are expected to reach the end of their service by the end of the decade. They will be replaced by five new River Class ‘Batch 2’ boats. The first – HMS Forth will be delivered in 2018.

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Negotiating Missile Defense in the Turkish Bazar

Turkey is negotiating a mega deal worth billions of dollars in a 'Turkish Bazar' style, where the European Eurosam consortium faces a competing offer from the Russians, through their largest missile exporter Rostec, as Ankara opens its missile defense program to foreign bidders.

U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $413 Million for JASSM-ER Production

Lockheed Martin received a $413.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Lot 15 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)-Extended Range (ER) version. The production lot that includes 360 JASSM-ER missiles, brings the total JASSM-ER missiles under contract to 910, and to more than 3,000 missiles for JASSM and JASSM-ER combined.

Australian Forces Select Aerovironment’s Wasp-AE Mini-UAVs

The Australian defense department selected AeroVironment's Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system for use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian order will deliver mini-drones within a period of three-year period, and support the systems for ten years. The contract is worth A$101 million(USD 74.6 million), of which the about half (US$36.5 million) will be the original manufacturer's share.

New Orders Expand Indian LRSAM Integration to More Vessels

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today it has been awarded an additional, $630 million- contract for the supply of LRSAM air & missile defense systems for four ships of the Indian navy. The type of ships was not released but are likely to be Project 15B Visakhapatnam-class missile destroyers, scheduled for commissioning from 2018 through 2024.

Long Live the Fighting Falcon!

The U.S. Air Force authorized extending BY 50 percent the service life of the Lockheed Martin F-16 enabling operators of the Fighting Falcon to safely fly Block 40-52 aircraft to 2048 and beyond

US-Norwegian Air and Missile Defense to Protect Australian Forces Abroad

The Australian Government has approved the development of a new Short Range Ground Based Air Defense system to improve protection for deployed personnel. Raytheon Australia has been selected as the single supplier for the A$2 Billion program, delivering the NASAMS to the Australian Defense Force.

New Indian Order Brings Barak-8 Order Book to US$ 5 Billion

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Indian Ministry of Defense signed a contract worth US$1.6 billion today, for the supply of an unspecified number of Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) for the Indian Land Forces. IAI signed today a second contract for the delivery of Barak 8 Long Range SAM (LRSAM) for the first locally built aircraft carrier - Vikrant. The new deals have increased the system's total order book by 60 percent, to five billion.

New Eyes Seeking Targets in Forests

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has added a foliage penetrating (FOPEN) radar to its ELM-2112 family of persistent ground surveillance radars. Unlike other sensors in the ELM-2112 family, the ELM-2112FP operates in the L-band, to enable better penetration of dense foliage. With this capability the new radar can penetrate 'few tens of meters' into dense vegetation, to detect moving targets hidden in dense shrubs, forests, and jungles, from a distance of several kilometers away.

Scrambler 300 Drone Rifle

The Scrambler 300 Drone Rifle operates in the L, S and C bands and is capable of jamming common telecommunication protocols between a drone and its remote operator. It detects targets at a distance of 500 meters and can jam such targets from 300 meters. GNSS jamming is enabled at 150 meters.

DroneGun

The Australian company DroneShield announced the first sale of its DroneGun tactical drone jammer to a government in the middle east. As a point-and-shoot weapon, the DroneGun is designed to be effective against a wide variety of drones. By neutralizing drones from a safe distance, DroneGun offers advantages over alternative kinetic solutions such as nets or bullets, as it allows for safe handling of situations such as drones carrying explosives or biological payloads.

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

The Aero India 2017 airshow opening today (February 14) at Indian Air Force (IAF) Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru marks the 11th Aero India airshow. Unlike...

Larsen & Toubro and MBDA establish Joint Venture for missile systems development in India

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and European weapon system specialist MBDA have announced the formation of an Indian based Joint Venture to pursue opportunities for the development and supply of missiles systems to meet the growing potential requirements of the Indian armed forces. To begin with, the JV will look to develop and supply fifth generation anti-tank guided missiles, anti-ship missiles for coastal defense and high-speed target drones.

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