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JSOW Missile
Australia’s Super Hornet Tests JSOW Guided Weapons

Rafael Delivers the 1,000th Litening Targeting pod

DARPA Transformers
DARPA Selects AAI, Lockheed Martin for Transformer (TX) Program

USAF Caps B-52 Spending at $12 Billion for Support and Modernization Over the Next Eight Years

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AAAI Transformers

Defense Update Aerospace Channel - October 2010

Photo above: In October 2010 DARPA has announced AAI Corporation and Lockheed Martin Company were selected as prime system integrators for the teams of vendors participating in the 12-month study. Image: DARPA (Read More...)

JSOW WeaponAustralia’s Super Hornet Tests JSOW Guided Weapons

Super Hornet aircraft from No. 1 Squadron conducted their first live weapon trials at the Woomera Test Range, north of Adelaide. The JSOW test is part of Australia’s new Super Hornets testing their deployment capabilities. (Read More & Videos...)

Saudi Arabia to Order 180 New Helicopters for a New National Guard Aviation Regiment

The recently announced acquisition of more than 180 helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guards (SANG) provides the first major step in expansion of the SANG Aviation Command, established in 2006. The announced package worth well over $25 billion equals the modernization of the Royal Saudi Air Force’s F-15 force. (Read More...)

Better F-15SA Eagles for the Royal Saudi Air Force

Updated: October 21, 2010: The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have finalized an arms package that shadows even the large arms mega-sales in the region. The current program includes several packages worth about $60 Billion, which include mostly platforms produced by the Boeing Company. (Read More...)

GrippenRafael Delivers the 1,000th Litening Targeting pod

In 1997 Northrop Grumman joined Rafael to become the prime contractor for the Litening pod for the U.S. market and U.S. Government Foreign Military Sales (FMS), representing more than half of all sales (designated AN/AAQ-28). The pod has been integrated on many different aircraft, from the B-52 bomber, MiG-21, F-5E and F-4E to the latest versions of F-16, F-15E, Su-30 and Typhoon. Among the countries operating Litening are Australia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the U.K., U.S. and Venezuela.

Darpa TransformersDARPA Selects AAI, Lockheed Martin for Transformer (TX) Program

To meet much of transportation needs of today’s deployed Warfighter, either highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) are used, or helicopters, which have limited availability, are used. DARPA’s Transformer (TX) program seeks to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle equipped with flexibility of movement.
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Israel Air Force Helicopters Conclude a CSAR Exercise in Greece

A joint training exercise conducted by the Hellenic and Israel Air Forces took place in Greece this week. Israeli and Greek helicopters took part in simulated Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) operations, flying in a ‘coalition’ type operation as a joint force, as well as foes – training in a force-on-force scenario. This training included flights and landing in mountainous terrain and under changing weather conditions. (Read More...)

Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Share USAF $2.3 Billion Advanced Targeting Pods Buy

On Thursday last week (Sept 30) the Pentagon awarded two competitive contracts for the delivery of advanced targeting pods for U.S. Air Force fighters. The Air Force will continue the procurement of two types of pods under the Advanced Targeting Pod – Sensors Enhancement (ATP-SE) program – the AAQ-33 Sniper from Lockheed Martin and AAQ-28(V) Litening – from Northrop Grumman and Israel’s Rafael. The total spending on the two systems over the life of the program could reach US$2.3 billion. The service is seeking to acquire an estimated 275 systems. At present, the contracts awarded to each of the two teams amount about $23 million each.

b52USAF Caps B-52 Spending at $12 Billion for Support and Modernization Over the Next Eight Years

Boeing has been awarded a sole-source $11.9 Billion  indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the fleet of B-52H bombers operated by the U.S. Air Force for the next eight years. The contract provides for the all acquisition and sustainment activities needed to support the aircraft and its systems, through their life extension and modernization. The award sets the framework for the program with individual orders to be awarded as required. (Read More...)

Super HornetsAusi Super-Hornets to be Wired for Electronic Attack

Boeing is pre-wiring 12 of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Super Hornet for potential conversion of the aircraft for Electronic Attack role. At present the Australians have not decided whether to equip the aircraft with such capabilities. According to RAAF Group Capt. Steve Roberton, Officer Commanding 82 Wing currently operating these fighters, the ability to introduce an electronic attack capability on part of the Australian Super Hornets provides maximum flexibility for future missions. (Read More...)