Leonardo Adds an M346 Variant Dedicated to Air and Ground Attack

The Italian-based international defense company Leonardo is introducing a new, Fighter Attack (FA) variant of their M-346 trainer, dedicated to attack missions. The new variant will be shown this week at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. According to the manufacturer, the new fighter attack version is an evolution of a family concept of the M-346 Master, designed to create a common baseline, able to adapt and meet different requirements of air forces. According to Leonardo, several air forces have already expressed their interest in the new variant.

Maiden Flight for Gripen E

Defense and security company Saab today completed a successful first flight of the next-generation smart fighter, Gripen E. The flight launched from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden and lasted 40 minutes, flown by Marcus Wandt, the company's experimental test pilot.

Israel’s All Seeing SkEye – Persistent Surveillance Countering Terror

Elbit Systems unveiled today an advanced capability that has been operational for several years with the military forces of several nations, in homeland security and the war on terror. Using a single payload integrating multiple cameras that together provides an image built from billion pixels, SkEye enables users to simultaneously look, and zoom in or out into 10 Regions of Interest (ROI), using different viewing angles. At any time they can ‘look back in time’ to analyze how a situation unfolds.

Recent News

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.

THAAD Succserfully Intercepts an IRBM Target from Alaska

U.S. missile defense capabilities were demonstrated today in a first of a kind intercept of an Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target by the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The intercept took place 2,500 miles south of Alaska, near Hawaii, demonstrating THAAD's strategic defense capabilities, particularly against the threat types currently presented from North Korea.

Aerospace News

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.

How Capable are North Korean Scud-Based ‘Carrier-Killers’?

North Korea asserted Tuesday that it has developed a means to strike moving targets at sea with precision. The capability was validated during a recent missile test conducted yesterday (Monday) when Pyongyang tested an upgraded Hwasong-7 (Scud-ER) type missile equipped with trajectory correction means transforming the ballistic missile into 'precision-guided' one.

Land Systems News

German Lynx AFVs Proposed to Replace Czech BMPs

Rheinmetall is showcasing its new family of LYNX combat vehicles at the IDET 2017 in the Czech Republic city of Brno. Based on mature technologies and components the LYNX is positioned as an advanced, mid-weight armored vehicle designed to replace AFVs that are gradually being phased out, such as the BMP-1 and BMP-2 used by many of the Eastern European countries, including the Czech Republic.

Tactical Augmented Reality to Enhance Warfighter’s Battlefield Perception

The US Army is developing a futuristic heads-up display (HUD) that have the potential to empower the dismounted warfighter by laying a synthetic, game-like information and sensor overlay over the battlefield picture they currently experience.

Naval Systems News

U.S. Navy Accepts Its Newest Aircraft Carrier

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of first aircraft carrier of the new Ford class - the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, formally placing the ship into active service. Ford is expected to be operational in 2020 following achievement of initial operational capability.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

Royal Navy to Induct the Crowsnet New AEW Helicopter by 2020

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.

An Austrian Assault Weapon Positioned as a Possible Successor of the German G36 Rifle

The German defense company Rheinmetall has teamed with Austrian arms manufacturer Steyr Mannlicher to manufacture and market the RS556 - a German version of the 5.56mm x 45 cal. modular assault rifle system based on Steyr's STM556. Rheinmetall positions the weapon as a proposed replacement for the current German military assault rifle - G36 made by Heckler & Koch.

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