Two J-20 stealth fighters seen yesterday in Chengdo, China show a new camouflage paint that is likely to be used with the Low Rate Inintal Production (LRIP) batch currently being delivered from the assembly plant in Chengdu. These photos aired today on Chinese websites and twitter.
Recent reports from Iraq and Syria indicate that Jihadis are increasing the use of drone attacks after exploring the use of drone weapons for several years. A recent attack employed a small surveillance drone, rigged with a bomb to become a booby trap. The attack killed two Kurdish fighters and badly wounded two French special forces.
Seeking 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.
Russia is preparing to renew flight testing of a high-power flying laser designed to operate as an anti-satellite weapon, the Tass news agency reported. Based on the Ilyushin Il-76MD transport plane the airborne laser laboratory aircraft flew for its first test mission in August 19, 1981. Two aircraft were modified and equipped for the tests that ceased following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The miniaturization of electronic and electro-mechanical systems, including sensors, computers, and flight controls enable designers to create ‘flying sensors’. This article introduces three such sensors designed specifically for military operations.
The Boeing company unveiled today the new jet trainer aircraft it has developed with Saab AB [Stockholm: SAABB]. The companies plan to offer the aircraft for the U.S. Air Forces' future trainer aircraft, under the T-X program planned for 2017. The aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.
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United Nations peacekeepers in Africa are expanding the use of drones to improve force protection and better secure the civilian communities in conflict areas. The UN is expected to select a supplier for a larger MALE drone to succeed the Falco UAVs operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. Such drones will soon launch operations from two bases in Mali, in support of UN operations in the Sahara.
Following rigorous testing and delays that lasted almost two years, Canada is renewing its battlefield reconnaissance and tactical armored vehicle fleet, with the first shipment of Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) this month.
Armored Lithuania confirmed this week its order for 88 Boxer 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) armored vehicles signed with the German consortium ARTEC. The Lithuanian military will call this vehicle ‘Vilkas’, which means ‘wolf.' the Israeli Samson 30mm MK II remote weapon station turret, mounting a MK44 automatic 30mm cannon from ATK and 7.62 coaxial machine gun.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense unveiled today the first prototype of the Eitan, a new 8x8 armored personnel carrier developed by the Ministry’s Tank Development Program Directorate (Mantak), as a possible successor for thousands of American-made M-113 APCs Israel has been operating since the 1970s.
Eitan 8x8 APC
Israeli Air Force F-35 "Adir" Maiden Flight
Eurosatory 2016 Live Demonstration
The Israeli Pavilion at Defexpo 2016
Preview: Israel at Eurosatory 2016
This IronVision Helmet Can See Through Armor
RoBattle – A New Robot to Spearhead Combat Formations in Battle
Namer Combat Engineering Vehicle (CEV) under Operational Evaluation
Sikorsky Completes DARPA ALIAS Phase 1 Autonomous Flight
SAAB - SEA WASP - Waterborne Anti-IED Security Platform
Dogo – a Weaponized Robot Designed for Close Combat
AeroVironment Tether Eye UAS
Spider Munitions System
Inside the T14 Armata MBT
Iron Dome interception from a Navy Vessel
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) at Sea
Israel at Defexpo 2016 - Preview
Defexpo 2016 Live Demonstration
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FLIR Systems published today a short video depicting the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation fighter during its flight display at the recent Farnborough Airshow...
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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The Polish Government announced it will formally request the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) combat-proven Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System from the United...
The 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.
Israel 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.
The new 130 mm gun is a precondition for the future tank, known as 'Main Ground Combat System' (MGCS) being developed by Germany. MGCS...
Rheinmetall and MBDA launched today a mobile air defense system designed to defeat aerial targets at close- and very close-range, including small and very unmanned aerial systems (UAS, LSS). As an element of the future integrated air defence, the new modular system is positioned to become a possible successor to the lightweight air defence system leFlaSys/Stinger currently in use with the Bundeswehr.
Controp Precision Technology is unveiling the SPEED-ER, an ultra-long-range, land-based observation system operating in three channels – Visible, Thermal and SWIR. The company will display the new system later this month at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, France.
The competition authorities in Finland have granted their approval concerning the sale of 49.9 percent of the shares of the Finnish defense company Patria Oyj, fully owned by the State of Finland to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS. Patria, Kongsberg and the Norwegian Nammo, equally owned by Patria and the State of Norway, will together form a leading Nordic entity in its field.
The US Navy plans to deploy hundreds of ‘Blackwing’ drones on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles; the new, low cost, submarine launched unmanned aircraft system is optimized for Anti-Access/Aerial Denial (A2/AD) environments.
The ECLIPSE C-IED jammer recently completed qualification testing with the French Defense Procurement and Technology Agency (DGA), under the BARAGE program.
The Danish Prime minister and defense minister Denmark confirmed today the Danish government recommendation to buy 27 F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the F-16A/B Fighter Replacement Program (FRP). Part of an ongoing process that began in 2005, the recent announcement reaffirms the Danish plan to buy the plane, following the downselection process through open competition.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $90 million first-lot production contract for the next-generation Multi-Spectral Targeting System. As the latest variant of the MTS family of sensors, AN/DAS-4 incorporates greater fire control and Target Location Accuracy technology for precise coordinates.
AeroVironment and Orbital ATK announced the completion of development of a block upgrade for the Switchblade tactical missile system, improving the weapon's datalink with a new, encrypted digital data-link. AeroVironment has teamed with Orbital ATK to produce the advanced warhead for the weapon.
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