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  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor 20 March 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-The-Move Ground Radar
    Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-The-Move Ground Radar 13 March 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation completed demonstration of the Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR) system at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During the live fire demonstration, Northrop Grumman used the HAMMR system, mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as an Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) sensor to detect and track an unmanned aerial vehicle target. Northrop Grumman’s HAMMR is a short- to medium-range X-Band Three Dimension...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight 5 January 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins 28 December 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Allegedly Already Use AESA radar, Questions for J-11B
    Allegedly Already Use AESA radar, Questions for J-11B 10 November 2019
    Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing J-11B (NATO: Flanker-L ) multirole combat aircraft featuring light-grey radom instead of the usual black one. This alteration causes speculation that fighter may have been upgraded with a locally built Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system. On 5 November, the state-owned Global Times newspaper quoted Wang Ya'nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, as saying that the possible new radar "is ...
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II
    Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II 7 November 2019
    Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 Lightning II. The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 is Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The AN/APG-81 radar has long-range active and passive air-to-air and air-to-ground modes that support a wide range of missions. These modes are complemented by an array of stealth features as well as electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions.
  • French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s
    French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s 30 October 2019
    The French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has authorised the transfer of the first two upgraded Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the French Navy, the French ministry for armed forces announced on 24 October. French Navy operates 22 ATL2 MPA. Eighteen MPAs will be upgraded to the new version called 'Standard 6' to allow the aircraft to operate until 2030. The upgrade programme includes the de...
  • Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program
    Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program 18 August 2019
      Israeli Navy has integrated ALPHA radar to one of its three Saar-5 corvettes. The new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, is a multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that operates in the S-band to detect and track threats and provide guidance for weapon systems. Jane's found out the progress at multinational Exercise 'Mighty Waves'. The ALPHA is a multifunction active electronically sc...
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria 4 June 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead
    Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead 14 May 2019
    Chinese shipyards, which increase the speed of construction day by day, continue to launch new platforms to the water without stopping. China has announced that two new Type 052D (Luyang III) guided missile destroyers and 1 Type 056 corvette were launched at Dalian Shipyard in Liaoning District. The ships are fourth and fifth built in Dalian and the 19th and 20th platform built in total. It is stated that the ships were launched with the help of tugboats. Ships will be put in servic...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations 25 April 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday afternoon in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province by holding a grand maritime parade, which featured China's latest and most powerful destroyer, the Type 055, for the first time. Making its first public appearance at the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary parade, the Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ displaces over 10,000 tonnes and carries 112 vertical launch cells for anti...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation 17 April 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft
    $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft 26 March 2019
    The Government of Morocco has requested to upgrade its existing 23 F 16 aircraft to the F 16V configuration.  Morocco has also requested to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to Morocco of F-16C/D aircraft and upgrades of its existing fleet the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday, March 25. F-16 related equip...
  • Dhanush, India's First Indigenous Artillery Gun Clears Final Test
    Dhanush, India's First Indigenous Artillery Gun Clears Final Test 26 March 2019
    Upgraded Bofors howitzers called “Dhanush” clears final test. Indian DRDO and Ordnance Factory Board almost a decade ago kicked off work on Rs 1,437-crore Bofors Howitzer. This work has finally led to the electronically upgraded Dhanush howitzer. The 39-calibre of the original Bofors gun is also upgraded to 45-calibre to increase its maximum strike range from 24-30 km to 27-36 km. The gun has passed tests under severe cold conditions in Sikkim and Leh and in hot and humi...
  • Multi-Billion-Pound Deal for AEW&C Aircraft
    Multi-Billion-Pound Deal for AEW&C Aircraft 23 March 2019
    The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 fleet will replace the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) six Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 aircraft. Unlike the mechanically-scanned radar of the E-3D Sentry, the E-737 AEW&C is built around a multirole electronically scanned array (MESA) radar that provides a 360° coverage at ranges in excess of 3...
  • AESA Radar for JF-17 Block 3
    AESA Radar for JF-17 Block 3 12 March 2019
    The development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 leads towards Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar is next step. Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet, said, "all related work is being carried out," at a Thursday press conference featuring Chinese legislators and political advisers in aviation, China Aviation News reported Friday. The third block will see the JF-17's informative warfare capabili...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India 23 February 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • Russia’s A-100 AEW&C Aircraft at Preliminary Flight Trials
    Russia’s A-100 AEW&C Aircraft at Preliminary Flight Trials 11 February 2019
    Russia has begun preliminary flight trials of its A-100 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) airframe, it was announced on 9 February. The A-100 is based on a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airframe. Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) announcement comes about 15 months after the prototype's maiden flight in late 2017. It is the final precondit...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 22 December 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • US to Knock-Out without Kinetic
    US to Knock-Out without Kinetic 22 October 2018
    US Army requested a different task for leading defence industry companies this time. Army demanded a system to electronically eliminate enemy remote-controlled weapon systems (RCWS). Due to the evolving armoured vehicle technology, the US chose to go to a different solution because it is difficult to approach enemy armoured elements without heavy weapons. The solution will be able to neutralize the enemy's weapon station, even it has no lethal effect. In this way, friendly eleme...
  • US F-35 Conducts First-Ever Airstrike
    US F-35 Conducts First-Ever Airstrike 28 September 2018
    The US military's F-35B joint strike fighter conducted its first-ever airstrike on Thursday, according to the US Marine Corps and three US defence officials. F-35B neutralized Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The aircraft involved were the US Marine Corps' variant of the aircraft flying from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship. The Marines confirmed the strike in a statement: "During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearanc...
  • UK Sent Team to Australia for Training
    UK Sent Team to Australia for Training 17 August 2018
    United Kingdom is showing interest in E-7 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEWC) aircraft for use in Royal Air Force (RAF). According to the Australian Defence Magazine, three RAF crewmembers, comprising a pilot, an Electronic Support Measures Operator (ESMO), and a Surveillance and Control Officer began their Wedgetail conversion course with 2 Sqn at Williamtown about three weeks ago. The United Kingdom was using E-3D Sentry aircraft developed from Boeing 707 for long-running ...
  • Russian Air Force Begins Flight Testing Mig 35 Fighter
    Russian Air Force Begins Flight Testing Mig 35 Fighter 30 May 2018
     Russia begins testing its lightweight fighter Mig-35 to complement the Su-27 family of heavy fighters. Russia’s new aviation fighter jet is currently in its testing stages. "It's lightweight, modern, deadly and darn manoeuvrable," Russian media wrote about the new MiG-35 jet. If tests go smoothly, the first machines will enter service in 2019. The new plane resembles its predecessor on the outside, however it's very different inside the airframe. Its Zh...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade USN's Infrared and Radar Systems
    Raytheon to Upgrade USN's Infrared and Radar Systems 22 May 2018
    Raytheon will upgrade the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR), and the AN/APG-65, AN/APG-73 and AN/APG-79 radars of US Navy F/A-18 and E/A-18G aircraft.  The service announced its intention online on 9 May to grant the contract to Raytheon without a bidding competition. ATFLIR has a range of more than 40nm (74km) and can function at altitudes of more than 50,000ft. The AN/APG-79 is an active electronically scanned array r...
  • Armenia Counting Days for "Tor"
    Armenia Counting Days for "Tor" 21 May 2018
    Armenia is preparing to take delivery of Tor-M2 systems in the coming months. A TV program broadcasted in Armenia indicated that the Armenian Army would soon receive Tor-M2 short-range air defense systems. It is reported that the total amount of the systems exceeds USD 100 million in agreement which is signed in December 2017, some of this procurement paid by the Armenian budget. Tor-M2, a short-range air defense system, draws attention with its ability to work in electron...
  • Super Hornet SLM Process Begins
    Super Hornet SLM Process Begins 8 May 2018
    Boeing has launched F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Service-Life Modification (SLM) process with the first US Navy aircraft arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility. The SLM contract includes aircraft inspections and physical verification of fleet usage, warranty and non-warranty modifications, repairs incident to modification, recurring and non-recurring engineering efforts, logistics, project management, parts, kits and associated mater...
  • KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US
    KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US 2 May 2018
    According to Greek daily Kathimerini, Greece’s Council on Foreign Policy and Defence (KYSEA) unanimously approved the upgrade of 85 F-16 fighter jets by the US. The main obstacle to the deal was disagreements with US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin over the program’s launch date and the tight payment schedule.  The upgrade will concern 84 Block 52+ and Block 52+Adv aircraft, which will be upgraded to F-16V Block 72 standard with a Northrop Grumman APG-83 Scalabl...
  • Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request
    Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request 6 April 2018
    Slovakia requested 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration from the US under a Foreign Military Sales contract with an estimated cost of $2.91 billion. The Congress was notified of this possible sale on 3 April.  The country also requested up to 16 F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt & Whitney engines, 16 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars, 16 LN260 EGI Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (MDE), 30 AIM-1...
  • AESA Radar Support to JF-17
    AESA Radar Support to JF-17 28 March 2018
    JF-17 fighter aircraft is to get a Chinese-developed active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to boost its export prospects. The KLJ-7A AESA radar developed by the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET) will be installed on the single-engined type, which is operated by the Pakistan Air Force.  The radar is capable of tracking and engaging multiple targets simultaneously and features a jamming-resistant capability. This addi...
  • ISR Support to Kuwait
    ISR Support to Kuwait 22 February 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of four King Air 350ER Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft for an estimated $259 million. The principal contractor will be Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of four (4) King Air 350ER Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft with enhanced PT6A-67A engines. The request also includes 4 AN/AAQ...
  • Second Gulfstream CAEW Delivered To Italy
    Second Gulfstream CAEW Delivered To Italy 25 January 2018
    The Italian Air Force has received its second Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft, a Gulfstream G-550, Israel Aerospace Industries announced on 21 January.   Developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, the G-550 was equipped an active electronically scanned array four-dimensional radar system and maritime and electronic surveillance equipment designed for operating at long ranges. The aircraft also features active and passive self-protection senso...
  • New Configuration of 'Sea Giraffe', Ready
    New Configuration of 'Sea Giraffe', Ready 3 January 2018
    Sweden's Saab company has introduced the Sea Giraffe 4A Fixed Face (FF), a fixed-panel configuration of the company's active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar family.  The radar is a derivative of Saab’s family of rotating, full AESA S-band radar systems and provides a combination of air surveillance, air defence, detection, classification, warning and weapon locating capabilities. Sea Giraffe 4A Fixed Face has a low top weight, allowing it ...
  • Captor-E Proceeds to Second Phase of Testing
    Captor-E Proceeds to Second Phase of Testing 13 December 2017
    Leonardo will soon begin the second phase of flight tests for its next-generation Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Captor-E will be the primary sensor on Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft destined for Kuwait. The first phase of test flights were completed earlier this year and the second phase will see Leonardo perform a series of ‘high intensity’ flight trials with incremental software updates to enable the required capability, known as the Phase 3 Enhancemen...
  • Greece Wants F-16V
    Greece Wants F-16V 18 October 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for an upgrade of F-16 aircraft to an F-16 Block V configuration. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 16, 2017. The Government of Greece has requested a possible purchase of an upgrade of its existing F-16 fleet to an F-16 Block V configuration. Greece currently employ...
  • Territoral Waters Entrusted To Leonardo
    Territoral Waters Entrusted To Leonardo 13 September 2017
    Leonardo will equip Bangladesh Navy’s (BN’s) two recently ordered RUAG (Dornier) 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with its ‘Seaspray 5000E’ AESA radars. The company has signed a contract with RUAG Aviation, original equipment manufacturer and type certificate holder of the Dornier 228 aircraft, to provide its ‘Seaspray 5000E’ Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for the two new production model Dornier 228 multirole air...
  • Canada Gets Greenlight for Super Hornets
    Canada Gets Greenlight for Super Hornets 13 September 2017
    The US State Department approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft to Canada, announced on 12 September. 10 out of 18 aircraft ordered would be F/A-18E single seat variant while the remaining eight would be the F/A-18F two-seat variant.  Canada also requested eight General Electric F414-GE-400 engine spares, 10 Raytheon AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, 20 General Dynamics Ordnance and Tac...
  • New AESA to Patriots 11 August 2017
    Lockheed Martin introduces the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar prototype as part of its next generation air and missile defense sensor development. The 360-degree scanning capability radar is capable of tracking ballistic missiles. Radar is constructed with modular architecture and planned to replace the MPQ-65 radar used in Patriot systems when all work is completed. It is expected that the radar which developed with GaN technology will have a lifecycle of 30 y...
  • Australia Wants In
    Australia Wants In 11 July 2017
    Australia, who is acquiring 12 EA-18G Growler aircraft, wants to be a part of US Navy's AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer-Medium Band (NGJ-MB) programme which has been initiated to replace AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system on USN's EA-18G Growlers. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed on 5 July that Australian Department of Defence is in negotiations with NAVAIR's Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Program Office (PMA-2...
  • Saudi Contract for Sikorsky
    Saudi Contract for Sikorsky 4 July 2017
    The US Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 30 June a $3,8 billion contract awarded to Sikorsky to manufacture 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army and Saudi Arabia. The five-year contract covers UH-60M utility and HH-60M medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) configurations. The specific numbers and distribution of the helicopters were undisclosed. Powered with General Electric T700-GE-701D engines, UH-60 Black Hawks a fully digital glass cockpit. ...
  • Production for Qatar Will Begin in 2019
    Production for Qatar Will Begin in 2019 19 June 2017
    Boeing plans to begin production of F-15 Advanced Eagle aircraft for Qatar in 2019. The company officials revealed that if the agreement is finalised in near future, production of 36 F-15QAs will begin in 2019 and completed by 2022.  The $12 billion contract was signed on 14 June during Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs visit to Washington. The F-15QA is an advanced variant of the two-seated F-15E Strike Eagle, equipped with an active el...