Monthly Archives: February 2016

McCain Vows to Block LRS-B Program | Hypersonic Missiles Possible by Next Leap Year | Taiwan Plans to Build 3 Air Defense Catamarans

Americas The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has begun research into a miniature air-to-air missile that would be carried on the next generation of advanced fighter jets. Referred to as the Small Advanced Capabilities Missile (SACM), the missile will be smaller and cheaper than the current air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-9X and AIM-120D. The SACM is one of a number of new munition concepts being explored by the AFLR alongside a general purpose bomb known as GBU-X, and a powered air-to-ground missile (AGM-X). …

Jordan Requesting Repair and Return on it’s F-16 Engines

Belgian Falcon(click to view full) The Royal Jordanian Air force’s fighter fleet currently consists of F-16 A/B, Mirage F1, and F-5 E/F Tiger II fighters. In recent years, the Jordanians have sought to strengthen their air force with surplus F-16s from European countries. “Jordan Buys 20 F-16 MLU from Holland, Belgium” covered an earlier purchase set, and deliveries have begun…

F-35 Might Still Make it to Canada | KC-46 Timeline Tight for IOC | EU to Saudis: “No Arms for You”

Americas After sensationally backing out of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Canadian government will not exclude the jet from the renewed CF-18 replacement competition. Canadian minister of national defence Harjit Sajjan said at the annual Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) that once the government determines its needs, and capabilities are specified, potential contractors will be allowed to bid, including Lockheed Martin with its F-35. The announcement marks the first time that Sajjan has explicitly said that the F-35 could still be in the running, after weeks of hinting at the possibility. Textron AirLand may be on the brink of pulling out of the USAF’s T-X trainer competition their Scorpion design. The plane falls outside the air force’s stringent requirements, and unless a change in parameters occur, a clean sheet design would provide too costly for the company. …

NG Plans for Hawkeye’s to be Aerial Refueled by End of Year | SA to Flight Test AN-132 Mil Transport Aircraft by 2017 | Airbus Vows to Double…

Americas Northrop Grumman has announced that their E-2D Hawkeye aircraft is to carry out its first aerial refueling by the end of 2016. The air-to-air refueling modification is currently being integrated at the company’s newly-renovated St. Augustine, Florida facility. The new capability will be integrated into new-build aircraft, and retrofitted on delivered E-2Ds to increase the time the type can operate on station. …

It’s Official – Raytheon Glides into T-X Program | Two F-16s Fly Together as Manned and Unmanned | Tunisia’s New 125Mi Barrier Wall to Get…

Americas Raytheon has officially entered a bid in the T-X program, offering an American made version of the Italian Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi M-346-based T-100. The company will take the position of head contractor vacated by General Dynamics in March, and will partner with Honeywell and CAE. The offering will use a foundational aircraft platform from Finmeccanica, simulation equipment, training systems and courseware designed by CAE, and Honeywell’s twin F124 turbofan engines to power the aircraft…

Honeywell Developing VR Windshield | JSTARS Contract May be Delayed by USAF for Six Months | SIPRI Report Shows Significant Increase on Global Arms…

Americas Major defense purchases through Canada’s problem-plagued procurement process is to be guided by a cabinet-level committee. The committee will have direct access to support from Prime Minister Justin Tredeau, and is tasked with seeing that billion dollar sales, which include all aircraft purchases, will not be held up in federal bureaucracy. While details of the committee have not been disclosed, it will include high ranking members of the Liberal government including Procurement Minister Judy Foote, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Scott Brison, the president of the Treasury Board. …

USAF Spending $491M to Upgrade B-52H Radar | $3B Saudi Aid Package With Lebanese Cancelled | Jakarta Decides on Su-35s

Americas The USAF has earmarked $491 million over five years for the upgrade of B-52H radars. The modernization plan will replace the outdated Northrop Grumman AN/APQ-166 mechanically scanned array radar with further funds to be made available post-2021. The USAF strategy for the program has yet to be released, but it is likely that the plan will be to modify existing radar technologies and components to suit the B-52H, instead of developing something new, to increase reliability and durability of the radar. The US State Department has approved a $200 million Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia. The sale will see the provision of support services by the United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia (USMTM), which will be responsible for identifying, planning, and executing U.S. …

Raytheon Replacing Gen Dyn on T-100 Program | Russia to Sign $8B+ Weapons Contract with Iran | Honeywell Aerospace Joining Japan’s P-1 Program

Americas Raytheon and the US Navy have successfully commenced operational testing of the new Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW C-1) at China Lake. The AGM-154 Block III upgrade incorporates a new Link-16 weapon data link and a moving maritime target capability. This was the eighth successful test for the air-to-surface missile after seven deployments in the developmental and integration test phases. The latest test has been described by Raytheon as “a challenging battlefield scenario [which] included a well-defended target that used tactical countermeasures.” Once the free flight operational testing is complete, the JSOW C-1 will be released for full use by the Navy. …

Japan’s P-X Maritime Patrol Aircraft

P-X Concept In our article P-8A MMA May Become an Multinational Program, DID asked for reader input re: current Japanese projects in this area. Andrew Durston of Smiths Aerospace pointed us to an 2002 article that offered a thought-provoking analysis of the Martitime Patrol aircraft segment, and noted Japan’s indigenous P-X program. That article was written before a contractor or aircraft model had been selected for the P-8 MMA System Design & Development phase. P-X roll-out, 2007(click to view full) The first engineering and demonstration aircraft for the P-X maritime patrol and C-X transport programs are scheduled to commence at flight-test in 2007; they will eventually replace the Japan Defense Agency’s current 96 P-3C Orion and 26 C-1 transport aircraft. To take advantage of economies of scale, both aircraft, as far as possible, will have shared structure and avionics…

GAO Rejects Boeing/LM Protest on LRS-B Contract | IAI Introduces Loitering Munitions at Singapore Air Show | Saab Launches GlobalEye to Wider Market

Americas The joint Boeing/Lockheed Martin protest filed against the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) contract awarded to Northrop Grumman has been rejected by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). The complaint, claiming that the competition was “fundamentally flawed“, was filed last November and resulted in a three month delay in engineering and development work by Northrop. The GAO found no basis to sustain or uphold the protest, which analysts estimate to be worth over $80 billion over the course of the contract. With 100 hundred bombers to be manufactured for the USAF, Boeing can still bring the challenge to federal court as they look to make up for lost production contracts and potential job losses ahead. …