Monthly Archives: March 2016

Navy Delivers New APKWS for Fixed Wing Aircraft | Embraer Says KC-390 Back on Schedule | RAF Tests Finmeccanica’s BriteCloud Decoy

Americas The US Navy has delivered the first fixed-wing aircraft variant of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS), to be attached to AV-8B Harriers and operated by the Marine Attack Squadron (VMA). Initially integrated onto MH-60S, MH-60R, and AH-1Z helicopters, the new design just took seven months to be incorporated onto the Harrier. The new capability will quickly provide the AV-8B with a low-cost, low-collateral damage, high-precision weapon in support of combat operations. Sales of the Yak-130 jet trainer are expected to make their way to a number of Latin American countries according to Anatoly Punchuk, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation…

Saab’s Sea Giraffe 1X 3D Heads to US

Sea Giraffe 1X 3D(click to view full) Swedish defense giant Saab is to offer its Sea Giraffe 1X 3D, active electronically scanned array (AESA) naval radar to the US market, showcasing it at the Maritime Security East Conference in Norfolk, Virginia this week. At 650 pounds, the radar is suitable for small patrol boats, giving them the ability to detect unmanned aerial vehicles for the first time. With no forced cooling requirements, and a minimal number of line-replaceable units (LRUs), it requires little power or upkeep

GAO Report on UCLASS Sees Progress on CBARS | French Navy Seizes Somalia Bound Weapons Cache | 490 Participants, 47 Countries Attend Defexpo India…

Americas Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC and Chemring Military Products were awarded a $750 million firm-fixed-price contract for non-standard ammunition and non-standard mortar weapon systems. The contract was awarded by the US Army on Monday, with an estimated completion time of March 27, 2021 with the potential for foreign military sales. Other munition contracts awarded include a $30.3 million contract for Olin Corp to provide 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50-caliber ammunition. The ammunition is expected to be delivered by September 30, 2017. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its annual report on the the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program, as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014…

JLTV Costs Drop Significantly | F-35 On Publicity Tour This Summer | NATO Cmdr Suggests U-2 Surveillance on Russia

Americas The US Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program (JLTV) will cost significantly less than initially expected, according to a a recent Pentagon Selected Acquisition Report (SAR). The program’s cost is to drop about $6 billion, over 19 percent, from $30.6 billion to $24.7 billion. Breaking down the savings, $3.7 billion goes in realized savings, $1.3 billion in adjustments due to a stretched out procurement, and $550 million due to a changed methodology in estimating technical data package costs, among a few other factors.Orbital ATK is to keep producing AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) multi-mode seekers until 2023. The extended orders were made by the US Navy, which requires 556 additional units…

F-35 Acquisition Cost Estimates Drop by $12.1B | German Defense Budget Up 6.8% to $36.61B for 2017 | French Sending Paramilitary Forces to Burkina…

Americas The US Navy has begun its “light-off” testing of an AN/SPQ-9B horizon search radar upgraded with a Periscope Detection and Discrimination (PDD) capability. Testing took place March 13 on board the CG 47 Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Lake Champlain. The upgraded PDD capability represents a noteworthy improvement in submarine detection, in support of the Navy’s overall anti-surface warfare efforts, and represents the culmination of almost a decade of Navy investment in developing a periscope detection mode for the AN/SPQ-9B Radar and the collaborative efforts of NAVSEA agencies, Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Naval Surface and Expeditionary Warfare Command. …

DCMA Doubts Delivery Date for KC-46A’s | Saab Offering Sea Giraffe AESA Radar to US Mkt | Japanese Turns to US Mfrs for Help with F-3 Fighter Jets

Americas The Defense Contract Management Agency has expressed its “low confidence” in Boeing’s ability to deliver the KC-46A on time. Delivery of the tanker to the USAF is expected by August 2017 and is currently in the process of undergoing its Milestone C Demonstrations. Despite this, the agency now believes Boeing can only deliver the 18 KC-46As by March 2018, and there is a possibility that the new date might not be achievable either…

Saab and Selex to Work on M-AESA Radar

Active electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars offer a number of important benefits. By focusing individual elements very quickly and precisely without having to move them physically, and with little signal “leakage” outside of its focused beam, AESA radars gain improved reliability, power, and the ability to “timeshare” by switching from mode to mode fast enough to operate different modes at once. They also have potential applications in electronic warfare, and recent research indicates significant potential for secure, high-bandwidth communications. At present, the USA is the only country that has AESA radars operating on fighter aircraft, though projects are underway in Britain, and in other areas, European battlefield surveillance radars and NATO’s AGS project aim to field such radars shortly. European countries continue to work to close the gap… German BUR radar concept(click to view full) Saab Microwave Systems AB, Selex Sistemi Integrati S.p.A and Elettronica S.p.A. …

Saltwater Capable UAV; Beware Johns Hopkins CRACUNS | Oshkosh Awarded $433M in Recap Work for Army | UK Extends BAE Contract for Anti-Sub Frigates

Americas Researchers from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Tests carried out on the Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System (CRACUNS) have proven that it can remained submerged in saltwater for two months, and then be launched into the air to carry out its mission. CRACUNS enables new capabilities not possible with existing UAV or UUV platforms. Its ability to operate in the harsh littoral (shore) environment, as well as its payload flexibility, enables a wide array of potential missions.The operational capability of the T-X advanced jet trainer program will be two years late as the USAF decided to delay the release of the request for proposals until late December. …

From Test Jet to Money-Maker: Lockheed’s AML “Net Dragon”

G-III AML(click to view full) Lockheed is more aggressive than most defense firms in self-funding projects that make sense to them, and the Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML) was their response to the rising popularity of small manned surveillance planes like the USA’s MC-12W Liberty, the MARSS program, etc. Now, their AML is moving from a privately-funded surveillance variant of the Gulfstream III business jet, to a money-making platform, courtesy of the Italian Ministry of Defence. Under an agreement for an undisclosed sum, Lockheed Martin will provide its AML as a contracted ISR(Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) service “in a live operational environment,” which probably means Afghanistan. The service goes beyond the jet… Italy’s contract includes full flight crew and maintenance personnel, plus 3 intelligence-processing ground stations, for 1 year. An option could extend the contract to 2 years. …