Monthly Archives: October 2016

DoD Working on Swarming Drones | Polish Prosecutors to Investigate Scrapped Caracel Deal with Airbus | China to Premier J-20 Stealth Fighter at…

Americas Two men in California have been charged for taking part in a scheme to smuggle $3 million worth of military aircraft parts and other defense equipment to Iran. Zavik Zargarian and Vache Nayirian stand accused of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, according to the US Department of Justice. If convicted, Zargarian faces a maximum sentence of 115 years in federal prison and a $4,770,000 fine, while Nayirian faces a maximum sentence of 95 years in prison and a $3,770,000 fine, prosecutors said…

Naval Combat Config H225M Unveiled by Helibras & Airbus | L-3 Oceania Snags Night Fighting Contracts of $232M | India Set to Buy Hundreds of…

Americas Helibras and Airbus Helicopters unveiled an H225M configured for naval combat in Brazil last week. The rotorcraft will undergo military certification trials prior to delivery to the Brazilian Navy in 2018. Configurations found in the navalized H225M include a Helibras-developed tactical mission system, including an APS-143 surveillance radar, advanced self-protection systems, as well as signals intelligence capabilities. Weapons include two AM39 Exocet anti-ship missiles, while the cargo bay accommodates a dedicated sensor operator console providing the mission commander with an overview of the tactical situation…

Raytheon & NG Report Nice Increases in Qtrly Rev | Airbus Posts Lower than Expected Q3 Profits | Indian Gov Issues RFI for Self-Protection for…

Americas As with last quarter, higher than expected sales of Paveway laser- and GPS-guided smart bombs and air-to-air missiles have contributed to Raytheon reporting a 4.3 percent rise in quarterly revenue. Raytheon’s missile systems unit increased 9.4 percent to $1.80 billion in the third quarter while their airborne systems business also jumped 10 percent to $1.59 billion. The announcement, however, didn’t save the company from taking a greater than 3 percent drop in shares in early trading on Thursday as a broad sell-off in defense stocks was caused by some companies in the sector missing revenue targets. Northrop Grumman recorded a rise in quarterly profits, announcing a 16.7 percent rise with shares hitting an all-time high of $229.45 and were still up 3.9 percent at $228.10 in afternoon trading on Thursday. …

India to Buy 80 Mi-17v5 Helicopters

Indian Mi-17s(click to view full) In October 2006, the Indo-Asian News Service reported that the Indian Air Force will buy 80 medium lift multi-role Mi-17 1V helicopters from Russia. India’s Chief of Air Staff Marshal S.P. Tyagi reportedly told the news agency that the contractual detail would be finalized within a few months, that Russia will start delivering the helicopters in 2007, and that deliveries would finish within a year. MosNews estimated the deal’s value at approximately $662 million, with the exact value depending on ancillary equipment like avionics. The deal is the result of a dance over time involving both Sikorsky and India’s HAL, and the Mi-17 1V incorporates a few changes to the well-known Mi-17 already in service with India…

BAE to Provide APKWS to US Mil & Allies | UAE to Participate in Mil Exercises with State Dept Approval | Philippines Sign Sweet Lease Deal with…

Americas Issues with insulation found inside F-35 fuel tanks has resulted in slower 3rd quarter deliveries of the next-generation fighter, according to manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The comments were made during the release of the company’s third quarter profits, where the shortfall in deliveries was described as “light” this quarter. …

LM’s Sikorsky Yields Revenue Boost of 14.8% for FY | Embraer Spends $205.5M to Settle Corruption Investigation | Russia Premiers Image of their…

Americas With the tensions between Raytheon and Leonardo-Finmeccanica on their collaboration on the USAF T-X trainer competition seemingly resolved, Raytheon has announced that if the T-100 is selected, work will be carried out in Meridian, Mississippi. In order to facilitate the work, Raytheon proposes to build a final assembly and checkout facility (FACO) in Meridian to complete construction of the trainers. …

Textron AirLand Accelerates R&D on Scorpion Program | Huntington Ingalls Looks at Camber Corp Purchase | Leonardo-Fin Unveils Centauro II Armored…

Americas In preparation for an imminent flight of the first production model of the Scorpion light attack plane, manufacturer Textron AirLand has accelerated research & development spending on the program. The move comes as the consortium, a self-funded effort between companies Textron and AirLand Enterprises, looks to demonstrate the jet’s capabilities as customer engagement increases. While the Scorpion had been floated as a potential candidate for the USAF’s T-X trainer competition, it remains to be formally offered due to the service’s changing requirements. They will instead focus on marketing the jet as a low-cost light attack and surveillance aircraft. Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls is thinking to diversify their portfolio by looking to purchase government services contractor Camber Corp. …

CH-53K Completes Initial Operationals Testing | Boeing, Gen Atomics, LM & NG to Alter MQ-25 Designs for CBARS | Kuwait’s Typhoons to Get LM’s…

Americas Argentinian Air Force pilots have completed their evaluations of the M-346 advanced jet trainer, according to the Italian Defense Ministry. The testing, which took place between October 12 and 13 in Italy, saw the pilots assess the trainer’s air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities. …

Price to Extend Life of B61 Atomic Bomb Put at $8.25B | CENTCOM Believes Iran Involved in USS Mason Attack | Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Plan to…

Americas A Grumman F9F-8 Cougar on the flight deck of USS Lexington Museum has been painted pink for the month October. The new paint job is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, the retired Navy fighter won’t stay pink forever, as a special procedure — applying liquid dishwashing soap to the latex paint — keeps the pretty paint job from becoming permanent. $8.25 billion has been given as the price of the life-extension program for the B61-12 atomic bomb by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)…

Ukraine & Poland Negotiate on Joint Helo Production | French Unveil New Frigate at Euronaval Trade Show | SK Contemplates Leasing Surveillance Sat…

Americas A report published by the Center for New American Security has recommended the Pentagon acquire a mix of high and low assets in order to counter new threats. The authors of the document suggest that the next ten years should see the fighting branches increase their number of aircraft and vessels with a focus on giving greater priority to laser weapons and electromagnetic rail guns. The trade off? …