Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Expal and Airbus move forward with weaponized C295W military airlifter

Airbus Defence and Space and the Spanish company EXPAL Systems have signed an agreement under which EXPAL will provide engineering support for the integration of standard weapons such as 70mm rockets as well as MK 80 series warheads, EXPAL announced on Oct. 19. 
A Airbus DS C295W multirole military aircraft
(Credit: Airbus DS)
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Russian Navy receives more than 100 Kalibr & Oniks cruise missiles in Q3/2016

The Russian Navy has accepted over 100 Kalibr (NATO reporting name: SS-N-27 Sizzler) and Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile) guided missiles, vessels and land-based missile systems in the third quarter of this year, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said during the single materiel acceptance day. 

US approves $75 mn FMS from UAE for military exercise participation support

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for exercise participation support. The estimated cost is $75 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on October 24, 2016. 
An F-16E from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, lands at Nellis Air Force Base following a Red Flag 09-5 training mission Aug. 26
(Credit: USAF/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)
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Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) Recovers F/A-18E Super Hornet for the First Time

Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) completes a first-of-its-kind recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 13. This event, conducted as part of AAG performance testing with the Super Hornet, follows more than 200 roll-in arrestments completed at the site since late March. The AAG test team conducted more than 1,300 dead-load arrestments on the Navy’s newest aircraft recovery system before involving manned aircraft.

Monday, 24 October 2016

USS Detroit LCS 7 enters active service after ceremony on Detroit River

The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation's seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - USS Detroit (LCS 7) - on the Detroit River, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service.

French Firefighters sponsored by Army Recognition at World Firefighter Combat Challenge in U.S.

The Belgian Company Army Recognition sponsors the French team of firefighters of TFA team Strasbourg during the World Firefighter combat challenge which takes place in Montgomery, Alabama, United States from the 24 to 29 October 2016.
French firefighters TFA Team Strasbourg sponsored by the Belgian Company Army Recognition at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Montgomery, Alabama, United States (from the left to the right Olivier Pruneau, Jonathan Foessel, Coralie Mertz, Vincent Heiligenstein and Frédéric Orlandi)
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Raytheon plans to produce T-100 next-gen trainer jet in Mississippi

Raytheon Company plans to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System on a shovel-ready site in Mississippi, the US defense company announced today Oct. 24. Should the U.S. Air Force approve the company's proposal for the Advanced Pilot Training program, Raytheon would establish a Final Assembly and Check-Out facility in Meridian. 
A pair of T-100 advanced jet trainers
(Credit: Raytheon)
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Video: DARPA's ACTUV Unmanned Vessel Helps TALONS Take Flight in Successful Joint Test

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program has developed and built a technology demonstration vessel that is currently undergoing open-water testing off the coast of California and recently set sail with its first payload: a prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast developed through the Agency’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort. 

US Navy F-35C, P-8A, E-2C, C-2, MH-60R & H-72A in Aerial Photo Op with USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

The U.S. Navy released a series of pictures showing several aircraft types flying close to the destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). This aerial photo exercise comes just a few days after the commissioning of the U.S. Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship.

Kratos lands a $12.6 mn contract for sensor integration into UTAP-22 UCAV

The US defense contractor Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced today that it has been awarded a $12.6 million contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), in coordination with STRATCOM and the Strategic Capabilities Office, to explore the use of high speed drones in either fully autonomous or semi-autonomous roles to support fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft. 
The UTAP-22 UCAV during a flight demo
(Credit: Kratos)
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