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News and issues relating to the defense aerospace business, with emphasis on current/in-use, in-development and prospective programs for manned military aircraft and unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAVs).

April 8, 2011 - 10:15am
Chile recently took delivery of its first C295 equipped for anti-submarine wa...

Airbus Military delivered the first C295 equipped for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) to Chile.

The twin-engine, medium transport aircraft is equipped with search radar, digital avionics, magnetic anomaly detector, underwing hardpoints for sonobuoys or torpedos and an acoustic processor. The mission system is Airbus Military’s own fully integrated tactical system, with positions for four tactical operators.

April 8, 2011 - 10:00am
An advanced imaging system on the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS radar sur...

A Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS (surveillance target attack radar system) aircraft has been fitted with an advanced imaging sensor for the first time.

April 8, 2011 - 7:13am
Air-to-ground strikes intended to protect civilians have not prevented Gaddaf...

The coalition of nations flying over Libya to protect civilians under UN Resolution 1973 is still flying some 150 sorties daily. Countries contributing aircraft are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, the Netherlands, Spain, the UAE, the UK and the U.S. 

March 30, 2011 - 5:36am

The air campaign over Libya has rekindled the debate about what exactly air power can accomplish without “boots on the ground.” 

March 18, 2011 - 11:00am
Lockheed Martin is flying the first two low-rate initial production F-35s. Th...

The expected costs to produce and sustain the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in service are “simply unacceptable in this fiscal environment,” according to senior Pentagon officials. Air Force acquisition executive David Van Buren and F-35 Joint Program Office chief Vice Admiral David Venlet told a U.S.

March 18, 2011 - 10:45am
BAE's Mantis will be the platform for a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE...

Speaking at Dassault’s annual press conference yesterday, CEO Charles Edelstenne clarified that BAE Systems would be the prime contractor for a joint medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft program under the recently announced memorandum of understanding between the two companies. The MoU follows last November’s Anglo-French inter-governmental agreement.

March 4, 2011 - 10:15am
Two Airbus Military CN-235 transports are to be modified to gunship configura...

Jordan is to modify two of its Airbus Military CN-235 utility transports to a gunship configuration. A contract has been awarded to ATK for the work, which is being undertaken in conjunction with Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau. The work will be split between ATK’s U.S. facilities and those of KADDB in Jordan.

March 4, 2011 - 10:00am
Sikorsky and the UAE’s ADAT are teaming to upgrade 23 Black Hawks with the fo...

On the first day of the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the UAE announced that it is to upgrade 23 Black Hawk helicopters to an armed UH-60M standard. Worth over $270 million, the contract was placed with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, with the work to be performed mainly by AMMROC, a joint venture between ADAT and Sikorsky. The U.S. company also received a $17.6 million contract for UH-60 training.

March 4, 2011 - 9:45am
The Middle East is included in the U.S. government’s broadened export targets...

In a significant move, the U.S. government has cleared an unarmed version of the Predator UAV for wider export, including to the Middle East. Until now, the Predator and Reaper series has been exported only to the UK and Italy, and offered to a few other U.S. allies. Long-endurance UAVs are included in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MCTR), a voluntary 34-nation agreement.

March 4, 2011 - 9:15am
Alenia Aermacchi received a $29.4 million contract from the UAE for four MB33...

Held in Abu Dhabi, the IDEX defense exhibition is traditionally the platform for the United Arab Emirates to announce major deals. But apart from a possible buy of Predator UAVs and an H-60 upgrade (see separate stories), there was nothing on the UAE’s big-ticket items at last week’s event. Even the much-anticipated deal for the THAAD high-altitude air defense system has not been finalized.

 
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