Defense

Essential news and analysis on the defense aerospace business. Your trusted source for new and ongoing programs and requirements in military aircraft (manned and unmanned), engines, avionics, weapons and associated systems, including ground-based air defense.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

U.S. Military Budgets More for Small Unmanned Aircraft Services

The Naval Air Systems Command and Special Operations Command have awarded IDIQ contracts of $1.7 billion and $475 million, respectively.
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Aircraft

Embraer Begins Delivery of UK Military Trainer Phenoms

The contract includes firm orders for five Phenoms, support and options for follow-on aircraft.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

General Atomics Rolls Out Improved Ground Station for Reaper

Plans call for the Block 50 Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station to replace existing ground stations for U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers.
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Aircraft

Britain’s New Aircraft Carrier Starts Sea Trials

HMS Queen Elizabeth can carry up to 36 F-35B stealth fighters or 43 helicopters.
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Aircraft

Australian Buy of Modified G550s Confirmed

L3 Com will modify the Gulfstream jets for ISR and EW.
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Aircraft

Philippines Likely To Buy Super Tucanos

An escalating Muslim insurgency in the country’s southern island has lent urgency to a close air support requirement.
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Aircraft

Leonardo’s M346 Gets Some Teeth

A fighter attack version is being offered that retains the type’s previous capabilities.
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Aircraft

U.S. Offers GA-ASI Sea Guardian UAS to India

The maritime surveillance system is part of a further planned boost in defense cooperation between the two countries.
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Aircraft

Lockheed Martin Debuts Civil LM-100J Hercules Transport at Paris Air Show 2017

Lockheed Martin Debuts Civil LM-100J Hercules Transport at Paris Air Show 2017
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Aircraft

Antonov An-132D Military Transport Flying Display at Paris Air Show 2017

Antonov An-132D Military Transport Flying Display at Paris Air Show 2017
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Aircraft

Dassault’s Rafale Fighter Flying Display at Paris Air Show 2017

Dassault’s Rafale Fighter Flying Display at Paris Air Show 2017
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Aircraft

Embraer’s KC-390 Military Transport Jet Makes Paris Debut, Nears Certification

Embraer’s KC-390 Military Transport Jet Makes Paris Debut, Nears Certification
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Aircraft

Pioneering Civilian Lease Deal for C295 Airlifter

A Canadian leasing company placed a firm order for 12, hoping to place them in various civilian and government operations.
Aircraft

LASA Shows T-Bird at Paris

The T-Bird is entering the market for military light counter-insurgency aircraft based on cropduster airframes.
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Aster On Course To Provide Missile Defense

MBDA’s Aster 30 missile is getting a new seeker and guidance control system to expand its anti-ballistic missile capabilities.
Aircraft

Rafael Displays Wide Range Of Airborne Weaponry

The Israeli company has some innovative solutions to precision attack, and electronic warfare
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Patriot and SM-6 on Target

As the well-known Patriot successfully engages ballistic missile attacks in Arabia, Raytheon is adding customers and advancing its SM-6 missile.
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Aircraft

Turkish Trainer Shows Its Teeth

TAI is now in production with its Hurkus turboprop trainer, and is gearing up to begin flight-testing of production aircraft
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Engines

F-22 Engine Reaches the Half-million

Pratt & Whitney’s F119 engine that powers the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has recently surpassed 500,000 engine flight hours
Aircraft

F-35 Stamps Fifth-Gen Authority On Paris

JSF makes statements on the air and on the ground at the 2017 Salon du Bourget, where it was the star of the show.
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Aircraft

Rafale New Standard To Enhance Capabilities

French military procurement agency DCA has launched a broad program to study the next upgrade to the Dassault fighter.
Aircraft

New Chinese Fighters Tap Russian, U.S. Technology

It remains unclear how far Chinese fighter manufacturers Shenyang and Chengdu have progressed their respective FC/J-31 and J-20 designs.
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Safety

Vintage Fighters Put Ejection Seats To the Test

Ejection seat leader Martin-Baker keeps a pair of classic Gloster Meteor jets on its test team.
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Aircraft

Activity-Based Intelligence Comes of Age in Modern Warfare

Geographic intelligence has emerged as a key tool as states battle new types of enemies.
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Security

Saab to Increase Security for Australian Government

Saab Australia will introduce an integrated security system during 2017 and 2018, monitoring and identifying threats.

India's MKU Broadens Global Reach

India’s MKU strengthens global business with German
Aircraft

New Life for an Old Classic

Antonov and its Saudi partners have engaged leading U.S. and European suppliers to create a throroughly modern version of the An-32
Aircraft

Typhoon Gears Up for Brimstone Firing

Eurofighter is shortly to begin firing tests with the MBDA Brimstone weapon, a key part of the process of transferring Tornado capability to the Typhoon
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Aircraft

LM Boosts Hercules Program With Civil Order, New SOF Version

The LM-100J on display at Paris has a launch customer, and a new international version for special missions was also announced.
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Aircraft

Chinese Transport Goes on Sale

China’s C-130J equivalent has been in service in China for some time, and is now available for export.
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