Brazilian companies Savis and Bradar announced the signing of a cooperation agreement to evaluate joint business development for defense applications at the LAAD Defense & Security 2017 conference. Both companies are affiliated with Embraer Defense & Security and U.S.-based flight deck specialist Rockwell Collins. Continue reading →
The AN/ALQ-99 system on EA-6B Prowler Aircraft. EA-6B in foreground carries 3 under-wing jamming pods for transmitting and a single fixed pod on its tail for receiving.
Production of the airborne tactical jammer is expected to end in 2018, with a final 34 units produced from 2017 through 2018. The ALQ-99 will be superseded by the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), will start to enter service with the U.S. military in 2020.
America’s political landscape experienced a tectonic shift with the November 8, 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Add to that phenomenon the Republican capture of a monopoly in the legislative branch. The result is a configuration of power in Washington that will play a serious role in shaping the U.S. defense budget as well as the overall defense market. Continue reading →
An E-3G Sentry (AWACS) patrols the skies over the U.S. on a recent homeland defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Production of the E-3 AWACS Block 40/45 aircraft, also known as the E-3G, will be delayed by another two years. The delay was announced in the U.S. Director, Operational Test and Evaluation report for FY16. The E-3G completed initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) in 2010. Continue reading →
Until recently, Poland’s Wisla medium-range air defense contest appeared to be locked up, with the Raytheon Patriot and its re-engineered 360° AESA radar looking poised to win. Now, the competing MEADS team has been granted a renewed opportunity. Poland recently invited the MEADS International consortium, of which Lockheed Martin is a member, to present an updated offer for the Wisla program. MEADS followed through with a presentation in the final week of January. Continue reading →
Artist’s rendering of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS). (Photo by U.S. Army PEO IEWS)
On April 1, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the sale of two King Air 350ERs to Saudi Arabia. Typically, that would not be a very noteworthy occurrence, but this particular contract was awarded to Sierra Nevada of Hagerstown, Maryland, a significant provider of defense electronics and a partner with the U.S. Army on a high-profile King Air 350 program. Continue reading →
Defense electronics spending continues to emphasize the development of new technologies, but tight budgets are still restricting R&D. Militaries are having a difficult enough time getting funding for required items, much less for “pipedream” acquisitions based on advanced concept development – no one is willing to risk the limited money available to flesh out a new and unproven idea. Continue reading →
Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS). Source: Naval Air Systems Command.
Variants of the U.S. Navy’s Consolidated Automated Support System, in particular the Reconfigurable Transportable CASS (RTCASS) and electronic CASS (eCASS), are expected to be produced in steady numbers over the next several years, driven by the need to maintain military electronics at their highest level of effectiveness. Continue reading →
TPY-2 THAAD Ground Based Radar. Source – Missile Defense Agency.
In a March 22 teleconference call, Lt. Gen. David Mann of the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command said that the service is looking to satisfy requests from field commanders while retaining enough Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries and associated TPY-2 radars at home. He revealed that the Army will have five THAAD systems (inclusive of the radars) fielded and ready for operation by the end of the year, and will have two more funded in a midterm program. The end goal is nine total batteries. Continue reading →