The U.S. State Department has cleared a Slovak government request for the potential sale of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V- configuration combat aircraft. A notification of the potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) was delivered by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to Congress on April 3. The proposed package – including AESA radars, M61 A1 Vulcan 20mm guns, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems, ALQ-213 electronic warfare management systems, guidance kits for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) 500-pound guided bombs, etc. – comes with an estimated price tag of $2.91 billion (EUR2.37 billion). Continue reading
From Bleriot’s cross-channel flight to the Concorde’s cross-Atlantic dash, the French have long been at the forefront of aviation. Indeed, the Montgolfier brothers were the first to fly into the heavens as early as 1783. But, then again, the Concorde was not wholly a French product. And, that raises an interesting question: Do the French still have this penchant for flying or have the realities of modern aircraft development left them behind? Continue reading
Harris Corp recently announced that in 2015, it received a $47 million order for wideband radio systems from an undisclosed nation in the Middle East, reportedly as part of the customer’s tactical communications modernization program. According to Harris, the systems will be used to support a C4ISR network employed by the nation’s military and security forces. Continue reading
With the announcement of the first export order for the Tikhomirov-NIIP Irbis multimission radar, Russian officials can now breathe a little easier. The deal is part of a larger, $2 billion contract with China for 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters and mission systems. Through economy of scale, this deal will lower the radar’s lifetime acquisition and fielding costs. Continue reading
By Derek Bisaccio, Forecast International.
From September 9-12, Russia will host the 10th anniversary of its annual arms exhibition, called the Russia Arms Expo (RAE). The event, described on its website as “one of the biggest international exhibitions of Russian- and foreign-made armaments,” reportedly attracts over 20,000 visitors, among them important global defense contractors and representatives of militaries.[i] Many different weapons and weapons systems will be demonstrated over the four-day event, but one of the biggest sights to see will be Russia’s new T-14 Armata main battle tank, which was unveiled in May at Russia’s Victory Day parade. Continue reading