Defence

AIR International’s dedicated defence section will provide all the latest industry and operator developments from across the military aviation and space domains, from procurement and sustainment, to programme development and delivery.

CAE, Seeing Machines to upgrade Australian Hawk simulators

CAE Australia has been awarded a contract by Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group. It was announced on August 24, that CAE Australia are to support the upgrade of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) three full-mission Hawk Mk127 simulators with the eye tracking training system developed by Seeing Machines.

US Navy acquires MX-20 EO/IR sensors for Poseidon

L3Harris Technologies announced on August 17 that the US Navy has selected the company’s electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) airborne systems for its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with deliveries set to be completed by the end of 2022

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Anti-satellite capabilities could threaten key constellations

With Earth orbit a potential battlespace of the future and the proliferation of satellite constellations presenting more potential targets than ever before, a range of capabilities have been or are being developed by space-faring countries terrestrial tensions could be mirrored in space

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Red Hawk progresses but challenges remain

The T-X programme, intended to replace the ageing fleet of T-38C Talon jet trainers in service with the US Air Force (USAF), was one of the most hotly contested US military procurement competitions in recent years, with a who’s who of aerospace defence companies all actively engaged

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Popular MESA radar can trace its origin back nearly two decades

US-based aerospace systems prime Northrop Grumman’s MESA radar is making waves as the premier sensor of the E-7 Wedgetail aircraft, a type soon to be acquired by the UK, but its origins lie in an idea from the turn of the millennium

Northrop Grumman opens Missile Defence Futures Lab in Alabama

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently opened its new Missile Defence Futures Lab (MDFL) in Huntsville, Alabama. The company’s new MDFL is a pioneering change with a precision to develop, test and field an integrated missile defence system.

Legion Pod-equipped Avenger autonomously follows target aircraft

A GA-ASI-owned Avenger RPAS equipped with Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod has recently demonstrated its ability to track and follow targets of interest autonomously during a test flight over California

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Poseidon looks to capture maritime patrol market

The P-8A Poseidon could become the dominant maritime patrol aircraft among NATO and key allied states; commonality bringing benefits to sustainment and interoperability. However, questions remain as to whether a lack of competition and variety could hinder operational effectiveness

US-owned Cobham to buy UK’s Ultra Electronics

The ongoing acquisition of UK defence firms by overseas competitors looks set to continue following the announced agreement for the £2.6bn acquisition of Ultra Electronics by US-owned Cobham Group

Northrop Grumman to support NATO’s airborne surveillance

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a five-year contract from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency in support of the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance capability