Defense Tech


  • Lockheed is ‘preferred bidder’ for Canada’s future fleet | Who will buy...
    by Philipp Schramm on October 23, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Air Force is procuring more updated Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) from Raytheon. The awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee option is valued at $62 million and provides for more missiles that integrate the Form, Fit, Function Refresh (F3R) of the AMRAAM guidance […]

  • AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile
    by Joe Katzman on October 23, 2018 at 3:58 am

    AIM-120C from F-22A (click for test missile zoom) Raytheon’s AIM-120 Advanced, Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) has become the world market leader for medium range air-to-air missiles, and is also beginning to make inroads within land-based defense systems. It was designed with the […]

  • Saving the Galaxy: The C-5 AMP/RERP Program
    by Joe Katzman on October 23, 2018 at 3:56 am

    C-5 Galaxy (click to view full) When it was introduced, back in 1970, the C-5 Galaxy was the largest plane in the world. It also has the highest operating cost of any US Air Force weapon system, owing to extremely high maintenance demands as well as poor fuel economy. Worse, availability rates […]

  • Britain’s Future Frigates: Type 26 Global Combat Ships
    by Joe Katzman on October 23, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Type 26 concept (click to view full) In the late 2000s Britain slated to replace its existing fleet of Type 22 Broadsword Class and Type 23 Duke Class frigates with 2 new ship classes under a program known then as “Future Surface Combatant” (FSC). By the 2010 Strategic Defence and […]

  • KF-X Fighter: Korea’s Future Homegrown Jet
    by Joe Katzman on October 23, 2018 at 3:52 am

    KODEF ’11 slide (click to view full) South Korea has been thinking seriously about designing its own fighter jet since 2008. The ROK defense sector has made impressive progress, and has become a notable exporter of aerospace, land, and naval equipment. The idea of a plane that helps advance […]

  • Austal starts constructing the Navy’s next EPF | Qatar cancels purchase |...
    by Philipp Schramm on October 22, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Navistar Defense is being contracted by the US Army to provide technical support to its MRAP fleet. The contract modification is priced at $19.7 million and provides for technical support for the in-production and out-of-production MaxxPro family of vehicles. MRAP vehicles are designed […]

  • Navistar’s MaxxPro: 1st Place in MRAP Orders
    by Joe Katzman on October 22, 2018 at 3:58 am

    3BCT-101st, Iraq- no Chavis turrets? (click to view full) Navistar subsidiary International Military and Government LLC (IMG) in, Warrenville, IL has won billions of dollars in MRAP program contracts, to produce several variants of its blast-resistant vehicles. The Category I MRUV vehicle’s […]

  • The USA’s Spearhead-class, expeditionary fast transports
    by Joe Katzman on October 22, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Austal MRV/JHSV concept (click to view full) When moving whole units, shipping is always the cheaper, higher-capacity option. Slow speed and port access are the big issues, but what if ship transit times could be cut sharply, and full-service ports weren’t necessary? After Australia led the […]

  • Bringing Home the BACN to Front-Line Forces
    by Joe Katzman on October 22, 2018 at 3:54 am

    E-11A BACN (click to view full) In late June 2009, the USAF awarded Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems Inc., of San Diego, CA an urgent requirement contract for its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) System. Under current plans, Northrop Grumman will help the USAF deploy BACN in […]

  • Qatar’s Air Force Multipliers: Aerial Tankers and AEW&C
    by Joe Katzman on October 22, 2018 at 3:52 am

    UAE KC-30 concept (click to view full) At the end of DIMDEX 2014 in late March, reports surfaced that Qatar had embarked on a $23 billion shopping spree, buying advanced air defense systems, anti-tank missiles, fast boats, and a mix of utility, attack, and naval helicopters. They also made a pair […]

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