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  • Draper tapped for TRIDENT II | Boeing to support Qatar Armed Forces Apache...
    by Emily Erhold on February 19, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas Strategic Systems Programs contracted Charles Stark Draper Laboratory with $191 million for the production of TRIDENT II D5 Strategic Weapon System MK6 Guidance Equivalent Units. Draper Laboratory is a development organization that designs, develops, and deploys technological solutions for […]

  • Trident II D5 Missile: Keeping Up with Changing Times
    by Fred Donovan on February 19, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Trident II D5 Test Launch (click to view full) Nuclear tipped missiles were first deployed on board US submarines at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, to deter a Soviet first strike. The deterrence theorists argued that, unlike their land-based cousins, submarine-based nuclear weapons […]

  • AH-64E Apache Block III: Evolving Battlefield Roles
    by Joe Katzman on February 19, 2019 at 3:56 am

    AH-64 in Afghanistan (click to view full) The AH-64 Apache will remain the US Army’s primary armed helicopter for several more decades, thanks to the collapse of the RAH-66 Comanche program, and the retirement sans replacement of the US Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). […]

  • Saab’s Sea Giraffe 1X 3D Heads to US
    by on February 19, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Sea Giraffe 1X 3D (click to view full) Swedish defense giant Saab is to offer its Sea Giraffe 1X 3D, active electronically scanned array (AESA) naval radar to the US market, showcasing it at the Maritime Security East Conference in Norfolk, Virginia this week. At 650 pounds, the radar is suitable […]

  • France’s Rafale
    by Joe Katzman on February 19, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Dassault Rafale (click for cutaway view) Will Dassault’s fighter become a fashionably late fighter platform that builds on its parent company’s past successes – or just “the late Rafale”? It all began as a 1985 break-away from the multinational consortium that went on […]

  • GE Aviation to repair Super Hornet Generator Units | PAE Government Systems to...
    by Emily Erhold on February 18, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Navy tapped GE Aviation Systems LLC with $68.2 million for G2/G3 generator converter units repair for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The F/A-18 is a twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft. All F/A-18s can be configured quickly to perform either fighter or attack roles or […]

  • The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks
    by Joe Katzman on February 18, 2019 at 3:56 am

    RAAF C-130J-30, flares (click to view full) The C-130 Hercules remains one of the longest-running aerospace manufacturing programs of all time. Since 1956, over 40 models and variants have served as the tactical airlift backbone for over 50 nations. The C-130J looks similar, but the number of […]

  • LCA Tejas: An Indian Fighter – With Foreign Help
    by Joe Katzman on February 18, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Tejas LCA (click to view full) India’s Light Combat Aircraft program is meant to boost its aviation industry, but it must also solve a pressing military problem. The IAF’s fighter strength has been declining as the MiG-21s that form the bulk of its fleet are lost in crashes, or retired […]

  • Detyens gets $10.5 million to overhaul T-AKE 12 | Israel to buy Italian Koalas...
    by Emily Erhold on February 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin with a 14.5 million contract modification to provide for initial lay-in of repair materials for seven F-35 Lightning II systems at various depots in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, non-US DOD participants, and Foreign Military Sales customers. The […]

  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on February 15, 2019 at 3:58 am

      F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 […]

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