Defense Tech


  • Trident II research moves ahead | The Mk48 gets a massive overhaul | Can the...
    by Philipp Schramm on June 22, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Lockheed Martin is being awarded a contract modification to support the Navy’s Aegis combat system. As the world’s most advanced combat system, Aegis can simultaneously attack land targets, submarines, and surface ships while automatically protecting the fleet against aircraft, […]

  • Team Torpedo: US Firms Sell & Support MK48s and MK54s
    by Joe Katzman on June 22, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Mk 48: Before and After (click for full sequence) The Mk-48 is the standard heavyweight torpedo used by the US military, and is mounted primarily on submarines. Surface ships use the smaller Mk46 or Mk50. The Mk-54, in contrast, stemmed from the need for a smaller, lighter, and cost effective […]

  • Military, Again: Afghan AF Picks, Arms MD-530 Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on June 22, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Afghan MD-530F (click to view full) In March 2011, MD Helicopters, Inc. in Mesa, AZ won a competition for the Afghan Air Force that could reach as many as 54 helicopters over the life of the 4 year contract, giving it an implicit value of up to $180 million. Discussions with MD Helicopters […]

  • Turkey Finally Lands Its Attack Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on June 22, 2018 at 3:54 am

    T129 ATAK (click to view full) Turkey has been looking to modernize its attack helicopter fleet since the mid-1990s, but the process has mostly served as an object lesson in how not to buy defense equipment. This competition faced many difficulties; after numerous snafus, technology transfer and […]

  • Kongsberg’s NSM/JSM Anti-Ship & Strike Missile Attempts to Fit in...
    by Joe Katzman on June 22, 2018 at 3:52 am

    NSM test launch (click to view full) Kongsberg’s stealthy new Naval Strike Missile (Nytt SjomalsMissil), which continues its development and testing program, has already shown potential in the crowded market for long-range ship attack and shore defense weapons. NSM’s Joint Strike […]

  • Naval UUV Research is cruising ahead | Belgian fighter options still unclear |...
    by Philipp Schramm on June 21, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas US Marine Corps Task Force Southwest is contracting General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to boost its UAS system intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance surge. The un-definitized contract is valued at $39.56 million and will see for General Atomics to fly its own unarmed MQ-9 […]

  • MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export
    by Joe Katzman on June 21, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, […]

  • Virginia Pivot: The USA’s Multi-Year Block IV Sub Deal
    by Joe Katzman on June 21, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Virginia Block I-II (click to view full) A 5-year, $17 billion deal will build 10 Virginia Class Block IV fast attack submarines for the US Navy, bringing production to 2 boats per year at long last. The USA’s nuclear submarine fleet gives it unmatched flexibility, but it’s confronted […]

  • UAE Buys Saab’s Erieye AEW&C Aircraft
    by Joe Katzman on June 21, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Arabian/Persian Gulf (click to view full) In November 2009, Saab announced a 1.5 billion SEK (about $220 million) contract from the United Arab Emirates for 2 of its Saab 340 regional turboprops, equipped with Erieye active-array radars that can scan large airspace volumes, and with related command […]

  • The Osprey needs protection | UK loses another Watchkeeper | Mission support...
    by Philipp Schramm on June 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Navy is ordering protective systems in support of its V-22 aircraft. The $20 million fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract sees for the production of up to 200 Ballistic Protection System panel sets and single floor spares for the V-22 by MACRO Industries. The […]

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