Defense Tech


  • New software to make the Lightning II more deadly | SeaSparrow flies for...
    by Philipp Schramm on August 13, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Lockheed Martin is receiving a contract modification for the development of F-35 Lighting II upgrades. The modification is valued at $104.9 million and enables Lockheed to mature the design and development of the fighter jet’s Block 4 common capabilities. The upgrades are part of the […]

  • RIM-162 ESSM Missile: Naval Anti-Air in a Quad Pack
    by Joe Katzman on August 13, 2018 at 3:56 am

    RIM-162: sections (click to view full) The RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) is used to protect ships from attacking missiles and aircraft, and is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. Compared to the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, ESSM is effectively a new missile with a […]

  • Five Year Extension on Paveway-II Missile Production
    by Joe Katzman on August 13, 2018 at 3:54 am

    GBU-12 Paveway II Paveway II kits convert standard Mk 80 family free-fall bombs into laser-guided weapons. Each guidance kit consists of a computer control group (CCG) guidance system with a semi-active laser seeker and pneumatically-controlled guidance canards for the front-end of the bomb, plus […]

  • Virginia Pivot: The USA’s Multi-Year Block IV Sub Deal
    by Joe Katzman on August 13, 2018 at 3:52 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 […]

  • From Dolphins to Destroyers: The ScanEagle UAV
    by Joe Katzman on August 10, 2018 at 4:56 am

    ScanEagle launch (click to view full) ScanEagle’s base Insight UAV platform was originally developed by Washington state’s Insitu, Inc. to track dolphins and tuna from fishing boats, in order to ensure that the fish you buy in supermarkets is “dolphin-safe”. It turns out […]

  • SOCOM to continue MEUAS II-B | NMS continues to support Afghanistan | Taiwan...
    by Philipp Schramm on August 10, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Naval Air Systems Command is procuring system components for its F-35 Lightning fighter jets. Lockheed Martin will provide the service with essential Aircraft Management System (AMS) and Panoramic Cockpit Display (PCD) components at a cost of $19.3 million. The company will also be […]

  • Phalanx CIWS: The Last Defense, On Ship and Ashore
    by Joe Katzman on August 10, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Phalanx, firing (click to view full) The radar-guided, rapid-firing MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS, pron. “see-whiz”) can fire between 3,000-4,500 20mm cannon rounds per minute, either autonomously or under manual command, as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles […]

  • USAF invests in M-Code receiver development | Lockheed lands two hypersonic...
    by Philipp Schramm on August 9, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is procuring support equipment for its fleet of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Northrop Grumman will supply the Navy with 45 end items of Peculiar Support Equipment (PSE) at a cost of $29.9 million. The firm-fixed-price order includes the […]

  • Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
    by Joe Katzman on August 9, 2018 at 3:56 am

    AEGIS-BMD: CG-70 launches SM-3 (click to view full) The AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System for missiles, the SM-3 Standard missile, and the ship’s command and control system, in order to give ships the ability to […]

  • Aerosonde Again? AAI’s MEUAS-II Special Forces UAV Win
    by Joe Katzman on August 9, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Aerosonde 4.7 from M80 Stiletto (click to view full) It has been a great week for Textron subsidiary AAI. At the end of February, they made a big breakthrough in the US military market, as their Aerosonde-G UAV became 1 of 3 platforms eligible to compete for up to $847 million in US Navy and […]

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