Defense Tech


  • Raytheon kicks-off SM-2 Block IIIC development | France orders more Phenix...
    by Philipp Schramm on December 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Raytheon is being contracted to kick-off development of a new Standard Missile variant. Awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, the $149 million contract provides for engineering, manufacturing and development of the SM-2 Block IIIC variant. This new variant will fill the gap between the […]

  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
    by Joe Katzman on December 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    SM-2 Launch, DDG-77 (click to view larger) Variants of the SM-2 Standard missile are the USA’s primary fleet defense anti-air weapon, and serve with 13 navies worldwide. The most common variant is the RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIB, which entered service in 1998. The Standard family […]

  • Kongsberg’s NSM/JSM Anti-Ship & Strike Missile Attempts to Fit in...
    by Joe Katzman on December 18, 2018 at 3:56 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 […]

  • Le Phenix: France Modernizes Its Aerial Refueling Fleets
    by Joe Katzman on December 18, 2018 at 3:52 am

    C-135FR refuels A330 (click to view full) France currently relies on 14 C-135s for its aerial refueling needs, but these militarized relatives of the Boeing 707 are expensive to maintain, lack key technologies required for unrestricted flight, and are approaching 50 years old. Over those […]

  • Korea’s New Coastal Frigates: the FFX Incheon Class
    by Joe Katzman on December 18, 2018 at 3:50 am

    FFX: Jeonbuk launch (click to view full) South Korea currently owns some of the world’s best and most advanced shipyards. That civilian strength is beginning to create military leverage, and recent years have seen the ROK take several steps toward fielding a true open-ocean, blue water navy. […]

  • SB-1 Defiant maiden flight delayed | Bulgaria opts for F-16V | Vietnam says...
    by Philipp Schramm on December 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Navy is pouring more money into US, UK submarine fire control systems research. General Dynamics is receiving a $35 million contract modification that provides for R&D, and sustainment efforts for the US, UK SSBN Fire Control Sub-system (FCS) and the US SSGN Attack Weapon […]

  • The Right to Bear Arms: Gunship Kits for America’s C-130s
    by Joe Katzman on December 17, 2018 at 3:58 am

    USMC KC-130J (click to view full) Special Operations Command’s AC-130H/U gunships can lay down withering hails of accurate fire, up to and including 105mm howitzer shells, in order to support ground troops. The Marines also wanted heavy aircraft that could support their Leathernecks on the […]

  • JMR-FVL: Army Casts Dice for Future Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on December 17, 2018 at 3:56 am

    The future is now (click to view full) The JMR-TD program is the science and technology precursor to the Department of Defense’s estimated $100 billion Future Vertical Lift program, which is expected to replace between 2,000-4,000 medium class UH-60 utility and AH-64 attack helicopters after […]

  • Super Hornet Fighter Family MYP-III: 2010-2018 Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on December 17, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Breakthrough… (click to view full) The US Navy flies the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, and has begun operating the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare & strike aircraft. Many of these buys have been managed out of common multi-year procurement (MYP) contracts, which aim to reduce […]

  • Finmeccanica’s M-346 AJT: Who’s the Master?
    by Joe Katzman on December 17, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Tornado refuels M346 (click to view full) Alenia’s Aermacchi’s M-346 advanced jet trainer began life in 1993, as a collaboration with Russia. It was also something of a breakthrough for Alenia Aermacchi, confirming that the Finmeccanica subsidiary could design and manufacture advanced […]

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