Defense Tech


  • DoJ charge three men with supplying Hezbollah UAV parts | Seoul clears PAC-3...
    by Padraig McCarrick on February 21, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Orbital ATK received on Wednesday, February 14, a $79.4 million US Navy contract for development, testing and evaluation of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Ground Launch Drone Missile (GQM-163A). The agreement will see Orbital provide the Navy with developmental testing […]

  • Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape
    by Joe Katzman on February 21, 2018 at 3:58 am

    DID's FOCUS Article covering the Patriot anti-air missile system, including all development & contracts during the FY 2007 time frame... […]

  • The New Iraqi Air Force: F-16IQ Block 52 Fighters
    by Joe Katzman on February 21, 2018 at 3:54 am

    F-16IQ (D) (click to view full) Iraq’s military has made significant strides in recent years, and the country is ordering more advanced military equipment to match. A slew of 2008 requests aimed to spend over $10 billion to buy advanced armored vehicles, strengthen its national military […]

  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
    by Joe Katzman on February 21, 2018 at 3:50 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 […]

  • US Army Moves Ahead with V-Hull Strykers
    by Joe Katzman on February 20, 2018 at 7:56 am

    M1126, post-IED (click to view full) Under current plans, the 8×8 wheeled Stryker armored vehicle will be the future backbone of 8 US Army and 1 National Guard medium armored brigades. The 5th Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, WA was the first Stryker unit sent to Afghanistan, deployed in the […]

  • Will US export ban SCALP Franco-Egyptian Rafale deal? | Navy awards contracts...
    by Padraig McCarrick on February 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Five shipbuilding firms have been awarded US Navy contracts worth $15 million each to deliver conceptual designs for the Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)) program—the effort for the service’s future frigate. Awarded to Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Austal USA, General […]

  • LPD-17 San Antonio Class: The USA’s New Amphibious Ships
    by Joe Katzman on February 20, 2018 at 3:58 am

    LPD-17 cutaway (click to view full) LPD-17 San Antonio class amphibious assault support vessels are just entering service with the US Navy, and 11 ships of this class are eventually slated to replace up to 41 previous ships. Much like their smaller predecessors, their mission is to embark, […]

  • Snakes and Rotors: The H-1 Helicopter Program
    by Joe Katzman on February 20, 2018 at 3:54 am

    UH-1Y and AH-1Z by Neville Dawson The US Marines’ helicopter force is aging at all levels, from banana-shaped CH-46 Sea Knight transports that are far older than their pilots, to the 1980s-era UH-1N Hueys and AH-1W Cobra attack helicopters that make up the Corps’ helicopter assault […]

  • Indonesia finally inks Su-35 deal with Russia | Boeing begrudgingly expresses...
    by Padraig McCarrick on February 19, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas All three variants of the F-35 have been cold weather tested by the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The testing comes ahead of the aircraft’s stationing at Eielson from 2020, which poses some of the harshest environments that the […]

  • Canada Preparing to Replace its CF-18 Hornets, Announces new Competition
    by Joe Katzman on February 19, 2018 at 3:58 am

    CF-18, 20-year colors (click to view full) Canada’s 138 “CF-18s” were delivered between 1982-1988, but accidents and retirements have reduced the fleet to about 103, with only 79 upgraded F/A-18 AM/BM Hornets still operational. The CF-18s are expected to be phased out between 2017 […]

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