Defense Tech


  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on January 16, 2019 at 3:54 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 […]

  • Raytheon tapped for SPY-1 radar work | Turkey goes ahead with S-400 purchase |...
    by Emily Erhold on January 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Naval Surface Warfare Center tapped Raytheon with $9.3 million for engineering services in support of the Aegis SPY-1 radar and MK 99 fire control system. The SPY-1 radar and the MK 99 are key components of the Aegis Weapon System, the heart of the Aegis Combat System. The MK 99 Fire […]

  • Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
    by Joe Katzman on January 15, 2019 at 3:58 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 […]

  • France’s Rafale
    by Joe Katzman on January 15, 2019 at 3:54 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 […]

  • The Odyssey: Greece’s U-214 Submarine Order
    by Joe Katzman on January 15, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Papanikolis at HDW (click to view full) On Monday Sept 21/09, ThyssenKrupp Marine informed the Greek Minister of Defence that it was canceling “The Archimedes Project” contract for 4 U-214 diesel-electric submarines with Air-Independent Propulsion technology, because the […]

  • Raytheon advances AMRAAM | Rafael offers $231m for Aeronautics | South Korea...
    by Emily Erhold on January 14, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Navy awarded AAI Corp. Hunt Valley with a $10.9 million contract modification to services for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) unmanned surface vehicle platform. The UISS is a mine countermeasure system designed to influence sweeping of magnetic and acoustic mines. The system […]

  • It’s All in the Package: the Littoral Combat Ship’s Mission Modules
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Loading… (click to view full) What makes the USA’s Littoral Combat Ship designs truly different? They’re built with minimal fixed equipment and large empty spaces for modular gear, instead of a set array of weapons and mission electronics. Otherwise, they’re almost the size […]

  • AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2019 at 3:56 am

    AIM-120C from F-22A (click for test missile zoom) Raytheon’s AIM-120 Advanced, Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) has become the world market leader for medium range air-to-air missiles, and is also beginning to make inroads within land-based defense systems. It was designed with the […]

  • Saving the Galaxy: The C-5 AMP/RERP Program
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2019 at 3:54 am

    C-5 Galaxy (click to view full) When it was introduced, back in 1970, the C-5 Galaxy was the largest plane in the world. It also has the highest operating cost of any US Air Force weapon system, owing to extremely high maintenance demands as well as poor fuel economy. Worse, availability rates […]

  • SM-3 BMD, in from the Sea: EPAA & Aegis Ashore
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Land-based SM-3 concept (click to view full) SM-3 Standard missiles have been the backbone of the US Navy’s ballistic missile defense plans for many years now, and are beginning to see service in the navies of allies like Japan. Their test successes and long range against aerial threats have […]

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