Defense Tech


  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
    by Joe Katzman on June 26, 2017 at 3:59 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 […]

  • The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card
    by Joe Katzman on June 26, 2017 at 3:58 am

    South African JAS-39D (click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving Saab-35 Draken […]

  • Trident II D5 Missile: Keeping Up with Changing Times
    by Fred Donovan on June 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Trident II D5 Test Launch (click to view full) Nuclear tipped missiles were first deployed on board US submarines at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, to deter a Soviet first strike. The deterrence theorists argued that, unlike their land-based cousins, submarine-based nuclear weapons […]

  • Eurofighter’s Future: Tranche 3, and Beyond
    by Joe Katzman on June 26, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Italian Eurofighters (click to view full) The multi-national Eurofighter Typhoon has been described as the aerodynamic apotheosis of lessons learned from the twin engine “teen series” fighters that began with the F-14 and F-15, continued with the emergence of the F/A-18 Hornet, and […]

  • Senate receives Raptor production report | IAI test-fires LORA | Sukhoi &...
    by Padraig McCarrick on June 22, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Americas The USAF awarded Lockheed Martin a $104 million contract to develop, produce and field a threat simulator to train combat aircrews to recognize and deal with rapidly evolving threats, such as surface-to-air missiles. The deal will see the firm undertake the development and test of a single […]

  • Huntington awarded $3 billion AAS contract | F-35A flights at Luke AFB resumed...
    by Padraig McCarrick on June 21, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Americas Huntington Ingalls has been awarded a $3 billion contract modification for the design and construction of the America-class Landing Helicopter Assault Replacement Amphibious Assault Ship. The majority of work will take place in Pascagoula, Miss., with further work to be carried out at […]

  • The USA’s America Class NAAS: Carrier Air + Amphibious Assault
    by Joe Katzman on June 21, 2017 at 3:59 am

    LHA-R/NAAS Concept (click to view full) Modern U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ships project power and maintain presence by serving as the cornerstone of the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) / Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). LHA/LHD are a key element of the Seapower 21 doctrine pillars of Sea Strike […]

  • India Ordered, Modernized Su-30MKIs
    by Joe Katzman on June 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Indra Dhanush 2007 (click to view full) India’s Su-30MKI fighter-bombers are the pride of its fleet. Below them, India’s local Tejas LCA lightweight fighter program aims to fill its low-end fighter needs, and the $10+ billion M-MRCA competition is negotiating to buy France’s […]

  • India Selects S-70B as Its Naval Multi Role Helicopter… No more.
    by Joe Katzman on June 21, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Indian Ka-28 (click to view larger) In September 2008, Flight International reported that India’s defence ministry has issued a tender for “advanced multirole naval helicopters” to several manufacturers around the world, including AgustaWestland, EADS and Sikorsky. The initial RFP […]

  • Navy eyes upping Super Hornet numbers | Lockheed close to next F-35 order |...
    by Padraig McCarrick on June 20, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Americas It’s been revealed that the US Navy intends to acquire at least 80 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft over the next five years, running against initial plans to zero out the aircraft program beginning next year. The announcement was made by the sailing branch to the US Senate Armed […]

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