Defense Tech


  • The Air Force will monitor the weather with microwaves | MBDA starts MICA-NG...
    by Philipp Schramm on November 12, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Ball Aerospace & Technologies is receiving extra funding to advance work on the Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M) program. Awarded by the Air Force the $255 million contract modification allows for the development and fabrication Weather System Follow-on Microwave Space […]

  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
    by Joe Katzman on November 12, 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 […]

  • The USA’s M4 Carbine Controversies
    by Joe Katzman on November 12, 2018 at 3:56 am

    An M4 – or is it? (click to view full) The 5.56mm M-16 has been the USA’s primary battle rifle since the Vietnam war, undergoing changes into progressive versions like the M16A4 widely fielded by the US Marine Corps, “Commando” carbine versions, etc. The M4 Carbine is the […]

  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on November 12, 2018 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 […]

  • Dassault withdraws from Canadian competition | Is Egypt buying two frigates...
    by Philipp Schramm on November 9, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Oshkosh is receiving an extra $11.9 million in funding to continue work on the US Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Retrofit Work Directive. The JLTV is being developed by the Army and the Marine Corps as a successor to the High Mobility, Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which […]

  • France’s Rafale
    by Joe Katzman on November 9, 2018 at 3:58 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 […]

  • Korea’s T-50 Family of Trainers/Fighters
    by Joe Katzman on November 9, 2018 at 3:56 am

    T-50 Golden Eagle (click to view full) South Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle family offers the global marketplace a set of high-end supersonic trainer and lightweight fighter aircraft. They’re hitting the international market at a good time: just as many of the world’s jet training […]

  • USS Indiana undergoes post-delivery work | Boeing looses E-3 upgrade contract |...
    by Philipp Schramm on November 8, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas General Dynamics is being contracted to perform post-delivery work on the Navy’s new Virginia-class submarine. The $13.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification covers the procurement of long-lead-time materials for maintenance, repairs, testing, modifications and other work on the […]

  • Virginia Pivot: The USA’s Multi-Year Block IV Sub Deal
    by Joe Katzman on November 8, 2018 at 3:58 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 […]

  • Heat Vision: US Teen Series Fighters Getting IRST
    by Joe Katzman on November 8, 2018 at 3:56 am

    F/A-18F w. IRST F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Block IIs fighters are beginning to enter service with the US Navy and Australia, carrying significantly improved AN/APG-79 AESA radars and other electronic upgrades. Recent years have seen another spreading improvement within global fighter fleets, however: […]

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