Defense Tech


  • Sikorsky-Boeing team defiant on FVL first flight delays | Saab GlobalEye flies...
    by Padraig McCarrick on March 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB-1 Defiant are rigorously testing the coaxial helicopter demonstrator before its maiden flight, officials from both companies have told Defense News. Defiant is likely to fly in the latter part of this summer, Randy Rotte, Boeing’s director […]

  • JMR-FVL: Army Casts Dice for Future Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on March 16, 2018 at 3:58 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 […]

  • NH90: Europe’s Medium Helicopter Gets New Order Despite Issues
    by Joe Katzman on March 16, 2018 at 3:55 am

    NH90: TTH & NFH (click to view full) The NH90 emerged from a requirement that created a NATO helicopter development and procurement agency in 1992 and, at almost the same time, established NH Industries (62.5% EADS Eurocopter, 32.5% AgustaWestland, and 5% Stork Fokker) to build the hardware. […]

  • Super Hornet Fighter Family MYP-III: 2010-2018 Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on March 16, 2018 at 3:53 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 […]

  • Funding for OA-X may come in 2019, pending Congress approval | Australia...
    by Padraig McCarrick on March 15, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Funding may be reallocated by Congress to fund a light-attack aircraft (OA-X) acquisition this year, accelerating the Department of Defense’s purchase of the aircraft by one year. Money for light-attack aircraft is currently slated to begin in fiscal year 2020 and there is about $2.5 […]

  • The Fighter Still Remains… The Boxer MRAV APC Family
    by Joe Katzman on March 15, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Boxer MRAV (click to view full) Wheeled armored vehicles have become much more common, but the Dutch-German Boxer stands out from the crowd. Its English acronym is “Multi Role Armoured Vehicle” (MRAV), but rather than being a family of different vehicles, the Boxer will use a single […]

  • From Dolphins to Destroyers: The ScanEagle UAV
    by Joe Katzman on March 15, 2018 at 3:55 am

    ScanEagle launch (click to view full) ScanEagle’s base Insight UAV platform was originally developed by Washington state’s Insitu, Inc. to track dolphins and tuna from fishing boats, in order to ensure that the fish you buy in supermarkets is “dolphin-safe”. It turns out […]

  • Virginia Pivot: The USA’s Multi-Year Block IV Sub Deal
    by Joe Katzman on March 14, 2018 at 9:55 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 […]

  • USMC seeks info on new UAV for AEW, EW, and ISR role | Lockheed hails radar...
    by Padraig McCarrick on March 14, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas URS Federal Technical Services landed a $961 million contract Friday, March 9, for maintenance and support of the US Air Force’s unmanned aircraft fleet. According the agreement, the Maryland-based firm will cover support for MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned […]

  • MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export
    by Joe Katzman on March 14, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, […]

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