Analysis: German Tornado/Typhoon Replacement

At the ILA Berlin Airshow Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Eric Trappier, CEO and chairman of Dassault Aviation announced that the two companies would jointly develop a Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This would be a ‘system of systems,’ that...

Combat Debut for AGM-158B JASSM-ER

The co-ordinated coalition strike against Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure on 14 April marked the combat debut of the $1.75 million Lockheed Martin AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Munition – Extended Range). The weapons were fired by a pair of Rockwell B-1B Lancers operated by the...

Missile and Air Attacks Target Syrian Chemical Sites States President Trump, UK and France

Over the night of 13/14 April the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes against multiple targets inside Syria suspected of being used in connection with chemical weapons. President Donald Trump said that the actions were to establish a deterrent “against the production,...

USAF Remains Unhappy Over F-35A Costs

The US Air Force (USAF) may have to cut its planned buy of 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters by about one third (590 aircraft) if it cannot bring spiralling support costs under control, according to an internal USAF analysis reported by Bloomberg...

Russia’s 2018 Combat Aircraft Production

In January, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces are to receive more than 100 new and upgraded aircraft, including Sukhoi Su-35S and Su-30SM multi-role fighter aircraft, Su-34 attack fighter aircraft, Russian Helicopters Ka-52, Mi-28 and Mi-8 of various modifications,...

RAF’s Centenary Marked by Continuing Deployment on Operation Shader

Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday 1 April 2018. But while the service prepares for an anniversary parade and flypast in London on 10 July, and for a host of other events over the summer, the service is continuing...

Russia’s S-500 Prometheus SAM nears service entry

Russia’s existing in-service ‘double digit’ Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), the S-300 (known as the SA-10, -12 and -20 to NATO) and the S-400 Triumf (SA-21) are deadly, long-range missile systems that have dramatically shifted the balance in contested airspace, making the world a...

Stryker Dragoon Operational in Germany

General Dynamics Land Systems developed the Stryker 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle outfitted with a Orbital-ATK 30mm Bushmaster auto-cannon in the Kongsberg MCRWS unmanned weapon station in an accelerated program. Despite only being initiated in 2013 the vehicles were ready for US Army test in 2014...

HIMARS Fielding Expand Again

Lockheed Martin’s M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) has clearly found a following with world armies. It essentially takes the MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) that was widely featured in images of the Gulf Wars and placed this lethal long range fires capability...

Saab GlobalEye’s First Flight

On Wednesday 14 March 2018 Saab successfully completed the first flight of its GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft at its Linköping factory airfield. The aircraft, a Bombardier Global 6000 modified by Saab to carry the new Erieye ER radar, is eventually destined to...

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Elbit Systems Awarded $17 Million Contract

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded an approximately $17 million contract from a European country to supply a range of advanced...

Successful live firing demonstration of CMI Defence

On June 15, 2018, CMI Defence successfully organized its first Cockerill® Firepower Symposium, a dynamic live firing demonstration in front of some sixty representatives...

HENSOLDT lets Soldiers see through the Armour

At the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris, the sensor solution house HENSOLDT is presenting its new Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS) for wheeled and...

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