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Australia to Acquire New Class of Nuclear Submarines

The U.S., U.K. and Australia are focused on a deliberate, conditions-based approach to ensuring successful implementation of the AUKUS security partnership, the U.S. Navy's top...

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Defense

Palantir to Build Prototypes for Army’s First AI-Defined Targeting Station

Palantir Technologies has been awarded a prime agreement for the development and delivery of the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) ground...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

ATHENA Sensor Brings Generational Leap to Airborne MANPAD Protection

Since their introduction, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems – heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missiles – have been a persistent threat to U.S. Army aviation. Infrared...

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Aerospace

Hypersonic Propulsion System Manufacturing

Northrop Grumman has opened a Hypersonics Capability Center to produce advanced propulsion solutions that can power hypersonic missiles beyond Mach 5. The company describes the facility as a “factory of the future” designed for large-scale manufacturing of air-breathing propulsion.

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Weapons Systems

Production Ready B-21 Bomber on Track for First Flight This Year

During a panel discussion at the 2023 Air Force Association (AFA) Air, Space and Cyber conference, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics President Tom Jones said the first B-21...

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Defense

AI Agents Execute Electronic Attack Using L-29s in ECHOS Demonstration

Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with the University of Iowa's Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), completed an artificial intelligence (AI) demonstration using two...

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Manned Systems

Unmanned Satcom BLOS

During a live demonstration in April, L3Harris Technologies deployed two RASOR multifunctional processors on an unmanned aircraft operated by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).

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Aerospace

A29N Super Tucano in NATO Configuration

Embraer launched the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) configuration during the Latin American Defense and Security Exhibition (LAAD) in April.

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Aerospace

Approach Radar Upgrade

Thales is providing the next generation of primary and secondary approach radars, STAR NG and RSM NG, to renew the fleet of approach radars for French air and naval bases under a new contract announced by France’s Ministry of Defense.

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Unmanned Systems

Air Force Performs First Test of Microwave Counter Drone Weapon THOR

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) conducted a demonstration on April 5, 2023, of its high-power microwave counter drone weapon, the Tactical High-power...

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Articles
Design

Ghoul Tool: The Weapon-Mountable Counter UAS Transmitter

As commercial drone technology continues to expand, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) are making it increasingly difficult to secure battlefields and military installations.

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Software

How Electrification and Autonomy Can Unlock the Potential of Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Electrification and autonomous technologies open a whole new world of possibilities for the defense sector. While there are challenges to integrating these, there is also huge potential to revolutionize the state of warfare and defense.

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Defense

Handheld Targeting System

The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Northrop Grumman the initial production and operations contract for the Next Generation Handheld Targeting System (NGHTS).

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Aerospace

Autonomous Surveillance Technologies Relating to Dismounted Soldiers

The development of the AI/ML applications for dismounted Soldier systems is paramount to defeating our adversaries, such as China and Russia, in future combat.

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Aerospace

Leveraging COTS Products for Maneuverable Aerial Identification

Ground troops are equipped with identification-friend-or-foe devices. When they are engaged in a firefight, they seek cover and concealment, and consequently, their attached IFF are also covered and concealed.

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Aerospace

Tomahawk Robotics to Develop Flexible Cyber-Secure Radio Systems for US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $55 million full-rate production contract for its Flexible Cyber Secure Radio (FlexCSR) program to Tomahawk Robotics.

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Manned Systems

Air Force Forecasts 2040 Operating Environments in Global Futures Report

The Air Force published its Global Futures Report April 12, assessing four potential operating environments Airmen may have to navigate in before the turn of the...

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Imaging

High-Speed Midwave Infrared Cameras Enable Military Test Range Tracking System

Infrared thermography consists of three specific wavelengths, including short-wave infrared, midwave infrared, and long wavelength infrared.

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Software

Boeing to Develop Two New E-7 Variants for US Air Force

Boeing will begin development of two new U.S. variants of the E-7 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft through a $1.2 billion "Undefinitized Contract...

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Weapons Systems

Can Embedded Electronics Components Meet the Demands of Hypersonic Missiles?

Today, defense organizations in several countries are attempting to expand military capabilities by investing in hypersonic missile development.

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Unmanned Systems

Precision Attack Drone

SpearUAV has introduced what it describes as a “world first,” with its new encapsulated and launch able hovering precision attack drone, Viper.

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Defense

US Air Force Targets First Flight of B-21 Raider This Year

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force are targeting a first flight of the recently unveiled B-21 Raider stealth bomber this year, although the timeline is dependent upon ground...

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Defense

Airbus Defence and Space Produces 2,000th Target Drone

For more than 20 years, air defenders around the world have been training with Airbus Defence and Space target drones, ensuring that their countries' air defenses work when it...

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Weapons Systems

PAC-3 Missile Successfully Intercepts Cruise Missile Target

For the first time, the U.S. Army used a newly developed Lockheed Martin communication technology to help a PAC-3 missile intercept a cruise missile target.

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Weapons Systems

B-2 Spirit Modernization

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force are continuing enhancements to the B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber fleet.

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Aerospace

Advanced Airborne Defensive Laser for Incorporation on Strike Fighter Aircraft

Short-range missiles pose a significant threat to U.S. strike fighters.

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Communications

Army Aviation Team Achieves Software Success in Live Fire Test

Less than one second. That was how long it took for an Apache helicopter in Europe to transmit a call for fire to ground forces while operating forward of the fire line. A...

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Unmanned Systems

Conference to Focus on Counter-Drone Technology

In 2021, SAE Media Group, which publishes this newsletter, launched a new high-level technical conference called Counter UAS Technology devoted to, as the name implies, examining current...

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Weapons Systems

MQ-9 Reapers Demonstrate New Capabilities

Air Force Special Operations Command’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise participated in an Emerald Flag exercise, using the large-force event to demonstrate the agile combat employment of...

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