USAF conducts Joint Strike Missile testing

The USAF has recently conducted a series of testing phases with the Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) at Edwards AFB. Designed as an air-launched derivative of the surface launched Naval Strike Missile (NSM) specifically to be carried in the internal weapons bay of the F-35A and C models, the JSM trials were conducted using Edwards-based F-16s from the 416th Flight Test … [Read more...]

Canada to buy 25 RAAF classic Hornets – report

Canadian media has reported that Canada has requested the sale of 25 F/A-18A/B classic Hornets from Australia from 2019 to complement its own force of similar CF-18A/B Hornets. The Ottawa Citizen said on June 15 that the number of jets to be acquired by Canada’s Department of National Defence has risen from 18 as reported in late 2017, and that the additional seven aircraft … [Read more...]

Germany signs with Airbus for Heron TP UAS

Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a contract with Airbus for the provision and operation of five IAI Heron TP unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The contract leverages off an existing agreement between the two entities for the operation of Germany’s Heron I capability for which Airbus is … [Read more...]

Pratt & Whitney proposes advanced F135 engine for F-35

Pratt & Whitney has proposed the development of an upgrade to the F-35’s F135 engine that could add more useable power while reducing fuel consumption. Dubbed Growth Option 2.0, the new engine would utilise a more advanced power and thermal management system through new compressor and turbine technologies that would provide more thrust and efficient power. The 2.0 … [Read more...]

Defence seeking UAS signature reduction concepts

Defence is inviting industry to submit innovative proposals to reduce the visual and acoustic signatures of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The proposals will be supported through the government’s Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) initiative of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, with funded proposals eligible for up to $100,000 for completion within … [Read more...]