Angus Batey

Angus Batey
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Raytheon Takes Aim at MBDA’s Spear
A battle of the bombs is brewing at Farnborough, as two munitions giants go head-to-head for a British defense ministry contract.
LORD Looks To Spread The Word
Theirs may not be a household name exactly, but the LORD Corporation has a history long and proud enough to match its ambition.
BAE Active Inceptors
With the advent of fly-by-wire aircraft control systems, the pilot’s ability to "feel" aircraft performance through the stick was lost.
BAE's Broadsword Looks To Lighten Load
Although it isn’t planned for use in the air, the Broadsword program has such wide potential utility that its presence in BAE’s pavilion at Farnborough does not seem incongruous.
More Sales, New Customers, As AW139 Clocks Millionth Flight Hour
Agusta Westland announced today that the global fleet of 650 AW139 twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopters has passed 1 million hours in the air.
FIA 2014: Bigger Still... And There's More To Come
As the chief executive of Farnborough International Ltd., Shaun Ormrod has a unique vantage point from which to view the state of the global aerospace market.
Meteor, Cruise Missiles Top Europe’s Shopping List 
Fighters rearm for the 2020s and beyond
New Avionics For Gripen, Typhoon And Rafale  4
Europe revamps fighter systems and sensors
Google Raises Its Bet In Robotic Technology 

There is a raft of companies in the unmanned vehicles sector, but one in particular is becoming a major player almost by stealth: Internet services giant Google. 

Google’s programs in unmanned systems go far beyond its high-profile work to develop a self-driving car. That initiative passed a milestone last month with the unveiling of a prototype, a 25-mph vehicle with only two interfaces, “start” and “stop.” 

Role Of Reservists Surges In Smaller U.K. Force 

 

Fallout from the 2008-09 financial crisis continues to affect political decisions worldwide, leaving militaries to assess how best to plan and prioritize in an era of austerity.

The British military, for one, has two goals as it restructures: to move from a decade of combat operations to a period of contingency; and to redesign a shrinking fighting force around a dramatically increased reliance on reservists. All three services are feeling the pinch of austerity pressures, but they are likely to impact the army acutely.

Timing May Be Everything As NATO Eyes AWACS Upgrade 

 

 

NATO member-nations face difficult choices when it comes to maintaining the alliance’s airborne warning and control system system (AWACS) capability into the middle of the century.

NATO’s Multi-National AWACS Fleet Faces Complications 
Difficult choices will need to be made soon by NATO partner nations if the alliance is to maintain its airborne early warning and command/control (AWACS) capability into the middle of the century.
 
The alliance operates its own multi-nationally staffed and funded Boeing 707-based E-3A component. But because NATO draws on British, French and American E-3 fleets, it faces a set of choices complicated by the different configurations of aircraft each nation operates.
Open Architectures Alter Business Models 

Integrating interoperable open architectures (IOA) in new and existing platforms offers benefits across defense procurement. The time between identifying an operational requirement and getting it fielded would be minimized; subsystems could be integrated without bulking up platforms; and procurement costs could be cut, if only obsolete or superfluous components are removed and replace.

Mobile Nodes Manage Battlespace Data Transmission
Cassidian's mobile nodes automatically optimize data transmission
Stepping-Up Cyber-Repelling Capability
NATO touts urgency of cyberattack defense
 
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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 20, 2015
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Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

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Jan 20, 2015
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