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Angus Batey

Angus Batey
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Raytheon JSOW ‘Days Away’ From F-35A Certification 
Raytheon says its Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) will be cleared to fly on the F-35A within days.
JSOW ‘Days Away’ From F-35A Certification
Raytheon says its Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) will be cleared to fly on the F-35A within days. The certification is expected following the conclusion of operational test flights of the missile on the F-35C earlier this year, which generated sufficient data for weapon integration to be pushed beyond the carrier-optimized variant of the jet.
Regional Threats Drive Leonardo's Miysis DIRCM

The announcement may not have made huge headlines, but that should not diminish its significance. When Leonardo confirmed, during last year's Farnborough Air Show, that it had sold its Miysis DIRCM (directed infrared countermeasures) system to an undisclosed Middle Eastern customer, the company was implicitly underscoring the changing nature of threats in the region.

F-35 Asymmetric Tests Pave Way for DT-3 Sea-Trials 1
F-35 test pilots have begun testing the aircraft’s ability to carry asymmetric external loads in powered-lift flight.
Autonomy Emerges As Key To Future U.K. UCAVs
BAE Systems is unveiling a new model at the Airshow which offers clues about the company's collaborative work with Dassault on an Anglo-French unmanned combat air vehicle.
U.K. To Earn Billions On F-35 Work 6
The importance of the F-35 to Britain's aerospace industry is unarguable. The UK is the program's only Tier One partner, granting some British companies sole-source/OEM status on the program.
The Vulnerabilities Of Satellite Navigation Systems  5
Governments are looking for ways to work around disruptions in service, increasingly caused by proliferating equipment that can jam and spoof GPS signals.
South Korea Prepares for F-35s
A claimed satellite launch by North Korea earlier this month earned condemnation in capitals as far away from the peninsula as Washington, D.C., Moscow and London.
China Enigmatic, North Korea Unnerving
The horizon-scanning staffs of the region’s defense ministries continue to have their work cut out for them.
Finmeccanica’s Scottish Site Makes Lion’s Share Of Military Lasers  1
High-tech lasers for airborne targeting pods and ground operations are the specialty of a Finmeccanica unit in Scotland.
U.K. Expects To Retain Sentinel Fleet 

LONDON — The U.K. Royal Air Force expects to soon receive confirmation that its fleet of five Sentinel R-1 surveillance aircraft is to be retained in service.

The airborne stand-off radar (ASTOR) system, operated by 5 Army Cooperation Squadron from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, was scheduled to be withdrawn from service in 2015, following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

U.K. Expects To Retain Sentinel Fleet 
LONDON - The U.K. Royal Air Force expects to soon receive confirmation that its fleet of five Sentinel R-1 surveillance aircraft is to be retained in service. (Photo: Crown Copyright)
U.K. Evaluates Future Fighter Weapons, Sensors

Key capabilities fielded by Britain's Royal Air Force in Afghanistan and highly prized across the NATO-led coalition face uncertain futures once the Tornado GR4 aircraft is retired toward the end of the decade. As the RAF looks ahead to a fleet comprising Typhoons and F-35Bs, there are no plans in place to retain two systems that have become invaluable in-theater.

UTC’s DB-110 Brings Details Into View 

At first glance, not a great deal is remarkable about the black-and-white photograph (below) in which one can see the Queen Mary, portside at Long Beach, Calif. The luxury liner is clearly visible in the large-format image, with a degree of detail showing portholes, lifeboats, balconies and balustrades. Yet the image's exceptional qualities lie in where it was taken: from an aircraft flying at 40,000 ft., 72 nm away.

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