The Week In Defense, Sept. 16-22, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Sep 16, 2021
Missile tests on the Korean Peninsula; MQ-25’s third customer; Vertex’s Raytheon training pickup; and Capella provides a SAR sampler.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Mercury Systems Begins Strategic Overhaul with Consultant Hire

By Michael Bruno Sep 14, 2021
Thomas Huber will lead Mercury’s “1MPACT” strategic review announced last month during its fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings release, when it acknowledged a slowdown in organic business growth.
Supply Chain

Northrop Demos New Airborne Datalink For Combat Fleet

By Steve Trimble Sep 10, 2021
Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a multifunctional datalink featuring a compact, hexagonal array and a stealthy waveform, with the goal of offering a new retrofit option for existing combat aircraft and a new networking tool for future combat aircraft.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

CPI Buys Essco Radomes Supplier From L3Harris

By Michael Bruno Sep 07, 2021
Communications & Power Industries, the space and defense technology roll up owned by Odyssey Investment Partners, will acquire Essco, which designs and manufactures specialty radomes and composite structures, from L3Harris Technologies.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

BAE To Lean On Magma Work For DARPA Contract

By Tony Osborne Sep 07, 2021
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design a full-scale demonstrator concept that would use active flow control technology.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

USAF Chief Software Officer Steps Down, Criticizes Pentagon

By Brian Everstine Sep 02, 2021
Nicolas Chaillan, the U.S. Air Force’s first chief software officer, announced his resignation Sept. 2 in a lengthy social media post calling out the service for not effectively funding and prioritizing cybersecurity efforts, and the Pentagon for refusing to put money behind initiatives that officials claim are priorities.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Osprey Radar To Equip Canadian Maritime Surveillance Platform

By Tony Osborne Sep 02, 2021
Leonardo’s Osprey flat-panel active electronically scanned array radar has been adopted for use by Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program to patrol the country’s vast coastline.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Japan Requests Funds To Develop Hypersonic, UAS Capabilities 

By Chen Chuanren Sep 02, 2021
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has requested billions of yen to study and develop both defensive and offensive capabilities in the unmanned, hypersonic, electronic warfare and space domains.  
Budget, Policy & Operations

Mehrabian To Take Back Control Of Teledyne After FLIR Acquisition

By Michael Bruno Aug 31, 2021
Robert Mehrabian will resume his role as Teledyne's chairman, president and chief executive officer after current officeholder Al Pichelli retires on Oct. 15.
Connected Aerospace

China Fires New Tactical Ballistic Missile

By Chen Chuanren Aug 23, 2021
Chinese state media reported on the launch of the weapon without specifying the designation, but the images suggest the system strongly resembles the Dong Feng-15B class of missile with a new series of warhead.
Missile Defense & Weapons

The Week In Defense, Aug. 19-26, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Aug 19, 2021
Adding brains to the Reaper; Japan tests KC-46; BlackSky, Palantir team up; and U.S. Air Force hires Red 6 for T-38 synthetic training.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Savi Technology, Once Supply Tracking Darling, Seeks Bankruptcy

By Michael Bruno Aug 18, 2021
Savi Technology, an asset-tracking specialist once spotlighted by the Pentagon and bought by Lockheed Martin before being spun out, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Pentagon Shops For AI Computing System For MQ-9 Smart Sensor

By Steve Trimble Aug 17, 2021
A U.S. Defense Department agency is shopping for a computing system powerful and efficient enough to process and interpret hundreds of terraflops of imagery data from systems on board manned and unmanned aircraft.
Program Management

Cobham, Ultra Electronics Finalize $3.6B Takeover Proposal

By Michael Bruno Aug 16, 2021
Privately held British defense company Cobham and UK defense electronics specialist Ultra Electronics said Aug. 16 that they had reached an agreement for Cobham to buy Ultra for almost £2.6 billion ($3.6 billion).
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

South Korean Coast Guard Buys Two Improved Surion Helicopters 

By Chen Chuanren Aug 11, 2021
The Korean Coast Guard (KCG) has procured two Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KUH-1CG Surion search and rescue helicopters.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Order Book Driving Timing Of E-3 AWACS Replacement

By Steve Trimble Aug 04, 2021
The timing of a potential production line shutdown at Boeing is partly driving an urgent near-term decision on when to start replacing the U.S. Air Force’s E-3 AWACS fleet, with the 737NG-based E-7 Wedgetail emerging as a likely, if challenging, candidate. 
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Hensoldt Eurofighter Self-Defense Suite Study Will Accelerate LTE

By Tony Osborne Aug 04, 2021
German defense electronics firm Hensoldt has been awarded study contracts to investigate the modernization of the Eurofighter’s Praetorian self-defense suite.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Signals Intelligence MQ-4C Version Enters Flight Test

By Steve Trimble Jul 30, 2021
The U.S. Navy plans to buy 70 MQ-4Cs, including five prototypes, with an average recurring unit cost of $153 million.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

USAF Takes Over DARPA’s STITCHES Data Translator

By Steve Trimble Jul 29, 2021
An automated data feed translation tool has been transferred by DARPA’s Mosaic program to the U.S. Air Force.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

General Atomics Explains Vision For Skyborg Combat Role

By Steve Trimble Jul 29, 2021
Aircraft propulsion concepts, radio-frequency sensors, mesh networks and autonomous control systems are driving a reimagining of roles.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

House Panel Backs Airborne Electronic Warfare Upgrades

By Steve Trimble Jul 28, 2021
A tacair subcommittee member has proposed that the Air Force study the “feasibility and advisability” of integrating a Raytheon ALQ-249 mid-band radar jammer on its tactical fighter fleet. 
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Boeing Sits Out Japanese Fighter Programs, Moots More KC-46 Orders

By Chen Chuanren Jul 23, 2021
After a highly anticipated Boeing F-15J upgrade project was halted and Lockheed Martin was chosen for the Japanese F-X next-generation fighter, Boeing is now in a holding pattern ready to support Japanese fighter programs.
Aircraft & Propulsion

AlphaDogfight Trials Winner Acquired By AI Company

By Steve Trimble Jul 22, 2021
Shield AI has acquired the small company that created an artificial intelligence agent that won DARPA’s AlphaDogfight trials last year. 
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Drone Swarms And Combat Cloud Prioritized In RAF Road Map

By Tony Osborne Jul 21, 2021
UK advances drone swarms and combat cloud capabilities to enhance networked warfare.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Performs Inflight Update To F-16 EW Software

By Steve Trimble Jul 16, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has performed an inflight, beyond-line-of-sight update to the Lockheed Martin F-16’s electronic warfare (EW) software, showing off…
Sensors & Electronic Warfare