U.S. Navy electro-optical surveillance and reconnaissance experts needed a company to upgrade the Navy’s L3Harris Wescam MX-20D sensor turrets. They found their solution from The Candian Commercial Corp. (CCC) in Ottawa.
The WESCAM MX-20D EO/IR targeting and designating system is for high-altitude, long-range persistent surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition from manned and unmanned aircraft.
Source: Candian Commercial Corp. to upgrade L3Harris Wescam electro-optical sensor for high-altitude surveillance | Military Aerospace
Combat aircraft designers at Lockheed Martin Corp. will build 16 new F-35 jet fighter-bombers for the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps under terms of a $1.1 billion order announced Friday.
The F-35 with its advanced avionics is a fifth-generation single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole jet fighter-bomber designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. It is one of the most advanced combat jets in the world.
Source: U.S. military orders 16 F-35 combat aircraft and avionics for Air Force and Marines in $1.1 billion deal | Military Aerospace
Electromagnetic warfare emerging for high-energy electrical weapons that damage or destroy enemy electronics.
There’s an emerging brand of waging war that uses electrical energy instead of bombs and bullets to attack an enemy’s means and will to continue the fight — electromagnetic warfare.
This approach uses aimed electrical and magnetic energy to destroy or disable critical enemy electronics for navigation and guidance, computing, communications, displays, timing, sensors, and many other military applications.
Source: Electromagnetic warfare emerging to destroy or disable critical enemy electronics without collateral damage | Military Aerospace
Missile experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will build two years worth of next-generation shipboard missiles able to defeat a wide variety of aircraft and missile threats with an active radar seeker than can operate independently of the launch ship under terms of a potential $1.3 billion contract announced Thursday.
The ESSM (Evolved Seasparrow Missile) Block 2 first was deployed with the Navy and allied navies last year. It is a ship self-defense missile with a dual-mode X-band radar seeker than can engage enemy planes and missiles at ranges beyond 25 miles. RIM stands for radar intercept missile.
Source: Navy asks Raytheon to build ESSM Block 2 anti-air shipboard missiles in potential $1.3 billion deal | Military Aerospace
U.S. Air Force combat avionics experts needed a company to redesign and remanufacture the AN/ASK-7 data-transfer system for the B-52 bomber aircraft. They found their solution from Kihomac Inc. in Reston, Va.
Officials of the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., announced a $9.4 million contract to Kihomac on Thursday for the design and production of the AN/ASK-7 data-transfer system, generally because of large-scale parts obsolescence.
Source: Parts obsolescence forces redesign and remanufacture of AN/ASK-7 data-transfer avionics for B-52 bomber | Military Aerospace
Unveiled earlier this month at the Northrop Grumman facility in Palmdale, Calif., the Model 437 stealthy jet with a 3,000 mile range is a collaboration between Northrop Grumman and aircraft designer Scaled Composites in Mojave, Calif.
Executives say the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be for two autonomous aircraft technology programs — the U.S. Air Force’s Skyborg and the United Kingdom’s Project Mosquito.
Skyborg will be an attritable unmanned aircraft with artificial intelligence (AI) to accompany manned jet fighters into battle.
Source: Northrop Grumman introduces stealthy unmanned jet fighter as loyal wingman for manned combat jet aircraft | Military Aerospace
The $6 million, 10,685-square-foot Wargaming and Advanced Research Simulation (WARS) laboratory will house wargaming and simulation branches for the Air Force directed energy and space vehicles directorates.
The WARS Lab will use digital engineering — which the Space Force is pushing to implement with space system and architecture designs — to test new technologies. The facility will host more than 90 computer workstations in an auditorium where engineers from across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) can collaborate on digital networks.
Source: Military sets up simulation and design and development center to promote digital engineering infrastructure | Military Aerospace
“We need to pick up debris; we need trash trucks. We need things to go make debris go away,” Burt says. “That’s definitely a need, and I think there is a use case for industry to get after that as a service-based opportunity.”
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) tracks more than 27,000 objects in space, most of which is space debris — such as defunct rocket bodies and obsolete satellites.
Source: Space Force considers clean-up of space debris, as industry focuses on satellite services like maintenance | Military Aerospace
This vessel presumably for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and similar surveillance applications seems to be a previously unseen U.S. Navy project, similar to the mysterious Wave Glider craft that have washed up in Scotland and elsewhere, but with one big difference: it’s fast.
Twitter user @cjr1321 is a photographer who takes pictures of shipping in San Diego. Having spotted the unusual craft from a distance on Sept. 13, he decided to get a closer look.
Source: Navy sonar-towing unmanned surface vessel (USV) appears in San Diego Harbor for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) | Military Aerospace