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BAE Systems to supply EW pods to protect US Navy P-8As

BAE Systems Inc in Nashua, New Hampshire, has received a US$95 million ($142 million) contract from the US Navy for advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) countermeasure pods to protect the P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft from missiles and other threats. The EW pod detects and counters inbound threats, expanding the aircraft’s operating range in contested environments.…

Defence describes outline of Collins-class LOTE

The Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins-class submarines will now not be armed with the Tomahawk strike weapon, and will also forego their planned optronics upgrade. The Government’s decisions on the life-of-type extension program have been informed by advice from Defence as well as independent expert advice, says Defence. HMAS Farncomb will be the first of Collins-class submarine…

KBR’s Iron Stallion monitors space above Australia

American engineering company KBR’s Iron Stallion technology now forms an integral component of the Australian Government’s space domain awareness, the company says. KBR’s Australian HQ is in Adelaide. Iron Stallion is a command and control technology that is being used by the Department of Defence to support Australia’s need for advanced space-based surveillance capabilities. It…

USAF, DIU select four companies for ETV project

The US Air Force Armament Directorate (AFLCMC/EB) and Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) have selected four companies to build prototype Enterprise Test Vehicles (ETV), drone prototypes capable of being manufactured cheaply and in large numbers and that can also be test beds for new subsystems and materials. The DIU and EB have selected Anduril Industries; Integrated…

Airbus unveils autonomous Wingman concept

Toulouse-based Airbus Defence & Space will unveil its new Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin. The Wingman will be a fighter-type Uncrewed Air System (UAS) commanded by a pilot in a current combat aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon. It will be able to take on high-risk mission tasks that would…

Army to introduce Innovaero OWL loitering munition in 2024

Defence industry journal Australian Defence Magazine reports that an unspecified Special Operations Unit of the Australian Army will put the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) first loitering munition – the Innovaero OWL – into service later this year. The magazine’s report states that ADM understands this is the munition referred to by the Assistant Minister for Defence,…

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