Airbus Defence and Space has completed the first phase of airdrop trials with the A400M Atlas military airlifter.
Flying over the Fonsorbes drop zone near Toulouse in France, the aircraft dropped a range of different loads by parachute during 11 flights over a two-week period. In total it dropped 26 platforms and containers weighing from 255 kg to 4 tonnes using the ramp aerial-delivery system, and 11 bundles weighing from 15 kg to 320 kg using the paratrooper doors.
(Airbus Defence and Space).
Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules military transport aircraft of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) are being upgraded with Flight2 avionics management system of Rockwell Collins. It will include LynxOS-178 real-time operating system from LynuxWorks Inc.
Flight2 avionics system will provide the aircraft with Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) capability over the global airspace.
The fleet of three aircraft is being modernized by Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd and also involves major servicing of the aircraft, repair and overhaul of aircraft components as well as the T56 / 501 engines and its accessories.
Oman has also received three C130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft (one long and two short configurations) that were acquired from Lockheed Martin though the foreign military sales (FMS) process of the United States.
The Turkish missile specialist Roketsan has tested the MIZRAK-U long-range anti-tank guided missile system from an AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter of the Turkish Land Forces Command (Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı). The missile hit a target at a distance of 3.5 km.
The missile currently being developed by the company with support of the country’s procurement organization SSM (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı) is intened to arm the future T-129 ATAK attack helicopters being produced by TUSAŞ (Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayii AŞ) and Finmeccanicas’s AgustaWestland for the Turkish Land Forces Command.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense has awarded Sectra AB a contract worth about EUR 580,000 to procure Tiger 7401 secure mobile phones
It also includes an option for the company’s Panthon smartphone app for secure voice and text communication.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense has been using secure communication products by Sectra AB since 2004. The products are used by defense force branches, such as the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Royal Netherlands Army and the Royal Netherlands Air Force, as well as the central defense command.
Thales Communications & Security has added two new solutions to its PR4G F@stnet family of tactical communication system.
The company has developed a new wireless full radio remote control system. The solution designated as Watcher was set up with the aim to provide a universal man-machine interface to the company’s high-frequency (HF) radio system HF 3000 Skyf@st, FlexNet ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio system, as well as PR4G and PR4G F@stnet very-high frequency (VHF) radios and ST@R Mille soldier radio. The interface ease the use of the radio while increasing the operational features of the later, Watcher is compact, lightweight, ruggedized and enables a wireless communication via Bluetooth technology to up to 10 meters.
(Thales Communications & Security).
The other new development, TRC 9110 very-high frequency (VHF) handheld radio that include software defined radio capability, electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) waveforms, SuperMux and GeoMux modes, high grade encryption, short message service and built-in GPS. It
TRC 9110 is outfitted out with non-rechargeable or rechargeable batteries, 0.45 m to 1.3 m antennas and can be coupled to standard or lightweight headset, wireless remote control unit, personal digital assistant (PDA) ruggedized terminal, single, dual and multiple chargers. It has a weight of 1.17 kg with battery and dimensions of 67x188x43 mm battery. The 5 Watts TRC 9110 works on the 30 to 88 MHz frequency band.
Between 2014-2019, the French Ministry of Defence headed by Jean-Yves Le Drian will massively invest on several research and development activities, through the funding of several local projects and via the country’s military procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l´Armement).
A total of EUR1.2 billion will goes to projects associated with the nuclear dissuasion, EUR875 million to air combat, EUR333 million to missiles and EUR150 million to cyberdefence.
Other areas such as space, protection for armoured vehicles, new frigates and anti-submarine weapons are expected to receive funding from the French military authorities.
Airbus Defence and Space rolled out the PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer) training aircraft that feature glass cockpit. This solution is a development of the PZL 130 Orlik TC II in service in the Polish Air Force.
In September 2011, Airbus Defence and Space (the former Airbus Military EADS PZL “Warszawa-Okęcie”) and the Polish Air Force Institute of Technology (Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych or ITWL), as well as other Polish institutions signed the agreements to upgrade the PZL 130 Orlik TC II to the new PZL 130 MPT standard.