AIN Defense Perspective » July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010 - 1:16am
Sagem’s Armement Air-Sol Modulaire series provides inertial, GPS, infrared an...

Announced last week was the first successful test of the 250-kilogram laser-guided version of Sagem’s AASM modular weapon. The laser AASM was launched from a Rafale and hit a target at the Biscarrosse range 25 kilometers away. AASM versions already qualified are the basic inertial/GPS guided bomb, and a version that adds imaging infrared.

July 16, 2010 - 1:08am
Atlas/Denel converted 38 Mirage IIIs to the Cheetah C variant from ex-Israeli...

Reports from Ecuador state that the nation is close to acquiring nine Atlas Cheetah C fighters from South Africa. The South African Air Force retired nearly 30 of the much-modified Mirage IIIs in 2008 to free up funds for the introduction of the Gripen, and the aircraft were made available for export through Denel and Armscor.

July 16, 2010 - 1:06am
The Silent Eagle testbed is a modified F-15E (the original prototype). On its...

Boeing has flown the interim version of the Silent Eagle, a company-funded effort to generate further export sales of the F-15 Strike Eagle.

July 16, 2010 - 12:57am
On show last month at ILA in Berlin is one of the Luftwaffe’s IAI Malat Heron...

Armed forces in Europe are bracing themselves for severe cutbacks as governments tackle budget deficit problems. The scale of the cuts is evident in a couple of proposals made public last week. Germany’s defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has tabled a plan that saves €9.3 billion ($11.7 billion) in the long term, with current fleets and acquisition programs hit hard.

July 16, 2010 - 12:53am
The Pentagon began its quest to replace the KC-135 with the infamous single-s...

Last week bidders handed in their latest proposals for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X program, which seeks 179 new tanker/transports to replace the aging KC-135 fleet. The deadline had been extended to allow EADS North America to prepare a new proposal following the withdrawal of Northrop Grumman, with whom EADS had been partnered until March.

July 16, 2010 - 12:44am
Tight security surrounded the unveiling of Taranis on July 12, and little in ...

Amid tight security, the Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) was unveiled at BAE Systems’ Warton airfield in England this week. Uncleared visitors were not allowed to approach the aircraft, but the stealth-driven configuration seemed unchanged from artists’ impressions released previously. The Taranis concept demonstrator is due to fly next year from an undisclosed overseas airbase.

 

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