Qatar’s First Two NH90 NFH Naval Helicopters Delivered

Another major program achievement in the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 program was made on 31 March with the delivery of the first two NFH naval variant helicopters. The aircraft handover, achieved in accordance with contractual commitments, was performed during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera NH90 final assembly line (Italy) in the presence of Qatar Emiri Air…

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NSWC Dahlgren Tests Future X-Band Radar System

On a recent warm afternoon at the Potomac River Test Range, recreational speedboats and jet skis plied the cool waters as a handful of Navy engineers gathered shoreside under a reconnaissance and surveillance tower, to begin powering up a mobile engineering lab that is mounted 40-feet in the air. One member of the Navy group pointed out a good target…

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Viet Nam Asks China to Cease Militarization in South China Sea

Viet Nam on Thursday asked China to end its militarization in the South China Sea in violation of Viet Nam’s territories and to refrain from escalating tensions. Phạm Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, made the remarks during a regular press briefing, in response to a question over US reports of China having…

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USS Petrel Football Helmet

On the morning of January 17, 1966, an American B-52 bomber flew over southeast Spain carrying four hydrogen bombs. The aircraft was one of several patrolling European skies with nuclear payloads, ready to retaliate should Cold War tensions escalate. At 10:20 AM, as the B-52 rendezvoused with a fueling tanker, the two aircraft collided, killing seven crewmen and dropping the…

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NUWC Newport Tests HydroNet in Narragansett Bay

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport recently assisted Massachusetts-based small business Bionet Sonar by underwater testing its new wireless technology called HydroNet at the Narragansett Bay Test Facility for two days in February. HydroNet is an open, modular and programmable underwater modem that powers an autonomous wireless communications system bringing the internet underwater and empowering the network with artificial…

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700X Naval Air Squadron Conducting Drone Trials

The Royal Navy has pushed two different drones to their limits to show how they could be used on front-line operations. The navy’s drone experts 700X Naval Air Squadron welcomed industry partners to their home base of RNAS Culdrose to test the two crewless aircraft. It is the second time the drones have been trialled with initial testing last year…

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$3.5 Billion to Accelerate Missile Strike Capabilities for the ADF

The Morrison Government has approved the accelerated acquisition of improved weapon capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at a total cost of $3.5 billion. Minister for Defence the Hon Peter Dutton MP today announced that Defence will accelerate the acquisition of: The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) for the Royal Australian Air Force; The Naval Strike Missile…

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Textron Aerosonde® Small UAS Makes First Flight off a DDG

Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. company, announced today the successful first flight and maritime integration of the Aerosonde® Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) on a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG). The integration follows a September 2021 award by the U.S. Navy of a multi-year Aerosonde task order for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services aboard two DDGs.…

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NSWC Dahlgren Develop Create Low-Cost SAL Seeker

Engineers at NSWC Dahlgren Division have developed a new, lower-in-cost, semi-active laser (SAL) seeker. SAL seekers are a key enabling technology for guided munitions that allow warfighters to target stationary and moving targets in areas where GPS is unavailable. SAL seekers function in tandem with an operator that directs a pulsing, infrared laser at targets. The seeker, typically in the…

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China Strongly Opposes Latest US Arms Sales to Taiwan

China expressed firm opposition to the latest US arms sales to the island of Taiwan and has lodged solemn representations with the US, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The comments came after the US announced on Tuesday the approval of an estimated $95-million package including equipment and services to maintain the Patriot missile defense system the US exported…

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