Author Archives: Nick Zazulia

Army Contracts Rockwell Collins to Upgrade Chinook Avionics on Five-Year Deal

The Army has contracted Rockwell Collins [COL] to upgrade the common avionics architecture system (CAAS) on its CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. Boeing [BA] is the prime contractor for the CH-47. Under a five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity deal with the Army Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center, Rockwell Collins will be responsible for upgrades and repair of the […]

CyPhy’s Tethered Drones Provide Limitless Uptime to Army, Navy

Drones can be used for covert surveillance, attacks, refueling, patrolling, inspection, and any number of other tasks that benefit from a portable aircraft with an operator kept out of harm’s way. The U.S. Army and Navy Special Operations Forces use drones from CyPhy Works to get around one of the big hindrances with most unmanned […]

Air Force Embarking on Modernization Program For F-22

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is renovating the F-22 Raptor to catch the 15-year-old jet up with current technology. Beginning in May 2019, the company will be extensively modernizing the 186 in-service Raptors, for which President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget allocates nearly $1 billion dollars. The first step is a tandem update of hardware and software, […]

Insitu’s New Unmanned Aircraft Camera Can ID People From the Air, Company Says

Insitu has unveiled a new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) payload with video imaging capability high enough in quality to positively identify people from the air, the company said. Called the Alticam-14, Insitu Director of Defense Programs Keith Hirschman said Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention in Washington, D.C., that the enhanced intelligence, […]

KC-135Rs Getting Link 16, Real-Time Data In Block 45

Rockwell Collins [COL] will integrate Link 16 communication capabilities on U.S. Air Force KC-135Rs as part of its real-time information in the cockpit (RTIC) system. “Pilots and boom operators will now be able to view intelligence feeds on the new avionics displays we’re providing as part of their Block 45 upgrade,” said Dave Schreck, vice […]

Alaska Airlines Case Study In Managing A Cyber Attack

Alaska Airlines closed its acquisition of Virgin America in December of 2016. The next month, the Seattle-based airline had been hacked. Alaska discovered a malicious threat actor known to the U.S. Defense Department had abused a loophole in Virgin’s security to gain access to the system, according to Director of Security Architecture Jessica Ferguson. The government won’t […]

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BVLOS Commercial Drone Flights Launch at Grand Sky

Grand Sky Drone Park at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota kicked off the country’s first approved beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) large commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight operations Monday. To mark the occasion, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was present in addition to North Dakota politicians and representatives from partners General Atomics, Harris [HRS] […]

JSF To Undergo About 60 Software, Hardware Upgrades Over Next Decade, Babione Says

ATLANTA–As the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program moves from low-rate initial production into full-rate production, a top official with prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] said on Tuesday the program’s focus shifts from initial development to sustainment and continuous capability development and delivery (C2D2) necessary to keep it relevant for decades to come. To that […]

Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, Company Says

Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM) from an Air Force B-1 bomber, the company said.  During the test, a B-1 from the 337th Test Squadron at Dyess AFB, Texas, launched an LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives. LRASM is […]