US Army seeks new airborne tech to detect, defeat radar systems

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is seeking industry input on new technology allowing aircraft to survive and defeat systems in sophisticated adversarial environments made up of sensitive radars and integrated air defense systems.

A notice posted online Aug. 12 from the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center is asking industry for ideas ahead of an industry day in September that will provide additional information regarding the technical specifications. The service will also answer questions in depth at the event.


An Update on the Integratable Air Wing: A Discussion with the US Navy’s Air Boss

Last February, I visited San Diego and met with Vice Admiral Miller, the US Navy’s Air Boss. During that meeting, we discussed a shift from what I call the integrated to the integratable air wing and its impact on innovation for the fleet and the joint force.

During that discussion, I learned about the introduction of the MISR WTIs or the Maritime ISR Weapons and Tactics Instructors (WTIs), who are specially trained officers and enlisted, to the ranks as well as of the coming of the Osprey to the carrier force in the near term and the MQ-25 unmanned air tanker to the fleet in the mid-term.


U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drones Deploy to Estonia For The First Time In History

MQ-9 Reapers from 52 EOG Detachment 2, based at Miroslawiec AB, in Poland deployed to Amari Air Base on Jun. 14, 2020, marking the very first time the UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) deployed to Estonia.

The purpose of the deployment is to provide ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) missions in the Baltic region: a region where several intelligence gathering assets operate every day.

“We are specifically focusing on air, maritime, and land domain,” said Brig. Gen. Jason Hinds, Deputy Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration and the United States Air Forces in Europe and United States Air Forces Africa Air Operations Center Director. “We are gathering requirements from the U.S. European Command and our NATO allies, and then we are going to execute those taskings in coordination with the Estonian Air Force.”


New, Low-Cost Air Force ISR Drone Prototype Flies 2.5 Days

WASHINGTON: While other commercial and military drones have flown longer, the two and a half day flight of the Air Force?s latest unmanned aircraft prototype this week does represent a kind of breakthrough for the US military: proving that commercial technology can be adapted to build affordable long-endurance and highly capable surveillance drones.

And the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Dayton, Ohio is convinced that the new, autonomous Ultra-Long Endurance Aircraft Platform (Ultra LEAP) will be able to stay in the sky for longer in future flight tests.


RC-135 Training ‘Bottlenecks’ After Flooding Destroys Simulators

The recent flooding at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has slowed down mission crew training on the RC-135 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, leading the Air Force to send airmen as far away as the United Kingdom to train, according to a top general.

Gen. Mike Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, said Tuesday that the loss of the aircraft simulator complex at Offutt due to flooding has caused a “problem” for the RC-135 force.

“Fortunately, we’re able to take advantage of some allied capabilities, the [Royal Air Force’s] simulator capabilities,” Holmes told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C. “We’re able to train on the airplane; it’ll have an impact, though, on our capacity to train.”


Learn New Tricks for Old ISR Planes, Senate Says

Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft housed at Offutt AFB, Neb., are prime candidates for modern maintenance approaches that use additive manufacturing and predictive analytics, the state?s senior senator argues.

Offutt?s fleet of C-135-based ISR platforms, which entered service in the 1960s and 1970s, perform secretive intel-gathering missions in the Middle East and near North Korea, China, and Russia. But the reconnaissance stalwarts face problems ranging from failing hydraulic and pressurization systems to fires that were detailed in an Omaha World-Herald investigation last year.


Drone Aviation completes US Army operator training on WASP ERS

Drone Aviation has completed operator training on winch aerostat small platform (WASP) elevated relay system (ERS) tactical aerostat for the US Army. The training was carried out at a US Army base in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of a single contract awarded to the company in March 2018. The more than $1.7m contract involved the delivery of the next-generation multi-mission capable tactical WASP ERS, as well as high-performance payloads for day / night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), secure multi-frequency and multi-waveform communications.