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MALFUNCTION, NOT MISSILE, BROUGHT DOWN ISRAELI FIGHTER
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Source: Israeli Air Force


Source: Israeli Air Force


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YERUSHALAYIM -- The Israel Defense Force (IDF) claims a technical malfunction caused one of its F-16 fighter to crash in Syria, not hostile action. The Syrian government said its air defenses shot down the fighter. After an investigation, Israeli officials do not believe the F-16 was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM).

The F-16 had been dispatched to intercept an Iranian-made unmanned air vehicle (UAV) that had entered Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. The F-16 shot down the Iranian-made UAV just prior to crashing.

Israel also dispatched aircraft to attack the Tadmor air base and several other targets in Syria.

The Israeli fighter aircraft were met with a barrage of missiles fired by Syria. The volley of Syrian missiles was the largest number fired at an Israeli target since the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Source:  Hamodia
Associated URL: http://hamodia.com/2018/02/16/officials-israeli-plane-downed-malfunction-not-syr
Source Date: February 16, 2018
Author: Dov Benovadia 
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND AUTONOMOUS CAPABILITIES
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Source: DARPA


Source: DARPA


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- BAE Systems recently announced development of semi-autonomous software in a category called Distributed Battle Management (DBM). DBM is the process of providing timely and relevant information to operators and pilots when communication is not assured, so they can better manage and control air-to-air and air-to-ground combat in contested environments.

The technology offers pilots to continue operations when satellite communications and tactical data links are shut down - a likely scenario in the modern battlefield, and a scenario which militaries are preparing for.

The new technology provides shared situational understanding, interchangeable roles, coordinated objectives for teams of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles in communications denied environments, and compressed, prioritized data transfer when communications are available. The automated technology delivers automated decision aids that help operators make better, faster combat decisions.

During an 11-day flight test, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in association with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), successfully demonstrated capabilities for its DBM program for the first time during seven live flights that included a mix of live and simulation runs and simulation-only runs.

The test included BAE's Anti-Access Real-time Mission Management System (ARMS) and the Contested Network Environment Situational Understanding System (CONSENSUS). ARMS, a distributed adaptive planning and control software, provides near real-time mission capabilities that allow warfighters to engage air-to-air and air-to-ground targets and search airspace. CONSENSUS is a distributed situational understanding software that provides pilots and operators with weapon targeting guidance and mission awareness through a common operational picture by fusing raw data from multiple platforms and sensors.

World leaders, such as Elon Musk and Steven Hawking, have warned against the possible repercussions of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous technologies. The U.S. military is investing in autonomously operated transport helicopters, although they will not likely transport humans any time soon.

Autonomous technologies and AI are also highly susceptible to cyber-attacks and electronic warfare, which poses questions regarding their reliability in a battlefield rife with such destructive capabilities. Despite any worries, AI and autonomous technology is currently, and will be very much so, integral assets of worldwide military operations. China has already declared that it will aggressively pursue these technologies, leaving other nations with no choice but to counter their advancements. Those with the best AI and autonomous technologies, will have more efficient and more deadly military capabilities. Along with AI and autonomous technology growth, complementary technologies such as offensive and defensive electronic warfare, and cyber warfare technology will see parallel growth.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: February 16, 2018
Author: M. Beres, Analyst 
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
BOEING AWARDED F/A-18 CONFORMAL FUEL TANK ORDER
Friday, February 16, 2018
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Source: Robertson Fuel Systems


Source: Robertson Fuel Systems


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Boeing has recently been awarded $219,600,000 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F1597 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001). This order procures non-recurring efforts associated with Engineering Change Proposal 6503 for the design, development, test and integration of the conformal fuel tank in support of the F/A-18. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (41 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (40 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (17 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2022.

The F/A-18, along with other legacy fighter platforms, are undergoing multi-billion dollar international and U.S. upgrade programs.

Boeing offers the Advanced Super Hornet, an update of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. These upgrades will be offered as new-builds or for retrofit. Many of the features are already being retrofitted onto the U.S. naval fleet. One of the Advanced Super Hornet upgrades is the shoulder-mounted conformal fuel tank. The conformal fuel tank can hold up to 3,500 lbs of fuel, for a range increase of 125 nm.

Other Advanced Super Hornet upgrades include: infrared search and track; EW self-protection (not the full suite found on the Growler); a new display; more capable computers and networking; and AESA radar. Options include: an enclosed weapons pod - cuts radar signature by up to 50 percent; and an improved engine.

The Typhoon is undergoing a conformal fuel tank retrofit as part of its P4E upgrade program, and conformal fuel tanks are offered as part of Boeing's very attractive F-15 2040C offering. Robertson Fuel Systems offers a conformal fuel tank for BHI Squared Commercial Hawks, which are aftermarket commercial offerings of the UH-60 Blackhawk. The modification carries 100 gallons of additional fuel, and increases the range of the commercial S-70 by 124 nautical miles. Arista Aviation offers the Arista Hawk, which includes modifications such as auxiliary fuel tanks.

Source:  Forecat International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: February 16, 2018
Author: M. Beres, Analyst 
Posted: 02/16/2018

 

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