India seeks SWIFT aerial target for navy, army

by Robin Hughes

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for information for the prospective procurement of an indigenously developed, remotely piloted aerial target system capable of simulating supersonic sea-skimming anti-ship/cruise missile threats for the Indian Navy and the Indian Army.

Nominally designated ‘Supersonic Weapon Imitating Flying Target' (SWIFT), the system is required to be launched from both maritime surface platforms and land-based launchers.

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Daher to buy Triumph aerostructures plant

by Marc Selinger

Triumph Group's factory in Stuart, Florida, makes aircraft structures. (Courtesy of Daher)

French aviation company Daher plans to expand its presence in the United States by acquiring Triumph Group's aircraft structures factory in Stuart, Florida, the buyer and the seller both announced on 2 February.

The Stuart site assembles wing and fuselage structures and serves several kinds of aircraft, including the Boeing KC-46 military tanker. It employs about 400 people.


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First-production Triton at IFC-4 standard delivered to USN

by Richard Scott

The first IFC-4 standard Triton for the US Navy. (Northrop Grumman)

The US Navy (USN) has taken delivery of the first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) configured to Integrated Functional Capability 4 (IFC-4) standard.

Aircraft B8 was delivered to Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, on 1 February. IFC-4 supports a so-called Multi-Intelligence (Multi-INT) configuration that endows the MQ-4C with a signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability.


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Philippines to receive new Cessna C-208 ISR aircraft

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

The Philippines will receive at least one new Cessna C-208 aircraft equipped for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

On 24 January the US Department of Defense (DoD) awarded US-based MAG Aerospace a USD19.8 million contract under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme to integrate ISR equipment on a C-208 aircraft for the Philippines. The contract includes an option for an additional, fully integrated C-208 ISR aircraft.

The DoD said that the total cumulative contract value is USD23.9 million. Work is expected to be completed by September 2024.


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