XS-1 Phase B: DARPA’s new space plane looks skyward
DARPA has awarded contracts to Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems to continue developing concepts for US military’s XS-1 experimental space plane. How could the new design make spaceflight commonplace, and what potential military benefits would it provide?
Global Defence Technology: Issue 69
In this issue: Could Russia gain a technological edge over Britain? Plus: the benefits of base sharing, protecting GPS guided weapons from spoofing, the next step in electric vehicles, contenders for the T-X jet trainer programme, lessons learned from DCNS’ data breach, and more.
October's top stories: BAE to upgrade Typhoons, Nato increases ISIS attacks
BAE to upgrade UK Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet, Nato has intensified its efforts against ISIS by deploying its advanced airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. Airforce-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from October 2016.
Spoofing and jamming: tackling threats to GPS-guided systems
GPS-guided weapons such as cruise missiles and the British Army’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System have the potential to fall victim to ‘spoofing’ attacks by terrorists and hostile forces, which could lead rockets or missiles astray. While some adversaries are keen to exploit this vulnerability, major work is underway to ensure that the next-generation of GPS satellites are safe from attack, as Claire Apthorp finds out.
Profiling the contenders for the USAF’s T-X jet trainer programme
Aerospace contractors are gearing up for the competition to replace the T-38 Talon as the US Air Force’s next jet trainer. The T-X programme aims to bridge the gap between primary training on the T-6 Texan II and advanced fighters such as the F-22 and F-35. Claire Apthorp takes a look at who has joined the race and what they are planning on bringing to the table.