Mar 22, 2009
Boeing unveiled the prototype of a new variant of the F-15 Strike Eagle aimed at the Asian and Middle East markets that will incorporate stealthy coatings and structure here on Mar. 17. Company officials hope the new aircraft will garner up to 190 orders, extending the F-15 line beyond the current backlog of 38 aircraft for South Korea and Singapore. Since the company lost the Joint Strike Fighter contest to Lockheed Martin, the future of its St. Louis manufacturing facility has been uncertain. Continued F-15 sales, as well as additional orders for F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18Gs, are the only work in the foreseeable future for the plant. Major design changes in the new [sup.3]Silent Eagle[sup.2] version include internal bays within the existing conformal fuel tanks that can carry a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. Each tank will be configured to hold two air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 and AIM-120 or a combination of the two.For the air-to-ground mission, 1,000- and 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions can be carried or four 250-pound Small Diameter Bombs per tank. Weapons loadout can also be split between the AIM-120 and JDAM for a multirole mission.The Silent Eagle configuration includes 15-degree outward-canted V-tails - a shift away from the characteristic vertical fins of the F-15 that reduces the radar cross-section. Mar 17, 2009
Elbit Systems, the Israeli defence electronics manufacturer, made a show of its 2008 financial results presentation, holding a press conference in a big hall in the Tel Aviv stock exchange set up to demonstrate its capabilities through a movie combined with live actors dressed as soldiers equipped with Elbit products. But Israel's largest private defence company could be excused a bit of bravado. On growth alone, its performance is impressive, with revenue up by one-third to nearly $2.64 billion, while net income soared more than 2.5 times to $204.2 million, from $76.6 million in 2007. Mar 20, 2009
A strong fourth quarter helped Israeli defence and technology group Elbit Systems boost...