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  • Bodytrak set for SF trials

    An undisclosed US Special Forces unit is looking to purchase prototypes of the Bodytrak soldier monitoring system, with a range of other military users expressing interest in trialling the device in recent months, Jane’s has learned. Bodytrak is a small, in-ear system designed to measure

  • MDL delivers first of six Scorpène-class submarines to Indian Navy

    India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines to the Indian Navy (IN). Named Kalvari , the 66 m-long boat was handed over to the service on 21 September, and is set to be commissioned “soon”,

  • Puma production is revved up

    Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) are producing the Puma infantry fighting vehicle as part of their Projekt System & Management (PSM) consortium. Rheinmetall gave a rare glimpse of its Puma production line in Unterlüss, northern Germany, on 18 September. Jean-Daniel Schaffner,

  • ST Kinetics readies Bronco 3 for production

    Key Points ST Kinetics showcased its latest Bronco 3 all terrain tracked carrier in the UK The company is ready to start production of the Bronco 3 once a customer has been found Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics has completed development of its latest Bronco 3 all-terrain tracked carrier

  • Digital Barriers showcases SmartVis Tripwire face recognition system

    Digital Barriers provided the first public display of its SmartVis Tripwire non-consensual face recognition system at DSEI 2017 in London. In use with European military customers as well as security agencies in the United States and Asia, SmartVis Tripwire provides a very narrowband live video

  • DSEI 2017: SRS details Fusion hybrid UUV

    Strategic Robotic Systems (SRS) presented its Fusion hybrid unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system at DSEI 2017. In the military sphere the Fusion system has applications in mine countermeasures, port and harbour security, and ship inspection tasks, and is being marketed as a simple,

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • US Navy, General Dynamics Electric Boat ink USD5.1 billion SSBN deal

    On 21 September General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) was awarded a USD5.1-billion contract by the Pentagon to complete designs for the lead Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Ultimately 12 Columbia-class boats are planned to replace 14 ageing Ohio-class SSBNs. The Ohio class is to

  • Australian Hawkeis to receive Vortex Opensplice data platform

    PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice data-sharing platform has been selected for use in the Australian Defence Force’s Hawkei vehicles. Vortex Opensplice is the company’s implementation of the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service (OMG DDS), a real-time data

  • Leidos to mature new air platform warning, survivability technologies

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has contracted Leidos for a five-year research and development programme intended to mature technologies for airborne threat warning and survivability. Valued at USD23.5 million, the Threat Warning and Integrated Survivability Technology (TWIST) contract

  • Systematic rolls out new Frontline BMS

    Danish software house Systematic launched the latest version of its SitaWare Frontline battle management system (BMS) at DSEI 2017 in London. Frontline is the vehicle-mounted element of Systematic’s SitaWare command and control (C2) software suite, which is in use in a number of countries and

  • Bolivia eyes Argentine IA-63 Pampa III light strike jets

    The Bolivian government is considering buying light strike aircraft, riverine vessels, and more from Argentina, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's . Bolivia's main interest is buying between 8 and 12 IA-63 Pampa III light strike aircraft, to be built at Argentina's Fábrica Argentina

  • CTS enhances Resolve COMINT system

    Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS) launched a major capability upgrade of its Resolve lightweight integrated communications intelligence (COMINT) and direction finding (DF) system at DSEI 2017. The legacy system, which is in use with 13 countries, could be used in the manpack, vehicle, and

  • DSEI 2017: Domo Tactical Communications showcases latest mesh networking capabilities

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) unveiled recent developments in its self-forming, self-healing wireless mesh networking (meshnet) technology at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London in September 2017. This included a robust mobile (RM) variant of the

  • Getac partners with Trivalent to improve data protection

    Getac has partnered with Trivalent, a US provider of data protection tools and services, to enhance the security of its tablet devices. Getac displayed its new MX50 tablet at DSEI 2017 in London, with the company highlighting the growing importance of data protection for military end users. The

  • Jankel details latest Fox RRV-x

    Jankel displayed its latest Fox Rapid Reaction Vehicle-x (RRV-x) at DSEI 2017. The RRV-x is a modified Toyota Hilux-based platform, and is entering production for a contract with the Belgian Ministry of Defence, which is the first customer for this latest variant of Jankel’s expanding Fox

  • AOEW transitions to EMD phase

    Key Points The AOEW AMP, designated AN/ALQ-248, is a self-contained EW pod hosting both high-sensitivity receiver and electronic attack subsystems for anti-ship missile defence NAVSEA has exercised a USD23.6 million option with Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems for the EMD phase Lockheed

  • CASC unveils next generation USV concepts

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) outlined its plans for a new family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) exhibition in Qingdao. The platforms are aimed at addressing a range of maritime security and naval

  • DSEI 2017: Rheinmetall outlines approach to air defence against UAVs

    Rheinmetall Defence has outlined its approach to countering the oft-neglected threat from low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Speaking to Jane’s at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 defence exhibition, held in London from 11 to 15 September, Fabian Ochsner,

  • Indra demonstrates prototype USV

    Indra conducted a first public sea trial demonstrating the capabilities of its new prototype unmanned surface vessel (USV) off northwest Spain on 17 September. Although built as part of the Galicia regional government-backed Civil UAV Initiative, the vessel is targeted to perform a variety of key

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