• Harris completes Exelis acquisition

    Harris Corporation announced on 29 May that it had completed the acquisition of US electronics and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) firm Exelis. The deal, valued at USD4.75 billion, will see former Exelis shareholders take a 15%

  • EDA's goal of UAV C2 transfer between satellites falling short of live demo

    The European Defence Agency's (EDA's) newest research project into transferring command-and-control (C2) of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from one satellite to another should carry that goal a step or two closer to regulatory and operational reality, but will fall short of actually demonstrating

  • South African Air Force to get new image exploitation system

    The South African Air Force's Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) is to get Airbus Defence and Space's Actionable Intelligence (ACTINT) reconnaissance evaluation software as part of the Project 'Achilles' programme to modernise its systems. The contract was announced by Denel,

  • LANPAC 2015: Comms challenging for rapid deployments

    The US military in the Pacific faces communications challenges ranging from bulky equipment to lack of interoperability, officials said during a 20 May panel at the Association of the US Army's Land Power in the Pacific (LANPAC) symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. From a hardware perspective,

  • ILS Rocket explodes along with USD300 million Mexican satellite

    A Mexican International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M Briz-M Phase III rocket transporting a Boeing Satellite Systems 702HP-GEM satellite exploded on 16 May, Communication and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza announced. The rocket exploded as it ignited into its third phase over

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  • USAF certifies SpaceX for military satellite launches

    Key Points SpaceX is now certified to place US military satellites in orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket ULA has not had a launch services competitor for over 10 years The US Air Force (USAF) has certified SpaceX to launch US military satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket after about two years of
  • Sagem enhances French Army FELIN kit

    Sagem, a division of French group Safran, announced on 3 April it had won a contract from the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement organisation to add several improvements to the French Army's FELIN V1 (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés)


  • Battlefield METeorological System (BMETS)

    Type Passive, independent, and mobile meteorological system Description The BAE Systems Integrated Systems Technologies BMETS is a replacement for the British Army's radar-based Artillery METeorological System (AMETS) and as such, is claimed to offer 'significant advantages' over its predecessor,

  • MILTECH™ 5042 military ruggedised communication system

    Type Fibre optic communications equipment, transmission Description The MILTECH™ 5042 rugged, military grade communication is a system for transferring video, serial (RS-422) data, discrete signals and Gigabit Ethernet traffic over single strand tactical fibre. The 5042's mechanical

  • Remote Secure Receiver (RSR)

    Type GPS device, anti-jamming/spoofing Development According to the contractor the Remote Secure Receiver (RSR) has been developed to protect against GPS jamming and spoofing for soldiers using combinations of commercial smartphones, tablets and military off-the-shelf devices. Rockwell says that

  • SB 14 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator

    Type Ground-based IFF interrogator. Description The SB 14 IFF interrogator is designed for use with stand-alone MAN Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) and vehicle-mounted/fixed-site multilauncher systems. As such, SB 14 is battery powered and comprises a sum/Delta antenna and an electronics