• AUSA 2015: Communications networks remain challenging for army, SOF collaboration, general says

    Interdependence and collaboration have improved between general purpose and special operations forces (SOF), but a US Army commanding general said on 12 October that military communications networks and mission command architectures are not conducive to supporting that continued interoperability.

  • Sagem to supply optronic masts for Swedish submarines

    Saab Kockums has selected French sensor and navigation systems house Sagem (part of the Safran group) to supply the optronic mast system for the Royal Swedish Navy's two new A 26 submarines, and for the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of two A 19 Gotland-class boats. Sagem, which won out in competition with

  • China launches four more satellites

    Key Points China launched four satellites on 7 October, bringing the total number deployed over the past four weeks to 31 The scale of the launches shows Beijing's space ambitions and capabilities A Long March-2D rocket launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on 7 October placed 4

  • Pacific 2015: Australia to name new submarines' combat systems integrator soon

    Key Points The head of Australia's programme to replace its Collins-class submarines has said the combat systems integrator will be announced shortly The integrator will be announced ahead of a decision on which of three platforms will be selected for the requirement The combat system integrator

  • Mexico's Morelos 3 communications satellite launched

    Mexico's Morelos 3 satellite has been placed in orbit by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 421 rocket, Lockheed Martin announced on 2 October. ULA is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and the launch was conducted by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. The vessel is

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  • Poland receives NATO-funded radars

    Poland has received three RAT-31 DL long-range air defence radars from Selex ES. Located at Chrusciel, Labunie, and Szypliszki, the radars were purchased for Poland by the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) under the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). The radars will for the
  • Brazil set to conclude first stage of COBRA soldier project

    The Brazilian Army by late 2015 is to conclude the initial step of its Combatente Brasileiro (COBRA) soldier modernisation project, aimed to equip troops with the latest soldier-borne technologies. Around 100,000 troops are to be equipped with advanced gear through 2021, the army told IHS Jane's on
  • DSEI 2015: Terma launches new small ship mission system

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma unveiled a new compact tactical mission system for small ships at DSEI 2015 in London. Based on the company's full-sized C-Flex combat management system, C-Flex Compact is a scaled-down version designed to meet the requirements of maritime patrol vessels


  • 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,

  • MILTECHâ„¢ 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