• UK sets out plans to refresh RN navigation radar portfolio

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out plans for the fleet-wide recapitalisation of the navigation radar systems fitted to Royal Navy (RN) ships and submarines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels. Known as the Navigation Radar Portfolio (NRP), the project is intended to replace the

  • New Zealand buys FDS3 floating decoy

    UK-based Airborne Systems Europe is to supply its FDS3 rapid response floating corner radar decoy to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as part of the Anzac-class Frigate Systems (FSU) programme. An export derivative of the Outfit DLF(3b) decoy system in service with the UK Royal Navy (RN) since

  • US approves Saudi AWACS mods deal

    Key Points The US State Department has approved a USD2 billion Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal with Saudi Arabia to modernise its five-aircraft AWACS fleet The upgrades include Block 40/45 mission computing kits and AN/UPX-40 friend or foe identification platforms Saudi Arabia plans to

  • Northrop Grumman sponsors UK cyber-security challenge

    Northrop Grumman has announced it has agreed to co-found a UK cyber-security challenge for young people to boost the UK's pool of cyber warfare experts. The nationwide CyberCenturion programme is being formed in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK, an organisation that spans government,

  • Draft RfP for new missile defence radar seeks cost estimate for three systems

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) released a draft Request for Proposals (RfP) on 8 August for the planned Long-Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) that will provide persistent midcourse ballistic missile defense (BMD) against threats in all phases of flight. The draft document seeks cost estimates

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  • F-16V radar integration clears way for Taiwan upgrade

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has integrated an AESA radar onto an F-16V, its designation for its latest upgrade suite for legacy aircraft Taiwan can now begin receiving the upgrade to 144 of its Block 20 F-16A/Bs Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of an active electronically scanned
  • Swiss IMESS soldier system ready for serial production

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed the development of the Swiss Army's planned new future soldier system and is now ready to enter serial production, the company announced on 30 July. Known as the Integrated Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier (IMESS), it builds on the company's
  • Patrol vessel receives RNLN's final I-Mast 400 fit

    The Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) last Holland-class ocean-going patrol ship HNLMS Friesland (P 842) is being fitted with its Thales Nederland I-Mast 400 integrated mast system. Friesland , commissioned in January 2013, is the last RNLN ship to receive the I-Mast 400 fit. Four masts were


  • Ilyushin Il-18 Airborne Command Post (ACP) variants

    Type Family of ACP aircraft Description Over time, IHS Jane's has identified five Il-18 based ACP variants, the known details of which are as follows: Il-18D Il-18D aircraft constructor's numbers (c/no) 185011303 (registered as RA-75496) and 1899011302 (RA-75478) are reported to have been

  • C4OPS hearing protection/hearing enhancement headset system

    Type Headset, hearing protection Description The C4OPS is a 20 m immersible, software defined, tactical hearing protection/hearing enhancement headset system. Features and capabilities of the C4OPS include: Dual Wireless PTT (DWPTT™) with Picatinny rail attachment Remote control channel

  • FalconEye-MW

    Type Forward observation system Development The original FalconEye multi-sensor EO/IR system from Aselsan used an LWIR thermal imager and dates back to 2002 (see separate entry as FalconEye-LW). The FalconEye-MW is another multisensor system which has been under development since 2010. First

  • HIRE I infrared equipment

    Type Thermal imager Development Raytheon's HIRE thermal imager (originally Hughes InfraRed Equipment, from which the acronym is derived) is a high-performance, lightweight, modular fire-control sight and thermal imaging system for light armoured vehicles which has been in production since 1991.