• GBSD RfP expected in weeks

    Key Points A GBSD RfP is expected by next month Industry is currently providing feedback on a draft version The US Air Force (USAF) is moving ahead with plans for replacing the Boeing LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with a final request for proposals (RfP)

  • AAAA 2016: India to get Longbow radars for Apaches

    India has awarded a contract to Longbow LLC, a Lockheed Martin-Northrop Grumman joint venture, for fire control radar (FCR) systems for its Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, Lockheed Martin announced in a 30 April press statement released at the Army Aviation Association of America's (AAAA's)

  • Osprey AESA radar unveiled by Leonardo

    Leonardo-Finmeccanica unveiled its new Osprey active electronically scanned array (AESA) airborne radar on 3 May during a press event in London. The radar is billed as a "second-generation AESA" by the company, which claims it is the "first lightweight airborne surveillance radar to

  • US SOCOM turns to virtual machines, software-defined apps to reduce tactical SWaP demands

    US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) elements are leveraging virtual machines and software-defined applications to reduce the footprint of their Tactical Local Area network (TACLAN) system, while enhancing utility and security against cyber and electronic warfare threats. In February 2016 VMware,

  • SpaceX lands first military launch contract

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded SpaceX USD82.7 million to provide satellite launch services, marking the company's first military launch contract, the Pentagon announced on 27 April. The contract is for the launch of a GPS III satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018. SpaceX last


  • Social media growth threatens SF operations

    The reach of open-source intelligence is creating operational risks and opportunities for intelligence agencies and special forces. Jack Barclay examines how such trends may be exposing their activities to unprecedented scrutiny from potential adversaries.
  • Cognitive techniques support better forecasting

    Accurate forecasting is crucial for the intelligence analysis community to anticipate significant events. Nick Hare, Peter Coghill, and Alison Evans analyse the effectiveness of using cognitive techniques inspired by Bayes theorem to provide forecasts on North Korea's nuclear programme.
  • French armour programmes move ahead

    The French armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) industry comprises two key players, Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense. Christopher F Foss looks at these contractors and the AFVs they are developing for domestic requirements and the export market.
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  • Xponential 2016: Global Hawk readies for OBC trials

    Northrop Grumman is set to commence flight tests of a Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with UTC Aerospace's Optical Bar Camera (OBC) system this August, IHS Jane's has learned. Speaking at AUVSI's Xponential 2016 conference and exhibition in New Orleans, Mike Lyons, the company's
  • South Africa trials BattleTek command training system

    The South African Army (SAA) has incorporated Saab Grintek's BattleTek IV command training system into its training and experimentation regime, including a proof-of-concept trial as part of the process of establishing a number of BattleLabs. It has also been used to support multinational command
  • CONTROP confirms iSea EO/IR payloads for Colombia

    Israeli electro-optics house CONTROP Precision Technologies has revealed the supply of iSea maritime electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera payloads for integration on locally-manufactured remote weapon stations being introduced to service with the Colombian Navy. According to a statement released


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47