• High frontiers: Maritime BMD developments in Europe

    European navies are viewing maritime ballistic missile defence requirements through a number of different prisms. Richard Scott reports History was made on 20 October 2015 when a US Navy (USN) Aegis guided-missile destroyer became the first ship to perform a live intercept of an exo-atmospheric

  • STRATCOM chief: Improve homeland missile defence before considering East Coast expansion

    Key Points The head of US Strategic Command wants better space-based sensors for missile defence Some in Congress are pushing for an 'East Coast' interceptor site, but commanders prioritise capability improvements over expansion The Pentagon should work to improve sensors and interceptors for

  • Aselsan opens Malaysian venture

    Turkey’s military electronics company Aselsan announced on 24 July that it had established a company in Malaysia under the name of Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which will operate on remote-controlled weapons systems. The company is 100% owned by Aselsan, it said in a statement submitted to

  • Guardion enters C-UAS fray

    Kostas Tigkos Capitalising on its successful first steps into the counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, Rohde & Schwarz has teamed up with ESG and Diehl to expand and enhance the Ardronis suite into a new product line under the Guardion designation. The new system includes a wide range

  • USN says EMALS concerns linked to software issues

    Key Points USN stated EMALS issues were solved by updating control software New software will be incorporated with CVN 78 systems following the aircraft carrier’s post-shakedown availability US Navy (USN) used its General Atomics-built Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to

  • Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

  • US Army opens collaborative cyber research space

    Key Points The ACAL will give scientists access to highly sensitive live cyber security data A core focus will be rapidly developing cyber defence solutions The US Army’s research laboratory has opened a collaborative research space to bring together academia, industry, and the military

  • Logos tests ultra-lightweight WAMI pod on Group 3 UAV

    Logos Technologies has flown a podded version of its Redkite wide area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard a US Navy RQ-23 TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The demonstration represents the first-time the Redkite pod has been operated on a UAV. The NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation

  • US Navy begins search for next-generation submarine imaging mast

    Key Points The Tactically Oriented Technology Insertion Imaging Mast (TOTIM) will equip Virginia-class SSNs and Columbia-class SSBNs NAVSEA has solicited for a TOTIM first article unit and production of up to 47 follow-on systems The US Navy (USN) has launched a competition for a next-generation

  • BAE Systems to develop ability to find quiet subs

    Key Points DARPA seeks new technology to detect subs at long distances DARPA requested USD25.39 million in FY 2018 for MOCCA The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a USD4.6 million contract for its Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach

  • French Air Force upgrades AWACS

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, awarded a tender on 12 July to Air France International/KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) for the manintenance in operational condition (MCO) and cockpit upgrade of the French Air Force's

  • IAI, Honeywell partner to counter GPS jamming

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Honeywell Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint development of a GPS anti-jamming navigation system for military applications. In a joint statement the companies said that they would “engineer, manufacture, and market a

  • Indonesia completes installation of SATCOM systems across LPDs and surface combatants

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has equipped a number of its ships with SATCOM systems Move will improve ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications across the service The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut) has completed the installation of Ku-band stabilised parabolic

  • IAI, Honeywell sign anti-jam technology MOU

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Honeywell covering the development of anti-jamming GPS navigation, the company announced on 17 July. The agreement covers integrating products from the two companies, the ADA GPS Anti-Jamming system from IAI and

  • US Army expects to soon trial Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellites

    US Army officials expect to soon demonstrate the Kestrel Eye, an electro-optical micro satellite meant to improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams. “The Kestrel Eye is due to launch from Cape Canaveral very soon as part of the International Space Station cargo resupply

  • Brazilian marines to introduce new C4ISR kit for vehicles, dismounts

    The Brazilian Navy Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais: CFN) plans to implement a new C4ISR suite purchased from Israel’s Elbit Systems, and expects to receive the system in second half on 2018, the navy told Jane’s . It will be deployed at command sites; by dismounted troops;

  • Marduk Technologies readies Shark C-UAV system for initial trials

    Marduk Technologies expects to demonstrate a prototype of its Shark counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system in the August/September timeframe with the Estonian military. Indrek Sepp, Marduk Technologies’ CEO, told Jane’s that the testing of limited aspects of the system will

  • Australia poised to join US on Next Generation Jammer

    Key Points Australia is in discussion to join the US Navy's next-generation jamming pod programme The Next Generation Jammer-Medium Band will replace the legacy AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system Australia is nearing an agreement to join the US Navy's (USN's) AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation

  • Raytheon again selected to provide cyber security technologies for DHS

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Raytheon a one year contract with four option years to provide cyber security capabilities to enhance the resiliency of United States' federal government computer networks. The Development and Operational and Maintenance Contract (known as

  • Wargame highlights complexity of cyber defence

    A recent cyber exercise featuring senior EU defence officials underlined the sheer complexity of responding to a major cyber attack, one of the event's organisers has told Jane's , with a need for further high-level discussions across the continent on how to address such a scenario. The EU28 Cyber

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