• LIMA 2017: Aselsan debuts 'anti-drone jammer' system, targets Asia-Pacific countries

    Key Points Aselsan has developed a man-portable system designed to incapacitate hostile unmanned aerial vehicles System has been developed against the backdrop of a proliferation in small commercial off-the-shelf UAV systems Turkish defence company Aselsan has unveiled a man-portable 'anti-drone

  • Tactical tablets: Getac evolves frontline system

    Key Points Getac UK has released a next-generation EUD with SOF launch customers across NATO The MX50 has been designed for use down to the lowest tactical level across the battlefield Special Operations Forces (SOFs) are spearheading the widespread utility of tablet End User Devices (EUDs) at

  • LIMA 2017: Thales makes inroad into Malaysian market with Air Force helicopter flight simulator delivery

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has received and operationalised a helicopter flight simulator from Thales, the company announced on 22 March at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition. The simulator, which is currently being used to train RMAF pilots for the H120

  • Rafael steps into the international cyber security market

    Having secured the prime contractorship to build Israel's National Cyber HQ in Beer-Sheva at the end of 2015, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is now turning its attention to exporting more than 20 years of domestic experience in the cyber domain beyond Israel. Encompassing this effort is the

  • US Navy's minehunting Knifefish UUV swims through new test round

    The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team completed "a comprehensive evaluation" of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) the company is developing for the US Navy. Knifefish, which is designed to detect buried and bottom mines, is

  • ULA, Boeing launch ninth WGS satellite

    Key Points WGS 9 was funded by Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States WGS 10 is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2018 The ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket on 18 March,

  • IAI unveils foliage-penetrating ground surveillance radar

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new version of its ELM-2112 ground surveillance radar that is designed to detect threats moving through foliage, saying it has been "operationally deployed for several years". Using frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology, the

  • Intelsat, Kymeta partner on small antennas for DoD coms

    Intelsat is introducing two small, flat-panel antennas that automatically lock onto satellites to support US Department of Defense (DoD) communications. The mTenna developed by Kymeta is a metamaterial, electrically scanned, satellite antenna intended for government maritime applications that

  • Details of North Korean C4I systems emerge

    Details have emerged of North Korean C4I developments following a United Nations investigation into a Malaysian-based company used by North Korea to sell defence equipment abroad. The company, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), was not previously known to be a North Korean entity and offers

  • India to fit six new C-130J s with terrain warning system

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to equip six new Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft equipped with the Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS), it was disclosed on 15 March. A solicitation posted by the US Air Force (USAF) on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) calls for

  • US Army eyes new 'high-altitude' airships or solar-powered sensor platforms

    US Army Space and Missile Defence Command (SMDC) is working with other Pentagon organisations to assess the value of high-altitude sensor capabilities for the army, including airships and solar-powered platforms. High-altitude systems, which can operate around 60,000 ft and essentially at the edge

  • Katfish synthetic aperture sonar completes first sea trials

    Canadian marine technology company Kraken Sonar has completed Phase 1 sea trials of its new Katfish towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system. Follow-on Phase 2 testing will complete development and qualification prior to delivery to the launch customer before the end of April 2017. The system is

  • Lockheed Martin outlines intelligence-driven cyber defence

    The constantly changing and increasingly sophisticated cyber threat landscape requires a proactive approach to defending against attacks, according to Dr Grigorios Koutsogiannis, regional business development director for the Middle East & Africa at Lockheed Martin. "Cyber defences need to

  • Low intensity, high capability: OPVs promise balance in requirements and budgets

    As offshore patrol vessels become more popular with navies around the world, they are adding operational value to lower-end tasks. Dr Lee Willett reports The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) provides an interesting case study of how navies around the world are attempting to balance the numerous and

  • RFI issued for USAF CV-22B radar upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) is moving forward with plans to integrate the Raytheon AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto its Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. A request for information (RFI) for industry sources to provide support for the integration work was

  • UTC's MS-177 built for high-altitude sensing and future growth

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Aerospace Systems is transitioning its MS-177 multi-spectral sensor from a 7- to 10-band configuration, now designated the MS-177A. The systems will be integrated onto the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, and the first flight test of the 7-band sensor aboard

  • FAP receives its first Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa: FAP) has taken delivery of an initial four AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening AT Block II airborne navigation and targeting pods upgraded to the Litening G4 standard by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Northrop Grumman, the Portuguese Ministry of

  • Seven-year anti-ship missile defence programme completed for RAN's Anzac-class frigates

    Work has been completed on the AUD650 million (USD488 million) anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) eight Anzac-class frigates, contractor BAE Systems disclosed on 9 March. HMAS Stuart , the final ship to complete the 12-month upgrade at the company's

  • MS-177 sensor trialled on Global Hawk

    Northrop Grumman has completed the first flight test of the new MS-177 multispectral sensor, which will provide a broad-area search capability for the company's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to begin formal development testing of Global Hawk

  • Saab reveals CoastControl system

    Saab Technologies has developed an integrated command-and-control (C2) system that leverages Netherlands Coast Guard (Nederlandse Kustwacht: NCG) concept of operations, and showcased it at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The Saab CoastControl coastguard

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