• Singapore equipping Apache helicopters with new mission systems

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is equipping a number of its Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters with new mission systems to enhance the platform's survivability and improve its mission capability. The country's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement on 20 April

  • Airbus promotes Xebra satcoms for UK Strike brigade

    The Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE 2017) conducted by UK forces on Salisbury Plain in March with US Army participation provided an opportunity for Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) to demonstrate an uprated version of its Xebra manportable satellite reachback service. This is based on

  • Russia's Northern Fleet first to receive newest EW systems

    Russia's Northern Fleet (Severnyy Flot: SF) is the first to receive the new 'Svet' and 'Samarkand' electronic warfare (EW) systems, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 April. SF EW Chief of Staff Captain Valery Lukoyanov revealed that the systems already entered service early in 2017 and

  • DARPA launches CASE for inherent cyber defence

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a programme aimed at building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level, following the successful demonstration of a project focused on the software side. The Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) project

  • Hughes Defense modernises Predator B for UK Protector programme

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has partnered with Hughes Defense to introduce the HM 200 series modem, which has specialised waveforms intended to modernise and enhance security of satellite communications (SATCOM) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads for

  • US Navy developing ionosphere forecasting capability

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is set to conduct experiments later this year that are designed to help develop the ability to more accurately predict the condition of the ionosphere in order to enable undisrupted communications between satellites and the ground. NRL is trying to create a

  • British Army orders more Israeli radios

    The first field exercises with the British Army's new Mercury family of cadet training radios are expected to begin on 19 April. The radios, supplied under a GBP7.3 million (USD9 million) contract placed with UK company Drumgrange, have been manufactured at plants belonging to Elbit Systems in

  • US Army to field test soft-kill capability for MAPS by end of 2017

    Lockheed Martin has demonstrated the ability to integrate its Open Architecture Processor (OAP) with sensors designed to protect US Army armoured vehicles against anti-tank guided missiles. The laboratory integration effort is the first step towards conducting a field demonstration of the army's

  • DARPA to develop 'semantic engine' to mine open-source, multimedia data

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a programme to develop technologies capable of automatically aggregating and mapping pieces of information derived from multiple media sources into a common representation or storyline. From that storyline, the technology

  • Germany orders enhanced BOZ-pods for Tornados

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has ordered Saab enhanced BOZ-101 EC electronic warfare (EW) pods for its Panavia Tornado combat aircraft. The order, announced by Saab on 11 April, was placed by the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) on behalf of the Luftwaffe, and covers

  • Royal Thai Navy expands networked naval simulation capability with new Rheinmetall system

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has acquired a naval warfare training simulator (NWTS) from Rheinmetall. The system, which will be used to train RTN personnel for naval combat scenarios such as the prosecution of surface, aerial and underwater targets, and mine countermeasures operations, is scheduled to

  • Navy League 2017: USMC's Target Handoff System 2 enters IOC

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) anticipates fielding the Target Handoff System 2 in fiscal year 2018, Jane's has learnt. The system is designed to enable forward observers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) to digitally call for fires support with a lower risk of error. The service recently

  • Navy League 2017: Mercury Systems adds rugged server to family

    Mercury Systems introduced its new Ensemble HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is ruggedised and built using a fully certified design and manufacturing chain to ensure that the hardware and software have not been tampered with. Additionally, because the HDS9624 is designed to be fielded in an

  • Defence scientists develop eye-safe laser device

    Defence scientists in Australia have developed an eye-safe laser-based device to warn people that they are approaching a restricted location, according to a press statement issued by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 3 April. "Checkpoint operators want to get a person's attention

  • Pakistan Air Force selects Rockwell Collins for C-130 Hercules avionics upgrade

    Rockwell Collins has been selected to supply its Flight2 avionics system for the upgrade of up to 11 Lockheed Martin C-130E and 5 C-130B aircraft operated by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The US-based company announced in a 31 March press statement that it will provide the integrated avionics suite

  • Colombian Air Force receives first locally developed air defence radar

    The Colombian Air Force on 29 March received the first Tactical Air Defence Radar (TADER) system, developed by the Colombian High Technology Corporation (CODALTEC), at the Gomez Niño Apiay Air Base, in Villavicencio. The TADER was developed in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of Defence

  • Raytheon looks to cyber intrusion detection system for pilots

    Raytheon is funding a research and development effort to produce an Avionics Intrusion Detection System that could provide commercial and military pilots with a cyber-attack warning capability within the next year. "What it does is look for anomalous traffic in [a] real-time operating system

  • Raytheon launches Overseer multi-sensor mission system

    Raytheon has launched the Overseer multi-sensor mission system at its new intelligence, surveillance, target, acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) integration centre in Broughton, north Wales. The company aims to offer the Overseer product to future and existing operators of its ISTAR airborne

  • US Army begins the hunt for a spectrum of new robotic systems

    The US Army is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in April or May for the Common Robotic Systems (CRS) - Individual (I). "The CRS-I will provide the dismounted warfighter with the capability to conduct lower level reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; remotely

  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

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