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  • US Navy kicks-off Super Hornet Block 3 effort with IRST contract

    The US Navy (USN) has begun the process of upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the latest Block 3 standard, with a contract award to Boeing to incorporate the Block 2 Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) onto the combat aircraft. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which was announced by

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Air Force proposes 78% cut to Space Fence

    Key Points The US Air Force requested USD36 million for Space Fence in FY 2018 Officials say this is because the programme is getting closer to IOC The US Air Force (USAF) is proposing a 78% cut in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to its Space Fence space situational awareness platform, which a key

  • Saudi Arabia to purchase upgunned US LCS Freedom-class variant

    Key Points US signs USD11.25 billion deal for four Freedom-class LCS variants with the KSA The vessels will be substantially upgunned and more capable than USN variants US president Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) signed a nearly

  • Ukraine develops rocket grenade system

    Ukraine's State Kyiv Design Bureau Luch has developed a new manportable rocket grenade system. While the system does not yet have an official designation, details of its capabilities have emerged. Designed for use against lightly armoured and unarmoured equipment, structures, and personnel, the

  • Saab Grintek reveals BattleTek 5

    Saab has launched BattleTek 5, the latest, immersive version of its command and staff training system at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam. Developed by Saab's South African subsidiary, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), BattleTek was first fielded about 20 years

  • SEA enhances DECKsim functionality

    Cohort subsidiary SEA has introduced a series of enhancements and extensions to its DECKsim flight deck simulation suite. As well as integrating virtual reality and augmented reality goggles into the DECKsim product, the company has also developed a new Ship/Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL)

  • USN plans MQ-8C UAS in-flight target update demonstration

    Key Points The USN is seeking to demonstrate transmission of in-flight target updates for network-enabled weapons via Link 16 installed on the MQ-8C NAVAIR is planning to contract with Northrop Grumman for Link 16 hardware and software integration The US Navy (USN) is planning to integrate and

  • LACS launches new TES system

    Italy's Laser Advanced Combat System (LACS) has developed an eponymous laser-based tactical engagement simulation (TES) for live force-on-force training. The system - which was launched at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam - has the usual configuration of

  • Saudi completes radar upgrade for AWACS fleet

    The final Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft has now completed its major radar upgrade, the manufacturer Boeing announced on 23 May. The last of five RSAF E-3As has completed the Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) that has already been

  • AFRL seeks wearable electronics boost with liquid metals

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is exploring the feasibility of liquid metals to increase the reliability of wearable electronics. The inherent 'flow-ability' of liquid metals such as Gallium can be compressed or extended without losing conductivity even as the wearer is moving and stretching,

  • MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils new airborne active jamming system

    Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has developed an active jamming pod for use on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system - which was displayed at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk - is claimed to be capable of creating false targets, delaying detection, disrupting radar lock-on, and

  • NCSIST showcases new vehicle surveillance system

    The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) of Taiwan has unveiled its indigenously developed Panoramic Vehicular Sighting System (PaVIS). The system has been designed for installation on tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) to provide 360° coverage

  • US Air Force pursues GPS upgrades

    At a time when the US Department of Defense (DoD) has numerous efforts underway to find a replacement for the ubiquitous global positioning system (GPS), the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is looking to improve upon the decades of old technology. The ability to jam or degrade GPS signals, thus

  • Lockheed Martin launches new exoskeleton system

    Lockheed Martin has developed an exoskeleton system that is designed to provide wearers with greater endurance and load carrying capacity. Launched under the company's FORTIS brand, the Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) is a powered exoskeleton that has been developed for use by the military and

  • ITEC 2017: Van Halteren Defence unveils howitzer turret trainer

    Van Halteren Defence has developed a new PzH 2000 self-propelled 155 mm howitzer advanced turret trainer (ATT) for Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as part of the latter's development of an indirect fire support tactical training centre for Qatar, which was revealed at the 2017 International Training and

  • AFRL explores the use of liquid metal to reconfigure radar

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is building antennas using liquid metal to enable changes to the size, shape, and functionality of the electrical wiring. Currently, the research effort is using gallium, which is known for its use in radars (gallium arsenide and gallium nitride types) and

  • AFRL plans AgilePod multi-INT pod flight test on MQ-9 Reaper

    The US Air Force (USAF) has disclosed details of a prototype platform-agnostic modular, reconfigurable, multi-sensor payload pod planned for flight testing on an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in late 2017. Known as AgilePod, the multi-intelligence (multi-INT) pod system has been

  • NATO's C2 and communications networks poised to enter the cloud

    NATO has signed off on a second tranche of its EUR185 million (USD207 million) budget to upgrade the alliance's information technology (IT) networks, communications nodes, and digital devices. Part of NATO's new initiative known as the IT Modernisation (ITM) programme, the work will eventually

  • Havelsan opens counter-terrorism training showcase

    Havelsan has recently established a counter-terrorism training and simulation technologies centre to showcase a number of live and virtual training solutions, including a precise tracking system for urban operations training. The centre, at Havelsan's Ankara headquarters, includes a demonstration

  • US AFRL develops sensor pod to navigate in GPS-denied environments

    Key Points US AFRL develops navigation technology for times without GPS GPS can be easily denied in certain environments The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed a sensor pod allowing warfighters to navigate when global positioning system (GPS) signals aren't available. The sensor

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