HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • AUDS achieves TRL 9, deploys with US forces

    An undisclosed number of Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS) have been supplied to US forces and are now in operational service. The AUDS has been developed in a collaborative effort by a UK defence consortium comprised of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems

  • Challenges with implementing DCGS continue

    As the US military transitions to a more open and modular version of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), the services continue to encounter hurdles as they seek ways to get more intelligence data into the hands of analysts. The US Air Force (USAF) is moving off the legacy baseline DCGS

  • UK orders Crowsnest helicopter radar systems

    The United Kingdom has awarded a GBP269 million (USD327 million) contract to Lockheed Martin to build Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) systems for the Royal Navy. Crowsnest is the replacement for the service's Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, due to retire in September 2018.

  • IARPA seeks enhanced method for integrated circuit validation

    The research arm of the US intelligence community is developing the ability to analyse and verify the reliability of integrated circuits to ensure integrity of manufacturing processes and the supply chain. The objective of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's (IARPA) Rapid

  • Thales to upgrade Swiss air surveillance radars

    Thales has won a contract from Switzerland to upgrade the Master radars within its military air surveillance radar network, IHS Jane's can reveal. Worth EUR74 million (USD79.2 million), the contract will see "the modernisation of all the fixed long-range surveillance radars" within

  • Crowsnest ASaC manufacture contract confirmed

    Key Points Crowsnest will use an updated and improved version of the Thales Cerberus mission suite and Searchwater radar New Merlin-based system will replace the RN's SKASaC when it goes out of service in late 2018 Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems is to deliver the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new

  • US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

    The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half years after operations with the helicopter-based system

  • DARPA's TUNA readies for next phase

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has concluded the initial development phase of its Tactical Undersea Network Architectures (TUNA) programme following 15 months of development and testing. The TUNA effort was launched in April 2014 and aims to research credible communication

  • Surface Navy 2017: L3 MK 30 MOD 1 to complete testing by mid-2017

    L3 KEO is expected to complete testing on its MK 20 MOD 1 electro-optical (EO) sensor system by August 2017, a company official said during the annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) symposium held 10-12 January in Washington, DC. The system, which replaces the MK 20 MOD 0 is undergoing

  • NRL demonstrates automated health-monitoring system for ship communications networks

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing a system of sensors that could shorten the time it takes for a ship's network administrator to identify anomalies, determine the cause of a problem, and fix the issue. The Integrated Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Tactical Resiliency Risk

  • USN, USAF, Royal Thai Navy select L3 WESCAM to upgrade EO/IR capabilities

    Key Points USN, USAF to add new EO/IR systems to MMA and AC130-J fleets L3 Webcam gets first MX sale in Thailand L3 WESCAM announced it has received several defence contracts valued at more than USD90 million for a range of airborne and maritime domain MX-series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR)

  • F-16 mission computer upgrade will add more processing power and memory

    Raytheon will provide new mission computers for the US Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, which will more than double the processing capability and increase the memory of the legacy mission computers. Based on commercial technology, Raytheon's Modular Mission

  • NRL's SHAW aims to maintain communications in A2/AD environments

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing an affordable wireless communications waveform that can stand up against enemy interference, enabling personnel to operate their radios in contested environments. To enable continuous operations in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment

  • NRL research demonstrates ability for radios to reconnect across a network without interruption

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing the capability for radios to autonomously select and re-select frequencies to avoid bandwidth congestion and jamming. The effort could potentially make forces less dependent on spectrum managers who must manually set channels, as well as remove

  • Raytheon closes out 2016 with one more Patriot IAMD Configuration 3+ award

    Raytheon announced on 29 December it has secured a direct commercial sales contract worth more than USD600 million to upgrade an undisclosed country's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system to the Configuration 3+. "Patriot continues to outpace the evolving threat because

  • Brazil announces establishment of new cyber defence command

    The Brazilian Army has approved the establishment of a cyber defence command, known as Comando de Defesa Cibernética (ComDCiber), to help protect the country's online infrastructure. Essentially, the move creates regulatory measures needed to establish the command and prescribes

  • Bodytrak soldier-monitoring system readies for trials

    UK-based Inova Design Solutions' Bodytrak system is set to undergo trials with the British Army and be used in support of a military charity expedition to Antarctica. Bodytrak uses an in-ear device - akin to an audio earphone - to monitor vital signs from the human body, ultimately to include core

  • Bolivian Army receives tactical vehicles, communications equipment

    The Bolivian Army has received 50 modified 2016 Toyota Hilux pickup trucks adapted for tactical transport and border control duties. The vehicles are armed with 7.62x51 mm SIG 710-3 light machine guns fitted on a reinforced 1.2-ton capacity chassis, and other additions include removable fuel

  • US Navy explores counter-UAS capabilities

    The US Navy is seeking near-term technological solutions to address threats from small remotely-piloted aircraft to its ships, bases, and other installations. Officials at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre in Dahlgren, Virginia, want to explore "mature, field-ready" counter-small unmanned

  • Cognitive Systems demonstrates compact EW capabilities, partners with ARL

    Cognitive Systems has commenced testing of its on-a-chip electronic warfare (EW) system on board a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Speaking at the inaugural International UAV Show in Toronto in December, Nebu John Mathai, director of strategic initiatives at Cognitive Solutions, told IHS

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