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  • UTC Aerospace readies AN/VVR-4 laser warning system

    UTC Aerospace has provided Jane’s with details of its AN/VVR-4 laser warning receiver which has been selected as the standard laser warning system for all US armoured vehicles. The new system is a follow-on to the AN/VVR-3 and designed to detect and classify laser threats, including range

  • Analysis: Cameroon demonstrates joint op capability

    Analysis An operation carried out by the Cameroonian military against separatists in the country’s South-West province in December 2017 demonstrated the extent to which it is now capable of carrying out complex joint missions. A Cameroonian Defence Force officer briefed Jane’s on

  • Australian DoD awards ammunition contract to NIOA

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD100 million (USD80 million) contract to Brisbane-based company NIOA to supply 155 mm lightweight towed howitzer ammunition to the Australian Army under the LAND 17-1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition programme. “This ammunition will

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-9B SATCOM launch and recovery feature

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated in December its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a satellite communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a company statement.

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • IARPA eyes defence applications for AI efforts

    The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working on several projects in video analysis and other areas of artificial intelligence (AI) that could have military applications, according to an organisation official. IARPA, which sits within the Office of the Director of

  • US Air Force launches SBIRS GEO-4 early warning satellite

    Key Points USAF completes its baseline SBIRS GEO constellation with Friday’s launch The service is upgrading sensor capabilities from legacy DSP satellites The US Air Force (USAF) successfully launched its fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite

  • US Army's T2C2 moves into full-rate production

    Key Points The army can now begin buying the inflatable satellite system The army intends to field T2C2 to 15 operational elements The US Army's Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2), which provides satellite capability to small units operating in areas without network

  • CNO touts BMD potential of Aegis

    Admiral John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, said he is confident about the ability of the Aegis combat system aboard appropriately outfitted US guided-missile destroyers and cruisers to conduct ballistic missile defence (BMD) missions, even during the initial boost phase.

  • IDF developing C2I smartwatch for field officers

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to introduce a new portable command, control, and information (C2I) system for its ground forces, which for the first time will serve all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders. Called Shaked (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new system

  • Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines

    Key Points Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea

  • LCS mission package development inches ahead

    The US Navy (USN) is ready to begin testing and fielding modular mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme – modular systems enable each LCS to be quickly configured for specific tasks, according to an official. Captain Ted Zobel, programme manager for the LCS Mission

  • Japan joins NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia

    Japan is to become a member of the Estonian-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The announcement was made during a visit by Abe to Tallinn on 12 January. Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCDCOE, said: “Japan is one of

  • USAF tests M-Code integration aboard B-2 bomber

    The US Air Force (USAF) has validated the integration of Raytheon’s prototype Miniaturised GPS Airborne Receiver (MAGR)-2K-M with the inaugural test of the Military-Code (M-Code) GPS system aboard a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This test verified successful integration of the prototype

  • JMSDF to install CEC system on future Aegis-equipped destroyers

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) plans to provide its two upcoming Aegis-equipped destroyers with an enhanced capability to exchange data with similarly equipped platforms to better counter the threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense

  • USAF integrates AgilePod onto light attack jet

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) demonstrated the flexibility of its open architecture AgilePod by fitting it aboard a Textron Aviation Defense Scorpion light attack/intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) jet. AgilePod is a government-owned, and air force-trademarked,

  • US Army Research Laboratory exploring engineering-grade plastics in 3-D-printed UAV parts

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is exploring a variety of engineering-grade plastics in its additively manufactured, or 3-D printed, parts on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help them compete with the strength of injection moulded components. ARL spokesperson T’Jae Ellis told

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

    The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said. Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11

  • Surface Navy 2018: Lockheed Martin connects LRDR, Aegis Ashore

    Lockheed Martin connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and solid-state-based Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) missile defence technologies, the company said in a statement on 11 January. Connecting the two systems will provide “earlier intelligence and expanded situational

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to test Saab’s ASW training system in 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will begin a three-month evaluation of Saab’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system later this year. The demonstration will take place at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the Bahamas using the company’s AUV62-AT, an artificial acoustic

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