• IDEF 2017: Aselsan unveils anti-UAV systems

    Aselsan has developed two counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems and showcased them at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul. The IHTAR is a mast-mounted integrated radar and electro-optic (EO) system with an RF jammer, designed to counter mini- and micro-UAVs in both

  • Xponential 2017: US Army to introduce OSRVT enhancements

    The US Army is eyeing a number of improvements to its One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Edward Godzur, product director at the service's UAS Project Office, said that the Level III capability will enable control over aircraft when on the move,

  • Xponential 2017: Fifth-gen aircraft present simulation challenge

    It is unlikely that aerial targets will be able to address fifth-generation aircraft simulation requirements, according to Kyle Patterman, Meggitt Defense Systems business development manager for training systems. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Patterman said that targets

  • Xponential 2017: Logos progresses Redkite validation for Integrator

    Logos Technologies completed a second flight test of its Redkite Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard an Insitu Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS), confirming the reliability of the communications system and that the processing capability was working. Logos wanted to be certain the

  • Xponential 2017: Kitware leverages computer vision system for enhanced SA

    Kitware has developed a computer vision-based approach to providing situational awareness (SA) to squad level dismounted units. Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Keith Fieldhouse, Kitware's assistant director of computer vision, explained that the company's THREAT-X concept utilises the

  • Xponential 2017: Curtiss-Wright expands Parvus DuraCOR family with XD1500

    Curtiss-Wright has added the new DuraCOR XD1500 mission computer to its Parvus DuraCOR family of small, lightweight, rugged mission computers, bringing server-class processing capabilities and multiterabyte data storage to a wide range of applications such as deployed C4ISR systems, server

  • Arianespace launches first Brazilian X-band satellite

    Brazil's military and civilian Geostationary Communications Satellite (Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações: SGDC) was launched on 4 May. SGDC was sent towards orbit on a 780-ton Ariane 5 ECA rocket built by Airbus Safran Launchers for Arianespace, and launched from

  • Raytheon set to begin delivery of initial SPY-6(V) radars

    Key Points USN awards initial LRIP contract for nine systems Navy will compete follow-on LRIP and FRP awards The US Navy awarded Raytheon a USD327.14 million contract for the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), known as SPY-6(V), for the Flight

  • USAF to field additional BACN Global Hawk

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD39.9 million contract to convert an additional RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into the EQ-4B Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) configuration. The contract, which was announced

  • Electronic warfare upgrade for USAF F-15s passes CDR

    The F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) upgrade for the US Air Force (USAF) has passed its Critical Design Review (CDR), it was announced on 1 May. The programme prime, Boeing, completed its CDR of the system in February following a review of the CDR of the system's

  • DARPA to leverage dispersed computing systems to boost network performance

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded seven companies contracts to bring cloud computing capabilities to dispersed forces without having to reach back to data centres. The Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) programme will examine whether it is possible to take advantage of

  • Naval research effort seeks Li-ion replacement

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a family of zinc-based batteries that could provide a safer and more affordable alternative to lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries (LIBs). The US Navy (USN) has been seeking an alternative to fire-prone LIBs and concerns about LIBs have led the

  • BAE Systems looks to 3DAWS for layered missile warning capability

    BAE Systems is developing a new missile warning capability to protect rotary-wing aircraft against advanced threats. Working in adjunct with either BAE Systems' Common Missile Warning System or any passive threat detection system, the company's 3-Dimensional Advanced Warning System (3DAWS) not only

  • USAF seeks bespoke C2 capsule for C-17

    The US Air Force (USAF) has re-launched its effort to equip the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft with a bespoke command-and-control (C2) capsule. Renamed the Roll-on Conference Capsule (ROCC) programme, details of modified effort were posted on the Federal Business

  • Lockheed Martin targets Q-53 radar at US Army's SHORAD need

    Lockheed Martin is integrating a short-range air defence (SHORAD) into its AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire radar. Additionally, in March 2017, the US Army awarded the company a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) USD1.6 billion order-dependent contract to manufacture radar systems for

  • US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • Indonesia to acquire Lockheed Martin's Sniper ATPs for F-16s

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) will acquire Lockheed Martin's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATPs) for its F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of trade and investment agreements signed between Washington and Jakarta on 21 April. "This

  • Lockheed Martin's LRDR on track for production in early 2018

    Lockheed Martin is on track to meet an upcoming series of design reviews scheduled for 2017 for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) programme, following completion of its preliminary design review (PDR) in March. The company will deliver its S-band discrimination radar, which is designed to

  • 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

  • General Atomics demos Reaper fitted with radar warning receiver

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) has demonstrated its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying with a radar warning receiver (RWR), the company announced on 10 April. The demonstration, which was flown out of GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale in

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