• US Army issues multi-award contract for DCGS-A

    Key Points Contract has a ceiling value of USD875 million Delivery order 1 was awarded concurrently with the IDIQ, and will support a competitive test-fix-test phase Raytheon and Palantir Technologies have each been awarded contracts from the US Army for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • Jordan and Qatar to acquire DB-110 recon pods

    Jordan and Qatar are to procure the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) DB-110 Tactical Reconnaissance Pod (TRP) to carry aboard their frontline combat aircraft fleets, it was disclosed on 5 March. Both countries were named in a US Department of Defense (DoD) USD51.2 million contract modification

  • Singapore outlines new measures to boost military cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is set to roll out a raft of measures in 2018 to improve the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) ability to deal with cyber-attacks. Defence minister Ng Eng Hen revealed during a parliamentary debate in early March that senior MINDEF and SAF

  • HMCS Windsor completes BQQ-10 sonar fit

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) diesel-electric submarine HMCS Windsor has become the first of the service's four Victoria-class boats to complete its fit of the Lockheed Martin AN/BQQ-10 (V)7 sonar processing suite. The AN/BQQ-10, acquired through a Foreign Military Sales case with the US

  • Spain pursues improved tactical communications

    The Chief of the Spanish Defence Staff (CHOD) has given the approval for the Spanish Armed Forces to pursue an upgrade programme aimed at improving the tactical communications capabilities of its army, navy, and air force. A senior source within the CHOD confirmed with Jane’s that the

  • Polish special forces privatise parachute training

    Poland's GROM special forces unit on 27 February issued a tender for private contractors to provide aircraft, aircrews, and infrastructure for parachute training. The call is for 60 flying hours with an aircraft with doors bigger than 1.2 m 2 and 50 hours with an aircraft with a rear door or ramp

  • Spain launches call for bids for anti-UAV system

    Spain has begun seeking national offers to meet its requirement for a military anti-UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) system. The launch of the Condor project follows on from a similar one, Rapaz (Bird of Prey), which began more than two years ago to test and acquire actual UAV aircraft systems

  • Indonesia selects VERA-NG passive surveillance system for Natuna airbase

    Key Points The Indonesian Armed Forces has selected a passive ESM tracker from the Czech Republic System will improve early warning and defence capabilities of an airbase in the South China Sea The Indonesian Armed Forces has selected the VERA-NG passive electronic support measure tracker from

  • Japan launches another reconnaissance satellite

    Japan has launched an H-2A rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, raising the number of such satellites placed into orbit by the East Asian country to

  • STRATCOM chief wants space-based radars for ballistic missile defence

    The head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) hopes missile defence priorities shift more towards improving sensor capabilities, and specifically seeks to accelerate a space-based midcourse tracking sensor. “The highest priority, in my opinion, is to improve sensors,” General John Hyten

  • Surface Warfare Officers School reviews OOD competency

    The Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) is reviewing how it trains US Navy (USN) officers and collecting information on their navigation, seamanship, and shiphandling skill sets through the officer of the deck (OOD) competency checks, said Captain Scott Robertson, commanding officer for the SWOS

  • Cyber priority for new Thales centre

    Developing cyber capabilities will be a major feature of Thales’ new UK facility, a company spokesperson told Jane’s . The new facility will house the company’s cyber security business in the United Kingdom, alongside its consulting business and other research facilities. It will

  • Russia gifts Serbia MiG-29 training

    Russia has approved the donation of EUR2 million (USD2.5 million) to Serbia for training future MiG-29 pilots, Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed on 23 February during a visit to Moscow. The donation comes after Russia transferred surplus MiG-29 jet fighters to Serbia in October

  • AFA Winter 2018: US Air Force vows software patches will fix AC-130J gun issue

    Key Points A USAF officer said software patches will fix the AC-130J’s 30 mm gun “retriggering” The gun is one of the most important parts of the gunship A key US Air Force (USAF) officer vowed that software patches will fix excessive triggering on the Lockheed Martin AC-130J

  • IDE delivers iDefender to Indonesian Navy

    Intracom Defense Electronics (IDE) has delivered its iDefender Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) suite-based solution to the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI–AL), the Greece-based company announced in a statement on 20 February. The new system is set

  • Singapore’s MINDEF strengthens its cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has bolstered its cyber defences following the conclusion of a three week-long programme that saw 264 computer security specialists from around the world try to penetrate the ministry’s IT networks and systems. Speaking about the results of the

  • BAE Systems demos DBM software

    BAE Systems has demonstrated a software tool that will aid manned and unmanned aircraft to share data and carry out operations when communications are denied. The semi-autonomous software, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • NATO carries cyber operations, security to new levels as command structure reformed

    NATO is now reviewing how to achieve fully integrated cyber awareness and security at the strategic level for joint operations. The challenge flows from a 14 February decision by allied defence ministers to reform NATO’s command structure, including creation of a new cyber operations centre

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with JHMCS II

    South Korea is to integrate the latest Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II) helmet-mounted display onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and

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