• Australia’s Collins-class submarines set to undergo sonar upgrades

    Key Points Australia is set to begin upgrading sonar systems of its Collins-class submarines Upgrades are being done as part of a wider programme to extend the boats’ service life till the 2030s The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of six Collins-class diesel-electric

  • BAE Systems pursues next-generation modelling software

    BAE Systems has been awarded a USD4.2 million Phase 1 contract from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop software that will enable military planners to investigate the causes of a conflict and assess potential approaches. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is

  • Japan launches another intelligence-gathering satellite

    Japan launched on 12 June 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, increasing the number to eight of such satellites the country has placed into

  • Eurosatory 2018: Skylock offers all-in-one anti-drone solution

    Skylock, part of Israel’s Avnon Group, was among the numerous companies offering anti-drone systems at this year’s Eurosatory exhibition. Skylock anti-drone systems have already been delivered to a number of clients, including in Israel, but Skylock’s presentation at Eurosatory

  • Eurosatory 2018: SMASH small arms fire control system makes its international debut

    The SMASH family of smalls arms fire control systems from Israel’s Smart Shooter Ltd made its international debut at this month’s Eurosatory exhibition in Paris. Conforming to MIL-STD 810 in a hardware package that can fit any standard weapon, the baseline SMASH 2000 system ensures a

  • Eurosatory 2018: Patria NEMO Container testing continues

    Finland’s Patria is continuing the testing of its NEMO Container solution, with sea trials expected to take place in September. A company official confirmed that the test firings of the NEMO Container system from a ship are expected to take place in Sweden in September, as part of a testing

  • India’s Il-38 MPA to receive newly developed COMINT system

    India’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) is seeking a vendor to perform “platform modification and installation” of the Sarvadhari communications intelligence (COMINT) system aboard the Indian navy’s IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). A document for the

  • Elettronica, Indra unveil work on EuroDIRQM

    Elettronica and Indra unveiled a collaborative development of a next-generation Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL)-based direct infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system during AOC EW Europe 2018 in Lausanne. Indra and Elettronica co-developed and are now marketing the system, called EuroDIRQM (the

  • Qatar orders Sniper pods for Rafales

    Qatar has selected the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) to equip its fleet of Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the company announced on 11 June. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will receive the pods, spares, and deployment support from 2019. As noted by Lockheed

  • Systematic updates SitaWare C2 software suite

    Danish software house Systematic has introduced several new features and evolutionary improvements for the latest iterations of its SitaWare of command and control (C2) software suite. SitaWare comprises three interoperable and scalable segments: SitaWare Headquarters (HQ), designed for use in

  • TRU seeks to continue USAF simulation work

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to award two significant training system contracts in 2018, one for B-1B Lancer bomber and the other for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft training systems. The B-1B Request for Proposal (RFP), which was not made publicly available, was released to industry

  • Upgraded Israeli Saar 4.5 ship conducts first live-fire exercise

    The Israeli Navy carried out its first live-fire test with a Saar 4.5 missile ship fitted with the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar on 29 May. The Israeli Navy announced on 6 June that the exercise involved INS Sufa using its ALPHA radar to successfully

  • Elbit Systems unveils new MCTR-7200 radios

    Elbit Systems will unveil multiple new radio configurations to its E-Lynx family of tactical communications systems at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris, France on 11 June, company officials have disclosed to Jane’s . According to Oren Sabag, Vice President Communication Systems at Elbit Systems' Land

  • Raytheon and Australia DST agree to pursue advanced EW systems

    The Australian Department of Defence and Raytheon have signed an interactive project agreement (IPA) to create advanced electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. The intent is to create an incubator for advanced systems that will enable Raytheon and the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group to

  • GNSS to receive Orolia atomic clocks

    Orolia has been awarded contracts totalling USD30.6 million to provide atomic clocks for the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Under these contracts, Orolia will supply its Spectratime Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard and its passive hydrogen maser physics package for an

  • Portugal finalises advanced air-defence C2 system

    The Portuguese Army recently completed building its SICCA3 (Sistema Integrado de Comando e Controlo para a ArtilhariaAntiaérea) air-defence integrated command-and-control (C2) system that is intended to improve Portugal’s National Air Defense System. The modular, transportable, and

  • Brazil starts testing laboratory generators for nuclear submarines

    Brazil will start integration testing of turbo generators of its Nuclear Power Generation Laboratory (LABGENE) at Aramar Nuclear Industry Centre (CINA) in Iperó, state of São Paulo, on 8 June. The testing marks a significant advancement in Brazil’s effort to develop a submarine

  • DARPA pursues smart RF radios

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking ways to exploit autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve spectrum management and address the growing appetite for radio frequency (RF) communication in the military and civil domains. Paul Tilghman, microsystems

  • Leonardo reveals BriteCloud decoy countermeasures for larger transport aircraft

    Leonardo has unveiled a new transport-specific version of its BriteCloud expendable decoy, building on the company’s experience providing the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Tornado GR4 fleet with a 55 mm fighter variant of the system. The BriteCloud 55-T fits in the same 55 mm chaff

  • Lincad to supply batteries for Japanese HALO systems

    UK-based company Lincad has been awarded a contract by the Japanese Sojitz Aerospace Corporation for the supply of batteries for the Hostile Artillery Locator (HALO) systems operated by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The company said it will provide 24 V, 80 Ah batteries based on its

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