• General Dynamics demonstrates long-range voice and video communications during S2ME2

    General Dynamics has shown that by using elevated antenna pairs to overcome the curvature of the earth, long line-of-sight communication ranges can be achieved. During the US Marine Corps-sponsored Ship-to-Shore Maneuver, Exploration and Experimentation (S2ME2) event held at Camp Pendleton,

  • Aselsan plots clear path for TASMUS

    Aselsan has continued to develop incrementally its TASMUS (Taktik Saha Muhabere Sistemi) area communications system, which was first fielded in the early 2000s, and will deliver prototypes of the latest elements in 2018. TASMUS is a secure multichannel network operating at the tactical/operational

  • IMDEX 2017: Controp launches iSea-20HD EO/IR payload

    Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has expanded its iSea 20 series of compact electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) maritime payloads with the iSea-20HD system. Announced at the IMDEX exhibition being held in Singapore from 16-18 May, the iSea-20HD payload joins the basic iSea-20 - which is

  • Latest US Army MFIX showcases broad range of C-UAS capabilities

    Key Points There were 33 different systems demonstrated at MFIX The focus was on precision fires, SHORAD, and directed energy and EW The US Army is hoping its recent manoeuvre and fires integration experiment (MFIX) will lead to the quick transition of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • Thales tests SMART-L MM/N BMD radar ahead of lead ship set delivery

    Key Points The RNLN's four LCF frigates will all receive the new SMART-L MM/N extended long-range radar The RNLN plans to conduct a test of the new BMD processing functionality in the forthcoming Exercise 'Formidable Shield 2017' Thales Nederland is on course to perform factory acceptance testing

  • Gripen E to feature next-generation electronic warfare capability

    Both operational testing and evaluation (OTE) pilots with the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) and the company's own test pilots are highly complimentary of the next-generation Saab Gripen E fighter. "It is a happy coincidence that both the manufacturer and the customer - in this case the SwAF - have

  • New mission computer to open up Eagle's advanced capabilities

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to upgrade the mission computers of its Boeing F-15C Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle combat aircraft under a USD434.8 million contract awarded recently to the aircraft manufacturer. The contract will see the fighter and strike variant Eagles fitted with the new Suite 9

  • IDEF 2017: Deployed Taiwanese AFV laser warning receiver details emerge

    Details have emerged at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul of a deployed laser warning receiver (LWS) currently in service on armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) with the Republic of China Army (RoCA). Developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), the LWS

  • Indra, Thales to upgrade Lince BMS in Spanish tanks

    Indra Sistemas and Thales are preparing to jointly upgrade the existing Lince battlefield management system (BMS) for the Spanish Army's main battle tank (MBT) fleet and extend its use to other vehicles. Indra has confirmed it is already in advanced talks with the army and that a contract is

  • Xponential 2017: Airbus expects to field fifth-generation targets in 10 years

    Airbus expects in the next decade to field aerial targets - drones in the literal sense - that perform similarly to fifth-generation aircraft, although a real challenge may be finding test ranges to accommodate these targets. Reto Schniedermeier, head of Airbus sales services for target systems and

  • Xponential 2017: Carnegie Robotics and Swift Navigation partner to develop ruggedised GNSS receiver

    Carnegie Robotics and Swift Navigation have unveiled a new GNSS receiver at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Duro is an enclosed, ruggedised, multiband, multiconstellation GNSS receiver with centimetre accuracy. It can be fitted onto any type of ground vehicle. The Piksi multi module within Duro

  • Xponential 2017: Freewave Technologies' Zumlink nears release

    Freewave Technologies is to release its Zumlink Z9-PC embedded radio within the next four to six weeks, following certification testing. The Zumlink is a 900 MHz ISM-band radio that is available in three different versions. The fully enclosed module has a radio module on an interface card with two

  • Havelsan enters cyber security domain

    Havelsan has established a Cyber Security Operations Centre at its headquarters in Ankara, offering a continuous cyber security monitoring service. This can monitor client networks in real time to detect attempted cyber attacks, issue warnings and alarms, and provide defences. In addition to this

  • Boeing demonstrates Talon HATE airborne networking system

    Key Points Boeing and US Air Force demonstrate key airborne networking system Talon HATE is developed by a USAF program designed to rapidly field key capabilities Boeing and the US Air Force (USAF) recently demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can communicate using the

  • IDEF 2017: New Turkish F-16 jammer in development

    Turkey's Tübitak Bílgem Informatics and Information Security Research Center is developing a self-protection jamming pod for deployment on Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. While development is not yet complete, a production prototype was displayed at the IDEF'17 exhibition in

  • IDEF 2017: Turkey's TAI signs deal for serial production of Hürkus-C light attack aircraft

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat has signed an agreement with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the development and serial production of the Hürkus-C light attack aircraft, according to a statement issued by TAI. The deal, which involves the production of 12 Hürkus-Cs and

  • US Air Force rewriting '127-1' range safety regulations

    Key Points US Air Force updating launch range safety rules This will help the service modernise for new launch technologies The US Air Force (USAF) is rewriting a number of its range safety regulations known as '127-1' to better embrace emerging launch technologies. USAF spokesman Bryan Purtell

  • US Army recertifies updated AN/ARC-201 airborne radios

    The US Army has recertified Harris' AN/ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) that is deployed on board its helicopters, following the company's work to replace system components that have become obsolete. "There were close to a dozen parts that fell into that

  • 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

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