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  • ViaSat to provide MDD software to protect devices at tactical edge

    ViaSat has been awarded a production contract for its Mobile Dynamic Defense (MDD) cyber-security software to protect and secure Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Field Computing Device – Wearable (FCD-W) platforms. MDD will protect platforms from intrusion, even if disconnected from a

  • Northrop Grumman, USAF develop plan to keep E-8C JSTARS flying through 2030

    Key Points Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force have developed a strategy to fly E-8Cs through 2030 JSTARS recapitalisation is one of the service's top priorities, but the programme has been repeatedly delayed Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force (USAF) are developing a roadmap to keep the

  • Elbit Systems announces F-5 upgrade for Asia Pacific customer

    Israel’s Elbit System announced on 29 August that it was awarded a contract worth approximately USD93 million from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country to upgrade its F-5 light fighter fleet, with work expected to be completed by 2020. According to the company’s statement, it will supply

  • Hyundai selects Servowatch ship management system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has selected the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from UK-based company Servowatch Systems for two new frigates that the former will deliver to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307 million) contract with the Philippine

  • US to provide AMISOM with enhanced ISR capability

    The US Department of State is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a spokesperson for the US military's Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has told Jane's . The spokesman said that a

  • Graflight V-8 engine ground tested under AFRL contract

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Advanced Power Technology Office, working with Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) and the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex, has completed ground-based testing of an advanced compact diesel engine that could be used for both manned and unmanned

  • Indonesia, Poland consider co-production

    Poland has offered Indonesia partnership status on programmes to develop and build radar systems and light armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta has said. The collaboration programme was proposed by Polish government officials in Indonesia on 25 August, said the MoD. It

  • Russian UAV weapon makes its debut at Army 2017

    Russian firms showed armaments for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time at the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow on 22-27 August. OKB Aviaavtomatika of Kursk displayed three types of guided ordnance, one with a 25 kg and two with a 50 kg launch weight. Formally, the bombs were

  • Leidos shows autonomy's potential during ANTX 2017

    Leidos demonstrated the role autonomy could play in augmenting the US Navy's (USN) fleet, during the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. Using its R/V Pathfinder unmanned surface vessel (USV) – which served as surrogate to develop the autonomous capability for the Anti-Submarine

  • Singapore acquires AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars

    The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD63 million firm, fixed-price contract in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement effort of six AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars destined for Singapore, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by Jane's on 21

  • Northrop Grumman conducts collaborative UUV mission at ANTX 2017

    Northrop Grumman demonstrated the ability to undertake multidomain autonomous command and control (C2) at the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017, held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division, Florida. The company used two unmanned surface vehicles

  • Exostar grows cyber security capability

    A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities. Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • Thales readies Elix-IR airborne threat warning system for production

    Thales’ Elix-IR multifunction airborne infrared (IR) threat warning system will be available for production by the end of September 2018, Jane’s has learnt. Developed though a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) jointly funded by Thales and the UK Ministry of Defence, the Elix-IR

  • UK MoD exercise assesses cyber defence talent

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Cyber School has hosted a cyber exercise featuring a fictitious attack on military communications equipment. The event was created by Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

  • Indonesia's Dirgantara N219 completes maiden flight

    Key Points Indonesia has completed the maiden flight of its N219 twin-turboprop aircraft Flight paves the way for further tests and certifications for the programme, which was originally scheduled to begin serial production in 2015 State-owned firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has flown its

  • Germany and the Netherlands go Dutch on ground based air defence

    The Luftwaffe's Flugabwehrraketengruppe (Surface-to-Air Missile Group or SAM-Group) 61 will be subordinated to the Dutch Ground Based Air Defence Command in Vredepeel, the Netherlands, at the end of August, the German Air Force announced on 14 August. The step is part of Project Apollo, under which

  • US Army’s Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite demonstrator launched

    The Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite, which the US Army hopes can improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams, was launched on 14 August to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Florida and its

  • Indian Jaguar 'test-flown with AESA radar'

    Key Points HAL says it has test-flown a Jaguar fitted with an AESA radar It remains unclear how many Jaguars are likely to receive such an upgrade India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) claims to have successfully test-flown an Indian Air Force (IAF) SEPECAT Jaguar

  • CIS offers open-source cyber security standards

    A set of common cyber security standards is gaining ground in the defence sector, as organisations seek to shield themselves from potential threats across their supply chains. The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a US non-profit organisation that promotes cyber security awareness, has developed

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