• Danish navy to introduce new CWI transmitters

    Thales has been contracted by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters for integration in existing Saab CEROS 200 radar/electro-optical fire control systems fitted to the Royal Danish Navy's two Absalon-class

  • BAE Systems looks to alter atmosphere to protect forces

    BAE Systems is working on a concept that could potentially defend aircraft against high-powered laser weapons or extend the reach of a radar well beyond current capabilities by heating up small areas of the atmosphere. The Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) concept works by simulating

  • Aero India 2017: CSIR-NAL furthers DHVANI tracking system

    CSIR-NAL has enhanced its Detection and Hit Visualization using the Acoustic N-wave Identification (DHVANI) bullet impact tracking system. Development of DHVANI commenced in 2014 and has evolved to take the form of a single unit rather than a modular configuration. At present the system is used to

  • EDA seeks satcom provision for EU's expeditionary missions

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) is seeking the provision of satellite communications services on behalf of the EU's expeditionary common security and defence policy (CSDP) operations, and to support the member states' crisis management activities. Worth EUR20 million (USD21.2 million), the

  • IDF adopts Green Rock C-RAM radar to support ground offensives

    The ELM-2138M Green Rock mobile counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) radar is fully operational with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Ground Forces, a military source confirmed to Jane's on 14 February. Major Yair Prayev, who heads the Weapons Department in the IDF Artillery Corps, said

  • India to set satellite launch record with nanosats

    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to set a world record by launching 104 satellites and placing them into orbit on 15 February 2017. The ISRO will use a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37 (PSLV-C37) launcher from the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India. The Russian Dnepr

  • Top White House national security official resigns

    Key Points National Security Advisor retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn resigned on 13 February Flynn's chief of staff, US Army Lieutenant General Joseph Keith Kellogg (ret'd), was named the acting National Security Advisor The resignation ends weeks of controversy surrounding the

  • USMC improves the ability to monitor and track force structure data

    Key Points TFSMS is making the USMC be more efficient and effective in tracking force structure billets and equipment TFSMS combines the TMR and the LMIS The Total Force Structure Management System (TFSMS), the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) data source to assess manpower and equipment requirements,

  • USAF has 'urgent' need to increase size of BACN fleet

    The US Air Force (USAF) has an "urgent" need to increase its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) capability with an additional Northrop Grumman EQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the service disclosed on 8 February. The BACN

  • Elbit to upgrade Mi-17 helos of 'Asia-Pacific' country

    Elbit Systems is to upgrade the Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport helicopters of an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country over the next five years, the company announced on 8 February. The project is valued at USD110 million, including post-upgrade maintenance, and will see the avionics of "dozens of

  • CECOM eyes fixes for US Army's software challenges

    The exponential growth in software-defined military systems is leading the US Army to examine ways to handle the challenges of maintaining its weapon systems and ensuring they are secure from potential cyber threats. In the past, software was primarily used for enterprise services, but now

  • SideArm undergoes successful testing

    Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a full-scale technology demonstrator of the SideArm unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) retrieval system. Video of the tests released by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) shows several instances of the SideArm system capturing a 400 lb

  • DGA awards live training programme contract

    The French defence procurement agency, the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has announced the award of a contract to Thales and RUAG Defence France for the French Army's CERBERE (Centres d'entraînement représentatifs des espaces de bataille et de restitution des

  • IAI unveils ADA counter-GPS jamming system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its ADA anti-GPS jamming system on 31 January, saying it recently won an Israeli Ministry of Defense contract to integrate into one of the "main platforms" of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). It added that the ADA system has already been integrated

  • Kazakhstan JV announces first exports

    Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (KAE) announced on 30 January that it had begun its first export deliveries of thermal weapon sights to Turkey. The deliveries result from a contract valued at USD5.8 million that was signed in November 2016 with KAE, a joint venture between Kazakhstan Engineering and

  • Raytheon to demonstrate anti-jam SATCOM system

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tasked Raytheon with demonstrating a new communications technology that will continuously link tactical users with higher levels of command when operating in contested environments. The objective of the USD37 million Protected Tactical Services Field Demonstration

  • US Navy sticks with AAG as future carrier arrestor system

    Senior US Navy (USN) officials have confirmed that the service will install the new Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the future USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) and subsequent Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers after ruling out a return to the legacy Mk 7 Mod 4 recovery system.

  • DARPA awards Raytheon Phase II contract for MAD-FIRES guided projectile concept

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been selected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to execute the next phase of the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) programme. Designed to improve ship survivability in high threat environments, the

  • Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate new soft-kill pod into USN helicopters

    Business units within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems have been awarded parallel contracts to develop and integrate a new persistent anti-ship missile decoy payload on US Navy (USN) MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. A USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the Advanced

  • Dstl set to award Icarus technology demonstration programme contract

    The United Kingdom's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will award a technology demonstration programme (TDP) contract for its Icarus modular active protection system (APS) development programme next month, IHS Jane's understands. Intended to provide the UK with a modular integrated

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