• Spain's SAES reveals automated sonar system designed to detect small surface craft

    Key Points SAES has developed a sonar system focusing on the automated detection, tracking, and classification of small surface craft. The work is derived from the EU-backed CLOSEYE project, with maritime trafficking via small craft being a prominent security issue for Europe. Spanish underwater

  • Morocco replacing F-16 defensive aids

    The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has decided to replace the Raytheon Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES) installed on its Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 multirole fighters with the Harris AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS). The RMAF's

  • Northrop Grumman contracted for C4ISR, machinery control systems for new USCG cutter

    Key Points In September, Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected for the OPC detailed design and production phase Northrop Grumman's scope of supply includes integrated bridge systems, C2 consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, and machinery

  • Elbit unveils ReDrone counter-UAV system

    Elbit Systems unveiled on 14 November a new system designed to identify, track, and jam unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that enter restricted and sensitive airspace. Developed by Elisra, Elbit's electronic warfare and signals intelligence (SIGINT) subsidiary, the ReDrone system was unveiled at the

  • USAF to study future command-and-control requirements

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to shortly begin work on a study to asses its command-and-control (C2) capability requirements out to 2030 and beyond, an official said on 16 November. Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that the study would be similar in scope to the service's air

  • USN set to prepare crews for last resort defence against cyber attack

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to protect its ships and submarines from cyber-attacks, one simple way to do that might be to unplug vessels from the network, service representatives have noted. Even though it is considered a procedure of last resort, the USN has been training its personnel on how to

  • BAE Systems' adaptive radar countermeasures project moves to Phase 3

    BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 3 contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue developing cognitive airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real time without having to require new hardware. "The problem

  • New Zealand awards Systematic NEA tranche 1 capability contract

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has awarded a NZD11 million three-year contract, to Systematic to provide assistance with Tranche 1 of its Network Enabled Army (NEA) programme. The contract includes Systematic's SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite as well as design and

  • Advatech Pacific introduces new cross domain solution, TACDS undergoes recertification

    Advatech Pacific is completing development of a smaller version of its Tactical Cross Domain Solutions (TACDS), which could be worn by a soldier or used on a small unmanned aircraft system. Additionally, the company's latest version of its military-standard TACDS is going through the National

  • PacStar's IQ-Core aims to improve agility and data sharing

    The US Army has integrated PacStar's IQ-Core Software, currently deployed on the service's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) increment 1 node, with the National Security Agency's (NSA's) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) plug-in to secure the management of army wireless

  • Mercury Systems' new server fills a gap for securing forward deployed systems

    Mercury Systems has introduced the first rackmount secure server for the defence applications, designed to drive the most powerful mission processing, sensor processing and cybersecurity applications, addressing the need for affordable and trusted solutions to protecting mission-critical functions.

  • Gripen E/F to feature Targo HMD

    The Swedish and Brazilian air forces are to use the Elbit Systems Targo helmet-mounted display (HMD) for their Saab Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, it was announced on 7 November. The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) awarded the airframer a SEK119 million (USD13 million) contract for an

  • USN must prepare for on-board power demands

    In the next 10 years, the US Navy (USN) will see its ships and systems become ever more power hungry, and the service must be ready to meet the challenge, according to Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, commander of the USN Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). However, the navy may already be there in terms

  • Airshow China 2016: AVIC showcases YINGS III airborne targeting pod family

    Chinese defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is showcasing its latest YINGS III range of day and night capable airborne targeting pods at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition, which is being held in the southern city of Zhuhai from 1-6 November. The YINGS III - which stands for

  • USN outlines ship cyber defence plan

    The US Navy is taking a number of steps to protect ship systems from cyber-attacks, including the possibility of disconnecting vessels from the navy's network. To find those potential vulnerabilities, the navy has been methodically going through each of the major combat and control systems that are

  • Airshow China 2016: Russia unveils new AESA radar for MiG-35 fighter

    Russia's Fazotron-NIIR Corporation (a subsidiary of the KRET Concern) has developed a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Mikoyan MiG-29/35 ('Fulcrum') multirole fighter. The radar, the Zhuk-AMEh, was unveiled at the Airshow China 2016 aerospace exhibition, held in Zhunhai

  • Indo Defence 2016: Thales offers greater involvement of local industry in TACTICOS development

    Thales is offering greater participation of local industry in the development of a TACTICOS variant should the combat management system (CMS) be selected for future Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) frigates. Speaking to IHS Jane's at the Indo Defence 2016

  • Indo Defence 2016: SAGE ESM enters service on Indonesian CN-235

    Leonardo's Airborne & Space Systems business has confirmed that its SAGE digital electronic support measures (ESM) system has entered service with the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). Under contract to US-based prime contractor Integrated Surveillance

  • US reportedly deployed Sea-based X-band Radar off North Korea

    The US Sea-Based X-band Radar (SBX), one of the world's largest and most sophisticated phased-array X-band radar units, was deployed to the waters off North Korea in late September, Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean military official as saying on 1 November. "The [SBX] Radar was sent to

  • Indo Defence 2016: Indonesian Air Force evaluates options for passive radar system on Natuna Islands

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) is currently evaluating proposals from radar systems manufacturers and suppliers regarding a passive early warning radar system to be installed at Ranai airbase. Five presentations, from companies based in China,

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