• 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

  • Xponential 2017: US Army to introduce OSRVT enhancements

    The US Army is eyeing a number of improvements to its One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Edward Godzur, product director at the service's UAS Project Office, said that the Level III capability will enable control over aircraft when on the move,

  • Xponential 2017: Fifth-gen aircraft present simulation challenge

    It is unlikely that aerial targets will be able to address fifth-generation aircraft simulation requirements, according to Kyle Patterman, Meggitt Defense Systems business development manager for training systems. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Patterman said that targets

  • Xponential 2017: Logos progresses Redkite validation for Integrator

    Logos Technologies completed a second flight test of its Redkite Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard an Insitu Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS), confirming the reliability of the communications system and that the processing capability was working. Logos wanted to be certain the

  • Xponential 2017: Kitware leverages computer vision system for enhanced SA

    Kitware has developed a computer vision-based approach to providing situational awareness (SA) to squad level dismounted units. Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Keith Fieldhouse, Kitware's assistant director of computer vision, explained that the company's THREAT-X concept utilises the

  • Xponential 2017: Curtiss-Wright expands Parvus DuraCOR family with XD1500

    Curtiss-Wright has added the new DuraCOR XD1500 mission computer to its Parvus DuraCOR family of small, lightweight, rugged mission computers, bringing server-class processing capabilities and multiterabyte data storage to a wide range of applications such as deployed C4ISR systems, server

  • Arianespace launches first Brazilian X-band satellite

    Brazil's military and civilian Geostationary Communications Satellite (Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações: SGDC) was launched on 4 May. SGDC was sent towards orbit on a 780-ton Ariane 5 ECA rocket built by Airbus Safran Launchers for Arianespace, and launched from

  • Raytheon set to begin delivery of initial SPY-6(V) radars

    Key Points USN awards initial LRIP contract for nine systems Navy will compete follow-on LRIP and FRP awards The US Navy awarded Raytheon a USD327.14 million contract for the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), known as SPY-6(V), for the Flight

  • USAF to field additional BACN Global Hawk

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD39.9 million contract to convert an additional RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into the EQ-4B Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) configuration. The contract, which was announced

  • Electronic warfare upgrade for USAF F-15s passes CDR

    The F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) upgrade for the US Air Force (USAF) has passed its Critical Design Review (CDR), it was announced on 1 May. The programme prime, Boeing, completed its CDR of the system in February following a review of the CDR of the system's

  • DARPA to leverage dispersed computing systems to boost network performance

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded seven companies contracts to bring cloud computing capabilities to dispersed forces without having to reach back to data centres. The Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) programme will examine whether it is possible to take advantage of

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