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  • Lightweight Gabbiano radar pitched at UAVs

    Leonardo has unveiled its lightest airborne multimode radar to date. The Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light weighs less than 24 kg and is designed for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The radar was debuted at the Paris Air Show and comprises a 12 inch nose-mounted antenna and a receiver transmitter

  • Israel acquires EHUD air combat training pods

    The Israel Air Force (IAF) has acquired EHUD air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI) systems from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the company announced on 12 June. Made by IAI's Malam division, the EHUD pods help air-to-air combat training by producing flight data that can be used to work

  • US Air Force's Space Fence enters hardware installation phase

    Key Points The US Air Force entered hardware installation, a key phase, in its Space Fence programme The programme will allow the USAF to eventually track space objects the size of a marble The US Air Force (USAF) expects to complete hardware installation for its Space Fence space situational

  • ARDS ELINT pod set for 2018 flight testing on Predator B

    Raytheon Deutschland GmbH expects to flight test its new Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS) electronic intelligence (ELINT) payload on a General Atomics Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the first half of 2018, company officials have confirmed. Developed by Raytheon Deutschland's

  • Xtender puts satellite phone monitoring into UAVs

    UK-based Horizon Technologies is adapting its FlyingFish airborne satellite monitoring system for integration on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and light aircraft. The new instantiation, known as Xtender, is intended to enable even small hand-launched UAVs to be used for signals intelligence

  • USAF moves forward with Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 acquisition

    The US Air Force (USAF) has chosen Lockheed Martin to develop and produce a next-generation radar threat simulation system to emulate advanced surface-to-air guided weapons. Under a USD104.6 million firm-fixed-price contract awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin

  • Janus sets new standard for underwater communications

    Key Points The Janus protocol is now an approved NATO standard Janus has been extensively tested at sea in exercises involving a number of partners An underwater communications protocol developed by NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) has become the world’s

  • AFRL explores the use of liquid metal to reconfigure radar

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is building antennas using liquid metal to enable changes to the size, shape, and functionality of the electrical wiring. Currently, the research effort is using gallium, which is known for its use in radars (gallium arsenide and gallium nitride types) and

  • MAST Asia 2017: NEC introduces second-generation underwater invasion warning system

    NEC Corporation has developed an improved variant of its sonar-based underwater invasion warning system (UIWS). Speaking at the MAST Asia 2017 exhibition in Tokyo, Makoto Ogawa, a member of the corporation's Radio Application Division, said that the new model will provide a more reliable deterrent

  • BAE Systems adds movement tracking capability to GXP software

    BAE Systems has added a new software capability into its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) product line. This update is aimed at reducing the burden of analysts in tracking human and vehicle movement. The capability, called Movement Intelligence (MOVINT), includes complex multi-tracking

  • Lockheed Martin eyes European opportunities for CMS 330

    Ottawa-based Lockheed Martin Canada is experiencing increased international demand for the Combat Management System (CMS) 330. The Chilean Navy has selected the CMS 330 for the upgrade of its ex-Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates on 23 May and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) awarded Lockheed Martin

  • Elbit awarded F-35 cockpit contract

    Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a contract to develop a replacement cockpit display for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The contract, which was announced by Elbit Systems on 6 June, is for the Technology Refresh 3, Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit (PCDU).

  • Northrop Grumman's BlueWASP eases burden on radar operators

    Northrop Grumman announced in May that it has been demonstrating its BlueWASP (Wide Area Situational Processor) system to the US Navy (USN). The system is designed to improve situational awareness for radar analysts and operators, drawing their attention to developments in the sea space by

  • RDAF tests BriteCloud 218 active RF decoy

    Key Points BriteCloud 218 is an active expendable decoy compatible with standard AN/ALE-40 and AN/ALE-47 dispensers First flight trials of the BriteCloud 218 were completed in March from a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter The Airborne and Space Systems business of UK-based Leonardo MW has

  • Meggitt unveils new Stryker desktop trainer

    Meggitt Training Systems unveiled a new desktop training system for Stryker vehicle crew at the annual CANSEC conference in Ottawa. The new training system includes stations for driver, gunner, and commander, which can interface with each other for a fully integrated training mission. There is also

  • Egyptian S-300VM SAM delivery confirmed

    The delivery of the Almaz-Antey S-300VM mobile long-range air defence system from Russia to Egypt was confirmed on 6 June by a photograph posted on the vk.com Russian social media website. The image showed 9M82-series missile canisters being unloaded from a general cargo ship at a location that

  • USN eyes MALD-N stand-in jammer development

    Key Points NAVAIR plans to award Raytheon a sole-source contract for the development of requirements for a network-enabled MALD-N stand-in jammer Requirements definition is being informed by the MALD-X demonstration programme The US Navy (USN) plans to acquire a modified variant of the ADM-160

  • Mercury Systems offers new method for cooling circuit boards

    Mercury Systems announced that its Air Flow-By cooling capability passed flight tests in multiple manned and unmanned airborne platforms with some of these examples in their final mission configurations, thereby achieving technology readiness level 8 (TRL-8). As the demand grows for faster

  • USN aims for information warfare 'Top Gun'

    The US Navy (USN) plans to develop "the 'Top Gun' of information warfare" through its new Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC), the head of the centre has told Jane's , aiming to build subject matter expertise in a range of areas within the field. The NIWDC reached

  • 'Cyber ISR' a necessity

    Militaries need to be proactive in the cyber warfare domain if they are to be able to generate effective responses to attacks, according to James Lewis, senior vice-president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Speaking at the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of

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