• Wargame highlights complexity of cyber defence

    A recent cyber exercise featuring senior EU defence officials underlined the sheer complexity of responding to a major cyber attack, one of the event's organisers has told Jane's , with a need for further high-level discussions across the continent on how to address such a scenario. The EU28 Cyber

  • Rafael adds laser hard-kill intercept capability to Drone Dome

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has introduced a directed-energy, hard-kill intercept capability to its Drone Dome micro- and mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection and neutralisation system. The standard Drone Dome system comprises a RADA RPS-42 S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar, a

  • UK's Hebrides range set for radar upgrade

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and QinetiQ are to jointly invest GBP16.8 million (USD21.7 million) to upgrade the range instrumentation radar systems on the MoD's Hebrides range off northwest Scotland. Being introduced as part of QinetiQ's strategy to modernise UK test and evaluation facilities,

  • Brazil achieves first X-band SATCOM transmission with SGDC

    Brazil achieved its first X-band secured satellite communication transmission using its new dual-use geostationary communications satellite, the SGDC (Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações) on 5 July 2017. The SGDC is based on the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000C4

  • Harris to provide USSOCOM with improved manpack radios

    Harris will begin deliveries of a new manpack radio for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) beginning in 2018. The new radio will deliver new capabilities to Special Operations Forces (SOF) including the ability to transmit and receive on two separate channels and a common intelligence,

  • USN explores thin film material to enhance GaN-based electronics

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is experimenting with a new thin film crystalline material that could eventually augment existing gallium nitride (GaN)-based electronics in use by the navy and US Department of Defense (DoD). The new thin film material, known as niobium nitride (Nb 2 N),

  • Thales optimises airborne data communications

    Thales has taken the opportunity at the 2017 Paris Air Show to showcase the latest developments in its airborne communications product line. Smart Connectivity is intended to overcome the problem of increasing saturation of communications networks with high volumes of data, particularly full motion

  • SSC Pacific demos shipboard AR gunnery capability

    The US Navy (USN) is testing an augmented reality (AR) capability to improve gunfire commands between shipboard gunners and gunfire liaison officers. The service's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in San Diego, California, has demonstrated the

  • IMDS 2017: Gidropribor debuts Mayak-2014 underwater detection sonar

    Russian underwater warfare specialist JSC Concern 'Sea Underwater Weapon - Gidropribor' displayed its Mayak-2014 target detection sonar for the first time at the 2017 International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg. "Mayak-2014 is a solution that provides automated detection and

  • IMDS 2017: Zaslon ready to install new multifunctional radar on future Russian surface combatants

    Russian electronic warfare specialist JSC Zaslon said the company is ready to install a new generation of multipurpose radars on future Russian surface combatants. Speaking to Jane’s at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg, industry sources confirmed that the Zaslon

  • Thales demonstrates System 21 compatibility with GX satellite constellation

    Thales and Inmarsat announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show that they have conducted a successful series of trials to demonstrate that the former's System 21 satellite communications (SATCOM) ground segment can be employed with the latter's Global Xpress (GX) satellite constellation. System 21

  • NATO, EU to step up co-ordination of cyber data, doctrines, exercises, and R&D

    Nearly a year after their July 2016 joint pledge in Warsaw to co-operate in 42 areas, NATO and the European Union are finally starting to deepen their cyber defence collaboration in concrete ways, said officials from both organisations. Serious hiccups still afflict each side, however, with the

  • ESG takes aim at German forward air controller requirement

    Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) revealed its EAGLE 2 Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) ground equipment system which is being developed in response to a Bundleswehr requirement for a dismounted digital Forward Air Controller/Joint Terminal Attack Controller (FAC/JTAC) assembly. The

  • PacStar develops secure deployed WiFi system

    PacStar has developed a Secure Wireless Command Post that enables military personnel to use smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to conduct activities that had previously required wired solutions. Although WiFi is widely available in public spaces, the US Department of Defense has security

  • NATO shifts to agile approach for software acquisition

    NATO's Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) is embarking on an effort to improve the way it acquires software for its deployed forces that agency officials believe will reduce the risk associated with software development. NATO has a history of problems in delivering software-intensive

  • MBDA unveils new GBADS C2 system

    MBDA has developed a new ground-based air defence (GBAD) command and control (C2) system called Network-Centric Engagement Solutions (NCES), which the firm revealed at the 2017 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. The system, which has been developed in response to an unspecified customer's particular

  • Ukraine orders Polish night-vision devices for armoured vehicles

    Polish company PCO signed a EUR750,000 (USD840,000) deal on 26 June with Ukrinmash, part of Ukrainian state concern UkrOboronProm, for the delivery of passive night-vision devices for Ukrainian armoured vehicles. Contract negotiations began in 2015. The Polish devices had to be tested and qualified

  • New antenna appears on Iranian frigate

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) has fitted what appears to be a new antenna to its frigate Alvand that may be for gathering electronic intelligence (ELINT). Fitted to the roof of the frigate's bridge on the starboard side, the antenna could be seen in imagery showing the ship during a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Elbit Systems reveals SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance system

    Elbit has revealed its SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) system at the latest iteration of the Paris Air Show. Yair Ganor, the company's senior director for WAPS business development and marketing, told Jane's that the system "has already been sold to several customers and is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Rockwell Collins avionics to support SkyGuardian's integration into civil airspace

    US avionics house Rockwell Collins announced at the Paris Air Show on 21 June that its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to support its MQ-9B SkyGuardian medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

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