HEADLINES

  • EID awarded contract to supply communications for new Portuguese ships

    Portuguese electronic and communications company EID has been awarded a contract to equip the Portuguese Navy’s four Tejo-class coastal patrol vessels with its integrated communication systems (ICS). Under the terms of the contract, worth EUR4.6 million (USD5.4 million) and announced on 31

  • South Korea unveils test-firing footage of tactical ballistic missile system

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by releasing video footage of a tactical ballistic missile system that is stated to be under development by the country’s Agency for

  • Update: Philippine Air Force receives two Cessna 208B ISR aircraft from US

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received two US-built Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft modified to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The service released images of an unrelated awards ceremony held on 24 July at the Villamor Air Base in Manila showing

  • US approves Swiss Hornet upgrades

    The US State Department has approved upgrades to Switzerland's fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet fighters, valued at USD115 million. The upgrades, which were announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 28 July, centre on a service-life extension programme (SLEP) for the fleet.

  • US Army integrating night vision, thermal optics for weapons targeting

    The US Army in the next two years is scheduled to begin delivering new soldier- and weapons-borne optics to ease target acquisition for riflemen. Family of Weapon Sights – Individual (FWS-I) is a weapon-mounted long-wave infrared sensor that provides imagery, including a reticle boresighted,

  • US Army to modernise existing CONUS land mobile radio system

    Key Points The five-year effort will link all US Army bases The army wants to move from proprietary systems to open standards Harris and Motorola Solutions will each upgrade and modernise the existing US Army land mobile radio system infrastructure, as well as replace systems with the latest

  • Saab, Lockheed Martin partner for new US Army laser training system

    Saab and Lockheed Martin will deliver a next-generation Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) system as part of the US Army’s live training modernisation programme. The Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (I-MILES) Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (VTESS)

  • USN broadens MIDS JTRS acquisition

    The US Navy is increasing its acquisition of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), which will provide improvements over the existing airborne radios, including the ability of a Link 16 to receive multiple messages. Data Link Solutions (DLS), a

  • Estonia to host first ever cyber attack exercise for EU defence ministers

    Estonia plans to hold a cyber training exercise for Europe defence ministers to test how they would deal with the fallout from a major cyber attack. Estonia currently holds the EU rotating six-month presidency until end of 2017. The strategic table-top exercise, dubbed ‘EU CYBRID 2017’,

  • KC-46A tanker completes EMP testing

    Boeing has completed electromagnetic testing of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker to test and evaluate the aircraft’s electromagnetic pulse (EMP) protection while in flight. The test, which was announced by Boeing on 27 July, took place at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland and

  • India seeks new SIGINT and COMJAM aircraft

    India has issued a request for information (RFI) for signals intelligence (SIGINT) and communications jamming (COMJAM) aircraft, with deliveries to begin two years after a contract signature. The RFI for seven aircraft, which was issued by the Indian government in late July, is for five SIGINT and

  • Leonardo DRS to upgrade BMS for Australian armour

    Leonardo DRS will provide the Australian Army with its next-generation battle management system (BMS) hardware, known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS), for the service’s M1A1SA main battle tanks (MBTs) and associated combat vehicles. The company announced in a 26 July

  • Harris to provide real-time advanced global ship tracking capability

    Harris Corporation is on track to have a constellation of more than 60 satellites on orbit by the end of 2018 that will carry the company’s payload of a more advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability to deliver real-time data on ship locations. The system is currently

  • US Air Force analysing future of multi-domain C2

    Key Points The USAF is performing a year-long analysis of multi-domain C2 The goal is to increase the speed of C2 to overwhelm an enemy The US Air Force (USAF) is performing a year-long analysis of the future of multi-domain command and control (C2), according to the service’s top officer.

  • Guardion enters C-UAS fray

    Kostas Tigkos Capitalising on its successful first steps into the counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, Rohde & Schwarz has teamed up with ESG and Diehl to expand and enhance the Ardronis suite into a new product line under the Guardion designation. The new system includes a wide range

  • Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

  • US Army opens collaborative cyber research space

    Key Points The ACAL will give scientists access to highly sensitive live cyber security data A core focus will be rapidly developing cyber defence solutions The US Army’s research laboratory has opened a collaborative research space to bring together academia, industry, and the military

  • Logos tests ultra-lightweight WAMI pod on Group 3 UAV

    Logos Technologies has flown a podded version of its Redkite wide area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard a US Navy RQ-23 TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The demonstration represents the first-time the Redkite pod has been operated on a UAV. The NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation

  • US Navy begins search for next-generation submarine imaging mast

    Key Points The Tactically Oriented Technology Insertion Imaging Mast (TOTIM) will equip Virginia-class SSNs and Columbia-class SSBNs NAVSEA has solicited for a TOTIM first article unit and production of up to 47 follow-on systems The US Navy (USN) has launched a competition for a next-generation

  • BAE Systems to develop ability to find quiet subs

    Key Points DARPA seeks new technology to detect subs at long distances DARPA requested USD25.39 million in FY 2018 for MOCCA The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a USD4.6 million contract for its Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach

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