HEADLINES

  • Russian UAV weapon makes its debut at Army 2017

    Russian firms showed armaments for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time at the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow on 22-27 August. OKB Aviaavtomatika of Kursk displayed three types of guided ordnance, one with a 25 kg and two with a 50 kg launch weight. Formally, the bombs were

  • Leidos shows autonomy's potential during ANTX 2017

    Leidos demonstrated the role autonomy could play in augmenting the US Navy's (USN) fleet, during the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. Using its R/V Pathfinder unmanned surface vessel (USV) – which served as surrogate to develop the autonomous capability for the Anti-Submarine

  • Singapore acquires AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars

    The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD63 million firm, fixed-price contract in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement effort of six AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars destined for Singapore, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by Jane's on 21

  • Northrop Grumman conducts collaborative UUV mission at ANTX 2017

    Northrop Grumman demonstrated the ability to undertake multidomain autonomous command and control (C2) at the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017, held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division, Florida. The company used two unmanned surface vehicles

  • Exostar grows cyber security capability

    A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities. Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • Thales readies Elix-IR airborne threat warning system for production

    Thales’ Elix-IR multifunction airborne infrared (IR) threat warning system will be available for production by the end of September 2018, Jane’s has learnt. Developed though a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) jointly funded by Thales and the UK Ministry of Defence, the Elix-IR

  • UK MoD exercise assesses cyber defence talent

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Cyber School has hosted a cyber exercise featuring a fictitious attack on military communications equipment. The event was created by Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

  • Indonesia's Dirgantara N219 completes maiden flight

    Key Points Indonesia has completed the maiden flight of its N219 twin-turboprop aircraft Flight paves the way for further tests and certifications for the programme, which was originally scheduled to begin serial production in 2015 State-owned firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has flown its

  • Germany and the Netherlands go Dutch on ground based air defence

    The Luftwaffe's Flugabwehrraketengruppe (Surface-to-Air Missile Group or SAM-Group) 61 will be subordinated to the Dutch Ground Based Air Defence Command in Vredepeel, the Netherlands, at the end of August, the German Air Force announced on 14 August. The step is part of Project Apollo, under which

  • US Army’s Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite demonstrator launched

    The Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite, which the US Army hopes can improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams, was launched on 14 August to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Florida and its

  • Indian Jaguar 'test-flown with AESA radar'

    Key Points HAL says it has test-flown a Jaguar fitted with an AESA radar It remains unclear how many Jaguars are likely to receive such an upgrade India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) claims to have successfully test-flown an Indian Air Force (IAF) SEPECAT Jaguar

  • CIS offers open-source cyber security standards

    A set of common cyber security standards is gaining ground in the defence sector, as organisations seek to shield themselves from potential threats across their supply chains. The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a US non-profit organisation that promotes cyber security awareness, has developed

  • Lockheed Martin adopts a new approach with ARES radar

    Lockheed Martin is showcasing a new air and missile defence radar designed to enable rapid and affordable upgrades. With its active electronically scanned array (AESA) Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) system, Lockheed Martin is developing a modular open-architecture capability

  • US Army orders additional HMS Manpacks for next phase of testing

    Key Points Harris and Rockwell Collins will supply radios for testing in 2018 and 2019 General Dynamics withdraws from Manpack competition Harris and Rockwell Collins will each deliver 101 Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Factor (HMS) Manpack radios to the US Army for continued testing of the

  • US military develops power optimisation app for dismounted troops

    The US Army is testing a new app-based mission planning tool that enables soldiers to optimise their energy supplies for deployments, taking into account the configuration of the equipment that they are carrying as well as the expected environmental conditions. The US Army’s

  • US Navy moving towards new Air and Missile Defense Radar for destroyers

    The US Navy has completed the second in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests for its next-generation AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 3 August. For the test, held on 27 July, a medium-range ballistic missile target

  • MIP sensor set for 2018 fielding

    A multisensor reconnaissance system (multisenzorska inteligentna platforma: MIP), under development by Serbia's Military Technical Institute (MTI) to meet the needs of the country's army, is undergoing testing and is expected to enter service in mid-2018. The MIP system is intended to provide

  • Belarusian firm develops Mirage electronic self-defence system

    The Minsk-based Defense Initiatives is developing a new electronic self-defence system for ground-based vehicles and fixed installations. The Mirage is specifically designed to jam airborne sensors operating in any surface surveillance modes including ground-mapping, side- and forward-looking, and

  • China’s CASC plans app-based control system for Cai Hong UAVs

    Engineers at the Beijing-based China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform, systems, and technology business unit of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), are developing a new app-based UAV management system

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