• Pentagon budget 2019: USN’s next-generation jammer undergoes schedule update

    The US Navy (USN) is requesting USD459.52 million in its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget for continued development of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), which is designed to address current, emerging, and evolving Electronic Warfare gaps. The navy will seek a total of USD1.58 billion for NGJ development between FY 2019 and FY 2022. The programme will begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries in FY 2022. The NGJ-Mid Band (MB), formerly known as Increment 1, will address gaps against enemy threats operating in the middle frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USMC seeks more G/ATORs

    Key Points Budget request seeks three additional radars in FY 2019 The G/ATOR is entering full-rate production The US Marine Corps (USMC) is requesting USD 224 million in its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget to fund six AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radars (G/ATOR). The request increases the

  • Colombian Air Force to launch new satellite by July

    The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Colombia: FAC) plans to have its first domestically manufactured satellite, FACSAT-1, in orbit by July, the FAC said on 8 February. FACSAT-1 is a cube-like nanosatellite with a 30 m per pixel lens. Its control centre will be located at the ‘Marco

  • Controp updates airborne and maritime EO/IR payloads with SWIR channel

    Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has introduced new high-definition (HD) thermal imaging (TI) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) capabilities to its airborne iSky-50HD and maritime iSea-50HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) payloads. The payloads, which are housed in gyro-stabilised 30 kg

  • Lockheed Martin targets international users with VCSi

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new version of its VCS software that adds functionality and opens up the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system for non-US operators. VCSi (the ‘i’ designation referring to international) builds on the VCS-4586 software that is in widespread service

  • Pentagon budget 2019: MDA seeks new Space-based Kill Assessment sensors

    The Pentagon has requested USD16.5 million for a Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) experiment that will use “a network of high sample rate, infrared sensors to deliver a kill assessment capability” for homeland missile defence, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director of Operations Gary

  • USAF contracts Leidos to push sensor technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Leidos a USD47million contract to provide sensor technology that will advance and mature AFRL’s portfolio of electro-optical sensors and related technology for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); targeting; and situation

  • USAF develops virtual maintenance trainer to better prepare airmen

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a maintenance training system that will place students in a virtual environment enabling them to get more time with an aircraft prior to working on a real jet. The Maintenance Training Based on Adaptive Game-based Environmental Using a

  • US Army expands use of SitaWare

    The US Army is to broaden its use of Systematic’s SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite and will use it as the backbone of its developing Mounted Computing Environment (MCE), Jane’s has learned. The MCE is one of the elements of the army’s Common Operating Environment

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Honeywell details proposals to upgrade Indonesian F-16s

    Key Points Honeywell has revealed a suite of upgrade options available for Indonesia’s F-16s The upgrades will enhance a pilot's situational awareness, and maintain load capacity Honeywell has revealed its suite of proposals to upgrade the Indonesian Air Force’s (Tentara Nasional

  • IAI announces new towed radar decoy

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is now marketing a new towed decoy system designed to protect all types of aircraft against surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Rami Navon, electronic warfare marketing manager at IAI Elta, told Jane's that the ELL-8270 is a lightweight, affordable, self-contained

  • Greece to lease Heron UAVs from Israel

    Greece will lease seven Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for three years to enhance its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in the Aegean Sea, Greek media have reported. Greek Alternate Minister of National Defence Dimitris

  • India’s HAL test-flies Hawk-i trainer fitted with indigenous RTOS

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Hawk-i advanced jet trainer fitted with an indigenously developed real-time operating system (RTOS), the state-owned aerospace and defence company announced on 7 February. “It is the first indigenous RTOS

  • Poland closes in on Rosomak BMS development

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has disclosed details to Jane’s regarding the future of its Rosomak Battle Management System (BMS) programme, which is an effort aimed at enhancing the command and control (C2) capabilities of the Polish Land Forces’ 8x8 KTO Rosomak armoured

  • Lockheed Martin to deliver Israeli upgrades for Block 3F+ standard F-35

    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver Israeli-specific upgrades for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) as part of a wider Block 3F+ software package. The USD147.96 million contract modification was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 February, and is set to

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Taiwan acquires AR-1500 airborne radio system

    Rockwell Collins has secured Taiwan as the launch customer for its latest TruNet AR-1500 networked communications airborne radio system, the company announced on 4 February. The deal will enable Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), headquartered in the western city of

  • HAL tests indigenous flight control system for Light Combat Helicopter

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) using an indigenously developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), the state-owned aerospace and defence company announced in a statement on 31 January. “The maiden

  • Horizon Technologies finalises Xtender SIGINT system

    Horizon Technologies has completed the development of its Xtender satellite phone monitoring system, which enables small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate as signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection platforms. Xtender supports simultaneous monitoring of L-band communications from Thuraya

  • CCD COE takes on NATO cyber training

    The NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) will co-ordinate education and training in cyber defence operations for all bodies in the Alliance under a new plan announced in late January. The CCD COE is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub that focuses on exercises, research,

  • IAI to examine blockchain for defence applications

    Blockchain has significant potential to secure military networks, according to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which has announced plans to co-operate with a bank to research the technology. Blockchain, which is best known as an essential component of virtual currencies like Bitcoin, allows the

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