• US Air Force performs first B-21 Raider software drop

    The US Air Force (USAF) has performed its first software drop for its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber programme, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisition, told a Senate panel on

  • Systel adds Falcon to mission computer portfolio

    Systel has introduced the Falcon, a new high-performance embedded mission computer combining multiple legacy systems into a single box. The company aims to develop the Falcon mission computer into a true line replaceable unit (LRU) mission box, Aneesh Kothari, Systel’s vice-president of

  • Sentient’s ViDAR shows success during USCG ScanEagle demonstrations

    Sentient Vision Systems has developed a wide-area persistent surveillance capability for manned and unmanned aircraft to see over long distances of open ocean. The Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) system is being demonstrated aboard the Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle by the US

  • USN tests AMDR as Aegis upgrades continue

    The US Navy (USN) is ramping up testing of its Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) – or SPY-6 – as the service invests in improving its current Aegis combat system with new antennas designed to increase sensor sensitivity. Integrating AMDR with Aegis has presented the USN with

  • DSA 2018: Kent Periscopes showcases EIP system

    Kent Periscopes has completed development of its latest Embedded Image Periscopes (EIP) system and is ready to commence production when it secures a launch customer, the company announced ahead of the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Lockheed Martin, Cobham team to compete for next-generation jammer

    Lockheed Martin and Cobham have teamed to compete for the US Navy’s (USN's) Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) requirement, the two companies announced on 10 April. The NGJ-LB is part of the AN/ALQ-249 NGJ system designed to replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system carried by USN

  • NATO JEWCS leverages SDR technology for GNSS service denial

    NATO’s Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS) has introduced low-cost Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology to provide a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) denial capability in support of electronic warfare (EW) exercises. Based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, United Kingdom,

  • DARPA’s SSITH hopes to use hardware to defend software attacks

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun work on a new programme that aims to bolster the hardware side of electronic system security. The System Security Integrated through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) programme aims to protect systems against broad classes of hardware

  • Leonardo advances Kronos DBR development

    Work on Leonardo’s naval Kronos dual X-band and C-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar programme is progressing, with testing and production timelines for the Italian Navy’s new 6,270 tonne Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) multipurpose offshore patrol vessels

  • Navy League 2018: US Navy sees reduced AMDR risk with Aegis testing

    Thanks to early testing involving AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) components and the Aegis combat system, the US Navy (USN) is seeing risks being reduced for the programme, said Captain Casey Moton, programme manager for guided-missile destroyer (DDG) 51 ships. “The back end

  • Portugal to establish UAV-based ISTAR capability

    Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through

  • New tactical radios boost soldier performance

    Two new handheld radios for use by dismounted troops were showcased at the SMi Future Soldier Technology Conference in London. ViaSat has developed the AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System-Dismounted (BATS-D), a handheld Link 16 datalink system aimed at Joint Terminal Attack

  • BAE pitches Sceptre as mission management tool of choice for Typhoon and other fast jets

    BAE Systems is showcasing the latest version of its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets, having developed it to the latest capability standard of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane’s in early April, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John

  • Paramount to restore Mirage F1s for Draken International

    Draken International has signed an agreement with South Africa’s Paramount Aerospace Systems for the overhaul and ongoing engineering support of Dassault Mirage F1M aircraft recently acquired from the Spanish Air Force. The agreement, announced on 9 April, pertains to 22 single-seat Mirage

  • Indonesia selects electronic, anti-submarine warfare suite from Thales for Martadinata frigates

    Key Points Indonesia has selected electronic and anti-submarine warfare sensors from Thales for its SIGMA 10514 warships Equipment will bolster the platform’s role as an all-round major surface combatant The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or

  • Persistent Systems boosts operational flexibility of MPU5 radio

    Persistent Systems has debuted an Upper C-Band module for its MPU5 mobile ad hoc network (MANET) radio. The new module, which operates in the 5–6 GHz range, will enable users who are unable to get frequency approval or are operating in congested spectrums to access the non-licensed band,

  • Japan to upgrade radar system on Iwo Jima

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has decided to upgrade the capabilities of a radar system located on the southeastern island of Iwo Jima amid increased activity by the Chinese military in the Western Pacific. The surveillance radar, which is currently used by the Japan Air Self-Defense

  • RN carrier team prepares for F-35B trials

    UK Royal Navy (RN) personnel have completed a first period of simulator-based training and operational development ahead of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flight trials from aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth scheduled for later this year. Undertaken at BAE Systems’ ship/air

  • DARPA seeks next round of OFFSET sprinters

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking participants for the second of five thrust areas to test and create technologies to advance unmanned system swarming capabilities. DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) programme is developing the capability for

  • Raytheon to begin strategic systems software services contract

    Raytheon will soon be providing software sustainment and system engineering services for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the US Army Materiel Command (AMC), among other customers. Company officials expect to begin work by May 2018 on a three-year USD600 million Systems, Simulation,

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