• Spain launches call for bids for anti-UAV system

    Spain has begun seeking national offers to meet its requirement for a military anti-UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) system. The launch of the Condor project follows on from a similar one, Rapaz (Bird of Prey), which began more than two years ago to test and acquire actual UAV aircraft systems

  • Indonesia selects VERA-NG passive surveillance system for Natuna airbase

    Key Points The Indonesian Armed Forces has selected a passive ESM tracker from the Czech Republic System will improve early warning and defence capabilities of an airbase in the South China Sea The Indonesian Armed Forces has selected the VERA-NG passive electronic support measure tracker from

  • Japan launches another reconnaissance satellite

    Japan has launched an H-2A rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, raising the number of such satellites placed into orbit by the East Asian country to

  • STRATCOM chief wants space-based radars for ballistic missile defence

    The head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) hopes missile defence priorities shift more towards improving sensor capabilities, and specifically seeks to accelerate a space-based midcourse tracking sensor. “The highest priority, in my opinion, is to improve sensors,” General John Hyten

  • Surface Warfare Officers School reviews OOD competency

    The Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) is reviewing how it trains US Navy (USN) officers and collecting information on their navigation, seamanship, and shiphandling skill sets through the officer of the deck (OOD) competency checks, said Captain Scott Robertson, commanding officer for the SWOS

  • Cyber priority for new Thales centre

    Developing cyber capabilities will be a major feature of Thales’ new UK facility, a company spokesperson told Jane’s . The new facility will house the company’s cyber security business in the United Kingdom, alongside its consulting business and other research facilities. It will

  • Russia gifts Serbia MiG-29 training

    Russia has approved the donation of EUR2 million (USD2.5 million) to Serbia for training future MiG-29 pilots, Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed on 23 February during a visit to Moscow. The donation comes after Russia transferred surplus MiG-29 jet fighters to Serbia in October

  • AFA Winter 2018: US Air Force vows software patches will fix AC-130J gun issue

    Key Points A USAF officer said software patches will fix the AC-130J’s 30 mm gun “retriggering” The gun is one of the most important parts of the gunship A key US Air Force (USAF) officer vowed that software patches will fix excessive triggering on the Lockheed Martin AC-130J

  • IDE delivers iDefender to Indonesian Navy

    Intracom Defense Electronics (IDE) has delivered its iDefender Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) suite-based solution to the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI–AL), the Greece-based company announced in a statement on 20 February. The new system is set

  • Singapore’s MINDEF strengthens its cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has bolstered its cyber defences following the conclusion of a three week-long programme that saw 264 computer security specialists from around the world try to penetrate the ministry’s IT networks and systems. Speaking about the results of the

  • BAE Systems demos DBM software

    BAE Systems has demonstrated a software tool that will aid manned and unmanned aircraft to share data and carry out operations when communications are denied. The semi-autonomous software, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • NATO carries cyber operations, security to new levels as command structure reformed

    NATO is now reviewing how to achieve fully integrated cyber awareness and security at the strategic level for joint operations. The challenge flows from a 14 February decision by allied defence ministers to reform NATO’s command structure, including creation of a new cyber operations centre

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with JHMCS II

    South Korea is to integrate the latest Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II) helmet-mounted display onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and

  • IDF's Artillery Corps to receive new radars, develop integrated aerial picture

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Artillery Corps is upgrading its radar systems and acquiring a new radar as part of a programme to provide an integrated, networked aerial picture that tracks all incoming enemy artillery fire. Major Ran Kotek, head of the Rocket and Radar Department in the Artillery

  • Slovak MoD to cancel 3D radar tender

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it is reviewing an ongoing EUR60 million (USD74.8 million) tender for 3D mobile air defence radar (MADR) systems that it issued in early 2015. “If we reach the conclusion that we will cancel the process of selecting a new 3D radar that has been

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USAF secretary says JSTARS meets few combatant commander requirements

    Key Points The US Air Force secretary believes its current JSTARS fleet meets 5% of requirements The service has decided to divert billions of US dollars to other BMC2 efforts The US Air Force (USAF) is moving away from recapitalising its fleet of Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target

  • 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

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