• Pentagon budget 2017: Cyber grows in broad budget push

    Key Points Military cyber would receive USD6.7 billion for FY 2017 Protection of background investigation information would be moved to the Pentagon The agency is looking to push more cyber tools to combatant commanders The Pentagon's budget request includes nearly USD1 billion more to support

  • BAE anticipates conclusion of Striker II HMD qualification trials

    BAE Systems is looking to complete qualification trials of its Striker II fully digital, night-vision-capable helmet-mounted display (HMD) on the Eurofighter Typhoon by the end of the second quarter this year, the company has revealed. Speaking on 3 February during a briefing at BAE's facilities in

  • Northrop Grumman, Raytheon to conduct JSTARS radar risk reduction

    Key Points Northrop Grumman and Raytheon will get contracts for JSTARS radar technical maturation and risk reduction A draft RfP for JSTARS is expected in the coming weeks The US Air Force (USAF) plans to award two sole-source radar technical-maturation and risk-reduction contracts for its Joint

  • DoD chief tester warns on F-35 cyber, software issues

    Key Points The F-35's digital logistics system could be vulnerable to cyber attacks and its combat software development is in danger of falling behind schedule The Pentagon said the programme remains on track to deliver its most advanced combat software in 2017 The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning

  • RAF flight trials Typhoon P2Ea system upgrades

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has flight trialled a series of system-based Phase 2 Enhancements (P2E) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the international consortium announced on 25 January. The trials, which were flown out of BAE Systems' Warton facility in the north of England, saw an


  • Asia's new sub hunters: Fixed-wing MPAs take on growing underwater threats

    With the proliferation of new and advanced submarines in the Asia-Pacific theatre, regional stakeholders are seeking capable airborne countermeasures to safeguard their maritime and economic interests. Kelvin Wong explores some of these options.
  • Known unknowns: Future Operating Environment 2035

    Published with little fanfare less than a month after the UK Strategic Defence and Security Review, Future Operating Environment 2035 attempts to characterise key defence and security challenges 20 years hence. Richard Scott looks at how the report assesses technological change.
  • Loitering with intent

    Stricter rules of engagement and the need to engage fleeting and time-sensitive target sets in complex or remote environments is driving a requirement for surgical precision effects with low collateral damage. Robin Hughes examines the role of loitering munitions in this new paradigm
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  • Syrian military fields surveillance camera systems

    Syrian troops have begun using electro-optical systems to monitor battlefields, video and still imagery from multiple locations have shown. The first imagery appeared in a report by Life News Russia in early December 2015 showing a camera mounted on a telescopic mast elevated through the roof of a


  • Bombardier Global 5000 EL/I-3360 maritime patrol variant

    Type Maritime patrol aircraft Description Designed for a range of applications that include ISR; broad area persistent threat monitoring; communications, command and control (C3), anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare; search and rescue (SAR); law enforcement; homeland security and disaster

  • Panchromatic camera for Cartosat 2A/B satellites

    Type Space-based sensor Development The Panchromatic Imaging Camera (known as the PAN Camera) developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary sensor aboard the ISRO's Cartosat-1 and Cartosat-2 civilian satellites, and Cartosat-2A and -2B military satellites, of which the

  • Tactical reconnaissance pod

    Type Reconnaissance pod Development In 1994, what was the Military Aircraft Division of Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA) started development of a new-generation Tactical reconnaissance (Tac recce) pod for the German Air Force. In 1997, an additional reconnaissance pod solution was contracted by the

  • YY-series EO turrets

    Type Sensor turrets Development The first in the YY-series of EO observation and tracking turrets from China's Luoyang Optoelectro Technology Development Center (LOEC) - the YY-1 system - was first noted by IHS Jane's in February 2006, where it was being promoted at the Asian Aerospace exhibition