• China's rapid counterspace capabilities development alarms Pentagon

    Key Points The DoD's new report on Chinese military development warns of Beijing's movement towards offensive space capabilities The report names directed-energy weapons and satellite jammers as some of the capabilities the United States plans to counter China has the world's fastest-growing

  • Israel MoD says defence acquisitions reached all-time high in 2014

    Israel purchased ILS14.1 billion (USD3.6 billion) worth of defence products and services in 2014, setting an all-time record for acquisitions, the Israel Ministry of Defense has announced. It attributed the unusually large defence-related spending to the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in

  • US Army picks Harris and Thales to provide Rifleman Radios

    Key Points The contract requires both companies to submit radios for laboratory testing Companies can be dropped if they fail to meet the army's qualifications The US Army announced on 29 April it had awarded Thales Defense & Security Inc and Harris Corp a contract that could be worth up to

  • IDF mulls unifying cyber units

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could soon take a decision to unify its offensive and defensive cyber units into a single command that would operate more effectively on the cyber battlefield. The IDF's C4I Corps' Cyber Defense Division currently overseas a range of military cyber defence tasks,

  • Pentagon pitches innovation, cyber deterrence

    The secretary of defence traveled nearly 3,000 miles to deliver a pair of messages to Silicon Valley on 24 April: we need your help developing the innovations that will maintain a US military advantage, and the backbone of that capability will be undone if cyber experts do not help the Pentagon


  • Canadian defence procurement: constrained renewal

    While Canada faces no direct military threat, its armed forces are actively engaged on the international stage. Andrew MacDonald, Kate Tringham, and Matthew Smith report on the Canadian defence industry's efforts to renew their major platform inventories
  • Briefing: Turkish transformation

    The Turkish defence market and national military industries have been transformed over the past decade as a consequence of economic prosperity and shrewd, long-term strategic planning. Guy Anderson reports
  • Industry briefing: Spanish succession

    Despite suffering from austere defence budgets in recent years, Spain still maintains a highly developed defence industry that continues to produce a wide range of major platforms. Andrew MacDonald reviews the country's current defence-industrial status
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  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales
  • Sagem enhances French Army FELIN kit

    Sagem, a division of French group Safran, announced on 3 April it had won a contract from the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement organisation to add several improvements to the French Army's FELIN V1 (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés)


  • MILTECH™ 5042 military ruggedised communication system

    Type Fibre optic communications equipment, transmission Description The MILTECH™ 5042 rugged, military grade communication is a system for transferring video, serial (RS-422) data, discrete signals and Gigabit Ethernet traffic over single strand tactical fibre. The 5042's mechanical

  • Remote Secure Receiver (RSR)

    Type GPS device, anti-jamming/spoofing Development According to the contractor the Remote Secure Receiver (RSR) has been developed to protect against GPS jamming and spoofing for soldiers using combinations of commercial smartphones, tablets and military off-the-shelf devices. Rockwell says that

  • IRTS Lightweight Airborne Console

    Type Airborne C2 console Development First noted by IHS Jane's at the 2010 Eurosatory Exhibition and subsequently at the 2012 event. Description A single screen console constructed out of lightweight materials and specially designed for airborne use. Operator interfaces can include touchscreen,

  • BEACON Mk III full duplex crypto device

    Type Encryption equipment, data Description BEACON Mk III is a full-duplex crypto device designed to provide high grade of security for data communications running over different media, including normal telephone lines (with the use of a V.92 modem), RS-232 networks and Local Area Networks