• US lawmaker seeks stronger USAF contracts for additional data rights

    Key Points A key lawmaker wants stronger USAF contracts for additional data rights This could help with sustainment, but hinges on appropriate compensation to industry A key US lawmaker wants the US Air Force (USAF) to draft stronger contracts to enhance the service’s access to weapon

  • Germany and the Netherlands to co-operate on digitisation

    German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her Dutch counterpart, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, signed a letter of intent on 17 May on the joint digitisation of their countries’ ground forces, the ministries have announced. The ministers were visiting the German Army’s Panzerbataillon

  • RAF assumes control for UK’s military space activities

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has been given responsibility for the country’s military space activities as part of a wider Defence Space Strategy to be revealed in the coming weeks. The RAF’s Air Command has taken on responsibility for command and control (C2) of all UK military space

  • Mercury Systems develops new SSDs for defence applications

    Mercury Systems has developed a new generation of ball grid array (BGA)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that have a 10-fold increase in performance as well as improved security over its earlier secure SSD products. The TRRUST-Stor secure SSD is optimised for embedded computing applications in

  • BAE Systems and Dell EMC develop a scalable and secure cloud solution

    BAE Systems and Dell EMC have partnered to create a federated secure cloud that is flexible enough to power agency-level IT modernisation or support smaller, forward-operating units. The BAE Systems, Dell EMC solution arrives mission-ready and pre-engineered embedded with customisable Dell EMC and

  • Elbit Systems completes delivery of thermal weapon sights to ADF

    Elbit Systems of Australia has completed the delivery of XACT th65 clip-on thermal weapon sights to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 125 Phase 3C Soldier Enhancement Version 2 - Lethality project, the company announced on 14 May. Since delivery commenced in September 2016 nearly

  • Raytheon readies updated ARC-231 radios for US Army

    The US Army has awarded Raytheon a USD11.9 million contract for low-rate initial production of the modernised AN/ARC-231 multimode aviation radio suite (MARS) hardware components. The AN/ARC-231 MARS provides secure two-way voice and data communications over the 30–512 MHz frequency range for

  • USAF ramps up ALR-69A(V) integration

    Raytheon has received a contract award from the US Air Force (USAF) for an initial order of 40 AN/ALR-69A(V) all digital radar warning receivers (RWRs) for tactical and large body aircraft. These systems have been ordered under a seven-year USD450 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity

  • BAE Systems seeks transition partner for Hallmark Software Testbed

    BAE Systems is seeking a government transition partner for its Hallmark Software Testbed (HST) effort, which the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) views as an opportunity for an advanced enterprise software architecture for tools that will integrate a full spectrum of real-time

  • Datron launches new handheld radio

    Datron World Communications has introduced its latest handheld radio, the multi-band Spectre M HH3100. The company has developed three variants: the HH3100V which covers the 30-88 MHz frequency range; the HH3100A covering 30-136 MHz; and the HH3100M covering 30-512 MHz. The HH3100A, in particular,

  • Digital Barriers reveals body-worn streaming video system

    Specialist video surveillance firm Digital Barriers has developed a new body-worn system to provide live, low-latency recording and streaming of video for the dismounted soldier or covert operator, which it displayed for the first time at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala

  • Xponential 2018: Freewave Technologies offers radio for low-bandwidth environment

    Freewave Technologies has unveiled its Zumlink 900 MHz ISM-band radio, designed for use in low-bandwidth environments, during the Xponential 2018 conference in Denver, Colorado. The Zumlink is available in different bandwidths and has a fully enclosed module with a radio on an interface card with

  • HF communications gain momentum with NATO forces

    High Frequency (HF) communication systems are witnessing a resurgence as forward deployed and small unit teams seek to overcome emerging challenges associated with operating in Command and Control Denied or Degraded Environments (C2D2Es), Jane’s has learned. According to senior service

  • Malaysian Army showcases Future Soldier System

    The Malaysian Army took the opportunity at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur to highlight its Future Soldier System (FSS), an element of the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (MAF’s) wider Network Centric Operations (NCO) programme. The FSS comprises a wearable

  • New PACOM commander identifies ISR concerns in region

    The new head of US Pacific Command (PACOM) says he is worried about its capacity to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in that area of operation (AOR), while being concerned about China's ability to perform its own ISR operations. “PACOM only has about a quarter of

  • Australia receives F-35A training equipment

    Australia has received an initial delivery of training equipment for the pilots and ground crews that will operate the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in a statement that an Antonov An-124

  • Bangladesh receives second BTR 80 simulator

    Turkish simulator manufacturer Simsoft has delivered its second BTR 80 vehicle crew simulator to the Bangladesh Army, Jane’s has learned. The package comprises driver training and commander/gunner simulators, which can be used separately for individual training or linked for full mission crew

  • US Army issues Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) contracts

    The US Army on 30 March awarded three contracts as part of its Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) increment 1 programme. HDT Expeditionary Systems, Saab Barracuda, and Fibrotex USA were awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) firm-fixed price (FFP) contracts

  • Locked Shields 2018 practises for large-scale cyber incident

    The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence’s (CCDCOE’s) Locked Shields 2018 cyber defence exercise, which took place in late April, was the largest such event on numerous levels, the event’s organisers have told Jane’s . A spokesperson

  • Portugal upgrading SIC-T tactical communications system

    The Portuguese Army plans to integrate a new configuration of its Sistema de Informação e Comunicações Tático (SIC-T) tactical communication and data system through 2023. The EUR64.18 million (USD78.27 million) effort is to enhance its capability to rapidly deploy

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