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  • Exostar grows cyber security capability

    A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities. Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • UK MoD exercise assesses cyber defence talent

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Cyber School has hosted a cyber exercise featuring a fictitious attack on military communications equipment. The event was created by Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

  • US Army’s Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite demonstrator launched

    The Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite, which the US Army hopes can improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams, was launched on 14 August to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Florida and its

  • CIS offers open-source cyber security standards

    A set of common cyber security standards is gaining ground in the defence sector, as organisations seek to shield themselves from potential threats across their supply chains. The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a US non-profit organisation that promotes cyber security awareness, has developed

  • Lockheed Martin adopts a new approach with ARES radar

    Lockheed Martin is showcasing a new air and missile defence radar designed to enable rapid and affordable upgrades. With its active electronically scanned array (AESA) Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) system, Lockheed Martin is developing a modular open-architecture capability

  • US Army orders additional HMS Manpacks for next phase of testing

    Key Points Harris and Rockwell Collins will supply radios for testing in 2018 and 2019 General Dynamics withdraws from Manpack competition Harris and Rockwell Collins will each deliver 101 Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Factor (HMS) Manpack radios to the US Army for continued testing of the

  • US military develops power optimisation app for dismounted troops

    The US Army is testing a new app-based mission planning tool that enables soldiers to optimise their energy supplies for deployments, taking into account the configuration of the equipment that they are carrying as well as the expected environmental conditions. The US Army’s

  • KB Kuntsevo develops new mobile air surveillance radar

    Russia’s KB Kuntsevo design bureau is developing a new mobile 3D active phased array air surveillance radar system designated the Uzola, Jane’s has learnt. The solid-state Uzola radar is designed to detect, track, and measure airborne target azimuth and elevation, ground speed, as well

  • USN explores additive manufacturing capability for expeditionary missions

    The US Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) have demonstrated a mobile, containerised, 3D printing facility capable of manufacturing replacement parts at forward deployed positions. The Expeditionary Manufacturing Mobile Test Bed (EXMAN) is an effort to evaluate and integrate additive manufacturing

  • Russia receives first BMR-3MA heavy mine-clearing vehicles

    The Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec, has delivered a batch of the new BMR-3MA heavy mine-clearing vehicle (MCV) to Russia`s Ministry of Defence (MoD), a company representative told Jane's. "This is the first BMR-3MA delivery to Russia`s

  • EID awarded contract to supply communications for new Portuguese ships

    Portuguese electronic and communications company EID has been awarded a contract to equip the Portuguese Navy’s four Tejo-class coastal patrol vessels with its integrated communication systems (ICS). Under the terms of the contract, worth EUR4.6 million (USD5.4 million) and announced on 31

  • South Korea unveils test-firing footage of tactical ballistic missile system

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by releasing video footage of a tactical ballistic missile system that is stated to be under development by the country’s Agency for

  • US Army integrating night vision, thermal optics for weapons targeting

    The US Army in the next two years is scheduled to begin delivering new soldier- and weapons-borne optics to ease target acquisition for riflemen. Family of Weapon Sights – Individual (FWS-I) is a weapon-mounted long-wave infrared sensor that provides imagery, including a reticle boresighted,

  • US Army to modernise existing CONUS land mobile radio system

    Key Points The five-year effort will link all US Army bases The army wants to move from proprietary systems to open standards Harris and Motorola Solutions will each upgrade and modernise the existing US Army land mobile radio system infrastructure, as well as replace systems with the latest

  • Saab, Lockheed Martin partner for new US Army laser training system

    Saab and Lockheed Martin will deliver a next-generation Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) system as part of the US Army’s live training modernisation programme. The Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (I-MILES) Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (VTESS)

  • USN broadens MIDS JTRS acquisition

    The US Navy is increasing its acquisition of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), which will provide improvements over the existing airborne radios, including the ability of a Link 16 to receive multiple messages. Data Link Solutions (DLS), a

  • Estonia to host first ever cyber attack exercise for EU defence ministers

    Estonia plans to hold a cyber training exercise for Europe defence ministers to test how they would deal with the fallout from a major cyber attack. Estonia currently holds the EU rotating six-month presidency until end of 2017. The strategic table-top exercise, dubbed ‘EU CYBRID 2017’,

  • KC-46A tanker completes EMP testing

    Boeing has completed electromagnetic testing of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker to test and evaluate the aircraft’s electromagnetic pulse (EMP) protection while in flight. The test, which was announced by Boeing on 27 July, took place at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland and

  • India seeks new SIGINT and COMJAM aircraft

    India has issued a request for information (RFI) for signals intelligence (SIGINT) and communications jamming (COMJAM) aircraft, with deliveries to begin two years after a contract signature. The RFI for seven aircraft, which was issued by the Indian government in late July, is for five SIGINT and

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