• USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

  • Leidos, USAF developing non-lethal EM technology to shut down electronics

    The US Air Force (USAF) is developing the ability to disrupt or neutralise electronic systems and technologies with little to no collateral damage using high power electromagnetics (HPEM). HPEM technology produces beams of electromagnetic energy over a broad spectrum of radio and microwave frequencies

  • USAF to advance research in open architecture standards

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking to advance open systems architecture standards for weapon systems that should reduce lifecycle costs, enable rapid fielding of advanced warfighting capabilities, avoid vendor lock, and ensure cyber resiliency. Under the Mission Systems Open

  • LIMA 2017: Aselsan debuts 'anti-drone jammer' system, targets Asia-Pacific countries

    Key Points Aselsan has developed a man-portable system designed to incapacitate hostile unmanned aerial vehicles System has been developed against the backdrop of a proliferation in small commercial off-the-shelf UAV systems Turkish defence company Aselsan has unveiled a man-portable 'anti-drone

  • ULA, Boeing launch ninth WGS satellite

    Key Points WGS 9 was funded by Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States WGS 10 is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2018 The ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket on 18 March,

  • Intelsat, Kymeta partner on small antennas for DoD coms

    Intelsat is introducing two small, flat-panel antennas that automatically lock onto satellites to support US Department of Defense (DoD) communications. The mTenna developed by Kymeta is a metamaterial, electrically scanned, satellite antenna intended for government maritime applications that

  • Details of North Korean C4I systems emerge

    Details have emerged of North Korean C4I developments following a United Nations investigation into a Malaysian-based company used by North Korea to sell defence equipment abroad. The company, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), was not previously known to be a North Korean entity and offers

  • US Army eyes new 'high-altitude' airships or solar-powered sensor platforms

    US Army Space and Missile Defence Command (SMDC) is working with other Pentagon organisations to assess the value of high-altitude sensor capabilities for the army, including airships and solar-powered platforms. High-altitude systems, which can operate around 60,000 ft and essentially at the edge

  • Lockheed Martin outlines intelligence-driven cyber defence

    The constantly changing and increasingly sophisticated cyber threat landscape requires a proactive approach to defending against attacks, according to Dr Grigorios Koutsogiannis, regional business development director for the Middle East & Africa at Lockheed Martin. "Cyber defences need to

  • Saab reveals CoastControl system

    Saab Technologies has developed an integrated command-and-control (C2) system that leverages Netherlands Coast Guard (Nederlandse Kustwacht: NCG) concept of operations, and showcased it at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The Saab CoastControl coastguard

  • Romania upgrades combat training centre

    The Romanian Army is embarking on a major improvement programme for the Land Forces Combat Training Centre (CTC) 'Getica' in Cincu. Speaking at the SMi Land Forces Simulation and Training Conference in London, Brigadier General Gheorghita Vlad, the CTC commander, described the centre as the

  • Raytheon furthers EWPMT

    Raytheon is developing a set of capabilities for its Electronic Warfare Planning Management Tool (EWPMT) that will give electromagnetic spectrum managers (ESMs) the ability to plan how forces manoeuvre through the spectrum. This is the first time electronic warfare officers (EWOs) and ESMs will be

  • Nexter reveals FINDERS updates

    Nexter revealed a number of additional capabilities incorporating new technology for its FINDERS command-and-control (C2) software at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The existing FINDERS Crewshare capability makes use of vehicle vetronics to ensure all members of the crew can share the same situational

  • UK plans ORCA project to upgrade MCM command information

    Key Points ORCA seeks to update the command system fitted to RN Hunt-class and Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels The project has been assigned Category C status, indicating an estimated value of GBP20-100 million The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to launch a competition for the

  • IDEX 2017: Microflown AVISA showcases acoustic shot detection sound solution

    Key Points The AMMS is a passive multi-threat ground sensor that can be used as a standalone or as a networked solution The latest version includes dual satellite navigation antennas, which negate the need for initial orientation before use Microflown AVISA revealed the latest version of its

  • IDEX 2017: Radiozavod reveals new MANPAD C2 System

    Key Points The system provides C2 for up to 12 firing units of shoulder-launched air defence weapons Development of the system was completed in 2016 and has been ordered by the Russian Army Radiozavod showcased the latest version of its man-portable air defence (MANPAD) command-and-control (C2)

  • Rafael selected for UK Sky Sabre BMC4I solution

    Key Points Delivery of the Rafael MIC4AD solution scheduled to be finalised by 2020 Land Ceptor and Giraffe AMB will be integrated with the BMC4I functionality to deliver the Sky Sabre comprehensive air defence capability The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Joint Sensor and Engagement Networks Team

  • IDEX 2017: Hanwha Systems unveils battalion-and-below BMS

    Key Points Development of the Vista software was completed in 2014 and operational testing completed in early 2016 Three hardware variants have been developed to host the system Hanwha Systems showcased the new Vista battalion-and-below battle management system (BMS) it has developed for the

  • New wargaming tool assesses impact of using kinetic/non-kinetic weapons

    Raytheon has developed a wargaming tool to enable forces to assess the impact of employing kinetic and non-kinetic weapons as well as help commanders develop concept of operations (CONOPS) for merging the two together. The warfighters of today have a good understanding of how and when to use

  • IDEX 2017: Groza-R enters C-UAV fray

    KB Radar Design Bureau has developed a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system, unveiling the package at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Speaking to Jane's, Zhybul Siarhei Victorovich, head of KB Radar's electronic warfare department, said that the Groza-R Counter-Multicopter Radio

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