• Kazakhstan JV announces first exports

    Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (KAE) announced on 30 January that it had begun its first export deliveries of thermal weapon sights to Turkey. The deliveries result from a contract valued at USD5.8 million that was signed in November 2016 with KAE, a joint venture between Kazakhstan Engineering and

  • Raytheon to demonstrate anti-jam SATCOM system

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tasked Raytheon with demonstrating a new communications technology that will continuously link tactical users with higher levels of command when operating in contested environments. The objective of the USD37 million Protected Tactical Services Field Demonstration

  • Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate new soft-kill pod into USN helicopters

    Business units within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems have been awarded parallel contracts to develop and integrate a new persistent anti-ship missile decoy payload on US Navy (USN) MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. A USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the Advanced

  • Dstl set to award Icarus technology demonstration programme contract

    The United Kingdom's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will award a technology demonstration programme (TDP) contract for its Icarus modular active protection system (APS) development programme next month, IHS Jane's understands. Intended to provide the UK with a modular integrated

  • New SRW waveform set to increase range, reduce spectrum use

    Harris is developing a new narrowband capability for the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) in service with the US military. At present wideband SRW is used to meet higher bandwidth requirements, such as for video and images, over shorter point-to-point distances. The narrowband mode of SRW will extend

  • UK-developed quantum key distribution technology set for trials

    A UK quantum key distribution (QKD) capability is to be trialled by a potential user within one year, according to developer BT. Under joint development with Toshiba at BT's research and development (R&D) centre in Ipswich, the technology has demonstrated the ability to detect intrusion or

  • BT details 'Li-Fi' technology development efforts

    Details have emerged of the light-based data transfer system under development by UK telecoms provider BT's defence arm. First demonstrated at the UK's Standing Joint Force Head Quarters (SJHQ) 'Joint Venture' exercise in July 2016, the technology is designed to replace the hard-wired networks

  • NRL furthers hybrid RF/optical communications technology

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is investigating and implementing smart decision algorithms for the creation of agile hybrid free space optic (FSO)/radio frequency (RF) systems, with an aim of merging the high data rate of FSO and the reliability of RF. The purpose of combining these two

  • AUDS achieves TRL 9, deploys with US forces

    An undisclosed number of Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS) have been supplied to US forces and are now in operational service. The AUDS has been developed in a collaborative effort by a UK defence consortium comprised of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems

  • Challenges with implementing DCGS continue

    As the US military transitions to a more open and modular version of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), the services continue to encounter hurdles as they seek ways to get more intelligence data into the hands of analysts. The US Air Force (USAF) is moving off the legacy baseline DCGS

  • IARPA seeks enhanced method for integrated circuit validation

    The research arm of the US intelligence community is developing the ability to analyse and verify the reliability of integrated circuits to ensure integrity of manufacturing processes and the supply chain. The objective of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's (IARPA) Rapid

  • Thales to upgrade Swiss air surveillance radars

    Thales has won a contract from Switzerland to upgrade the Master radars within its military air surveillance radar network, IHS Jane's can reveal. Worth EUR74 million (USD79.2 million), the contract will see "the modernisation of all the fixed long-range surveillance radars" within

  • Surface Navy 2017: L3 MK 30 MOD 1 to complete testing by mid-2017

    L3 KEO is expected to complete testing on its MK 20 MOD 1 electro-optical (EO) sensor system by August 2017, a company official said during the annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) symposium held 10-12 January in Washington, DC. The system, which replaces the MK 20 MOD 0 is undergoing

  • NRL demonstrates automated health-monitoring system for ship communications networks

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing a system of sensors that could shorten the time it takes for a ship's network administrator to identify anomalies, determine the cause of a problem, and fix the issue. The Integrated Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Tactical Resiliency Risk

  • Improved information sharing key for NATO cyber ops

    NATO does not yet need a cyber Command but requires better sharing of information among members in the near term, according to military commanders and organisation officials. Speaking at the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence's (CCD COE's) International Conference on Cyber

  • F-16 mission computer upgrade will add more processing power and memory

    Raytheon will provide new mission computers for the US Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, which will more than double the processing capability and increase the memory of the legacy mission computers. Based on commercial technology, Raytheon's Modular Mission

  • NRL's SHAW aims to maintain communications in A2/AD environments

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing an affordable wireless communications waveform that can stand up against enemy interference, enabling personnel to operate their radios in contested environments. To enable continuous operations in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment

  • Raytheon closes out 2016 with one more Patriot IAMD Configuration 3+ award

    Raytheon announced on 29 December it has secured a direct commercial sales contract worth more than USD600 million to upgrade an undisclosed country's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system to the Configuration 3+. "Patriot continues to outpace the evolving threat because

  • DARIN-III-equipped Jaguars receive Indian IOC

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received initial operational clearance (IOC) for its upgraded SEPECAT Jaguar fighters featuring the locally developed Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation-III (DARIN-III) avionics suite for precision bombing. Subhash Bhamre, minister of state for defence, told

  • DARPA adds Raytheon to RADICS fold

    Raytheon has received a USD9 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide the United States' power grid operators with the ability to detect and respond to a cyber-attack. DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation, and Characterization (RADICS) programme

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