• USN plans MQ-8C UAS in-flight target update demonstration

    Key Points The USN is seeking to demonstrate transmission of in-flight target updates for network-enabled weapons via Link 16 installed on the MQ-8C NAVAIR is planning to contract with Northrop Grumman for Link 16 hardware and software integration The US Navy (USN) is planning to integrate and

  • AFRL seeks wearable electronics boost with liquid metals

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is exploring the feasibility of liquid metals to increase the reliability of wearable electronics. The inherent 'flow-ability' of liquid metals such as Gallium can be compressed or extended without losing conductivity even as the wearer is moving and stretching,

  • US Air Force pursues GPS upgrades

    At a time when the US Department of Defense (DoD) has numerous efforts underway to find a replacement for the ubiquitous global positioning system (GPS), the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is looking to improve upon the decades of old technology. The ability to jam or degrade GPS signals, thus

  • Lockheed Martin launches new exoskeleton system

    Lockheed Martin has developed an exoskeleton system that is designed to provide wearers with greater endurance and load carrying capacity. Launched under the company's FORTIS brand, the Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) is a powered exoskeleton that has been developed for use by the military and

  • ITEC 2017: Van Halteren Defence unveils howitzer turret trainer

    Van Halteren Defence has developed a new PzH 2000 self-propelled 155 mm howitzer advanced turret trainer (ATT) for Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as part of the latter's development of an indirect fire support tactical training centre for Qatar, which was revealed at the 2017 International Training and

  • NATO's C2 and communications networks poised to enter the cloud

    NATO has signed off on a second tranche of its EUR185 million (USD207 million) budget to upgrade the alliance's information technology (IT) networks, communications nodes, and digital devices. Part of NATO's new initiative known as the IT Modernisation (ITM) programme, the work will eventually

  • US AFRL develops sensor pod to navigate in GPS-denied environments

    Key Points US AFRL develops navigation technology for times without GPS GPS can be easily denied in certain environments The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed a sensor pod allowing warfighters to navigate when global positioning system (GPS) signals aren't available. The sensor

  • IDF setting up new Cyber Command

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is in the process of creating a new Cyber Command that will be integrated with the existing C4i Directorate and be responsible for all defensive cyber operations and intelligence gathering, a senior IDF cyber official stated on 14 May. In a departure from plans

  • KB Display develops eyewear-mounted system

    Belarus' KB Display has developed a helmet-mounted display system designed for future soldier packages. The NSI-06.2 [Nashlemnaya Sistema Indikatsii - helmet-mounted indicating system] micro-display is integrated with the wearer's tactical protective glasses. The micro-display system was developed

  • Militaries shift to automated cyber defence

    Military customers are increasingly turning to automation to combat cyber threats, according to UK-based cyber security specialist, Titania. The company produces software aimed at automated configuration auditing: analysing cyber infrastructure for vulnerabilities that could potentially be

  • General Dynamics demonstrates long-range voice and video communications during S2ME2

    General Dynamics has shown that by using elevated antenna pairs to overcome the curvature of the earth, long line-of-sight communication ranges can be achieved. During the US Marine Corps-sponsored Ship-to-Shore Maneuver, Exploration and Experimentation (S2ME2) event held at Camp Pendleton,

  • Aselsan plots clear path for TASMUS

    Aselsan has continued to develop incrementally its TASMUS (Taktik Saha Muhabere Sistemi) area communications system, which was first fielded in the early 2000s, and will deliver prototypes of the latest elements in 2018. TASMUS is a secure multichannel network operating at the tactical/operational

  • Latest US Army MFIX showcases broad range of C-UAS capabilities

    Key Points There were 33 different systems demonstrated at MFIX The focus was on precision fires, SHORAD, and directed energy and EW The US Army is hoping its recent manoeuvre and fires integration experiment (MFIX) will lead to the quick transition of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • Xponential 2017: Carnegie Robotics and Swift Navigation partner to develop ruggedised GNSS receiver

    Carnegie Robotics and Swift Navigation have unveiled a new GNSS receiver at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Duro is an enclosed, ruggedised, multiband, multiconstellation GNSS receiver with centimetre accuracy. It can be fitted onto any type of ground vehicle. The Piksi multi module within Duro

  • Xponential 2017: Freewave Technologies' Zumlink nears release

    Freewave Technologies is to release its Zumlink Z9-PC embedded radio within the next four to six weeks, following certification testing. The Zumlink is a 900 MHz ISM-band radio that is available in three different versions. The fully enclosed module has a radio module on an interface card with two

  • Havelsan enters cyber security domain

    Havelsan has established a Cyber Security Operations Centre at its headquarters in Ankara, offering a continuous cyber security monitoring service. This can monitor client networks in real time to detect attempted cyber attacks, issue warnings and alarms, and provide defences. In addition to this

  • US Army recertifies updated AN/ARC-201 airborne radios

    The US Army has recertified Harris' AN/ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) that is deployed on board its helicopters, following the company's work to replace system components that have become obsolete. "There were close to a dozen parts that fell into that

  • IDEF 2017: Aselsan unveils anti-UAV systems

    Aselsan has developed two counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems and showcased them at the 2017 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul. The IHTAR is a mast-mounted integrated radar and electro-optic (EO) system with an RF jammer, designed to counter mini- and micro-UAVs in both

  • Xponential 2017: US Army to introduce OSRVT enhancements

    The US Army is eyeing a number of improvements to its One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Edward Godzur, product director at the service's UAS Project Office, said that the Level III capability will enable control over aircraft when on the move,

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