• 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

  • Cognitive Systems looks to military applications for 'radio on a chip'

    Cognitive Systems is looking to transition its commercial R10 integrated circuit (IC), referred to as "radio frequency [RF] situational awareness on a chip", to military customers seeking a high-performance, agile, and low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) solution. RF situational awareness

  • Saab unveils TES training systems

    Saab announced new contracts and technology developments for its live Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) systems at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December. Hans Lindgren, head of marketing and sales for Saab

  • Joint venture develops digital sandbox, geospatial database training tool

    Nexter Systems and Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) showcased one of the first fruits of their joint venture - KMW + Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) - at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December. The Nexter FINDMP Digital Sand

  • JTAC training tech advances emerge

    A number of new and updated training systems for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) were in evidence at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December. ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH showcased its Joint Fires

  • Capability boost: trials demonstrate enhanced ViDAR/ScanEagle package

    Key Points Sentient's ViDAR system is designed to meet a growing maritime surveillance requirement Recent trials, including 'Unmanned Warrior 2016', have demonstrated the system's ability to support a range of tasks Sentient Vision Systems' ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) maritime

  • Rheinmetall announces simulation, training contracts

    Rheinmetall Defence has been awarded a contract to modernise Polish Leopard 2 gunnery and driver training simulators, which was revealed at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) held in Orlando in December. This was the most recent of a number of

  • MASA evolves SWORD system

    MASA has developed a new version of its SWORD constructive command and staff training system, which was unveiled at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) held in Orlando. The levels of command have been expanded and the system now has a modular

  • TCI International builds signals database for new C-SUAS

    SPX Corporation's TCI International has developed a counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-SUAS) tracking technology based upon the company's legacy Blackbird signal detection, classification, and geo-location system. The C-SUAS system utilises angle of arrival and/or time difference of arrival

  • French Air Force matures digitally aided CAS system

    The French Air Force is shortly to have a fully networkable digitally aided close air support (DACAS) system. According to Colonel Olivier Aribaud, Director of Operational Studies at the French Air Force Air Warfare Centre (Centre d'Expertise Aérienne Militaire: CEAM), who spoke at the Omega

  • BAE Systems to complete development of 'RF toolbox on a chip' by mid-2017

    BAE Systems has designed a monolithic integrated circuit (IC) to address the need for radio systems to quickly and easily be reconfigured in the field. The Microwave Array Technology for Reconfigurable Integrated Circuits (MATRICs) chip is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's

  • Lockheed Martin effort links RF receivers to create an EM spectrum map

    Lockheed Martin is working on a capability that will map the electromagnetic spectrum using any system that has a radio frequency (RF) receiver as part of its primary function. Radio Map networks together equipment so that any receiver in the field capable of monitoring the RF spectrum could be

  • Japan's MoD hit by cyber attack

    The communication network shared by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo and the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) was the target of a cyber attack in September, an MoD official told IHS Jane's on 28 November. The official, however, declined to confirm a report by Kyodo news agency claiming that

  • Morocco replacing F-16 defensive aids

    The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has decided to replace the Raytheon Advanced Countermeasures Electronic System (ACES) installed on its Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 multirole fighters with the Harris AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS). The RMAF's

  • Northrop Grumman contracted for C4ISR, machinery control systems for new USCG cutter

    Key Points In September, Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected for the OPC detailed design and production phase Northrop Grumman's scope of supply includes integrated bridge systems, C2 consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, and machinery

  • Elbit unveils ReDrone counter-UAV system

    Elbit Systems unveiled on 14 November a new system designed to identify, track, and jam unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that enter restricted and sensitive airspace. Developed by Elisra, Elbit's electronic warfare and signals intelligence (SIGINT) subsidiary, the ReDrone system was unveiled at the

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