• USAF to study future command-and-control requirements

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to shortly begin work on a study to asses its command-and-control (C2) capability requirements out to 2030 and beyond, an official said on 16 November. Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that the study would be similar in scope to the service's air

  • USN set to prepare crews for last resort defence against cyber attack

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to protect its ships and submarines from cyber-attacks, one simple way to do that might be to unplug vessels from the network, service representatives have noted. Even though it is considered a procedure of last resort, the USN has been training its personnel on how to

  • BAE Systems' adaptive radar countermeasures project moves to Phase 3

    BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 3 contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue developing cognitive airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems to counter new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real time without having to require new hardware. "The problem

  • New Zealand awards Systematic NEA tranche 1 capability contract

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has awarded a NZD11 million three-year contract, to Systematic to provide assistance with Tranche 1 of its Network Enabled Army (NEA) programme. The contract includes Systematic's SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite as well as design and

  • Advatech Pacific introduces new cross domain solution, TACDS undergoes recertification

    Advatech Pacific is completing development of a smaller version of its Tactical Cross Domain Solutions (TACDS), which could be worn by a soldier or used on a small unmanned aircraft system. Additionally, the company's latest version of its military-standard TACDS is going through the National

  • PacStar's IQ-Core aims to improve agility and data sharing

    The US Army has integrated PacStar's IQ-Core Software, currently deployed on the service's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) increment 1 node, with the National Security Agency's (NSA's) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) plug-in to secure the management of army wireless

  • Mercury Systems' new server fills a gap for securing forward deployed systems

    Mercury Systems has introduced the first rackmount secure server for the defence applications, designed to drive the most powerful mission processing, sensor processing and cybersecurity applications, addressing the need for affordable and trusted solutions to protecting mission-critical functions.

  • Gripen E/F to feature Targo HMD

    The Swedish and Brazilian air forces are to use the Elbit Systems Targo helmet-mounted display (HMD) for their Saab Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, it was announced on 7 November. The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) awarded the airframer a SEK119 million (USD13 million) contract for an

  • USN must prepare for on-board power demands

    In the next 10 years, the US Navy (USN) will see its ships and systems become ever more power hungry, and the service must be ready to meet the challenge, according to Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, commander of the USN Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). However, the navy may already be there in terms

  • Airshow China 2016: AVIC showcases YINGS III airborne targeting pod family

    Chinese defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is showcasing its latest YINGS III range of day and night capable airborne targeting pods at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition, which is being held in the southern city of Zhuhai from 1-6 November. The YINGS III - which stands for

  • USN outlines ship cyber defence plan

    The US Navy is taking a number of steps to protect ship systems from cyber-attacks, including the possibility of disconnecting vessels from the navy's network. To find those potential vulnerabilities, the navy has been methodically going through each of the major combat and control systems that are

  • Airshow China 2016: Russia unveils new AESA radar for MiG-35 fighter

    Russia's Fazotron-NIIR Corporation (a subsidiary of the KRET Concern) has developed a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Mikoyan MiG-29/35 ('Fulcrum') multirole fighter. The radar, the Zhuk-AMEh, was unveiled at the Airshow China 2016 aerospace exhibition, held in Zhunhai

  • Indo Defence 2016: SAGE ESM enters service on Indonesian CN-235

    Leonardo's Airborne & Space Systems business has confirmed that its SAGE digital electronic support measures (ESM) system has entered service with the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). Under contract to US-based prime contractor Integrated Surveillance

  • US reportedly deployed Sea-based X-band Radar off North Korea

    The US Sea-Based X-band Radar (SBX), one of the world's largest and most sophisticated phased-array X-band radar units, was deployed to the waters off North Korea in late September, Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean military official as saying on 1 November. "The [SBX] Radar was sent to

  • Situational awareness, force protection hallmarks of future US Army UAS

    Future US Army missions will "place a premium on all types of unmanned systems" and such systems will largely be used to protect soldiers, a senior service official said on 26 October. "First, these systems must increase our situational awareness, going where manned systems cannot,

  • USN buys additional GAJT antennas from NovAtel

    NovAtel will provide additional GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) systems to the US Naval Observatory (USNO) to satisfy a requirement for a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The order brings the number of

  • SES develops low-cost persistent SATCOM and ISR capability

    Global satellite communications (SATCOM) provider SES is using small aerostats to provide an affordable way to establish and maintain SATCOM and a persistent surveillance capability. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS) not only provides cost-effective enhanced situational awareness but it can be

  • UPDATE: USN's Next Generation Jammer transitions into development

    Key Points The Next Generation Jammer is being developed by Raytheon to replace the EA-18G's legacy ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod NGJ Increment 1 addresses mid-band capabilities, with Increments 2 (low- band) and 3 (high-band) to follow The Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment 1 (Inc 1)

  • Aegis testing on Australia's first air warfare destroyer initiated

    Integration and testing of the Aegis combat system aboard Australia's first-of-class air warfare destroyer (AWD), Hobart , has begun, Lockheed Martin announced on 30 March. Lockheed Martin said the AWD test team, responsible for testing the combat system to ensure the equipment is properly

  • Russia reveals 3M-14T cruise missile range

    Key Points Russia has conducted its first operational deployment of the domestic 3M-14T system The apparent precision of Kalibr-NK/3M-14T missiles suggests the possibility of an alternative terminal guidance solution The launch of a salvo of some 26 cruise missiles from Russian Federation Navy's

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