• DARPA to leverage dispersed computing systems to boost network performance

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded seven companies contracts to bring cloud computing capabilities to dispersed forces without having to reach back to data centres. The Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) programme will examine whether it is possible to take advantage of

  • Naval research effort seeks Li-ion replacement

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a family of zinc-based batteries that could provide a safer and more affordable alternative to lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries (LIBs). The US Navy (USN) has been seeking an alternative to fire-prone LIBs and concerns about LIBs have led the

  • Lockheed Martin targets Q-53 radar at US Army's SHORAD need

    Lockheed Martin is integrating a short-range air defence (SHORAD) into its AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire radar. Additionally, in March 2017, the US Army awarded the company a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) USD1.6 billion order-dependent contract to manufacture radar systems for

  • Lockheed Martin's LRDR on track for production in early 2018

    Lockheed Martin is on track to meet an upcoming series of design reviews scheduled for 2017 for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) programme, following completion of its preliminary design review (PDR) in March. The company will deliver its S-band discrimination radar, which is designed to

  • Airbus promotes Xebra satcoms for UK Strike brigade

    The Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE 2017) conducted by UK forces on Salisbury Plain in March with US Army participation provided an opportunity for Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) to demonstrate an uprated version of its Xebra manportable satellite reachback service. This is based on

  • DARPA launches CASE for inherent cyber defence

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a programme aimed at building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level, following the successful demonstration of a project focused on the software side. The Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) project

  • British Army orders more Israeli radios

    The first field exercises with the British Army's new Mercury family of cadet training radios are expected to begin on 19 April. The radios, supplied under a GBP7.3 million (USD9 million) contract placed with UK company Drumgrange, have been manufactured at plants belonging to Elbit Systems in

  • US Army to field test soft-kill capability for MAPS by end of 2017

    Lockheed Martin has demonstrated the ability to integrate its Open Architecture Processor (OAP) with sensors designed to protect US Army armoured vehicles against anti-tank guided missiles. The laboratory integration effort is the first step towards conducting a field demonstration of the army's

  • DARPA to develop 'semantic engine' to mine open-source, multimedia data

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a programme to develop technologies capable of automatically aggregating and mapping pieces of information derived from multiple media sources into a common representation or storyline. From that storyline, the technology

  • Navy League 2017: USMC's Target Handoff System 2 enters IOC

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) anticipates fielding the Target Handoff System 2 in fiscal year 2018, Jane's has learnt. The system is designed to enable forward observers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) to digitally call for fires support with a lower risk of error. The service recently

  • Navy League 2017: Mercury Systems adds rugged server to family

    Mercury Systems introduced its new Ensemble HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is ruggedised and built using a fully certified design and manufacturing chain to ensure that the hardware and software have not been tampered with. Additionally, because the HDS9624 is designed to be fielded in an

  • Raytheon launches Overseer multi-sensor mission system

    Raytheon has launched the Overseer multi-sensor mission system at its new intelligence, surveillance, target, acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) integration centre in Broughton, north Wales. The company aims to offer the Overseer product to future and existing operators of its ISTAR airborne

  • US Army begins the hunt for a spectrum of new robotic systems

    The US Army is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in April or May for the Common Robotic Systems (CRS) - Individual (I). "The CRS-I will provide the dismounted warfighter with the capability to conduct lower level reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; remotely

  • 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,

  • 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

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