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  • DSEI 2017: Dragonfire laser turret makes its public debut

    A full-scale turreted version of the Dragonfire laser weapon demonstrator being built for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) was unveiled for the first time at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 exhibition in London. The system is being developed under the GBP30 million

  • MSPO 2017: WB Group presents SWARM reconnaissance-strike system

    The largest private defence company in Poland, the Ozarow Mazowiecki-based WB Group, presented the SWARM mobile reconnaissance-strike system at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition held in Kielce, Poland, on 5-8 September. The system integrates the company's existing FlyEye mini

  • US Air Force pursuing Algorithm Warfare Initiative to increase ISR data consumption

    Key Points The US Air Force is pursuing an algorithm effort to increase ISR data consumption The service receives too much data for solely human processing to be feasible The US Air Force (USAF) is pursuing an effort designated the Algorithm Warfare Initiative (AWI) to improve the service’s

  • TrellisWare receives SOCOM MANET contract

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded TrellisWare Technologies a USD40 million contract to supply force components with Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) communications solutions, in what could be the first signs of the mass proliferation of the technology across the defence market.

  • IAI develops tactical HF COMINT system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 5 September that it has developed a compact version of a ground and naval high frequency (HF) communications intelligence (COMINT) and direction finding system. The system, known as ELK-7065, is described by IAI as a "small-sized mobile

  • Second Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite completes acoustic testing

    Key Points The third GPS III satellite recently completed acoustic testing The test, composed of vibrating the satellite with deafening sound, is a critical test Lockheed Martin’s second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite for the US Air Force (USAF) recently completed

  • ViaSat to provide MDD software to protect devices at tactical edge

    ViaSat has been awarded a production contract for its Mobile Dynamic Defense (MDD) cyber-security software to protect and secure Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Field Computing Device – Wearable (FCD-W) platforms. MDD will protect platforms from intrusion, even if disconnected from a

  • Elbit Systems announces F-5 upgrade for Asia Pacific customer

    Israel’s Elbit System announced on 29 August that it was awarded a contract worth approximately USD93 million from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country to upgrade its F-5 light fighter fleet, with work expected to be completed by 2020. According to the company’s statement, it will supply

  • Hyundai selects Servowatch ship management system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has selected the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from UK-based company Servowatch Systems for two new frigates that the former will deliver to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307 million) contract with the Philippine

  • Graflight V-8 engine ground tested under AFRL contract

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Advanced Power Technology Office, working with Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) and the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex, has completed ground-based testing of an advanced compact diesel engine that could be used for both manned and unmanned

  • Russian UAV weapon makes its debut at Army 2017

    Russian firms showed armaments for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time at the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow on 22-27 August. OKB Aviaavtomatika of Kursk displayed three types of guided ordnance, one with a 25 kg and two with a 50 kg launch weight. Formally, the bombs were

  • Leidos shows autonomy's potential during ANTX 2017

    Leidos demonstrated the role autonomy could play in augmenting the US Navy's (USN) fleet, during the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. Using its R/V Pathfinder unmanned surface vessel (USV) – which served as surrogate to develop the autonomous capability for the Anti-Submarine

  • Singapore acquires AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars

    The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD63 million firm, fixed-price contract in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement effort of six AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars destined for Singapore, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by Jane's on 21

  • Exostar grows cyber security capability

    A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities. Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • UK MoD exercise assesses cyber defence talent

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Cyber School has hosted a cyber exercise featuring a fictitious attack on military communications equipment. The event was created by Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

  • US Army’s Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite demonstrator launched

    The Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellite, which the US Army hopes can improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams, was launched on 14 August to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX launched its twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Florida and its

  • CIS offers open-source cyber security standards

    A set of common cyber security standards is gaining ground in the defence sector, as organisations seek to shield themselves from potential threats across their supply chains. The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a US non-profit organisation that promotes cyber security awareness, has developed

  • Lockheed Martin adopts a new approach with ARES radar

    Lockheed Martin is showcasing a new air and missile defence radar designed to enable rapid and affordable upgrades. With its active electronically scanned array (AESA) Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) system, Lockheed Martin is developing a modular open-architecture capability

  • US Army orders additional HMS Manpacks for next phase of testing

    Key Points Harris and Rockwell Collins will supply radios for testing in 2018 and 2019 General Dynamics withdraws from Manpack competition Harris and Rockwell Collins will each deliver 101 Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Factor (HMS) Manpack radios to the US Army for continued testing of the

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