• New PACOM commander identifies ISR concerns in region

    The new head of US Pacific Command (PACOM) says he is worried about its capacity to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in that area of operation (AOR), while being concerned about China's ability to perform its own ISR operations. “PACOM only has about a quarter of

  • Australia receives F-35A training equipment

    Australia has received an initial delivery of training equipment for the pilots and ground crews that will operate the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in a statement that an Antonov An-124

  • Bangladesh receives second BTR 80 simulator

    Turkish simulator manufacturer Simsoft has delivered its second BTR 80 vehicle crew simulator to the Bangladesh Army, Jane’s has learned. The package comprises driver training and commander/gunner simulators, which can be used separately for individual training or linked for full mission crew

  • US Army issues Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) contracts

    The US Army on 30 March awarded three contracts as part of its Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) increment 1 programme. HDT Expeditionary Systems, Saab Barracuda, and Fibrotex USA were awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) firm-fixed price (FFP) contracts

  • Locked Shields 2018 practises for large-scale cyber incident

    The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence’s (CCDCOE’s) Locked Shields 2018 cyber defence exercise, which took place in late April, was the largest such event on numerous levels, the event’s organisers have told Jane’s . A spokesperson

  • Portugal upgrading SIC-T tactical communications system

    The Portuguese Army plans to integrate a new configuration of its Sistema de Informação e Comunicações Tático (SIC-T) tactical communication and data system through 2023. The EUR64.18 million (USD78.27 million) effort is to enhance its capability to rapidly deploy

  • ILA 2018: Rohde & Schwarz showcases SDAR

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has taken the opportunity at the ILA Airshow in Berlin to unveil its software defined radio (SDR) portfolio with the new R&S SDAR (Software Defined Airborne Radio). Markus Dolfen, director of sales avionics, told Jane’s that the service component architecture

  • Persistent Systems scales its MPU5 smart radio

    Persistent Systems has scaled its MPU5 smart radio to a 320-node mobile ad hoc network (MANET) during a demonstration for the US Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina During the demonstration 320 MPU5 radios, spread across 37 multistorey buildings including basement levels, communicated successfully

  • DARPA’s CHASE programme aims to automate enterprise network cyber

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to improve how enterprise networks can rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. The goal is to be able to build adaptive technologies that can recognise, detect, and defend enterprise networks with the same kind of speed

  • L3 TRL updates Broadshield C-RCIED system

    L3 TRL Technology has revealed a new version of its Broadshield counter-radio controlled improvised explosive device (C-RCIED) system at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The new Broadshield High-Power Compact System (HCS) combines the manpack capability of the

  • US developing Unified Platform for simplified cyber operations

    Lockheed Martin is finalising its prototype for the US military’s planned Unified Platform programme, which would enable users to execute all offensive and defensive cyber operations through a single user interface. Unified Platform is being led by the US Air Force (USAF) as the executive

  • DSA 2018: JSC NPO Angstrem showcases Ratnik combat radio

    Russian communications firm Joint Stock Company (JSC) NPO Angstrem showcased its new R-187-P1E Azart handheld combat radio at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The radio is a multimode voice and data dual band V/UHF radio operating in the 27-520 MHz frequency band with a frequency hopping speed of a claimed

  • Raytheon offers FoXTEN for US Army’s DCGS-A CD 1

    The US Army is expected to begin testing, in mid-2018, both variants of a mobile version of its Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). In March the army awarded Raytheon and Palantir Technologies contracts to provide tactical units across the active, reserve, and National Guard components with

  • Systel adds Falcon to mission computer portfolio

    Systel has introduced the Falcon, a new high-performance embedded mission computer combining multiple legacy systems into a single box. The company aims to develop the Falcon mission computer into a true line replaceable unit (LRU) mission box, Aneesh Kothari, Systel’s vice-president of

  • Sentient’s ViDAR shows success during USCG ScanEagle demonstrations

    Sentient Vision Systems has developed a wide-area persistent surveillance capability for manned and unmanned aircraft to see over long distances of open ocean. The Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) system is being demonstrated aboard the Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle by the US

  • DSA 2018: Kent Periscopes showcases EIP system

    Kent Periscopes has completed development of its latest Embedded Image Periscopes (EIP) system and is ready to commence production when it secures a launch customer, the company announced ahead of the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Lockheed Martin, Cobham team to compete for next-generation jammer

    Lockheed Martin and Cobham have teamed to compete for the US Navy’s (USN's) Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) requirement, the two companies announced on 10 April. The NGJ-LB is part of the AN/ALQ-249 NGJ system designed to replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system carried by USN

  • NATO JEWCS leverages SDR technology for GNSS service denial

    NATO’s Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS) has introduced low-cost Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology to provide a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) denial capability in support of electronic warfare (EW) exercises. Based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, United Kingdom,

  • DARPA’s SSITH hopes to use hardware to defend software attacks

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun work on a new programme that aims to bolster the hardware side of electronic system security. The System Security Integrated through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) programme aims to protect systems against broad classes of hardware

  • New tactical radios boost soldier performance

    Two new handheld radios for use by dismounted troops were showcased at the SMi Future Soldier Technology Conference in London. ViaSat has developed the AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System-Dismounted (BATS-D), a handheld Link 16 datalink system aimed at Joint Terminal Attack

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