• US Air Force launches SBIRS GEO-4 early warning satellite

    Key Points USAF completes its baseline SBIRS GEO constellation with Friday’s launch The service is upgrading sensor capabilities from legacy DSP satellites The US Air Force (USAF) successfully launched its fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite

  • US Army's T2C2 moves into full-rate production

    Key Points The army can now begin buying the inflatable satellite system The army intends to field T2C2 to 15 operational elements The US Army's Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2), which provides satellite capability to small units operating in areas without network

  • Japan joins NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia

    Japan is to become a member of the Estonian-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The announcement was made during a visit by Abe to Tallinn on 12 January. Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCDCOE, said: “Japan is one of

  • US Army Research Laboratory exploring engineering-grade plastics in 3-D-printed UAV parts

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is exploring a variety of engineering-grade plastics in its additively manufactured, or 3-D printed, parts on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help them compete with the strength of injection moulded components. ARL spokesperson T’Jae Ellis told

  • Surface Navy 2018: Lockheed Martin connects LRDR, Aegis Ashore

    Lockheed Martin connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and solid-state-based Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) missile defence technologies, the company said in a statement on 11 January. Connecting the two systems will provide “earlier intelligence and expanded situational

  • ConSec targets COTS security

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new programme aimed at addressing the security challenges associated with using commercial devices. The Configuration Security (ConSec) programme is designed to tackle “the challenges created by the proliferation of COTS

  • Surface Navy 2018: New combat system baseline remains AMDR focus

    Despite recent proposed US funding cuts for the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) 6.0 software package for the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR) system, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are focusing on developing and integrating the Baseline 10 combat system software that will be the

  • China aims to speed up training of carrier pilots

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is exploring ways of streamlining the training and increasing the number of fast jet pilots to keep pace with the country’s growing number of aircraft carriers, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 7 January. Quoting Song

  • SNA 2018: Lockheed continues Aegis improvements for missiles, UAVs

    Lockheed Martin is bolstering its Aegis combat system’s ability to better perform ballistic missile defence (BMD) operations and provide protection against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to James Sheridan, Aegis programme director for the company. Lockheed Martin is looking to

  • Indian Navy signs USD307 million contract with Boeing for P-8I simulator

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a INR19.49 billion (USD307.36 million) contract with Boeing on 5 January for a simulation-based training solution for the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) fleet of Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft. IN officials said the

  • Hanwha secures communications contract

    South Korean firm Hanwha Systems has secured a contract to deliver the second stage of its networked communications system for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company announced on 29 December. Hanwha Systems said its contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is

  • Saab joins South Korean AESA fighter radar development effort

    Saab has won a contract to support the development of South Korea’s indigenous active electronically scanned array (AESA) fighter radar, the company announced late December 2017. The SEK125 million (USD15.2 million) deal calls for Saab to provide technology support – namely algorithm

  • Philippines commissions two multi-mission vessels for HADR, fishery patrols

    Key Points The Philippines has bolstered its marine resources protection capabilities with two new 50 m patrol vessels Vessels can also be deployed for humanitarian assistance duties in the event of natural calamities The Philippine government has commissioned two indigenously built 50 m patrol

  • USAF pursues indigenously developed rocket engines

    After completing the first full-scale testing of a rocket engine component under the Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) programme, researchers at the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are one step closer to addressing the country's reliance on Russian rockets for its space programmes. Additionally, AFRL

  • BAE Systems advances plan for new UK complex radar demonstrator

    BAE Systems is putting forward an investment case for a new UK advanced radar testbed to provide an enduring platform for the development and testing of future multifunction radar (MFR) technologies and techniques. Intended to yield a successor to the previous Multifunction Electronically Scanned

  • AFRL’s flexible GaN could improve electronic systems

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated a new method to transfer gallium nitride (GaN) on a flexible substrate, a development that could lead to improved communications and radar systems, as well as wearable electronics. GaN is a wide bandgap material that amplifies a signal to

  • T-90MS details emerge

    Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the

  • NATO signs ELGTR follow-on agreement with Lockheed Martin

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a five-year agreement with Lockheed Martin enabling the agency to procure Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of NATO member countries. ELGTR emulates the employment characteristics of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs

  • Northrop Grumman leads integration and testing of DARPA’s HIVE chip

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Northrop Grumman to integrate and test a new graph processor chip, currently under development, that will enhance the efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors. The goal of DARPA’s Hierarchical Identify

  • Meggitt introduces FATS 300 training system

    Meggitt Training Systems has expanded its range of small arms training systems, launching its FATS 300 multi-screen immersive trainer at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. The system consists of five flat 150x84 inch, 16:9

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