• Singapore’s MINDEF strengthens its cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has bolstered its cyber defences following the conclusion of a three week-long programme that saw 264 computer security specialists from around the world try to penetrate the ministry’s IT networks and systems. Speaking about the results of the

  • BAE Systems demos DBM software

    BAE Systems has demonstrated a software tool that will aid manned and unmanned aircraft to share data and carry out operations when communications are denied. The semi-autonomous software, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • NATO carries cyber operations, security to new levels as command structure reformed

    NATO is now reviewing how to achieve fully integrated cyber awareness and security at the strategic level for joint operations. The challenge flows from a 14 February decision by allied defence ministers to reform NATO’s command structure, including creation of a new cyber operations centre

  • IDF's Artillery Corps to receive new radars, develop integrated aerial picture

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Artillery Corps is upgrading its radar systems and acquiring a new radar as part of a programme to provide an integrated, networked aerial picture that tracks all incoming enemy artillery fire. Major Ran Kotek, head of the Rocket and Radar Department in the Artillery

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN’s next-generation jammer undergoes schedule update

    The US Navy (USN) is requesting USD459.52 million in its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget for continued development of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), which is designed to address current, emerging, and evolving Electronic Warfare gaps. The navy will seek a total of USD1.58 billion for NGJ development between FY 2019 and FY 2022. The programme will begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries in FY 2022. The NGJ-Mid Band (MB), formerly known as Increment 1, will address gaps against enemy threats operating in the middle frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USMC seeks more G/ATORs

    Key Points Budget request seeks three additional radars in FY 2019 The G/ATOR is entering full-rate production The US Marine Corps (USMC) is requesting USD 224 million in its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget to fund six AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radars (G/ATOR). The request increases the

  • Pentagon budget 2019: MDA seeks new Space-based Kill Assessment sensors

    The Pentagon has requested USD16.5 million for a Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) experiment that will use “a network of high sample rate, infrared sensors to deliver a kill assessment capability” for homeland missile defence, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director of Operations Gary

  • USAF contracts Leidos to push sensor technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Leidos a USD47million contract to provide sensor technology that will advance and mature AFRL’s portfolio of electro-optical sensors and related technology for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); targeting; and situation

  • US Army expands use of SitaWare

    The US Army is to broaden its use of Systematic’s SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite and will use it as the backbone of its developing Mounted Computing Environment (MCE), Jane’s has learned. The MCE is one of the elements of the army’s Common Operating Environment

  • Horizon Technologies finalises Xtender SIGINT system

    Horizon Technologies has completed the development of its Xtender satellite phone monitoring system, which enables small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate as signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection platforms. Xtender supports simultaneous monitoring of L-band communications from Thuraya

  • CCD COE takes on NATO cyber training

    The NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) will co-ordinate education and training in cyber defence operations for all bodies in the Alliance under a new plan announced in late January. The CCD COE is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub that focuses on exercises, research,

  • IAI to examine blockchain for defence applications

    Blockchain has significant potential to secure military networks, according to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which has announced plans to co-operate with a bank to research the technology. Blockchain, which is best known as an essential component of virtual currencies like Bitcoin, allows the

  • New EDA study to investigate big data sources for modelling training scenarios

    How to fold big data and artificial intelligence (AI) into modelling and simulation scenarios to train for decision-making during hybrid warfare is the focus of a new study by the European Defence Agency (EDA), the results of which should emerge in late 2018, according to the agency. Launched in

  • DARPA seeks to prevent cyber attacks via COTS components

    Key Points ConSec will curtail configuration setting vulnerabilities One challenge will be to reduce the scale of the issue Advances in technology and the advent of the Internet of Things have led to a growth in the size and complexity of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and subsystems.

  • MANTIS becomes operational in Mali

    The Bundeswehr's Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system became operational in Mali on 24 January, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 26 January. MANTIS sensors and an

  • Raytheon targets cyber force training requirement

    Raytheon has been demonstrating a proof-of-concept cyber trainer in advance of an expected solicitation for a Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) from the US Army. The army is seeking a training platform that enables cyber mission forces (CMF) to train in emulated network environments

  • US Army licenses Scorpion’s ScenGen AI for UGCS

    Key Points ScenGen can generate all possible scenarios for any given situation UGCS enables different army UASs to interoperate The US Army has contracted with Stryke Industries to license Scorpion Computer Services’ Scenario Generator (ScenGen), an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that

  • Philippines boosts C4ISTAR capabilities

    Harris Corporation’s Radio Frequency (RF) Communications division has been awarded a US Foreign Military Sales contract worth an estimated USD44.85 million to supply a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (C4ISTAR)

  • Harris awarded USD45 million contract for Philippine C4ISTAR capability

    Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD44.86 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to assist the US government in providing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a C4ISTAR capability, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 19 January. Harris will provide “programme

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-9B SATCOM launch and recovery feature

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated in December its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a satellite communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a company statement.

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