• USAF leads development of flexible hybrid electronics

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has partnered with NextFlex to develop the first functional samples of flexible Arduino circuit boards that could be integrated into sensor systems that are curved, such as wearable devices. Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) are essential in the

  • UK seeks enhanced JFST

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for its next-generation Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) late February and has invited six companies to bid for the programme, which is expected to be worth between GBP20 million and GBP80 million (USD27 million and USD110

  • US Army issues multi-award contract for DCGS-A

    Key Points Contract has a ceiling value of USD875 million Delivery order 1 was awarded concurrently with the IDIQ, and will support a competitive test-fix-test phase Raytheon and Palantir Technologies have each been awarded contracts from the US Army for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • Singapore outlines new measures to boost military cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is set to roll out a raft of measures in 2018 to improve the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) ability to deal with cyber-attacks. Defence minister Ng Eng Hen revealed during a parliamentary debate in early March that senior MINDEF and SAF

  • Spain pursues improved tactical communications

    The Chief of the Spanish Defence Staff (CHOD) has given the approval for the Spanish Armed Forces to pursue an upgrade programme aimed at improving the tactical communications capabilities of its army, navy, and air force. A senior source within the CHOD confirmed with Jane’s that the

  • Polish special forces privatise parachute training

    Poland's GROM special forces unit on 27 February issued a tender for private contractors to provide aircraft, aircrews, and infrastructure for parachute training. The call is for 60 flying hours with an aircraft with doors bigger than 1.2 m 2 and 50 hours with an aircraft with a rear door or ramp

  • Indonesia selects VERA-NG passive surveillance system for Natuna airbase

    Key Points The Indonesian Armed Forces has selected a passive ESM tracker from the Czech Republic System will improve early warning and defence capabilities of an airbase in the South China Sea The Indonesian Armed Forces has selected the VERA-NG passive electronic support measure tracker from

  • Japan launches another reconnaissance satellite

    Japan has launched an H-2A rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, raising the number of such satellites placed into orbit by the East Asian country to

  • STRATCOM chief wants space-based radars for ballistic missile defence

    The head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) hopes missile defence priorities shift more towards improving sensor capabilities, and specifically seeks to accelerate a space-based midcourse tracking sensor. “The highest priority, in my opinion, is to improve sensors,” General John Hyten

  • Cyber priority for new Thales centre

    Developing cyber capabilities will be a major feature of Thales’ new UK facility, a company spokesperson told Jane’s . The new facility will house the company’s cyber security business in the United Kingdom, alongside its consulting business and other research facilities. It will

  • 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

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