• 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.

  • IARPA eyes defence applications for AI efforts

    The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working on several projects in video analysis and other areas of artificial intelligence (AI) that could have military applications, according to an organisation official. IARPA, which sits within the Office of the Director of

  • 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

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