• ESG takes aim at German forward air controller requirement

    Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) revealed its EAGLE 2 Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) ground equipment system which is being developed in response to a Bundleswehr requirement for a dismounted digital Forward Air Controller/Joint Terminal Attack Controller (FAC/JTAC) assembly. The

  • PacStar develops secure deployed WiFi system

    PacStar has developed a Secure Wireless Command Post that enables military personnel to use smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers to conduct activities that had previously required wired solutions. Although WiFi is widely available in public spaces, the US Department of Defense has security

  • NATO shifts to agile approach for software acquisition

    NATO's Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) is embarking on an effort to improve the way it acquires software for its deployed forces that agency officials believe will reduce the risk associated with software development. NATO has a history of problems in delivering software-intensive

  • MBDA unveils new GBADS C2 system

    MBDA has developed a new ground-based air defence (GBAD) command and control (C2) system called Network-Centric Engagement Solutions (NCES), which the firm revealed at the 2017 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. The system, which has been developed in response to an unspecified customer's particular

  • US Air Force's Space Fence enters hardware installation phase

    Key Points The US Air Force entered hardware installation, a key phase, in its Space Fence programme The programme will allow the USAF to eventually track space objects the size of a marble The US Air Force (USAF) expects to complete hardware installation for its Space Fence space situational

  • ARDS ELINT pod set for 2018 flight testing on Predator B

    Raytheon Deutschland GmbH expects to flight test its new Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS) electronic intelligence (ELINT) payload on a General Atomics Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the first half of 2018, company officials have confirmed. Developed by Raytheon Deutschland's

  • Xtender puts satellite phone monitoring into UAVs

    UK-based Horizon Technologies is adapting its FlyingFish airborne satellite monitoring system for integration on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and light aircraft. The new instantiation, known as Xtender, is intended to enable even small hand-launched UAVs to be used for signals intelligence

  • USAF moves forward with Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 acquisition

    The US Air Force (USAF) has chosen Lockheed Martin to develop and produce a next-generation radar threat simulation system to emulate advanced surface-to-air guided weapons. Under a USD104.6 million firm-fixed-price contract awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin

  • Janus sets new standard for underwater communications

    Key Points The Janus protocol is now an approved NATO standard Janus has been extensively tested at sea in exercises involving a number of partners An underwater communications protocol developed by NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) has become the world’s

  • AFRL explores the use of liquid metal to reconfigure radar

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is building antennas using liquid metal to enable changes to the size, shape, and functionality of the electrical wiring. Currently, the research effort is using gallium, which is known for its use in radars (gallium arsenide and gallium nitride types) and

  • MAST Asia 2017: NEC introduces second-generation underwater invasion warning system

    NEC Corporation has developed an improved variant of its sonar-based underwater invasion warning system (UIWS). Speaking at the MAST Asia 2017 exhibition in Tokyo, Makoto Ogawa, a member of the corporation's Radio Application Division, said that the new model will provide a more reliable deterrent

  • BAE Systems adds movement tracking capability to GXP software

    BAE Systems has added a new software capability into its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) product line. This update is aimed at reducing the burden of analysts in tracking human and vehicle movement. The capability, called Movement Intelligence (MOVINT), includes complex multi-tracking

  • Northrop Grumman's BlueWASP eases burden on radar operators

    Northrop Grumman announced in May that it has been demonstrating its BlueWASP (Wide Area Situational Processor) system to the US Navy (USN). The system is designed to improve situational awareness for radar analysts and operators, drawing their attention to developments in the sea space by

  • RDAF tests BriteCloud 218 active RF decoy

    Key Points BriteCloud 218 is an active expendable decoy compatible with standard AN/ALE-40 and AN/ALE-47 dispensers First flight trials of the BriteCloud 218 were completed in March from a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter The Airborne and Space Systems business of UK-based Leonardo MW has

  • USN eyes MALD-N stand-in jammer development

    Key Points NAVAIR plans to award Raytheon a sole-source contract for the development of requirements for a network-enabled MALD-N stand-in jammer Requirements definition is being informed by the MALD-X demonstration programme The US Navy (USN) plans to acquire a modified variant of the ADM-160

  • Mercury Systems offers new method for cooling circuit boards

    Mercury Systems announced that its Air Flow-By cooling capability passed flight tests in multiple manned and unmanned airborne platforms with some of these examples in their final mission configurations, thereby achieving technology readiness level 8 (TRL-8). As the demand grows for faster

  • USN aims for information warfare 'Top Gun'

    The US Navy (USN) plans to develop "the 'Top Gun' of information warfare" through its new Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC), the head of the centre has told Jane's , aiming to build subject matter expertise in a range of areas within the field. The NIWDC reached

  • 'Cyber ISR' a necessity

    Militaries need to be proactive in the cyber warfare domain if they are to be able to generate effective responses to attacks, according to James Lewis, senior vice-president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Speaking at the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of

  • NATO cyber centre expands membership

    The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) has added two new countries to its membership, as cyber continues to grow as a priority for the alliance. Belgium and Sweden became the latest states to join the centre during a ceremony at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia, on 30

  • Saab Grintek reveals BattleTek 5

    Saab has launched BattleTek 5, the latest, immersive version of its command and staff training system at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam. Developed by Saab's South African subsidiary, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), BattleTek was first fielded about 20 years

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