• AUSA Global 2015: Army eyes light vehicles for early entry operations

    US Army planners are showing an increased interest in lighter vehicles for early entry operations, as they seek to attain 'mobile protected firepower' across all formations. The army must provide a "quick, fast, [and] light capability that can do forced entry anywhere in the world", but

  • Analysis: Initial Saudi air strikes lacked intensity

    Key Points Saudi Arabia and its allies failed to effectively neutralise Yemen's Al-Dulaimi Air Base on the first day of Operation 'Determined Storm' The nearby 'Scud' base was not targeted in the opening strikes and Tochka base on the southwest side of Sanaa was not hit until 30 March ANALYSIS

  • MDA chief: sequestration would halt new interceptor, radar plans

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) expects that, if sequestration continues in fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016), it will have to stop major development projects for a newly designed exoatmospheric kill vehicle and for a new midcourse tracking radar for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.

  • Lockheed Martin and Indonesia seek to progress radar programme

    Lockheed Martin and senior Indonesian defence officials met on 17 February with a view to progress the Indonesian Air Force's (TNI-AU's) requirement to procure ground-based air-surveillance radar systems. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said representatives of Lockheed Martin met with

  • NATO, Poland up BMD information exchanges

    NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI) and Poland's defence ministry are stepping up their data-exchange activities to test the latter's three radar sites designated for the alliance's future ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability. The goal is to ensure the sites' ability to


  • Efforts made to improve global cyber-security

    Multilateral meetings are set to explore how to tackle cyber-security, but international co-operation is far from straightforward. Tim Maurer looks at the potential challenges in finding common ground amid an increase in cyber-attacks in 2014
  • Hackers target global geonavigation networks

    Global navigation satellite systems are vulnerable to attack from states, insurgents, and criminals using disruption devices to jam signals or fool them with false transmissions. Milosz Reterski assesses the growing risk to air traffic, defence systems, and shipping.
  • The As-Pac cyber challenge

    As cyber threats and related vulnerabilities continue to intensify in the Asia-Pacific region, its countries are making unprecedented moves to tackle the problem effectively. Jon Grevatt reports
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  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9
  • SANG upgrades airfield technology

    Thales is set to install navaids and tower equipment for two new airfields being built near Riyadh for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). One airfield is under construction at Khashm Al An, which abuts the eastern outskirts of the capital, Riyadh. This base will have a 2,000 m-long paved


  • Battlefield METeorological System (BMETS)

    Type Passive, independent, and mobile meteorological system Description The BAE Systems Integrated Systems Technologies BMETS is a replacement for the British Army's radar-based Artillery METeorological System (AMETS) and as such, is claimed to offer 'significant advantages' over its predecessor,

  • SB 14 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator

    Type Ground-based IFF interrogator. Description The SB 14 IFF interrogator is designed for use with stand-alone MAN Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) and vehicle-mounted/fixed-site multilauncher systems. As such, SB 14 is battery powered and comprises a sum/Delta antenna and an electronics

  • SB 16 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogator

    Type D-band (1 GHz to 2 GHz) IFF interrogator. Description SB 16 is a Mk XII/Secure IFF interrogator that has been designed for radar-controlled SHOrt Range Air Defence Systems (SHORADS) with ranges of up to 100 km. The equipment comprises interrogator and processor units, with the former

  • Series 320 air defence radars

    Type S-band (2-4 GHz) 3-D air defence surveillance radar Description Series 320 3-D air defence radars are configured to meet varied surveillance coverage and siting requirements and make use of a planar-array antenna that scans electronically (frequency steered multiple pencil beam groups) in