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  • IDF developing C2I smartwatch for field officers

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to introduce a new portable command, control, and information (C2I) system for its ground forces, which for the first time will serve all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders. Called Shaked (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new system

  • US Army pursues greater synergies in vehicle systems

    The US Army’s effort to consolidate multiple vehicle C4ISR systems onto computer cards that could be easily swapped out and tailored to meet specific mission requirements is expected to be ready for implementation in early 2018. Referred to as the C4ISR/Electronic Warfare (EW) Modular Open

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • Colombian Army to receive new fires simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • India successfully tests Akash SAM with locally developed seeker

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested on 5 December an Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) fitted with an indigenously designed radio-frequency seeker. Fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur against a ‘Banshee’ aerial target,

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • MCWL to downsize HEIT prototype, procure further units

    The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) will reduce the size of its prototype Hybrid Electric Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) Trailer (HEIT) power system so that it can be towed by a Polaris MRZR off-road vehicle. Additionally, MCWL is also seeking to buy several more systems in

  • US Army outlines APS roadmap

    The US Army is slated to receive first deliveries of Modular Active Protection System (MAPS)-compliant brigade sets in 2021, following virtual and physical demonstrations in 2018. Speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in London, Major Mia Bruner, Deputy AD

  • AUSA 2017: Army returns to camouflage netting as it revisits traditional fieldcraft

    The US Army hopes to regain some of its basic ‘fieldcraft’ – particularly for concealing static formations – and is seeking new camouflage net systems. In July the army kicked off an effort to buy a new generation of camouflage netting, meant to help hide formations from a

  • AUSA 2017: Saab delivers new ‘Breakaway’ camouflage netting system for SOCOM

    In late September US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received nine 'Breakaway' camouflage systems and has already deployed them into operations, Brian Keller, president and general manager of Saab Barracuda, told Jane’s ahead of the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.

  • Rheinmetall Defence unveils Gladius 2.0 soldier ensemble

    Rheinmetall Defence has developed a new version of its Gladius soldier system, known as Gladius 2.0, and launched it at DSEI 2017 in London. Gladius 2.0 is modular and has an open architecture, allowing sensors, communications, and other devices to be easily integrated according to a

  • Spanish Army to start incorporating Lince BMS in its vehicles

    A new battle management system (BMS) upgrade developed by Indra and Thales is expected to start integration into Spanish Army units from early 2018 and be fully operational within two years. The latest BMS-Lince ET [Ejercito de Tierra or Army] will be fitted in “all the army’s

  • Lockheed Martin UK showcases Ajax turret trainer

    Lockheed Martin UK took the opportunity at the DSEI 2017 exhibition in London to display its crew turret trainer (CTT) developed for General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK)’s Ajax reconnaissance vehicle development programme. The Ajax is destined for British Army service and will be a key

  • DSEI 2017: Instro Precision shows new Driver Vision System

    Instro Precision displayed its new Driver Vision Enhancement (DVE) system at DSEI 2017 in London. The DVE is a passive solution that provides armoured vehicle drivers with day and night vision capabilities using low-light capable CMOS cameras. Instro Precision introduced the system in response to

  • DSEI 2017: Chess Dynamics details Hawkeye enhancements

    Chess Dynamics detailed enhancements to its Hawkeye electro-optical surveillance system at DSEI 2017 in London. Hawkeye is designed to be a rapidly installed system that provides light reconnaissance vehicles with a persistent surveillance and observation capability. Hawkeye comprises a stabilised

  • DSEI 2017: Qioptiq develops JaguIR family of thermal cameras

    Qioptiq Limited displayed its JaguIR family of new thermal cameras at DSEI 2017 in London. The JaguIR range is designed for land and maritime applications, including surveillance and integration in weapon stations It comprises three systems: the JaguIR-L long range variant, JaguIR-C compact system,

  • DSEI 2017: Qioptiq introduces long-range clip-on thermal imaging sight for snipers

    Qioptiq displayed its developmental Phoenix-S long-range sniper sight at DSEI 2017 in London. The system enables snipers to identify targets at extended ranges, providing long-range target engagement capabilities. Phoenix-S is equipped with a high operating temperature (HOT) medium wave infrared

  • DSEI 2017: Leonardo signs up for ASDOT bid with Discovery Air, Inzpire

    Leonardo announced on 12 September that it was to join the team led by Discovery Air and Inzpire to pitch for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF's) aggressor training programme. A Leonardo spokesperson told Jane’s that the company would be looking to be involved in the contract delivery and

  • DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

    New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • Indonesia, Poland consider co-production

    Poland has offered Indonesia partnership status on programmes to develop and build radar systems and light armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta has said. The collaboration programme was proposed by Polish government officials in Indonesia on 25 August, said the MoD. It

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