• EDA, EU Satellite Centre codify co-operation arrangement

    The heads of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Union (EU) Satellite Centre (SATCEN) have exchanged letters as part of a process to formalise the co-operation agreement between the two group, EDA announced on 18 July. "With today's exchange of letters, the EDA and SATCEN establish

  • Farnborough 2016: QinetiQ and Thales select Textron AirLand Scorpion jet for ASDOT bid

    Key Points Textron's Scorpion light jet will be exclusive to the QinetiQ/Thales ASDOT bid The ASDOT service is due to commence in 2020 QinetiQ, Thales, and Textron AirLand have teamed to bid for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) forthcoming Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT)

  • New lease of life: delivering the HCM/FELEX programme

    The Halifax-class frigates will remain the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy's surface fleet out to at least 2030. Richard Scott examines the implementation of the Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension programme Commissioned between 1992 and 1996, the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN's) 12

  • US Navy pursues improved efficiencies with analog array technology

    Key Points A return to analog systems could improve power consumption and save on parts and costs NRL paper shows it is possible to obtain the same resolution as with an active array of similar size The US Navy's Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is working on an effort to replace an active array

  • NATO exercise proves feasibility of real-time decentralised ISR data flows

    NATO's recently completed exercise 'Unified Vision 2016' (UV16) has demonstrated that complex, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data can be distributed and reassembled in a fluid, decentralised way among the allies, according to NATO officials. While more technical


  • Credible choices: UK General Purpose Frigate programme

    The UK's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review unveiled plans for the Royal Navy to receive a new class of smaller, cheaper and more exportable general-purpose frigate. Richard Scott reports
  • US debates cruise missile procurement

    The US is facing Russian modernisation of nuclear-capable cruise missiles and the threat of hybrid warfare. Heather Williams examines the US debate around the purchase of new missiles and whether Washington will accept a future 'cruise missile gap' with Moscow.
  • Challenge at sea: Italy seeks naval power to match strategic need

    The Italian Navy is emerging as a prominent European naval power, very active in its local region but also supporting wider international security requirements. Yet its force levels are in steady decline. Luce Peruzzi assesses current operational output and considers how a number of new platforms will increase future capacity.
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  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47