• CERDEC to test wireless power beaming

    Key Points The US Army's CERDEC are pursuing technologies for the wireless transmission of power over long distances Initial testing of power beaming to a quadcopter will take place later this year The US Army is exploring the ability to wirelessly beam power from the ground up to unmanned

  • Thales UK invests in directed energy potential

    Thales UK is investigating the potential uses of directed energy to destroy sensors on various platforms, the company has told Jane’s . Speaking to Jane’s at the division’s headquarters in Belfast, Thales air operations and weapon systems UK general manager Philip McBride said the

  • Raytheon laser technology makes US patent history

    Raytheon has received a US patent for technology to obtain real-time readings on speed and distance from the data stream created by laser radars. The patent marks the 10 millionth US patent issued. The technology, invented by Joe Marron, an optical engineer for Raytheon, improves the ability of

  • Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

    The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt. Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed

  • Leonardo DRS adds RADA MHR to IM-SHORAD effort

    Leonardo DRS has selected RADA’s Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) for the mission equipment package (MEP) solution for the US Army’s Initial Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) capability. IM-SHORAD will provide interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial

  • Belarus unveils new UAVs and UCAVs

    The Belarusian armed forces paraded new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the country’s 3 July Independence Day parade. Shown for the first time were Burevestnik-MB fixed-wing unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), which were carried by MAZ-6317-family trucks. The

  • DARPA seeks to model conflicts for military planners

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to develop algorithms and new technologies to model the operational environment, enabling military planners to make more informed and quicker decisions. Today, the techniques for understanding the issues behind a conflict are labour

  • IBD unveils SMART PROTech active armour solution

    IBD Deisenroth Engineering (IBD) has disclosed development of a new active armour solution designed to protect main battle tanks and medium to heavy armoured fighting platforms against tandem warhead threats. Modern anti-tank weapons – anti-tank rockets (ATRs) and anti-tank guided missiles

  • Arquus reveals more roles for its latest VAB Mk 3

    Production of the Arquus (previously Renault Truck Defense) Vehicule de l’Avant Blinde (VAB) Mk 3 6x6 is now underway, and additional variants have been developed to meet potential export customers’ requirements. The latest VAB Mk 3 6x6 model is being described as a reconnaissance and

  • Finnish Navy to acquire Gabriel anti-ship missile

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Finnish Defence Force’s Logistic Command to proceed with an acquisition of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Gabriel anti-ship missile to equip the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Hamina-class missile fast attack craft and future

  • Systematic to supply Danish artillery system fire-support capability

    Danish software house Systematic has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver a new fire-support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems. The contract value was not released. The new function builds on the Fire

  • Rafael unveils Spike NLOS Modular Launcher development

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has finalised development of a new lightweight, vehicle-integrated evolution of its SPARC trailer-mounted and remote-controlled launch system for the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multi-purpose tactical missile. Spike NLOS is a multi-purpose precision guided missile

  • Russia reveals two new 1L122E-series air-defence radars

    Russia’s NNIIRT facility, part of the Almaz-Antey group, has detailed its latest 1L122E-series air-defence radar systems that it is now offering on the export market. The systems include the 1L122-1E tripod-mounted radar and the larger 1L122-2E that is typically mounted on the roof of a

  • ASTARS III flying classroom delivered to US Naval Test Pilot School

    The US Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) has taken delivery of a customised Fairchild Swearingen C-26A Metroliner modified to serve as a next generation of flying classroom for students. Known as the Airborne Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) III, the aircraft was handed over to the

  • DARPA awards LiquidPiston Phase 2 contract for prototype engine

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded LiquidPiston a Phase 2 contract for development of an advanced lightweight rotary diesel engine prototype. The Phase 2 effort will focus on demonstrating 30 kW of power from LiquidPiston’s .75 L X4 prototype. The rotary

  • FFG readies PMMC G5 ACSV prototype for Norway

    Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has been awarded its first contract for a version of its Protected Mission Module Carrier G5 (PMMC G5) by the Norwegian Defense Material Agency (NDMA). The March 2018 contract award covers the supply of a prototype configured as an Armoured

  • Lockheed Martin demonstrates UCP TDU system at RIMPAC 2018

    Lockheed Martin is to support the special operations element of Rim of the Pacific (‘RIMPAC’) 2018 with a communications suite designed to enhance interoperability between participating partner nation forces (PNFs). Speaking to Jane’s at the inaugural ‘RIMPAC’

  • NMC San Diego demonstrates remote medical care technologies

    Naval Medicine Center (NMC) San Diego has taken the opportunity at the latest Rim of the Pacific (‘RIMPAC’) international naval exercise to showcase a tele-critical care (TCC) demonstrator aimed at supporting forward deployed forces. The TCC demonstrator is designed to provide expert

  • AM General showcases latest HMMWV variant

    AM General has unveiled the latest evolution of its High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), the NXT 360, which is available as a new build or a refurbishment/upgrade package for existing M1100 series users. The NXT 360 is based on an M1151 armament carrier platform, developed to address

  • BAE Systems pursues extended range 155 mm ammunition

    BAE Systems Land UK is developing a new 155 mm extended range (ER) high-explosive (HE) projectile to meet potential home and export market requirements. The 155 mm ER HE projectile features a screw on base bleed (BB) unit that leverages from the company’s development and production of the 4.5

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