• Russia set to finalise TOR-M2DT SHORAD testing

    Russia is set to begin final qualification of the TOR-M2DT (9K331MDT) Arctic short-range air defence (SHORAD) system. Initial test firings of the TOR-M2DT were planned for 15 February at Kapustin Yar test site in Astrakhan Oblast, with the system scheduled to enter serial production and Russian

  • US Army requests expeditionary and mobile systems to counter ‘low, slow, and small’ UASs

    The US Army is looking to rapidly deploy two new systems to protect its forces against ‘low, slow, and small’ unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the service disclosed on 14 February. Two separate requests for information (RFIs) related to the requirement were posted on the same day for

  • British Army unveils Sky Sabre air defence system

    The British Army unveiled the major components of its Sky Sabre air defence system at a customer engagement event on 5 February. The event, hosted by 16 Regiment Royal Artillery at its home base at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island in West Sussex, brought together for the first time in a public forum

  • Germany, Spain to acquire Thales FZ 70 mm rockets for Tiger fleets

    Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and the Spanish Army’s Logistics Support Command have awarded Thales contracts of an undisclosed value to supply 70 mm (2.75 inch) air-to-surface rockets for their respective armed forces'

  • US Navy contracts Boeing to begin conformal fuel tank work for Super Hornet Block 3

    Boeing has been contracted to design, develop, test, and integrate conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 14 February, is valued at USD219.6 million and will run

  • Thales readies Antares for French Army

    The French Army is preparing to receive its first tranche of Antares local situation awareness (LSA) modules towards the end of 2018, pending the successful conclusion of a 12-month operational qualification process. Thales officials told Jane’s that the completion of trials will initiate the

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics unveils Weaponised Probot

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles division of Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering, revealed at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition a weaponised unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to perform reconnaissance and combat missions in support of dismounted troops or armoured

  • CCD COE sees demand grow for ‘Crossed Swords’ Red Team training exercise

    The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) has seen interest surge in ‘Crossed Swords’, its annual exercise aimed at training ‘Red Team’ members. There has been a growing interest among military and civil cyber security experts to take part in the

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

  • General Atomics to partner with Boeing on MQ-25 Stingray

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is to team with Boeing on its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the US Navy (USN), the company announced on 12 February. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer said it will collaborate with Boeing Autonomous Systems on the MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned

  • Controp updates airborne and maritime EO/IR payloads with SWIR channel

    Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has introduced new high-definition (HD) thermal imaging (TI) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) capabilities to its airborne iSky-50HD and maritime iSea-50HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) payloads. The payloads, which are housed in gyro-stabilised 30 kg

  • Lockheed Martin targets international users with VCSi

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new version of its VCS software that adds functionality and opens up the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system for non-US operators. VCSi (the ‘i’ designation referring to international) builds on the VCS-4586 software that is in widespread service

  • Singapore takes delivery of final batch of S-70B Seahawks

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has received all of the Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters on order, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has confirmed in a statement issued to Jane’s on 10 February. The acknowledgement comes after the service showcased one of its two newest

  • USAF contracts Leidos to push sensor technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Leidos a USD47million contract to provide sensor technology that will advance and mature AFRL’s portfolio of electro-optical sensors and related technology for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); targeting; and situation

  • USAF develops virtual maintenance trainer to better prepare airmen

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a maintenance training system that will place students in a virtual environment enabling them to get more time with an aircraft prior to working on a real jet. The Maintenance Training Based on Adaptive Game-based Environmental Using a

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Singapore Technologies unveils 6x6 Jaeger UGV

    Singapore Technologies Kinetics has revealed a 6x6 variant of its Jaeger multirole unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Singapore Airshow 2018. The skid-steer, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) weighs 730 kg and can carry a payload of 250 kg. Power is provided by a hybrid-electric propulsion system

  • US Army expands use of SitaWare

    The US Army is to broaden its use of Systematic’s SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software suite and will use it as the backbone of its developing Mounted Computing Environment (MCE), Jane’s has learned. The MCE is one of the elements of the army’s Common Operating Environment

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics expands ARIELE capabilities

    Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition being held from 6 to 11 February to showcase new updates for its ongoing Army Individual Eco-Lightweight Equipment (ARIELE) soldier system programme. The company has introduced the Exosuit, which

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics launches BR18 5.56 mm assault rifle

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of the state-affiliated Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering group, has unveiled the production-ready version of its fully ambidextrous 5.56 mm calibre Bullpup Multirole Combat Rifle (BMCR) at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition,

  • Poland to acquire Integrator STUAS

    Poland is to acquire the Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS), most likely to replace the smaller ScanEagle systems it already fields. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) notification for systems related to the Integrator was posted by the US Naval Air Systems Command

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