• Inert, upgraded B61 gravity bomb dropped by USAF F-16C

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C multirole fighter aircraft released an inert upgraded B61 nuclear bomb during a development flight test over the Nellis Test and Training Range Complex on 14 March. This was the first test use of the upgraded B61, known as the B61-12, with an F-16 platform. Conducted by

  • DARPA launches CASE for inherent cyber defence

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a programme aimed at building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level, following the successful demonstration of a project focused on the software side. The Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) project

  • Hughes Defense modernises Predator B for UK Protector programme

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has partnered with Hughes Defense to introduce the HM 200 series modem, which has specialised waveforms intended to modernise and enhance security of satellite communications (SATCOM) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads for

  • US Navy developing ionosphere forecasting capability

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is set to conduct experiments later this year that are designed to help develop the ability to more accurately predict the condition of the ionosphere in order to enable undisrupted communications between satellites and the ground. NRL is trying to create a

  • British Army orders more Israeli radios

    The first field exercises with the British Army's new Mercury family of cadet training radios are expected to begin on 19 April. The radios, supplied under a GBP7.3 million (USD9 million) contract placed with UK company Drumgrange, have been manufactured at plants belonging to Elbit Systems in

  • Hurkus conducts initial missile launch with L-UMTAS

    Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) Hurkus single-engine turboprop aircraft conducted an initial missile launch with a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided air-to-surface long-range anti-tank missile at the Firing Test and Evaluation Centre range near Karapinar, Konya, on 7 March. Developed by TIA as a

  • US Army to field test soft-kill capability for MAPS by end of 2017

    Lockheed Martin has demonstrated the ability to integrate its Open Architecture Processor (OAP) with sensors designed to protect US Army armoured vehicles against anti-tank guided missiles. The laboratory integration effort is the first step towards conducting a field demonstration of the army's

  • DARPA to develop 'semantic engine' to mine open-source, multimedia data

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a programme to develop technologies capable of automatically aggregating and mapping pieces of information derived from multiple media sources into a common representation or storyline. From that storyline, the technology

  • MBDA completes Sea Venom/ANL carriage and jettison trials on Lynx

    Key Points MBDA has performed air carriage and jettison trials of the Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile from a Royal Navy Lynx HMA.8 helicopter The initiative is designed to boost the export appeal of Sea Venom/ANL to legacy Lynx and Super Lynx users European missile house MBDA has successfully

  • NASAMS selected for Australian Army GBAD system

    The Australian government has fast-tracked the acquisition of a short-range ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability for the Australian Army by granting First Pass Approval for the Land 19 Phase 7B project. Announced on 10 April, the approval includes the release of a single supplier limited

  • Germany orders enhanced BOZ-pods for Tornados

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has ordered Saab enhanced BOZ-101 EC electronic warfare (EW) pods for its Panavia Tornado combat aircraft. The order, announced by Saab on 11 April, was placed by the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) on behalf of the Luftwaffe, and covers

  • Raytheon ready to hand off SDB II testing to USAF

    Raytheon and the US Air Force (USAF) have conducted the first-ever demonstration of a Small Diameter Bomb II's (SDB II's) ability to hit a moving target in adverse weather. A second test, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base's overwater range demonstrated the ability of a Joint Terminal Attack

  • USAF and Lockheed Martin demo Have Raider manned/unmanned teaming

    The US Air Force (USAF) and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated manned/unmanned-teaming (MUM-T) under the Have Raider programme, with an F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft flying in the role of a surrogate unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) during simulated strike missions. Announced on 10

  • India signs MRSAM deal

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a near USD2 billion deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for advanced air and missile defence systems for the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Navy (IN), IAI announced on 6 April. The contract includes a USD1.6 billion procurement of the 70 km

  • Ovod-R brings precision engagement to RPG-7

    Minsk, Belarus-based Scientific Research and Production Centre has developed a new grenade launcher that is based on the RPG-7. The Ovod-R has a design that sees the original PGO-7V3 optical sight replaced by the new PD-7 smart sight, along with a laser rangefinder and optional NV/A-1 night vision

  • MKEK develops new SP artillery system

    Turkey's Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) is developing a 155 mm self-propelled (SP) artillery system based on a 6x6 cross-country chassis. The vehicle mounts the 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance taken from the MKEK Panter towed artillery system at its rear. Panter is in service with the Turkish

  • FMV orders new anti-ship missile for Swedish armed forces

    Saab Dynamics has been awarded a SEK3.2 billion (USD358.5 million) contract by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of a new, next-generation RBS15 anti-ship missile to equip the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby-class corvettes and Swedish Air Force JAS

  • Navy League 2017: USMC's Target Handoff System 2 enters IOC

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) anticipates fielding the Target Handoff System 2 in fiscal year 2018, Jane's has learnt. The system is designed to enable forward observers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) to digitally call for fires support with a lower risk of error. The service recently

  • Navy League 2017: USN seeks energetics 'renaissance' for naval weapons

    Key Points USN encouraging renewed focus on the health and development of EMS NSWC IHEODTD is developing a roadmap and stakeholder engagement campaign The US Navy (USN) is seeking to develop a renaissance in energetics through the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance

  • Navy League 2017: NRL eyes CICADA swarm tests

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is planning swarming tests of its Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) MK5 from a US Navy P-3 Orion aircraft. CICADA is a palm-sized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to be deployed from a sonobuoy canister and in essence is a flying

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