• UK funds initial SPEAR Cap 3 integration for F-35B

    Key Points The UK has funded initial de-risking of SPEAR Cap 3 integration on the F-35B Lightning II SPEAR Cap 3 integration is planned as part of the Block 4 update The United Kingdom has funded initial integration of the Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 on the F-35B

  • UK, France sign off FC/ASW concept phase

    On 28 March the UK and France signed a new weapon system agreement initiating a three-year concept phase to develop the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme. The FC/ASW programme - which will be executed by MBDA - will examine options to replace and improve existing Naval and Air Force

  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

  • Leidos, USAF developing non-lethal EM technology to shut down electronics

    The US Air Force (USAF) is developing the ability to disrupt or neutralise electronic systems and technologies with little to no collateral damage using high power electromagnetics (HPEM). HPEM technology produces beams of electromagnetic energy over a broad spectrum of radio and microwave frequencies

  • Practika details Otaman upgrade

    Ukraine's Practika has revealed details of the Otaman modernisation package developed for the BTR-60-series armoured personnel carrier (APC). Sergie Vilkov, head of development at Practika, told Jane's that the second prototype of an overhauled BTR-60 is undergoing testing and an operational

  • USAF to advance research in open architecture standards

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking to advance open systems architecture standards for weapon systems that should reduce lifecycle costs, enable rapid fielding of advanced warfighting capabilities, avoid vendor lock, and ensure cyber resiliency. Under the Mission Systems Open

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA modernisation may follow navy's lead

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) modernisation plan may follow the standardisation path set by the navy, Jane's understands. Speaking with Jane's at the 2017 LIMA Exhibition in Langkawi and commenting on the New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) programme, the CEO of Destini Armada

  • US Army resumes Javelin FGM-148F development testing

    The US Army has resumed testing of the Spiral 2 FGM-148F missile component of the Javelin medium close combat system improvement programme. The trials were suspended in late 2016 due to technical issues with the precursor warhead (PCWH). Developed by the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), a partnership

  • USAF completes verification of new GPS anti-jam architecture for JASSM

    The US Air Force (USAF) has finalised product upgrade verification (PUV) flight tests of GPS anti-jam software and hardware for the AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and AGM-158B JASSM-Extended Range (ER) long-range, conventionally armed, precision stealth weapons in

  • US DoD reviewing policies and procedures for countering UAS

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is stepping up its efforts to combat the threat posed by unmanned systems, from small quadcopters to driverless cars as weapons. The effort is taking on the look and feel of similar work to counter improvised explosive devices (C-IED) during the early years of

  • Belarus finalises new Shershen ATGM system variant

    The Scientific Research and Production Centre of Belarus has finalised work on a new vehicle-mounted variant of the Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGMs). The latest system - which utilises the Ukrainian Luch-developed and produced RK-2 and RK-3 variant ATGMs - is designated

  • SM-2 acquisition a priority consideration for Denmark's next defence bill

    Denmark has begun initial steps to acquire the Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-2 Block IIIA anti-air warfare (AAW) missile through a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case, but final approval for the acquisition will hinge on the government's 2018-22 defence bill. The Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) three

  • MILREM up-guns THeMIS with Protector weapon station

    Estonia's MILREM has broadened the range of remote weapon stations (RWS) that can be fitted to its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The company has worked with Kongsberg to integrate the Protector RWS on THeMIS, in a configuration that includes a

  • Enhanced capability for WMA029 mortar system

    China North Industries Corporation's (NORINCO's) WMA029 6x6 self-propelled howitzer-mortar (SPHM) has been qualified to operate with at least two 120 mm guided mortar bombs: the GP120 and GP120A. The use of the guided munitions is intended to provide the 120 mm rifled main gun with an enhanced

  • Raytheon to increase scalability of CEC under navy CIIF contract

    The US Navy's research arm has awarded Raytheon a contract to develop networking and communications improvements to enable next-generation sensor netting, electromagnetic manoeuvre warfare, and integrated fires across the force. Under the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Communications and

  • MBDA readies Enforcer for moving target, air-burst trials

    Key Points First shoulder-launched firings of a qualified Enforcer system are scheduled for 2018 An optional anti-armour warhead is under consideration MBDA Deutschland is preparing for a series of moving target and air-burst engagement trials with its KFK (Kleinflugkörper - small missile)

  • DARPA awards Phase 2 contracts for Gremlins programme

    Teams led by Dynetics and General Atomics have been downselected for the second phase of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Gremlins swarming, recoverable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programme. Two other Phase 1 contractors - Lockheed Martin and Kratos Defense &

  • DETRAC develops remote weapon station

    Malaysia's DETRAC is in the final stages of developing a new remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS programme was initially backed by DEFTECH, but after funding ceased DETRAC continued the effort with internal research and development resources. DETRAC's Armament depends on the end user, but it is

  • UPDATE: USN's Next Generation Jammer transitions into development

    Key Points The Next Generation Jammer is being developed by Raytheon to replace the EA-18G's legacy ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod NGJ Increment 1 addresses mid-band capabilities, with Increments 2 (low- band) and 3 (high-band) to follow The Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment 1 (Inc 1)

  • Airbus Helicopters trials HFI system for German armed forces

    Airbus Helicopters has begun flight trials of a new hostile fire indicator (HFI) system that it is developing for the German armed forces, the company announced on 6 April. The first phase of the trials, which are being conducted on behalf of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment Information

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