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  • AFRL awards final component contract for SHiELD development

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to design, develop, and industrialise the Laser Advancement for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) component of its embryonic airborne Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) programme.

  • US Army pursues lighter mortars

    The US Army is aiming to reduce the weight of its dismounted mortar systems while taking the opportunity to field new and more effective ammunition, US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) representative Ryan Hooke told the audience at the Defence IQ Future Mortar

  • AFRL pursues 3D printing technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is examining whether three-dimensional (3D) printing can be used in a safe, reliable manner, for aircraft parts. Doing that will require that the part be based on the design process, understanding how much strength is needed, as well as the criticality of

  • Congress approves Patriot sale to Poland

    US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) on 14 November notified Congress of a possible USD10.5 billion (PLN37.8 billion) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ (PAC-3+) with modernized

  • Beretta unveils PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Beretta is set to unveil its new PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun (SMG) at the Milipol 2017 exhibition in Paris from 21-24 November. The PMX will replace the company’s venerable Model 12 series of 9 mm SMG developed in the 1950s and its subsequent successor models, which are no longer in production.

  • France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

    The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme. The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule

  • KAI selects Harris payload carriage and release systems for KFX

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Harris Corporation to supply bomb rack units (BRUs) for South Korea’s next-generation Korea Fighter Experimental (KFX) development programme, the Melbourne, Florida-based company announced on 14 November. Harris said in a statement that it will

  • Latest IL-76 set to feature DAS

    Recently released imagery and reports in the Russian media suggest that the new Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft will be equipped with a defensive aids suite (DAS). Data have previously pointed to an optional electronic countermeasure (ECM) fit for the IL-76 family being available since the

  • USAF mulling better defended satellites

    US Air Force (USAF) Space Command (AFSPC) hopes to better defend its space assets that peer adversaries may target, and expects to try defending a potentially forthcoming missile warning satellite. Major General David Thompson, special assistant to the AFSPC commander, said adversaries may use

  • Brazil’s GESPI finalises new 70 mm air-launched rocket

    Brazil’s GESPI Defense Systems has finalised development of its self-funded 70 mm/2.75 inch calibre Strike-70 unguided air-to-surface rocket. The certification phase of the Strike-70 was completed on 31 October with an undisclosed number of firings conducted from a ground-based LAU-68/A

  • DARPA’s XAI seeks explanations from autonomous systems

    Through its Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) programme, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on technologies to enable autonomous systems to better explain their actions. In situations where autonomous systems provide analysts with information about

  • IAF leverages VR for maintenance training

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and 3D models to provide maintenance training for technicians and engineers. The training systems have been developed by the IAF’s Educational Research and Development Section, located at the IAF’s Technological Air

  • Northrop Grumman takes aim at GPS countermeasures with ASAF

    Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a software capability that fuses data from multiple sensors, enabling aircraft to operate safely in a GPS-denied environment. The tests, conducted earlier in 2017 for the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),

  • Challenger 2 trialled with ROSY, Iron Fist APS

    Rheinmetall’s ROSY rapid obscurant system has been demonstrated on a British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), Jane’s has learned, with components of Israeli Military Industries’ (IMI) Iron Fist hard-kill active protection system (APS) also understood to have been

  • Brazil advances indigenous air-defence radar programmes

    The Brazillian Army’s Technology Centre and Embraer’s Bradar Indústria are finalising the joint development of the SABER M200 Vigilante transportable air-defence radar. The radar is being developed as part of an effort to boost the service’s air defence capabilities, and the

  • CAAR demonstrates autonomous resupply

    A UK-US team has conducted a trial of unmanned resupply technologies and concepts. Through the Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) demonstration, the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering

  • USMC AAV7A1s set for survivability upgrades

    Four battalions of the US Marine Corps’ ageing AAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles are to receive survivability upgrades as part of the Corps’ amphibious ground vehicle modernisation efforts, service representatives said at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in

  • CERDEC seeks new methods for powering army’s C4ISR systems

    The proliferation of radios, hand-held smart devices, global positioning systems (GPS), and other personal electronic devices is prompting the US Army to examine ways to meet the demand for power and energy at the soldier level. The mission duration for any soldier or squad is directly dependent on

  • Elbit Systems grows Hermes family with new tactical system

    Elbit Systems has developed a small tactical-level unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that is designed to offer extended endurance. The Hermes 45 draws on technology from the wider Hermes family of UAS, and Jane’s understands that it has a maximum operating endurance of in excess of 24 hours

  • Norway cleared to buy follow-on AMRAAMs

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Norway. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 15 November, covers 60 AIM-120C-7-variant missiles, plus spares,

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