HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Blue Origin hotfires potential national security launch booster

    Blue Origin announced on 19 October it successfully hotfired its BE-4 rocket engine for the first time, which could be used in future Pentagon launches. The company released few details other than a Twitter video and a few low-res photos. Company spokeswoman Caitlin Dietrich declined further

  • BMD-modified SMART-L tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Post-event analysis is underway to determine if the interception of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target by a US Navy (USN) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B missile during Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ was the consummation of a Launch on Remote (LoR) engagement enabled by

  • GDOTS develops new 155 mm practice projectile

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) representatives have revealed to Jane’s that the company is working on a new 155 mm artillery projectile in association with the US Army. The M112E1 practice high-explosive (HE) projectile is a modification of the type classified M1122,

  • Orbital ATK progresses new medium-calibre munition development

    Orbital ATK is developing a range of new advanced medium-calibre ammunition variants for use with its 30/40 mm calibre MK44 XM813 and 30 mm calibre lightweight XM914 Bushmaster Chain Guns. The new ammunition types – command-guided, proximity fuze, and air burst – are intended to deliver

  • RE2 Robotics tasked with initial work on ARCH effort

    RE2 Robotics has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Navy to develop an Autonomous Robotic Cargo Handling (ARCH) system. The ARCH concept envisages an automated cargo loading system, which will be demonstrated with a UH-1H optionally piloted aircraft

  • Virideon unveils air-transportable Li-ion power cell

    Virideon has developed the Virideon Intelligent Power/Energy Router (VIP/ER) to overcome restrictions imposed in 2016, which discourage transport of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries by air. The new regulations classify Li-ion batteries as Class 9 hazardous cargo, restricting their carriage as air

  • Beeper upgrades cellular bonder

    Israel's Beeper has developed a system for combining different cellular networks to provide greater capacity and data throughput, and showcased its latest version at Association of the US Army 2017 in Washington, DC. The IE-5000 provides a secure software-defined wide area network bonding router

  • General Dynamics launches new Fortress gateway

    General Dynamic Mission Systems (GDMS) has developed a new wireless gateway as part of its Fortress wireless product line. The Fortress wireless gateway provides internet protocol (IP) connectivity and roaming between Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and wireless mesh networks. It includes an Intel-based

  • KAC develops medium MG prototype

    Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) unveiled its prototype 7.62 mm NATO calibre Stoner Medium Machine Gun (MMG) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The MMG is designed from the ground up, to be a compact, lightweight, and low recoil automatic weapon for use in the assault role and is one of the

  • L3 Linkabit expands MPM2000 family

    L3 Linkabit has developed a version of its Multi Purpose Modem 2000 (MPM-2000) for use on airborne platforms, showing the system for the first time at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The Network-Centric Waveform (NCW) Internet Protocol (IP) MPM-2000 is a development of the widely-used MPM1000, which

  • Saab contracted to supply PFS for Meteor BVRAAM

    Saab has signed a contract worth approximately SEK150 million (USD18.4 million) with MBDA to deliver the radar proximity fuze subsystem (PFS) for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Deliveries to MBDA will take place during the 2020-2021 timeframe. The PFS, which is developed

  • USN selects Harris’s newest WBHF radio for SATCOM backup

    Harris Corporation has developed a new high-frequency (HF) radio that is partially intended to mitigate against a loss in satellite communications (SATCOM). According to Harris, “The AN/PRC-160 is the only standalone solution beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications in absence of SATCOM,

  • General Dynamics enhances WIN-T with Next Gen PoP

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has completed work to incorporate its Next Generation Point of Presence (Next Gen PoP) enhancement to the Warfighter Information Net-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 (Inc 2). The Next Gen PoP effort was first announced in 2016 and significantly reduces the size,

  • AFRL sets out plan for scaled Mini-AgilePod

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is leveraging on its AgilePod multi-sensor payload pod prototype in order to develop a new ‘mini’ variant that will form the basis of a family of scaled sensor pods to suit various airborne platforms. AgilePod is a platform-agnostic,

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • Chezara develops new ROWS

    Ukraine’s JSC Chezara unveiled a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017, in Kiev. The company’s IVA ROWS was shown integrated on board a Varta 4x4 vehicle and is designed to provide Ukrainian forces with a modern capability to engage lightly

  • EDA details Mission Abort System for guided projectiles

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has released details of a Mission Abort System (MAS) developed for guided projectiles. The MAS project commenced in late 2013 under the EDA’s Capability Technology (CapTech) Ammunition Technologies effort, and was funded by the German and Italian ministries

  • AFRL researches ultra-compact antenna technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has disclosed details of research into a new generation of ultra-compact antennas that could mark a breakthrough in the miniaturisation of military and commercial communication systems. AFRL researchers have exploited new material technologies to reduce

  • Practika, TechImpex detail latest vehicle upgrade efforts

    Ukraine’s Practika displayed a newly configured version of its Otaman 8x8 armoured vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. Otaman is based on the chassis and suspension of either a BTR-60 or BTR-70 and introduces a range of enhancements. The first prototype Otoman was

  • Robotics Design Bureau launches RSVK-M2 UGV

    Ukraine’s Robotics Design Bureau unveiled its second generation RSVK unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. The RSVK-M2 is a 6x6 multirole platform that was shown configured for an armed role but which is designed to also provide logistics,

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