• AUSA 2017: Army returns to camouflage netting as it revisits traditional fieldcraft

    The US Army hopes to regain some of its basic ‘fieldcraft’ – particularly for concealing static formations – and is seeking new camouflage net systems. In July the army kicked off an effort to buy a new generation of camouflage netting, meant to help hide formations from a

  • AUSA 2017: HDT Global reveals details of its SMET offering

    HDT Global displayed publicly for the first time its Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) Phase 2 offer at AUSA 2017. HDT Global’s SMET Phase 2 offering, the Hunter WOLF (Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower), represents a step-change for the company in two areas in that it is wheeled,

  • Sweden’s twin 120 mm mortar system takes shape

    Key Points The Swedish Army’s new Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar system is expected to undergo firing trials Forty Swedish Army CV90 infantry fighting vehicles will be equipped with the Mjolner system BAE Systems Hagglunds is set to conduct manned firing trials of a prototype/demonstrator of

  • Lockheed Martin develops flexible solar array for next-generation satellite bus

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new flexible solar array that delivers 50% more power than legacy arrays at 30% less mass, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin recently completed the first flight build of its new Multi-Mission Modular Solar Array, which advances the company’s

  • Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

    Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms. Traditionally, 2.75-inch

  • AIS unveils new MEMS IMU technologies

    Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS), a UTC Aerospace Systems company, is introducing two new micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial measurement unit (IMU) products to advance the inertial navigation system (INS) and guidance capabilities delivered to missiles and guided munitions through

  • Bittium targets combat radio market with new SDRs

    Finland’s ministry of defence (MoD) has issued a letter of intent (LoI) to Bittium to supply a new family of tactical software-defined radios (SDRs). Following the implementation of its Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) backbone, the company is now expanding into the combat net radio

  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the

  • JCREW orders climb as demand for C-UAS capability increases

    Northrop Grumman has observed an increasing demand for its Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) system as ground forces seek options to defend themselves against the threat posed by small unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The company has

  • USAF seeks directed energy-based counters to UAVs

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to develop laser and microwave-based solutions for combating small and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be ready for trials in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Directed Energy (DE) Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (DE C-UAS) is an experimental programme recently

  • Harris readies SATCOM upgrade for USMC manpack radios

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has acquired its first block of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform software upgrades for about 1,000 Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios under a four-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Harris announced in late September.

  • US Army awards MTRS Inc II UGV development to Endeavor Robotics

    Endeavor Robotics has won a contract to develop and produce the US Army’s new Man-Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II), the service’s mid-size common robotic platform. The deal included a USD158.5 million firm-fixed price contract for MTRS Inc II’s engineering

  • Indonesia acquires Inzpire MSS

    Inzpire has been awarded a contract to supply its GECO (Air) tablet-based mission system to Indonesia, and has recently redesigned the whole GECO system to provide a more open and modular architecture. The company announced that it was awarded a contract by the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara

  • NORINCO details its latest armoured trackway layer

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed the GLM122 Amphibious Vehicle-Carrier Armoured Trackway (AV-CAT). This vehicle has been designed to speed up amphibious landings by rapidly laying a trackway across sandy and muddy beaches to enable vehicles to rapidly cross the surf line

  • Orbital ATK prepares for Hatchet guide-to-hit trials

    Orbital ATK is preparing to conduct first air-dropped guide-to-hit trials of the Hatchet miniature precision strike weapon in Q3/2017–Q1/2018. Specific detail of the exact date,location of the trials, and the platform type to be used have not been disclosed, other than that they will be

  • Northrop Grumman launches Nomad UGV

    Northrop Grumman has rolled out a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), designed with independent tracks that enable the system to manoeuvre over obstacles, climb stairs, and handle a 60° incline. Nomad, part of the company’s Remotec Andros line of robots, was built using the US

  • Colombia CIAC finishing local T-27M updates, eyes international work

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is nearly finished upgrading the air force’s heavily used Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft fleet, and next hopes to sell the modernisation work internationally. In 2015 CIAC

  • Escribano offers add-on SAL section for 70 mm artillery rockets

    Spanish engineering house Escribano is developing a new, add-on semi-active laser terminal guidance section for integration with government-furnished equipment (GFE) surface-launched, fin-stabilised, unguided 70 mm artillery rockets. Escribano’s Semi-Active Laser Kit (SALK) section comprises

  • Norway joins NATO CCD COE

    Norway has become the latest nation to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE). The country announced its decision to join the CCD COE as a sponsoring nation on 27 September, according to a statement from the centre. This makes it the 21st nation to join the CCD COE,

  • Rila MRAP enters production

    The International Armored Group (IAG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed to Jane’s that it has secured an export order for its latest 4x4 Rila mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) with production already underway. As with all IAG wheeled armoured vehicles, the Rila MRAP has

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