HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Raytheon awarded contract to advance GaN technology

    Raytheon has received a USD14.9 million contract from the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and the US Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to further enhance its process for producing gallium nitride (GaN)-based semiconductors. The Title III award aims to increase the performance, yield, and

  • Airbus rolls out first Exocet-armed H225M helo for Brazilian Navy

    The first Airbus Helicopters H225M medium-twin rotorcraft equipped to carry the MBDA AM39 Exocet anti-shipping missile was rolled out by the company's Helibras subsidiary in Brazil on 25 October. The ceremony, which took place at Helibras's Itajuba facility, saw the unveiling of the first of five

  • Italian Army starts FH-70 howitzer upgrade evaluation

    The Italian Army has placed a contract with UK-based company Leonardo MW for five more sets of its LINAPS (artillery pointing system) on-gun artillery digitisation system. These systems are intended to supplement the initial three sets delivered to Italy earlier in 2016 as part of a planned

  • NATO member commanders outline cyber priorities

    Senior military commanders from across NATO have described the practical challenges and opportunities facing the armed forces as developments in cyberspace continue to advance across the contemporary operating environment. Speaking at RUSI's Second International Cyber Symposium in London, cyber

  • US Cyber Command's DCOM outlines emerging threat environment

    The effects of operations in cyberspace across '21st Century Warfare' is forcing militaries to rapidly develop concepts of operation and command structures to deal with emerging requirements, a senior US commander has announced. Addressing the Second International Cyber Symposium in London,

  • USN buys additional GAJT antennas from NovAtel

    NovAtel will provide additional GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) systems to the US Naval Observatory (USNO) to satisfy a requirement for a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The order brings the number of

  • Saab Dynamics to research Massive Overmatch Assault Round for DARPA

    Key Points The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of

  • SES develops low-cost persistent SATCOM and ISR capability

    Global satellite communications (SATCOM) provider SES is using small aerostats to provide an affordable way to establish and maintain SATCOM and a persistent surveillance capability. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS) not only provides cost-effective enhanced situational awareness but it can be

  • Airbus teams with DCNS to develop VTOL UAV for French Navy

    Airbus Helicopters and French naval shipbuilder DCNS are to offer a clean-sheet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Navy (Marine Nationale : MN). The collaboration, announced on 20 October, will see the unmanned helicopter developed in response to the

  • ESPADON demos AUV deployment from USV

    France's Direction générale de l'Amament (DGA) has successfully completed its ESPADON demonstration programme. ESPADON is part of the overarching Système de Lutte Anti-Mines Futur (SLAMF) programme, which aims to prove that robotic systems can be used in mine-countermeasure (MCM)

  • US Army acquires Kongsberg Protector MCRWS

    The US Army is the first customer for the Kongsberg Protector Medium Calibre Remote Weapon Station (MCRWS), which has been developed by the Norwegian company as a private venture. The Kongsberg MCRWS has been designed for new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) as well as

  • US Army aims to undo EW decline

    The US Army is seeking to reconstitute its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities after allowing them to atrophy after the end of the Cold War, General Mark Milley, US Army chief of staff, told the Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual convention in Washington in October 2016. Noting that future

  • US Navy awards APKWS production contract

    The US Navy (USN) has placed a contract with BAE Systems for the supply of additional Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets. The contract, announced by the company on 19 October, is valued at USD600 million if all of the options are exercised, with an initial award of

  • 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

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Surface Navy 2016: L-3 KEO redesigns its MK 20 with new modular EOSS

    US sensor and weapon systems manufacturer L-3 KEO has developed a new ship-based electro-optical sensor system (EOSS) that has reduced the size, weight, and power requirements over the current MK 20 Mod 0 in use on US Navy surface combatants, US Coast Guard National Security Cutters, and a number of

  • Airbus reveals further C295 enhancements

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is developing a number of new capabilities for its C295 medium-lift transport aircraft that are designed to enhance its support and special forces functionalities, it was disclosed on 2 November. Speaking at the company's Seville facility during the annual Trade Media

  • Japan begins process of E-767 AWACS upgrade

    Boeing is to begin the upgrade of Japan's fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with a USD25.6 million design and production contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 October. The four aircraft, which have been in service with the Japan Air

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