• CASC unveils next generation USV concepts

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) outlined its plans for a new family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) exhibition in Qingdao. The platforms are aimed at addressing a range of maritime security and naval

  • Lockheed Martin wins F-15C IRST competition

    Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod has been selected as the infrared search and track (IRST) system for the US Air Force’s (USAF's) Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15C fleet, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin said on 19 September that it will produce more than 130 systems, which

  • Rheinmetall outlines Multi-Mission UGV plans

    Rheinmetall has detailed its plans for the development of its Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Speaking with Jane’s , Alain Tremblay, a vice-president of business development at Rheinmetall, said that the future version of the vehicle will be modular in design and “it will

  • Lockheed Martin UK showcases Ajax turret trainer

    Lockheed Martin UK took the opportunity at the DSEI 2017 exhibition in London to display its crew turret trainer (CTT) developed for General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK)’s Ajax reconnaissance vehicle development programme. The Ajax is destined for British Army service and will be a key

  • UK Tactical Hotspot readies for trials

    A flexible communication node under development by a consortium of defence primes to meet a UK requirement is expected to enter trials from November 2017. Known as Tactical Hotspot, the effort is intended to increase the “elasticity” of the strike brigades, allowing dispersed operations

  • BAE Systems to upgrade KF-16 radar warning receivers

    BAE Systems has been contracted to upgrade the radar warning receiver (RWR) units of South Korea’s fleet of Lockheed Martin KF-16 fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The USD49.6 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 18 September,

  • China’s CASC unveils D3000 unmanned oceanic combat vessel concept

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has revealed plans for an autonomous multirole surface vessel designed specifically for high-end naval operations at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) Exhibition in Qingdao. Under development by the Beijing-based 13th

  • USN explores power options for unmanned platforms

    The US Navy (USN) is looking at ways to ramp up the development of power systems that could provide additional endurance for unmanned surface and underwater vessels. One concept would enable unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to refuel on their own. The Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ship

  • AFA 2017: Pentagon plans updated F-35 post-Block 3 development acquisition strategy

    The Pentagon is planning an updated acquisition strategy for post-Block 3 development efforts of its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with a goal of continuous capability development, as opposed to major changes every month. F-35 Program Executive Officer (PEO) Vice Admiral

  • DSEI 2017: Raytheon UK reveal position sensor for GPS-denied environments

    Raytheon UK unveiled a newly developed Dismounted Position and Navigation Sensor (DPNS) designed for dismounted operators at DSEI 2017 in London. Development of DPNS follows a requirement to continuously track soldiers operating in environments that have a complete absence of GPS signals, including

  • Lockheed Martin completes preliminary review of heliborne EW system

    Lockheed Martin has announced that its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, which provides MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, has passed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage.

  • Raytheon secures Middle East export order for Warrior-X shot detection system

    An undisclosed customer in the Middle East will take delivery of more than 2,000 Raytheon Boomerang Warrior-X wearable shot detection systems over the next 12 months. The export order, valued at over USD10 million, is one of the largest to date for the company and the first for a Middle East

  • RCN begins Halifax frigate communications upgrade

    ViaSat has delivered a Link 16 communications system to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for installation aboard approximately 12 Halifax-class frigates. The upgrade will enable the RCN to communicate with United States, NATO, and other allied forces through Link 16 interoperability. To maintain pace

  • ViaSat’s KOR-24A STT first small radio to pass testing for Canada’s ASCCM

    ViaSat has announced that its two-channel KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT) is the first small form factor, software-defined Link 16 radio to successfully pass live radio frequency (RF) range testing for the Canadian Army's Air Space Coordination Centre Modernization (ASCCM) project. The STT

  • DSEI 2017: Barrett Communications details new 4075 SDR

    Barrett Communications showcased its new high-frequency (HF) radio transmitter at DSEI 2017 in London. The Barrett 4075 high-power software defined radio (SDR) couples 500W and 1kW liquid-cooled linear amplifiers with Barrett’s existing 4050 SDR HF transmitter, which has a transmit frequency

  • DSEI 2017: HGH Infrared Systems introduces Spynel V-LRF

    At Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 in London, HGH Infrared Systems revealed Spynel V-LRF – a visible channel and laser rangefinder upgrade package for the company’s Spynel-S panoramic detection system, and the Spynel-X InfraRed Search and Track (IRST) system.

  • DSEI 2017: HIPPO-X Light Tactical Mobility Platform unveiled

    Pardus Defence & Security unveiled the HIPPO-X all-terrain vehicle – developed by Missouri based HIPPO Multipower – at DSEI 2017 in London. The HIPPO-X is an eight-wheeled light tactical mobility platform (LTMP) designed for combat equipment carriage and power generation

  • DSEI 2017: Instro Precision shows new Driver Vision System

    Instro Precision displayed its new Driver Vision Enhancement (DVE) system at DSEI 2017 in London. The DVE is a passive solution that provides armoured vehicle drivers with day and night vision capabilities using low-light capable CMOS cameras. Instro Precision introduced the system in response to

  • DSEI 2017: Polaris introduces cargo MRZR

    Polaris Defense debuted a modified MRZR-D4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at DSEI 2017 in London. Speaking to Jane’s , John Olson, the company's vice-president and general manager, explained that Polaris’ UK business component led the development of the platform, the design of which

  • US Air Force expecting key COMSATCOM study contract award in November

    Key Points The USAF expects to award an important COMSATCOM study contract soon The contract could help the service decide how to buy COMSATOM well into the future The US Air Force (USAF) expects to award a key study contract in November that could help the service decide how to buy commercial

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