• NATO details preliminary APS standards

    NATO’s Standardisation Agency has released initial details of the Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) covering active protection systems (APS). While still a working draft, STANAG 4686, in addition to the accompanying Allied Engineering Publication (AEP)-62 has already defined methodologies for

  • US Army moves to rapidly improve EMC capability

    Three months after taking delivery of the Enroute Mission Command (EMC) system, the US Army is exploring how to make it more agile, increase performance and security, and potentially drive down maintenance and sustainment costs. Over the next two years, the army will work to enhance EMC with

  • Colombian Army to receive new fires simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • IDF exercise stresses cloud capability, certifies latest Tzayad system

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) successfully certified the latest version of its Tzayad command-and-control (C2) system during its largest training exercise of the past 19 years, service officials have confirmed. The 10-day Exercise ‘HaDagan’ was conducted across the IDF’s

  • Persistent Systems MPU5 radio chosen for MTRS Inc II UGV

    Endeavor Robotics has selected Persistent Systems to provide Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) radios for the US Army’s newest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Under terms of the contract, Persistent Systems will provide 2,400 of its Wave Relay MANET MPU5 radios to equip 1,200 Man-Transportable

  • Draper Labs targets natural forces for satellite control

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory is using natural forces in space to control spacecraft, satellites, and potentially nanosatellites. Smaller satellites are more difficult to manoeuvre due to the impact that drag, solar radiation pressure, and magnetic field forces have on them. The result on

  • Lockheed Martin eyes extended endurance for Fury

    Lockheed Martin is working to extend the endurance of its Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to 15 hours. Fury is a tactical-level UAS that Lockheed Martin is pitching as a substitute for many of the roles currently carried out by medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) platforms. The company plans

  • DARPA launches effort to shorten analysis cycle for security situations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing technology to enable analysts to rapidly develop models that can address national security situations. The predictive type models will enable different scenarios to be analysed as well as analysis of various intervention

  • Stiletto demonstrates efficacy of AP ammunition, equips SF units

    Stiletto Systems’ range of armour-piercing (AP) ammunition is in use with the Ukrainian Special Forces operating in the Donbass region and has completed several NATO-standard test programmes. Test centres have included the Royal Military Academy (École royale militaire) in Belgium, which

  • APS STANAG takes shape

    NATO’s Standardisation Agency has released initial details of the Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) covering active protection systems (APS). While still a working draft, STANAG 4686, in addition to the accompanying Allied Engineering Publication – AEP-62 – has already defined

  • US Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower tank to skip development phase

    The US Army officially kicked off Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) programme with a request for proposals (RFP), seeking to close a gap for a mobile, direct-fire capability in the Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) formations by providing a protected, long-range, precision, direct-fire

  • Intelsat General, General Atomics demonstrate beam switching on high throughput satellite

    Intelsat General (IGC) and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) on 30 August successfully demonstrated the beam switching capabilities of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with one of IGC’s high throughput satellites. The tests validated the compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG

  • ARL utilises bodily fluids for power generation

    Months after discovering a method for the rapid and spontaneous hydrolysis of water using a nano-galvanic aluminium-based powder, scientists at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have found that bodily fluids offer a faster reaction rate. The discovery means that a human, who can produce about

  • MCWL to downsize HEIT prototype, procure further units

    The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) will reduce the size of its prototype Hybrid Electric Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) Trailer (HEIT) power system so that it can be towed by a Polaris MRZR off-road vehicle. Additionally, MCWL is also seeking to buy several more systems in

  • UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

    UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The demonstration saw the R-350 used

  • B-52 bomb-bay upgrade declared ready for combat

    An upgrade that enables the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber to carry smart weapons internally has been declared ready for combat by the US Air Force (USAF). The USAF announced on 20 November that the first upgraded Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) has now been transported from Barksdale Air

  • 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

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