• F-16 mission computer upgrade will add more processing power and memory

    Raytheon will provide new mission computers for the US Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, which will more than double the processing capability and increase the memory of the legacy mission computers. Based on commercial technology, Raytheon's Modular Mission

  • Alakran finds first customer

    Spain's Everis Aerospace and Defense and New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS) have been awarded their first production contract for the Alakran 120 mm light mortar carrier (LMC). Work on the platform began in 2010 as a private venture with the aim of developing a system that could provide rapid

  • DARPA discloses endurance record for diesel-powered UAV

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced on 4 January a world-record breaking endurance flight for a diesel-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with a nearly 56-hour sortie flown by a craft built by Vanilla Aircraft of Falls Church, Virginia. The flight of aircraft

  • MBDA scopes two-phase Sea Viper IAMD implementation

    Key Points The two-stage roadmap envisages an initial capability to defeat ASBMs, to be followed by an evolved capability to counter medium-range ballistic missile threats Work performed by MBDA has included examination of the contribution of both the Aster Block 1 and Aster Block 1NT missiles

  • NRL's SHAW aims to maintain communications in A2/AD environments

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing an affordable wireless communications waveform that can stand up against enemy interference, enabling personnel to operate their radios in contested environments. To enable continuous operations in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment

  • NRL research demonstrates ability for radios to reconnect across a network without interruption

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing the capability for radios to autonomously select and re-select frequencies to avoid bandwidth congestion and jamming. The effort could potentially make forces less dependent on spectrum managers who must manually set channels, as well as remove

  • Bodytrak soldier-monitoring system readies for trials

    UK-based Inova Design Solutions' Bodytrak system is set to undergo trials with the British Army and be used in support of a military charity expedition to Antarctica. Bodytrak uses an in-ear device - akin to an audio earphone - to monitor vital signs from the human body, ultimately to include core

  • Atlas Elektronik to modernise three more minehunting vessels for German Navy

    The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support awarded Atlas Elektronik GmbH a EUR78.5 million (USD81.6 million) contract for the modernisation of three Frankenthal-class (Type 332) minehunting vessels for the German Navy on 21 December 2016. Under the

  • Cognitive Systems demonstrates compact EW capabilities, partners with ARL

    Cognitive Systems has commenced testing of its on-a-chip electronic warfare (EW) system on board a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Speaking at the inaugural International UAV Show in Toronto in December, Nebu John Mathai, director of strategic initiatives at Cognitive Solutions, told IHS

  • Global Clearance Solutions launches new mine clearance platform

    Switzerland-based Global Clearance Solutions has unveiled the first of three new unmanned ground vehicles, which are focused on the mine clearance role. The GCS-100 is the smallest of the systems and is intended for military and security customers, as well as non-governmental organisations. In

  • Optionally piloted SW-4 helo begins new phase of flight trials

    The SW-4 'Solo' optionally piloted helicopter began a new phase in its flight test campaign at Taranto-Grottaglie Airport on 15 December, Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced. The new phase, which is being carried out in partnership with Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale Pugliese and the Italian civil

  • BMD-5 to introduce range of new design features

    Further details have emerged of the new generation airborne assault vehicle (AAV) under development by Volgograd Tractor Plant for the Russian Army. The BMD-5 will be a clean sheet design and have a different layout to its predecessors BMD-1, BMD-2, BMD-3, BMD-4, and the latest variant, the BMD-4M

  • DARPA adds Raytheon to RADICS fold

    Raytheon has received a USD9 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide the United States' power grid operators with the ability to detect and respond to a cyber-attack. DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation, and Characterization (RADICS) programme

  • Cognitive Systems looks to military applications for 'radio on a chip'

    Cognitive Systems is looking to transition its commercial R10 integrated circuit (IC), referred to as "radio frequency [RF] situational awareness on a chip", to military customers seeking a high-performance, agile, and low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) solution. RF situational awareness

  • Indian Army seeks new sniper rifle

    The Indian Army's Infantry Directorate has published a request for information (RFI) for a new sniper rifle. The service plans to acquire 5,000 bolt-action sniper rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum, with a requirement for the rifle to be capable of operation in environments to include high

  • Metron to advance undersea autonomy for ONR

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded Metron Inc, of Reston, Virginia, a USD29.8 million contract to develop advanced autonomy for unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) on 14 December 2016. The contract contains options that, if exercised, would bring the total potential value to almost USD34

  • Skeldar trialled with weather measurement payload

    UMS Skeldar has continued in its partnership with ESG, integrating a new payload on board the Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system. Over a two-week period the companies integrated and tested weather measurement sensors on the Skeldar V-200; the sensors were developed under a research

  • China unveils 5th-Generation PL-10E AAM

    Key Points The PL-10E will be sold as a potential weapons upgrade for existing 4th-generation fighter fleets, or as part of a package with the Chengdu J-10B or Shenyang FC-31 fighter aircraft PL-10/PL-10E has a maximum range of 20 km During the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace

  • RFI issued for long-endurance Group 2 UAS for US Marine Corps

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new long-endurance Group 2 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for use by the US Marine Corps (USMC). The RFI, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 December, is for a 'small' UAS capable of

  • Patria develops containerised mortar system

    Patria has developed a containerised system for its 120 mm Nemo mortar turret, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy to be the launch customer. The Nemo Container system sees a 120 mm Nemo mortar turret integrated in a 20-ft International Standards Organization (ISO) shipping container. The

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