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  • AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS eyes US Army requirements for OBVP power system

    Leonardo DRS hopes to see US Army requirements established soon for its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) system to help push the technology into service more quickly. The company is talking with US Army officials responsible for establishing and delivering power needs for the service, Carlos Aguirre,

  • US Army advances robotics development

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing a range of upgrades to its Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation (LLAMA) robot, including an effort to boost speed and mobility through system weight reduction, researchers told Jane’s . The autonomous quadruped system was revealed in

  • AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM

    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months. “We have delivered a number of

  • AUSA 2019: US Army talks network dependency, concerns

    US Army leaders have used the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference to tout progress developing a host of next-generation weapons systems while also acknowledging that the network piece of the equation could derail everything. During the 2019 show, a host of civilian and

  • AUSA 2019: DefendTex presents new loitering munition, exploding ‘cephalopod’

    Australian company DefendTex presented a new loitering munition and the prototype of an explosive unmanned underwater vehicle at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2019) conference, held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October. The Drone-40 is a low-cost, programmable 40 mm

  • AUSA 2019: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter closer to IBCS integration

    The US Army and the US Air Force integrated track data from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2. The event, held in Palmdale in California and Fort Bliss in Texas, in June

  • AUSA 2019: FLIR Systems announces new StormCaster-T camera for SkyRaider UAV

    FLIR Systems is offering a new StormCaster-T thermal camera with FLIR Boson sensor for its R80D and R70 SkyRaider multi-mission unmanned rotorcraft that features a 15–75 mm zoom optic, according to a company official. Mark Holden, FLIR director of product strategy for the US government, told

  • AUSA 2019: General Micro Systems unveils new, tactical-level AI servers

    General Micro Systems is focusing its efforts on pushing artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities down to the tactical level, developing a family of AI-enhanced servers that are configured to withstand the rigors of combat. Known as “edge processing”, the need for AI-capable

  • AUSA 2019: Karem Aircraft unveils AR-40 for US Army’s FARA-CP

    High-speed flight is the hallmark of Karem Aircraft’s newly unveiled AR-40 helicopter, which the company is offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme, according to a company official. Thomas Berger, Karem FARA programme

  • AUSA 2019: Nammo to merge US defence units

    Nammo, a Norway-based ammunition provider, announced on 16 October that it is consolidating several US defence units into a single company to streamline administrative overhead and pool resources. Creation of the new entity, called Nammo Defense Systems, is due to be finished in January 2020.

  • AUSA 2019: Saab and Boeing announce Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb is ready for production

    Saab and Boeing announced at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exposition – held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October – that their jointly developed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) is ready for production. The announcement follows the latest test

  • AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

    The US Army’s space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in

  • Combat systems testing starts for French FDI frigate

    Combat management system (CMS) and sensor trials for the French Navy’s future Fregate de defense et d’intervention (FDI) frigates are set to start next month, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has confirmed. During a 27 September briefing, the DGA said the SETIS

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin shipping LRDR equipment to Alaska

    Lockheed Martin shipped the first antenna for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) to Clear, Alaska, in August, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin’s vice-president and general manager for Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors, told reporters at

  • Altay MBT to be ready in two years, says BMC

    Turkey’s Altay main battle tank (MBT) is planned to be in use by the Turkish Armed Forces within the next 24 months, Ethem Sancak, chairman of the board of Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicle manufacturer BMC, has said. The MBT and all its parts will be entirely domestically produced in 48 months

  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability

    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence at the US Army’s Armor School at Fort

  • AUSA 2019: InstantEye Robotics improves sUAS, competes for DoD contract

    InstantEye Robotics has extended the battery life of several models of its small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and is also competing for a contract for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Jane’s has learned. The company displayed its updated systems at the 2019 Association of the United

  • Honeywell Aerospace gets new leader

    Mike Madsen, a longtime Honeywell executive, has taken the helm of the company’s aerospace business, Honeywell announced on 16 October. Honeywell Aerospace, which is based in Phoenix, Arizona, builds avionics, engines, and other components for military and commercial aircraft. "Under

  • Russia, Saudi discussions are guarded on S-400 procurement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer defence equipment co-operation with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the country since 2007, news agency TASS reported on 15 October. In talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on 14 October, Putin “discussed the possibility

  • HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

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