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UK Typhoon fleet to get new networked simulators in 2022

By Tim Ripley 22 October 2021
UK Eurofighter Typhoon pilots can begin using a new networked simulator system at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire from next August, as part of the first stage in a transformation of the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) approach to simulation and training....

DARPA hosting final drone swarm demo in November, companies look for service buy in

By Ashley Roque 21 October 2021
Shown here is an image of Northrop Grumman participating in DARPA's OFFSET programme. Both Northrop Grumman and Raytheon BBN will attempt to have a single operator control 200-plus ground and aerial drones during a November demo. (Northrop Grumman)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) may be focused on finding technologies to down aerial drones, however, its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also working with Northrop Grumman and Raytheon BBN on ways a single operator can control hundreds of ground and aerial drones at once....

France upgrades La Fayette-class frigates

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 October 2021
The DGA received the first upgraded FLF,   Courbet,  on 13 September.  (Ministère des Armées)  Upgrade work on the first-of-class Frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) La Fayette-class frigate began on 4 October, the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 October.    Three of the French Navy's five FLFs are being upgraded:   Courbet, La Fayette,  and   Aconit.  The DGA received the first upgraded FLF frigate,   Courb...

US Navy Naval Information Warfare Systems commander notes need for software development cultural shift

By Michael Fabey 20 October 2021
The US Navy (USN) shift towards the development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) mindset of updating software used in the commercial world will require a “cultural change”, according to Rear Admiral Douglas Small, commander of the Naval Inform...

CENTCOM stepping up C-UAS effort

By Jeremy Binnie 19 October 2021
A member of the US Air Force's 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron trains with a DroneDefender system during the C-UAS training at Camp Buehring. (US Central Command)  US Central Command (CENTCOM) is improving its counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) effort with a “rapidly evolving set of tools and training”, it said on 18 October.  The C-UAS effort is being assisted by a dedicated Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) cell serving with Task Force Phoenix, the aviation unit currently supporting US and coalition forces in Ira...

Partner 2021: Serbia to buy two C295 airlifters and more H145M helicopters, shows new weapons and equipment

By Igor Bozinovski 18 October 2021
Yugoimport's new Lazanski 8×8 ACV was unveiled at Partner 2021. (Igor Bozinovski)  Serbia will buy two C295 transport aircraft and a larger number of H145M helicopters from Airbus, Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović announced on the first day of the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition held in Belgrade from 11 to 14 October.  Partner 2021 unveiled new locally developed military equipment. This included Yugoimport's Lazanski 8×8 armoured combat vehicle (ACV), shown alongside two new versions of the Lazar III 8×8 ACV: the Lazar III...

Digital Twin network selected for UK MoD's IT infrastructure

By Giles Ebbutt 18 October 2021
Improbable Defence and Security has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to create a Next-Generation Communications Network (NGCN) Digital Twin (DT) of its global digital and IT infrastructure, the company announced in a release on 18...

Hide and seek: Pentagon's inspector general auditing delayed IVAS programme, capabilities missing

By Ashley Roque 18 October 2021
US Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division use an IVAS prototype during a trench clearing exercise in October 2020 at Fort Pickett in Virginia. The army has since decided to delay fielding the technology and the Pentagon inspector general's office is auditing the programme. (US Army)    The US Department of Defense's (DoD's) Inspector General is auditing the army's militarised version of Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system to determine if the technology will in fact meet soldiers' needs. This examination comes at a...

Canada upgrades maritime COMINT/SIGINT capability under Project Strongbow

By Richard Scott 15 October 2021
Under Project Strongbow, the Halifax-class frigates will receive a tactical radio direction finding and signals collection, analysis, fusion, and exploitation strategic capability. (Canadian DoD)  Canada is investing in an improved communications intelligence (COMINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability, known as Project Strongbow, for the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN's) 12 Halifax-class frigates.  Under a CAD40.9 million (USD32.5 million) contract, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is to supply a new COMINT/SIGINT solution that will...

Tunisian military to receive Ultra command-and-control system

By Jeremy Binnie 15 October 2021
The US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) announced on 13 October that it has awarded a contract to Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems to provide the Tunisian Armed Forces with a common operational picture (COP) system and...

AUSA 2021: General Micro Systems unveils new artificial intelligence server

By Carlo Munoz 14 October 2021
Tactical server manufacturer General Micro Systems unveiled its newest, high-powered server designed specifically to operate and support the plethora of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and applications set to flood the battlefiel...

AUSA 2021: US Army leverages data management lessons learned from Afghan pull-out

By Carlo Munoz 14 October 2021
A US soldier attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division secures a helicopter landing zone in southeastern Afghanistan in 2019. (US Army)  Senior US Army leaders are in the midst of incorporating the lessons learned from data management shortfalls that plagued the US withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier this year, saying anticipated advances in the service's combat networking construct will close those gaps.  An overloaded and overworked legacy network architecture, the inability to transmit time-sensitive data between US armed...

US Army and Microsoft working to ‘mature' IVAS technology, delays operational testing and fielding

By Ashley Roque 14 October 2021
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division use the latest IVAS prototype during a training exercise in October 2020. (US Army )  The US Army has postponed plans to field Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system to soldiers while it ‘matures' the technology, the service has confirmed.  Janes  first reported that the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology's (ASAALT's) office paused the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) programme while it worked to refine its timeline. While the army...

AUSA 2021: US Army ‘pauses' IVAS programme, fielding on hold

By Ashley Roque 13 October 2021
Earlier this year US soldiers conducted IVAS cold-weather testing at the Army Test and Evaluation Command's Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska. The service has since ‘paused' the programme. (US Army )  US Army officials have halted plans to field a militarised version of Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system to soldiers, placing a contract worth up to USD21.9 billion in jeopardy,   Janes   has learned.   The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology's (ASAALT's) office paus...

AUSA 2021: US Army's ‘Scarlet Dragon' project aims to use AI, satellites for targeting

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2021
The US Army is running a series of training and experimentation events for using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify targets, in an effort to drastically reduce so-called sensor-to-shooter times.  The ‘Scarlet Dragon' series is designed to pro...

AUSA 2021: Pentagon eyes new ‘rapid fielding' experimentation series for 2023

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2021
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is plotting to begin a series of technology experiments in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023) to consider a variety of rapid fielding projects, and is seeking FY 2022 funding to get the effort started, according to the Pe...

AUSA 2021: US Army buys Galvion Squad Power Manager for EOD kit

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2021
Galvion's Squad Power Manager. (Galvion)  The US Army has purchased Galvion's Squad Power Manager (SPM) kit to be included in its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Tools and Equipment Kit, the company announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference.  The army's Program Manager Close Combat Systems issued a USD5.8 million contract to buy EOD-tailored SPM systems for all active EOD units with deliveries starting in December 2021, Galvion said.  The SPM kit is designed to “take the power you have and give it to what you...

Malaysia selects radios from Rohde & Schwarz for Keris class

By Marhalim bin Abas 11 October 2021
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is replacing the Chinese-supplied radios on its three Keris-class littoral mission ships (LMS) with those from German electronics manufacturer, Rohde & Schwarz.  Information published on the Malaysian finance ministry...

AUSA 2021: InVeris showcases new Virtual Reality – Decisions and Tactics training system

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2021
InVeris Training Solutions' VR-DT uses virtual reality to prepare users for de-escalation of force situations. (InVeris Training Solutions)  InVeris Training Solutions (formerly Meggitt Training Systems) revealed its immersive Virtual Reality – Decisions and Tactics (VR-DT ) system for de-escalation training at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual meeting.  VR-DT is “the genesis of what we've been doing from the FATS side of the house,” Eric Perez, InVeris director of military system sales and business development, told...

L3Harris receives Nulka decoy ADAP payloads award

By Richard Scott 08 October 2021
The Nulka decoy is an expendable soft-kill countermeasure designed to seduce radar-guided anti-ship missiles in their terminal homing phase. (Australian Department of Defence)  L3Harris is to supply a series of next-generation electronic warfare (EW) payloads to equip the MK 234 Nulka active offboard decoy system used by the US and Australian navies.  Nulka is an expendable soft-kill countermeasure designed to seduce radar-guided anti-ship missiles in their terminal homing phase. Under a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract, potentiall...
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