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Joint Staff eyes progress in MPE integration into JACD2 initiatives

By Carlo Munoz 15 March 2021
The US Department of Defense and service branches are working to integrate a nascent data sharing initiative, designed to link the United States Armed Forces and their global allies during future coalition operations into the Pentagon’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiative.  US commanders are focusing on data exchanges at the secret and below releasable level for the Mission Partner Environment (MPE), with plans to test and evaluate those efforts at the next iteration of the multinational Bold Quest exercises, said Joint St...

Codan's DTC reveals two new SDR mesh network transceivers

By Giles Ebbutt 12 March 2021
Domo Tactical Communications (DTC), part of Codan Communications, has launched two new software-defined radio (SDR) mesh network transceivers, the company has announced.  The SOL8SDR-M BluCore module is a miniature SDR transceiver designed specifically for applications where size and weight are critical. It is particularly suitable for use in micro and nano unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), DTC said.  The NETNode 5 RH is the latest addition to DTC’s NETNode 5 family, providing a high-power option for long-range communications. (DTC)  Measuri...

US Army awaiting ‘diplomatic' stationing decision for Indo-Pacific MDTF

By Ashley Roque 12 March 2021
The US Army is moving forward with plans to gain a better footing in Asia, in part, by building out a multi-domain task force (MDTF) outfitted with land-based, deep strike capabilities. Past service leaders had floated the idea that the uninhabited, Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyu Islands, would be a prime spot for some of these soldiers and weapons, but Army Chief of Staff General James McConville said more diplomatic work is needed before a decision is finalised.  Right now, the service is standing up one M...

Australia requests EoIs for forward operating base on Cocos Islands for MC-55A Peregrine EW aircraft

By Julian Kerr 11 March 2021
Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has requested expressions of interest (EoIs) for the construction of a new airborne electronic warfare (EW)/intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) forward operating base on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to host MC-55A Peregrine EW aircraft.  Although the request does not explicitly state which aircraft the base will support, the project is part of the Air 555 Phase 1 programme for infrastructure relating to the introduction of the MC-55A Peregrine, a heavily modified version of the Gulfstrea...

Military balance in Indo-Pacific region ‘becoming more unfavourable to US', says Adm Davidson

By Gabriel Dominguez 10 March 2021
US Navy Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), has warned that the “greatest danger” facing the United States in the Indo-Pacific region is the “erosion of conventional deterrence capabilities vis-à-vis China”.  Testifying before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 9 March, Adm Davidson warned that “without a valid and convincing conventional deterrent”, China “will be emboldened to take action in the region to supplant US interests”, adding that as the military balance in the Indo-Pacific b...

USINDOPACOM commander pushes case for Aegis Ashore on Guam

By Ashley Roque 10 March 2021
US Navy Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), reiterated his call to deploy the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system to Guam to deter potential Chinese aggression, while calling for additional...

UK Royal Navy trials radar new bathymetry software

By Richard Scott 09 March 2021
Novel radar bathymetry software that enables surface radar returns to profile the seabed has been trialled on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) survey craft HMS Magpie, according to the RN.  Jointly developed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Liverpool and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the software analyses sea clutter images produced by waves on a standard X-band marine navigation radar to generate a bathymetric profile and surface current assessment. This means that a detailed bathymetric profile can be output in a m...

US Army seeks spectrum analysis capability, eyes EWPMT integration

By Carlo Munoz 08 March 2021
US Army officials are in the midst of developing requirements for a spectrum analyser (Spec A) capability focused on identifying electromagnetic spectrum signatures and threats at the operational and tactical level, with plans to transition those requirements into a viable programme of record.  “For years, our spectrum managers have been clamouring for a programme of record spectrum analyser,” said Colonel Dan Holland, the electronic warfare capability manager at the Army Cyber Center of Excellence. Ongoing requirements development work will...

BAE Systems secures LRIP deal for USAF EW programme

By Carlo Munoz 08 March 2021
US defence industry firm BAE Systems has been contracted by Boeing to support the company’s effort to develop low-rate initial production (LRIP) variants of a new defensive electronic warfare (EW) suite for the US Air Force’s fleet of F-15 jet fighters.  Boeing programme officials inked a USD58 million development deal with BAE Systems to support LRIP efforts for the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) project. “BAE Systems is delivering incremental updates to the EPAWSS flight software with new geolocation an...

Camero-Tech releases new ISR imaging platform, eyes US markets

By Carlo Munoz 08 March 2021
Officials at Camero-Tech, an Israel-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) imaging services company, is eyeing opportunities in US defence and national security markets for the company’s newest land-based, ultra-wideband (UWB) micro-power ISR radar system.  Dubbed the XaverTM LR80 (XLR80) system, it is the latest addition to the company’s family of pulsed-based UWB ‘Through Wall Imaging’ systems, which also include XaverTM 100, 400, and 800. However, the XLR80’s long-range UWB imaging capability – of being able to detect...

PLA enhancing ISTAR capabilities of border defence troops in Tibet

By Gabriel Dominguez & James Edwards 05 March 2021
Chinese state-owned media revealed on 5 March that the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) Tibet Military Command is enhancing the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities of its border defence troops amid heightened tensions between Beijing and New Delhi over a border dispute in the Himalayas.    Video footage released by the China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel shows PLA Ground Force (PLAGF) units using what appear to be two recently delivered sensor systems at the Xiao border post, which...

IDF rolls out multi-dimensional concept into officer training

By Yaakov Lappin 02 March 2021
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer’s course has for the first time incorporated training techniques shaped by the military’s new ‘Victory’ concept and the recently established Multi-Dimensional Unit (MDU), which combines elite infantry, armoure...

Raytheon, NRL deliver digital radar testbed to ONR

By Richard Scott 02 March 2021
Raytheon Missiles and Defense has confirmed the delivery of an experimental digital radar testbed to the US Office of Naval Research (ONR).  Built in partnership with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Flexible Distributed Array Radar (FlexDA...

ViaSat makes inroads in advanced satcom with UK, US armed forces

By Carlo Munoz 01 March 2021
Satellite communications (satcom) company ViaSat has made significant inroads in supporting space-based networked communication capabilities within the UK and US armed forces.  ViaSat officials secured a USD9.4 million (GBP6.7million) contract with European aeronautics giant Airbus to upgrade the company’s Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satcom network control stations, which support Airbus’ Skynet UHF geostationary transit orbit satellite constellation fielded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The upgrade work by ViaSat will focus on the inte...

OSCE identifies Russian 51U6 Kasta 2E1 radar in Ukraine

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 01 March 2021
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported on 17 February that it had identified a 51U6 Kasta-2E1 target acquisition radar at a non-government-controlled training ground in Ukraine, which violates the 2015 Minsk agreement on weapon withdrawal.  The Kasta-2E1 target acquisition radar in service with Russia. (Russian MoD)  The system, which consists of two vehicles mounted on a KamAZ-43114 6×6 off-road chassis, was observed at a training area near Buhaivka, 37 km southwest of Luhansk, by an OSCE mini-unmanned aeria...

Japan receives additional King Air ISR aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 26 February 2021
Textron Aviation has delivered a Beechcraft King Air 350i special mission aircraft to Japcon Incorporated aircraft management company ahead of entry into service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).  The eighth LR-2 variant King Air 350i earmarked for the JGSDF. (Textron)  Announced on 25 February, the King Air 350i has been fitted with mission modifications that include a belly-mounted forward-looking infrared (FLIR) radar, a forward executive cabin, communications equipment, and racks. In JGSDF service, the aircraft will be des...

IDEX 2021: UAE's new land C2 system begins final development phase

By Giles Ebbutt 26 February 2021
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Emirates Command & Control System (ECCS) Land Tactical System (ELTS), for which L3Harris Technologies is the prime contractor, has begun a second development phase that will culminate in full operating capab...

LIG Nex1 delivers initial batch of TMMRs to South Korean military

By Dae Young Kim & Gabriel Dominguez 25 February 2021
South Korean company LIG Nex1 announced on 25 February that it has begun deliveries of series-produced Tactical Multi-band, Multi-role Radios (TMMRs) to the South Korean military.  South Korean company LIG Nex1 announced on 25 February that it has delivered the initial batch of series-produced TMMRs to the South Korean military. (LIG Nex1)  The company said that the initial batch of TMMRs was handed over two days earlier in an event held at its Gumi production plant, noting that the move is part of a KRW10.6 billion (USD9.56 million) contrac...

IDEX 2021: Saab signs agreements with UAE, displays new EO/IR module

By Charles Forrester 25 February 2021
Saab has signed several agreements with the UAE’s Tawazun at IDEX 2021 , held in Abu Dhabi from 22–25 February, covering technology development and participation in the country’s human capital development programme.  The main agreements between Saab and Tawazun covered the development of sensor technology in the UAE, supporting research and development (R&D) efforts with the Tawazun Technology and Innovation (TTI) organisation.  Saab displayed the RCAM-IR at IDEX for the first time, which has been developed by the company as Emirati IP. (Saab...

JAIC shifts focus to data management tools, infrastructure

By Carlo Munoz 25 February 2021
The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is shifting focus from maturing and refining of its joint warfighting concept and the associated artificial intelligence (AI) enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) initiatives, to focus on improving necessary data infrastructure and tooling for AI development across the US Armed Forces.  According to JAIC Chief Technology Officer Nand Mulchandani, the new and expanded focus for the JAIC is how to “generate secular change in the [Pentagon] and the environmental conditions … for i...
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