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DRDO seeks greater endurance for Rustom II

By Akhil Kadidal & Oishee Majumdar 25 March 2022
India's locally developed Rustom-II MALE UAV is expected to achieve more than 18 hours of flight time while operating at an altitude of 28,000 ft. (DRDO)  India's Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can reach the required altitude of 28,000 ft, G Satheesh Reddy, chairperson of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told Janes.  “We are now looking at endurance,” he said, adding that in a month's time, the DRDO expects Rustom II to achieve more than 18 hours of flight time while opera...

UK Royal Marines to get tropospheric scatter communications capability

By Giles Ebbutt 23 March 2022
The Comtech troposcatter COMET system with its 1 m dish showing a BLOS communications path of 41.9 km. (Spectra)  Spectra Group has been awarded a contract to supply Comtech Systems' tropospheric scatter Compact Over-the-horizon Mobile Expeditionary Terminal (COMET) to the UK Royal Marines (RM), the company announced on 17 March.  Representatives did not disclose further details regarding the contract value and equipment numbers.  The contract was placed through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), making COMET available to all NAT...

DALO signs agreement with Saab for live training solution

By Olivia Savage 23 March 2022
DALO enters into agreement with Saab for its live training solution. (Saab)  The Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD) Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) has entered into a framework agreement with Saab for live training solutions, Saab announced on 21 March.  Hans Lindgren, head of Business Development Training and Simulation at Saab's Business Area Dynamics, told Janes that the framework agreement will allow the Danish armed forces to order all necessary equipment, hardware, and software from Saab's live training solutions to establi...

ONR funds further development of PILLS LIDAR sensor

By Richard Scott 22 March 2022
Schiebel and Areté Associates last year showed the integration of the Camcopter S-100 UAV and the PILLS sensor package in a demonstration sponsored by the ONR. (Schiebel)  The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has confirmed a contract award to Areté Associates for the further development of its Pushbroom Imaging LIDAR for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) airborne sensor system.  PILLS is a lightweight, low-power, expeditionary sensor able to produce accurate, high-resolution topographic and bathymetric maps from manned and unmanned airborne pla...

Update: UK approved to buy ballistic missile defence radar

By Gareth Jennings & Richard Scott 21 March 2022
The Long Range Discrimination Radar seen in testing at Lockheed Martin's facilities in the US. The UK is set to acquire this system under a State Department approval for a ballistic missile defence radar announced on 17 March. (Lockheed Martin)  The United Kingdom is to buy a ballistic missile defence radar (BMDR) and command and control battle management and communications (C2BMC) system from the United States.  The US State Department approval for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement, announced 17 March, covered one BMDR and two C2B...

India creates unified flight control system integration facility

By Akhil Kadidal 21 March 2022
The DRDO has created a new Flight Control Systems centre to integrate the development and certification of avionics and flight systems. The centre will conduct simulation training for pilots. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal)  India is centralising the integration and development of its flight control systems to help quicken the pace of development of avionics and hardware for a new range of unmanned and manned military aircraft.    Speaking to  Janes  , the chairperson of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr G Satheesh...

Industry weighs multidomain options for DARPA ACE technology

By Carlo Munoz 21 March 2022
ACE plans to increase warfighter trust in autonomous combat technology by using human-machine collaborative dogfighting as its initial challenge scenario. (DARPA)  Industry partners of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) effort to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into air combat are looking to apply those nascent technologies into other warfare domains.  Senior officials at Dynetics are exploring development options for multidomain applications of the air-centric AI technologies developed under the age...

UK approved to buy ballistic missile defence radar

By Gareth Jennings 18 March 2022
The Long Range Discrimination Radar seen in testing at Lockheed Martin's facilities in the US. The UK is set to acquire this system under a State Department approval for a ballistic missile defence radar announced on 17 March. (Lockheed Martin)  The United Kingdom is to buy a ballistic missile defence radar (BMDR) and command and control battle management and communications (C2BMC) system from the United States.  The US State Department approval for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement, announced 17 March, covered one BMDR and two C2B...

Portuguese Army enhances special operations capabilities with new equipment

By Victor Barreira 17 March 2022
Portuguese FOE operator, equipped with the PRC-148 JEM, HK416A5, AN/PVS-21, and ATAK systems. (Victor Barreira)  The Portuguese Army is equipping its special operations unit, the Força de Operações Especiais (FOE), with a range of new weapons and systems.  The 100-strong FOE is part of the Special Operations Troops Centre (CTOE) based in Lamego and is composed of a command staff, six special operations task units (SOTUs), and a command and support company.    FOE relies on the Special Operations Force Implementation Plan (PIFOE) introduc...

NCIA modernises NATO's core communications infrastructure

By Olivia Savage 17 March 2022
The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) completed the modernisation of NATO's core infrastructure in January, the NCIA announced on 16 March.    Andreas Hutzenlaub, acting chief of Network Services and IT Infrastructure at NCIA,...

Lithuania to increase defence spending to 2.52% of GDP from 2022

By Olivia Savage & Ana-Roxana Popescu 16 March 2022
Lithuania increases defence spending for 2022. (Janes Defence Budgets)  Lithuania's parliament has discussed a draft amendment to the State Budget to increase defence spending to 2.52% of GDP for 2022, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 14 March.  According to the government this would entail additional funding of EUR298 million (USD328.2 million). The motion has wide support and is expected to pass at its second reading on 17 March.    A spokesperson from the Lithuanian MoD told   Janes   that EUR158.5 mill...

Echodyne delivers additional radars for US Army force protection

By Carlo Munoz 16 March 2022
The US Army command post during the Joint Warfighting Assessment 21 at Fort Carson, Colorado, which was the culmination of testing for CPCE Increment 1. (Amy Walker/US Army PEO C3T public affairs)  Military radar maker Echodyne has delivered an additional tranche of the company's EchoGuard 3D radar system, in support of the US Army's Security Surveillance System (SSS) programme, company officials announced on 15 March.  Company officials from Advanced Technology Systems Company (ATSC), the prime contractor for SSS, confirmed the deliveries of...

German Tornado replacement decision paves way for Eurofighter ECR development

By Gareth Jennings 15 March 2022
An artist's impression of the Eurofighter ECR aircraft, development of which will now proceed following a German government decision announced on 14 March. (Airbus via Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Germany's Tornado replacement announcement on 14 March has paved the way for Airbus to formally launch the development of the Eurofighter Electronic Combat Role (ECR) platform that it first touted in 2019.  In announcing its intent to satisfy the Luftwaffe's future fighter requirements with the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and...

Silentium Defence to provide passive radar to Australian Navy

By Oishee Majumdar & Naqi Wasif 15 March 2022
Dr James Palmer, CEO of Silentium Defence, and Melissa Price, Australia's Minister for Defence Industry, with MAVERICK-M passive radar. (Silentium Defence)    Australia's Silentium Defence has secured a contract with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to test its MAVERICK passive radar across a range of maritime applications, company official told  Janes  .      Dr James Palmer, CEO of Silentium Defence, told  Janes   on 11 March that “this is a gated process to design, install, and evaluate” the MAVERICK pass...

British Army to launch data management competition as part of HMT

By Olivia Savage 15 March 2022
As part of the broader British Army's human machine teaming (HMT) programme, the Future Capability Group (FCG) will launch a competition this year for the ‘Data Management Service', Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics & Autonomous Systems...

Taiwan finalises field information and communications system deal with US

By Oishee Majumdar 14 March 2022
The Taiwan government has announced the finalisation of a deal worth TWD6.9 billion (USD245 million) to procure military field information and communications system (FICS) from the United States.  According to the Taiwan government, the ‘property c...

Hensoldt to equip German transport aircraft with missile defence system

By Olivia Savage 14 March 2022
Germany's Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules to be equipped with Hensoldt missile defence system. (Lockheed Martin)  The German Bundeswehr will equip its three new Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 airlifters and three KC-130J tanker-transports with Hensoldt's MILDS Block 2 missile defence system, Hensoldt announced on 11 March.  Hensoldt will supply 35 MILDS Block 2 systems in total – five per aircraft and five for laboratory use – to Danish-based Terma A/S, who are managing the integration of the systems, the announcement stated.  20 MILDS Block 2 se...

Insitu Pacific to supply unmanned aerial systems to Australian Army

By Oishee Majumdar 11 March 2022
Insitu's Integrator in flight. The UAS does not require a runway for take–off or landing, enabling forces to use the system from forward and remote locations. (Insitu)  Boeing's Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd has been selected by Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) to supply the Australian Army with 24 of its Integrator unmanned aerial systems (UASs) as part of an AUD650 million (USD475 million) defence investment, the DoD announced in a media release on 11 March.  The Integrator UASs will be able to provide the army “with enhanced abilities to g...

India looking to acquire high-capacity radio relay equipment

By Parth Shukla 11 March 2022
Bharat Electronics Limited may offer its 100 Mbps HCRR (pictured) to the Indian Army. (BEL)  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently issued a request for information (RFI) for high-capacity radio relay (HCRR) equipment for the Indian Army.  According to the RFI, the MoD will acquire 800 units of HCRR equipment for the Indian Army. In addition, the HCRR equipment should “meet the operational aim of engineering and setting up secure, high-bandwidth, point-to-point communication links networks in high-altitude areas, mountainous [areas...

Lawmakers call for IVAS procurement cuts, US Army weighing implications

By Ashley Roque 11 March 2022
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. In 2021 the service decided to delay fielding the technology and is working on improvements in anticipation of getting it into the field later in 2022. (US Army )  US Army acquisition officials are examining the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus spending bill to determine how Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) procurement cuts and proposed restrictions will affect programme plans,...
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