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Silentium Defence to provide passive radars for Australia's JABMS

By Oishee Majumdar 30 August 2023
A deployed Maverick M8 radar developed by Silentium Defence. Silentium will collaborate with Lockheed Martin to deliver undisclosed variants from its Maverick suite of radars for Australia's Joint Air Battle Management System. (Silentium Defence)  Adelaide-based Silentium Defence will supply its passive radar sensors for Australia's Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) being developed under Project Air 6500 Phase 1.  Silentium's chief technology officer Simon Palumbo told Janes on 30 August that the company will provide “multiple varia...

US Navy developing service-centric ICAM capability

By Carlo Munoz 29 August 2023
US Marines assigned to Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command at Fort Meade, Maryland. (US Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command)  Information technology (IT) and network security specialists with the US Navy (USN) are in the midst of developing and testing a new identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) system, as part of a service-wide effort to increasingly adopt zero-trust applications and capabilities into USN and US Marine Corps (USMC) combat networks.  The establishment of a viable and secure digital identity management capab...

Australia selects Lockheed Martin for JABMS requirement

By Kapil Kajal & Oishee Majumdar 29 August 2023
Project Air 6500 will connect platforms and sensors across all warfighting domains into a single interface. LMA is selected to build the system of systems architecture for the Australian DoD's Project Air 6500 Joint Air Battle Management System requirement. (Lockheed Martin Australia)  The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has selected Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) as its strategic partner to deliver the Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) as part of the second tranche of Project Air 6500 Phase 1.  The JABMS is the initial part...

US approves F-16 IRST sale to Taiwan

By Jon Grevatt 24 August 2023
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has said the new IRST pods will be fitted onto its Lockheed Martin F-16V fighter aircraft. (Lockheed Martin)  The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of F-16 infrared search and track (IRST) systems to Taiwan.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on 23 August that the potential deal, which needs Congress approval, is worth USD500 million.  The deal involves an unspecified number of IRST systems and associated equipment and support services. Lockheed...

BAE Systems wins Trinity LE TacCIS contract

By Olivia Savage 24 August 2023
Trinity aims to enhance front-line connectivity for military personnel, linking small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles, combat vehicles, fighter jets, aircraft carriers, and military commands. (BAE Systems )  BAE Systems has won the contract to deliver the Trinity network communications system for the British Armed Forces under the wider Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems (LE TacCIS) programme.  Awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the five-year contract will require BAE Systems to design and manuf...

Update: Netherlands acquires C-UASs from Elbit Systems

By Olivia Savage 23 August 2023
Elbit Systems ReDrone C-UAS solution has been acquired by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. (Elbit Systems)  The Netherlands has acquired new counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) from Elbit Systems for GBP43 million (USD55 million), the company announced on 21 August.  As part of the contract, the company will supply several mobile, stationary, and deployed configurations of its ‘ReDrone' integrated C-UAS solution. Logistics and training will also be provided.    A Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told   J...

Netherlands acquires C-UASs from Elbit Systems

By Olivia Savage 22 August 2023
Elbit Systems ReDrone C-UAS solution has been acquired by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. (Elbit Systems)  The Netherlands has acquired new counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) from Elbit Systems for GBP43 million (USD55 million), the company announced on 21 August.  As part of the contract, the company will supply several mobile, stationary, and deployed configurations of its ‘ReDrone' integrated C-UAS solution. Logistics and training will also be provided.  The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) did not respond to Janes regard...

US Army takes lead on Guam missile defence integration

By Meredith Roaten 18 August 2023
Raytheon Technologies is building the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor for the US Army's integrated missile defence architecture in Guam. (Raytheon)  The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) transitioned its power to the US Army in June 2023 on the integrated missile defence of Guam effort, service leaders announced recently.  The memo – signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks – establishing Army Sustainment Command as the lead service for Guam's defence, went out in June, Lieutenant General Robert Rasch, director of the Rapid C...

Steel cut for first Polish Miecznik-class frigate

By Kate Tringham 17 August 2023
A computer-generated image of the final configuration of the Polish Navy's first Miecznik frigate. (PGZ)  A steel-cutting ceremony was held for the first Polish Project 106 Miecznik (Swordfish)-class frigate at the Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa: PGZ) Naval Shipyard in Gdynia, Poland, on 16 August.  Under the Miecznik programme, which is valued at around PLN8 billion (USD1.95 billion), PGZ Naval Shipyard is building three frigates for the Polish Navy in co-operation with strategic partners Babcock (as the platform design pro...

USCG cutter Healy offloads ONR equipment for Arctic Ocean studies

By Michael Fabey 16 August 2023
US Coast Guard   Healy  is providing support for Office of Naval Research studies in the Arctic.  (Michael Fabey)    The US Coast Guard (USCG) cutter   Healy   (WAGB 20), one of two USCG icebreakers and the only one specifically designed for Arctic research, in late July and early August offloaded Office of Naval Research (ONR) equipment onto a floe of multi-year ice for the first of three multi-instrument ice stations in the Arctic Ocean Basin, the USCG confirmed on 14 August.   Healy  o...

US Army eyes MPE push into Indo-Pacific

By Carlo Munoz 16 August 2023
A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk flies in formation over Yamaguchi Bay during joint exercises with the US and Japan during ‘Orient Shield'. (US Army)  Officials with the US Army's cloud computing directorate are developing a series of technology initiatives geared towards integrating the Mission Partner Environment (MPE) into tactical formations in the Indo-Pacific region.  Service leaders within the army's Enterprise Cloud Management Agency (ECMA) are leveraging lessons learned from ongoing MPE integration efforts with European partners as a way t...

Ukraine conflict: Kongsberg delivering C-UAS systems to Ukraine

By Olivia Savage 15 August 2023
Kongsberg's Cortex Typhon C-UAS solution is being delivered to Ukraine. The collective solution integrates the company's RWS and surveillance systems from Teledyne FLIR Defense. (Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace)  Ukraine will receive new counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to enhance the capabilities of its armed forces.  According to a Kongsberg announcement on 14 August, the company will deliver several Cortex Typhon systems for GBP56 million (USD71 million), funded by the International Fund for Ukrain...

USAF, Northrop test new B-2 digital mission data upgrades

By Carlo Munoz 14 August 2023
A B-2 Spirit bomber, deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, is prepared for a training mission at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on 17 January 2019. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force (USAF) and representatives at Northrop Grumman have successfully demonstrated a new digital data transmission capability for the B-2 bomber, as part of a larger effort to overhaul the legacy stealth aircraft, according to a company statement on 9 August.  Service officials and company representatives completed an integrated airborne mission tran...

Smart gains: Chinese military's expanding use of OSINT

By Oishee Majumdar 14 August 2023
The PLA has been enhancing capabilities to gather and analyse open-source intelligence to support military operations including information warfare. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)  The proliferation of publicly available data since the information revolution in the mid-1980s has rapidly increased the role of open-source intelligence (OSINT) in shaping strategic and military decision making.  The expanding opportunities to leverage OSINT for military gains were highlighted by the US think-tank, the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), in a...

GRSE launches autonomous underwater vehicle

By Oishee Majumdar 11 August 2023
GRSE has launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (pictured) that can be used to support mine countermeasures, underwater monitoring, and search-and-rescue missions. (GRSE)  India's state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can be used for a range of military operations.    A GRSE spokesperson told   Janes  in early August that the AUV, named Neerakshi, is equipped with mine-detection technologies to assist mine countermeasures (MCM), and sensors and im...

Indian Army inducts Swathi WLR mountain variant

By Oishee Majumdar 11 August 2023
The Indian Army has inducted six Swathi Mark II mountain-variant WLRs under a contract awarded to manufacturer Bharat Electronics in December 2021. (Bharat Electronics Limited)  The Indian Army has announced the induction of six units of a mountain variant of the Swathi Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) to enhance battlefield surveillance.  The WLR, also known as the Swathi Mark II, was delivered to the Indian Army by state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in early August.  A BEL spokesperson told Janes on 9 August that the company received...

Update: Australian Army upgrades Bushmasters with satcom capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 11 August 2023
The Australian Army has equipped some of its Bushmaster 4×4 protected mobility vehicles with satcom systems as part of an ongoing programme to enhance battlefield telecommunications. (Capt Annie Richardson, Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian Army has integrated satellite communication (satcom) systems into some of its Thales Australia Bushmaster 4×4 protected mobility vehicles, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said on 3 August.  An undisclosed number of Bushmasters have been equipped with the satcom systems to enable “stable...

Hensoldt launches new passive deployable radar

By Olivia Savage 08 August 2023
Hensoldt has launched a deployable variant of its Twinvis family of passive radars called Twinvis Military Sheltered. (Hensoldt)  Hensoldt has launched a new deployable variant of its passive radar Twinvis.  Known as ‘Twinvis Military Sheltered', the variant – initially only available as an upgrade – is fully integrated into a containerised shelter for military users that is designed for long-range aerial surveillance, the company said on 4 August.  It can be easily deployed on military carrier vehicles and set up and dismantled in the field...

Companies bidding in Skynet Enduring Capability programme revealed

By Olivia Savage 04 August 2023
The SKEC WSS capability will eventually replace the MoD's existing satcom fleet, such as Skynet 5 (pictured). (Paradigm Secure Communications)  Companies bidding in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Skynet Enduring Capability (SKEC) Wideband Satellite System (WSS) programme have been revealed.  The MoD disclosed on 4 August that Airbus Defence and Space, Lockheed Martin, and Thales Alenia Space are bidding for the programme and have been downselected for the next phase of the competition.  The three companies are now eligible to receive the W...

Germany opens IRIS-T training facility

By Nicholas Fiorenza 04 August 2023
The Todendorf training facility will support the training of German and other NATO and ESSI countries that procure the IRIS-T SLM (pictured). (Diehl)  The Luftwaffe, Diehl Defence, and Gebäudemanagement Schleswig-Holstein (GMSH) have opened a ground-based air-defence (GBAD) training facility at the Todendorf training ground on Germany's Baltic Sea coast. Diehl said in a press release on 3 August that it would support the Bundeswehr in training, qualification, and maintenance of the IRIS-T SLM (Surface Launched Medium Range) ground-based air-d...
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