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Mahindra Defence contracted to supply 14 IADSs to Indian Navy

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Bedi 31 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 August that it awarded local company Mahindra Defence Systems Limited an INR13.5 billion (USD184.1 million) contract for the supply of 14 ‘Integrated Anti-Submarine warfare Defence Suites' (IADSs) f...

US Navy launches autonomous technologies strategy

By Carlo Munoz 31 August 2021
The US Navy's (USN's) new autonomous technologies strategy seeks to accelerate development and deployment of intelligent platforms, linked through a highly distributed command-and-control (C2) architecture, to provide the necessary combat hardware to enable the sea service's Project Overmatch requirements.  The Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) strategy, as per senior service leaders, will be a “confluence of autonomy with unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) ” – from technology development and acquisition management to system...

Hanwha Systems to develop individual battlefield visualisation system for South Korean military

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 31 August 2021
Hanwha Systems has secured a KRW14.5 billion (USD12.5 million) contract to develop a smartphone-based individual battlefield visualisation system by 2024 for use by the South Korean military, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul announced on 31 August.  The individual battlefield visualisation system will link a soldier's weapon sight with smartphone-based information processors, personal radios, and tactical multiband multirole radios (TMMRs) to provide better battlefield situation awareness and enable soldiers to a...

Germany orders radars for F124 frigates from Hensoldt and IAI

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 August 2021
The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, has ordered radars from Hensoldt and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the German Navy's F124 air-defence frigates, IAI announced in a press release on 24 August.  The BAAINBw has ordered radars from Hensoldt and IAI for the German Navy's F124 air defence frigates. (Hensoldt)  The Israeli company said the EUR200 million (USD235 million) contract covers the...

US Army works to mesh Rainmaker data fabric into ITN systems

By Carlo Munoz 23 August 2021
US Army engineers and information technology experts are working to integrate the Rainmaker data fabric programme into key applications within the service's Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), in preparation for a vital capstone experiment later this year.  Officials from the army's Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center are co-ordinating with members of the service's Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team (LRPF CFT), to shorten sensor-to-shooter data transmissi...

Manila selects torpedo, countermeasures suppliers for PN's José Rizal-class frigates

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Matteo Scarano 20 August 2021
The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) disclosed on 10 August that it has selected suppliers for the torpedo and countermeasure systems meant for use by the Philippine Navy's (PN's) two José Rizal-class guided-missile frigates.  The DND issued a ‘Notice of Award' (NoA) to South Korean company LIG Nex1 for the planned procurement of an undisclosed number of torpedoes for PHP766.3 million (USD15.9 million). The move is meant to provide the multirole frigates with an additional anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability alongside that...

Ecuadorian Air Force aims to install new radar to combat drug trafficking

By Alejandro Sanchez 20 August 2021
The Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) plans to install a radar of “European” origin on Montecristi mountain to combat drug trafficking in the northern part of the country, according to Brigadier General Geovanny Espinel, commander of the service.  Gen Esp...

Next-Gen OPIR sensor payload clears critical milestone

By Carlo Munoz 20 August 2021
A new missile warning satellite developed for US Space Force cleared a major developmental milestone, as service and industry partners prepare to press forward with payload testing and assembly.  The Raytheon-designed sensor payload for the Block 0 variant of the space force's Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) received critical design review (CDR) approval by service leaders on 17 August, according to a company statement. The sensor payload, once delivered, will be integrated into space delivery vehicles developed b...

Saudi Arabia operating new air-defence radar

By Jeremy Binnie 19 August 2021
The Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces (RSADF) displayed a previously unseen radar during a parade marking the start of training for the Islamic year 1443 on 18 August.  A new mobile radar was displayed at the back of the parade at the Institute of Air Defence Forces in Jeddah on 18 August. (Saudi Ministry of Defence)  The Saudi Ministry of Defence released a photograph and a short video showing the event was held at the Institute of Air Defence Forces training facility in Jeddah and included components from Patriot, HAWK, Shahine (Crotale), and...

GA-ASI Avenger with Lockheed Martin Legion Pod autonomously follows target aircraft

By Pat Host 19 August 2021
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), on 2 July for the first time, used its Avenger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a Lockheed Martin Legion Pod modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) system to autonomously track and follow targets of interest.  GA-ASI, on July 2 for the first time, used its Avenger jet-powered UAV equipped with a Lockheed Martin Legion Pod modular IRST system to autonomously track and follow targets of interest. (GA-ASI)  During this industry-funded, 1.4 hour-long demonstration, the Legion Pod's I...

US Army seeks blockchain technology to manage combat data

By Carlo Munoz 16 August 2021
US Army engineers at the service's Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center are leveraging blockchain technology for a new tactical-level data management capability.  Development of the new data management capability is part of the centre's Information Trust programme and was one of several prototype technologies tested during the ground service's Network Modernization Experiment (NetModX), held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey in May.  The crux of the prog...

Sentinel air-defence radar to receive M-Code capability

By Carlo Munoz 16 August 2021
Lockheed Martin and Orolia Defense & Security will begin integrating mission timing and synchronisation units, capable of transmitting via Military Code (M-Code) signal, into the US Army's Sentinel A4 air and missile defence radar system.  Officials from Orolia delivered the initial shipment of M-Code-enabled SecureSync rack-mounted synchronisation platforms to Sentinel prime integrator Lockheed Martin in May, for implementation into the newest tranche of Sentinel A4 air defence radar systems. “SecureSync with M-Code provides enhanced resilie...

US Joint Requirements Oversight Council working on IAMD directive

By Ashley Roque 12 August 2021
The US Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) is moving ahead with creating a revised joint warfighting concept, dubbed ‘expanded manoeuvre', and its next strategic directive will provide the services with a unified integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) vision, according to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force General John Hyten.  The four-star general, set to retire in November, spoke on 11 August at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium, and said that now that the JROC has approved a strategic directive for...

Indonesian research body issues scathing assessment of country's air defence radars

By Ridzwan Rahmat 11 August 2021
An Indonesian governmental research agency has issued a scathing assessment of the country's network of air defence radars and suggested the nation is presently ill-equipped to detect incursions into its airspace.  The assessment was provided in an...

Italy's new Multiyear Planning Document boosts defence spending

By Alessandra Giovanzanti & Nicholas Fiorenza 09 August 2021
The Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published its Documento Programmatico Pluriennale (Multiyear Planning Document, DPP) 2021–2023 on 5 August, which lays out plans to spend EUR24.58 billion (USD29 billion) or 1.41% of GDP on defence in 2021, EUR...

US Army's new network software paves way for manned, unmanned teaming

By Carlo Munoz 09 August 2021
The US Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) is developing a new software application designed to help facilitate teaming unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) with advanced, manned combat platforms, such as the service's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).  The Network Coverage Overlay (NCO) is a software application developed by army engineers at DEVCOM's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance (C5ISR) Center.  Designed in conjunction with the US Futures Command's...

Italy confirms plans to develop G550-based C4ISTAR aircraft in co-operation with the US

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 06 August 2021
Italy has confirmed plans to acquire new Gulfstream G550-based multimission aircraft that will be later modified for conformal airborne early warning and control/electronic attack (CAEW/EA) roles via a deal with the United States, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed in the country's latest multi-year planning document (Documento Programmatico Pluriennale: DPP) for 2021–23.  The DPP, released on 5 August, provides new details on plans initially announced in October 2020 for the Italian Air Force's (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI's) C4IS...

Keels laid for Indian Navy's first ASWSWC and third large survey vessel

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Bedi 06 August 2021
Indian public-sector company Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) announced on 6 August that it has laid the keels for the first of eight anti-submarine warfare shallow-water craft (ASWSWCs) as well as for the third of four large survey v...

UK orders Type 163 laser target designators to fill NATO mission gaps

By Giles Ebbutt 06 August 2021
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Leonardo for eight Type 163 laser target designators (LTDs). The contract, worth GBP800,000, was awarded in June 2021 for delivery the following month, and was revealed to Janes in August.  The invitation to tender (ITT), issued in April 2021, stated a requirement for the LTDs “to terminate the capability gap on Op CABRIT and enable training and currency to continue for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), notably for Very High Readiness (VHR) forces”. Operation CABRIT is the United Kingdo...

Navy League 2021: US Navy hopes to cut frigate risk with proven systems

By Michael Fabey 04 August 2021
The incorporation of deployed and proven US Navy (USN) systems will help lower the risk on the development of the Constellation-class guided-missile frigate (FFG 62), said Captain Kevin Smith, programme manager, PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants....
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