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British Army praises artillery training solution, eyes improvements

By Giles Ebbutt 09 August 2022
Cubic's artillery mission training system (AMTS) installed on a 105 mm L118 Light Gun at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill. The visible appliqué elements (to the left of the breech and under the barrel) are bright blue. (Giles Ebbutt)  The British Army has learnt a number of lessons from its use of Cubic's artillery mission training system (AMTS) and is introducing improvements to it.  The AMTS has been in use at the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill and elsewhere as a concept capability demonstrator since late 2018. It consists of...

USMC explores operational use of low Earth orbit satcom

By Andrew White 09 August 2022
The USMC's 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment showed off an LTATV equipped with Kymeta's u8 user terminal, which is able to acquire OneWeb low Earth orbit satellites to facilitate communications on the pause and on the move. (Andrew White )  The US Marine Corps (USMC) displayed a variety of emerging communications equipment during the amphibious warfare phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii this week.  The display was hosted by the first Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR) to join the USMC's order of battle – 3rd MLR – which is in...

UK awards contracts for UAS swarm project

By Olivia Savage 08 August 2022
A UAS swarm comprising of Malloy Aeronautics TRV150 systems during a Royal Marines trial. (UK MOD Crown copyright 2021 - Barry Wheeler)  Malloy Aeronautics and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) group have been awarded a contract as part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Multi-Domain Integrated Swarm (MDIS) project, Brigadier Mark Totten, Deputy Director of Acquisition Commando Forces and MDIS told Janes on 27 July.  The project will involve a series of trials with SNC, integrating and teaming approximately 10–20 Malloy Aeronautics unmanned a...

Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills

By Akhil Kadidal 05 August 2022
China's Eastern Theatre Command says it is launching hundreds of aircraft to participate in live-fire drills around Taiwan. (VCG via Getty Images)    China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.   Janes   assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.   China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan from 4 August, in response to a visit by US House Speak...

Rocket Lab launches surveillance satellite for Australian DoD, US NRO

By Oishee Majumdar 04 August 2022
Rocket Lab launched NROL-199, co-developed by the US NRO and the Australian DoD, with the help of its Electron rocket from a spaceport in New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula on 4 August. (Rocket Lab )  The second of the two surveillance satellites co-developed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) of the United States and the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) was launched by the US-based Rocket Lab from its spaceport in New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula on 4 August.  The US NRO and Rocket Lab confirmed the launch of this second satellite, n...

Going operational: JADC2 technology concepts hit the field

By Carlo Munoz 04 August 2022
A USAF B-1B Lancer flies over an MIM-104 Patriot missile launcher in support of ‘Valiant Shield 2022'. (USAF)  Since its inception in late 2020 as the Pentagon's main vehicle to usher in a new era of joint, technology-driven warfare, the Joint All-...

Taiwan faces widespread cyber attacks as tensions rise with China

By Oishee Majumdar 04 August 2022
Taiwan says it has been subject to a series of intensified cyber attacks since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island nation on 2 August.  The attacks come amid rising US and Taiwan tensions with China, which has voiced “strong opposition...

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new STAR-X 3D naval radar

By Kate Tringham 02 August 2022
IAI's new STAR-X 3D multimission naval radar, designed for OPVs and other small vessels. (IAI)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new compact shipborne surveillance and threat alert radar designed to fulfil the needs of operators of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other small vessels.  The new radar, named STAR-X 3D, is a fully digital 3D short- to medium-range X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can perform simultaneous surface and air surveillance....

Microflown Avisa applies 3D shockwave detection for improved counter-artillery capability

By Giles Ebbutt 01 August 2022
A Microflown Avisa Castle acoustic subarray mounted on an unmanned ground vehicle, displayed at the Omega Future Indirect Fires conference. The acoustic master is located in the centre and the meteorological station is mounted on a short mast next to the front right acoustic sensor. (Giles Ebbutt)  Microflown Avisa and Leonardo have developed new acoustic artillery detection technologies, briefing on these at the 2022 Omega Future Indirect Fires conference in Bristol.  Microflown Avisa has developed a new concept based on detecting the 3D sh...

USCG to test LEO communications in Arctic

By Michael Fabey 29 July 2022
The US Coast Guard cutter   Healy  is testing a new satellite communications network in the Arctic during its upcoming Arctic deployment.  (Michael Fabey)  The US Coast Guard (USCG) cutter Healy (WAGB-20) will be testing prototype USCG communications capability using the recently launched low Earth orbit (LEO) Starlink satellites, according to Captain Ken Boda, Healycommanding officer.  “We're going to prototype Starlink [communications] in the Arctic this year,” Capt Boda told Janes on 23 July during a port call...

Update: CEA Technologies to build air-defence radars for ADF

By Oishee Majumdar 27 July 2022
CEA Technologies is building four new air-defence radars (pictured above) for the ADF. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Canberra-based CEA Technologies has secured a “multimillion-dollar” contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to build four new air-defence radars, Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy announced on 21 July.  “The new sensors will be able to detect aircraft and missile threats at greater ranges and with increased accuracy than our current systems, allowing for real-time critical information to be re...

Hanwha Systems develops ‘hyperconnectivity' solution

By Giles Ebbutt 27 July 2022
The Hanwha Phasor 16-tile conformal airborne AESA satcom antenna displayed at FIA 2022. (Giles Ebbutt/Janes)  Hanwha Systems is developing a 5G-based tactical communications system incorporating the OneWeb low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications (satcom) system. It will include the new satcom antenna technology from Hanwha Phasor and a smartphone-based integrated versatile terminal (IVT).    Kevin Kim, vice-president for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I), Hanwha systems, told   Janes...

NATO member orders IAI special-mission aircraft

By Yaakov Lappin 27 July 2022
One of the G550 CAEW aircraft IAI-Elta delivered to the Italian Air Force. (Aeronautica Militare)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 21 July that it signed a contract worth more than USD200 million to provide a European NATO member with an unspecified number of special-mission aircraft developed by its Elta subsidiary.    A company source told   Janes  that the contract is part of a larger deal, but declined to identify the country or provide details of the aircraft at the time of publication.   IAI-Elta offe...

US Army weighing IVAS production decision, unlikely to meet September fielding date

By Ashley Roque 27 July 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. (US Army)  US Army soldiers continued to experience technology and fit challenges during a recent operational test of Microsoft's Integrated Augmentation System (IVAS), Assistant Secretary of the US Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas Bush told reporters on 27 July.    Bush is now drafting a production division recommendation for the multibillion programme based around t...

Thales to supply Iraq with air-surveillance radars

By Jeremy Binnie & Shady Alkhayer 26 July 2022
One of the posters at the Iraqi Air Defence headquarters included this photograph of the Thales Ground Master 200. (Thales)  Iraq's Air Defence Command (ADC) will receive Thales radars in addition to the Lockheed Martin TPS-77. This was announced during a ceremony marking the start of construction of a new operations centre for the military branch on 24 July.  The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a video of the event in which Minister of Defence Juma Inad Sadoun said the “new operations centre will be connected to the new radar system...

QinetiQ conducts demo of laser-controlled UAS

By Olivia Savage & Rakend P 26 July 2022
QinetiQ controls UAS via FSOC communication link. (QinetiQ)  QinetiQ has conducted the world's first demonstration of an airborne unmanned platform controlled through a laser communication system, the company announced on 20 July.  The demonstration involved an unmanned aerial system (UAS) controlled by a ground-based operator using free-space optical communications (FSOC) as a bidirectional link in its mission communication system to transmit control commands and receive sensor and platform information, the company stated.    A QinetiQ...

RAF unveils Next Generation Force Protection Vision

By Andrew White 26 July 2022
NGFP components displayed at the Air and Space Chiefs' Conference included a mock-up of the PHOLOS VTOL UAS. (Andrew White)  The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) unveiled multiple components of its Next Generation Specialist Air Force Protection Vision for the first time at the Air and Space Chiefs' Conference held in London between 13 and 14 July.  RAF officials said at the event that the concept, also referred to as Next Generation Force Protection (NGFP), will be rolled out between 2022 and 2040, subject to funding. Budget requests are expected to...

Scanning the skies: USAF transferring Compass Call to Gulfstream G550

By Mark Ayton 25 July 2022
EC-130H Compass Call aircraft serial number 73-1590, assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, takes off in support of a large force employment exercise at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, on 13 July 2021. (USAF)  The EC-130H Hercules aircraft has been in US Air Force (USAF) service since 1982. It is no ordinary C-130. The EC-130H is configured with the Compass Call electronic warfare (EW) system that employs a broad range of techniques to engage the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to disrupt enemy command-and-con...

DoD sees LEO, MEO satellites as future of US missile defence

By Carlo Munoz 25 July 2022
A US Marine Corps field radio operator from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit set up satellite communication at Camp Korean Village, Iraq, in 2008. (US Department of Defense )  Senior policy decision makers at the US Department of Defense (DoD) and US Space Force (USSF) are seeking to transition the US missile defence apparatus away from geosynchronous (GEO) satellite constellations, in favour of those that operate at low Earth Orbit (LEO) and mid Earth orbit (MEO), a top Pentagon official said.  “As the future progresses ... the department...

CEA Technologies to build air-defence radars for ADF

By Oishee Majumdar 22 July 2022
CEA Technologies is building four new air-defence radars (pictured above) for the ADF. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Canberra-based CEA Technologies has secured a “multimillion-dollar” contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to build four new air-defence radars, Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy announced on 21 July.  “The new sensors will be able to detect aircraft and missile threats at greater ranges and with increased accuracy than our current systems, allowing for real-time critical information to be re...
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