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Thales, Operational Solutions team up on new counter-UAS technologies

By Carlo Munoz 14 July 2021
Thales has linked up with UK-based defence firm Operational Solutions Limited (OSL) to develop counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) platforms and programmes for civilian aviation facilities.  The C-UAS development partnership will integrate OSL's FACETM command-and-control (C2) software into Thales' Eagleshield IDtect as well as the company's other C-UAS hardware platforms currently in production, according to a joint statement. The integration of the OSL C2 and data fusion software into the Thales' family of Eagleshield C-UAS systems will...

UK's Nexus combat cloud ready for operational use

By Gareth Jennings 14 July 2021
The combat cloud developed by the United Kingdom to network all of its future aircraft and other platforms is now ready to be used operationally, the chief of the Royal Air Force (RAF) announced on 14 July.  Conceptual artwork showing the future Tempest fighter operating in a networked environment. The Nexus combat cloud that the UK has developed to link this and all other assets across the future battlespace is now ready for operational use, the chief of the RAF said. (BAE Systems)  Speaking at the Air and Space Power Association's Global Ai...

EU's operational headquarters looks set, finally, to declare FOC by end of 2021

By Brooks Tigner 14 July 2021
Delayed twice during almost a year, the EU's declaration of a full operational capability (FOC) for the first expansion phase of its small headquarters in Brussels, the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), is now expected by the end of 2021, according to its head officer. However, the MPCC must find solutions for its staffing and technical issues before that can occur, he said.  Vice Adm Bléjean suggested that a member state provide its national CIS system for the duration of an EU mission, which works well for Operation ‘Atalanta...

More indications that Y-20 AEW&C variant is in pipeline for PLAAF

By Andrew Tate 12 July 2021
Further indications have emerged that an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) variant of the Xian Y-20 transport aircraft is in the pipeline for China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).    Cui Jixian, the deputy designer of th...

Update: US Army postponing network's Common Modular Open Suite of Standards until 2025

By Ashley Roque 12 July 2021
The US Army is delaying plans to roll out a Common Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) as part of its network modernisation initiative, the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), in 2023, and will wait to field some of the capability two years later.  The service is rolling out ITN iterations in two-year intervals with Capability Set 21 (CS21) in 2021, CS23 in 2023, and CS25 in 2025. Army leaders have billed CS21 as the benchmark for where its tactical network needs to be, in order to fight on the modern battlefield, and is fielding it to inf...

Indra reveals new SIMCUI aircraft training simulator

By David Ing 09 July 2021
Spain's Indra has developed a new multi-purpose and interoperable simulation system (SIMCUI) that it claims is transportable and can cut pilot training times by half.  SIMCUI is to function for all types of aircraft, including helicopters and remot...

Pentagon cancels JEDI cloud computing contract

By Carlo Munoz 07 July 2021
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has cancelled its contract with Microsoft on the controversial Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing programme, with department officials opting to walk away from a multibillion deal to integrate the Pentagon's legacy computer and networking into the cloud.  “The department has determined that, due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the JEDI cloud contract no longer meets its needs,” according to a 6 July Pentagon statement. In light of the...

AeroVironment develops new Crysalis ground control solution

By Pat Host 07 July 2021
AeroVironment has developed a new ground control solution (GCS) called Crysalis that will provide command and control (C2) of compatible company unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their payloads.  The user interface and hand device for AeroVironment's new Crysalis ground control solution for the company's robotic products. (AeroVironment)  Crysalis is an integrated, software-based system built around three elements – software, hardware, and antennas. Crysalis was designed to make operating AeroVironment robotic systems easier. Crysalis is cr...

US Army to outfit 64 Stryker vehicles with new network capability

By Ashley Roque 07 July 2021
Over the coming weeks the US Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment will begin outfitting 64 Stryker double v-hull vehicles inside Germany with a package of network technologies included under the service's Capability Set (CS) 21 Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) umbrella, according to service officials.  The army plans to roll out ITN capabilities in two-year increments – CS21, CS23, and CS25 – and plans to wait until the 2023 iteration (CS23) to provide soldiers inside Stryker formations with the ability to operate over the Secure But Unclassified (SB...

Raytheon secures LRIP contract for NGJ-MB programme

By Richard Scott 06 July 2021
The US Navy has awarded Raytheon a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the AN/ALQ-249(V)1 Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) electronic attack payload.  An EA-18G Growler from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23, located at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, conducts a NGJ-MB flight test over southern Maryland. The AN/ALQ-249(V)1 NGJ-MB will provide the EA-18G Growler with the ability to effectively engage enemy threats from increased stand-off distances, employ increased capacity against enemy targets, and support agile employme...

Singapore Army commissions TPQ-53 S-band WLR system

By Kelvin Wong 05 July 2021
The Singapore Army has commissioned the Lockheed Martin TPQ-53 weapon locating radar (WLR) system to replace its current fleet of X-band (8–12.5 GHz range) ThalesRaytheonSystems TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 WLRs that have been in service since 1986 and 1991 respectively.  The new radar system was commissioned by defence minister Ng Eng Hen at Headquarters 6th Singapore Division/Headquarters Sense and Strike (HQ 6 Div/HQ SS) at Mandai Hill Camp on 28 June. Unlike the US Army, which operates the type under the AN/TPQ-53 designation and integrated on five-...

EU's trial programme for defence capability set to disburse its final funding

By Brooks Tigner 05 July 2021
Financial grants worth nearly EUR300 million (USD356 million) for two major flagship capability projects and a host of new, smaller ones will complete the European Union's (EU's) spending for its 2019–20 European Defence Industry Development Programme (EDIDP), the European Commission announced on 30 June.  The European MALE RPAS, the full-scale mock-up of which was unveiled at the ILA Berlin Air Show in April 2018, will receive EUR100 million in EDIDP funding. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  As a so-called precursor programme that tested defence spe...

Klas Telecom unveils expeditionary C5ISR network chassis

By Carlo Munoz 04 July 2021
Klas Telecom's newest expeditionary variant of its Voyager command, control, communications, computer, cyber, intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (C5ISR) networking chassis will allow – for the first time – plug and play capability for tactical ground vehicles without modification to the vehicle itself.  The Voyager 6 chassis, as designed, meets current Standardized A-Kit/Vehicle Envelope (SAVE) criteria for size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements and can be bolted into the SINCGARS MT-6352 mounting tray already in use by a lar...

New Chinese conventional submarine fitted with towed array sonar

By Andrew Tate 02 July 2021
High-resolution photographs of China's latest submarine recently posted on social media forums appear to confirm that the boat is fitted with a reelable passive towed array sonar, which is a significant enhancement over the previous Type 039B (Yuan) class.    The submarine, which as previously reported by   Janes  has an unusually shaped fin similar to that on the Saab Kockums A26, was first photographed at the Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan in early May and subsequently at the Shenjia yard in Shanghai, where it had arrived by 20 J...

HawkEye 360 expands satellite-based RF data collection

By Carlo Munoz 02 July 2021
US-based commercial satellite company HawkEye360 is expanding its satellite-based radio frequency (RF) data collection and analytics operations with the launch of its Cluster 3 constellation late last month.  Operating in a three-satellite cluster constellation with each low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite weighing roughly 25 kg, the Cluster 3 constellation took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 30 June aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, according to a company statement. Constructed off a spacecraft bus developed by the University of Toronto In...

USAF launches new ‘spectrum warfare' unit

By Carlo Munoz 02 July 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) leaders at Air Combat Command (ACC) have stood up the first service unit dedicated to securing a combat advantage for the US armed forces across the electromagnetic spectrum.  The 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing (SWW) was ushered into the ACC chain of command on 25 June, tasked with equipping, enabling, and optimising USAF capabilities “to give the US and its allies a sustainable, competitive advantage over adversaries in the electromagnetic spectrum”, command officials said in a statement. Specifically, the new spectrum w...

Singapore Army's 3G force transformation achieves key milestone, introduces new capabilities

By Kelvin Wong 02 July 2021
The Singapore Army has reached the apex of its 17-year long ‘3rd Generation' (3G) transformation programme, which aims to develop an advanced and highly integrated fighting force capable of responding to a wide spectrum of threats, following the operationalisation of its 3G Combined Arms Division (CAD).  “The [CAD] is a key component of the Singapore Army's transformation into the 3rd Generation Army,” the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 30 June.  The Singapore Army commissioned a mortar-equipped variant of the Belrex Protected Comb...

US Army prepares for IVAS operational testing

By Ashley Roque 01 July 2021
The US Army will convene a ‘user jury' on 12 July to evaluate its latest iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) heads-up display in anticipation of launching operational testing later in the month.  During the week of 28 June, the service began enabled testing with IVAS capability set four, variant two at Fort Pickett in Virginia, according to Program Executive Officer Soldier Major General Anthony Potts and IVAS Product Manager Colonel Troy Denomy.  “We know that the form factor is about where we want it; now it's abou...

Korean Air to bid for second Baekdu ISR project

By Gareth Jennings 01 July 2021
Korean Air is to bid to be prime contractor for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration's (DAPA)'s second Baekdu intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft development project.  Having participated in the original Baekdu ISR aircraft development project for the Republic of Korea Air Force, Korean Air has said that it will bid to be the prime contractor for the second development project for four more aircraft. (Korean Air)  The company announced its intent on 1 July, noting that its previous experience in delivering...

USN approves NGJ-MB for production

By Gareth Jennings 30 June 2021
The US Navy (USN) has approved low-rate initial production (LRIP) for the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) electronic warfare/electronic attack (EW/EA) pods developed by Raytheon for Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft operated by the service and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  The NGJ-MB seen during flight trials aboard an EA-18G Growler. (Raytheon)  Raytheon Intelligence & Space announced on 29 June that it had completed Milestone C for the USN's NGJ-MB, with Vice President of Electronic Warfare Systems at...
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