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Communications and combat systems equipment contracts awarded for Brazilian frigates

By Victor Barreira 30 June 2021
Two Europe-based companies – Safran Electronics & Defense and Rohde & Schwarz – have recently announced contracts with the Brazilian company Águas Azuis Construção Naval (a joint venture between ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defesa & Seguran...

US Army leverages VR technology to improve combat decision making

By Gerrard Cowan 28 June 2021
The US Army is exploiting recent advances in virtual reality (VR) technology, as well as in neuro and other physiological sensors, to help understand how small teams function in extreme environments.  The research was funded by the US Army Combat C...

RAF E-3D AWACS supports UK carrier strike group in Mediterranean

By Tim Ripley 28 June 2021
Two Royal Air Force (RAF) E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft have deployed to the Mediterranean to support UK-led Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) operations and exercises in the region.  Two RAF E-3Ds have deployed to the Mediterranean to support CSG21. (Janes/Paul Tompkins)  The unannounced participation of the E-3Ds in the Mediterranean phase of the CSG21 deployment emerged after the aircraft's ADS-B transponder was tracked on an open source website during its missions from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.    An E-...

Intrepid Tiger II EW payload takes flight in MV-22 Osprey

By Richard Scott 25 June 2021
The newest variant of the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) AN/ALQ-231(V) Intrepid Tiger II electronic-warfare (EW) system has begun flight testing on the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor.  The MV-22B Osprey flies for the first time on 15 June with the latest Intrepid Tiger II (V)4 EW payload. This marked the start of developmental flight testing for the (V)4 variant and the first time the payload was mounted internally on an aircraft. (US Navy)  Intrepid Tiger II is a network-enabled family of systems that has been developed to deliver a Rapid Deployment C...

Israel tests ‘groundbreaking' airborne laser

By Yaakov Lappin 23 June 2021
The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Elbit Systems announced on 21 June that a series of tests of an airborne high-power laser system had been successfully completed.  The airborne High-Power Laser Weapon System (HPL-WS) that was tested was carried by a Cessna 208 Carravan. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)  The MoD said the tests were carried out by its Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), Elbit, and the Israeli Air Force and involved several unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targets being intercepted at various altitudes...

Mubadala to partially float Yahsat

By Charles Forrester 22 June 2021
The UAE's state-owned investment fund Mubadala announced on 21 June that it is floating a 30–40% stake in satellite communications subsidiary Yahsat.  The listing on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) will involve a public offering to individual and other investors within the UAE, and a separate offering to qualified institutional and other investors in the country and from abroad.  Shares are being sold with a nominal value of AED1.00 (USD0.27), with the value of each share to be determined through a book-building process. Between 731.9...

Interim software solution for Australian Army's C2 system may be required for up to three years

By Julian Kerr 21 June 2021
An interim software solution from Danish company Systematic is now being used in the Australian Army's digital command-and-control (C2) system and could be needed for up to three years, an Australian parliamentary committee has been told.  This fol...

Data management drives new JADC2 strategy

By Carlo Munoz 18 June 2021
Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype was tested as part of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), which collects and fuses data from various systems. (US Air Force)  Securing, streamlining, and accelerating capabilities tied to how the US armed forces leverage collected data streams into advanced networking technologies is the driving factor behind the department's overarching implementation strategy for the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capability.  US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin signed off on the new strategy in m...

US Army awards enhanced HADES airborne ISR contract

By Gareth Jennings 16 June 2021
The US Army has contracted L3 and Raytheon to demonstrate, develop, build, and integrate prototype electronic intelligence (ELINT) and communications intelligence (COMINT) sensors onto an enhanced version of the High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) Multi-Domain Sensing System (MDSS).   With the HADES mission system hosted on the Challenger 650-based ARTEMIS aircraft, the US Army is understood to be examining a number of potential manned and unmanned aircraft to host an en...

South Korea to deploy rail-mounted robot, AI-based surveillance systems to enhance border security

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 16 June 2021
South Korea plans to deploy two new surveillance systems later this year to enhance round-the-clock border security amid heightened tensions with neighbouring North Korea.  The country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a 16 June statement that the systems – a rail-mounted robot and an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled video and audio system – are being acquired through a fast-track procurement process and will initially be introduced as part of six-month-long trials starting in October (for the AI-based system) an...

US Navy accelerates TACAMO nuclear communications recap plan

By Gareth Jennings 15 June 2021
The US Navy (USN) is accelerating plans to field the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules in the Take Charge And Move Out (TACAMO) survivable nuclear communications role, with increased funding requested in the service's fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget proposal.   The US Navy is accelerating plans to host its TACAMO nuclear communications mission on the C-130J-30 Hercules platform, with increased budget being requested. (US Air Force)  The proposal released earlier in June lays out an accelerated plan to procure three C-130J-30 aircraft as test as...

NATO's innovation generator to launch at June summit, but details unclear

By Brooks Tigner 10 June 2021
It is yet unclear how NATO's forthcoming plan for a so-called innovation generator will spur military absorption of emerging disruptive technologies (EDTs) across the 30 allies, but several guiding principles will frame the effort, NATO sour...

UK MoD invites six teams to bid for Ground Manoeuvre Synthetic Trainer

By Giles Ebbutt 08 June 2021
Six manufacturers have been invited to bid for Project Vulcan, the British Army's Ground Manoeuvre Synthetic Trainer (GMST), the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on the Defence Contracts Online website on 28 May 2021.   The GMST was described...

Taiwan testing ship-borne ‘Sea Oryx' short-range, air-defence system

By J Michael Cole 08 June 2021
Images have emerged online showing the Republic of China Navy's (RoCN')  Kaohsiung  (LCC-1) command ship (ex-USS  Dukes County) being used to test the locally developed, shipborne ‘Sea Oryx' short-range, air-defence (SHORAD) system.   The images, which emerged in early June, show that the system – Taiwan's version of the Raytheon RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile system – has been located on the stern of the ship, which is often used by the RoCN and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) as a test pl...

Pentagon Budget 2022: US Space Force expanding M-Code GPS capability

By Carlo Munoz 07 June 2021
The US Space Force (USSF) is eyeing fiscal year (FY) 2022 as the window for service officials to make large strides in the development and integration of Military Code (M-Code)-enabled global positioning system (GPS) capabilities into fixed-wing and maritime surface warfare combatants.   Space force acquisition officials requested USD434.1 million for Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) development, testing, and fielding as part of the service's FY 2022 budget request. The request represented a USD94 million increase over the service's FY 2021...

Airbus eyes Air Combat Cloud role on Tempest

By Gareth Jennings 04 June 2021
Airbus is seeking a role in developing the Air Combat Cloud pillar of the UK's Future Combat Air System (FCAS), of which the Tempest fighter is a crucial component.  Conceptual art showing the European FCAS system-of-systems being networked together via the Air Combat Cloud. With Airbus leading development of this European cloud, Airbus DS in the UK is looking to channel this expertise and knowledge into the UK's FCAS project also to ensure future interoperability. (Airbus)  Speaking to  Janes  at the company's space facility in Portsmou...

USMC mounting Tamir launcher on to trailer for cruise missile interceptor

By Ashley Roque 03 June 2021
The US Marine Corps is ‘repackaging' key components of Rafael's Iron Dome on to a trailer so that it is more suitable for expeditionary operations and can be used with the service's AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and its Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S). If all goes as planned, the service will decide if it wants to deploy the capability in 2022.    Over the past several years, Janes has reported on the USMC's effort to determine if it can integrate Iron Dome's Tamir launchers and interceptors with existin...

USAF buys more BACN

By Gareth Jennings 02 June 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) is strengthening its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) fleet, with a further six aircraft to be procured over the coming five years.   The US Air Force is beefing up its BACN force, with a further six E-11A aircraft to be procured through to 2026. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 1 June that Learjet Inc., located at Wichita in Kansas, has been awarded USD464.9 million for the procurement of up to six Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft and completion work out to May 2026....

Land Forces 2021: ELSA, Australian DoD in talks over BMS software removal

By Julian Kerr 02 June 2021
The Managing Director of Elbit Systems Australia (ELSA) has commented on the controversial removal from service of software provided by the company to the Australian Army's digital battle management system (BMS), saying high-level talks are under w...

Indian MoD identifies 108 additional defence platforms, items to be sourced locally

By Rahul Bedi 01 June 2021
In another push to reduce materiel imports India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) released on 31 May a list of 108 additional military platforms, items, and related systems that are to be progressively sourced from local manufacturers over a four-year p...
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