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Hanwha to develop laser oscillator for air-defence system

By Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 01 June 2021
Hanwha Corporation announced on 31 May that it has secured a contract to develop a laser oscillator for use in future, laser-based short-range air-defence weapon systems designed to primarily engage unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).   The company said in a statement that the KRW24.3 billion (USD21.9 million) contract, which was awarded by the country's Agency for Defense Development (ADD), is aimed at developing a prototype within four years.   The laser oscillator plays a key role in generating the laser beam and determines the performance of...

Pentagon budget 2022: US Navy scales up INFOWAR accounts

By Carlo Munoz 29 May 2021
The US Navy is scaling up its information warfare (INFOWAR) accounts across the board, as part of its fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget request, as part of an effort to support service-wide networking objectives tied to Project Overmatch.  The USD...

Pentagon budget 2022: DoD doubles down on microelectronics

By Carlo Munoz 29 May 2021
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is doubling down its investments toward development and integration of advanced microelectronics systems, programmes and platforms within the US armed forces. That investment announced as part of the Pentagon’s US...

Pentagon budget 2022: Aegis Ashore requests USD43.2 million, Polish construction delays continue

By Daniel Wasserbly 28 May 2021
The US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system is slated to receive USD43.2 million in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) to develop improvements, support operations in Romania, and finish construction at a site in Poland.  MDA said in FY 2022 it would “continue High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Combat System hardening in Romania”, and that a long-delayed Aegis Ashore site in Poland is expected to be available by 2022 – at least three years late due to construction delays.  Construction is over 90% complete in Pol...

Pentagon budget 2022: US Army eyes tactical level C4ISR investment

By Carlo Munoz 28 May 2021
US Army officials are eyeing significant investment upticks in its tactical-level command, control, communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance portfolios, as part of the service’s fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget blueprint....

Pentagon budget 2022: Handheld, manpack radio procurement accelerated under spending blueprint

By Carlo Munoz 28 May 2021
Pentagon officials are escalating investments in procurement and continued development of its family of handheld and manpack radio systems, setting aside USD803 million for those efforts in the ground service’s fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget req...

Pentagon budget 2022: Missile Defense Agency budget ticks lower at USD8.9 billion

By Daniel Wasserbly 28 May 2021
The White House’s proposed budget for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) continues a slow downward trend for the agency, with USD8.917 billion requested in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022).  MDA had budgeted for USD9.187 billion in FY 2021, USD9.431 billion in FY 2020, and USD10.491 billion in FY 2019.  The FY 2022 request, which is likely to be somewhat altered by lawmakers who must then pass it in both congressional chambers before the president enacts it, includes USD1.733 billion for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that is desi...

Pentagon budget 2022: US Army cancels Multi-Function EW programme

By Carlo Munoz 28 May 2021
US Army leaders have decided to cancel the service’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme, as part of a slate of service divestitures across its entire acquisition portfolio included in the army’s fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget req...

Pentagon budget 2022: MDA requests USD292.8 million for better awareness in space

By Daniel Wasserbly 28 May 2021
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) requested USD292.8 million to integrate its Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) system, meant to report on the success or failure of individual interceptor missions, and to develop a H...

Norway orders new artillery location radars from Netherlands

By Richard Scott & Nicholas Fiorenza 26 May 2021
Norway is to acquire five Thales Ground Master 200 Multi-Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C) under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.    Norway is to acquire five Thales GM200 MM/C artillery location radars in 2023–24. (Thales)  Concluded on 25 May, the procurement will provide the Norwegian Armed Forces with a new mobile artillery location radar system suitable for national and international operations. The sales agreement, signed by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) and the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisat...

IRGC unveils short-range SAM

By Jeremy Binnie 25 May 2021
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new, shorter-range version of its 3 Khordad surface-to-air missile (SAM) system on 21 May.   The 9 Dey short-range SAM system unveiled by the IRGC on 21 May. (Sepah News)  Often compared to the Russian Buk family of mobile SAM systems, the 3 Khordad was unveiled in 2014 and credited with shooting down a US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle flying over the Gulf of Oman at a range of a  70 km on 20 June 2019.   Named after a Persian date like the 3 Khordad, the new 9 Dey vari...

Leonardo to upgrade NATO AWACS aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 24 May 2021
Leonardo is to upgrade a first Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft test aircraft as part of NATO's wider Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP).   Leonardo is to upgrade one of NATO's 14 E-3 AWACS aircraft as a test for a wider modernisation of the fleet under the Final Lifetime Extension Programme. (NATO)  The Italian company announced on 21 May that it has been contracted by Boeing, as prime contractor for the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Programme Management, Agency to upgrade the first NA...

Pentagon awards M-Code GPS deal to BAE Systems

By Carlo Munoz 24 May 2021
The Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded BAE Systems a USD325 million deal to provide the US armed forces with Military Code (M-Code)-enabled GPS modules, according to a company statement.  Under the terms of the deal, company officials will provide M-Code-compatible Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Increment 1 Common GPS Modules to US and allied combat platforms over the next 10 years, the statement said. The modules “will provide reliable and secure positioning, navigation, and timing [PNT] data with anti-jamming and ant...

US Army preps for TITAN ground station experimentation

By Carlo Munoz 24 May 2021
US Army officials are preparing to implement a full-scale experimentation plan for new ground stations designed for the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) programme, with service leaders anticipating development of a full-on TITAN ground station by 2022.  The TITAN ground station platform, as envisioned, will consolidate functionalities of several legacy fixed and mobile ground stations, and then fuse the collected data from various ground, aerial, and space-based sensors into a single station, according to Willie Nelson, di...

USAF transitions ABMS into ‘operational phase'

By Gareth Jennings 24 May 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) is progressing its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Internet of Things (IoT) programme, with the service announcing on 21 May that it is pushing the concept “into a new and more operational phase”.   Concept art showing an ABMS-equipped KC-46A tanker connecting with F-22 and F-35 combat aircraft. (US Air Force)  The transition to the operational phase follows an 18-month development phase and sees the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker selected as the first platform to be fitted with the ABMS pod for enhanced connect...

US Army approves initial Tactical Space Layer capability requirements

By Carlo Munoz 24 May 2021
The US Army is pressing forward with plans to develop a new network of space-based tactical sensors and ground stations, as senior service brass continue talks with US Space Force (USSF) counterparts on how to divvy up space requirements and capabilities for future conflicts.  Officials from the army’s Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team (APNT/Space CFT) have signed off on an Abbreviated - Capability Development Document (A-CDD) for the Tactical Space Layer (TSL) programme.  The document, approved in Apri...

SOCOM seeks low-SWaP ESA for improved satcom capability

By Andrew White 24 May 2021
The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is pursuing a requirement to field electronically steerable arrays (ESAs) at reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) and cost to support connectivity requirements around the world.  Speaking at the virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 19 May, US Army Colonel Joel Babbitt said how ESAs will facilitate satellite communications (satcom) by connecting ground users to satellite constellations in low (LEO), medium (MEO), and geostationary (GEO) Earth orbits.  A US Air Force Spe...

USSOCOM's HEO project spins off two official programmes

By Andrew White 21 May 2021
The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will transition a pair of emerging capabilities associated with the Hyper Enabled Operator (HEO) concept into Programs of Record, (POR) director of science and technology Lisa Sanders told Janes.  The cap...

Australian DoD accepts first trailer-mounted satcom terminals under Project Currawong

By Gabriel Dominguez 20 May 2021
Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) announced on 18 May that the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has accepted the first trailer-mounted satellite communication (satcom) terminals developed for Project Land 2072 Phase 2B (also known as Project Currawong).  In a statement the company described the ‘Medium Satcom Terminal’ (MST) as a rapidly deployable, trailer-based terminal comprising a 2.5-m satellite dish, adding that it is ”the only secure satcom system of its size with dual-band certification for the military’s Wideband Global satcom X...

NATO's Exercise ‘Steadfast Cobalt' takes lessons from Covid-19 pandemic

By Gerrard Cowan 18 May 2021
NATO’s ‘Steadfast Cobalt 2021’ Communications and Information System (CIS) exercise took place in a virtual environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to senior officials, this brought a range of benefits, enabling organisers to deconflict...
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