• AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM

    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months. “We have delivered a number of

  • AUSA 2019: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter closer to IBCS integration

    The US Army and the US Air Force integrated track data from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2. The event, held in Palmdale in California and Fort Bliss in Texas, in June

  • AUSA 2019: FLIR Systems announces new StormCaster-T camera for SkyRaider UAV

    FLIR Systems is offering a new StormCaster-T thermal camera with FLIR Boson sensor for its R80D and R70 SkyRaider multi-mission unmanned rotorcraft that features a 15–75 mm zoom optic, according to a company official. Mark Holden, FLIR director of product strategy for the US government, told

  • AUSA 2019: General Micro Systems unveils new, tactical-level AI servers

    General Micro Systems is focusing its efforts on pushing artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities down to the tactical level, developing a family of AI-enhanced servers that are configured to withstand the rigors of combat. Known as “edge processing”, the need for AI-capable

  • Combat systems testing starts for French FDI frigate

    Combat management system (CMS) and sensor trials for the French Navy’s future Fregate de defense et d’intervention (FDI) frigates are set to start next month, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has confirmed. During a 27 September briefing, the DGA said the SETIS

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin shipping LRDR equipment to Alaska

    Lockheed Martin shipped the first antenna for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) to Clear, Alaska, in August, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin’s vice-president and general manager for Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors, told reporters at

  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability

    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence at the US Army’s Armor School at Fort

  • AUSA 2019: NIWC finishes JLTV communications integration a year ahead of schedule

    The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has completed its communications equipment integration work on the US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) nearly a year ahead of schedule, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 15 October. To make it possible for the early Initial

  • AUSA 2019: Digital engineering expands across programmatic life

    Digital engineering is being expanded beyond platforms and systems to include acquisition, operations, and even end-of-life disposals, according to SAIC engineers focusing on that field. “We look across the lifecycle,” Kim Nunn, SAIC chief systems engineer, solutions architect and

  • AUSA 2019: US Army awards infrared weapon sights to Leonardo DRS

    The US Army awarded Leonardo DRS a USD89 million contract to produce advanced infrared weapon sights, the company confirmed on 15 October. The follow-on delivery order is part of an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to supply soldiers with the Family of Weapon

  • AUSA 2019: US Army looks to ‘componentise’ Israel’s Iron Dome for on-the-move defence

    The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense Cross

  • AUSA 2019: US Army soldiers getting new hot-weather uniform, new protective equipment

    The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) is fielding a new hot-weather uniform and new soldier protective equipment meant to scale for varying threat levels. The Improved Hot-Weather Combat Uniform, designed for hot and tropical environments, “provides soldiers a

  • AUSA 2019: US Special Ops select Persistent Systems' Embedded Module for small UAV

    US Special Operations Command will field Persistent Systems’ Embedded Module, a modified version of the module integrated into the MPU5 handheld mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) radio, for its Indago small unmanned aerial (UAV) system. Approximately the size of a credit card, the Embedded

  • Ricardo delivers drives to keep CVR(T) in UK service

    The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) has received the first four replacement final drives for the United Kingdom’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR[T]) family from Ricardo Performance Products, the company announced in a press release on 8 October. The contract, issued

  • AUSA 2019: Booz Allen Hamilton debuts new Digital Soldier platform

    Booz Allen Hamilton is marketing its new Digital Soldier platform as an underlying open-architecture backbone designed to amalgamate and analyse data and then present it to soldiers as actionable or informative information. The architecture is meant to be “a new approach to the

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • AUSA 2019: 3M’s F70 helmet out for demonstrations

    Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M has sent its new lightweight, mid-level protection helmet to law enforcement and special forces around the world for demonstrations and human-factors testing, a company official told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual

  • AUSA 2019: Meggitt demos LOMAH shot scoring technology

    Meggitt Training Systems is demonstrating its location of miss and hit (LOMAH) capability to add to US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) training ranges. In May, Meggitt was awarded a follow-on USD15 million contract via the Army Targetry Systems (ATS) III programme, and the company expects that an

  • AUSA 2019: Collins Aerospace on track for 400 Abrams M1A2 electric generator deliveries by 2021

    Key Points Collins Aerospace expects to deliver more than 400 electric generators for the Abrams M1A2 by 2021 This electric generator delivers 50% more onboard power than the vehicle’s legacy system Collins Aerospace expects to deliver more than 400 Abrams M1A2 battle tank electric

  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known

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