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  • KAI to update Link 16 datalink for RoKAF’s FA-50 aircraft

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to update the Link 16 tactical datalink system for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) fleet of FA-50 light attack aircraft. In a 6 December

  • MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-variant helicopter, the existence of which

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for experimental 5G technologies

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a new experimentation effort exploring integration of 5G communication technologies into military bases across the United States, Pentagon officials have announced. The two Request for Prototype Proposals (RPPs) are focused on the

  • I/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer

    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek, Doron senior vice-president, told Jane’s

  • Netherlands MoD updates VOSS soldier system

    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed its latest version of the Verbeterd Operationeel Soldaat Systeem (Improved Operational Soldier System: VOSS) at the NEDS exhibition in Rotterdam on 28 November. MoD officials told Jane’s this was the first time the upgraded variant of the

  • Infrared countermeasures on RAAF’s C-130J transports achieve FOC

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final operating capability (FOC). Director General Air

  • Pentagon selects industry teams for prototype hypersonic defence system

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected four industry bidders to develop a prototype version of a new anti-missile warning and detection system, specifically geared toward countering hypersonic weapons. MDA officials issued four separate firm-fixed-price prototype awards, at approximately

  • US Army seeking new soldier-worn sensors to monitor performance

    On the future battlefield, US Army leadership wants to better measure soldiers’ and squads’ performance and are now on the hunt for new wearable sensors that can help them do just that. In a November request for information (RFI), the service asked vendors to submit information about

  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky experiencing record interest in Colombian Black Hawk simulator

    Key Points Sikorsky is experiencing a surge in usage of its six-axis Black Hawk full motion simulator based in Colombia It is cheaper to use this high fidelity simulator than it is to fly an actual Black Hawk aircraft Sikorsky is experiencing record interest from Latin American militaries in a

  • Type 45 power supply upgrade delayed

    Work to install a third electrical generator into the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers will now not start until next year. Delays to preparatory work at Portsmouth naval base are blamed for the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) falling behind schedule, according to a UK

  • Safran, MTU agree framework for future fighter engine

    Safran and MTU have agreed details on the development of a next-generation aircraft engine to power the New Generation Fighter (NGF) for France, Germany and Spain. The agreement, announced on 3 December, sees Safran Aircraft Engines of France and MTU Aero Engines of Germany settle the details of

  • US military, intelligence communities seek stronger ties with commercial AI, cyber sectors

    US national security, intelligence, and armed forces sectors must forge stronger ties with counterparts in the private sector, including with a more diverse group of suppliers beyond traditional defence contractors, the Pentagon’s top technology official said. “If you look back at the

  • USAF eyes high-power microwave for directed energy weapons as tech advances

    Marked advances in development of high-powered microwave (HPM) technology in recent years could pave the way for near term breakthroughs in next-generation directed energy weapons and systems, as the US Air Force eyes a potential HPM programme of record. Specifically, ongoing research and

  • New Zealand begins infrastructure work to accommodate future P-8A Poseidon aircraft fleet

    New Zealand has begun construction work to accommodate the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) future fleet of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft (MMA) at RNZAF Base Ohakea. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Wellington announced on 29 November that Defence

  • Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system

    Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexander Mikheev told Jane’s.

  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contracts Online on 14 November, and the contract has

  • Turkey carries out first tests with S-400s

    Turkey carried out the first tests of the radar of the S-400 air defence systems it is procuring from Russia with its F-16 and F-4 fighters on 25–26 November, Turkish media reported. The Ankara governor’s office announced on 24 November that Turkish Air Force (TuAF) fighters would

  • Lockheed Martin to provide two Solid State Radars for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the production and supply of two Solid State Radar (SSR) antenna sets for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems Tokyo plans to deploy by 2023 to counter growing regional threats. In

  • High-speed 3D printing technology to be trialled for RAN patrol boat maintenance

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) is funding a two-year, AUD1.5 million (USD1.02 million) trial to assess the ability of a uniquely-fast 3D printer to improve the availability of parts for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of Armidale-class patrol boats. The

  • France launches realisation phase of SIGINT aircraft programme

    The French ministry for the armed forces has officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE Programme on 18 November. Under this project, Dassault Aviation and Thales will deliver three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with a signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload. The ARCHANGE programme,

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