• Australian Army sets up office to bolster adoption of disruptive technologies

    The Australian Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and autonomous systems. Created in March 2020, the Robotic and Autonomous Systems

  • Covid-19: Pandemic increases cybersecurity, disinformation risks

    Key Points Risk of cyber-attacks has tracked with pandemic, targeting range of government and health sector organisations. Defence sector risk increased as work-from-home arrangements begin as part of lockdown and medical assistance deployments increase. The risk of cyber-attacks against

  • South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system

    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports, the country’s Defense Acquisition

  • KC-46A Pegasus fuel system leaks excessively

    Key Points The KC-46A’s fuel system leaks unreasonably in 16 platforms This could put pressure on the US Air Force’s desire to divest legacy tankers The US Air Force (USAF) has upgraded an existing deficiency of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker to the most serious

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with new IFF, datalink

    South Korea is to integrate advanced identification friend or foe (IFF) and datalink systems onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 March that the State Department had

  • Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar satellite stops working

    The Venezuelan government has announced that its Simón Bolívar (VeneSat-1) satellite is no longer operational, without citing specific causes. The platform was an important component of the country’s defence and telecommunications sector. In 2018, then-head of Venezuela's National

  • Update: Pentagon evaluating extending F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display life expectancy

    Key Points The Pentagon wants to extend the life expectancy of its F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display to reduce sustainment costs A former programme official believes that Lockheed Martin paid at least a share for the HMD redesign so it could meet the SDD requirement The Pentagon is investigating

  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR

    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s product line of intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Brazil selects Raytheon to perform Condor Mk3 upgrade to legacy radar systems

    The Brazilian Air Force has contracted Raytheon to upgrade several of its legacy Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) systems to the company’s latest variant of the system, dubbed the Condor Mk3, company officials announced on 24 March. The MSSR upgrade deal is the latest example of

  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded

  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement

    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track. The industry proposals for the 3DELRR effort

  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications

    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational Requirements Specialist, said that the Sceptre

  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests

    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annual Gripen Seminar on 26 March, the

  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software

    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus augmented reality (AR) software solution, according

  • NATO receives first AGS mobile exploitation station

    NATO has received its first mobile and transportable ground-based exploitation station for its Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme, it announced on 23 March. The first of the European-sourced Mobile General Ground Stations (MGGSs) that will provide datalink connectivity, data processing,

  • Nigerian Air Force upgrades Alpha Jet avionics

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) revealed the installation of new avionics in an Alpha Jet it has reactivated when the aircraft (NAF 455) was recommissioned by the 407 Air Combat Training Group at Kainji Air Base on 21 March. “The avionics upgrade, which is the first of its kind on the Alpha Jet,

  • USN completes development testing of NGJ-MB pods for Growler

    The US Navy (USN) has completed developmental testing of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pods being developed by Raytheon for the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft. The milestone, announced by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 19 March, followed 400 hours of

  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR)

  • China’s Long March 7A launch vehicle fails to place satellite into orbit

    China’s space programme suffered a setback with the failure of a Long March 7A (CZ-7A) launch vehicle that lifted off from the Wenchang space launch centre on the southern island of Hainan on 16 March but failed to place its satellite payload into orbit. It was the first launch of the CZ-7A.

  • LTAMDS wraps initial round of programme tests, prepares for live target drills

    Raytheon has competed initial tests of the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) and is preparing to test the new radar antenna array platform against live targets ahead of official evaluations of the system by service officials in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021). The

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