• Germany and Netherlands to sign MOU to pursue joint C4I programme

    Defence ministers from Germany and the Netherlands will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 26 June to pursue the Tactical Edge Networking (TEN) programme, defence officials have disclosed to Jane’s.

  • Leonardo eyes EW mission data systems market

    Leonardo is marketing open/reprogrammable electronic warfare (EW) and mission data systems with an eye towards sending aircraft on sorties with the latest threat intelligence, Mark Hewer, the company’s vice president for the Integrated Mission Solutions, told Jane’s in June. Effectively

  • US Naval Research Lab developing unique malware detection

    The US Navy’s Center for High Assurance Computer Systems (CHACS) is developing new technologies for detecting malware, the organisation has told Jane’s . CHACS is a branch of the Information Technology (IT) Division within the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Cyber touches upon a range

  • Brazil selects Niterói-class frigates for CMS MLU

    The Brazilian Navy’s Niterói-class Mark 10 frigates Liberal (F43), Independência (F44), and União (F45) will have their SICONTA MK II (Sistema de Controle Tático e de Armas) combat management systems (CMSs) modernised to the SICONTA MK II Mod 1 configuration, the service

  • USN expands digital twin employment

    The US Navy (USN) is building digital twins for an increasing host of components and systems, hoping to incorporate more and smaller contractors into developmental and modernisation efforts for key programmes, according to James Geurts, assistant US Navy (USN) secretary of the navy for Research,

  • Philippine Air Force inducts FA-50PH flight simulator

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received and commissioned a flight simulator to train pilots for its fleet of 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft. The service said in a statement that an “acceptance, turn-over, and blessing” ceremony

  • Space Fence mission change has US Air Force rethinking second radar site

    Key Points The US Air Force is reconsidering moving forward with the second Space Fence radar site This second site could likely be procured for about USD1 billion The US Air Force (USAF) is cooling on funding and procuring the second Space Fence space situational awareness (SSA) site because the

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin offering vision system upgrade for C-130Js

    Lockheed Martin has introduced Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) upgrades for some configurations of the C-130J tactical transport aircraft, company officials told Jane’s at the 2019 Paris Air Show, which was held from 17 to 23 June. The upgrade, which comprises an internal research and

  • US Army seeking new sensors for ground combat vehicles

    The US Army is looking to outfit its ground combat vehicles with new sensors that will enable the crew inside to better visualise their surroundings. In a 19 June request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service announced that it is seeking “affordable

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Elbit Systems showcases SuperVision airborne C2

    Elbit System revealed its new SuperVision airborne command-and-control (C2) solution, which it calls a secure cloud-based avionics C2 solution, at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The system is designed to support air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Elbit Systems’ vice-president for business

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo aims SRT-800 Airborne SDR at smaller aircraft, missiles

    Leonardo’s SRT-800 Airborne software-defined radio (SDR), the latest addition to its family of S-Wave systems, was showcased at the 2019 Paris Air Show two years after its development was first announced. Speaking to Jane’s from Le Bourget, Paris, Gabriele Pieralli, Leonardo’s

  • USN shifts focus to fixing Ford’s lower elevators

    The upper Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) appear to be working properly on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) and the US Navy (USN) is now focusing on repairing issues with the lower elevators, James Geurts, assistant USN secretary of the navy for Research, Development, and

  • Harris to begin LRIP 2 HMS Manpack radio deliveries to US Army in October

    The Harris Corporation is expecting to finish delivering its first batch of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form-Fit (HMS) radios to the US Army by October before moving out on a new buy. Army leaders recently awarded the company with an undisclosed sum of money for

  • Paris Air Show: Raytheon wins USD234 million US Navy contract for 23 JPALS sets

    Raytheon has secured a USD234 million initial low-rate production contract from the US Navy for its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), the company announced on 17 June during the Paris Air Show. The contract, which was awarded in May, covers 23 sets of JPALS equipment that will be

  • Sweden set to test ‘Double Stirling’ AIP plant

    Saab Kockums and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) are preparing to begin testing of a prototype ‘Double Stirling’ air-independent propulsion (AIP) system aimed at a nascent Swedish future submarine programme. The 150 kW module, which occupies the same footprint as

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin returns to MPA kit concept for C-130

    Lockheed Martin is again looking to court the maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) market with an ‘MPA kit’ concept for the more than 70 countries operating variants of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. However, unlike the company’s previous Sea Hercules concept proffered in 2012,

  • UK sets out vision for ‘Intelligent Warship’ technologies

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is soliciting proposals for novel concepts aimed at integrating ‘intelligent systems’ into future warships. Being competed through the MoD’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) programme, the Intelligent Ship programme is seeking to mature

  • US looking for surveillance aerostats for Saudi Arabia

    The US Army released a request for information on 10 June to find companies that can produce an exportable version of its large Persistent Surveillance System – Tethered (PSS-T) aerostat for Saudi Arabia. “The vendor will be responsible for the delivery and installation of ten systems,

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Collins Aerospace, Sikorsky develop fly-by-wire retrofit autonomous flight solution

    Key Points Collins Aerospace and Sikorsky have developed a triple redundant fly-by-wire retrofit solution that allows autonomous flight The companies believe it is an affordable solution as the system’s design allows it to be installed without modifying the hydraulic system or hydraulic

  • AESA technology could migrate to electronic warfare equipment

    Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, typically associated with radar systems, is being explored to aid electronic warfare (EW) equipment. AESAs use multitudes of transmit/receive (TR) modules on their surface. In the radar domain, each of these modules acts as its own miniature

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