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  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • Russia updates troop and vehicle parachute systems

    The Russian military will receive its first D-14 parachutes for the Ratnik soldier ensemble in late 2019, according to Technodinamika, a subsidiary of state-owned military export firm Rostec Corporation. “The first serial [D-14] parachutes will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

    Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August. Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting

  • Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • New Zealand orders flight simulator for NH90 helicopters

    The government of New Zealand has approved the purchase of a flight simulator from Canadian company CAE to train the pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) fleet of NHIndustries NH90 multirole medium helicopters. “A New Zealand-based simulator offers the benefits of

  • BAE Systems seeks to automate network cyber defence tools

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected BAE Systems to develop cyber-hunting tools to improve the ability of network enterprise systems to rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) programme seeks to build adaptive

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

  • ONR commences FXR radar studies

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon to perform initial studies in support of the US Navy’s (USN’s) Future X-band Radar (FXR) development. Intended as a retrofit to existing ships, as well as a forward fit for new construction

  • Made in Space believes its on-orbit manufactured power supply can save militaries money

    Key Points Made in Space developed an on-orbit manufactured 5 kW power supply that can fly on smaller rockets This is a cheaper approach as current 5 kW technology requires flying on larger, more expensive rockets Made in Space believes its new on-orbit manufactured power supply can save

  • Czech EL/M-2084 purchase anticipated

    The Czech Republic looks set to purchase the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta EL/M-2084 3D mobile air-defence radar system, despite Czech government officials previously claiming NATO had told them the system could not be integrated with the alliance’s air-defence network.

  • Scanter 6002 radar selected for Australia’s SEA 1180 OPVs

    Australia’s SEA 1180 Phase 1 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be equipped with the Scanter 6002 air and surface surveillance radar system from Terma. A contract for the system was signed between Saab Australia and Terma in May 2018, the latter revealed in an announcement in late July the

  • ARL seeks manufacturers for its galvanic aluminium powder

    Key Points Last year’s discovery will make it easier to store and transport hydrogen ARL could begin receiving industry licensing applications by September The US Army believes the discovery last year by a team of its scientists for a new approach to creating hydrogen fuel from a

  • Kuwait to upgrade legacy Hornets with new countermeasures

    Kuwait is to upgrade its Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft with defensive countermeasures to be delivered by the end of March 2021. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), Raytheon has been awarded USD32 million to deliver F/A-18 CD-108B/ALE-50(V) control, dispenser, decoy,

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 gets FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation

    Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio has been certified by the US government to meet basic security for a cryptographic module as well as the requirements for enhanced physical security. The company received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 in July 2018 for its MPU5

  • Indonesia restores damaged sonar on Diponegoro-class corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has restored the hull-mounted sonar system of its Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvette that ran aground in January 2015. The vessel, KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368), ran aground while navigating the Surabaya Western Shipping Route (Alur

  • Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install. The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3

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