• Russia’s Penicillin artillery reconnaissance system completes state trials

    State trials of the 1B75 Penicillin artillery reconnaissance system have been completed and delivery of the first two units is scheduled for 2020, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 2 December. Penicillin is designed to detect enemy artillery by using acoustic signals and thermal

  • US Air Force studying North Warning System improvements

    Key Points The USAF is studying potential improvements to the North Warning System of radars The region is changing environmentally and the service is studying how it can adapt The US Air Force (USAF) is studying potential improvements for the North Warning System (NWS) of 47 radars, jointly

  • US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security launch Polar Scout CubeSats

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 3 December launched two 6U CubeSats as part of the Polar Scout project. Polar Scout is to evaluate the effectiveness of space-based sensors in support of Arctic search-and-rescue missions. Knowledge gained from this

  • US Navy takes delivery of LCS anti-submarine DART system

    The US Navy (USN) has taken delivery of the Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine (ASW) mission package. The USN took delivery of DART, the final component of the LCS ASW mission package on 30 November, after the

  • Thales contracted for RN V/UHF communications upgrade

    Thales UK has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to replace very-high frequency/ultra-high frequency (V/UHF) communications systems fitted to Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships. The contract, valued at GBP23 million (USD29 million), covers the design, manufacture,

  • USMC seeks HMCS for Harrier II+ aircraft

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to upgrade a number of its McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+ combat aircraft with a helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) for the pilot. The planned upgrade, which was disclosed in late November, will cover 48 of the USMC’s 75 AV-8B Harrier II+ (improved radar)

  • Meggitt Training Systems reveals ‘tetherless’ system for indoor weapon training

    Meggitt Training Systems has developed a new tetherless system for indoor weapon training simulators that enables the use of existing personal weapons, it was revealed at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, in November. The

  • MyDefence to showcase vehicle-based C-UAS system for NATO

    Danish company MyDefence has disclosed that its newly integrated vehicle-based counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) solution will undergo evaluation at the NATO Non-Lethal Technology Exercise (NNTEX-18) in December. The news follows an announcement on 13 November that the company had completed

  • Belgium goes Dutch for Squire radars

    Belgian Defence Minister Sander Loones signed an agreement with his Dutch counterpart, Ank Bijleveld, on 28 November for the Netherlands to transfer nine Squire battlefield surveillance radars for the Bataljon Jagers te Paard ISTAR battalion in Heverlee, east of Brussels, the two countries'

  • USAF seeks GPS hardening for MC/EC-130J special mission aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to protect its special mission Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft against GPS jamming, with a request for information (RFI) issued to industry on 3 December. Issued by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Cycle, Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery

  • US Army seeks technical support services for OSRVT

    The US Army has issued a request for information (RFI) for a two-year follow-on requirement for the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) system to the existing fiscal year 2018 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) requirement. OSRVT, which the army began fielding in October 2014, is a remote

  • Elbit opens new manufacturing facility in Romania

    Elbit Systems has opened a new facility in Romania that will serve as an engineering and manufacturing facility for land systems. Located near Bucharest, the 1,000 m 2 facility will be used to produce and integrate Elbit’s turrets and weapons systems that are being developed for customers in

  • Logos Technologies conducts first Redkite sensor test for European officials

    Logos Technologies, in partnership with AEC Air Support BV, demonstrated its Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor during test flights at Bosschenhoofd airfield in the Netherlands. The demonstrations were the first time any European government officials had seen the lightweight WAMI system

  • Russia trials second Container radar ahead of operations in 2019

    Russia has stood up its second ‘Container’ long-range ground-based radar system for operational trials ahead of its real-world activation next year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 3 December. The 29B6 Container air-defence (AD) and ballistic missile early warning (BMEW)

  • Elbit announces new front-line target acquisition system

    Israel’s Elbit Systems has unveiled a new man-portable fire-support system designed to enable targets to be passively acquired by front-line soldiers. The Israeli company announced on 29 November that the HattoriX system is already operational with an undisclosed client and

  • Quantadyn unveils new head-mounted display JTAC trainer

    Quantadyn showcased its new QFires mixed reality joint fires trainer (MRJ) at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November. Leveraging Quantadyn’s existing accredited software and technology in the Joint Terminal Control

  • Lockheed Martin leverages 3D printing, manufacturing processes to reduce F-35 simulator price

    Key Points Lockheed Martin used additive manufacturing and manufacturing process advances to reduce its F-35 simulator price The unit price was lowered by USD3 million, a 25% reduction since the company started producing simulators seven years ago Lockheed Martin has leveraged additive

  • Remote GeoSystems adds capability to LineVision Desktop software

    Remote GeoSystems has upgraded its LineVision Desktop software suite to support map-based playback of Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB) – Full Motion Video (FMV)-compliant videos. The upgraded software suite is designed to enable display of the current video frame’s location outline

  • Collins Aerospace launches next-generation Griffin-2 fast-jet training virtual system

    Collins Aerospace has developed a next-generation fast-jet combat fighter training visual system. Griffin-2 features a non-faceted, one-piece, completely smooth-surfaced visual dome. Collins Aerospace spokesman Robert Edilson said on 27 November that the dome surface is just under 2 m from the

  • UPDATE: RTAF seeks to upgrade Gripen combat aircraft to MS20 configuration

    Key Points The RTAF is looking to upgrade its Saab Gripens The plan, however, does not yet appear to be a fully funded programme The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is looking to upgrade its fleet of 11 Saab JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole combat aircraft to the MS20 configuration. “We are

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