HEADLINES

  • 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

  • DARPA pursues next-generation SoC design

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund the work of teams from academia and industry seeking to create ‘leap-ahead’ technologies to ensure the country maintains dominance in the electronics field. The agency launched the five-year USD1.5 billion Electronics

  • DARPA seeks to halt threats to US microelectronics

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected teams from academia and commercial industry to explore flexible computer architectures that can exploit specialised hardware to quickly and efficiently solve a range of computing problems. These selected teams have also been

  • Indonesia reveals details of Chinese sensors installed onboard KCR-60M vessels

    Key Points Indonesia has installed Chinese-made fire-control, search radars on two of its KCR-60M fast attack craft Equipment provides vessels with a more potent defence against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions In line with the installation of Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system

  • Czech army to procure additional Vera NG radars

    The General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has announced plans to procure two additional Vera-NG (Next Generation) mobile passive radar systems to support NATO overseas missions. “Our goal is to replace obsolete Vera mobile passive radar systems with two new, highly modular and

  • Horizon Technologies launches XPOD airborne ISR/SIGINT payload

    United Kingdom-based Horizon Technologies has unveiled a new ‘plug and play’ intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)/signals intelligence (SIGINT) pod designed for manned and unmanned air platforms. Known as XPOD, the new system is based on the company’s FlyingFish

  • Farnborough 2018: FLIR Systems displays refreshed UltraForce series turrets

    FLIR Systems revealed a technology refresh for the UltraForce 275 and UltraForce 350 multi-sensor gimbal turrets at Farnborough International Airshow 2018. The low size weight and power (SWAP) systems developed for integration on small lightweight manned and unmanned airborne platforms now enable

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo launches SPIDER COMINT system

    Leonardo unveiled its new Spider airborne communications intelligence (COMINT) system at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. SPIDER has been developed in the UK and operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz band, is designed to “detect, identify, analyse and geolocate” emissions. Jan Boyes, head of

  • Terma updates ACMDS countermeasures dispenser

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has introduced an updated version of its airborne Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System (ACMDS) designed to provide an improved mixed-payload capability and inventory management, as well as promote compatibility with a new generation of smart expendables.

  • Brazil details delivery schedules of KC-390, F-39 Gripen E/F aircraft

    Key Points Brazil recently detailed its delivery schedule for the KC-390 and F-39 Gripen E/F The two programmes are the nation’s most important aircraft modernisations efforts The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) recently detailed its delivery schedules for two of its most important modernisation

  • Mercury Systems introduces a new SSD for data-at-rest protection

    Mercury Systems is offering a new self-encrypting solid-state drive (SSD) for laptops and workstations storing highly sensitive data. The SSD uses Mercury Systems’ ASURRE-Stor, which couples NAND flash memory with the company’s ARMOR processor. The drive features up to 512 GB of storage

  • Farnborough 2018: Raytheon outlines approach to ABMS

    Raytheon took the opportunity at the Farnborough Airshow to outline its response to the US Air Force’s USAF Advanced Battle Management (ABMS) initiative: a multi-programme capability that will fuse global air and space ISR information to provide commanders with better situational awareness in

  • Farnborough 2018: Bird Aerosystems showcases ASIO solution

    Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018. Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo

  • LCS anti-submarine warfare mission package completes testing milestones

    A Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package system recently successfully completed two testing milestones, the US Navy (USN) Unmanned and Small Combatants Program Executive Office said on 16 July. The Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo, General Atomics announce sensor co-operation for MQ-9B UAS

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) have signed an agreement to jointly integrate Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures system/electronic intelligence (ESM/ELINT) into the SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian variants of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B

  • Farnborough 2018: Airbus launches SmartForce

    Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters have launched the SmartForce advanced data analytics suite of services and products for defence operators, the company announced on 16 July. SmartForce is based on the Skywise civil aviation data platform announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Stephan

  • Farnborough 2018: Initial UAE GlobalEye delivery likely by end of year

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), launch customer for the Saab GlobalEye multi-mission airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, is likely to receive its first aircraft by the end of this year, company sources have indicated. At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015 the UAE initially

  • Farnborough 2018: Boeing bidding F-16 upgrade campaigns

    Boeing is engaged in a number of campaigns to upgrade Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for unspecified customers, Jane’s was told on 17 July. The head of the company’s recently created Global Services division, Stan Deal, said that Boeing is making good on the

  • First BQM-177A target delivered to US Navy

    The Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has handed over the first production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) to the US Navy (USN). A formal rollout event was performed on 11 July in McClellan, California, in conjunction with the USN. Actual handover of the

  • Lockheed Martin readies E-2D Advanced Hawkeye ESM upgrade

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD64.7 million sole-source contract to upgrade the AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) system fitted to US Navy (USN) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft. Awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 25 June, the

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