• Lockheed Martin to develop ‘Silent CROW’ for US Army Multi-Function EW programme

    Lockheed Martin’s recent deal to provide its Silent CROW podded system for the US Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme is part of a broader surge of interest in electronic warfare/cyber offensive capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Lockheed Martin

  • NCI Agency extends cyber defence contract with Leonardo

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) has signed a contract with Leonardo for continued cyber defence services over the next 18 months, the company announced in a 13 February press release. The company said it would continue to provide support services to the agency to protect

  • Norway publishes new cyber strategy focused on civil-military collaboration

    Civilian-military collaboration is key to Norway’s new strategy for cyber security, marking the latest effort to examine the grey area between cyber security in the civil and military domains. The Norwegian plan, which was published in late January, noted that the defence sector depends upon

  • IDEX 2019: Ultra Electronics debuts NSS multidomain comms suite

    Ultra Electronics is unveiling a ‘flexible architecture solution’ designed to optimise secure communications between land, air, and maritime platforms in a joint operating environment. Speaking to Jane’s ahead of the launch at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi on 17 February, company

  • TRS-4D radar on order for new K 130 corvettes

    German systems and sensors house Hensoldt has been contracted to provide the rotating version of its TRS-4D G-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multifunction air/surface surveillance radar for the German Navy’s second batch of five K 130 corvettes. The move marks a significant

  • Geoff Fein: an obituary

    It is with great sadness that Jane’s reports the death of our friend and colleague Geoff Fein, who passed away on 13 February at the age of 60. Geoff was well known inside and outside Jane’s as a friendly, welcoming, and idealistic person, which is impressive as his journalistic career

  • USAF to complete CV-22B Silent Knight Radar upgrade by end of 2021

    The US Air Force (USAF) is aiming to integrate the Raytheon AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto its Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over the next three years. A contract modification of USD15 million announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 12 February brings the total

  • Netherlands orders Thales MMR

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 February that it had awarded Thales a contract for the delivery of nine Multi Mission Radars (MMRs). The radars are designed for artillery, air surveillance, air defence, and security applications, according to Thales. The contract value was not

  • Update: US Air Force intends to issue contract for Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing effort

    Key Points The USAF intends to issue a contract to GA-ASI for Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing The goal is to advance sensor technologies that aid in C4ISR, targeting, and other efforts The US Air Force (USAF) said on 29 January that it intends to award General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc

  • Austrian Army fielding two battalions with Sitaware C2, mulling more

    The Austrian Army plans to equip an initial tranche of two battalions with Systematic’s Sitaware command-and-control (C2) software later this year, army officials told Jane’s . The battalions are to receive Sitaware battle management system (BMS) software as commanders consider a wider

  • US completes final developmental ballistic missile flight test for AN/SPY-6(V) radar

    The US Navy (USN) AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a ballistic missile target on 31 January during the final developmental test in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests. During this 15th live missile flight test, designated ‘Vigilant

  • US approves possible LAIRCM self-protection suites sale to India

    The US State Department on 6 February approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of two Boeing 777 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Self-Protection Suites (SPS) to India for roughly USD190 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). India requested to

  • Luxembourg start-up aims to sell signals intelligence as data service

    Kleos, a new start-up in Luxembourg, hopes to sell geolocated radio frequency (RF) data as an intelligence service for ministries of defence (MoDs) and other security stakeholders. Its strategy is to use small satellites flying in low-orbit formation to collect the data: a technological solution

  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance

    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space Flight Lab (UTIAS SFL) under the All Domain

  • USN CNO says carrier defence systems make it military’s most survivable airfield

    US aircraft carriers’ defence systems make them less vulnerable targets than in previous decades, Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), said on 5 February during an appearance at the Atlantic Council. Technological advances will provide even stronger defences for carriers,

  • France considers integrating AI with software defined radios

    France’s Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) is considering artificial intelligence (AI) technology to support the French Army’s mobile communications requirements. According to Captain Guillaume Journaux, deputy head of the DGA’s Telecommunication Branch, commercial AI technology

  • GDUK’s ‘Hawk’ communication node showcased with 4G/LTE

    General Dynamics UK (GDUK) has outlined its ‘Hawk’ Communications and Information Services (CIS) Node concept that it showcased at the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) in November 2018. The Hawk CIS Node was fielded with 4G/LTE, high frequency (HF), ultra HF (UHF), satellite

  • German Navy eyes new sensors, BMD for air-defence frigates

    Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy’s three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability during the sensor retrofit.

  • NATO to receive NASMDEF facility for soft-kill countermeasures assessment

    An industry team led by Leonardo is to provide NATO with a new capability to evaluate the performance of soft-kill countermeasures used to defend ships against radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles. The new system – to be known as the NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility

  • Brazil to upgrade Fennec AvEx and AS365K2 helicopters

    The Brazilian Army is to significantly improve the capabilities of its Airbus Helicopters Fennec AvEx and AS365K2 Super Pantera helicopters as part of the “Modernização do Sistema de Armas” sub-programme. Twelve and eight of the so-called SiAAIH (Sistema de Armamento Axial e

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