HEADLINES

  • Morocco observation satellite launched

    Morocco’s first Earth observation satellite was successfully launched from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana by a Vega rocket on 7 November, Arianspace announced. Weighing 1,110 kg, the Mohammed IV satellite and supporting systems was made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space. It is

  • CAE sees cyber security as simulation, training opportunity

    Key Points A CAE executive sees governments and organisations increasing investment in cyber training The company is relatively satisfied with its current established markets CAE Inc sees simulation and training opportunity in cyber security, according to an executive. Joe Armstrong,

  • China’s CETC readies long-range air defence radars for export

    State-owned electronics and radar systems developer China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) is taking aim at Asia-Pacific and Middle East countries, which have traditionally relied on Western and Russian radars, with its latest long-range air surveillance and early warning systems,

  • Australia to upgrade Nulka missile decoy system used by RAN

    The Australian government announced on 3 November that it will invest AUD207 million (USD 159 million) into upgrading the Nulka missile decoy system used by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels. In a joint statement Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne

  • Chile eyes F-16 upgrades, new AESA radars

    The Chilean Air Force is studying options for upgrading its fleet of 46 F-16 fighters to keep the aircraft up-to-date through the 2030s, and any resulting programme would become the service's top priority, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . The plan, set to be launched between

  • Australia, US sign MOU for development of Next Generation Jammer

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and US Navy (USN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer-Medium Band (NGJ-MB) capability. The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra said in a 2 November statement that the MOU, which was signed

  • China’s CETC details latest SLC-2E weapon locating radar

    State-owned electronics and radar systems developer China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has completed development of an updated variant of its S-band phased array SLC-2 weapon locating radar (WLR) system and is in advanced discussions with a number of potential export customers in

  • Controp to supply Vietnamese Navy with EO/IR sensors

    Israeli electro-optics supplier Controp Precision Technologies has secured a contract to provide an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor system known as the iSea-40HD to the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy. The contract is a follow-on order for a similar system made by the service

  • Iran unveils mobile coastal radar

    Iran unveiled what was described as an advanced maritime radar called the Afagh that was developed by the Ministry of Defence’s Iran Electronics Industries on 30 October. The Afagh was displayed mounted on a truck during a visit by Brigadier General Amir Hatami, the new defence minister.

  • Raytheon awarded USD1.5 billion SBX radar contract

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a USD1.5 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity follow-on contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee line items to provide operations and sustainment (O&S) support for the Army Navy

  • Malaysia allocates MYR50 million towards acquisition of coastal radars in 2018 budget

    The Malaysian government will set aside MYR250 million (USD59 million) from its 2018 national budget to enhance security within the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE), the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced via a parliamentary speech on 27 October. The funds will include MYR50

  • BAE Systems looks to harness electromagnetic spectrum for enhanced sensing

    BAE Systems is ‘borrowing from nature’ to develop advanced concepts in the electromagnetic spectrum, according to Professor Nick Colosimo, the company’s Principal Technologist in Disruptive Technologies. Speaking at the IQPC Disruptive Technologies in Defence Conference on 25

  • Digitech launches C-UAV systems

    The Qingdao-based Digitech Info Technology (Digitech) unveiled its JAM family of indigenously developed counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems at the latest Ocean Sciences and Technology Exhibition. The range comprises the vehicle-mounted JAM-1000, the manportable JAM-2000, and the static

  • US Army’s Kestrel Eye micro satellite deploys in space

    The US Army’s Kestrel Eye electro-optical (EO) micro satellite, which the service hopes can improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams, was deployed into space and activated on 24 October, Army Space and Missile Command announced on 25 October. Kestrel Eye is, for now, a

  • US Army begins the hunt to replace its Patriot radar system

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has begun the initial effort towards finding a surveillance radar for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense (LTAMD) sensor capability. A key objective of the LTAMDS acquisition programme is to upgrade or replace the current Phased Array Tracking Radar to

  • BAE Systems develops cyber threat detection for military aircraft

    BAE Systems is expanding its aircraft threat detection capabilities to go beyond kinetic threats into the cyber realm, developing new capabilities including systems analysis, reverse engineering, and intrusion detection, in order to defend aircraft from cyber attacks. In particular, the company is

  • Hyundai selects SharpEye navigation radar system for Philippine Navy frigates

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has contracted Kelvin Hughes to supply its I-band and E/F-band SharpEye navigation radars, along with associated bridge displays, for two new frigates that will be delivered to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307

  • Greece upgrades F-16s

    The US State Department has approved Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of equipment for the upgrade of 123 Greek F-16s to the Block V configuration, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 17 October. The USD2.4 billion upgrade includes APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA)

  • Kongsberg ASW sonar selected for Swedish corvette upgrade

    Key Points Kongsberg Maritime’s ST2400 compact active variable depth sonar is to be retrofitted to the RSwN Göteborg-class corvettes HMS Gävle and HMS Sundsvall Gävle and Sundsvall will be redelivered to the RSwN in 2020 Kongsberg Maritime has been contracted by Saab to

  • NATO urged to rapidly absorb AI into its command and control

    NATO advisers and industry are urging the allies to rapidly absorb artificial intelligence software into their militaries’ observe, orient, decide, act (OODA) loop or risk seeing the latter collapse in the face of adversaries’ increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence

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