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  • Philippine Air Force receives airborne ISR boost with C-130 SABIR kit

    The 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing (AISW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), based at Benito Ebuen Air Force Base on Mactan Island, has received an Airdyne Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) kit for use on board one of the service’s C-130 transport aircraft

  • Thales reveals SONOFLASH dual-mode sonobuoy

    Thales’ Underwater Systems business has disclosed the development of a new combined active/passive sonobuoy intended to meet the French Navy’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) needs. Known as SONOFLASH, the development and follow-on production of the new A-size buoy is intended to

  • USAF and BAE Systems seek to improve semiconductor production

    BAE Systems has entered into a partnership with the US Air Force to transition and enhance semiconductor technology to make it more affordable and accessible for the US Department of Defense (DoD). The co-operative agreement between BAE Systems and the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) will transfer

  • USN preparing to acquire nuclear components for Columbia class

    The US Navy (USN) will soon be purchasing equipment for its Columbia-class submarines, which will replace the service’s Ohio-class strategic nuclear missile fleet, said Admiral James Caldwell Jr, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. “We’ll start buying reactor plant

  • US Navy to award large-area display contract for Super Hornets and Growlers

    The US Navy (USN) is to proceed with the next phase of the Block 3 upgrade of its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft, with a contract for a new large-area display (LAD) to be awarded shortly. Following earlier contracts to develop and fit conformal fuel tanks (CFTs)

  • China conducts further tests with hypersonic vehicles

    China carried out atmospheric tests with three hypersonic vehicle models at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on 21 September, with state-owned television channel CCTV 7 reporting a week later that the tests were completed successfully. The three test vehicles were lofted to a high altitude

  • Corner Brook to receive first Victoria-class fit of new modular mast

    Key Points The Royal Canadian Navy Victoria-class submarine HMCS Corner Brook is to be fitted with the L3 Calzoni Universal Modular Mast, acquired under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme The system will provide extremely high-frequency satcom capability for the RCN’s submarines

  • Latest ‘Cyber Blitz’ helps US Army develop TTPs for future battles

    The third annual ‘Cyber Blitz’ exercise showed US Army officials that soldiers will need to be more literate in Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA). “They need to be able to speak to the lexicon and understand what is being spoken to them,” Richard Wittstruck, the US

  • China develops large transonic wind tunnel

    China has developed a large-scale transonic wind tunnel that will be one of the most advanced in the world, according to information released on 25 September by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The continuous-loop wind tunnel will feature a test chamber capable of

  • KMW debuts new VR, AR trainers for maintenance personnel

    KMW developed a new maintenance trainer and virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems for vehicle maintenance personnel, officials told Jane’s . The systems were displayed at the DVD 2018 event held at the UK’s Millbrook proving ground in September. KMW said its VR could

  • US Army contract continues effort toward fielding IBCS

    Key Points Award will enable upgrades to IBCS EOC Northrop Grumman will also update IBCS software version 4.5 Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD289 million US Army contract to continue system design and development of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System

  • Lockheed Martin picks Harris for F-35’s next-generation computer processor

    Key Points Lockheed Martin picked Harris to provide the F-35’s next-generation processor This processor should provide a 25-times increase in computing power Lockheed Martin said on 27 September that it selected Harris to develop and deliver the next-generation Integrated Core Processor

  • Norway’s FFI developing low-light satellite technology with US Navy

    The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Forsvaret forskningsinstitutt: FFI) is developing low-light satellite technology in collaboration with the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), Jane’s has learned. The organisations are adapting a camera

  • RUAG Defence equipping NATO’s ‘forward’ troops with Tactical Access Nodes

    Multinational battlegroups operating in eastern Europe under the command of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) are now using Tactical Access Node (TAN) technology designed to optimise communications between forces. According to Switzerland’s RUAG Defence, TANs are integrated on

  • Northrop Grumman demos unmanned capabilities at ANTX

    An MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate aircraft has demonstrated its ability to autonomously deliver underwater sensors for the first time, Northrop Grumman announced on 19 September. During the demonstration, which was conducted in late August as part of the US Navy’s (USN’s) Advanced Naval

  • Modern Day Marine 2018: USMC seeks enhanced human factor in augmented reality

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) wants to create better synthetic beings in its augmented reality training, with an eye towards making those cyber personnel more humanlike in terms of unpredictable actions and tactics, said Lieutenant Colonel Bryon Harder, who leads the USMC Training and Education

  • IBCS tracks and engages air targets during three-week exercise

    Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) has completed another round of Soldier Check Out events (SCOEs), demonstrating the system’s ability to detect, track, and simulate air target engagements during testing at White Sands Missile Range

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Taiwan navy conducts first co-ordinated ASW drills with P-3C aircraft

    To validate its recently enhanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has for the first time taken part in co-ordinated drills involving one of the country’s 12 recently received US-made P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). The drills, which are

  • Esterline debuts RA4000 Magna digital headset with 3D sound

    Esterline has revealed the latest version of the Racal Acoustics RA4000 Magna digital headset, developed by its control and communications systems division, at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September. A private venture development that was first launched at DSEI in September 2017, the upgraded version

  • GDMS-UK pitching NetLink Gateway for Wildcat helicopters’ data connection

    General Dynamics Mission System-UK (GDMS-UK) has devised a solution to provide a data communications capability for the British Army’s Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat AH Mk 1 Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopters, and showcased it at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September in advance of a trial the

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