• 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

  • Taiwan, Bahrain order Sniper pods

    Taiwan and Bahrain have placed orders under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme for the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip their respective fleets of F-16 combat aircraft. “The Royal Bahraini Air Force continues to order Sniper ATPs with this most

  • Locally developed CATS EO/IR system enters Turkish inventory on Anka-S UAV

    Turkish firm Aselsan’s Common Aperture Targeting System (CATS) has entered the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TAF), Ismail Demir, director of the Turkish Defence Industries Directorate (SSB), announced on his Twitter account on 25 September. The CATS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR)

  • Modern Day Marine 2018: USMC may need equipment mods to match naval team refocus

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) needs to modify some its equipment to make it more easily transportable by US Navy (USN) ships, said Colonel Michael Manning, Corps manager for Ground Combat Element Systems, at the Modern Day Marine conference at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, on 25 September. The USMC and

  • Modern Day Marine 2018: USMC wants industry to rethink acquisition approach

    Industry suppliers for US Marine Corps (USMC) programmes need to reconsider the way they develop and present their products to meet new requirements and update equipment and systems for modern threats, according to Colonel Michael Manning, USMC manager for Ground Combat Element Systems. Marines are

  • Elbit, QuantaDyn team to provide mobile JTAC training services

    Elbit Systems UK, at the DVD 18 exhibition in September, showcased the mobile Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training facility that it is providing as a service to the United Kingdom’s 1st Artillery Brigade. Elbit is the prime contractor and is partnered with QuantaDyn for this

  • Singapore unveils new Littoral Mission Vessel simulation centre

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has inaugurated a dedicated simulation centre designed to provide nearly the full spectrum of instruction, from operator component training to full-mission rehearsals, to crews assigned to its Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs). The new LMV

  • Cubic offers more realistic training with Artillery Mission Training System

    Cubic has developed a new training system that fills a gap in individual and collective artillery training, and has delivered its first concept demonstrator to the British Army’s Royal School of Artillery (RSA). Alastair Parkinson, programme manager for Cubic’s Project Pantheon for

  • Lockheed Martin develops generic 8x8 SkyKeeper C2 module

    Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) has developed a generic 8x8 mission module for its SkyKeeper battlespace management command-and-control (C2) system, which was showcased at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September. The new mission module is designed for easy installation in the crew compartment of an 8x8

  • Revision Military hones power provision, management systems for dismounts

    Revision Military showcased its wearable Nerv Centr power supply solutions at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September, which include a power management system, a battery, and an enhanced charger. The Nerv Centr SharePack is a Li-ion integrated power supply and management device that weighs 1.2 kg and

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