• US Army eyes milestone FY 2020 decision for network modernisation

    New pieces of communications have accompanied the US Army’s 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) on its deployment to Afghanistan, and soldiers’ operational feedback is expected to help guide network modernisation plans and the road ahead for the Integrated Tactical Network

  • US Army prepares to train, deploy with Microsoft HoloLens AR systems

    The US Army has identified a range of uses for its new Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) systems in operational use and training, as the service leans towards computer-generated environments. Unlike virtual reality (VR), AR overlays digital or virtual creations onto the ‘real

  • Ukraine develops new command vehicle

    Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial holding group Ukroboronprom announced on 15 April that its Kiev Armoured Plant subsidiary has completed the development of new command vehicle BTR-3KS. The vehicle features an automated battle management system that provides operators with automated

  • Iceni Labs offering militaries a handheld radar to detect breathing rates

    At a time when military forces are preparing for an era of urban combat, Iceni Labs is touting a new handheld radar designed to help troops detect the movement, position, and breathing rates of people behind walls and doors. The company announced earlier this month that it had secured a GBP248,400

  • ‘Locked Shields’ 2019 seeks to clarify domestic and military cyber response roles

    Cyber exercise ‘Locked Shields’ 2019, which was held on 8-12 April, focused on gaining a better functional understanding between technical experts and strategic decision-makers, as well as between operators from different NATO nations, the event’s organisers told Jane’s .

  • Indian Navy unveils virtual reality centre to boost local ship designing

    The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated a virtual reality centre (VRC) to augment its domestic warship design capabilities and boost the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is aimed at achieving greater self-reliance. Unveiled on 12 April by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil

  • Russia to field Polye-21 EW system capable of defeating PGMs and UAVs

    Russian electronic warfare (EW) units are set to receive the Polye-21 (‘Field-21’) EW system designed to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and reduce the effectiveness of cruise missiles, according to a 15 April report from Russian state-owned news outlet RIA Novosti. Major

  • AAAA 2019: US Army seeks virtual reality to faster produce helicopter pilots

    Key Points The US Army is looking to use virtual reality to faster develop helicopter pilots The US Air Force is also working on a similar effort The US Army is taking a page from the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) pilot training playbook by infusing virtual reality (VR) into its helicopter

  • Pentagon confirms deployment of new passive sensor

    The Pentagon has confirmed the deployment of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), and cruise missile (CM) threats. The US Army has fielded the Army Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive

  • RoKAF begins deploying locally developed precision approach radar

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a new, locally developed phased-array radar designed to help aircraft land safely in adverse conditions, including bad weather or when dealing with faulty instrumentation. The Precision Approach Radar (PAR), which was successfully developed in

  • AAAA 2019: Raytheon demonstrates land-based approach and landing system

    Key Points Raytheon has developed a land-based JPALS variant that it believes can apply to non-fixed wing aircraft on undeveloped airfields This could help rotary-wing aircraft land in challenging environments Raytheon earlier this year demonstrated a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint

  • Saab delivers radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force

    Defence and security company Saab delivered three sets of radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan (Chaklala) on 9 April, according to the information provided by the Pakistan Import Export Trade Database. Although not specified by the website, it is possible that the Swedish

  • US Navy completes developmental testing of AN/AQS-20C towed mine-hunting sonar

    The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet. “AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,

  • Ukrainian 1L220UK counter-battery radar completes field tests

    The Ukrainian armed forces have completed field tests of a new version of the domestically produced 1L220UK counter-battery artillery reconnaissance system, the country’s state concern Ukroboronprom announced on 8 April. The counter-battery radar was designed by the Zaporizhia-based Iskra

  • Swiss Armed Forces contract Thales for new IMINT/GEOINT system

    The Swiss Armed Forces have awarded Thales a contract to supply elements of an imagery and geospatial intelligence (IMINT/GEOINT) centre. The contract, the value of which was not released, was signed at the end of March 2019 and deliveries are to begin in early 2020. The new system will be based on

  • Jamaica orders Thales’s coastal surveillance system

    The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities. Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system built around several Coast Watcher 100 radars,

  • SOFINS 2019: Thales evolves S2C2 software for special forces

    Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) to unveil the Smart and Seamless Command and Control (S2C2) battle management software. According to Thales officials, the S2C2 software is designed to support special operations small unit teams and continues to be

  • US Army awards CACI sensor systems acquisition services task contract

    US information services group CACI has secured a five-year USD71 million task order to provide support to the US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO). Under the contract, CACI will provide sensor systems acquisition services, such as engineering, quality assurance, logistics, testing, and

  • British Army looks for new SCOPIC simulated training resources

    The British Army is seeking to expand its use of synthetic resources to simulate scarce assets during live training, a task currently provided by Cubic’s Synthetic Wrap (SW) as part of Project Micro-SCOPIC. Cubic was awarded a contract for this in 2016, and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has

  • US Army awards General Dynamics contract for electronic and cyber warfare capabilities

    The US Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) has awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) a contract to provide electronic and cyber warfare capabilities. The contract, known as R4, is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ)-type contract with multiple

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