• USAF integrates AgilePod onto light attack jet

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) demonstrated the flexibility of its open architecture AgilePod by fitting it aboard a Textron Aviation Defense Scorpion light attack/intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) jet. AgilePod is a government-owned, and air force-trademarked,

  • US Army Research Laboratory exploring engineering-grade plastics in 3-D-printed UAV parts

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is exploring a variety of engineering-grade plastics in its additively manufactured, or 3-D printed, parts on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help them compete with the strength of injection moulded components. ARL spokesperson T’Jae Ellis told

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

    The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said. Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11

  • Surface Navy 2018: Lockheed Martin connects LRDR, Aegis Ashore

    Lockheed Martin connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and solid-state-based Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) missile defence technologies, the company said in a statement on 11 January. Connecting the two systems will provide “earlier intelligence and expanded situational

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to test Saab’s ASW training system in 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will begin a three-month evaluation of Saab’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system later this year. The demonstration will take place at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the Bahamas using the company’s AUV62-AT, an artificial acoustic

  • ConSec targets COTS security

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new programme aimed at addressing the security challenges associated with using commercial devices. The Configuration Security (ConSec) programme is designed to tackle “the challenges created by the proliferation of COTS

  • Surface Navy 2018: New combat system baseline remains AMDR focus

    Despite recent proposed US funding cuts for the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) 6.0 software package for the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR) system, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are focusing on developing and integrating the Baseline 10 combat system software that will be the

  • China aims to speed up training of carrier pilots

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is exploring ways of streamlining the training and increasing the number of fast jet pilots to keep pace with the country’s growing number of aircraft carriers, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 7 January. Quoting Song

  • Surface Navy 2018: SEWIP Lite set for first deliveries

    Key Points AN/SLQ-32(V)6C – also known as SEWIP Lite – is a scaled, lower-cost version of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 SEWIP Block 2 system Initial deliveries are supporting the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter programme Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has completed build of the first two

  • Bundeswehr outsources helicopter training

    The Bundeswehr is outsourcing helicopter training to a private company to keep pilots qualified. The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support,

  • First laser scanner delivered for Norwegian MCM

    The first of four new laser scanners destined for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has been delivered to Kongsberg Maritime by Canada-based company 2G Robotics ahead of integration on one of the RnoN’s new mine countermeasure (MCM) autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Four Hugin AUVs were

  • SNA 2018: AN/ALQ-248 AOEW pod set for mid-2018 CDR milestone

    Key Points The AN/ALQ-248 AMP will be integrated with MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide a long-endurance electronic attack capability Lockheed Martin has now been contracted for the build of AN/ALQ-248 engineering development models Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

  • SNA 2018: Lockheed continues Aegis improvements for missiles, UAVs

    Lockheed Martin is bolstering its Aegis combat system’s ability to better perform ballistic missile defence (BMD) operations and provide protection against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to James Sheridan, Aegis programme director for the company. Lockheed Martin is looking to

  • SNA 2018: USN wants better Aegis diagnostics

    The US Navy (USN) wants to be able to better gauge the condition of its shipboard Aegis combat systems, said James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the system. “There’s pressure on us to provide better diagnostics for the [Aegis] systems,”

  • US Army pursues greater synergies in vehicle systems

    The US Army’s effort to consolidate multiple vehicle C4ISR systems onto computer cards that could be easily swapped out and tailored to meet specific mission requirements is expected to be ready for implementation in early 2018. Referred to as the C4ISR/Electronic Warfare (EW) Modular Open

  • Omani F-16s to receive software, IFF upgrades

    The US government has approved a USD62 million upgrade to the Royal Air Force of Oman’s (RAFO’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The State Department approval, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 5 January, covers an

  • SNA 2018: Destroyer mishaps disrupt USN Aegis BMD upgrade plans

    The recent collisions that damaged two guided-missile destroyers will likely affect US Navy (USN) efforts to modernise and deploy the surface combatants with upgraded Aegis combat systems for ballistic missile defence (BMD), according to James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin. The

  • Australia begins installation of CEC system components on Hobart-class destroyers

    Key Points Australia has begun installing components of the CEC system on its first two Air Warfare Destroyers First platform is on track for initial operational tasking, including against anti-air warfare threats, by late-2018 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first and second

  • Indian Navy signs USD307 million contract with Boeing for P-8I simulator

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a INR19.49 billion (USD307.36 million) contract with Boeing on 5 January for a simulation-based training solution for the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) fleet of Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft. IN officials said the

  • US Air Force developing next generation ISR dominance flight plan

    Key Points The USAF expects to complete a next generation ISR plan by spring It will set a roadmap for how the service plans to use and acquire ISR capabilities in the future The US Air Force (USAF) expects to complete by spring a comprehensive next generation intelligence, surveillance, and

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