• Harris rolls out new handheld SDR radio

    Harris has introduced the AN/PRC-163, a lightweight, two-channel, software defined radio (SDR) capable of simultaneous voice and data transmission. The AN/PRC-163, also known as the Leader Radio, is designed to meet the mission set and unique requirements of the conventional army, from the soldier

  • RAF receives BriteCloud expendable active decoy

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems has begun deliveries of its new BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Qualified for operational use in conjunction with the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), the 55 mm diameter BriteCloud device has initially been

  • Kuwait to receive new radar jammers for Hornets

    Kuwait will acquire 14 Harris AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 aircraft radar countermeasures systems under a USD24.5 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 March. The DoD said the contract is expected to be completed by May 2021, but did not identify the aircraft they will be

  • Allied logisticians sharpen focus on cyber defences

    Allied logisticians, led by their US colleagues, aim to secure NATO’s logistics chains and related networks against cyber attacks, although they have not set down any specific deadline for doing so, according to US and alliance military officials. However, they will focus on key physical sites

  • USN enhances P-8A capability with software upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) is rolling out a software upgrade programme designed to improve mission system functionality, as well as support and maintenance, for its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) Increment 1 and 2 variants. The Fleet Release 40 (FR40) upgrade involves a number of elements,

  • DARPA to demonstrate CFAR for legacy software in 2019

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA's) effort to enable rapid detection of and recovery from cyber attacks against legacy software will begin demonstrations in 2019. DARPA will demonstrate an integrated Cyber Fault-tolerant Attack Recovery (CFAR) system that protects

  • Modernised Goalkeeper CIWS completes sea acceptance trials

    The first Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) Goalkeeper close-in weapon system (CIWS) to be upgraded by Thales Nederland under the Instandhouding Goalkeeper programme has successfully concluded sea acceptance trials (SATs) on board the RNLN amphibious dock ship HNLMS Johan de Witt . Designed to validate

  • RN trials Novus software embodiment on Sonar 2087

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has begun an extended fleet trial to evaluate whether Novus software from the Sonar 2076 submarine sonar suite could improve the performance of the surface ship Sonar 2087 low-frequency active/passive sonar system. The trial, which is being funded by Navy Command under a DARE

  • Roboteam launches AI-CU advanced software for unmanned systems

    Roboteam has released a new software package enabling operators to simultaneously control multiple unmanned systems and payloads. The software, known as Artificial Intelligence Control Unit (AI-CU: pronounced “IQ”) includes autonomous navigation, facial recognition, and other artificial

  • Boeing to award F-15C Legion Pod contract before end of year

    Boeing expects to award Lockheed Martin a full development and production contract before the end of the year for the integration of the Legion Pod onto the F-15C Eagle combat aircraft, a senior official told Jane’s on 22 March. The modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor package has

  • USMC to upgrade Hornets with new AESA radar

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to replace the radars of its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornets with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 20 March calls for a new AESA system to replace the incumbent

  • BAE Systems gets USD97 million US Army order for ENVG III/FWS-I

    Key Points US Army budget request seeks USD153.643 million for night vision devices BAE Systems received a five-year contract in 2015 for ENVG III/FWS-I devices The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD97 million contract for a combined order of Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) IIIs and Family

  • Philippine Navy commissions second donated TC-90 aircraft

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has inducted a second TC-90 aircraft it received from Japan Airframe will improve the service’s aerial maritime surveillance capabilities The Philippine Navy has commissioned another Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft from Japan. The aircraft, which was

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

  • DARPA kicks off CASE cyber resiliency programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently kicked off its Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) programme, with the aim of building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level. CASE was announced by DARPA last year. It will investigate how cyber-security

  • US lining up Huey II simulator for Kenya

    The US Army is carrying out market research to find the best way to procure a flight training device (FTD) for Kenya’s Bell Huey II helicopters and possibly a second for Uganda. A notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 March said the requirement is for a contractor

  • LCS Coastal Mine Reconnaissance module completes developmental testing

    The Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) programme successfully completed developmental testing (DT) recently off the coast of southern California aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-class version of the LCS. “This

  • IARPA seeks to improve how raw data is analysed

    Key Points Efforts include detecting events, building 3D models, and geotagging imagery The USAF is the recipient of much of IARPA’s efforts The increasing demand for analysis of raw audio, imagery, and video data is leading the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) to

  • Draper technology could extend sensor life

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Draper) has developed a sensor chip that activates only when it detects an acoustic signal or vibration, thus eliminating the need for a microphone and requiring less power to operate. By redesigning the sensor as a microelectromechanical system (MEMS), Draper

  • CSIRO, QinetiQ to collaborate on advanced CO2-capturing technology for RAN’s Future Submarines

    Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has joined forces with defence technology company QinetiQ on a project that aims to enable submarines to stay submerged longer through the use of an advanced crystal technology called

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