HEADLINES

  • DARPA seeks to prevent cyber attacks via COTS components

    Key Points ConSec will curtail configuration setting vulnerabilities One challenge will be to reduce the scale of the issue Advances in technology and the advent of the Internet of Things have led to a growth in the size and complexity of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and subsystems.

  • MANTIS becomes operational in Mali

    The Bundeswehr's Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system became operational in Mali on 24 January, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 26 January. MANTIS sensors and an

  • HuAF Mi-24s to receive night vision

    Eight Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Mi-24V and Mi-24P gunships delivered to the 419th Aircraft Repair Plant (419 ARZ), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will be overhauled, modernised, and have night vision googles (NVG) integrated, it has been announced. The work will be conducted

  • Raytheon targets cyber force training requirement

    Raytheon has been demonstrating a proof-of-concept cyber trainer in advance of an expected solicitation for a Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) from the US Army. The army is seeking a training platform that enables cyber mission forces (CMF) to train in emulated network environments

  • US Army licenses Scorpion’s ScenGen AI for UGCS

    Key Points ScenGen can generate all possible scenarios for any given situation UGCS enables different army UASs to interoperate The US Army has contracted with Stryke Industries to license Scorpion Computer Services’ Scenario Generator (ScenGen), an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that

  • New RN sonar training facility opens

    A new submarine sonar training facility has opened at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, to deliver realistic training for Royal Navy (RN) submariners operating the Thales Sonar 2076 submarine active/passive integrated sonar system. The Thales-supplied trainer, known as the Rapidly Reconfigurable

  • CMI Defence outlines UAV integration

    CMI Defence has provided details on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration onto its turret systems. Speaking to Jane's at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference, a representative from CMI Defence said that the integration was completed approximately 18 months ago following a

  • Indonesia selects communication, sonar suite from Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik for Nagapasa submarines

    Key Points Indonesia has selected the Wärtsilä ELAC KaleidoScope submarine sonar suite for its Nagapasa class Suite provides platform with all-round underwater surveillance capabilities including detection, classification, and tracking of contacts Indonesia’s Nagapasa (Type

  • DARPA selects Orbital ATK for AFRE hypersonic engine research project

    Orbital ATK said on 23 January it entered into a contract with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study potential integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) programme,

  • PLAN deploys H-6G bomber in electronic warfare configuration

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed for the first time its Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6G bomber in an electronic warfare configuration as part of recent “combat manoeuvres”, according to Chinese state-owned media. Equipped with an electronic

  • Portugal to train São Tomé and Príncipe coastguard

    The Portuguese Navy's auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel (AOR) NRP Bérrio (A5210) and Cacine-class coastal patrol ship NRP Zaire (P1146) arrived in São Tomé and Príncipe on 22 January to support the training of the African nation’s coastguard (Guarda Costeira de São

  • Philippines boosts C4ISTAR capabilities

    Harris Corporation’s Radio Frequency (RF) Communications division has been awarded a US Foreign Military Sales contract worth an estimated USD44.85 million to supply a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (C4ISTAR)

  • Elbit Systems of America to demo upgraded counter-DVE solution for CV-22

    Elbit Systems of America is to demonstrate its upgraded Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) technology aboard a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the US military has disclosed. A USD748,609 contract for a real-world evaluation of the company’s DVE equipment aboard a V-22 was announced

  • Harris awarded USD45 million contract for Philippine C4ISTAR capability

    Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD44.86 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to assist the US government in providing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a C4ISTAR capability, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 19 January. Harris will provide “programme

  • UTC Aerospace readies AN/VVR-4 laser warning system

    UTC Aerospace has provided Jane's with details of its AN/VVR-4 laser warning receiver which has been designed as a common laser warning system for all US armoured vehicles. The new system is a follow-on to the AN/VVR-3 and designed to detect and classify laser threats, including range

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-9B SATCOM launch and recovery feature

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated in December its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a satellite communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a company statement.

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • IARPA eyes defence applications for AI efforts

    The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working on several projects in video analysis and other areas of artificial intelligence (AI) that could have military applications, according to an organisation official. IARPA, which sits within the Office of the Director of

  • US Air Force launches SBIRS GEO-4 early warning satellite

    Key Points USAF completes its baseline SBIRS GEO constellation with Friday’s launch The service is upgrading sensor capabilities from legacy DSP satellites The US Air Force (USAF) successfully launched its fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite

  • US Army's T2C2 moves into full-rate production

    Key Points The army can now begin buying the inflatable satellite system The army intends to field T2C2 to 15 operational elements The US Army's Transportable Tactical Command Communications (T2C2), which provides satellite capability to small units operating in areas without network

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