HEADLINES

  • DARPA seeks new use for SHIELD

    The Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) programme, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) effort to stop the introduction of counterfeit parts into electronic systems, is partnering with IBM to create a way to verify and validate contracts.

  • AFRL finds brain stimulation technology boosts multi-tasking performance

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has disclosed study results on the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) on special forces operators and machine-facing personnel, finding the technologies can indeed increase performance for certain tasks. The evaluation, which

  • CGI’s upgrade to better link UK, NATO field artillery and fire control systems

    CGI’s recent deal to upgrade the UK’s Fire Control Battlefield Information System (FC BISA) will significantly enhance the country’s interoperability with NATO allies in the area, reflecting a growing focus on ‘near-peer’ threats among Western nations, the company has

  • Army 2018: Russia unveils Sosna SHORAD system production version

    Russia for the first time publicly unveiled a serial production example of the Sosna short-range air-defence (SHORAD) system mounted on the MTLB chassis at the Army 2018 exhibition being held in Kubinka, near Moscow, on 21-26 August. The Sosna is a point defence turret developed by Nudelmann Design

  • Army 2018: TsNIITochMash details exoskeleton development

    The TsNIITochMash design bureau, a Rostec subsidiary, unveiled its new exoskeleton during the Army 2018 show held near Moscow on 21–26 August, saying it has been tested in a combat environment. The exoskeleton is made of lightweight carbon fibre and has a weight varying between 4 and 8 kg,

  • Northrop Grumman explores airburst munitions for C-UAS applications

    Northrop Grumman Armament Systems Division (NG-ASD) has outlined ongoing efforts to advance kinetic kill counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capabilities and develop a family of networked systems to address unmanned air, land, and maritime threats. Jay Annis, portfolio director at NG-ASD told

  • Canada invests in upgraded soft-kill defences for Halifax-class frigates

    Key Points Lockheed Martin Canada will upgrade and sustain the RAMSES jammer Each Halifax-class frigate will receive a third Rheinmetall MASS decoy launcher Canada’s Department for National Defence has confirmed two contracts worth more than CAD115 million (USD88 million) covering the

  • Edgybees develops augmented reality, 3D mapping solution for militaries

    Key Points Edgybees is offering its augmented reality and 3D mapping solution to militaries The solution can help armed forces quickly highlight critical infrastructure A Silicon Valley-based company is offering its augmented reality and 3D mapping solution to militaries to help them add context

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • Russia updates troop and vehicle parachute systems

    The Russian military will receive its first D-14 parachutes for the Ratnik soldier ensemble in late 2019, according to Technodinamika, a subsidiary of state-owned military export firm Rostec Corporation. “The first serial [D-14] parachutes will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

    Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August. Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting

  • Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • New Zealand orders flight simulator for NH90 helicopters

    The government of New Zealand has approved the purchase of a flight simulator from Canadian company CAE to train the pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) fleet of NHIndustries NH90 multirole medium helicopters. “A New Zealand-based simulator offers the benefits of

  • BAE Systems seeks to automate network cyber defence tools

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected BAE Systems to develop cyber-hunting tools to improve the ability of network enterprise systems to rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) programme seeks to build adaptive

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

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