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  • RAAF receives flight instrumentation kit to facilitate non-intrusive testing

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received a new flight instrumentation kit designed by the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) research and development arm – the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – to facilitate non-intrusive testing and evaluation.

  • Russia’s new Spectrum EW system enters service

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 28 August that a new electronic warfare (EW) system, designated Spectrum, has entered service with an inaugural exercise in the Urals. The complex is based on an AMN-233114 Tigr-M 4×4 vehicle, which has fitted to its roof an array of mission

  • L3 TRL launches new CORVUS platform

    L3 TRL has developed a new open standards platform for cyber-space electromagnetic activities (CEMA) operations called CORVUS, and will launch it at the Land Forces 2018 exhibition in Adelaide in September. Richard Flitton, L3 TRL general manager, told Jane’s the new-generation platform had

  • BAE Systems offers simplified software licensing for the cloud

    BAE Systems has teamed with Flexera to offer government agencies a better way to handle software licenses in the cloud. Felxera’s asset and license management tools will be integrated into BAE Systems’ and Dell EMC’s federated secure cloud to help the government understand the

  • DARPA effort seeks alternative to GPS

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to develop high-performance position, navigation, and timing (PNT) devices while reducing the size and complexity of those systems. The Atomic-Photonic Integration (A-PhI) programme will develop portable Photonic Integrated

  • 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 -

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