• Surface Navy 2019: BAE Systems investing in software-defined SIGINT systems

    BAE Systems is investing in making its signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems software-defined and open architecture (OA) to enable customers to rapidly pursue new threat signals. Joshua Niedzwiecki, director of the company’s adaptive sensors business, told Jane’s on 14 January that

  • Surface Navy 2019: USN set to receive first Raytheon EASR for testing

    Raytheon will deliver an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) to the Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island, Virginia in early 2019, for developmental testing (DT). That testing is set to begin in the March to June 2019 timeframe. Additionally, the company is expecting a long-lead

  • Iranian satellite fails to reach orbit

    An Iranian attempt to put a satellite into orbit failed on 15 January, according to Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi. Iranian media organisations cited the minister as saying the launch was successful, but the third stage did not reach sufficient speed

  • US Air Force awards Northrop Grumman Litening pod contract

    The US Air Force (USAF) recently awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for Litening advanced targeting pod sustainment, production, software, and upgrades. The award is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract potentially worth USD1.3 billion, according to a company statement.

  • BriteCloud decoy set for Typhoon integration

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is introducing the Leonardo BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) into service on its Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 fleet, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract notice has revealed. This follows the introduction to service last year of the 55 mm diameter BriteCloud radio

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  • US Army seeking APS technology for Bradley vehicles

    Once again the US army is looking for new active protection systems (APSs) to equip on its family of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Whether this is a positive or negative for IMI Systems’ Iron Fist remains unclear. On 11 December, the service issued a draft request for proposal in the