• USMC begins the search for updated MADIS weapon systems

    In response to the US military’s increasing concern with adversary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving forward with its Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) initiative and soliciting industry’s help to rush near-term, counter-UAS into the field.

  • India selects IAI/Elta Systems radar and EW suite for Tejas LCA Mk 1A

    India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta Systems for 83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and an equal number of electronic warfare (EW) suites to be fitted onto the Mk 1A variant of the indigenously

  • US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security launch Polar Scout CubeSats

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 3 December launched two 6U CubeSats as part of the Polar Scout project. Polar Scout is to evaluate the effectiveness of space-based sensors in support of Arctic search-and-rescue missions. Knowledge gained from this

  • USMC seeks HMCS for Harrier II+ aircraft

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to upgrade a number of its McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II+ combat aircraft with a helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) for the pilot. The planned upgrade, which was disclosed in late November, will cover 48 of the USMC’s 75 AV-8B Harrier II+ (improved radar)

  • MyDefence to showcase vehicle-based C-UAS system for NATO

    Danish company MyDefence has disclosed that its newly integrated vehicle-based counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) solution will undergo evaluation at the NATO Non-Lethal Technology Exercise (NNTEX-18) in December. The news follows an announcement on 13 November that the company had completed

  • USAF seeks GPS hardening for MC/EC-130J special mission aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to protect its special mission Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft against GPS jamming, with a request for information (RFI) issued to industry on 3 December. Issued by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Cycle, Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery

  • Collins Aerospace launches next-generation Griffin-2 fast-jet training virtual system

    Collins Aerospace has developed a next-generation fast-jet combat fighter training visual system. Griffin-2 features a non-faceted, one-piece, completely smooth-surfaced visual dome. Collins Aerospace spokesman Robert Edilson said on 27 November that the dome surface is just under 2 m from the

  • UPDATE: RTAF seeks to upgrade Gripen combat aircraft to MS20 configuration

    Key Points The RTAF is looking to upgrade its Saab Gripens The plan, however, does not yet appear to be a fully funded programme The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is looking to upgrade its fleet of 11 Saab JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole combat aircraft to the MS20 configuration. “We are

  • Phazotron-NIIR readies new AESA radar for Russian fighter trials

    Phazotron-NIIR’s Zhuk-AME – also known as the FGA50 – active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is poised to begin trials, an industry source has confirmed to Jane’s . The new radar will be installed into the Russian Aerospace Forces’ new MiG-35 multirole combat

  • Nammo pursues C-UAV ammunition development

    Ammunition manufacturer Nammo is looking to expand its range of 40 mm grenades to include non-lethal examples optimised for counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) applications in military peacetime operations or in crowded urban environments. Company funded development is under way exploring the

  • RT unveils ‘micro’ aerostat

    Israeli aerostat manufacturer RT has developed a new mobile aerostat surveillance system called the Skystar 120 that is specifically designed to support military forces operating in challenging terrain. “The SkyStar 120 ground control station is mounted on an all-terrain vehicle that can

  • USN sets sights on 2024 for NGJ-LB operational prototype

    The US Navy (USN) is targeting 2024 to field an operational prototype of its Next Generation Jammer – Low Band (NGJ-LB) system on the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft. Disclosure of the service’s aggressive schedule comes less than a month after the Naval Air

  • KLJ-7A AESA radar being considered for China’s J-20 fighter aircraft

    The Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology’s (NRIET’s) KLJ-7A active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar is being considered for use with China’s J-20 multirole ‘fifth-generation’ fighter aircraft, a Chinese industry source has told Jane’s .

  • Saudi-led coalition announces end of US aerial refuelling

    The Saudi-led coalition announced on 10 November that its aircraft would no longer be refuelled by US Air Force (USAF) tankers, according to a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency. The statement attributed the move to a recent increase in the coalition’s “capability to

  • Update: US Air Force to miss FAA deadline for C-17 traffic tracking upgrades

    Key Points The USAF expects to miss a 1 January 2020 deadline for upgrading C-17 aircraft with traffic tracking upgrades All US aircraft – including commercial, military, and corporate – are required to have ADS-B Out capabilities by the start of 2020 The US Air Force (USAF) expects

  • USAF demonstrates AERONET international datalink for light attack aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) has demonstrated the AERONET international datalink system in the most recent phase of its light attack experiment (LAE) conducted earlier this year, an official said on 13 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official noted that the tactical datalink was

  • US Air Force awards Rockwell Collins contract for anti-jam GPS receiver

    The US Air Force recently awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to provide its latest Digital Global Positioning System (GPS) Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR), according to a company statement. DIGARs will provide navigation for US Air National Guard (ANG) and US Air Force Reserve Lockheed Martin F-16

  • Indo Defence 2018: PT Len unveils locally developed air surveillance radar

    Key Points Indonesia is showcasing a locally developed air surveillance radar for the first time The system is undergoing further validations on an island near the country’s maritime boundary Indonesia’s state-owned defence electronics company PT Len has unveiled a locally developed

  • USAF to upgrade A-10Cs with 3D-audio for pilot situational awareness

    The US Air Force (USAF) is moving ahead with plans to equip its Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II combat aircraft with 3D-audio to enhance the situational awareness of its pilots. Following a request for information (RFI) issued in December 2017, a notification was issued by the service on 5

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio to be integrated into ScanEagle

    Insitu will incorporate Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology into its line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the ScanEagle, ScanEagle2, ScanEagle3, Integrator, and RQ-21A Blackjack. Persistent Systems has entered into several five-year agreements

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