• AUSA 2019: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter closer to IBCS integration

    The US Army and the US Air Force integrated track data from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2. The event, held in Palmdale in California and Fort Bliss in Texas, in June

  • AUSA 2019: FLIR Systems announces new StormCaster-T camera for SkyRaider UAV

    FLIR Systems is offering a new StormCaster-T thermal camera with FLIR Boson sensor for its R80D and R70 SkyRaider multi-mission unmanned rotorcraft that features a 15–75 mm zoom optic, according to a company official. Mark Holden, FLIR director of product strategy for the US government, told

  • AUSA 2019: US Special Ops select Persistent Systems' Embedded Module for small UAV

    US Special Operations Command will field Persistent Systems’ Embedded Module, a modified version of the module integrated into the MPU5 handheld mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) radio, for its Indago small unmanned aerial (UAV) system. Approximately the size of a credit card, the Embedded

  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known

  • JSTARS modifications under new contract include new liquid oxygen valve

    Key Points The US Air Force will perform a variety of upgrades to its E-8C JSTARS fleet under a September contract award Modifications will range from a new liquid oxygen valve to the bandwidth-efficient common data link The US Air Force (USAF) plans to make a variety of modifications, including

  • UK A400M tactical parachuting capability delayed

    A target date for the clearance of the United Kingdom to use its Airbus A400M Atlas airlifters for tactical parachuting of airborne forces has yet to be set, a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman confirmed to Jane’s on 9 October. This includes the clearance of the launching of paratroopers

  • RAAF to fit Super Hornets with IRST

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to equip its Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets with the same AN/ASG-34 podded infrared search-and-track (IRST) system as carried by the US Navy (USN). A sources-sought notification issued by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 2 October calls for 12 IRST

  • US Army seeks new SIGINT solutions for high-altitude, low Earth orbit operations

    The US Army’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) is seeking next-generation high-altitude, low Earth orbiting sensor platforms for offensive and defensive operations. Specifically, army engineers want “advanced concepts and capabilities” for signals

  • US Air Force awards Northrop Grumman JSTARS aircraft modernisation contract

    The US Air Force (USAF) awarded Northrop Grumman a contract potentially worth USD495 million on 27 September for E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft modernisation and sustainment. The award covers 16 mission and one trainer aircraft as part of an indefinite

  • US Navy delivers first redesigned MH-60S gunner seats to fleet

    The US Navy (USN) delivered, installed, and demonstrated the first two redesigned Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter gunner seats on 24–25 September to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) at Naval Air Station North Island in California, according to a service statement. The original

  • US Air Force progresses toward directed energy counter-UAV programme of record

    Key Points The US Air Force is moving toward procuring directed energy counter-UAV systems The service is interested in these ground-based directed energy weapons to protect its assets and airspace from enemy UAVs The US Air Force (USAF) is moving toward a programme of record for directed energy

  • US Air Force awards Raytheon high-power microwave device contract

    Key Points The US Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract for in-field experimentation with its high-power microwave system The system can be used to take down UAVs by disrupting or permanently damaging their electronics The US Air Force (USAF) on 23 September awarded Raytheon a USD16.2 million

  • US Air Force awards MicroTechnologies LLC Combined Air Operations Center contract

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 20 September awarded MicroTechnologies LLC a USD160 million contract for Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) communication services, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract, a firm-fixed-price arrangement, provides operations and maintenance of all Air

  • Rosoboronexport establishes C-UAV cluster

    Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec, has established a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) portfolio, company director general Alexander Mikheev told journalists on 17 September. He said the cluster would be presented at the Dubai airshow in November

  • International companies advance C-UAS technologies

    Companies in the counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) domain are pursuing advances in radar technology to detect smaller systems at greater ranges. The theme was central to the new systems displayed by several companies at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI)

  • Trillium Engineering rolls out new video-processing hardware for small UASs

    New video-processing hardware developed by US intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor manufacturer Trillium Engineering can create highly compressed video and imagery files, which can be transmitted from small unmanned aircraft systems (SUASs) to ground stations in half the

  • Thales reveals new ISR concepts

    Thales has developed new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) concepts in both the land and air domains and demonstrated these at DSEI 2019 in London in September. Digital Crew is a real-time self-learning artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm applied to digital electro-optical

  • Philippines broadens Tarlac class’ operational capabilities with deck landing trials

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has carried deck landing trials for several helicopter types on its Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel The trials aim to broaden the types of mission sets that can be conducted from the ships In a bid to expand on the range of operations that can be conducted

  • AFA 2019: Remote vision system issues impede Boeing KC-46A progress

    Key Points Two key issues are holding back Boeing’s progress in addressing KC-46A tanker remote vision system (RVS) problems A key US Air Force (USAF) officer said these two issues, acuity and depth plane compression, are very complex Boeing is making progress on resolving problems with its

  • Hensoldt’s PrecISR radar to be integrated on PC-12 aircraft

    Sensor house Hensoldt has been contracted to deliver a PrecISR 1000 airborne surveillance radar to QinetiQ GmbH for installation on a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft. Offering an instrumented range out to 200 n miles, PrecISR is a software-defined X-band airborne radar that builds on

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