• UK MoD commits to fast-track battlefield apps

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is committing another GBP30 million (USD40 million) in funding to accelerate the development of battlefield apps, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on 11 March. The project for innovative application and software design, known as Platform for Rapid

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid

    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhead 140 ship design to meet the Type 31e

  • UK planning Army Warfighting Experiment 19 and 20, eyes MUM-T and C3

    The British Army has begun planning activities for the 2019 and 2020 iterations of its Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, commanding officer of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), said at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in London in March.

  • Arexis escort jamming pod begins testing ahead of flight trials

    Saab has commenced ground qualification of a prototype low-band escort jamming pod being developed as part of its Arexis family of fast jet electronic warfare (EW) systems and plans to begin flight testing the prototype before the end of this year. Announced in 2017, the Arexis family of electronic

  • Thales UK marketing SquadNet soldier radios with frequency-hopping

    Thales UK has added a frequency-hopping capability to its SquadNet mesh networking soldier radio and revealed this at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in March 2019 in London. The SquadNet radio, which operates in the 860–890 MHz range, has a point-to-point range of 2.5 km; in

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  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of
  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of
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