• Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56 million cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the SSDS combat system engineering agent and software design

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan advances Mobile Mortar System development

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) took the opportunity at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, to unveil an updated version of the 81/120 mm Mobile

  • Collins Aerospace rolls out new airborne networking radio

    American military communications firm Collins Aerospace is looking to leverage the US armed forces’ growing appetite for multi-channel, software-driven combat communications with its latest airborne networking radio offering. The TruNet AR-2000 is the two-channel version of the single-channel

  • Update: US Air Force seeks information on T-38A virtual reality flight simulator

    Key Points The US Air Force is asking industry about a possible virtual reality flight simulator with full cockpit integration for the T-38A This is likely a lower cost bridge solution as the T-38A debuted in the 1960s The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information from industry on the possibility of

  • IDF Home Front Command fields Shual C2 emergency database

    The Israel Defense Force’s (IDF’s) Home Front Command (HFC) has begun using a new command-and-control (C2) system designed to create a nationwide geographic real-time database of emergency incidents, first responder locations, status of local authorities, and other critical updates. The

  • Indra planning to update cyber range, improve ‘virtualisation’

    Spain’s Indra plans to upgrade its military cyber range in the coming years, with a focus on virtualisation capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Indra’s cyber range was designed to train users in military environments. The company recently completed a programme with

  • UK begins search for future EW countermeasures

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is canvassing industry for electronic warfare countermeasures (EWCM) systems and technologies that could address the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) needs for future soft-kill anti-ship missile defence. Forming the second component of the overarching Maritime

  • Aitech introduces C875 single-board computer to counter cyber threats

    US-based defence electronics company Aitech has introduced its C875 single-board computer (SBC) that is designed to provide a ruggedised and secure main mission computer for various military platforms. Doug Patterson, the company’s vice-president of global marketing, told Jane’s ,

  • Turkey’s Aselsan develops communication system for indigenous submarine

    Turkish systems and sensors house Aselsan has completed the development of an integrated communication system for the country’s New Type Submarine Project (NTSP). This is the first time the company has produced a submarine communication system, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency

  • Update: UK MoD contracts Elbit Systems UK for new Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract for the Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) to Ferranti Technologies Ltd, trading as Elbit Systems UK (ES UK). The contract, announced on the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Defence Contracts Online website, and amended on 6 August, is

  • US Army hunting for new technologies for an innovation day

    The US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) is on the hunt for an array of emerging technologies, including surveillance drones and systems that can down them, and is calling on industry to pitch their ideas for an upcoming innovation day. In a late-July notice

  • US Navy seeks quick combat systems upgrades to counter new threats

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to tap technological advancements like the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat system – supported Common Source Library (CSL) to develop quicker responses to emerging surface sea threats like unmanned systems, Christian Minster, company programme director for Surface Navy

  • Spain validates SISCAP soldier system

    Spain’s Sistema Combatiente a Pie (Foot Soldier System, SISCAP) programme is set to complete its Phase I validation in November and operational testing by the end of the year. Phase I is a research and development (R&D) activity focused on the design, development and validation of

  • UK MoD contracts Airbus DS for Land Systems Reference Centre

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Airbus Defence and Space (DS) to run the UK’s Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), the company announced on 19 July. The five-year contract is worth approximately GBP22 million (USD27 million). The LSRC provides “test and reference

  • Viasat developing wearable Blue Force Tracking gear

    Viasat has designed a prototype wearable satellite communications (satcom) solution to provide the US Army with a Blue Force Tracking (BFT) capability down to the lowest tactical level, company officials told Jane’s . The development, which follows a contract award from a US Army broad agency

  • DroneShield boosts C-UAS portfolio with DroneGun MKIII

    DroneShield’s new DroneGun MKIII was developed in response to military requests for a smaller and lighter counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability that can complement a primary weapon, the company has told Jane’s . DroneGun MKIII, which was announced in mid-July, is centred on

  • Northrop Grumman selected as design agent for US Navy AN/SPQ-9B radar

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Northrop Grumman a follow-on contract to be the design agent for the AN/SPQ-9B surface search-and-fire-control radar. In that role, Northrop Grumman provides support to existing and future systems, troubleshoots issues, performs redesign efforts as parts become obsolete,

  • US Army’s STE assessment underscores need for multifaceted training

    Recent user assessments of the US Army’s new Synthetic Training Environment (STE) highlighted the advantages offered by virtual components, although there remains a need to strike the right balance with physical elements, the army has told Jane’s . The assessments, which took place in

  • Indian Navy signs USD230 million deal for ‘dedicated’ satellite

    The Indian Navy (IN) has signed an INR15.89 billion (USD230 million) deal with the government-owned Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the supply of a ‘dedicated’ surveillance and communication satellite. Official sources told Jane’s that the agreement, signed on 11

  • UK MoD kicks off planning for C2-focused 2020 Army Warfighting Experiment

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has issued a request for information (RFI) for the 2020 British Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE20), the next iteration in this series of annual events “to identify specific capabilities for rapid exploitation”. According to the RFI, the army “has

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