• AFA 2018: Mercury Systems offers a new processing blade for on-platform processing

    Mercury Systems has introduced a new processing blade for advanced on-platform processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Each EnsembleSeries LDS3517 blade combines an Intel Xeon D server-class processor, a Xilinx UltraScale field-programmable gate array (FPGA),

  • New NATO software interface to enable direct inter-ally tactical communications

    NATO is urging its members to ratify as quickly as possible a new software standard for secure encrypted communications between their armed forces. Once implemented, it would enable direct and interoperable tactical communications between allied forces in the field. The new software, called Secure

  • AFA 2018: CAE sees growth in classroom-based training solutions

    Key Points CAE sees future growth in the classroom portion of military training programmes Militaries want to free people up for more important tasks, while the company is attracted to these more lucrative efforts Canadian training provider CAE sees future growth in the classroom portion of

  • ‘Cyber Fog’ exercise aims to strengthen US and Estonian defences

    US and Estonian militaries conducted a joint cyber exercise aimed at boosting their co-ordination and communication in combined cyberspace operations. The two-day ‘Cyber Fog’ exercise took place in late July/early August at the Estonia Defence Forces Cyber Command in Tallinn. US Navy

  • UK MoD admits “misleading” report on Project Shepherd EW programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted misleading Parliament over the delivery of a new electronic warfare (EW) information system known as Project Shepherd. The MoD’s 2013 defence equipment plan suggested that the programme had achieved its in-service date (ISD). In reality, however,

  • WB Electronics reveals U-Gate, new software-defined radios

    WB Group is developing a software-defined radio (SDR) for the export market that will support the company’s forthcoming Battle Overwatch and Strike Capabilities (BOSC) concept. The Personal Radio (PERAD) 6010 was in development ahead of an expected low-rate initial production (LRIP) by the

  • Indra to supply Lanza 3D radar to RTAF

    Indra has been awarded a contract to supply its Lanza 3D long-range radar (LRR) system to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), the Spanish company announced in a statement on 11 September. Delivery will include the air surveillance radar as well as associated equipment such as Indra’s AirDef: an

  • British Army begins Bowman update

    The British Army begins the update of its Bowman communications system in the next few weeks with the delivery of Bowman ComBAT Infrastructure P-BISA (BCIP) 5.6 to 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, based in Paderborn, Germany. BCIP 5.6 is the largest single upgrade to Bowman since it entered service and

  • Elbit emerges as preferred bidder for UK’s Morpheus

    Elbit Systems UK has been selected as the preferred bidder for the UK’s Project Morpheus Battle Management Application (BMA) contract, Jane’s has learned. The UK’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) confirmed the decision, but was unable to comment further because the

  • BEL awarded USD1.28 billion order for LRSAM systems for the Indian Navy

    India’s public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced on 5 September that it has been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as the Barak LR) area-defence missile systems to the Indian Navy (IN).

  • Israel orders Amos 8 satellite

    The Israeli government announced on 3 September that it has commissioned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to build the Amos 8 communications satellite, two years after the Amos 6 satellite was destroyed during a SpaceX rocket malfunction. The loss of that satellite came 11 months after all

  • US Air Force expects new S&T strategy in fourth quarter 2018

    Key Points Wilson expects the service’s new science and technology strategy to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018 The air force wants to better engage universities as part of this effort to redefine the critical technologies in the next 12 years and beyond US Air Force (USAF)

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian DoD receives prototype radar for possible use with NASAMS

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has received a prototype vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radar from local company CEA Technologies for potential use in the country’s future ground-based air-defence system. The CEATAC radar, which was displayed mounted on an

  • Update: US Army using modelling, simulation tools to reduce costs in JMR TD

    The US Army is using high-fidelity modelling and simulation (M&S) capabilities to reduce costs and save time in the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) rotorcraft programme. Andrew Wissink, an aerospace engineer with the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and

  • South Korea completes development of indigenous DIRCM system

    South Korea has completed the development of a directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system designed for use by military aircraft to deceive a hostile missile’s infrared (IR) seeker, the country’s Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) said in a 3 September statement.

  • First wideband Sonar 2093 minehunting sonar accepted by RN

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has formally accepted into service a new wideband version of the Sonar 2093 variable depth minehunting sonar following the successful completion of first-of-class sea trials on the Sandown-class minehunter HMS Grimsby. Thales UK was in 2015 awarded a GBP33.5 million (USD43.1

  • Update: Raytheon developing expeditionary land-based JPALS system

    Key Points Raytheon is developing a man-portable land-based JPALS system The system would enable the USAF to land aircraft where it does not have bases Raytheon is developing a smaller, expeditionary, land-based version of its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) for a

  • Croatia kicks off new tactical communications modernisation programme

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) have initiated a programme to upgrade existing inventories of tactical communications systems with software defined radios (SDRs), service officials told Jane’s . According to Colonel Ivica Celik, head of department for the CAF’s Deployable Communication

  • RAAF receives flight instrumentation kit to facilitate non-intrusive testing

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received a new flight instrumentation kit designed by the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) research and development arm – the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – to facilitate non-intrusive testing and evaluation.

  • L3 TRL launches new CORVUS platform

    L3 TRL has developed a new open standards platform for cyber-space electromagnetic activities (CEMA) operations called CORVUS, and will launch it at the Land Forces 2018 exhibition in Adelaide in September. Richard Flitton, L3 TRL general manager, told Jane’s the new-generation platform had

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