• Pentagon seeks proposals for experimental 5G technologies

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a new experimentation effort exploring integration of 5G communication technologies into military bases across the United States, Pentagon officials have announced. The two Request for Prototype Proposals (RPPs) are focused on the

  • Netherlands MoD updates VOSS soldier system

    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed its latest version of the Verbeterd Operationeel Soldaat Systeem (Improved Operational Soldier System: VOSS) at the NEDS exhibition in Rotterdam on 28 November. MoD officials told Jane’s this was the first time the upgraded variant of the

  • Pentagon selects industry teams for prototype hypersonic defence system

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected four industry bidders to develop a prototype version of a new anti-missile warning and detection system, specifically geared toward countering hypersonic weapons. MDA officials issued four separate firm-fixed-price prototype awards, at approximately

  • US Army seeking new soldier-worn sensors to monitor performance

    On the future battlefield, US Army leadership wants to better measure soldiers’ and squads’ performance and are now on the hunt for new wearable sensors that can help them do just that. In a November request for information (RFI), the service asked vendors to submit information about

  • US military, intelligence communities seek stronger ties with commercial AI, cyber sectors

    US national security, intelligence, and armed forces sectors must forge stronger ties with counterparts in the private sector, including with a more diverse group of suppliers beyond traditional defence contractors, the Pentagon’s top technology official said. “If you look back at the

  • USAF eyes high-power microwave for directed energy weapons as tech advances

    Marked advances in development of high-powered microwave (HPM) technology in recent years could pave the way for near term breakthroughs in next-generation directed energy weapons and systems, as the US Air Force eyes a potential HPM programme of record. Specifically, ongoing research and

  • New Zealand begins infrastructure work to accommodate future P-8A Poseidon aircraft fleet

    New Zealand has begun construction work to accommodate the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) future fleet of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft (MMA) at RNZAF Base Ohakea. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Wellington announced on 29 November that Defence

  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contracts Online on 14 November, and the contract has

  • Turkey carries out first tests with S-400s

    Turkey carried out the first tests of the radar of the S-400 air defence systems it is procuring from Russia with its F-16 and F-4 fighters on 25–26 November, Turkish media reported. The Ankara governor’s office announced on 24 November that Turkish Air Force (TuAF) fighters would

  • Lockheed Martin to provide two Solid State Radars for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the production and supply of two Solid State Radar (SSR) antenna sets for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems Tokyo plans to deploy by 2023 to counter growing regional threats. In

  • Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite

    Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020. “At-sea demonstrating campaigns for

  • US Army leaders test out latest militarised HoloLens AR architecture

    US Army soldiers are evaluating the latest iteration of Microsoft’s modified HoloLens 2 headset as part of the service’s effort to inject augmented reality (AR) into how the force trains and conducts combat missions. Under the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) programme, the

  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaffe Brigadier-General Christian Leitges, Deputy Chief

  • Huber+Suhner’s GPSoF aims to share power and data via fibre cables

    Huber+Suhner is exploring a growing number of applications for its new Direct GPS over Fiber (GPSoF) technology, designed to enable communication equipment and other devices to be powered via fibre-optic cable. GPSoF was launched in early September and the company said it is the first such solution

  • NATO’s training mission in Iraq gaining momentum

    NATO’s train-the-trainer mission in Iraq is making progress on several fronts, including ordnance disposal, equipment codification, and cyber-awareness training, according to the mission’s out-going commander, Major General Dany Fortin. “We are setting the conditions for a

  • IDF planners make increased use of battle simulations

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Operations Branch has been making increasingly effective use of a battle simulation computer system, an officer in charge of operational simulations has told Jane’s . “The combination of the development of technology and computing abilities on the

  • Northrop Grumman to deliver tactical data link systems to ADF

    Northrop Grumman announced on 6 November that has been awarded a three-year contract by the Australian Defence Force Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA) to deliver an undisclosed number of tactical data link (TDL) systems and training as part of the development of the ADF’s Joint Data

  • British Army releases RFI for weapon locating radar

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released an initial request for information (RFI) on 31 October for new weapon locating radar systems being procured under the Project Serpens programme. Formerly the Next Generation Weapon Locating System (MGWLS), the new systems are to be introduced from 2026, with

  • US Army seeking right mix of systems, capabilities in key tactical network drill

    Hitting the right mix of network and communication platforms, systems, and capabilities for US Army ground units will be one of several key objectives for a major upcoming demonstration of the newest iteration of the service’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), although army officials

  • Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), held at the company’s Manching facility near Munich. The improved aircraft is geared towards a number of expanding roles and

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