• Australian Army sets up office to bolster adoption of disruptive technologies

    The Australian Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and autonomous systems. Created in March 2020, the Robotic and Autonomous Systems

  • Covid-19: Pandemic increases cybersecurity, disinformation risks

    Key Points Risk of cyber-attacks has tracked with pandemic, targeting range of government and health sector organisations. Defence sector risk increased as work-from-home arrangements begin as part of lockdown and medical assistance deployments increase. The risk of cyber-attacks against

  • Update: Pentagon evaluating extending F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display life expectancy

    Key Points The Pentagon wants to extend the life expectancy of its F-35 OLED helmet-mounted display to reduce sustainment costs A former programme official believes that Lockheed Martin paid at least a share for the HMD redesign so it could meet the SDD requirement The Pentagon is investigating

  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR

    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s product line of intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Brazil selects Raytheon to perform Condor Mk3 upgrade to legacy radar systems

    The Brazilian Air Force has contracted Raytheon to upgrade several of its legacy Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) systems to the company’s latest variant of the system, dubbed the Condor Mk3, company officials announced on 24 March. The MSSR upgrade deal is the latest example of

  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement

    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track. The industry proposals for the 3DELRR effort

  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications

    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational Requirements Specialist, said that the Sceptre

  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests

    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annual Gripen Seminar on 26 March, the

  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software

    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus augmented reality (AR) software solution, according

  • NATO receives first AGS mobile exploitation station

    NATO has received its first mobile and transportable ground-based exploitation station for its Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme, it announced on 23 March. The first of the European-sourced Mobile General Ground Stations (MGGSs) that will provide datalink connectivity, data processing,

  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR)

  • LTAMDS wraps initial round of programme tests, prepares for live target drills

    Raytheon has competed initial tests of the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) and is preparing to test the new radar antenna array platform against live targets ahead of official evaluations of the system by service officials in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021). The

  • Pakistan aiming to procure radomes for its AN/TPS-77 and YLC-18A radar systems

    The Directorate of Procurement (Air) for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has issued invitations for tenders to procure an undisclosed number of radomes for the service’s Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-77 and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) YLC-18A ground-based air-defence radar

  • USN set to test, roll out E-2D Advanced Hawkeye upgrades

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to introduce a raft of enhancements for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning and control aircraft. Upgrades include an aerial refuelling capability, communications and Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) improvements, and a datalink upgrade,

  • Raytheon Australia to provide ADF with joint adversarial training and testing services

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an AUD330 million (USD204 million) eight-year contract with Raytheon Australia for the delivery of Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services (JATTS). The DoD announced on 29 February that the JATTS contract consolidates three existing

  • New IDF C4I system now operational

    An upgraded version of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) Digital Army Program (DAP) C4I system for linking together multiple military branches and domains has entered service, according to Elbit Systems, the system's manufacturer. Called Gideon, the new version of the DAP, which

  • L3Harris reveals new compact team radio

    L3Harris is developing a new compact team radio in response to customer requests and revealed details during a briefing at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in London from 10-11 March 2020. The RF-9820S is a small form factor, wideband (WB) mobile ad hoc network (MANET) radio. Its

  • China launches penultimate BeiDou navigation satellite

    The penultimate satellite required to complete the BeiDou global positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system was launched from the Xichang satellite launch centre in southwestern China on 9 March. The BeiDou system has been developed in three phases. The first phase was largely experimental

  • UK MoD seeks replacement for vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision

    The UK Ministry of Defence has issued an initial Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a replacement for the British Army’s vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability, which was published on the Defence Contracts Online website on 5 March. The value of the contract is up

  • Elbit to supply Canada with ELSAT 2100 satcom on-the-move

    Elbit Systems’ C4I & Cyber Division is to supply the Canadian Land Forces with its ELSAT 2100 satcom on-the-move (SOTM) system to provide a real-time broadband communication system, according to a 3 March company statement. The system is to be provided under the Land Command Support

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