• US, Japan agree to boost space, cyber-security co-operation

    The defence and foreign ministers of the US and Japan have agreed to boost co-operation in the fields of cyber security and outer space. The ministers agreed for the first time that a concerted cyber attack against Japan could be considered an armed attack, as stipulated in the US-Japan Security

  • US Army eyes milestone FY 2020 decision for network modernisation

    New pieces of communications have accompanied the US Army’s 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) on its deployment to Afghanistan, and soldiers’ operational feedback is expected to help guide network modernisation plans and the road ahead for the Integrated Tactical Network

  • US Army prepares to train, deploy with Microsoft HoloLens AR systems

    The US Army has identified a range of uses for its new Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) systems in operational use and training, as the service leans towards computer-generated environments. Unlike virtual reality (VR), AR overlays digital or virtual creations onto the ‘real

  • ‘Locked Shields’ 2019 seeks to clarify domestic and military cyber response roles

    Cyber exercise ‘Locked Shields’ 2019, which was held on 8-12 April, focused on gaining a better functional understanding between technical experts and strategic decision-makers, as well as between operators from different NATO nations, the event’s organisers told Jane’s .

  • Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed. During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and

  • Pentagon confirms deployment of new passive sensor

    The Pentagon has confirmed the deployment of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), and cruise missile (CM) threats. The US Army has fielded the Army Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive

  • AAAA 2019: Raytheon demonstrates land-based approach and landing system

    Key Points Raytheon has developed a land-based JPALS variant that it believes can apply to non-fixed wing aircraft on undeveloped airfields This could help rotary-wing aircraft land in challenging environments Raytheon earlier this year demonstrated a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint

  • Saab delivers radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force

    Defence and security company Saab delivered three sets of radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan (Chaklala) on 9 April, according to the information provided by the Pakistan Import Export Trade Database. Although not specified by the website, it is possible that the Swedish

  • US Navy completes developmental testing of AN/AQS-20C towed mine-hunting sonar

    The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet. “AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,

  • Ukrainian 1L220UK counter-battery radar completes field tests

    The Ukrainian armed forces have completed field tests of a new version of the domestically produced 1L220UK counter-battery artillery reconnaissance system, the country’s state concern Ukroboronprom announced on 8 April. The counter-battery radar was designed by the Zaporizhia-based Iskra

  • Swiss Armed Forces contract Thales for new IMINT/GEOINT system

    The Swiss Armed Forces have awarded Thales a contract to supply elements of an imagery and geospatial intelligence (IMINT/GEOINT) centre. The contract, the value of which was not released, was signed at the end of March 2019 and deliveries are to begin in early 2020. The new system will be based on

  • SOFINS 2019: Thales evolves S2C2 software for special forces

    Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) to unveil the Smart and Seamless Command and Control (S2C2) battle management software. According to Thales officials, the S2C2 software is designed to support special operations small unit teams and continues to be

  • British Army looks for new SCOPIC simulated training resources

    The British Army is seeking to expand its use of synthetic resources to simulate scarce assets during live training, a task currently provided by Cubic’s Synthetic Wrap (SW) as part of Project Micro-SCOPIC. Cubic was awarded a contract for this in 2016, and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has

  • US Army awards General Dynamics contract for electronic and cyber warfare capabilities

    The US Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) has awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) a contract to provide electronic and cyber warfare capabilities. The contract, known as R4, is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ)-type contract with multiple

  • Russia gives more details about Voronezh early warning radar station for Crimea

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has given further details of its proposed Voronezh strategic early warning radar station to be built in Crimea, the Izvestia news portal reported on 2 April. Plans for the radar site were first reported in 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, for

  • LAAD 2019: IACIT develops small UAV jammer for militaries

    Brazil’s IACIT has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) jammer for military use called DroneBlocker that can block small to medium-sized aircraft in multiple ways, according to a company official. Henrique Nobre, IACIT general manager for sales and marketing, told Jane’s on 4

  • New deployable network to improve information sharing during ‘Five Eyes’ operations

    Australia has invested nearly AUD53 million (USD37 million) on a deployable computer network to improve information sharing during operations with the other four members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance, Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds disclosed on 4 April.

  • Thales readies BONIE HP NVGs for French special forces

    Thales has used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) 2019 exhibition held at Camp de Souge, France, from 2-4 April to unveil the latest variant in its family of night vision goggles (NVGs) for use by special forces. The BONIE High Performance (HP) NVG, which has been

  • Canadian Army selects Viasat’s KOR-24A STT for airspace co-ordination centre modernisation

    The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has selected Viasat’s KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT) for the Canadian Army’s Airspace Coordination Centre Modernization (ASCCM) project, the company announced on 18 March. Through the award, MDA, in partnership with Viasat and

  • Russia accused of extensive GPS spoofing

    Russia has been conducting a campaign to experimentally hijack Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) signals such as Global Positioning System (GPS) signals, according to a report by non-profit C4ADS. The report draws attention to Russia’s advancement on targeted use and development of

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