• South Korea accelerates airborne sensor and EW acquisition programmes

    The Republic of Korea (RoK) is advancing efforts to introduce new long-range airborne sensor and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. Jane’s understands from RoK military and foreign defence company sources that the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) commenced detailed studies

  • IDEX 2019: UAE’s ELTS command and control system goes operational

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached an initial operational capability (IOC) with its Emirates Command and Control System (ECCS) Land Tactical System (ELTS), for which Harris Corporation was awarded a two-year, USD189 million contract in September 2016 following a demonstration and a design

  • IDEX 2019: Rheinmetall unveils C-UAV jammer

    Rheinmetall Defence unveiled a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) jammer at the IDEX 2019 conference being held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The company said the modular multichannel jammer can be configured through software programming to all frequencies up to 8 GHz, depending on the

  • IDEX 2019: Patriot GEM-T missile with GaN completes flight tests

    Raytheon has completed three flight tests of the Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical Ballistic Missile (GEM-T) with gallium nitride (GaN) in the missile’s transmitter, the company told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The first live-fire flight test

  • IDEX 2019: Silent Sentinel launches new long-range surveillance cameras

    UK company Silent Sentinel launched a new range of uncooled thermal imaging cameras at the IDEX 2019 exhibition, being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 17 February. James Longcroft, Silent Sentinel business development director, told Jane’s that the new long-range (LR) family of cameras is designed

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • LM offers enhanced F-16 to India, redesignated F-21

    Lockheed Martin is offering a new and enhanced variant of the F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to India, which it has designated the F-21. Launched at the Aero India exhibition on 20 February, the F-21 is a national-specific version of the latest F-16V Block 70 aircraft that features a

  • Royal Netherlands Army orders Thales Multi Mission Radars

    The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) is to replace its legacy TPQ-36 radars with nine new Thales Nederland Multi Mission Radars (MMRs) from mid-2021. The contract value is undisclosed, but the Dutch government’s Defense Industry Strategy put the price between EUR100–250 million

  • IDEX 2019: Qioptiq introduces Dragon-S12 long-range in-line thermal imaging sight

    Qioptiq Limited has debuted the Dragon-S12 in-line thermal weapon sight at IDEX 2019. The Dragon-S12 attaches to weapons equipped with a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail and mounts inline, in front of the standard optical day sight eliminating the need to remove the day sight or to re-zero the weapon.

  • IDEX 2019: Rheinmetall adds MPU5 to Argus soldier system, eyes exports

    Rheinmetall Canada has integrated a new radio, Persistent Systems’ MPU5, into its Argus dismounted soldier system and showcased it at the IDEX 19 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, together with three display options. Persistent Systems’ MPU5 is a mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) multiple-input,

  • Polish MND postpones Rosomak Battle Management System programme

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) is essentially postponing its Rosomak Battle Management System (BMS) programme, defence sources associated with the effort have told Jane’s . The Rosomak BMS programme, sources said, will be reverted to a research and development (R&D) effort

  • DARPA delays key Launch Challenge deadline

    Key Points DARPA delayed an important Launch Challenge milestone, allowing additional teams to pre-qualify The partial US federal government shutdown affected the launch licence approach, a programme requirement The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) delayed an important

  • Lockheed Martin to develop ‘Silent CROW’ for US Army Multi-Function EW programme

    Lockheed Martin’s recent deal to provide its Silent CROW podded system for the US Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme is part of a broader surge of interest in electronic warfare/cyber offensive capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Lockheed Martin

  • NCI Agency extends cyber defence contract with Leonardo

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) has signed a contract with Leonardo for continued cyber defence services over the next 18 months, the company announced in a 13 February press release. The company said it would continue to provide support services to the agency to protect

  • Norway publishes new cyber strategy focused on civil-military collaboration

    Civilian-military collaboration is key to Norway’s new strategy for cyber security, marking the latest effort to examine the grey area between cyber security in the civil and military domains. The Norwegian plan, which was published in late January, noted that the defence sector depends upon

  • IDEX 2019: Ultra Electronics debuts NSS multidomain comms suite

    Ultra Electronics is unveiling a ‘flexible architecture solution’ designed to optimise secure communications between land, air, and maritime platforms in a joint operating environment. Speaking to Jane’s ahead of the launch at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi on 17 February, company

  • Austrian Army fielding two battalions with Sitaware C2, mulling more

    The Austrian Army plans to equip an initial tranche of two battalions with Systematic’s Sitaware command-and-control (C2) software later this year, army officials told Jane’s . The battalions are to receive Sitaware battle management system (BMS) software as commanders consider a wider

  • Luxembourg start-up aims to sell signals intelligence as data service

    Kleos, a new start-up in Luxembourg, hopes to sell geolocated radio frequency (RF) data as an intelligence service for ministries of defence (MoDs) and other security stakeholders. Its strategy is to use small satellites flying in low-orbit formation to collect the data: a technological solution

  • France considers integrating AI with software defined radios

    France’s Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) is considering artificial intelligence (AI) technology to support the French Army’s mobile communications requirements. According to Captain Guillaume Journaux, deputy head of the DGA’s Telecommunication Branch, commercial AI technology

  • GDUK’s ‘Hawk’ communication node showcased with 4G/LTE

    General Dynamics UK (GDUK) has outlined its ‘Hawk’ Communications and Information Services (CIS) Node concept that it showcased at the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) in November 2018. The Hawk CIS Node was fielded with 4G/LTE, high frequency (HF), ultra HF (UHF), satellite

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