HEADLINES

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • BAE Systems seeks to automate network cyber defence tools

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected BAE Systems to develop cyber-hunting tools to improve the ability of network enterprise systems to rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) programme seeks to build adaptive

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

  • Made in Space believes its on-orbit manufactured power supply can save militaries money

    Key Points Made in Space developed an on-orbit manufactured 5 kW power supply that can fly on smaller rockets This is a cheaper approach as current 5 kW technology requires flying on larger, more expensive rockets Made in Space believes its new on-orbit manufactured power supply can save

  • Czech EL/M-2084 purchase anticipated

    The Czech Republic looks set to purchase the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta EL/M-2084 3D mobile air-defence radar system, despite Czech government officials previously claiming NATO had told them the system could not be integrated with the alliance’s air-defence network.

  • ARL seeks manufacturers for its galvanic aluminium powder

    Key Points Last year’s discovery will make it easier to store and transport hydrogen ARL could begin receiving industry licensing applications by September The US Army believes the discovery last year by a team of its scientists for a new approach to creating hydrogen fuel from a

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 gets FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation

    Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio has been certified by the US government to meet basic security for a cryptographic module as well as the requirements for enhanced physical security. The company received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 in July 2018 for its MPU5

  • DARPA pursues next-generation SoC design

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund the work of teams from academia and industry seeking to create ‘leap-ahead’ technologies to ensure the country maintains dominance in the electronics field. The agency launched the five-year USD1.5 billion Electronics

  • DARPA seeks to halt threats to US microelectronics

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected teams from academia and commercial industry to explore flexible computer architectures that can exploit specialised hardware to quickly and efficiently solve a range of computing problems. These selected teams have also been

  • Czech army to procure additional Vera NG radars

    The General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has announced plans to procure two additional Vera-NG (Next Generation) mobile passive radar systems to support NATO overseas missions. “Our goal is to replace obsolete Vera mobile passive radar systems with two new, highly modular and

  • Horizon Technologies launches XPOD airborne ISR/SIGINT payload

    United Kingdom-based Horizon Technologies has unveiled a new ‘plug and play’ intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)/signals intelligence (SIGINT) pod designed for manned and unmanned air platforms. Known as XPOD, the new system is based on the company’s FlyingFish

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo launches SPIDER COMINT system

    Leonardo unveiled its new Spider airborne communications intelligence (COMINT) system at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. SPIDER has been developed in the UK and operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz band, is designed to “detect, identify, analyse and geolocate” emissions. Jan Boyes, head of

  • Terma updates ACMDS countermeasures dispenser

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has introduced an updated version of its airborne Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System (ACMDS) designed to provide an improved mixed-payload capability and inventory management, as well as promote compatibility with a new generation of smart expendables.

  • Mercury Systems introduces a new SSD for data-at-rest protection

    Mercury Systems is offering a new self-encrypting solid-state drive (SSD) for laptops and workstations storing highly sensitive data. The SSD uses Mercury Systems’ ASURRE-Stor, which couples NAND flash memory with the company’s ARMOR processor. The drive features up to 512 GB of storage

  • Farnborough 2018: Raytheon outlines approach to ABMS

    Raytheon took the opportunity at the Farnborough Airshow to outline its response to the US Air Force’s USAF Advanced Battle Management (ABMS) initiative: a multi-programme capability that will fuse global air and space ISR information to provide commanders with better situational awareness in

  • Farnborough 2018: Bird Aerosystems showcases ASIO solution

    Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018. Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo

  • Farnborough 2018: Airbus launches SmartForce

    Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters have launched the SmartForce advanced data analytics suite of services and products for defence operators, the company announced on 16 July. SmartForce is based on the Skywise civil aviation data platform announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Stephan

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