• Raytheon to begin strategic systems software services contract

    Raytheon will soon be providing software sustainment and system engineering services for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the US Army Materiel Command (AMC), among other customers. Company officials expect to begin work by May 2018 on a three-year USD600 million Systems, Simulation,

  • Boeing awarded further Japanese E-767 AWACS upgrade contract

    Boeing has been awarded a further USD64.8 million contract to upgrade the mission computing system aboard Japan’s fleet of E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said on 29 March. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) award brings the total

  • Harris rolls out new handheld SDR radio

    Harris has introduced the AN/PRC-163, a lightweight, two-channel, software defined radio (SDR) capable of simultaneous voice and data transmission. The AN/PRC-163, also known as the Leader Radio, is designed to meet the mission set and unique requirements of the conventional army, from the soldier

  • RAF receives BriteCloud expendable active decoy

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems has begun deliveries of its new BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Qualified for operational use in conjunction with the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), the 55 mm diameter BriteCloud device has initially been

  • Allied logisticians sharpen focus on cyber defences

    Allied logisticians, led by their US colleagues, aim to secure NATO’s logistics chains and related networks against cyber attacks, although they have not set down any specific deadline for doing so, according to US and alliance military officials. However, they will focus on key physical sites

  • DARPA to demonstrate CFAR for legacy software in 2019

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA's) effort to enable rapid detection of and recovery from cyber attacks against legacy software will begin demonstrations in 2019. DARPA will demonstrate an integrated Cyber Fault-tolerant Attack Recovery (CFAR) system that protects

  • Modernised Goalkeeper CIWS completes sea acceptance trials

    The first Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) Goalkeeper close-in weapon system (CIWS) to be upgraded by Thales Nederland under the Instandhouding Goalkeeper programme has successfully concluded sea acceptance trials (SATs) on board the RNLN amphibious dock ship HNLMS Johan de Witt . Designed to validate

  • Roboteam launches AI-CU advanced software for unmanned systems

    Roboteam has released a new software package enabling operators to simultaneously control multiple unmanned systems and payloads. The software, known as Artificial Intelligence Control Unit (AI-CU: pronounced “IQ”) includes autonomous navigation, facial recognition, and other artificial

  • BAE Systems gets USD97 million US Army order for ENVG III/FWS-I

    Key Points US Army budget request seeks USD153.643 million for night vision devices BAE Systems received a five-year contract in 2015 for ENVG III/FWS-I devices The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD97 million contract for a combined order of Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) IIIs and Family

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

  • DARPA kicks off CASE cyber resiliency programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently kicked off its Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) programme, with the aim of building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level. CASE was announced by DARPA last year. It will investigate how cyber-security

  • IARPA seeks to improve how raw data is analysed

    Key Points Efforts include detecting events, building 3D models, and geotagging imagery The USAF is the recipient of much of IARPA’s efforts The increasing demand for analysis of raw audio, imagery, and video data is leading the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) to

  • Draper technology could extend sensor life

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Draper) has developed a sensor chip that activates only when it detects an acoustic signal or vibration, thus eliminating the need for a microphone and requiring less power to operate. By redesigning the sensor as a microelectromechanical system (MEMS), Draper

  • PacStar and Fidelis introduce cyber solution for mobile forces

    PacStar and Fidelis Cybersecurity have developed an integrated cybersecurity capability for tactical networks. The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System provides automated detection and response for protecting in-theatre communications. The system can be mounted in a vehicle or set up in

  • USAF leads development of flexible hybrid electronics

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has partnered with NextFlex to develop the first functional samples of flexible Arduino circuit boards that could be integrated into sensor systems that are curved, such as wearable devices. Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) are essential in the

  • UK seeks enhanced JFST

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for its next-generation Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) late February and has invited six companies to bid for the programme, which is expected to be worth between GBP20 million and GBP80 million (USD27 million and USD110

  • US Army issues multi-award contract for DCGS-A

    Key Points Contract has a ceiling value of USD875 million Delivery order 1 was awarded concurrently with the IDIQ, and will support a competitive test-fix-test phase Raytheon and Palantir Technologies have each been awarded contracts from the US Army for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • Singapore outlines new measures to boost military cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is set to roll out a raft of measures in 2018 to improve the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) ability to deal with cyber-attacks. Defence minister Ng Eng Hen revealed during a parliamentary debate in early March that senior MINDEF and SAF

  • Spain pursues improved tactical communications

    The Chief of the Spanish Defence Staff (CHOD) has given the approval for the Spanish Armed Forces to pursue an upgrade programme aimed at improving the tactical communications capabilities of its army, navy, and air force. A senior source within the CHOD confirmed with Jane’s that the

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