HEADLINES

  • US Air Force pursuing Algorithm Warfare Initiative to increase ISR data consumption

    Key Points The US Air Force is pursuing an algorithm effort to increase ISR data consumption The service receives too much data for solely human processing to be feasible The US Air Force (USAF) is pursuing an effort designated the Algorithm Warfare Initiative (AWI) to improve the service’s

  • TrellisWare receives SOCOM MANET contract

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded TrellisWare Technologies a USD40 million contract to supply force components with Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) communications solutions, in what could be the first signs of the mass proliferation of the technology across the defence market.

  • IAI develops tactical HF COMINT system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 5 September that it has developed a compact version of a ground and naval high frequency (HF) communications intelligence (COMINT) and direction finding system. The system, known as ELK-7065, is described by IAI as a "small-sized mobile

  • Second Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite completes acoustic testing

    Key Points The third GPS III satellite recently completed acoustic testing The test, composed of vibrating the satellite with deafening sound, is a critical test Lockheed Martin’s second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite for the US Air Force (USAF) recently completed

  • ViaSat to provide MDD software to protect devices at tactical edge

    ViaSat has been awarded a production contract for its Mobile Dynamic Defense (MDD) cyber-security software to protect and secure Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Field Computing Device – Wearable (FCD-W) platforms. MDD will protect platforms from intrusion, even if disconnected from a

  • Elbit Systems announces F-5 upgrade for Asia Pacific customer

    Israel’s Elbit System announced on 29 August that it was awarded a contract worth approximately USD93 million from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country to upgrade its F-5 light fighter fleet, with work expected to be completed by 2020. According to the company’s statement, it will supply

  • Hyundai selects Servowatch ship management system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has selected the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from UK-based company Servowatch Systems for two new frigates that the former will deliver to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307 million) contract with the Philippine

  • Graflight V-8 engine ground tested under AFRL contract

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Advanced Power Technology Office, working with Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) and the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex, has completed ground-based testing of an advanced compact diesel engine that could be used for both manned and unmanned

  • Russian UAV weapon makes its debut at Army 2017

    Russian firms showed armaments for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time at the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow on 22-27 August. OKB Aviaavtomatika of Kursk displayed three types of guided ordnance, one with a 25 kg and two with a 50 kg launch weight. Formally, the bombs were

  • Leidos shows autonomy's potential during ANTX 2017

    Leidos demonstrated the role autonomy could play in augmenting the US Navy's (USN) fleet, during the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. Using its R/V Pathfinder unmanned surface vessel (USV) – which served as surrogate to develop the autonomous capability for the Anti-Submarine

  • Singapore acquires AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars

    The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD63 million firm, fixed-price contract in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement effort of six AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars destined for Singapore, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by Jane's on 21

  • Exostar grows cyber security capability

    A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities. Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • UPDATE: USN's Next Generation Jammer transitions into development

    Key Points The Next Generation Jammer is being developed by Raytheon to replace the EA-18G's legacy ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod NGJ Increment 1 addresses mid-band capabilities, with Increments 2 (low- band) and 3 (high-band) to follow The Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment 1 (Inc 1)

  • Aegis testing on Australia's first air warfare destroyer initiated

    Integration and testing of the Aegis combat system aboard Australia's first-of-class air warfare destroyer (AWD), Hobart , has begun, Lockheed Martin announced on 30 March. Lockheed Martin said the AWD test team, responsible for testing the combat system to ensure the equipment is properly

  • Russia reveals 3M-14T cruise missile range

    Key Points Russia has conducted its first operational deployment of the domestic 3M-14T system The apparent precision of Kalibr-NK/3M-14T missiles suggests the possibility of an alternative terminal guidance solution The launch of a salvo of some 26 cruise missiles from Russian Federation Navy's

  • Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

  • US Navy completes initial cockpit upgrades for C-130T Hercules

    The US Navy (USN) has received back into service its final Lockheed Martin C-130T Hercules transport aircraft to go through an initial cockpit upgrade programme, the service announced in September. The last of the 19 C-130Ts to be modernised with a 'glass' cockpit by BAE Systems was handed back to

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