HEADLINES

  • 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

  • US Army selects Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio for network modernisation contract

    The US Army has awarded Persistent Systems a network modernisation contract to deliver MPU5 networked radios, the company announced on 2 April. The contract, awarded on behalf of the US Army Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT) in co-ordination with Program Executive Office Command, Control,

  • LAAD 2019: goTenna offers Pro X tactical mesh networking device to region

    Key Points goTenna is presenting its Pro X small packetised data communications product Pro X at LAAD Pro X is text messaging and mapping information in communications-denied environments goTenna is offering its Pro X tactical-grade scalable mobile mesh networking device to the Latin American

  • Norway’s Mime programme seeks all-domain C2 information systems

    Norwegian Armed Forces expect to soon field significant enhancements in command-and-control information systems (C2IS) as the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) works up plans to execute its ‘Mime’ Integrated Tactical Information Infrastructure programme. Mime is to provide the

  • China working on terahertz radar prototypes

    Several prototype terahertz radars have recently been built and tested by China’s research and development institutes, according to a report published by the state-owned Global Times newspaper on 18 March. The report described the radars as “anti-stealth radars”, highlighting that

  • AUSA Global 2019: US Army lays out USD1.5 billion LTAMDS plans, eyes initial operational capability in 2022

    The US Army is seeking to spend nearly USD1.5 billion over the next five years to develop a new Patriot air and missile defence radar under its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) programme, with the aim of an initial operating capability (IOC) by the end of 2022. In its fiscal year

  • UK MoD commits to fast-track battlefield apps

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is committing another GBP30 million (USD40 million) in funding to accelerate the development of battlefield apps, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on 11 March. The project for innovative application and software design, known as Platform for Rapid

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid

    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhead 140 ship design to meet the Type 31e

  • UK planning Army Warfighting Experiment 19 and 20, eyes MUM-T and C3

    The British Army has begun planning activities for the 2019 and 2020 iterations of its Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, commanding officer of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), said at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in London in March.

  • Arexis escort jamming pod begins testing ahead of flight trials

    Saab has commenced ground qualification of a prototype low-band escort jamming pod being developed as part of its Arexis family of fast jet electronic warfare (EW) systems and plans to begin flight testing the prototype before the end of this year. Announced in 2017, the Arexis family of electronic

  • Thales UK marketing SquadNet soldier radios with frequency-hopping

    Thales UK has added a frequency-hopping capability to its SquadNet mesh networking soldier radio and revealed this at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in March 2019 in London. The SquadNet radio, which operates in the 860–890 MHz range, has a point-to-point range of 2.5 km; in

  • British Army restarts Dismounted Situational Awareness programme

    The British Army will receive funding to restart its Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) programme formally in April after it was paused in 2017, although in the interim progress has been made through an experimental project. The DSA system would consist of three main elements: a communications

  • Pentagon budget 2020: MDA plans to boost Pacific missile defence radar

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting USD274.7 million in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) to continue development of the Home Defense Radar in Hawaii (HDR-H), which is scheduled to be available in 2023, USD6.7 million for a Pacific Discriminating Radar to be available in 2026, and USD136.4

  • Pentagon budget 2020: Space-based Kill Assessment launches ahead

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requested USD27.6 million for its Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) programme that is meant to report on the success or failure of individual interceptor missions. SKA is an experiment in using a network of fast-frame-rate and infrared sensors hosted on

  • French Navy awards Airbus-led consortium RIFAN 2.1 contract

    The French Navy is acquiring a secure data network for its vessels from a consortium comprising Naval Group, Rohde & Schwarz, and headed by Airbus. The eight-year contract, awarded on 4 March by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), is worth up to USD168 million

  • NATO NCI to team with Leonardo for cyber-guarding alliance summit in London

    A team composed of 200 digital security experts from the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and Leonardo are to provide cyber defence support to NATO’s London summit in December. The NCI Agency on 13 February renewed a cyber defence contract with Leonardo to protect the NATO

  • Robotic and AI technologies sought for US Army demo

    The US Army is moving out with plans to develop and evaluate robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that will help soldiers make decisions 10 times faster than they can today. In an early March solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service laid out a

  • US Marine Corps releases RFI for optical communication transmission system

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking industry input to expand its line-of-sight (LOS) replacement communication system with an optical communication transmission system (OCTS). In a recent request for information (RFI) posed on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said it has a

  • DARPA’s CAML seeks machines that can explain themselves

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pursuing technologies that would enable autonomous systems to communicate their capabilities and experiences, with the aim of improving human trust in the systems. DARPA published a broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Competency-Aware

  • IAI unveils new anti-jammer for ground GNSS systems

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on 4 March unveiled a new version of its ADA system that prevents GNSS signals being jammed. ADA-O is designed for armoured vehicles and other larger land and sea platforms, a company representative said, adding that it can be integrated with ease to protect

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