HEADLINES

  • IDEF 2019: Aselsan details Ihtar UAV defence system

    Aselsan gave details of its Ihtar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defence system at the 2019 IDEF, which was held in Istanbul from 30 April to 3 May. Developed in co-operation with the Turkish armed forces and country’s Presidency of the Defence Industry (SSB), the Ihtar defence system consists

  • USAF awards IDenTV SBIR contract to enhance AI capabilities

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded IDenTV a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract to adapt content driven artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for the Twenty-Fifth Air Force (25 AF) to analyse large volumes of data into actionable indigence insights. The 15-month

  • Argentina’s INVAP develops new radars

    Argentine company INVAP is developing two new families of radars for which it expects to have prototypes tested before the end of 2020. The first of these is the RVT series of three portable radars for land and coastal surveillance, which have been designed for use mainly by infantry units but also

  • TMD unveils new ultra-high efficiency X band amplifiers

    TMD Technologies has unveiled two new ultra-high efficiency X band amplifiers for radar, electronic warfare (EW), and communication systems. The company showcased its latest PTX 8501 and 8430 Microwave Power Module (MPMs) on 30 April at the International Defence Industry Fair 2019 (IDEF 2019) in

  • UK orders new deployable air defence radar

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) will receive a new deployable long-range air-defence radar system from Spanish systems and sensors house Indra, the UK Ministry of Defence announced in its Military Contracts Bulletin on 24 April. The company, which was awarded a GBP13.16 million (USD17 million)

  • US Army exploring network needs for future combat vehicles and helos

    At a time when the US Army is moving out with plans to field the next-generation of ground combat vehicles and helicopters, it is also examining what will be required of the network to support these weapons systems. During a 10 April interview with Jane’s , the programme executive officer for

  • DoD contracts Iridium for enhanced mobile satellite service gateway

    The US Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Iridium Communications a contract to continue supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) enhanced mobile satellite service (EMSS) gateway for four and a half years, the company announced on 22 April. The contract for gateway maintenance

  • IAI announces OPAL ‘self-forming’ connectivity network

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled on 15 April its OPAL network system for interconnectivity and data sharing, which company sources told Jane’s is already in service with several air forces. “OPAL is based on forming a decentralised communication cloud for all members on the

  • US, Japan agree to boost space, cyber-security co-operation

    The defence and foreign ministers of the US and Japan have agreed to boost co-operation in the fields of cyber security and outer space. The ministers agreed for the first time that a concerted cyber attack against Japan could be considered an armed attack, as stipulated in the US-Japan Security

  • US Army eyes milestone FY 2020 decision for network modernisation

    New pieces of communications have accompanied the US Army’s 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) on its deployment to Afghanistan, and soldiers’ operational feedback is expected to help guide network modernisation plans and the road ahead for the Integrated Tactical Network

  • US Army prepares to train, deploy with Microsoft HoloLens AR systems

    The US Army has identified a range of uses for its new Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) systems in operational use and training, as the service leans towards computer-generated environments. Unlike virtual reality (VR), AR overlays digital or virtual creations onto the ‘real

  • ‘Locked Shields’ 2019 seeks to clarify domestic and military cyber response roles

    Cyber exercise ‘Locked Shields’ 2019, which was held on 8-12 April, focused on gaining a better functional understanding between technical experts and strategic decision-makers, as well as between operators from different NATO nations, the event’s organisers told Jane’s .

  • Pentagon confirms deployment of new passive sensor

    The Pentagon has confirmed the deployment of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), and cruise missile (CM) threats. The US Army has fielded the Army Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive

  • AAAA 2019: Raytheon demonstrates land-based approach and landing system

    Key Points Raytheon has developed a land-based JPALS variant that it believes can apply to non-fixed wing aircraft on undeveloped airfields This could help rotary-wing aircraft land in challenging environments Raytheon earlier this year demonstrated a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint

  • Saab delivers radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force

    Defence and security company Saab delivered three sets of radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan (Chaklala) on 9 April, according to the information provided by the Pakistan Import Export Trade Database. Although not specified by the website, it is possible that the Swedish

  • US Navy completes developmental testing of AN/AQS-20C towed mine-hunting sonar

    The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet. “AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,

  • Ukrainian 1L220UK counter-battery radar completes field tests

    The Ukrainian armed forces have completed field tests of a new version of the domestically produced 1L220UK counter-battery artillery reconnaissance system, the country’s state concern Ukroboronprom announced on 8 April. The counter-battery radar was designed by the Zaporizhia-based Iskra

  • Swiss Armed Forces contract Thales for new IMINT/GEOINT system

    The Swiss Armed Forces have awarded Thales a contract to supply elements of an imagery and geospatial intelligence (IMINT/GEOINT) centre. The contract, the value of which was not released, was signed at the end of March 2019 and deliveries are to begin in early 2020. The new system will be based on

  • SOFINS 2019: Thales evolves S2C2 software for special forces

    Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) to unveil the Smart and Seamless Command and Control (S2C2) battle management software. According to Thales officials, the S2C2 software is designed to support special operations small unit teams and continues to be

  • British Army looks for new SCOPIC simulated training resources

    The British Army is seeking to expand its use of synthetic resources to simulate scarce assets during live training, a task currently provided by Cubic’s Synthetic Wrap (SW) as part of Project Micro-SCOPIC. Cubic was awarded a contract for this in 2016, and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has

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