• China launches penultimate BeiDou navigation satellite

    The penultimate satellite required to complete the BeiDou global positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system was launched from the Xichang satellite launch centre in southwestern China on 9 March. The BeiDou system has been developed in three phases. The first phase was largely experimental

  • UK MoD seeks replacement for vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision

    The UK Ministry of Defence has issued an initial Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a replacement for the British Army’s vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability, which was published on the Defence Contracts Online website on 5 March. The value of the contract is up

  • Elbit to supply Canada with ELSAT 2100 satcom on-the-move

    Elbit Systems’ C4I & Cyber Division is to supply the Canadian Land Forces with its ELSAT 2100 satcom on-the-move (SOTM) system to provide a real-time broadband communication system, according to a 3 March company statement. The system is to be provided under the Land Command Support

  • Armenia receives weapon location radars from India

    Armenia has recently acquired four Indian weapon locating radars for USD40 million to enhance its counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) and counter-battery fire capabilities. Military officials in New Delhi told Jane’s on 29 February that the Swathi radars, designed by the

  • NATO eyes AI to cut tactical air mission planning times

    Artificial intelligence (AI) will be tested within the next few years to help armed forces at a critical juncture of operations – tactical briefing and planning. According to NATO military planners, the goal is to radically reduce the mission planning cycle of joint operations by exploiting

  • Ravenswood displaces Saab for British Army Kenya training contract

    Ravenswood Solutions has won the British Army’s Tactical Engagement Simulation in Kenya (TESIK) re-competed contract it was announced on the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Contracts Online (DCO) website on 2 March 2020. It will replace incumbent Saab, which has held the contract since

  • DARPA’s Assured Autonomy shifts into higher gear

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Assured Autonomy programme is scaling up in its second phase to incorporate larger neural networks and more challenging environments for autonomous systems, the head of the programme told Jane’s . The programme aims to

  • General Atomics completes ground test on laser-based communication system

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems completed live ground testing of the company’s Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS), using the laser-based communication system to establish a datalink with a satellite operating in geosynchronous orbit (GEO) for the first time. During the test, the

  • L3Harris experimental satellite on track for USAF critical design review

    The L3Harris-built Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3) platform is on track for a critical design review (CDR) by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), after the GPS satellite testbed cleared a preliminary design review by air force officials in February. “It is basically the

  • OMFV cancellation not impacting new manned, unmanned networking technology development

    The US Army’s cancellation of a prototyping competition for its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) has not impacted a related Persistent Systems-led networking and communications programme to link manned vehicles and unmanned combat platforms, the company said. Persistent Systems said

  • DDG 1000 testing awaits validation test on SDTS

    The US Navy (USN) will conduct a critical engineering validation test on its Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) next month which, if successful, will pave the way for the resumption of live fire testing in support of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer programme. This follows investigations determining

  • Boeing contracted to conclude USAF AWACS upgrades

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing to complete full-rate production of the Block 40/45 upgrade for the service’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The contract, announced on 13 February, is valued at USD99.9 million and will run through to fiscal

  • Rafael shows Drone Dome laser intercepts

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems released a video on 12 February showing its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system for the first time using a laser to destroy commercial quadcopters. According to the company, “The system achieved 100% success in all test

  • Saab to provide next-generation CMSs for RAN’s major surface ships

    Saab Australia has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement (EPA) with the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra to provide its ‘next-generation’ combat management systems (CMSs) across all the major surface ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Defence Minister Linda Reynolds

  • Pentagon budget 2021: AI, 5G networking earmarked for billions in new investment

    The Pentagon is reinforcing its efforts to develop advanced capabilities in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and 5G networking, setting aside billions in research and development funds in its fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget proposal for those critical initiatives.

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: TRD Singapore unveils Orion H+ portable C-UAS system

    TRD Singapore, a locally based developer specialising in the design and manufacture of counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) technology, has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2020 to launch its new Orion H+ lightweight C-UAS jammer. According to company specifications, the Orion H+

  • ‘Crossed Swords’ exercise melds cyber and traditional warfare tactics

    The latest iteration of the ‘Crossed Swords’ cyber exercise focused on developing skills in both cyber and kinetic responses to attacks, training operators to choose the optimal mix depending on the challenges at hand, the organisers have told Jane’s. The sixth Crossed Swords

  • Japan launches another IGS reconnaissance satellite

    Japan launched on 9 February an H-IIA rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. The optical-imaging satellite, called Information Gathering Satellite

  • Pentagon budget 2021: Army seeks slight uptick for network modernisation efforts

    US Army officials sought a slight uptick in procurement, as well as research and development funds, through fiscal year (FY) 2021 to support continued modernisation of the service’s advanced tactical communication and battle management capabilities. The army’s USD1.8 billion request for

  • Pentagon budget 2021: US Navy, Marine Corps see uptick in network, EW and information warfare capabilities

    US Navy and Marine Corps procurement accounts maintained current levels or saw upticks in investments for network upgrades, electronic and information warfare capabilities aboard the sea service’s warship fleet and the Marines’ ground-based communication and electronic equipment

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