• DARPA seeks new use for SHIELD

    The Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) programme, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) effort to stop the introduction of counterfeit parts into electronic systems, is partnering with IBM to create a way to verify and validate contracts.

  • AFRL finds brain stimulation technology boosts multi-tasking performance

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has disclosed study results on the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) on special forces operators and machine-facing personnel, finding the technologies can indeed increase performance for certain tasks. The evaluation, which

  • CGI’s upgrade to better link UK, NATO field artillery and fire control systems

    CGI’s recent deal to upgrade the UK’s Fire Control Battlefield Information System (FC BISA) will significantly enhance the country’s interoperability with NATO allies in the area, reflecting a growing focus on ‘near-peer’ threats among Western nations, the company has

  • Northrop Grumman explores airburst munitions for C-UAS applications

    Northrop Grumman Armament Systems Division (NG-ASD) has outlined ongoing efforts to advance kinetic kill counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capabilities and develop a family of networked systems to address unmanned air, land, and maritime threats. Jay Annis, portfolio director at NG-ASD told

  • Canada invests in upgraded soft-kill defences for Halifax-class frigates

    Key Points Lockheed Martin Canada will upgrade and sustain the RAMSES jammer Each Halifax-class frigate will receive a third Rheinmetall MASS decoy launcher Canada’s Department for National Defence has confirmed two contracts worth more than CAD115 million (USD88 million) covering the

  • Edgybees develops augmented reality, 3D mapping solution for militaries

    Key Points Edgybees is offering its augmented reality and 3D mapping solution to militaries The solution can help armed forces quickly highlight critical infrastructure A Silicon Valley-based company is offering its augmented reality and 3D mapping solution to militaries to help them add context

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • Russia updates troop and vehicle parachute systems

    The Russian military will receive its first D-14 parachutes for the Ratnik soldier ensemble in late 2019, according to Technodinamika, a subsidiary of state-owned military export firm Rostec Corporation. “The first serial [D-14] parachutes will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • BAE Systems seeks to automate network cyber defence tools

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected BAE Systems to develop cyber-hunting tools to improve the ability of network enterprise systems to rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale (CHASE) programme seeks to build adaptive

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

  • Made in Space believes its on-orbit manufactured power supply can save militaries money

    Key Points Made in Space developed an on-orbit manufactured 5 kW power supply that can fly on smaller rockets This is a cheaper approach as current 5 kW technology requires flying on larger, more expensive rockets Made in Space believes its new on-orbit manufactured power supply can save

  • Czech EL/M-2084 purchase anticipated

    The Czech Republic looks set to purchase the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta EL/M-2084 3D mobile air-defence radar system, despite Czech government officials previously claiming NATO had told them the system could not be integrated with the alliance’s air-defence network.

  • ARL seeks manufacturers for its galvanic aluminium powder

    Key Points Last year’s discovery will make it easier to store and transport hydrogen ARL could begin receiving industry licensing applications by September The US Army believes the discovery last year by a team of its scientists for a new approach to creating hydrogen fuel from a

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 gets FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation

    Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio has been certified by the US government to meet basic security for a cryptographic module as well as the requirements for enhanced physical security. The company received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 in July 2018 for its MPU5

  • DARPA pursues next-generation SoC design

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund the work of teams from academia and industry seeking to create ‘leap-ahead’ technologies to ensure the country maintains dominance in the electronics field. The agency launched the five-year USD1.5 billion Electronics

  • DARPA seeks to halt threats to US microelectronics

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected teams from academia and commercial industry to explore flexible computer architectures that can exploit specialised hardware to quickly and efficiently solve a range of computing problems. These selected teams have also been

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