• US Air Force seeks new collection technologies for cyber, SIGINT

    The US Air Force (USAF) wants industry input for a new generation of intelligence collection and processing technologies, specifically for operations in the realm of cyber and signals intelligence (SIGINT), according to a recent solicitation issued by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

  • US Air Force BACN crashes in Afghanistan

    A US Air Force (USAF) E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) aircraft crashed in Afghanistan on 27 January, footage of the incident posted online appears to show. The modified Bombardier Global 6000 regional jet, which is used by the US military as a communications relay platform for

  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 17 January. The radar will

  • Leonardo to provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force

    Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide an RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). The TNI-AU will operate the L-band,

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes

    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soliciting proposals from industry to build upon the

  • Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands

    Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January. The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield surveillance radar, which date back to 1987 and

  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software

    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated by careful planning of danger areas and

  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet

    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 2019. The IRST is currently in its risk-reduction

  • Russian Airborne Troops to receive new C4 system in 2021

    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are completing development of a new command, control, communications and computer (C4) system in 2021 for their BTR-MDM, BMD-4M, and KamAZ-63968 armoured fighting vehicles, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website on 4 January. The system will

  • US braces for possible follow-on cyber attacks from Iran

    US cyber officials remain on alert for additional retaliatory strikes against key government or civilian networks, as tensions between Washington and Iran simmer over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, by a US air strike in Iraq. Chris Krebs, head of

  • Iranian navy upgrades Alborz frigate with new combat systems

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has equipped one of its ageing Alvand-class (Vosper Mk 5) frigates with new indigenously developed combat systems. Imagery of IRIS Alborz (72) from the recently concluded Iranian joint naval exercise with the navies of China and Russia held in late December 2019,

  • SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features

    Denmark’s Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product. The development, which the company said reflects growing interest from maritime

  • DroneShield’s C-UAS AI in US Army focus

    DroneShield has been shortlisted through the US Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) programme to collaborate on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The xTechSearch programme provides funding to small companies to demonstrate technologies

  • DHS warns of Iranian cyberattacks in wake of Soleimami strike

    The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS's) top cybersecurity official sounded the alarm on a possible uptick in Iranian cyberattacks against government and civilian networks, in the wake of recent US airstrikes that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

  • Khulna Shipyard lays keel for five more Padma-class patrol vessels for Bangladeshi Navy

    Bangladesh’s Khulna Shipyard Ltd has begun construction of a second batch of five Padma-class patrol vessels on order for the Bangladeshi Navy (BN). The navy said in a 3 December statement that a keel-laying ceremony for the 50.4 m-long vessels, which can reach a top speed of 23 kt, had been

  • US developing new electromagnetic spectrum strategy amid Russian, Chinese competition

    The United States is at risk of relinquishing its combat advantage in the realm of electromagnetic warfare (EW) to competitors such as China and Russia, which could put US and allied armed forces at a distinct disadvantage in future conflicts waged on an increasingly networked battlefield, a top US

  • Australia to invest in advanced geospatial support capability to obtain ‘vital terrain and navigation data’

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra will invest AUD150 million (USD102 million) in the first tranche of an advanced geospatial support capability for the Australian Army, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced in a 24 December statement. The minister said the investment under Project

  • Hanwha Systems to supply third batch of TICN systems for South Korean military

    South Korea’s Hanwha Systems announced on 26 December that it was awarded a KRW468.6 billion (USD403 million) contract to supply additional equipment for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’ Tactical Information Communication Network (TICN). The contract, which was signed two days

  • DARPA awards BAE Systems development deal for AI-enhanced battle management tools

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected a BAE Systems-led team to develop a new battle management application for US armed forces, designed to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to consolidate and co-ordinate multi-domain combat assets into a single

  • Pentagon, NATO to ink long-term MOU for digital modernisation

    US Department of Defense (DoD) officials and their NATO counterparts are expected to sign a long-term agreement to integrate the Pentagon’s initiative to modernise its digital infrastructure with similar efforts being taken by European allies. The quadrilateral memorandum of understanding

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