• NATO’s training mission in Iraq gaining momentum

    NATO’s train-the-trainer mission in Iraq is making progress on several fronts, including ordnance disposal, equipment codification, and cyber-awareness training, according to the mission’s out-going commander, Major General Dany Fortin. “We are setting the conditions for a

  • IDF planners make increased use of battle simulations

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Operations Branch has been making increasingly effective use of a battle simulation computer system, an officer in charge of operational simulations has told Jane’s . “The combination of the development of technology and computing abilities on the

  • Northrop Grumman to deliver tactical data link systems to ADF

    Northrop Grumman announced on 6 November that has been awarded a three-year contract by the Australian Defence Force Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA) to deliver an undisclosed number of tactical data link (TDL) systems and training as part of the development of the ADF’s Joint Data

  • British Army releases RFI for weapon locating radar

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released an initial request for information (RFI) on 31 October for new weapon locating radar systems being procured under the Project Serpens programme. Formerly the Next Generation Weapon Locating System (MGWLS), the new systems are to be introduced from 2026, with

  • US Army seeking right mix of systems, capabilities in key tactical network drill

    Hitting the right mix of network and communication platforms, systems, and capabilities for US Army ground units will be one of several key objectives for a major upcoming demonstration of the newest iteration of the service’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), although army officials

  • Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), held at the company’s Manching facility near Munich. The improved aircraft is geared towards a number of expanding roles and

  • Australian Army enlists SitaWare HQ for Track Management Capability

    The Australian Army has selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) software to enhance its deployable command-and-control (C2) capabilities, the company announced on 7 November. The software will be used by the service as its interim Track Management Capability (TMC), which aims to

  • US Army to trial TITAN in 2020 to counter A2/AD

    The US Army is to trial elements of its Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) during the ‘Defender-Europe 20’ exercise in April–May 2020 to provide actionable intelligence for its long-range fires in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments, according to a news

  • Australia to begin construction of High Performance Computing Centre

    Construction of a ‘next-generation High Performance Computing Centre (HPCC)’ for the Australian defence establishment will begin in November following the award of an AUD57 million (USD39.4 million) contract by the Australian government to the Hansen Yuncken construction company.

  • US Navy pleased with Pentagon AI centre's COTS focus

    US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said the Department of Defence’s new Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre (JAIC) is meeting the service’s demands for AI-based technologies, enabling navy officials to concentrate on fielding and employment of those capabilities. “It is a stand up

  • Russian Naval Aviation to form new combat headquarters

    Two new air division headquarters are to be formed by the Russian Naval Aviation in the Kaliningrad and Crimea regions. The new headquarters, dubbed ‘combat hubs’ by Russian Navy sources, will control air operations in real time over the sensitive Black and Baltic seas. Details of the

  • NRL’s multifunction RF testbed demonstrates antenna sharing and pattern capabilities

    Northrop Grumman and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated simultaneous multifunction radio frequency (RF) resource management and antenna sharing during testing of a prototype system at NRL’s test facility in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. The Low-Level Resource Allocation

  • KraitSense ASW towed sonar tested in NATO REP(MUS) experiment

    UK-based maritime systems group SEA has successfully completed sea trials of its KraitSense thin-line passive sonar system as part of the recent NATO Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP(MUS) 2019 experiment. Installed on board a Portuguese Navy offshore

  • MUOS clears final round of navy tests before reaching full operational capability

    The US Navy’s next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications (satcom) system has cleared a final round of service tests, paving the way for it to reach full operational capability (FOC), US military and industry officials have announced. The Mobile User Objective System (MOUS),

  • Pentagon Task Force chief curtails expectations for near-term AI capabilities

    The head of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) artificial intelligence (AI) task force is lowering expectations for future AI-enhanced combat capabilities for US armed forces, saying his focus will be on “low-consequence use cases” for the emerging technology in the near

  • South Korea deploys indigenously developed coastal radar

    South Korea has operationalised the first example of an indigenously developed coastal surveillance radar, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 30 October. The system, which has been referred to by DAPA as the Maritime Surveillance Radar-II, was

  • US Navy, Northrop Grumman system consolidates multi-antenna missions into single antenna

    US Navy (USN) researchers, in conjunction with engineers at Northrop Grumman, have cleared a milestone in performing multi-antenna radio operations from a single antenna system, company officials said Monday. Officials from the US Naval Research Laboratory’s Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare

  • US approves upgrade for Japanese Eagles

    The United States has authorised an upgrade to Japan’s fleet of Mitsubishi-Boeing F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft, with the State Department announcing its decision on 29 October. As noted by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the approval covers upgrades to 98 of the Japan Air

  • Bangladesh Air Force orders Leonardo’s Kronos Land radar

    Italian company Leonardo announced on 29 October that it has signed a contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Kronos Land 3D radar systems to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to provide air surveillance. Leonardo, which announced the contract during the 28–30 October Bahrain

  • Leonardo DRS begins MFoCS II deliveries to US Army

    Leonardo DRS has completed deliveries of its Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) version I to the US Army and started shipping MFoCS II in September 2019, Bill Guyan, DRS Land Electronics senior vice-president and general manager, told Jane’s . MFoCS provides the vehicle computing and

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