• 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

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: ST Engineering pushes updated Adder Micro RWS for UGV integration

    Singapore-based defence prime ST Engineering unveiled its updated Adder Micro remote weapon station (RWS), which has been optimised for unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications, at the Singapore Airshow 2020 exhibition held from 11–16 February. According to company specifications, the Adder

  • Pentagon budget 2021: US Army zeros out funding for Bradley active protection system

    Congressional cuts to the US Army’s A4 Bradley line this year forced the service to cancel its active protection system (APS) solicitation and halt plans to outfit the platform with Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD). Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Johnson, the army’s

  • Rheinmetall to supply laser duel simulators for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle

    Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract to supply laser-based tactical engagement simulation (TES) equipment for the German Army’s new Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the company announced on 3 February. The contract is for the supply of Ausbildungsgerät Duellsimulator (AGDUS)

  • 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

  • Pentagon budget 2021: MDA seeks funding to keep SBX missile defence radar at sea longer

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has requested USD118.3 million in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) to expand operating days for the Sea-based X-band (SBX) radar system that supports missile defence intercepts via midcourse warhead tracking and discrimination between the warhead and chaff. SBX –

  • Czech MoD orders DPET radar systems

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered two Deployable Passive Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Tracker (DPET) radar systems for the Czech Army from ERA Pardubice. The contract, worth CZK1.5 billion (USD66.3 million), was approved by the MoD on 14 January, but its cost drew criticism from

  • IDF orders Fire Weaver network fire control system

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has procured the Fire Weaver networked sensor-to-shooter fire control system, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 3 February. Developed jointly by Rafael, Israel’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDRD), and the IDF Ground Forces, Fire

  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II

    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew at the UK’s Copehill Down urban operations

  • 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

  • Russia receives systems to ‘heavy drop’ armoured vehicles with crews inside

    Russia’s Airborne Troops (VDV) have begun to receive new ‘heavy drop’ systems for parachuting regular-sized armoured vehicles with their crews inside, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 January. “The use of the new ‘heavy drop’ equipment allows us to

  • Pentagon deploys new command cells for electromagnetic spectrum ops

    The US Department of Defense has created a new cadre of forward deployed, operational teams specifically tasked with aiding combat commanders in waging war across the electromagnetic spectrum, a top US general said. The Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operational Cells consist of uniformed and

  • Russian Gibka-S VSHORAD system completes state trials

    Russia’s new Gibka-S self-propelled very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system has completed its state trials, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 25 December. “State trials of the [Gibka-S] system were successfully completed earlier this month. The declared

  • Turkish Aerospace opens Pakistan office

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has launched an office in Pakistan to boost its profile in the South Asian country. TAI announced the opening of the office on 24 December. The ceremony was attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. TAI said the office is based within Pakistan’s

  • Robotic Research providing footwear sensors to US Army

    The US Army is moving out with plans to outfit soldiers’ footwear with sensors designed to monitor their location, even in GPS-denied environments. Robotic Research announced on 19 December that it had secured a USD16.5 million contract with the army for its warfighter localization sensor

  • I/ITSEC 2019: Doron Precision Systems reveals JLTV trainer

    Doron Precision Systems has developed a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) driver training simulator and revealed it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Michael Stricek, Doron senior vice-president, told Jane’s

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Excelitas Technologies showcases Merlin-LR 2 weapon-mounted night sight

    Excelitas Technologies showcased the newest addition to its Merlin family of weapon-mounted night sights at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. Called Merlin-LR 2, the new sight is described by the company as an image-intensifying weapon sight designed to be compatible

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Mitsubishi Electric‘s JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar enters service with JGSDF

    The Mitsubishi Electric JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar has entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). A JGSDF official told Jane’s at 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba that the radar, which can also be mounted on a truck, was commissioned by the

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Rafael unveils new mobile fire detection and location system

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled a new vehicle-mounted passive electro-optical hostile fire detection and location system at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition held in Chiba. Called Land Spotter, the system, which can be installed on any tracked or wheeled vehicle,

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