• Weaponised Mission Master UGV takes shape

    Rheinmetall Canada continues to expand the capabilities of its 8×8 Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which it has been developing using internal research and development funding since 2016. Jane’s understands that the company plans to integrate a range of weapons systems to

  • US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding

    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) in late

  • USMC begins the search for updated MADIS weapon systems

    In response to the US military’s increasing concern with adversary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving forward with its Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) initiative and soliciting industry’s help to rush near-term, counter-UAS into the field.

  • US Army seeking APS technology for Bradley vehicles

    Once again the US army is looking for new active protection systems (APSs) to equip on its family of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Whether this is a positive or negative for IMI Systems’ Iron Fist remains unclear. On 11 December, the service issued a draft request for proposal in the

  • Bidders emerge for US Army’s recompeted Common Driver Trainer programme

    A number of bidders for the US Army’s recompeted Common Driver Trainer (CDT) programme emerged at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November. The CDT is a full-motion driver trainer with a slide-in, slide-out cab

  • MyDefence to showcase vehicle-based C-UAS system for NATO

    Danish company MyDefence has disclosed that its newly integrated vehicle-based counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) solution will undergo evaluation at the NATO Non-Lethal Technology Exercise (NNTEX-18) in December. The news follows an announcement on 13 November that the company had completed

  • Russia trials second Container radar ahead of operations in 2019

    Russia has stood up its second ‘Container’ long-range ground-based radar system for operational trials ahead of its real-world activation next year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 3 December. The 29B6 Container air-defence (AD) and ballistic missile early warning (BMEW)

  • SODA-v counter sniper detection system to enter production

    South Korea’s Jain Technology has completed development of its SODA-v counter sniper detection system (CSDS), and it is scheduled to enter production in 2019 for an undisclosed customer. For ground-based applications, the CSDS sensor array is installed on a tripod with adjustable legs,

  • Fibrotex selected to produce US Army’s Next-Generation Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System

    The US Army has selected Fibrotex USA Inc to manufacture the services Next-Generation Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System (ULCANS) to protect soldiers from electromagnetic threats. In a 7 November announcement, the company said it had secured a 10-year contract valued at USD480 million and would

  • USN eyes infrastructure upgrades for refuelled Los Angeles-class submarines

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to upgrade pier facilities to accommodate refuelled Los Angeles (SSN 688)-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), Admiral Frank Caldwell, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, said on 7 November during the Naval Submarine League’s Annual 36th Symposium

  • US Army gears up for Laser Warning Receiver competition

    The US Army is laying the groundwork to test and equip its fleet of ground combat vehicles with a capability to detect incoming laser-guided threats. In a 1 November notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said that later this month it would solicit white papers for

  • US Army moves out with Modular Active Protection Systems testing

    While the US Army continues onward with plans to equip land vehicles with currently available Active Protection Systems (APS), it is also pressing forward with the development of a longer-term Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) to shoot down incoming threats. On 29 October, the army’s

  • Czech Army introduces new mobile ELINT system

    The Czech Army has unveiled a prototype of a new mobile electronic intelligence (ELINT) system called the (Direction Finding and Measuring Radar Searcher SRTP). The fully passive system, developed by military research institute VVÚ Brno, provides broadband seeking, detection, and

  • Bittium wins orders for ‘Tough SDR’ on Spanish vehicles

    In September 2018, Bittium secured a contract to supply Tough software defined radio (SDR) transceivers for the Spanish wheeled combat vehicle (Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas: VCR) project that is progressing with technology demonstration platforms, according to Bittium. Bittium, a Finnish

  • Pilots warned of jamming threat in Eastern Med

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the possibility that Russian electronic warfare systems in Syria could disrupt commercial flights. The FAA posted a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on 9 October warning them to “be aware of possible loss of GNSS [global navigation satellite

  • AUSA 2018: Systel showcases new mission computer for fighting vehicles

    Systel has introduced Raven-Strike, a fully rugged, fully sealed, high-performance embedded mission computing system for modern fighting vehicles. “We are taking edge computing and bringing it into a rugged form factor deployed for many environments,” Aneesh Kothari, vice-president of

  • Lockheed Martin to modernise US Army’s Close Combat Tactical Trainer

    The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (LMRMS) a contract worth up to USD356 million to upgrade nearly 500 tactical vehicle simulators for the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) Manned Module Modernization (M3) programme. This is an indefinite delivery/indefinite

  • IDF to test Iron Fist APS

    Israel Military Industries’ (IMI) Iron Fist Light Configuration (IF-LC) active protection system (APS) is taking part in tests for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ground vehicles, including the Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC), bulldozers, and trucks, Jane’s has learned.

  • AUSA 2018: CONTROP unveils SWIR-enabled MEOS-LRS surveillance system

    CONTROP USA Inc unveiled the shortwave infrared (SWIR)-enabled MEOS-LRS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance system at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition held on 8–10 October in Washington, DC. The MROS-LR is part of a family of day/night-capable multisensor

  • AUSA 2018: US Army seeks to address Assured PNT for mounted platforms

    The US Army has nearly finalised a plan to develop Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) for vehicles, and is also drafting a plan for dismounted APNT. Willie Nelson, director of the US Army’s Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Cross-Functional Team, noted that the service

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