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  • AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM

    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months. “We have delivered a number of

  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability

    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence at the US Army’s Armor School at Fort

  • AUSA 2019: NIWC finishes JLTV communications integration a year ahead of schedule

    The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has completed its communications equipment integration work on the US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) nearly a year ahead of schedule, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 15 October. To make it possible for the early Initial

  • AUSA 2019: US Army awards infrared weapon sights to Leonardo DRS

    The US Army awarded Leonardo DRS a USD89 million contract to produce advanced infrared weapon sights, the company confirmed on 15 October. The follow-on delivery order is part of an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to supply soldiers with the Family of Weapon

  • AUSA 2019: US Army looks to ‘componentise’ Israel’s Iron Dome for on-the-move defence

    The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense Cross

  • AUSA 2019: US Army soldiers getting new hot-weather uniform, new protective equipment

    The US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) is fielding a new hot-weather uniform and new soldier protective equipment meant to scale for varying threat levels. The Improved Hot-Weather Combat Uniform, designed for hot and tropical environments, “provides soldiers a

  • Ricardo delivers drives to keep CVR(T) in UK service

    The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) has received the first four replacement final drives for the United Kingdom’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR[T]) family from Ricardo Performance Products, the company announced in a press release on 8 October. The contract, issued

  • AUSA 2019: 3M’s F70 helmet out for demonstrations

    Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M has sent its new lightweight, mid-level protection helmet to law enforcement and special forces around the world for demonstrations and human-factors testing, a company official told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual

  • AUSA 2019: Collins Aerospace on track for 400 Abrams M1A2 electric generator deliveries by 2021

    Key Points Collins Aerospace expects to deliver more than 400 electric generators for the Abrams M1A2 by 2021 This electric generator delivers 50% more onboard power than the vehicle’s legacy system Collins Aerospace expects to deliver more than 400 Abrams M1A2 battle tank electric

  • Thales UK supplying new TI camera for Challenger 2 tanks

    Thales UK has confirmed that it is supplying its Catherine MP thermal imaging (TI) camera as a replacement for the legacy TI camera installed in the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) Thermal Sighting System (TSS), which is mounted externally above the BAE Systems 120 mm L30A1

  • US Army fielding new position, navigation, timing programme for Stryker

    The US Army is fielding its new position, navigation, and timing (PNT) system for tactical and armoured vehicles, with the latest tranche being deployed to army Stryker units at US European Command (EUCOM). The first iteration of the Mounted Assured PNT System (MAPS) to Stryker units was initially

  • US Air Force progresses toward directed energy counter-UAV programme of record

    Key Points The US Air Force is moving toward procuring directed energy counter-UAV systems The service is interested in these ground-based directed energy weapons to protect its assets and airspace from enemy UAVs The US Air Force (USAF) is moving toward a programme of record for directed energy

  • Thales reveals new ISR concepts

    Thales has developed new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) concepts in both the land and air domains and demonstrated these at DSEI 2019 in London in September. Digital Crew is a real-time self-learning artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm applied to digital electro-optical

  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the

  • Royal Netherlands Army selects Iron Fist APS for CV90

    The Royal Netherlands Army has awarded BAE Systems Hägglunds a long-anticipated contract to integrate the Elbit Systems Iron Fist hard kill active protection system (APS) with its fleet of CV9035NL tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). The decision follows a two-phase series of studies,

  • DSEI 2019: Chess Dynamics reveals container-based C-UAV system

    Chess Dynamics, a member of the Cohort Group, unveilled at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system with counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities based on an ISO container. The technology is built around the

  • DSEI 2019: OSG showcases new-gen ScreeneX technology

    Israel-based transparent armour supplier OSG showcased an upgraded variant of its digital ScreeneX display technology at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019), held in London from 10 to 13 September. ScreeneX comprises an LCD digital screen that can be

  • DSEI 2019: Further details emerge of Plasan’s vehicle armour solutions

    Plasan presented an array of statistical and passive armour at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10–13 September. Dani Ziv, Plasan’s CEO, told Jane’s that Plasan’s approach is to provide multiple armour types and

  • DSEI 2019: Controp launches SIGHT Box-enclosed RWS sensor system

    Controp has launched its SIGHT Box multi-sensor payload, developed for land and maritime remote weapon station (RWS) applications. The SIGHT Box integrates imaging and laser transmitter systems in a box frame designed to withstand conditions common on combat vehicles. The SIGHT Box is offered with

  • Canada orders ship-to-shore connectors

    Montreal-based shipyard Navamar Inc has been awarded a CAN12 million (USD9 million) contract to build five ship-to-shore connector systems for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Awarded after a competitive process as part of the overall Joint Support Ship project budget, the modular and configurable

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