• IDEX 2019: AIO develops integrated soldier-worn display for Egyptian special forces

    Arab International Optronics (AIO) has developed the Egyptian Integrated Soldier System (EISS) and showcased it at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February. AIO is owned 49% by Thales Group and 51% by the Egyptian government. The EISS is an integrated surveillance and aiming ensemble that

  • IDEX 2019: Sudan displays mobile ground surveillance system

    Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) unveiled its Al-Kinaniya land surveillance system during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17–21 February. The system consists of a mast-mounted X-band ground surveillance radar with a planar array antenna and an electro-optical

  • Netherlands orders Thales MMR

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 February that it had awarded Thales a contract for the delivery of nine Multi Mission Radars (MMRs). The radars are designed for artillery, air surveillance, air defence, and security applications, according to Thales. The contract value was not

  • Canada awards contracts for R&D to beef up Arctic surveillance

    Matteo Natalucci, London The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded two contracts for a total of CAN46.2 million (USD34.9 million) to Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space Flight Lab (UTIAS SFL) under the All Domain

  • USMC rifle squads to receive new night vision devices

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is upgrading the helmet-mounted night vision system used by its marine rifle squads to enhance lethality and situational awareness in reduced visibility. The Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) accelerated the acquisition of about 1,300 Squad Binocular Night Vision

  • USMC developing next-generation hand-held targeting system

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking to develop a new hand-held targeting system that will replace the current legacy systems and enable marines to quickly acquire targets, perform guidance against targets, and generate target location data during combat operations. The corps awarded four Other

  • Serbian Army receives first Lazar III 8×8 MRCVs

    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on 20 December that the indigenously developed Lazar III (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Combat Vehicle (MRACV) has entered service with the Serbian Armed Forces (Vojska Srbije: VS). The Lazar III was introduced into service at the VS's Nikinci Technical

  • 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

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