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  • 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,

  • Australia orders vehicle-mounted, active phased-array radars for NASAMS air-defence system

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD137 million (USD93 million) contract to local company CEA Technologies for the supply of vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radars for the country’s future short-range, ground-based air-defence (GBAD) system. Defence

  • Slon wind tunnel test model revealed

    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) announced on 5 November that it had completed the manufacture of an aerodynamic model of its proposed heavy-lift transport aircraft known as “Slon” (Elephant). The model, made of aluminium alloys and steel, will be used in wind

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rafael’s Trophy APS delivered to US Army for Abrams integration

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has delivered its first Trophy Active Protection Systems (APSs) to the US Army for integration on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. In mid-October the company announced that its first Trophy APSs had been delivered to the service as part of plans to outfit four

  • Collins Aerospace showcases US Army’s new MAPS Gen II solution

    Collins Aerospace revealed details of its system selected by the US Army for the service’s next-generation Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) System (MAPS) for manned ground vehicles. The system was showcased at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual

  • AUSA 2019: Raytheon wins US Army’s LTAMDS prototyping contract

    There was a question looming in the air during this year’s Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference: which company would win the coveted contract to replace the Patriot air and missile defence radar? Just hours after the show ended, Raytheon announced that it had beat two

  • 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

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