• IDEX 2019: Milrem Robotics unveils missile-armed THeMIS UGV

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The IMPACT

  • South Korea accelerates airborne sensor and EW acquisition programmes

    The Republic of Korea (RoK) is advancing efforts to introduce new long-range airborne sensor and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. Jane’s understands from RoK military and foreign defence company sources that the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) commenced detailed studies

  • IDEX 2019: UAE’s ELTS command and control system goes operational

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached an initial operational capability (IOC) with its Emirates Command and Control System (ECCS) Land Tactical System (ELTS), for which Harris Corporation was awarded a two-year, USD189 million contract in September 2016 following a demonstration and a design

  • MBDA offers SPIMM for ‘bolt-on’ ship self-protection

    MBDA has unveiled details of a new self-protection system designed to provide otherwise unarmed containerised ships with a short-range defence capability in high threat zones. Known as SPIMM (Self-Protection Integrated Mistral Module), the new system was unveiled in February at the IDEX 2019

  • Rafael unveils Rocks air-to-surface missile

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to engage high-value stationary and re-locatable targets in heavily GPS-denied environments. Designated ‘Rocks’, the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid

  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system

  • Lockheed Martin-led team unveils new Falcon mobile air defence solution

    A collaborative industry team led by Lockheed Martin unveiled a new mobile open architecture short-to-medium range air defence solution – designated the Falcon Weapon System – at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to the team,

  • IDEX 2019: Silent Sentinel launches new long-range surveillance cameras

    UK company Silent Sentinel launched a new range of uncooled thermal imaging cameras at the IDEX 2019 exhibition, being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 17 February. James Longcroft, Silent Sentinel business development director, told Jane’s that the new long-range (LR) family of cameras is designed

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • Royal Netherlands Army orders Thales Multi Mission Radars

    The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) is to replace its legacy TPQ-36 radars with nine new Thales Nederland Multi Mission Radars (MMRs) from mid-2021. The contract value is undisclosed, but the Dutch government’s Defense Industry Strategy put the price between EUR100–250 million

  • IDEX 2019: Paramount Group rolls out Mbombe 4

    South Africa’s Paramount Group has launched the latest version of its Mbombe 4 mine- resistant armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) at IDEX 2019. Mbombe 4 was developed for the export market using internal research and development funding to meet the requirements of potential export customers.

  • IDEX 2019: Escribano expands offerings with larger-calibre Sentinel 30

    Spain’s Escribano has displayed its Sentinel 30 remotely controlled naval weapon system (RCWS) at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi. With the Sentinel 30, Escribano is moving from the light remotely control weapon system design to the 30/40 mm calibre, effectively expanding the addressable market to

  • IDEX 2019: Rheinmetall adds MPU5 to Argus soldier system, eyes exports

    Rheinmetall Canada has integrated a new radio, Persistent Systems’ MPU5, into its Argus dismounted soldier system and showcased it at the IDEX 19 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, together with three display options. Persistent Systems’ MPU5 is a mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) multiple-input,

  • US Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf M4

    The US Army has signed a three-year framework agreement with Saab Dynamics to acquire the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4) lightweight reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system. In September 2017 the Army announced an intention to rapidly acquire about 1,111 GGM4s – with an equal number of

  • Polish MND postpones Rosomak Battle Management System programme

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) is essentially postponing its Rosomak Battle Management System (BMS) programme, defence sources associated with the effort have told Jane’s . The Rosomak BMS programme, sources said, will be reverted to a research and development (R&D) effort

  • Lockheed Martin to develop ‘Silent CROW’ for US Army Multi-Function EW programme

    Lockheed Martin’s recent deal to provide its Silent CROW podded system for the US Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme is part of a broader surge of interest in electronic warfare/cyber offensive capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Lockheed Martin

  • Norway publishes new cyber strategy focused on civil-military collaboration

    Civilian-military collaboration is key to Norway’s new strategy for cyber security, marking the latest effort to examine the grey area between cyber security in the civil and military domains. The Norwegian plan, which was published in late January, noted that the defence sector depends upon

  • IDEX 2019: Ultra Electronics debuts NSS multidomain comms suite

    Ultra Electronics is unveiling a ‘flexible architecture solution’ designed to optimise secure communications between land, air, and maritime platforms in a joint operating environment. Speaking to Jane’s ahead of the launch at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi on 17 February, company

  • Geoff Fein: an obituary

    It is with great sadness that Jane’s reports the death of our friend and colleague Geoff Fein, who passed away on 13 February at the age of 60. Geoff was well known inside and outside Jane’s as a friendly, welcoming, and idealistic person, which is impressive as his journalistic career

  • USAF to complete CV-22B Silent Knight Radar upgrade by end of 2021

    The US Air Force (USAF) is aiming to integrate the Raytheon AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto its Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over the next three years. A contract modification of USD15 million announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 12 February brings the total

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