• Italian Army to receive Leonardo’s containerised FOB protection system

    Leonardo is supplying the Italian Army with three sets of containerised active defence components (ADC) to supplement forward operating base (FOB) protection systems. Under the contract, awarded in December 2016 to Leonardo, the first two ‘towers’ and the command control post (CCP) have

  • US Army seeks to protect medical devices from cyber threats

    The US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) is growing its focus on cyber security, working to harden its increasingly networked devices against potential threats. The army recently noted how almost all new medical devices contain some type of computer technology and are often remotely or wirelessly

  • Endeavor Robotics reveals Scorpion UGV details

    Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design of its Scorpion unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that it is pushing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. The Scorpion is a clean-sheet design weighing less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and

  • ESDC progresses on cyber training role

    The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) achieved initial operating capability (IOC) for its Cyber Education, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation (ETEE) platform, and has begun work on harmonising cyber training across European militaries. The ESDC was established under the European

  • Raytheon demonstrates X-Net autonomous radio communications system

    Raytheon in August demonstrated its X-Net radio communications system, which autonomously and instantly selects the optimal radio frequency to provide continuous communications. Barbara Borgonovi, Raytheon vice president of integrated communications systems, told Jane’s on 10 December that

  • Elbit Systems aims to advance DIRCM portfolio

    Israel’s Elbit Systems is seeing significant interest the Direct Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) market, as threats from man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) proliferate, and is investing in research towards fibre laser, threat processing, lens, and other technologies. At the start of

  • Lockheed Martin readies its latest L-band radar for production

    Lockheed Martin has completed the final full-scale prototype of its TPY-X multimission ground-based radar system and is now preparing to begin production. TPY-X was developed as part of Lockheed Martin’s long-term vision of continuous support and service for its existing long-range

  • 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.

  • Curtiss-Wright introduces system to protect data on unmanned platforms

    Curtiss-Wright has developed a new network attached storage (NAS) system that incorporates Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information encryption to protect critical data-at-rest (DAR) on unmanned deployed platforms. “As the number of sensors on unmanned intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Leonardo solves overheating issue with internal F-35 training system

    Leonardo solved an overheating issue with its miniaturised P5 Combat Training System (CTS) internal subsystem on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by installing a radiator with the liquid coolant down the middle. Chris Lettiere, Leonardo’s vice-president for

  • US Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon perform intercept with SM-3 Block IIA

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Raytheon on 11 December intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor. This was an operational live-fire test demonstrating the Aegis Weapon System Engage On

  • US Army teams with Lockheed Martin to develop Airborne High-Powered Microwave UAS

    As the US Army continues to look for new technologies to down adversaries’ drones, the service is teaming up with Lockheed Martin on a project to equip unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with a high-powered microwave (HPM) capability to down other unmanned aircraft. In late November, the

  • New capabilities demonstrated at ‘Point Blank’ exercise

    The trilateral Exercise ‘Point Blank’, co-hosted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) and completed in late November, was a milestone in offensive combat air training. Not only was it the first time the French Air Force (FAF) had participated, it was also

  • UK eyes new digital radios as Morpheus advances

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a new request for information (RFI) seeking industry input on next-generation software-defined radios, kick-starting efforts to eventually replace legacy multi-mode radios (MMRs) as part of a wide-ranging Morpheus communications upgrade. The RFI was

  • US Army’s Synthetic Training Environment accelerates fielding schedule

    The US Army’s forthcoming Synthetic Training Environment (STE) is on the way to becoming a reality and some elements could begin initial operation by fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020), according to the army’s top STE official. In an update briefing at I/ITSEC 2018, Major General Maria Gervais,

  • Lockheed Martin shows off different realities at I/ITSEC

    Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions revealed some of its new research on integrating different forms of reality at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November. The tactical ultra-wide augmented reality (TULWAR)

  • RAF flies Meteor BVRAAM on Typhoon for first time

    The MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is now operational aboard UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF

  • Belarus upgrades APC fleet with new BTR-70MB1 variant

    The Belarusian armed forces are upgrading their fleet of armoured personnel carriers (APCs), a Belarusian military source told Jane’s . “The military’s BTR-70 APCs are being modernised to the BTR-70MB1 level, and 32 more carriers will have been delivered to the troops by the end

  • Italian Army receives its first LMV 2s

    The Italian Army has received its first examples of the latest-generation Iveco Defence Vehicles Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) Lince 2 in Networked Enabled Capability (NEC) configuration, with the first batch consisting of 34 units out of an initial requirement for 400. According to the Italian

  • GD and Intelligent RF Solutions offering signal classification software

    General Dynamics (GD) and Intelligent RF Solutions (iRF) have teamed to offer the latter’s SignalEye software solution for improved radio frequency (RF) spectrum situational awareness. SignalEye uses machine learning technology to automate the classification of spectrum signals to provide

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