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  • Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up

    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR’s) programme manager. Stood up in

  • BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer

    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden, the company told

  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies

    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technologies applicable to operating and

  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options

    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for information (RFI) released on 15 January, US Naval Air

  • US Air Force performs first Advanced Battle Management System demonstration

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 16–18 December performed its first demonstration of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Internet-of-Things (IoT) combat concept. The demonstration was one full day’s worth of demonstrations spread out over three days, according to Preston Dunlap, USAF

  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of this third phase of Gremlins will be the

  • Ukraine trials 2S22 Bogdana wheeled artillery

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has started trials of the 2S22 Bogdana, a wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) armed with a 155 mm ordnance. The first trials were conducted with wooden blocks, as opposed to a munition, which is designed to test whether the barrel can handle the necessary

  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production

    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), is poised to begin

  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper hand in increasingly competitive information

  • Falco Xplorer UAV makes maiden flight

    Leonardo flew its Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time on 15 January, the company announced. The approximately one-hour flight saw the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV depart Trapani Air Force Base on Sicily before returning to the same location. As noted by

  • Gremlins demonstrator makes maiden flight

    Dynetics, Inc flew its X-61A Gremlins demonstrator for the first time in late 2019, it was announced on 17 January. A video of the maiden flight released by the company showed the Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) separate from a Lockheed Martin C-130A Hercules ‘mother-ship’ over Dugway

  • Russia to trial Drozd-2 active protection system on T-72BK

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has contracted the KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Shipunov) to integrate the TKB-0252 Drozd-2 hard kill active protection system (APS) onto a T-72BK for trials, according to a contract (number 52/23/19) published on the Russian Unified Procurement Information System

  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software

    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated by careful planning of danger areas and

  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires) programme. “The joint DARPA/US Army

  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship

    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned Surface Vessel programmes. Northrop Grumman has

  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition

    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with a stand-off ASM

  • US braces for possible follow-on cyber attacks from Iran

    US cyber officials remain on alert for additional retaliatory strikes against key government or civilian networks, as tensions between Washington and Iran simmer over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, by a US air strike in Iraq. Chris Krebs, head of

  • Northrop Grumman completes initial trials of AQS-24B aboard MCM USV

    Northrop Grumman has completed initial at-sea testing of its AQS-24B minehunting sonar using a new deploy and retrieval (D&R) payload, the company announced on 6 January. The sonar and the associated D&R system were installed on a prototype Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM

  • Update: CASC expands domestic UAV testing and production capabilities

    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) – the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development arm of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) – has expanded its domestic production capabilities with a newly commissioned automated manufacturing facility

  • SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features

    Denmark’s Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product. The development, which the company said reflects growing interest from maritime

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