• TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s MPC readies new low-profile RCWS for Cloud Leopard

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has unveiled a new remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) that has been specifically designed to reduce the target profile of the Republic of China Army (RoCA)’s 8×8 CM-32 Cloud Leopard

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s NCSIST unveils new MALE-class UAV development

    Taiwan’s primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held from 15 to 17 August. A full-scale mock-up

  • TADTE 2019: NCSIST unveils Fire Cardinal mini-UAV

    Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled a new entry to its Hong Que (Cardinal) family of tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan advances Mobile Mortar System development

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) took the opportunity at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, to unveil an updated version of the 81/120 mm Mobile

  • Tumosan advances indigenous powerpack development

    Turkey’s Tumosan is developing and testing new diesel engine and automatic transmission systems such as the ALP Lightweight Tracked Vehicle Powerpack (LTVP) using internal research and development funding. The ALP has been trialled aboard the FNSS Savunma Sistemleri Armoured Combat Vehicle 15

  • Navy leverages gaming tech in new augmented reality training prototype

    Programme officials at the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Surface Warfare Command (NSWC) are pulling a page from the video game industry, leveraging the advances made in that field in augmented reality (AR) technology and integrating them into near-term solutions for US

  • Collins Aerospace rolls out new airborne networking radio

    American military communications firm Collins Aerospace is looking to leverage the US armed forces’ growing appetite for multi-channel, software-driven combat communications with its latest airborne networking radio offering. The TruNet AR-2000 is the two-channel version of the single-channel

  • US DoD SARs detail cross-service missile cost changes

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 August released details on major defence acquisition programme cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2018 reporting period. Included in the information – which is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs)

  • UK pursues low-cost unmanned combat aircraft

    Industry teams led by Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing Defence UK, and Callen-Lenz have been awarded contracts by the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to complete the preliminary design of a low-cost unmanned combat aircraft that can operate alongside manned fast jets as

  • IDF Home Front Command fields Shual C2 emergency database

    The Israel Defense Force’s (IDF’s) Home Front Command (HFC) has begun using a new command-and-control (C2) system designed to create a nationwide geographic real-time database of emergency incidents, first responder locations, status of local authorities, and other critical updates. The

  • UK seeks ‘flexible’ approach to Tempest fighter aircraft partnerships

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is taking a flexible approach to development partnerships for its Tempest next-generation fighter programme as it hopes to maintain forward momentum and avoid restrictive frameworks, Simon Bollom, chief executive officer of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S),

  • US Army set to fire Spike NLOS missiles from AH-64E Apache

    In its quest to arm future aircraft, the US Army is hosting a demonstration to determine if it can fire Rafael Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles from US helicopters. The service is slated to conduct experiments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, later this month as a response to army validated

  • Indra planning to update cyber range, improve ‘virtualisation’

    Spain’s Indra plans to upgrade its military cyber range in the coming years, with a focus on virtualisation capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Indra’s cyber range was designed to train users in military environments. The company recently completed a programme with

  • ONR outlines vision for autonomous, distributed airborne EW

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is planning to develop advanced algorithms and software to enable autonomous, distributed airborne electronic warfare (EW) operations. ONR’s Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Resource Allocation Management (EMW RAM), under the Future Naval Capabilities

  • Russia’s D-14 parachute to enter trials

    Russia is to begin trials of its D-14 Shelest (Rustle) parachute designed to provide airborne forces with the ability to fire personal weapons during a parachute landing, Vladimir Kachalov, chief designer from Russia’s Research Institute of Parachute Making (RIPM), told the state-owned TASS on

  • Raytheon delivers first NGJ-MB pod to US Navy for testing

    Raytheon has delivered the first Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pod to the US Navy (USN) for ground and aircraft integration testing, the company announced on 5 August. The pod, which is the first of 15 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and 14 flight-certification trial

  • Lockheed Martin unveils evolved SkyKeeper BMC4I solution

    Lockheed Martin is expected to unveil a significantly evolved version of its SkyKeeper ground-based air-defence (GBAD) battle management system at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London in September. An early iteration of SkyKeeper has, since December

  • Raytheon, DARPA complete TBG baseline design review

    Raytheon, in co-operation with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has completed a baseline design review of the company’s winged concept solution for the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) hypersonic weapons programme. According to a Raytheon statement on 29 July, the review

  • Kratos primes engine pipeline in anticipation of Valkyrie UCAS orders

    Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has begun placing engine orders in anticipation of receiving first series production contracts for its XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned combat air system (UCAS) before the end of 2019. Developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) under the Low

  • Aitech introduces C875 single-board computer to counter cyber threats

    US-based defence electronics company Aitech has introduced its C875 single-board computer (SBC) that is designed to provide a ruggedised and secure main mission computer for various military platforms. Doug Patterson, the company’s vice-president of global marketing, told Jane’s ,

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