• US Air Force seeks A-10C central interface control unit redesign

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a redesigned central interface control unit (CICU) for the Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft and hopes to have it integrated onto the aircraft by the mid-2020s. The CICU is the brains of the A-10, managing, among other

  • US Army prepares to train, deploy with Microsoft HoloLens AR systems

    The US Army has identified a range of uses for its new Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) systems in operational use and training, as the service leans towards computer-generated environments. Unlike virtual reality (VR), AR overlays digital or virtual creations onto the ‘real

  • Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

    The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation

  • MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants

    MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is

  • Turkey advances Anka-Aksungur MALE UAV development

    Turkish Aerospace is expanding the testing envelope of its internally funded Anka-Aksungur medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) development with the aim of pushing the air vehicle into series production by the first quarter of 2020, company sources told Jane’s .

  • Iceni Labs offering militaries a handheld radar to detect breathing rates

    At a time when military forces are preparing for an era of urban combat, Iceni Labs is touting a new handheld radar designed to help troops detect the movement, position, and breathing rates of people behind walls and doors. The company announced earlier this month that it had secured a GBP248,400

  • ‘Locked Shields’ 2019 seeks to clarify domestic and military cyber response roles

    Cyber exercise ‘Locked Shields’ 2019, which was held on 8-12 April, focused on gaining a better functional understanding between technical experts and strategic decision-makers, as well as between operators from different NATO nations, the event’s organisers told Jane’s .

  • Brazil’s Ares unveils upgraded M113 MB1 APC

    Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems, is marketing an upgrade package for the Brazilian Army’s M113BR armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that includes the company’s REMAX III lightweight remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). The army has shown interest

  • MDHI reveals Griffin-armed MD 969 combat helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDH) has equipped its recently revealed MD 969 Combat Explorer with a precision-guided munition (PGM) capability. The capability, which was showcased at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit held in Nashville from 14–16 April, is a first for a helicopter and

  • AAAA 2019: Bell develops Autonomous Pod Transport unmanned VTOL aircraft

    Bell has developed a pair of Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) scalable modular unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of transporting payloads such as medical equipment, ammo, and water, among others. Todd Worden, Bell senior manager for advanced tiltrotor systems, told

  • Ares and Equitron team to give new life to Cascavel AFV

    Brazil’s Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa (an Elbit Systems subsidiary) has joined with local company Equitron Automação Eletrônico Mecanica to integrate its TORC30 modular protected remote-controlled weapon station to Equitron’s EE-9 Cascavel NG 6×6 armored reconnaissance

  • Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed. During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and

  • Belgium SOF requirements expand to C2ISR, C-UAS, unmanned swarms

    Belgium’s Special Forces Group (SFG) is seeking a shift towards ‘man-machine’ enabled special operations forces (SOF), service sources have disclosed to Jane’s . SFG Captain Jan Weuts told Jane’s that future special operations would be supported by increases in

  • AAAA 2019: Sikorsky-Boeing targets SB>1 Defiant envelope expansion

    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter team is planning to expand the aircraft’s flight envelope after the upcoming third flight test slated for next week, according to a company official. Bill Fell, Defiant test pilot, told reporters on 15 April that the aircraft,

  • China advances Marine Lizard amphibious USV development

    Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has delivered the first pre-production hull for the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) following successful factory acceptance tests at its

  • USN expands MQ-8C Fire Scout capability

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing to evolve the MQ-8C variant of the Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV), service officials told Jane’s . Capability is currently spread across the two variants of the Fire Scout – the Schweizer 333-derived MQ-8B and

  • Swiss Armed Forces contract Thales for new IMINT/GEOINT system

    The Swiss Armed Forces have awarded Thales a contract to supply elements of an imagery and geospatial intelligence (IMINT/GEOINT) centre. The contract, the value of which was not released, was signed at the end of March 2019 and deliveries are to begin in early 2020. The new system will be based on

  • SOFINS 2019: Thales evolves S2C2 software for special forces

    Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) to unveil the Smart and Seamless Command and Control (S2C2) battle management software. According to Thales officials, the S2C2 software is designed to support special operations small unit teams and continues to be

  • British Army looks for new SCOPIC simulated training resources

    The British Army is seeking to expand its use of synthetic resources to simulate scarce assets during live training, a task currently provided by Cubic’s Synthetic Wrap (SW) as part of Project Micro-SCOPIC. Cubic was awarded a contract for this in 2016, and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has

  • US Army poised to begin JAGM full-rate production

    The US Army is to begin full-rate production (FRP) of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), with a pre-solicitation issued by the service on 9 April. The notification issued by the US Army Contracting Command-Redstone (ACC-RSA) covers the acquisition of a maximum quantity of 3,000

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