• General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage,

  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept

    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mod D was its “answer to the requirements for a

  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs

    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progressive flight control capability, can automatically

  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command

    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the MND, between two and three complete systems

  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 has received a fully automated

  • Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing

    Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps air defence echelons within the year. A

  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV

    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 March. The ATAX is a modular, rapid-rig/de-rig,

  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR

    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s product line of intelligence, surveillance, and

  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement

    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track. The industry proposals for the 3DELRR effort

  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications

    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational Requirements Specialist, said that the Sceptre

  • USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing. The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) awarded two separate contracts for

  • US Army removes Raytheon from PrSM competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin

    The US Army decided not to provide Raytheon additional funding for the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping competition, leaving Lockheed Martin as the only remaining competitor. The move comes after Raytheon was unable to test fly its PrSM bid, its DeepStrike missile, due to what the

  • US DoD conducts second Common Hypersonic Glide Body test

    The US Army and US Navy, under the auspices of the US Department of Defense (DoD), jointly executed the second test of the developmental Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) in a flight experiment conducted from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on 19 March.

  • China showcases SAR-equipped BZK-005 UAV in military led firefighting operation

    China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theatre Command has released images of an in-service BZK-005 medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been specifically configured for wide-area intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions,

  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment

    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufacturing the gliders announced in late March. The

  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars

    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles. A total of 12 Cardom 10s have

  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman and Technical Directions Inc. (TDI), it had for the

  • Pearson Engineering reveals route-clearance multi-tool system

    The United Kingdom’s Pearson Engineering has developed a route proving and clearance (RP&C) multi-tool system that it is offering for export. The company said that its RP&C multi-tool system, which was developed using internal research and development funding, is currently at

  • LTAMDS wraps initial round of programme tests, prepares for live target drills

    Raytheon has competed initial tests of the US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) and is preparing to test the new radar antenna array platform against live targets ahead of official evaluations of the system by service officials in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021). The

  • Russia’s GAZ-3344-20 Aleut ATV enters service

    The GAZ-3344-20 ‘Aleut’ articulated all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from the Zavolzhsky Tracked Tractor Plant (ZZGT) has service entered service with Russia. The first of 123 platforms was delivered to the Russian Ground Troops stationed in the north of the country in May 2019, with

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