HEADLINES

  • 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

  • US warns Turkey against offensive into northeast Syria

    Key Points The US DoD is taking Turkish threats to invade northeast Syria seriously It has confirmed that it has now established an unspecified number of observation posts on the Syrian–Turkish border to deter incursions The US Department of Defense (DoD) indicated on 12 December that it is

  • Anti-gang interventions in Guatemala unlikely to reduce business-targeted extortions in 2019, particularly with cargo and transport companies

    Event On 12 December 2018, Guatemalan security forces launched over 100 raids against extortion activities targeting merchants and cargo transport concentrated in the departments of El Progreso, Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, and Totonicapan. The country has undergone a rise in reported national

  • Canada details antenna upgrade for Halifax-class ship radars

    The Canadian government has signed a CAD21.7 million (USD16.2 million) contract on 7 December with Saab Microwave Canada for a new antenna for the Sea Giraffe 180 (SG-180) radar installed on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigates. Saab Microwave Canada will install a new

  • Canadian Coast Guard adds first new icebreaker in 25 years

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker CCGS Captain Molly Kool officially joined the fleet on 14 December, becoming the first new icebreaker for the CCG in 25 years. Captain Molly Kool is the first of three icebreakers procured by the Canadian government under a CAD610 million (USD457 million)

  • 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

  • India and Russia pledge to deepen military-technical partnership

    India and Russia have agreed to strengthen the already robust military-technical partnership between the two countries, the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) announced on 13 December. Following meetings in New Delhi between Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her

  • 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

  • Singapore’s new stealth combatant craft breaks cover

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is testing a stealthy new combatant craft that appears to be optimised for special operations The combatant craft could be a replacement for the Singapore Army’s Very Slender Vessel The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is quietly testing a stealthy new

  • UPDATE: Japan pursues additional exports to the Philippines

    Japan is engaging with the Philippines over potential opportunities to export additional defence equipment to the Southeast Asian country, the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), has confirmed to Jane’s . The export effort

  • US Air Force releases RFI for SRP-O ASLON-45 small launch effort

    The US Air Force (USAF) seeks industry feedback on draft mission requirements for a small launch effort called Small Rocket Program-Orbital (SRP-O) Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45. One goal of ASLON-45 is to launch an orbital demonstration mission delivering a 39 kg spacecraft

  • US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding

    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) in late

  • 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

  • Sikorsky-Boeing team delays Defiant first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky and Boeing delayed their Defiant rotorcraft first flight until early 2019 Undisclosed issues arose during PSTB testing The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter delayed the aircraft’s first flight from late 2018 until early 2019 due to

  • Pentagon’s ability to handle two military fronts questioned

    While a bedrock of US military strategy through the decades has been an ability to accommodate confrontation on two major fronts simultaneously, the return and rise of true peer competition is bringing that capability into question. US Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican who succeeded the late John

  • Carrier USS John C Stennis establishes temporary Sri Lanka air logistics hub

    The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) has established a temporary air logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies, and services at sea. The hub includes an airstrip and storage facilities to provide logistics support to USN ships operating in the

  • US expects continued confrontation from Chinese and Russian forces

    The US anticipates its forces will be challenged by like forces deployed by Russia and China on a constant basis, said Rear Admiral Doug Perry, US Navy (USN) director of Joint and Fleet Operations, US Fleet Forces Command. The US must increase its training to prepare for such threats, Rear Adm

  • 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

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