• AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS eyes US Army requirements for OBVP power system

    Leonardo DRS hopes to see US Army requirements established soon for its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) system to help push the technology into service more quickly. The company is talking with US Army officials responsible for establishing and delivering power needs for the service, Carlos Aguirre,

  • US Army advances robotics development

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing a range of upgrades to its Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation (LLAMA) robot, including an effort to boost speed and mobility through system weight reduction, researchers told Jane’s . The autonomous quadruped system was revealed in

  • AUSA 2019: L3Harris delivers new handheld combat radio to USSOCOM

    L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months. “We have delivered a number of

  • AUSA 2019: US Army talks network dependency, concerns

    US Army leaders have used the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference to tout progress developing a host of next-generation weapons systems while also acknowledging that the network piece of the equation could derail everything. During the 2019 show, a host of civilian and

  • AUSA 2019: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter closer to IBCS integration

    The US Army and the US Air Force integrated track data from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2. The event, held in Palmdale in California and Fort Bliss in Texas, in June

  • AUSA 2019: FLIR Systems announces new StormCaster-T camera for SkyRaider UAV

    FLIR Systems is offering a new StormCaster-T thermal camera with FLIR Boson sensor for its R80D and R70 SkyRaider multi-mission unmanned rotorcraft that features a 15–75 mm zoom optic, according to a company official. Mark Holden, FLIR director of product strategy for the US government, told

  • AUSA 2019: General Micro Systems unveils new, tactical-level AI servers

    General Micro Systems is focusing its efforts on pushing artificial intelligence (AI) processing capabilities down to the tactical level, developing a family of AI-enhanced servers that are configured to withstand the rigors of combat. Known as “edge processing”, the need for AI-capable

  • AUSA 2019: Karem Aircraft unveils AR-40 for US Army’s FARA-CP

    High-speed flight is the hallmark of Karem Aircraft’s newly unveiled AR-40 helicopter, which the company is offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme, according to a company official. Thomas Berger, Karem FARA programme

  • AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

    The US Army’s space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin shipping LRDR equipment to Alaska

    Lockheed Martin shipped the first antenna for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) to Clear, Alaska, in August, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin’s vice-president and general manager for Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors, told reporters at

  • AUSA 2019: CAE reveals MBT engine maintenance trainer availability

    CAE announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October that it was ready to deliver the first Abrams M1A2 main battle tank (MBT) engine maintenance trainer to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence at the US Army’s Armor School at Fort

  • AUSA 2019: InstantEye Robotics improves sUAS, competes for DoD contract

    InstantEye Robotics has extended the battery life of several models of its small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and is also competing for a contract for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Jane’s has learned. The company displayed its updated systems at the 2019 Association of the United

  • HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

  • US reports slight fall in total value of FMS deals

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deals worth USD55.39 billion in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019), marking a USD270 million decrease on the total for FY 2018. The three-year rolling average for FMS is USD51 billion, the DSCA noted in a 15 October

  • ADEX 2019: Honeywell targets strong growth in South Korea

    Honeywell is aiming to achieve double-digit growth in South Korea over the next few years through a focus on deepening local industry partnerships, engagement in some key military aerospace programmes, and putting greater emphasis on channelling deals through Direct Commercial Sales (DCS). Tim Van

  • AUSA 2019: Mack Defense unveils 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane

    Mack Defense introduced its ATC-40T, a 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane based on the commercial Mack Granite chassis, at the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC. The ATC-40T is to be built with Manitowoc Crane, a supplier of truck-mounted hydraulic cranes, and

  • AUSA 2019: NIWC finishes JLTV communications integration a year ahead of schedule

    The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has completed its communications equipment integration work on the US Marine Corps (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) nearly a year ahead of schedule, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 15 October. To make it possible for the early Initial

  • Boeing/Embraer JVs come under scrutiny in Europe

    The European Commission on 14 October invited comments from third parties, as part of its investigation into two planned joint ventures (JVs) between Boeing and Embraer. The Commission announced on 4 October that it would launch an investigation, in line with the EU Merger Regulation. While it

  • AUSA 2019: Digital engineering expands across programmatic life

    Digital engineering is being expanded beyond platforms and systems to include acquisition, operations, and even end-of-life disposals, according to SAIC engineers focusing on that field. “We look across the lifecycle,” Kim Nunn, SAIC chief systems engineer, solutions architect and

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin advancing hit-to-kill hypersonic air-defence concepts for MDA

    Lockheed Martin is working to advance two hit-to-kill intercept concepts for the US Missile Defense Agency’s Hypersonic Defense Weapon System project, company officials said at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC, in October. The company is