Loitering Munition Capability Demonstration – LMCD

LMCD – Loitering Munition Capability Demonstration – an MOD program calling for the early demonstration of loitering weapons, providing persistent coverage, deterrence and kill of enemy targets over a wide area and extended period of time. The loitering weapon will be able to deliver fast effects over a wide area, with pin-point accuracy. Several systems were displayed at DSEi, presumably...

Pakistan Withdraws Bid for Drones over ‘Legal Implications’

U.S. drone attacks on in North-East Pakistan, south of the Afghan border, are one of the sour points between Islamabad and Washington. According to the Pakistan's Tribune Express, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently withdrew a planned request for the transfer of US drone technology to Pakistan. The reason behind this turn was ‘legal implications’, of drone attacks aginst tribal...

Convoys of Driverless Trucks to Push Supplies to the Combat Zone

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated the ability of fully autonomous convoys to operate in urban environments with multiple vehicles of different models. The demonstration earlier this month at Fort Hood, Texas, was part of the Army and Marine Corps’ Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System (AMAS) program, and marked the completion...

SLAM-ER Guided Missile

SLAM is a spin-off from the radar-guided air-launched Harpoon anti-ship missile. The SLAM-ER is an upgrade of the original missile. SLAM-ER uses GPS midcourse and IR terminal guidance to strike at surface targets with high precision. The missile is offered as a new production or retrofit kits for existing SLAM missiles which are operational with the US Navy since...

Unmanned Vehicles Having a Field Day at AUVSI’s 5th Unmanned Systems Demonstration

The 5th biennial unmanned systems demonstration hosted by the U.S. Navy PEO U&W and Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) was held 10 August at the Webster Field Maryland, an auxiliary airfield adjacent to U.S. Navy Patuxent River naval air station. Two years ago, Defense Update covered the 4th demonstration held at the same location and our current...

Personnel Radios for Soldier Modernization Programs – at Soldiertech 2007

Several companies introduced advanced personel radios at At Soldier Technology 2007. Among the systems on display were the RF-7800S-TR UHF set from Harris, the latest version of Spearnet from ITT. Rockwell Collins introduced its Flexnet waveform. Selex demonstrated its H4855 PRR system, which also included several add-ons, such as the command and control module. Another system discussed on the briefings was the Microlight from...

US Navy Uses Spike Miniature Missiles to Shoot Down UAVs

Weapons specialists at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, CA. have recently tested the capability of guided missile to defeat an unmanned aerial vehicle in flight. Two Spike 'forward-firing miniature missiles' were used to defeat two Outlaw UAVs, employing both proximity and contact activation (in separate tests)

Abrams M-1A2 SEP

General Dynamics Land Systems is developing further upgrades proposed for the Continuous Electronics Enhancement Program (CEEP)building on the latest System Enhancement Package (SEP) and Tank Urban Survivability Kit (TUSK) configurations of M1A1 and M1A2 main battle tanks. CEEP incorporates advanced digital systems improving the warfighting capability of the crew, and ensuring compatibility with the standards to be implemented by the...

Virtual Reality Prepares Soldiers for the Real Fight

Quantum 3D displayed here the ExpeditionDI wearable simulator, also known as 'immersive dismounted infantry training platform'; the system was recently ordered by the U.S. Army to help preparing U.S. forces for missions to foreign theaters. The $50 million contract was awarded to Intelligent Decisions, where Quantum as a subcontractor, is expected to deliver several thousands systems over 18 months. The evaluation of the trial batches is scheduled to begin at Ft. Bennings in January 2012, supporting the Army's Force Generation (ARFORGEN) cycle.

Mississippi State University to Develop Portable Fuel-Cell Battery with Ultralife

The Mississippi State University (MSU) will develop a portable power system to support long endurance military applications. The development is funded by a $1.6 million program awarded by a U.S. Defense Department. MSU established a 'technology partnership' with Ultralife (NASDAQ: ULBI) for the development, awarding the company $475,000 contract to participate in this program as a subcontractor. "Portable fuel cells...

RQ-1A/MQ-1 Predator UAV

The Predator Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) designated RQ-1, was launched in January 1994 as an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD). The armed version that followed the RQ-1 was designated MQ-1. The design was based on a modified Gnat 750 UAV built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. (The Gnat does not have the Ku Band satellite link). The US Air...

Up-Armored HUMVEE (UAH)

Start < Page 3 of 4 > As the most popular tactical vehicle today, the M998 HUMMWV (dubbed Humvee) is currently used with many armies. However, only few except for the Israelis and US Army and US Special Forces are operating protected Humners. The M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, pronounced "Humvee", also dubbed "Hummer") is the most commonly deployed tactical vehicle...

Despite Drought, Plasan Prepares for Future Demand Acquiring Control of US APS Developer Artis

Israel’s armor protection company Plasan announced today the acquisition of controlling interest in Artis LLC, a Virginia-based engineering company. Iron Curtain is a vehicle active protection system developed under a DARPA contract. The system has been demonstrated on live firing tests on the HMMWV and is currently being integrated on the M-ATV.

Long Range, Hyperspectral Vision and Staring IRST – Air Force Essentials in Counter-A2AD Operations

Leidos has been selected to deliver the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) extended-range, high-resolution imaging, hyperspectral sensing, and close-in imaging with expendable sensor technologies designed to defeat adversary anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) threats.