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US Army seeks “Predator-like” radar-proof camo
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US Army seeks “Predator-like” radar-proof camo

In the 1987 film Predator, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his band of commandos battle an alien with the ability to switch on a cloaking device. But Arnold will get the last hurrah — discovering that the alien can’t see as well. In fact, he/it can only see heat signatures. A fatal flaw which will give our...

U.S. Space Force receives fifth SBIRS satellite
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U.S. Space Force receives fifth SBIRS satellite

The U.S. Space Force has received the fifth satellite for its Space-Based Infrared System constellation. In a December announcement, Lockheed Martin said the company delivered the SBIRS GEO-5 missile warning spacecraft to the service. The system is expected to launch in 2021 and the sixth satellite is slated for launch in 2022 from Cape Canaveral,...

Turkish defence giant Aselsan opens Qatar branch
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Turkish defence giant Aselsan opens Qatar branch

Turkey’s top defence contractor Aselsanhas opened a branch in Turkish ally Qatar, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Named ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. QSTP-B, the branch has been launched to provide support for the contractor’s increasing activities in the oil rich Gulf nation, according to the statement issued on the Turkish Public Disclosure Platform (KAP). The...

US Navy tests hunting subs with an aerial drone
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US Navy tests hunting subs with an aerial drone

The U.S. Navy and General Atomics in November used sonobuoys dropped from an MQ-9A Block V Reaper to track a simulated submarine target on a U.S. Navy Pacific test range, in what the contractor says is the first time an aerial drone has deployed a self-contained anti-submarine warfare system. The Reaper deployed a mix of 10 sonobuoys – deployed to measure...

Russia unveils yet another aircraft carrier design
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Russia unveils yet another aircraft carrier design

Russia’s Nevskoe design bureau has unveiled a new aircraft carrier concept dubbed the ‘Varan’. Readers will note however that Russia appears to reveal a new design every other month and the designs typically never see the light of day again. ‘Varan’ would have a displacement of 45,000 tonnes and would be able to carry 24...

Hack reveals wider campaign by foreign intelligence service
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Hack reveals wider campaign by foreign intelligence service

An investigation into the hacking of a cyber-security company appears to have revealed a global intrusion campaign affecting US government networks, among other targets. FireEye – one of the world’s largest cyber-security companies – announced on 8 December that it had been the victim of an intrusion by a “nation with top-tier offensive capabilities”. On...

US Army’s future battle command system cleared for production
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US Army’s future battle command system cleared for production

The U.S. Army’s future battle command system that will link sensors and shooters across the battlefield has been cleared for production, a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to the Defense News website last week. The Army delayed the decision to produce the Northrop Grumman-developed Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) in November due to administrative issues, and the...

Pentagon’s $2 billion Cybersecurity project slowed by flaws
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Pentagon’s $2 billion Cybersecurity project slowed by flaws

The Defense Department has halted deployment on its classified networks of a $2 billion cybersecurity project intended to detect intrusions and prevent attacks because of poor test results, according to the Pentagon’s testing office. The effort to consolidate hundreds of U.S.-based and global systems continues to be fielded to non-classified networks even though test assessments...

US Army chooses L3Harris for avionics to enable the AH-64E Apache to control two kinds of UAVs
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US Army chooses L3Harris for avionics to enable the AH-64E Apache to control two kinds of UAVs

The MUMT-X avionics hardware enables the AH-64E crew to control the sensors and flight path of the RQ-7 Shadow and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV. U.S. Army combat helicopter experts needed new avionics hardware to enable the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter to control two different kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are relatively long distances....

Pentagon continues to cut production of parts for F-35 in Turkey
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Pentagon continues to cut production of parts for F-35 in Turkey

Production of components for the F-35 fighter in Turkey will continue to decline during 2021-2022, said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell, TASS reports. He reminded that Ankara’s membership in the aircraft development program is still suspended. He said that the US policy towards Turkey hasn’t changed: the production of components has been almost completely...

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