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Latest OFEK Satellite Launched

Arie Egozi Israel launched an advanced satellite today to improve the country’s capability to gain advanced warning of Iran’s preparations to launch ballistic missiles. The OFEK 16 high resolution spy satellite was launched from an Air Force base in central Israel using a SHAVIT launcher, to allow Israel to continue monitoring “Areas of interest” such as […]

IAI’s Mission Operational and Intelligence Centre to Coordinate UAV Use

Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently demonstrated the Mission Operational and Intelligence Centre (MOIC), a system that allows the use of a great number of UAV in different missions simultaneously. According to Avi Bleser, VP marketing & sales of IAI’s military aircraft group, the MOIC allows efficient command and control of advanced and complicated UAV […]

General Atomics Partners with Space Development Agency to Demonstrate Optical Inter-satellite Link

Jack Richardson General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has partnered with the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) to demonstrate and conduct a series of experiments for an Optical Inter-satellite Link (OISL) utilising GA-EMS’s internally developed 1550nm (nanometer) wavelength laser communication terminals (LCTs). This will be one of the first Department of Defence […]

Rafael Seeking to Sell BNET More Widely

ARIE EGOZI European armies and air forces are evaluating the use of the Rafael BNET, with the Israeli company now in negotiations with some European companies to adapt the system to clients in the region. The BNET system replaces existing radio systems installed in aircraft and while half in size and weight, reportedly offers a […]

Bittium Starts Deliveries of Tactical Bittium Tough SDR Handheld Radios to the Finnish Defence Forces

Jack Richardson Finnish defence firm Bittium has started volume deliveries of its Tough SDR Handheld radios to the Finnish Defence Forces. The deal also includes the supply of accessories. Volume deliveries of vehicular radios are expected to begin in the second half of this year. The purchase agreement, which was signed in December 2018, has […]

Agency develops software to estimate areas of degraded GNSS service

Experts at the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) agency have developed a software-based tool that can estimate the area where an interfering signal would degrade or deny Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs). GNSSs, such as the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS) or the European Galileo, provide positioning and timing services. These are vital for NATO […]

Bittium TAC WIN for the Finnish Defence Forces

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system’s products. This is part of the digitization efforts of the Finnish Defence Forces that are renewing their command, control and communications system as a first step. Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) is a […]

Military Security Appliance

INFODAS will present a security appliance for protected and armoured vehicles or containers for the first time at the AFCEA beginning of April. “Together with our reliable partner, the company iesy, we have succeeded in developing a resistant, robust, desert-capable hardware platform for the SDoT products for high security data, which corresponds to the required […]

ESSOR Porting into Bittium’s Tough SDR Radios

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces to continue porting the European ESSOR (European Secure SOftware-defined Radio) program’s OC1 (Operational Capability 1) wideband waveform to the Bittium Tough SDR radios. These radios will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces. With the current purchase order, the porting proceeds from design phase […]

Batteries for British Howitzer

The L118’s Light Gun Battery Power Management System (BPMS) will get an overhaul by Lincad. The company won the battery repair contract from UK Ministry of Defence. The L118 is a compact 105mm howitzer which is both helicopter portable and towable behind light vehicles at high speed over rough ground. It is fitted with an […]

Israel Chooses Fire Weaver

Israeli Ministry of Defense has announced the acquisition of Rafael’s Fire Weaver networked sensor-to-shooter system. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) will use it as a complementary solution to their Battle Management System (BMS). Fire Weaver provides tactical forces with a GPS-independent geo-pixel-based tactical common language among all the sensors and shooters. Targets, blue forces, sensitive […]

Digital Mobile Radio Equipment for Iraq

The U.S. Department of Defense announced, that Scientia Global Inc., Melbourne, Florida, was awarded a $12 million “firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Iraq) contract to procure combat effective Digital Mobile Radio Tier III equipment, development, deployment, training and support services.” The message continues: “One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received.  Work will […]

Very New Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet

Juniper Systems Limited just released the Mesa 3 Rugged Tablet. Its new quad-core Intel Pentium processor offers the speed and flexibility that field engineers and specialists need to run processor-intensive applications. It also delivers a huge increase in system memory (RAM), doubling to 8 GB from the Mesa 2. This provides greater capacity, speed, and […]

Israel Plans Independency in Satellite Communication

Israel plans to build their own communication satellites. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was awarded a contract to develop and build “Dror 1”. Dror 1 is intended to meet the satellite communication needs of Israel for the next 15 years. Planned capabilities are an advanced digital communication payload and “smartphone in space” capabilities, to provide communication […]

Nanosatellite for Communication Applications

Today Elbit Systems announced that NANOVA, the company’s nanosatellite, was successfully launched to space. NANOVA is a 3U (the size of a juice carton), 5 kg CubeSat that hosts an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) communication payload providing a direct satellite link for data, voice and text messaging. It was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space […]

Creation of a Glass Battlefield to Support Dynamic Operations

The contract to conduct the “Creation of a glass battlefield to support dynamic operations” (ErzUntGlas) study for the German armed forces has been awarded to Atos. This is a small surprise, since the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE performed several forerunning studies and research. Now, that Atos has been chosen as […]

New Generation of Video Walls

Even though some say the domes are dead and augmented reality will take over their role, there are still enough specialists pointing out that you still need the haptic and reality of original systems in a dome. So at I/ITSEC there are still enough companies presenting solutions that might be used in domes and the […]

Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Evaluation System

South African 5DT presented several rather impressive new training solutions at I/ITSEC. One is an AI enhanced driver evaluation system that has already evolved into an AI based security system with behavior pattern recognition. 5DT DriveVUE is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced system that uses a variety of sensors and machine learning algorithms to evaluate […]

Helmet-Mounted Information System

Nexter took the opportunity of I/ITSEC to introduce their new FINDADFI dismounted combat helmet add-on. FINDADFI is a soldier’s helmet-mounted information system that displays – with a small screen right in the soldiers field of view – the necessary navigation and positioning information for the mission. It even interfaces night/day hand-held binocular and navigation devices. […]

Managing Large Calibre Weapon System Fleets

WeaponLogic unveiled its new WeaponLogic Eco Systems for the management of large calibre weapon system fleets for the first time at MILIPOL. Utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI), the system delivers comprehensive usage data regarding the weapon’s operational status, ensuring optimised performance and a tactical edge. The system expands the company’s line of systems for the management […]

New IP Encryption Technology at MILIPOL

At MILIPOL Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity launched the first Layer 3 group encryption with VS-NfD approval: R&S SITLine IP. The device is optimized for “Any-to-Any” communication in fully meshed networks without any point-to-point tunnels or overlay structures. This results in significantly less crypto-overhead with unchanged network relationships and less configuration effort. Other features are automatic […]

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