January’s top news stories

6 February 2020 (Last Updated July 17th, 2020 10:41)

US Army engineers developed a new armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners, and the US Missile Defense Agency identified Kauai military site as a possible location for its $1.9bn Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii. Army-Technology.com wraps up key stories from January 2020.

January’s top news stories
A gunner fires a TOW missile. Credit: US Marine Corps / Cpl Aaron S Patterson.

US Army develops armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners

US Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, along with US Marine Corps (USMC), developed an armoured turret for anti-tank missile gunners.

The enhanced protection will provide improved survivability to tubed-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile gunners without the need for burdening the vehicles with additional weight.

Known as TOW Objective Gunner Protection Kit (TOGPK 2.0), the new turret provides an accurate balance of armour and weapon manoeuvrability with situation awareness.


US MDA identifies Kauai military site for $1.9bn defence radar

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) identified Kauai military site as a possible location for its proposed $1.9bn Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii.

The flat facing radar will be sited at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Barking Sands on Kauai’s west coast. It is expected to be 80ft-90ft tall and about 50ft wide.

Previously, three sites were being studied for the radar, as mandated by the Congress.


Cyberattack compromises Mitsubishi Electric’s data

Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric, which provides services to defence and space industries, suffered a cyberattack believed to have leaked data related to government agencies and other business partners.

As reported by The Japan Times, the information leaked might include email exchanges with the Japanese Defense Ministry and the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

Additionally, documents related to projects in partnership with private firms were also compromised.


Dutch MoD’s DGeo selects Maxar SecureWatch GEOINT platform

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence Geographic Agency (DGeo) selected Maxar Technologies’ SecureWatch platform.

SecureWatch is a Cloud-based geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) platform.

The multi-million dollar, multi-year SecureWatch subscription will give DGeo on-demand access to 110-petabyte, high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial data.


Northrop Grumman completes free flight missile testing of CIRCM

Northrop Grumman announced successful free flight missile testing of its Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system for the US Army.

The CIRCM system was tested at White Sands Missile Range and is designed to protect specific types of US Army aircraft against infrared-guided missile threats. It was developed on an open architecture to enable its integration with existing systems.

CIRCM is equipped with advanced Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology, a compact pointer/tracker and a lightweight COTS processor to achieve specific requirements.


US Army selects QinetiQ and Textron to build robotic combat vehicles

The US Army selected QinetiQ North America and Textron to build four light and four medium robotic combat vehicles (RCVs) respectively.

The Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center and the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team intend to award the companies a task assignment under the Ground Vehicle System (GVS) other transaction agreement for the RCV programme.

Through a contracting mechanism, the National Advanced Mobility Consortium is coordinating the army’s awards to industry.


UK MoD statistics reveal £1bn investment in Wales for 2018-19

New statistics released by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed that spending in Wales reached more than £1bn for the first time for 2018-19.

The figures show that procurement spending of the department in Wales increased to £1.08bn last year from £960m in 2017-18, which represents an increase to £350 from £310 in per capita spending.

The production of the army’s AJAX armoured fighting vehicles at General Dynamics UK in Merthyr Tydfil and Oakdale and a new Royal Naval Reserve centre development worth £11m in Cardiff Bay are the major defence projects in Wales.


US Army contracts S.A.F.E for fall protection platforms for Chinooks

The US Army awarded a contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs for the delivery of fall protection platforms.

Platforms are set to be customised for use on Boeing Chinook CH-46 and CH-47 aircraft.

The S.A.F.E. fall protection equipment increases the efficiency and mitigates associated risks during the aircraft’s maintenance process.


Finland and Latvia to develop Patria 6×6-based armoured vehicle

Finland and Latvia reached an agreement to develop a common armoured wheeled vehicle system.

A technical agreement for the development programme has been signed by Finland Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen and Latvia counterpart Artis Pabriks.

Under the cooperation programme, a Patria 6×6 armoured wheeled vehicle chassis platform has been selected for the development.


BAE Systems wins DARPA contract to develop mixed-signal electronics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract to BAE Systems to build the next generation of mixed-signal electronics.

Under the $8m contract, BAE Systems FAST Labs research and development team will design and develop wafer-scale technology on a silicon foundry platform in collaboration with programme foundries.

The technology could enable new Department of Defense (DoD) applications, including high capacity, robust communications, radars and precision sensors.