Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV), Singapore

The Singapore Army commissioned Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicles (PCSV) in November 2016. The vehicles are expected to replace 5t trucks and Mercedes Benz MB290 armoured vehicles operated by the Singapore Army. The Belrex vehicle was developed by ST Kinetics and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) based on a Marauder mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle platform developed by South African firm Paramount Group. The PCSV is intended to offer enhanced fire power, survivability and situational awareness for the Singapore Armed Forces' motorised infantry units on the battlefield. The Singapore Armed Forces announced the acquisition of Belrex-protected vehicles in June 2016. B

Training System Solutions for Military and Tactical Personnel - Strategic Systems Inc.

Strategic Systems Inc. (SSI) is an innovator in training system solutions for military and tactical personnel. We offer a full line of target lifters for live fire range training, portable target lifters for mobile training, overhead target retrieval systems and total facility instrumentation for military operations in urban terrain (MOUT), a combined arms collective training facility (CACTF), Urban Ops training centers and Close Quarter Combat (CQC) facilities. Range in a box (RIAB) for US Military use Our range in a box (RIAB™) is in continual use by all branches of the US Military. Our innovative solutions and engineering approaches can meet nearly any training need, from simple qualifica

SmartPlanes Announces Delivery of Drones to US Army Corps of Engineers

After presentations held with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), SmartPlanes has received orders for its fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Freya, equipped with multiple sensors. The sale of the UAS is handled through a GSA procurement contract, General Services Administration, held by SmartPlanes' distributor Caron East. SmartPlanes Freya is a micro class UAV. The payload bay can carry up to 600g of sensor equipment payload, and in its current configuration Freya has an endurance of one hour's flight time. See more at: Article. Reprinted from Army Technology website, Jan 2017. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

Acoustical Scoring Technology

Despite living in an age of budgetary austerity, technological advancement is providing critical assistance on the battlefield. Developments in acoustical scoring technology are vital to aid ISAF and other defence forces to compete in the challenge for ever more precise attack. Precision attack by missiles from UAVs, manned aircraft or ground launched missiles, rockets or artillery are now seen to win or lose the battle for 'hearts and minds' by their level of accuracy and their ability to avoid collateral damage, the killing of civilians. Similarly, with constraints not just on manpower and logistics, but training hours, devices that facilitate enhanced accuracy without excessive call on ex

The next generation of wearable sensors for frontline troops

The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, together with industry partners Roke Manor Research, QinetiQ and Systems Engineering and Assessment, has developed dismounted close combat sensors which enable GPS-free navigation, automatic threat detection and information sharing for frontline troops. With successful demonstrations of the sensor technology completed in September, Claire Apthorp finds out how the system keeps pace with the challenges of conflict in urban areas. Global positioning system (GPS) data has transformed the way soldiers navigate and acquire targeting information in the field. Having reliable information showing where each unit, vehicle and aerial platform is at a


Steiner officially announces that it has acquired the Sensor Systems Division of The O’Gara Group. The group is comprised of Sensor Technology Systems (STS) and Diffraction LTD. For more than 25 years, STS and Diffraction have provided the most technologically advanced night vision, beacon and laser devices. Specialized users include Homeland Security, special operations forces, law enforcement and other military personnel. “Whether it’s digital imaging systems like night vision or thermal rifle scopes, or high-end military technology adapted for the commercial user, it’s inevitable that the future of optics is electronic,” said Stephen McKelvain, Steiner’s Chief Global Marketing Officer. “B

Evolving Standards

Pitch is leading the development of HLA 4. New capabilities will include service-oriented structure for cloud computing, and enhancements in scalability and extensibility. HLA 4 will take simulation in many domains to new levels. All over the world, RPR FOM 2 is the most used Federation Object Model for defense and security. Building upon the success of RPR FOM 2, Pitch leads the development of the next version, RPR FOM 3, that will take a new, modernized approach to interoperability and add even more DIS compatibility. Also, DIS 7 is evolving towards DIS 8. But don’t worry, Pitch is there! See Article.

Anti-drone start-ups take flight

A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn't, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. Dozens of start-up firms are developing techniques - from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka - to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop bombs, spy on enemy lines or buzz public spaces. The arms race is fed in part by the slow pace of government regulation for drones. 'There's a bit of a fear factor here,' says Kyle Landry, an analyst at Lux Research. 'The high volume of drones, plus regulations that can't quite keep pace, equals a need for personal coun

What does the future hold for tanks?

Having been a mainstay of modern militaries for so long, will the tank continue to play a role on tomorrow’s battlefields? And if it does, how will tanks and armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) need to change to meet the challenges of future warfare? The Battle of the Somme has gone down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, with over a million men killed or wounded in the course of the largest action on WW1’s Western Front. Less well known, however, is that the third phase of that 141-day long offensive also marked the battlefield debut of the tank. Although its direct military impact on 15 September1916 was almost negligible, within a few short years the tank had risen from a ponde

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