Defence News Weekly 20-27 January 2020

Defence News Weekly 20-27 January 2020
Defence News Weekly 20-27 January 2020

Defence News Weekly Review for the week: 20-27 January 2020.


Intelligent Waves awards DISA global satellite communications contract: Intelligent Waves has won an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for global satellite communications.

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

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

US Army’s new Cloud office set to become operational: The new Enterprise Cloud Management Office (ECMO) created by the US Army is set to become fully operational by March.


Russia to deliver six Pantsir-S1 air defence systems to Serbia: Russia is reportedly set to deliver up to six Pantsir-S1 air defence missile systems to Serbia as part of a contract between the two countries.

Italy, Leonardo announced that it will provide RAT 31 DL/M radar system to Indonesian Air Force: Italian defence group Leonardo has signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) to provide RAT 31DL/M long-range, 3D air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). 

The Royal Netherlands Air Force air operations control station receives SMART-L radar: The system is expected to replace the Medium Power Radar (MPR), which has been in service for the past 40 years.

India’s DRDO selects Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies made EO/IR system: The company will provide its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Divine Imaging wins contract from US General Services Administration: Federal government contractor Divine Imaging has secured $5.5bn US General Services Administration (GSA) contract.

Leonardo to provide radar system to Indonesian Air Force: Italian defence group Leonardo is set to provide a RAT 31DL/M air-defence radar system for the Indonesian Air Force (IAF).

Kinnami wins contract to develop AmiShare platform with USAF: Cybersecurity company Kinnami Software has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force (USAF) to further develop its advanced security platform AmiShare.

Rocket Lab to launch mission for US NRO: Small satellite launch service provider Rocket Lab has been selected to launch a mission for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).


Chinese Type 052D destroyer fitted with possible anti-ship missile decoy launchers: Images have emerged on open sources of a Chinese Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyer fitted with what some experts believe can be anti-ship missile countermeasures system, local media sources reports.  

Philippine Navy chief singles out Subic Bay as possible future submarine base: The Philippine Navy’s flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, has singled out the site currently occupied by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Philippines) in Subic Bay as a possible location for the country’s submarine base. 

MTS Advantage secures contract to provide services to US Navy: MTS Advantage has secured a contract from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic to provide services to the US Navy.

Telephonics demonstrates MOSAIC radar system on US Navy helicopter: Griffon’s wholly-owned subsidiary Telephonics has demonstrated its MOSAIC Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system on a US Navy MH-60S Seahawk multi-mission helicopter.

Fincantieri, Qatar to jointly study naval technology. Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defence have agreed to jointly study and evaluate new technologies that could lead to the acquisition of new vessels, Italian news agency ANASA reports.

US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options: New options are now under evaluation for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft.

Australian Navy unveils new centralised warfare centre: The Royal Australian Navy has opened a centralised warfighting agency, the Maritime Warfare Centre, to improve the lethality of the navy during conflict.

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