Tag C4ISTAR

Low Cost Manned ISTAR

There is a general and widespread assumption that unmanned ISTAR is cheap ISTAR but I think the best that can be said of this assumption is that the jury is still out. Taking into consideration loss rates, bandwidth costs and…

The SCAR Pod

Airborne Systems in Austria have developed what I think is a very interesting product aimed at the lower end, it is not designed to replace products like the Rafael Lightning that can work at high speeds and high G loads…

UK Maritime Capability – The Missing Element

P8A Poseidon

A commentary from Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham and Air Vice-Marshal Andrew L. Roberts in support of filling the maritime patrol aircraft gap. Introduction Following the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR 10), the planned Nimrod MRA4 fleet was scrapped. Four years later,…

Random Linear Encoding

An interesting development for those of a geeky disposition but with potentially significant benefits for data transmission in complex and bandwidth constrained networks. Watch the video Get yer bloody hair cut!   Read more [browser-shot width=”600″ url=”;] [browser-shot width=”600″ url=”;]…

BOWMAN Contracts

With the Army now starting to think about a BOWMAN replacement or evolution of it, time to look at the cost and ask whether it was value for money. An FOI request published by the MoD this week provides some insight. Please…

Blighter Scout

Blighter Scout

Blighter radars and surveillance systems have been in service with the British and other armies for some time but the Scout is the product of a collaboration with Chess Dynamics, another British manufacturer and supplier to the MoD. Combine a Blighter…