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Afghan withdrawal exposes critical data management gaps

By Carlo Munoz 27 September 2021
Afghan crowds gather at the airport as US soldiers stand guard in Kabul on August 16, 2021. (AFP via Getty Images)  The chaotic withdrawal of US armed forces from Afghanistan exposed a series of critical gaps in tactical-level data management operations, prompting senior US Department of Defense (DoD) leaders to reconsider whether American and allied forces are prepared to wage war on an increasingly networked battlefield.  The inability for US armed forces to have timely access to vital data feeds and sources, providing information on every...

Thales, US Army weigh radar integration into battle management systems

By Carlo Munoz 27 September 2021
The Sikorsky–Boeing SB-1 Defiant compound-helicopter being offered for FVL. (Sikorsky–Boeing)  Programme officials at Thales are exploring options for integration of the company's new software-defined airborne radar into the US Army's latest battlefield management systems, as part of an overall effort to incorporate the radar system into the service's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort.    Company officials categorise the new software-defined radar (SDR), dubbed AirMaster C, as a “developmental” product, said Mike Donaldson, director of...

DSEI 2021: Inzpire launches deployable training gear for UAS, JTAC operators

By Giles Ebbutt 24 September 2021
Inzpire's CASE mixed-reality JTAC trainer. Note the HMD with pass-through cameras, which can be used in conjunction with the emulated laser target designator. On the screen is a soft version of a DAGR. (Giles Ebbutt)  Inzpire has developed deployable training equipment for both unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC), and showcased these at the DSEI exhibition in London in September.  Steven Pook, head of mission training devices at Inzpire, told Janes the equipment had been developed because of...

DSEI 2021: iXblue unveils UmiX series of inertial measurement units

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 24 September 2021
iXblue presented its new UmiX series of inertial measurement units (IMU) that utilise miniaturised gyroscopes during the DSEI 2021 exhibition held in London from 14–17 September. (Janes/Sam Cranny-Evans)    France's iXblue has unveiled its new UmiX series of inertial measurement units (IMU) that utilise miniaturised gyroscopes, during the DSEI 2021 exhibition held in London from 14–17 September. The IMU is intended to become a component part of a range of systems from stabilised opto-electrical sights to inertial navigation systems and m...

DSEI 2021: ZeroAlpha Solutions showcases new power module for Polaris tactical vehicles

By Giles Ebbutt 23 September 2021
The ZeroAlpha Solutions ZAS-PM-093 Auxiliary Power Module mounted in the load bed of a Polaris M-RZR D. On top of it is the SFC Energy EMILY 3000 methanol fuel cell. Note the electro-optic/infrared turret for which the APM provides power. (ZeroAlpha Solutions)  ZeroAlpha Solutions Ltd has designed a lightweight, multisource power supply module for Polaris tactical lightweight vehicles and showcased it at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London in September.    The ZAS-PM-093 auxiliary power module (APM) had been designed to provide in-servic...

US Army's 2nd MDTF activated inside Europe

By Ashley Roque 23 September 2021
The US Army activated its 2nd Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF) in mid-September, with this group of soldiers based in Germany and set to support service activities in Europe and Africa.  Service leaders hosted the newest MDTF activation ceremony on 1...

France increases defence budget

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
France continues to raise defence spending, which will reach EUR40.9 billion (nearly USD48 billion) in 2022, a EUR1.7 billion increase on 2021.  The breakdown of the draft budget approved by the Council of Ministers on 22 September will be EUR23.7...

DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

By Giles Ebbutt 22 September 2021
The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)  Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.    Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told   Janes  that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.   It has been developed for Rheinme...

DSEI 2021: Lockheed Martin unveils new architecture for training and simulation systems

By Giles Ebbutt 22 September 2021
The Challenger II, the main battle tank for the British Army. (UK Ministry of Defence)  Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) has developed a new software architecture to provide a framework from which new simulation systems can be built and delivered.  The System Enabling Open Network Architecture (SEONA), revealed at the DSEI exhibition in London in September, was based on that developed for the British Army's Ajax armoured fighting vehicle simulator.  All the Ajax platform-specific elements had been stripped out to leave a generic software chassis, w...

Hensoldt, L3Harris team up for NATO's AFSC programme

By Nicholas Fiorenza 21 September 2021
Hensoldt and L3Harris announced in a joint press release on 14 September that they had signed a strategic co-operation agreement to develop new capabilities for NATO's Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme, which will replace NA...

RN seeds plans for Naval Strike Network as digital backbone

By Richard Scott 21 September 2021
The Royal Navy (RN) is moving forward with plans to develop and field a so-called Naval Strike Network (NSN) intended to act as the information backbone for an increasingly distributed and disaggregated future fleet.  Conceived as an overarching in...

Canada to upgrade Hornets with AESA radar

By Gareth Jennings 21 September 2021
The RCAF is to fit the Raytheon AN/APG-79(V)4 AESA radar to 36 of its classic Hornet aircraft. (Raytheon)  Canada is to upgrade a portion of its Boeing CF-18 legacy Hornet with a new active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar system.  Announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 20 September, the upgrade will see Raytheon provide 36 of its AN/APG-79(V)4 radar systems ahead of the integration onto Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18s.  As noted in the DoD contract notification, the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is valued at USD140....

DSEI 2021: QinetiQ/Dstl team debuts Mobility Test Rig

By Peter Felstead 21 September 2021
The MTR at DSEI 2021, mocked up as an armoured air defence platform. (Janes/P Felstead)  The Mobility Test Rig (MTR) produced by the UK government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and UK defence technology company QinetiQ made its public debut at this month's DSEI exhibition in London.  A third-scale 8×8 demonstrator developed over the past two years under a GBP3 million (USD4.09 million) research programme, the MTR is designed to showcase the significant mobility advantages offered by electric drive that could be exploited...

DSEI 2021: British Army demonstrates progress with HED-powered prototypes

By Peter Felstead 21 September 2021
A HED-equipped Jackal 2 high-mobility patrol vehicle and Foxhound protected patrol vehicle demonstrating silent running outside the ExCel Centre at DSEI 2021. (Janes/P Felstead)  Evidence that the power and mobility advantages of vehicles powered by hybrid electric drive (HED) are approaching real-world utility on the modern battlefield was in evidence at this month's DSEI exhibition in London in the form of three vehicles demonstrated by the British Army.  The three vehicles – a Jackal 2 4×4 high-mobility patrol vehicle, a Foxhound 4×4 prote...

DSEI 2021: UK Army Air Corps demos radar-equipped Wildcat helicopter

By Tim Ripley 21 September 2021
UK Army Air Corps Wildcat AH1 helicopter was on display at DSEI 2021 with a mock-up of a Seaspray 7500E V2 multimode radar fitted under its nose. (Tim Ripley)  Two UK Royal Navy (RN) Leonardo Wildcat HMA2 maritime helicopters are on loan to the UK Army Air Corps (AAC) to assess the potential of operating the helicopter's Seaspray radar in the over-land role.    A senior AAC officer at the DSEI exhibition in London on 17 September told   Janes  the initial outcome of the flight trials has been “very positive” and will feed int...

AFA 2021: US TRANSCOM awards Rolls-Royce contract for air refuelling management software prototype

By Pat Host 20 September 2021
The US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) has awarded Rolls-Royce a USD800,000 contract to demonstrate and continue developing air refuelling asset management software, according to a company statement.    The Rolls-Royce Air Refueling Optimiza...

Czech company ERA introduces new passive surveillance system

By Michal Zdobinsky 20 September 2021
The PLEES has a surveillance field of view of 360° by antenna rotation and a 30° instant field of view. (Michal Zdobinsky)  Czech Republic's ERA introduced a new Passive Long-range ESM Surveillance System (PLESS) with a range of up to 700 km on 18 September during the opening of the NATO Days event in Ostrava.  The new over-the-horizon system is capable of detecting, locating, analysing, identifying, and tracking slow-moving and stationary targets – via sources of electromagnetic radiation in the 0.1 to 18 GHz band – in a fully passive mode....

AFA 2021: US Air Force seeks more VISTA flight hours following upgrade programme

By Pat Host 20 September 2021
The US Air Force Test Pilot School's X-62A Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA). The USAF is replacing the aircraft's VISTA Simulation System and adding the System for Autonomous Control of Simulation to support autonomy testing for the AFRL's Skyborg programme. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force Test Pilot School (USAF TPS) wants to fly its X-62A Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA) around 150 hours per year once it returns to flight following an upgrade programme.    Chris Cotting, TPS director of research, told...

DSEI 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

By Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans 20 September 2021
The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.    ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told  Janes  . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator sol...

DSEI 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

By Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans 17 September 2021
The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.    ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told   Janes  . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator so...
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