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Argentina's FixView reveals new FV-200 multisensor turret

By Santiago Rivas 20 April 2022
FixView unveiled its new FV-200 gyrostabilised multisensor turret in April. A mock-up is being tested on the RUAS-160 UAV while FixView integrates the turret. (Santiago Rivas)  Argentina's FixView unveiled its new FV-200 gyrostabilised multisensor turret – developed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), light aircraft, and other platforms – based on the bigger FV-300.  The FV-300 has been acquired by the Argentine Army, Coast Guard, Buenos Aires City Police, and some private operators.  The new device is smaller to fit on UAVs with up to 7 kg...

Pentagon budget 2023: USMC sees NMESIS as ‘marquee' system for new approach

By Michael Fabey & Ashley Roque 20 April 2022
A NMESIS launcher is deployed into position at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii, in August 2021. (US Marine Corps)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) Navy Marine Corps Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS) marries the USMC desire to achieve sea denial with its plan to establish a stand-in force within the enemy's weapons engagement zone, according to Major General Benjamin Watson, USMC commanding general, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory/Futures Directorate and vice chief, Office of Naval Research.    “It's...

Coping with Covid-19: Army training during the pandemic

By Gerrard Cowan 19 April 2022
Captain Jonathan Argyle, observer-coach-trainer with the US Army's Mission Command Training Program, speaks with a Japanese service member and interpreter to co-ordinate training during Yama Sakura, a joint bilateral military exercise with the Japa...

Boeing, ExoAnalytic partner to support Australia's space capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 18 April 2022
The ADF relies on WGS-6 (on the far left), a military communications satellite built by Boeing, that is part of the United States' WGS (Wideband Global Satellite Communications) system. Its development was funded by the Australian government. (Boeing)    Boeing and ExoAnalytic are collaborating to establish a sovereign space domain awareness operations capability for Australia, a spokesperson for Boeing told   Janes  .   Boeing is establishing a new operations centre in Queensland and training a team of local operators to l...

Hensoldt to deliver TRS-4D radars on German Navy F126 frigates

By Olivia Savage 14 April 2022
Originally developed by Cassidian (later Airbus Defence and Space, now Hensoldt Sensors GmbH) the TRS-4D is an AESA multifunction air/surface radar. (Airbus Defence and Space)  Hensoldt has signed a contract worth more than EUR100 million (USD109 million) with mission combat system integrator Thales to supply its TRS-4D naval radar on the German Navy F126 future multi-purpose frigates, Hensoldt announced on 13 April.  Hensoldt will integrate its TRS-4D non-rotating radar, fitted with four fixed-panel arrays. The integration of the radar on t...

Australia initiates new programme to enhance cyber-warfare capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 13 April 2022
The Australian Cyber Security Centre, previously the Cyber Security Operations Centre, is responsible for analysing cyber threats as well as co-ordinating responses to cyber incidents of national importance. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has established the REDSPICE (resilience, effects, defence, space, intelligence, cyber, enablers) programme under the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to enhance the country's cyber-warfare capabilities.  According to the ASD, the REDSPICE programme will receive an investment of A...

NATO inducts first E-3A into Final Lifetime Extension Programme

By Gareth Jennings 13 April 2022
The first of 14 NATO AWACS aircraft departs for the FLEP upgrade programme. (NATO)  NATO has launched the Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP) for its Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet, inducting the first of 14 aircraft.  The aircraft N-1 left the main operating base of the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force (NAEW&CF) at Geilenkirchen, Germany, on 11 April, bound for the Leonardo modification facility in Tessera, Italy.  “The ‘long climb' towards the induction of the first FLEP aircraft [N-1] for mod...

Nordic ground forces increase integration in ‘Cold Response'

By Dr. Lee Willett 08 April 2022
Norwegian Army units, including a CV90 infantry fighting vehicle, await the second phase of the Norwegian/Swedish-Finnish brigades' defensive operation during Exercise ‘Cold Response', near Bardufoss, northern Norway. (Lee Willett)  The recent Norwegian-hosted NATO exercise ‘Cold Response' provided a rare but important opportunity for Nordic ground forces to improve integration, a senior Norwegian Army officer told Janes. The exercise included for the first time two Nordic brigades integrating as the defending land force.  “For a couple of ye...

Leonardo completes final Bahraini naval vessel upgrade

By Jeremy Binnie 05 April 2022
The new Leonardo sensors can be seen on RBNS   Abdulrahman al-Fadhel  during an unmanned vessel exercise on 26 October 2021.  (AFP via Getty Images)  Leonardo has completed a programme to upgrade six naval vessels for the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF), the Italian company announced on 5 April.    It said the upgraded sixth vessel, RBNS   Al-Taweelah  , had been delivered the previous week after it successfully completed a sea-acceptance test. The vessel is one of four Ahmad el-Fateh-class fast a...

The Czech Republic receives its first air-defence radar from IAI

By Olivia Savage 05 April 2022
An IAI Multi-Mission Radar arriving in the Czech Republic in February 2022. (Israel Aerospace Industries)  The Czech Republic has received its first Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR), the company announced on 5 April.  IAI signed a deal with the Czech Republic in December 2019 for eight ELM-2084 MMR for USD125 million, IAI stated in December 2019.  According to the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), the first ELM-2084 MMR was delivered on 25 February 2022, with the final system expected to be handed over in...

NATO Response Force: Back to the future

By Nicholas Fiorenza 04 April 2022
The NRF was created in 2002 as the vehicle for the transformation of NATO members' armed forces. (CRR-Fr/SCH Amaury)  Just as NATO's multinational Allied Command Europe (ACE) Mobile Force (AMF) was designed to reinforce the alliance's flanks during the Cold War, the NATO Response Force (NRF) has been deployed on its first collective defence mission and its Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) has been mobilised for the first time. However, instead of reinforcing NATO's northern and southern flanks, like the AMF was meant to do, the NRF...

Indonesia's PTDI submits modification clearance for CN-235 to Malaysia

By Oishee Majumdar 04 April 2022
The RMAF's CN-235 transport aircraft, with tail number 07, was written off after it crashed into the sea in February 2016. (Marhalim Abas)  PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) handed over the supplemental type certificate (STC) – required for the conversion of CN-235 transport aircraft to maritime patrol aircraft – to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), during the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2022 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.  PTDI said it has completed the conversion of one out of three CN-235 aircraft that need to be upgraded.  The company added...

BAE Systems tests new ARTISAN radar software for ASBM targets

By Richard Scott 04 April 2022
BAE Systems Maritime Services' UK-based radar business has revealed details of trials to demonstrate the ability of the company's ARTISAN  (Advanced Radar Target Indication Situational Awareness and Navigation) 3D E/F-band radar to detect and...

German Boxer vehicles to get Thales surveillance system

By Olivia Savage 01 April 2022
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann signed a contract with Thales for the supply of PAAG surveillance systems for the German JFSTsw programme. (Kongsberg)  Thales has signed a contract with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the delivery of four Panoramic Above Armour Gimbals (PAAGs) to the German armed forces, the company announced on 30 March.  The PAAG will be fitted on German Boxer vehicles as part of the Joint Fire Support Team (JFST) contract.  Four prototypes will be manufactured in 2023, with a follow-on production contract anticipated in 2025, the announce...

USMC adds to Saab's tactical engagement simulation system contract

By Giles Ebbutt 31 March 2022
USMC personnel conduct military operations in urban terrain training equipped with the latest version of Saab's GAMER tactical engagement simulation system equipment, the same is being supplied under the FoFTS-Next contract. Note the sensor over the doorway that tracks the entrance of individuals into the building. (Saab)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded Saab Inc a contract modification within the Force on Force Training Systems – Next (FoFTS-Next) programme, the company announced in March.  The contract, which is worth approximately...

ELAC Sonar contracted for Fassmer SVK Boote programme

By Richard Scott 31 March 2022
ELAC Sonar is supplying hydroacoustic equipment for two new multipurpose vessels to be delivered by Fassmer for the WTD 71 test centre. (Fassmer)  ELAC Sonar, the German subsidiary of UK-based Cohort, has been awarded a EUR4 million contract by shipbuilder Fassmer to supply specialised underwater equipment for two new German Navy Seeversuch Küste Erprobungsboote (SVK Boote) multipurpose vessels on order for the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71) test centre.    The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, In...

Pentagon budget 2023: Army banking on IVAS, cuts night vision programmes

By Ashley Roque 29 March 2022
US Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division use an IVAS prototype during a trench clearing exercise in October 2020 at Fort Pickett in Virginia. (US Army )  US Army leadership does not want to buy additional Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B) in 2023 but does plan to acquire Microsoft's militarised HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system if technical problems have been fixed, service officials told reporters on 29 March.  The army's fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request includes USD424 million to buy “night-vision devices” n...

India commissions new maritime reconnaissance squadron

By Akhil Kadidal 29 March 2022
Personnel of the Indian Navy's newly commissioned 316 Squadron stand in front of a Boeing P-8I at INS Hansa in Goa on 29 March 2022. (Indian Navy)  The Indian Navy commissioned a new long-range maritime reconnaissance squadron to bolster security on the country's west coast.  Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 316, which was commissioned on 29 March, is equipped with the second batch of four Boeing P-8I Neptune aircraft acquired by India between mid-November 2021 and 19 February 2022. The squadron is deployed at INS Hansa in Goa, India....

Pentagon budget 2022: Missile Defense Agency budget ticks higher at USD9.6 billion

By Daniel Wasserbly 28 March 2022
An SM-3 Block IIA was launched on 16 November 2020, marking the first time the interceptor was used against a representative intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) threat. (MDA)  The White House's proposed budget for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) reverses a downward trend for the agency, and in fiscal year (FY) 2023 could grow to USD9.628 billion.  MDA's funding had reached a nadir of USD8.917 billion requested in FY 2022, which was down from USD9.187 billion in FY 2021, USD9.431 billion in FY 2020, and USD10.491 billion in FY 2019....

DIMDEX 2022: Turkish companies showcase Ulaq USV family

By Prathamesh Karle 25 March 2022
The Ulaq PSV variant on display at DIMDEX. (Prathamesh Karle/Janes)  Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defence presented variants of their Ulaq unmanned surface vessel (USV) at the DIMDEX maritime exhibition in Doha, Qatar, held from 21 to 23 March.  Models of the Ulaq anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and port security vessel (PSV) variants were displayed for the first time at the exhibition by both companies, who have partnered for the Ulaq USV project.  The Ulaq anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant, along with a 6×6 mobile coastal control station, were...
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