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DSEI 2021: RBSL and Rheinmetall unveil Boxer mortar module

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 16 September 2021
The Boxer mortar module was presented by RBSL and Rheinmetall at DSEI 2021 in anticipation of potential British Army requirements. (Janes/Samuel Cranny-Evans)  Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) and Rheinmetall have unveiled a mortar-carrying mission module for the Boxer 8×8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle at the 2021 DSEI exhibition held from 14 to 17 September in London.  The module has been designed in anticipation of the potential requirements of the British Army, which is understood to have initially settled for 28 mortar-carrying Box...

Hanwha Systems, LIG Nex1 secure contacts for South Korea's ANASIS-II

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 16 September 2021
Portable terminals from Hanwha Systems for receiving data from South Korea's ANASIS-II military communications satellite. Hanwha System was awarded a KRW360 billion contract on 15 September for the production of both portable ground terminals and network control systems. (Hanwha Systems)  Hanwha Systems and LIG Nex1 announced on 15 September that they have secured contracts from South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) linked to ANASIS-II, the country's first dedicated military communications satellite.  Hanwha Systems...

BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

By Marc Selinger 16 September 2021
In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)  BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.  BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.  “This acquisi...

DSEI 2021: Leonardo progresses Tempest large-body test aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 15 September 2021
An artist's impression of Excalibur, the 757 flight test aircraft that Leonardo has contracted 2Excel to develop for the Tempest programme. (Leonardo)  Leonardo has progressed the large-body test aircraft it is developing as part of the Team Tempest initiative, contracting 2Excel Aviation to commence the next stage of the flight test aircraft (FTA) programme.  Announced at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 15 September, the award authorises the UK-based 2Excel to undertake the preparatory work needed to integrate Tempest representative...

DSEI 2021: Italy joins Eurofighter ‘Radar 2' programme

By Gareth Jennings 15 September 2021
The Italian Air Force has opted to equip its Eurofighter combat aircraft with the most advanced Radar 2 AESA currently being developed. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Italy has joined the United Kingdom in developing the ‘Radar 2' active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.  Leonardo announced on 14 September that Italy has opted to join the European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar, with engineers from its Nerviano radar site in Milan joining the UK development team at the company's Edi...

DSEI 2021: Ireland adopts SitaWare C2 software for ISTAR aircraft

By Giles Ebbutt 15 September 2021
SitaWare IDF PC-12. Systematic's SitaWare C2 software has been installed on all of the Irish Air Corps' PC-12NG aircraft. (Defence Forces Ireland)  Command-and-control (C2) software house Systematic has announced Defence Forces Ireland has installed its SitaWare C2 software on its fleet of four Plilatus PC-12NG aircraft, operated by 104 Squadron of the Irish Air Corps.  The complete SitaWare suite consists of three interoperable and scalable segments: SitaWare Headquarters (HQ), designed for use in command posts (CPs) and HQs; SitaWare Frontl...

DSEI 2021: BAE Systems announces acquisition of In-Space Missions

By Charles Forrester 15 September 2021
BAE Systems announced on 14 September that it was acquiring UK-based space systems company In-Space Missions.  In-Space Missions develops a range of low Earth orbit satellites for commercial and defence purposes, with the company's Faraday Service...

DSEI 2021: SEA wins communications system upgrade for RNZN ANZAC frigates

By Richard Scott 14 September 2021
HMNZS   Te Kaha  on post-refit trials.   Te Kaha  and sister ship HMNZS   Te Mana  are to receive a major communications upgrade.  (RNZN)  SEA, a subsidiary of the UK-based technology group Cohort, has been contracted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence as prime integrator for the first phase of a communications upgrade on the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) two MEKO 200ANZ ANZAC frigates.    Valued at GBP4.6 million (USD6.3 million), this initial contract increment covers...

DSEI 2021: UK reveals contracts for new directed-energy weapon demonstrators

By Richard Scott & Peter Felstead 14 September 2021
A computed-generated image of what a Wolfhound laser-based C-UAV system could look like. (Raytheon UK)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed the award of three contracts for the development and demonstration of experimental directed-energy weapon (DEW) systems.    Awarded to industry consortia led by Raytheon UK and Thales UK, the contracts –    covering laser and radio frequency (RF) capability demonstrators for the British Army and the Royal Navy (RN) –    are collectively valued at GBP72.5 million (USD100....

Brimstone integrated with Topaz ICMS

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 13 September 2021
MBDA and the WB Group have unveiled a joint project designed to enhance Poland's anti-armour capabilities, through the integration of the Brimstone weapon system with the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).  Brimstone is being propose...

UK Strategic Command explores AI-based force protection under Project TALOS

By Richard Scott 10 September 2021
US company Anduril Industries is to demonstrate novel artificial intelligence (AI)-based multi-domain force protection technology to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under a contract with Strategic Command's Innovation Hub (jHub).  Valued at GBP3.8...

Brazilian Marine Corps details new modernisation plan

By Victor Barreira 10 September 2021
The Brazilian Navy Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais) is implementing an ambitious effort to replace some of its older equipment, acquire new capabilities, improve infrastructure, and re-organise its Air Combat Battalion and CBRN Defence Bat...

Saab wins tactical simulation training deal with Poland

By Giles Ebbutt 10 September 2021
Polish BMP IFVs move towards the river during a joint river crossing rehearsal as part of Exercise Allied Spirit, a joint US-Polish exercise at Drawsko Pomorskie training area in June 2020. A Rosomak IFV is in the background. About 6,000 US and Polish soldiers took part in the exercise. The TES being procured by Poland from Saab will instrument similar vehicles and others and will enhance the realism of joint exercises like these. (US Army)  Saab has been awarded a contract by the Polish Armed Forces for live tactical engagement simulation (T...

Indian government approves acquisition of six more AEW&C platforms for IAF

By Rahul Bedi 10 September 2021
India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved an INR109.9 billion (USD1.5 billion) programme to acquire six Airbus commercial aircraft currently in service with Air India and equip them with indigenously developed airborne early warning...

Tokyo looking for new ELINT aircraft to replace JMSDF's EP-3C fleet

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 07 September 2021
The Japan Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) is looking for a new electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft to replace the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF's) ageing fleet of Kawasaki Heavy Indu...

DARPA transitions ACT-IV multifunction array to support future testing

By Richard Scott 06 September 2021
A novel sixth-generation digital multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) developed by Northrop Grumman under US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsorship has been delivered to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for continued testing by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Sensors Directorate.  Developed under DARPA's Arrays at Commercial Timescales – Integration and Validation (ACT-IV) programme, the multifunction AESA system is designed to be capable of simultaneously performing differen...

Iraq lining up Turkish UAVs, jammers

By Mohammed Najib 02 September 2021
Iraq is in the process of acquiring various military systems from several countries, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey, to enhance its capabilities against the Islamic State extremist group, according to Minister of Defence Juma...

Iran unveils new air-defence systems

By Jeremy Binnie 02 September 2021
The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.  The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)  The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones...

Army 2021: Russian MoD procures equipment, Rosoboronexport signs export contracts

By Dmitry Fediushko & Nikolai Novichkov 01 September 2021
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed 41 contracts worth RUB500 billion (USD6.8 billion) with 27 defence enterprises during Army 2021 for the delivery of 1,300 new weapon systems and the refurbishment of 150 existing systems, while Rostec's...

US Army ARES ISR aircraft makes maiden flight

By Gareth Jennings 01 September 2021
The US Army's Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES) aircraft made its maiden flight in late August, prime contractor L3Harris announced.  The ARES is based on the Global 6000/6500 business jet airframe, affording it the capability to fly higher, faster, and farther while carrying a heavier payload. (L3Harris)  The Bombardier Global 6000/6500 business jet-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft made its first flight from L3Harris Technologies' Waco facility in Texas on 27 August.  As noted by...
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