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DARPA's Project Otter explores VLEO capabilities

By Carlo Munoz 23 June 2023
A rendering of the Stingray very low Earth orbit space vehicle. (EOI Space)  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking industry input on the viability of developing and fielding very low Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites for use by the US armed forces, according to a pair of recent solicitations.  Project Otter, as envisioned, will assist DARPA in evaluating potential industry solutions to “develop and demonstrate ‘air-breathing' electric propulsion technologies enabling extended satellite operations in very low Earth orbit...

Update – Paris Air Show 2023: Hanwha Systems, Leonardo partner to develop AESA radars

By Oishee Majumdar 23 June 2023
Hanwha Systems will partner with Leonardo to develop AESA radars for export. Hanwha Systems has earlier developed AESA radars for South Korea's KF-21 fighter aircraft (pictured) in collaboration with the ADD. (Defense Acquisition Program Administration)  South Korea's Hanwha Systems has signed an agreement with Leonardo to collaborate on the development and export of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for light combat aircraft (LCA).  The agreement, signed at the Paris Air Show 2023, is expected to lead to the development of an...

Paris Air Show 2023: Hanwha Systems, Leonardo partner to develop AESA radars

By Oishee Majumdar 22 June 2023
Hanwha Systems will partner with Leonardo to develop AESA radars for export. Hanwha Systems has earlier developed AESA radars for South Korea's KF-21 fighter aircraft (pictured) in collaboration with the ADD. (Defense Acquisition Program Administration)  South Korea's Hanwha Systems has signed an agreement with Leonardo to collaborate on the development and export of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for light combat aircraft (LCA).  The agreement, signed at the Paris Air Show 2023, is expected to lead to the development of an...

HELMA-P laser weapon completes first at-sea tests

By Richard Scott 22 June 2023
The HELMA-P LDEW prototype was housed in a containerised shelter installed on   Forbin's  fight deck.   (DGA)  France's Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), the French Navy, and CILAS (a subsidiary of ArianeGroup) have undertaken first at-sea trials of the High-Energy Laser for Multiple Application – Power (HELMA-P) laser directed-energy weapon (LDEW) demonstrator, the DGA said on 20 June.    Testing was performed from the Horizon-class anti-air warfare frigate   Forbin  in the Mediterranean fr...

Paris Air Show 2023: German Air Force to receive new air-defence radar

By Olivia Savage & Naqi Wasif 21 June 2023
Leonardo RAT 31DL/M radar will be delivered to the German Air Force to supplement its air-defence capabilities. (Janes/Patrick Allen )  Leonardo will deliver a new tactical RAT 31DL/M long-range deployable air-defence radar (DADR) to the German Air Force following an agreement with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the company announced at the Paris Air Show 2023 held between 19 and 25 June.  This will be the third system delivered by the company to the German Air Force since 2007.  The two radars currently in service will recei...

EM Solutions to upgrade RAN satcom systems

By Oishee Majumdar 21 June 2023
The King Cobra deployed for operation on an undisclosed naval vessel. EM Solutions has secured a contract to supply multiple King Cobra and Cobra satcom terminals to the RAN under Project Sea 1442 Phase 5. (EM Solutions)  EM Solutions, a subsidiary of Australia's Electro Optic Systems, has secured a contract to modernise the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) satellite communications (satcom) systems under the Department of Defence's (DoD's) Project Sea 1442 Phase 5.  A spokesperson for EM Solutions told Janes on 20 June that the contract will r...

Paris Air Show 2023: Rafael unveils new AI decision support suite

By Olivia Savage 21 June 2023
The ‘Targets' component of Rafael's Advanced Defense Systems Puzzle suite, which presents to the user the date, time, and priorities of identified targets. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)  Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) decision support suite called Puzzle at the Paris Air Show 2023 held from 19 to 25 June.    The Puzzle suite integrates information from diverse sensors to create a comprehensive and filtered dataset enabled by AI, which processes and analyses large volumes of information...

Paris Air Show 2023: Thales, PT Len partner on Indonesian air surveillance radars

By Oishee Majumdar & Olivia Savage 20 June 2023
Thales has partnered with PT Len to provide 13 GM400α long-range air surveillance radars (pictured) and the SkyView command-and-control system to the Indonesian National Armed Forces. (Thales)  Thales will supply 13 Ground Master 400 Alpha (GM400α) long-range air surveillance radars and the associated SkyView command-and-control (C2) system to Indonesia, in collaboration with its local partner, PT Len Industri.  The contract will “span the next few years” with Thales building the radars and the C2 system and PT Len manufacturing “certain comp...

Hanwha contracted to improve South Korean C-130s

By Akhil Kadidal 20 June 2023
South Korea's Lockheed Martin C-130 fleet is a key component of its special forces' operations and deep infiltration and penetration. In this photo, a RoKAF C-130 drops five-gallon drums of water during a military exercise in South Korea in 2017. (US Department of Defense)  Hanwha Systems has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the South Korean government to improve the Republic of Korea's (RoK's) Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules aircraft.  In a filing on the South Korean financial market, Hanwha said the contract was awarded by S...

Paris Air Show 2023: Elbit Systems unveils new airborne ECM

By Olivia Savage 19 June 2023
Elbit Systems Nano SPEAR displayed at the Paris Air Show 2023. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Elbit Systems has launched a new airborne electronic countermeasure (ECM) system called Nano SPEAR (Self Protection Electronic Attack and Reconnaissance) at the Paris Air Show 2023, held from 19 to 25 June.  Nano SPEAR is a miniature countermeasure system designed to protect aircraft against radar-guided air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles.  Weighing less than 0.8 kg, the expendable radio frequency (RF) decoy fits in an aircraft's existing countermeasure...

Paris Air Show 2023: UAS sales lead Israel's defence exports to record high

By Olivia Savage 19 June 2023
The Heron medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a success story for Israel, with 15 or more countries known to be operating the systems. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Demand for Israeli-made defence systems has increased significantly in the past five years, with the value of government-to-government agreements amounting to USD4 billion in 2022, up from USD412 million in 2018, Brigadier General (Res) Yair Kulas, director of the Israeli Ministry of Defense International Defense Coo...

Terma to equip Skjold-class corvettes with Scanter 6000 radars

By Kate Tringham 19 June 2023
The RNoN's six Skjold-class corvettes are undergoing a life-extension programme to enable them to remain in service until at least 2030. (Norwegian Armed Forces)  Danish defence and aerospace company Terma has confirmed that Royal Norwegian Navy's (RNoN's) Skjold-class corvettes will be equipped with its Scanter 6000 surveillance radar as part of the class's life-extension programme.  In a 15 June announcement the company said the radar had recently completed factory acceptance testing (FAT) for the Skjold-class upgrade programme.  “These tes...

BAE Systems unveils new M-Code-enabled A-PNT capability

By Carlo Munoz 19 June 2023
The DAGR-SA system on trial with the British Army in a drop-down hands-free harness configuration. BAE Systems is proposing its new NavGuide platform as a replacement to the legacy DAGR. (Rockwell Collins)  Programme officials at BAE Systems have unveiled their newest Assured-Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (A-PNT) end-user device featuring full integration of M-Code-enabled Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.  The NavGuide system is a portable, handheld A-PNT device designed to replace legacy Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR)...

USAF eyes satcom terminal integration on Reaper UAS

By Carlo Munoz 19 June 2023
An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line as the sun sets at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, on 20 November 2019. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to demonstrate an expanded satellite communications (satcom) capability, leveraging satcom terminals integrated aboard the air service's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  Service officials from AFWERX, a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), inked a technology development deal with CesiumAstro to integrate the company's Ka-band satcom terminal into th...

RNLN to retrofit RAM on two LCF frigates

By Richard Scott 19 June 2023
Introduced between 2002 and 2005, the four De Zeven Provinciën-class ships are planned to remain in commission through to 2032–35. (US Navy)  The Netherlands government has confirmed its intention to upgrade the inner-layer hard-kill defences on two of the Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) four De Zeven Provinciën-class air-defence and command frigates (Luchtverdedigings en commandofregat: LCF).  In a 15 June letter to the Dutch parliament's House of Representatives, State Secretary for Defence Christophe van der Maat said that the two LCF fr...

Update: Luftwaffe selects Saab to provide Eurofighter EK electronic attack payload

By Gareth Jennings 19 June 2023
A mock-up of the Eurofighter EK, featuring a generic escort jammer pod, was showcased at the ILA Berlin Air Show in 2022. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The Luftwaffe has selected the Saab Arexis electronic warfare (EW) suite for its Eurofighter Elektronischer Kampf (EK) requirement, the Swedish company confirmed on 16 June.    Saab and its German partner for the project, Helsing, confirmed a   Der Spiegel  report from 13 June that said the selection will see the two companies provide the suite for the Luftwaffe's Eurofighter EK ele...

First Type 31 integrated combat system readies for FAT in Q3

By Kate Tringham 16 June 2023
The UK Royal Navy's Type 31 frigates are being equipped with the TACTICOS Baseline 2 combat management system. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)  The first Type 31 integrated combat system is on course to undergo factory acceptance testing (FAT) in the third quarter (Q3) of 2023, Thales has confirmed.  Speaking to media at Thales UK's facilities in Templecombe, UK, Julie Martin, naval senior account director, said that delivery of the first Type 31 mission system was on schedule.  “The key focus for us right now on the Type 31 is the fully integrated c...

US marines looking for alternative operators for Kuwait's aerostat radar

By Jeremy Binnie 15 June 2023
The Kuwait Low Altitude Surveillance System is seen during a visit by Minister of Defence Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah in January 2021. (Kuwait News Agency)  US Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) is carrying out market research to see if there are contractors other than TCOM that can operate the Kuwait Low Altitude Surveillance System (KLASS).  In a request for information released on 13 June MARCORSYSCOM said the KLASS consists of a TCOM 71M tethered aerostat that carries a TPS-63 solid-state radar, as well as associated groun...

Luftwaffe reportedly selects Saab to provide Eurofighter EK electronic attack payload

By Gareth Jennings 14 June 2023
A mock-up of the Eurofighter EK, featuring a generic escort jammer pod, was showcased at the ILA Berlin Air Show in 2022. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The Luftwaffe has selected the Saab Arexis electronic warfare (EW) suite for its Eurofighter Elektronischer Kampf (EK) requirement, German national media reported on 13 June.  Der Spiegel said the selection will see Saab and national partner Helsing provide the suite for the Luftwaffe's Eurofighter EK electronic attack (EA) escort jammer aircraft by 2030. Integration will be done by Airbus as the o...

Dutch army develops long-term simulation plan

By Giles Ebbutt 14 June 2023
The RE-liON Blacksuit immersive virtual training system provides small unit tactical training. (Netherlands MoD)  The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) has initiated a four-pronged plan to improve its simulation capability by 2030, focusing particularly on expanding virtual simulation.    Speaking at the 2023 Defence Simulation Education and Training conference (DSET 23) in Bristol, Lieutenant Colonel Marcel Wassenaar, head    of the RNLA Simulation Centre for Land Operations (SIMCEN Land) at Amersfoort, said that in 2020 the RNLA...
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