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Farnborough 2022: USAF stands up new combat training system

By Giles Ebbutt 22 July 2022
The P6 CTS TCTS II pod displayed at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022. (Janes/Giles Ebbutt )  The US Air Force (USAF) has established the P6 combat training system (P6 CTS) as its next-generation air combat training programme of record, Collins Aerospace announced at the Farnborough International Air Show 2022.  The system will replace the air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI) at an estimated 55 USAF training ranges. The USAF's priority is to integrate P6 CTS on fighter aircraft, followed by trainer, bomber, cargo, and other...

USCG plans to bolster partnerships to improve cold-clime communications

By Michael Fabey 22 July 2022
The US Coast Guard is trying innovative approaches to overcome communication hurdles in the Arctic and other higher-latitude locations. (US Coast Guard)  To help overcome communication challenges in the Arctic and other Alaskan regions, the US Coast Guard (USCG) is trying to strengthen existing partnerships, while continuing to emphasise to mariners the need to carry multiple means of communication, according to Captain Darwin Jensen, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau.  “Since 2019 the coastguard has been working to upgrade our VHF [very...

Brazilian Army to increase the use of helicopter simulation

By Victor Barreira 22 July 2022
The Brazilian Army is developing an FTD and is to acquire an FFS for its HM-1A Pantera helicopter. (Helibras-Helicópteros do Brasil SA)  The Brazilian Army Aviation Command (CAvEx) is increasing its use of combat simulation technologies for advanced training for its helicopter personnel.  The simulation training for helicopter flight and maintenance crews is run by the Simulation Division, which was established in 2016 by the Army Aviation Instruction Center (CIAvEx) at the Fort Ricardo Kirk in Taubaté, State of São Paulo.  Colonel Luiz Marce...

Farnborough 2022: Inzpire reveals value of DASA prototype gunnery simulator project

By Olivia Savage 22 July 2022
A total of 22 CSWIs to receive prototype gunnery simulator to meet currency training requirements. (Inzpire)  Inzpire was awarded a GBP346,024 (USD414,049) contract from the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in June to develop a prototype mixed-reality deployable simulator.    Speaking to   Janes   at Farnborough Airshow on 20 July, Steven Pook, head of Mission Training Devices for Inzpire, said that the company was awarded a GBP346,024 contract from DASA in June – funded via Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (...

Farnborough 2022: Terma unveils new F-35 multimission pod

By Olivia Savage 21 July 2022
Terma unveils new F-35 Multi-Mission Pod model at Farnborough Airshow. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Denmark-based Terma has unveiled a new F-35 Multi-Mission Pod (MMP) at Farnborough Airshow on 20 July.  Based on Terma's F-35 Gun Pod, the MMP enables the integration of additional payloads, allowing the aircraft to be tailored to specific mission requirements. The payloads include, but are not limited to, an electronic warfare (EW) jammer; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads; a directed energy weapon; a synthetic aperture r...

Farnborough 2022: Vrgineers develops flexible, low-footprint flight trainer

By Giles Ebbutt 21 July 2022
The Vrgineers portable reconfigurable flight trainer displayed at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022. The XTAL 3 HMD is on the top of the seat, with the tracking sensors shown as white dots. The infrared detector is mounted on the tripod. (Giles Ebbutt)  Vrgineers has developed a portable reconfigurable flight trainer incorporating its XTAL 3 virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD).  The company displayed the system at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022, and according to company literature, the trainer has been develo...

Farnborough 2022: Raytheon PhantomStrike radar ready for export by 2025

By Olivia Savage 21 July 2022
Raytheon PhantomStrike medium array displayed at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Raytheon plans to have its PhantomStrike active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar ready for export by 2025.  Speaking to Janes at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022 on 20 July, Eric Ditmars, president of Secure Sensor Solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, said that the company intends to have its radar exportable by 2025, with plans to integrate the system onto specific platforms by the end of 2023 or early 2...

New encryption tool seen as key to LEO proliferation

By Carlo Munoz 19 July 2022
US airmen assemble a SATCOM Earth Terminal Subsystem (SETSS). (US Air Force)  A new, space-based cryptologic tool developed by Northrop Grumman could be crucial to unlocking satellite communications (satcom)-based networking between sensor and shooter platforms at low Earth orbit (LEO) for US armed forces, a senior company official told Janes.  The Space End Crypto Unit (ECU) prototype, as designed, will be a multi-algorithm-based encryption device capable of supporting secure communication across multiple waveforms and datalinks via a singl...

Farnborough 2022: UK-Japan firms agree on combat sensor concept for FCAS/F-X

By Akhil Kadidal 19 July 2022
A lab demonstration of technologies being developed for the Jaguar advanced combat air sensing system. (Leonardo UK-Mitsubishi Electric)  An advanced combat air sensor technology demonstrator called Jaguar has moved closer to development, following agreements at Farnborough International Airshow.  Leonardo UK and Mitsubishi Electric announced on 18 July that they have agreed on the concept for the sensor. Leonardo UK said that this follows the completion of joint concept work and feasibility studies conducted earlier in 2022.  The Jaguar is i...

Australian Bushmasters to receive Raytheon EW upgrade

By Oishee Majumdar 19 July 2022
An ADF Bushmaster (pictured above) provides protection as part of an Australian reconstruction task force convoy in southern Afghanistan. (Australian Department of Defence)  Raytheon has secured a AUD75 million contract (USD51 million) to deliver electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy announced on 18 July.    Raytheon has been contracted to deliver a “Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle-medium based force level” EW capability to the Australian Arm...

Estonian Air Surveillance Wing to get upgraded radars

By Olivia Savage 19 July 2022
Estonia is upgrading its GM 403 air surveillance radars (pictured above in operation in Estonia) (Thales-Raytheon Systems)  The Estonian Air Surveillance Wing (ASW) is upgrading its two Thales-Raytheon Systems Ground Master (GM) 403 long‐range air surveillance radars with a series of hardware and software updates, the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) announced on 18 July.  Priit Soosaar, Communications and Radar Category Manager for ECDI told Janes that, once upgraded, the systems will be able to automatically detect NATO aircraf...

Farnborough 2022: UK awards Eurofighter AESA integration contract

By Gareth Jennings 18 July 2022
Typhoon aircraft (BS116) alongside an ECRS Mk2 radar model in the test and evaluation hangar at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire. (BAE Systems)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems GBP2.35 billion (USD2.78 billion) to integrate an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar aboard Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.  Announced ahead of the Farnborough Airshow, the contract sees the MoD commit to fitting the Leonardo European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) E-Scan radar to a portion of th...

Boeing to deliver final capabilities under Project Currawong to Australian DoD

By Oishee Majumdar 15 July 2022
The deployable data centre assembly (pictured above) is one of the final capabilities being developed by Boeing as part of Currawong's ‘Release 3'. (Boeing)  “The final two pieces of capability” of the last stage or “Release 3” of the Australian Department of Defence's (DoD's) Project Currawong “are currently in the final phases of completion and acceptance”, Tom Minge, Boeing's Currawong programme manager told Janes.  Boeing is the prime contractor of Currawong, officially known as Joint Project (JP) 2072 Phase 2B. The project is focused on...

East Tech 2022: TASL's new surveillance system to be tested by Indian Army in August

By Oishee Majumdar 13 July 2022
TASL's Rajak-XLR surveillance system (pictured above) will be tested by the Indian Army in August. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)  Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has developed a new surveillance system – named Rajak-XLR (extra-long range) – that will be tested by the Indian Army in August, a source at TASL told Janes at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata by the Indian Army's Eastern Command on 7 and 8 July.  Rajak-XLR consists of “a long-range continuous zoom-type thermal camera, long-range continuous zoom-type day camera, and a laser rangefinder...

East Tech 2022: Indian security forces to test IDR's nano UAV

By Oishee Majumdar & Amit Kalra 11 July 2022
An in-flight Doot MK-I nano UAV with ISR package being exhibited at East Tech 2022. The UAV has been tested by NSG and is currently being tested by Assam Rifles in Manipur. (Janes/Amit Kalra)    Noida-based Indian Defence Reforms' (IDR's) Doot MK-I, a nano unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) – has undergone initial tests by India's National Security Guard (NSG) in June, Mayank Pratap Singh, co-founder and CEO of IDR, told  Janes   at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata...

East Tech 2022: RRP S4E supplies camera system for surveillance to Indian Army

By Oishee Majumdar 11 July 2022
RRP S4E's Viraj 28 A (pictured above) is a long-range multisensor optical platform camera specially designed to detect UAVs. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)    Mumbai-based RRP S4E has been supplying its multisensor optical platform camera system for surveillance − Viraj 28 A − to the Indian Army's Eastern Command, Shikhar Gupta, senior executive for business development at RRP S4E, told  Janes  at East Tech 2022, an event held in Kolkata by the Indian Army's Eastern Command on 7 and 8 July.   The company received an order to del...

East Tech 2022: Zen Technologies to deliver 25 counter-unmanned aerial systems to IAF

By Oishee Majumdar & Amit Kalra 11 July 2022
Zen Technologies has delivered two units of its counter-unmanned aerial system (pictured above) to the IAF. The system includes an electronic jammer, a radio frequency detector, a passive location finder, and a video-based UAV identification and tracking equipment. (Zen Technologies)    Hyderabad-based Zen Technologies has delivered two units of its counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) to the Indian Air Force (IAF), Abdul Imran, subject matter expert on anti-drone systems at Zen Technologies told  Janes  at East Tech 2022,...

East Tech 2022: Saif Seas delivers rescue and surveillance USV to Indian Navy

By Oishee Majumdar 11 July 2022
Saif Seas has delivered 50 “remote-operated buoys” (pictured above), which can be used for rescue and surveillance operations, to the Indian Navy. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)    Kolkata-based Saif Seas has delivered “50 pieces” of its “remote-operated buoy” to the Indian Navy and will be delivering 50 more by the end of 2022, Taher Calcuttawala, co-founder and chief operating officer of the company, told  Janes  at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata by the Indian Army's Eastern Command on 7 and 8 July.   The battery-operated unm...

L3Harris to buy stake in laser comms firm Mynaric

By Marc Selinger 07 July 2022
Mynaric's Condor Mk3 optical communications terminal enables satellites to share data with each other. (Mynaric)  US defence contractor L3Harris Technologies plans to acquire a 7.2% stake in German laser communications equipment provider Mynaric for about EUR11.2 million (USD11.4 million) as part of a collaboration agreement between the two companies, according to a joint announcement on 6 July.  Under the agreement, L3Harris and Mynaric, which work together in the air domain, will expand their co-operation to other domains, including land, s...

Northrop Grumman, Airbus developing prototype satcom capability

By Carlo Munoz 07 July 2022
A company rendering of Airbus US Space & Defense's Arrow satellite platform. (Airbus US Space & Defense )  US defence company Northrop Grumman is teaming up with Airbus US Space & Defense to develop prototype satellite communication (satcom) platforms, in support of the US Department of Defense's National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA), according to company officials.  Under the terms of the deal announced on 5 July, Airbus will provide 42 satellites “as well as assembly, integration, and test (AIT); launch; and space vehicle commissioning...
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