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Eurosatory 2022: Thales designs Synaps-H Mission Module to support mobile ad hoc networks

By Andrew White 17 June 2022
The mission module for Thales' Synaps-H handheld SDR enables interoperability with specialist MANET radios. (Andrew White)  Thales unveiled a new mission module for its handheld Synaps-H software defined radio (SDR) at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition.  Designed to extend levels in connectivity at the tactical edge, the clip-on device attaches to the back of the Synaps-H SDR, a lightweight very/ultra-high frequency (V/UHF) SDR designed for the commanders at the tactical level as part of a “collaborative combat” concept, according to Thales...

Eurosatory 2022: Lockheed Martin integrates new technologies for SkyKeeper system

By Olivia Savage 16 June 2022
Lockheed Martin SkyKeeper solution (pictured) was trialled in a NATO C-UAS trial in 2021. (Richard Turner)  Lockheed Martin is working with a number of European companies as part of their SkyKeeper solution.    Speaking to   Janes  , Richard Turner, ground-based air defence (GBAD) business development manager at Lockheed Martin, said that the company has been working with Danish company Weibel, UK-based Chess Dynamics, and Dutch company Robin Radar.   SkyKeeper is a modular battlespace management command, control, communic...

US Army to expand HADES fixed-wing ISR capability

By Gareth Jennings 16 June 2022
The ARES demonstrator aircraft seen on its maiden flight in August 2021. The aircraft is based on the Global 6000/6500 business jet airframe that will likely satisfy the US Army‘s latest RFI related to its HADES high-altitude fixed-wing ISR mission. (L3Harris)  The US Army is expanding the size of its fixed-wing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, with a solicitation for an additional business jet airframe posted by the service on 9 June.  Published on the sam.gov US government procurement website,...

Eurosatory 2022: R&S unveils new radio monitoring software

By Olivia Savage 16 June 2022
Rohde & Schwarz unveiled a new software for radio monitoring at Eurosatory 2022. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has unveiled a new radio monitoring software at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.  The software ‘Ceptor' controls radio monitoring systems, and has an intuitive structured user-interface that guides the user through typical work procedures, Luc Dondainas, domain expert in communications Intelligence (COMINT) and manportable communications electronic support measures (C-ESM) at R&S told   Janes  ....

Eurosatory 2022: Leonardo unveils new tactical multimission radar

By Olivia Savage 15 June 2022
Leonardo launched a new TMMR radar for very short-range air-defence and C-UAS missions. (Leonardo)  Leonardo has launched a new software-defined radar – the Tactical Multi-Mission Radar (TMMR) – at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.  TMMR is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar that is suited for counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM), very short-range air defence, and the surveillance and protection of platforms, vehicles, borders, territories, and critical infrastr...

Eurosatory 2022: Camero unveils latest through-the-wall system

By Olivia Savage 15 June 2022
Camero has launched a new through-the-wall system capable of discerning between individuals, animals, and static objects (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Camero unveiled its latest through-the-wall system, the Xaver 1000, at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.    The Xaver 1000, intended for tactical and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, has an HD 3D ‘sense-through-the-wall' capability, IIan Abramovich, vice president of business development, sales, and marketing at Camero, told   Janes   on 15 J...

New US Marine Air Defense Integrated System fielding set for 2024

By Ashley Roque 14 June 2022
A US marine looks over the MADIS Increment 1 engineering development model aboard a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle during a February 2022 visit to the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic in Charleston, South Carolina. The US Marine Corps wants to field the new air-defence weapon in 2024. (US Navy)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) is testing two early versions of its new Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Increment 1 to defeat aerial threats and is plotting ways to produce a future, more lethal version of the weapon, according to Don...

Eurosatory 2022: Elbit Systems unveils new tactical radar

By Olivia Savage & Naqi Wasif 14 June 2022
Elbit Systems launched DAiR – a new multimission tactical radar – at Eurosatory 2022. (Olivia Savage)  Elbit Systems unveiled a new multimission tactical radar – DAiR – at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.  The system operates in the X-band and implements solid-state Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, capable of detecting land-based, airborne, and maritime threats including people, vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and artillery, the company said.  Speaking to Janes, Nimrod Ben Meir, vice-president...

Eurosatory 2022: IAI launches new tactical sensor system

By Olivia Savage 14 June 2022
IAI launched Green Lotus, a new multisensor situational awareness system, at Eurosatory 2022. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched ‘Green Lotus' – a multisensor system for tactical air and ground situational awareness – at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.  According to the company, Green Lotus is a multimission multisensor system designed for tactical low-tier air and ground surveillance, force protection, ground-based air defence (GBAD), counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), and counter-ro...

Eurosatory 2022: Milrem Robotics launches new C2 system for unmanned platforms

By Olivia Savage 14 June 2022
Milrem Robotics has launched a command-and-control (C2) platform for autonomous systems at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.    Speaking to   Janes  , Johan Persson, head of Systems Engineering for Milrem Robotics, sai...

BAE Systems unveils new M-Code-capable GPS receiver

By Carlo Munoz 13 June 2022
An RQ-5 Hunter UAS is equipped with the GPS-enabled Viper Strike munition. (MBDA)  The newest variant of the BAE Systems-built global positioning system (GPS) guided weapons receiver will be capable of transmitting across Military Code (M-Code) signals, company officials announced this week.  The new Strategic Anti-jam Beamforming Receiver – M-Code (SABR-M) GPS receiver leverages “advanced beamforming technology” to improve signal reception across military and civilian GPS spectrums, while meeting size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements i...

Eurosatory 2022: Thales launches VisioLoc geolocation system for Sophie imagers

By Nicholas Fiorenza 13 June 2022
Thales has launched the VisioLoc geolocation system for the latest versions of its Sophie handheld thermal imagers. Sophie Ultima is pictured here. (Thales/François Guenet)  Thales has announced the launch of the VisioLoc geolocation system for the latest versions of its Sophie handheld thermal imagers. The system is designed for use by land forces in high-intensity collaborative combat in any environment, even when no satellite signal is available, the company said in a press release embargoed until 13 June, the first day of the Eurosatory 2...

IDF wraps up four-week Exercise ‘Chariots of Fire'

By Yaakov Lappin 13 June 2022
Israeli soldiers pose for a photograph in during Exercise ‘Beyond the Horizon', which was held in Cyprus from 29 May to 2 June. (Israel Defense Forces)  The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) completed Exercise ‘Chariots of Fire' on 3 June, saying it was the largest it has held in decades. The exercise was designed to simulate simultaneous fighting in several arenas, with the primary focus on the north, meaning against the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah.  It was broken into a series of smaller exercises that included ‘Beyond the Horizon', which...

Japan to form new EW units, strengthen existing facilities

By Oishee Majumdar 10 June 2022
The JGSDF's EW units are equipped with the truck-mounted network electronic warfare system (pictured above) that enables collection, analysis, and jamming of the enemy's radio waves. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) will establish three new electronic warfare (EW) units as well as expand two existing EW units in 2022, a spokesperson for Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) told Janes.  The JGSDF will form three small-scale EW units at Camp Takada in Niigata, Camp Yonago in Tottori, and Camp Kawauchi in Fukushima,...

Northrop Grumman looks to expand SABR radars beyond fighter jets

By Gillian Rich 10 June 2022
Northrop Grumman's APG-83 SABR is designed for the F-16, however, officials say that other platforms could use the SABR technology. (Janes/Gillian Rich)  The US Air Force (USAF) Air National Guard (ANG) has completed its rollout of Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) for its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. Northrop Grumman is now eyeing potential platforms, other than fighter jets, for its active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.    Mark Rossi, director of Scalable Agile Beam Rada...

Thales outlines latest developments on German F126 programme

By Olivia Savage 10 June 2022
Thales delivers updates on the subcontractors and sensors selected for the German F125 frigate programme. Pictured is a Damen Naval concept design of the German F126 frigates. (Damen Group)  Thales Netherlands officials outlined the latest developments in the German Navy's F126 frigate programme during a company briefing at its Hengelo facility.    Speaking to   Janes   and other media on 7 June, Federiko Krommendijk, Thales deputy project director for F126, detailed that IBM, DXC, and Atos were some of the company's key subco...

USMC eyeing MRIC prototype decision point, weapon could be fielded by 2025

By Ashley Roque 09 June 2022
Shown here is a USMC G/ATOR radar. In 2019 the USMC conducted a live-fire event to demonstrate initial ‘interoperability‘ of an Iron Dome launcher and Tamir interceptor with the G/ATOR and a CAC2S. The service is testing out this Medium Range Intercept Capability prototype and could field the first battery in 2025. (USMC)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) will conduct two additional live-fire tests with its cruise missile defence prototype centred around important Iron Dome components this year before deciding on whether to press ahead with weapon...

Plath eyes COMINT system for enhanced vehicle protection

By Andrew White 09 June 2022
Plath's metallic mock up resembling a Boxer armored personnel carrier (APC), used to illustrate the cylindrical COMINT payload's integration on board a generic ground combat vehicle. (Plath)  Electronic warfare specialist Plath is developing a communications intelligence (COMINT) payload to assist armoured vehicles in the detection and defeat of anti-tank weapons.    Speaking to   Janes,   company officials described how the “innovative sensor technology” was being designed with new technologies to support multiple platforms on...

Pentagon eyes commercial 5G network integration into tactical systems

By Carlo Munoz 03 June 2022
A US Department of Defense rendering of the Integrated Tactical Communications Networks concept. (US Department of Defense )  The US Department of Defense (DOD) is exploring potential technologies that would enable the US Armed Forces to field advanced tactical networks integrated with commercially developed 5G communications networks, linked via air-based relay nodes.  The Beyond 5G Integrated Tactical Communication Networks programme is focused on leveraging device-to-device (D2D) or sidelink capabilities inherent in commercial and milita...

Portuguese Army upgrades ISTAR capabilities

By Victor Barreira 02 June 2022
The Portuguese Army's deployable intelligence fusion system achieved an IOC during Exercise ‘Orion 22' held in central Portugal during 2–12 May. (Victor Barreira)    The Portuguese Army has upgraded its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities, with its deployable intelligence fusion system having achieved an initial operational capability (IOC), the Commander of the Rapid Reaction Brigade's ISTAR Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Duarte Jorge Heitor Caldeira, told   Janes  on 11 May....
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