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Thales, PT Len partner for Indonesia's new air surveillance radars

By Oishee Majumdar 01 June 2022
PT Len and Thales have agreed to collaborate on supplying the GM403 air surveillance radar (pictured above in operation in Estonia) to Indonesia. (Thales Raytheon Systems)  Thales will be partnering with Bandung-based state-owned defence electronics firm PT Len Industri to supply Ground Master 403 (GM403) air surveillance radars and SkyView command-and-control (C2) system to Indonesia.    Both PT Len and Thales confirmed to   Janes   that 13 units of GM403 will be manufactured to meet the needs of the Indonesian National Armed...

UK to fly Eurofighter ECRS Mk 2 E-Scan radar in 2023, IOC slated for 2030

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
The Leonardo European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar seen next to the Eurofighter test aircraft ZK355/BS116. The combination is expected to fly for the first time towards the end of 2023. (BAE Systems)  The United Kingdom is planning to fly the Leonardo European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar aboard a Eurofighter test aircraft in late 2023, with initial operating capability (IOC) slated for 2030, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson said on 24 May.  Speaking to Janes and other defence media at BAE Systems' Warton...

Poland requests more air-defence and artillery systems from US

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 31 May 2022
Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak has signed LoRs for 486 more M142 HIMARS (pictured) launchers and six more Patriot batteries. (US Army/Markus Rauchenberger)  Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak has announced plans to boost Poland's medium-range air defence (MRAD) and long-range rocket artillery capabilities.  Błaszczak signed a letter of request (LoR) on 24 May for the acquisition of six more Patriot MRAD batteries under the second phase of the Wisła programme. The Polish Ministry of National Defence (M...

Australian MC-55A Peregrines undergoing flight-testing

By Akhil Kadidal & Sunil JB Babu 31 May 2022
The MC-55A Peregrine is likely to have a range of systems that will enable it to deliver powerful electronic attacks while boosting the RAAF's offensive and deep-strike capabilities. (Janes)  Australia's Gulfstream G550 electronic warfare (EW) aircraft have started initial flight-testing. The first of four ordered aircraft should be delivered by late 2023.  Known as the MC-55A Peregrine to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the aircraft are being modified into the EW configuration by L3Harris Technologies. The modifications are being cond...

Cellula, TAS partner to develop XLUUV for RAN

By Oishee Majumdar & Nishant Kumar 31 May 2022
A computer-generated image showing the XLUUV being developed by Cellula in partnership with TAS for RAN under the SeaWolf project. (Cellula Robotics)  Canadian company Cellula Robotics, which focuses on developing subsea robotic systems, has been partnering with Australia's Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) to build a fuel cell-powered extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (XLUUV) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  Cellula Robotics has been a part of the contract “for six months on what is a 12 month pilot programme”, a spokesperson for t...

Pentagon eyes mobile MIMO networking capability

By Carlo Munoz 30 May 2022
A Pentagon rendering of distributed tactical networks with D-MIMO-enabled communication nodes. (US Department of Defense )  Information and network technology specialists at the US Department of Defense (DoD) are poised to evaluate potential solutions to meet multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) requirements for on-the-move tactical communication networks.  Industry submissions for the distributed MIMO (D-MIMO) development effort are due to the department's Research and Engineering directorate by the end of June, according to the request for sour...

India to install Phase 2 of coastal radar network by 2023

By Akhil Kadidal 30 May 2022
India is in the process of adding an additional 38 stations to augment the Indian Coast Guard's coastal radar network. The newer stations will have improved technology and more domestically manufactured components, according to Bharat Electronics Limited. (Bharat Electronics Limited)  Phase 2 of India's Coastal Surveillance System (CSS) is likely to be operational in 2023.  Under Phase 1 of the project, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) had been contracted to install remote static sensors at 46 locations. According to BEL, 36 of the stations a...

Dearsan USV Salvo conducts first live-firing trial

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 27 May 2022
Dearsan's Salvo AUSV conducted a live-firing test in the Marmara Sea on 25 May 2022. (Dearsan)  The new Salvo armed unmanned surface vessel (AUSV) under development by Turkish shipbuilder Dearsan has successfully conducted its first life-firing trial, the shipbuilder has announced.  During the live-firing test, which was held in the Marmara Sea on 25 May, the Salvo AUSV launched a Cirit missile to successfully engage a moving surface target, Dearsan said.  Launched in January, Salvo is the first of a family of USVs under development by Dears...

Update: FMV contracts for new surface ship torpedo tubes

By Richard Scott 27 May 2022
A Tub m/8502 400 mm torpedo launcher fitted inside the weapon deck of the Visby-class corvette HMS   Nyköping  . The new Tub m/20 torpedo tube will replace the m/8502.  (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)  Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab Dynamics to supply new 400 mm diameter torpedo launcher systems for Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) surface combatants.  Announced on 24 May by both Saab and FMV, the approximately SEK150 million (USD15.3 million) order covers the delivery of the new Tub m/20 laun...

Update: Swedish corvette HMS Gävle completes mid-life upgrade

By Kate Tringham 27 May 2022
Gävle  was delivered to the Royal Swedish Navy on 4 May following the completion of its refit.  (Swedish Armed Forces)    The first of two remaining Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) Gävle (ex-Göteborg)-class corvettes, HMS   Gävle  (K22), has been returned to service following the completion of its life-extension refit and upgrade, the Swedish Armed Forces has announced.   Gävle   was formally handed over to the RSwN's Fourth Naval Warfare Flotilla at Berga Naval Base in Sweden on 4 May.     Modernisat...

Japan in talks with BAE on development of F-X fighter

By Akhil Kadidal 27 May 2022
Joint UK-Japan development of technologies for BAE's Tempest sixth-generation fighter programme, including engines, is expected to benefit Japan's F-X fighter. (Team Tempest)  Japan is in talks with BAE Systems to develop the country's sixth-generation F-X fighter aircraft project, with a consensus on co-operation expected by the end of 2022.  The UK and Japanese governments are to “continue discussions around potential future fighter subsystem collaboration throughout 2022”, under the conditions of a memorandum of collaboration (MOC) signed...

NATO counter-terrorism project proves its viability in demonstration

By Brooks Tigner 26 May 2022
The Microwave Imaging Curtain to detect concealed firearms using microwave technology was one of the Detection of Explosives and Firearms to Counter Terrorism (DEXTER) technologies demonstrated in the Rome Metro on 24 May under NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme. (Brooks Tigner)  One of NATO's flagship counter-terrorism research consortia has moved a step closer to market with a live demonstration of its capabilities. Once commercialised, the project's real-time threat detection systems could fan out to civil critical infrastructur...

Details emerge on DoD waveform resiliency initiative

By Carlo Munoz 26 May 2022
Handheld radios prior to a TSM waveform exercise in February 2020. (US Army)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) is launching a new development initiative geared towards improving waveform resiliency for its growing arsenal of software-defined radios (SDRs), according to a recent departmental solicitation to industry.  Led by the DoD's Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) and managed by the US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), details of the waveform resiliency programme have largely been kept under wraps. However, detail...

DARPA seeks predictive battlefield network capability

By Carlo Munoz 24 May 2022
A DARPA schematic on how the MINC programme would improve on combat data management systems (DARPA)  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun prototype development of a new system to automate data flow and dissemination of combat information across myriad service-centric networks, regardless of domain.  The goal of the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) programme is to move US armed forces away from static or manually controlled battlefield data networks into ones that are managed according to the needs of a giv...

Interview: Ankit Mehta, CEO and co-founder of ideaForge

By Oishee Majumdar 24 May 2022
Ankit Mehta, co-founder and CEO of ideaForge. (ideaForge)  The Indian Army's selection of ideaForge's Switch UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to enhance its surveillance capabilities has given the company a lot of international visibility, Ankit Mehta...

FMV contracts for new surface ship torpedo tubes

By Richard Scott 24 May 2022
A Tub m/8502 400 mm torpedo launcher fitted inside the weapon deck of the Visby-class corvette HMS   Nyköping  . The new Tub m/20 torpedo tube will replace the m/8502.  (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)  Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab Dynamics to supply new 400 mm diameter torpedo launcher systems for Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) surface combatants.  Announced on 24 May by both Saab and FMV, the approximately SEK150 million (USD15.3 million) order covers the delivery of the new Tub m/20 laun...

UK XLUUV trials demonstrate towed array sonar deployment

By Dr. Lee Willett 23 May 2022
The MSubs S201 XLUUV, pictured at sea. The UK MoD has completed deployment testing of the XLUUV fitted with a KraitArray thin-line towed array sonar. (SEA)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has successfully demonstrated the capability to deploy a thin-line towed array sonar from an extra-large uncrewed undersea vehicle (XLUUV).  The trials, held off Plymouth, UK, in the second quarter of 2022, involved the MSubs 9 m S201 XLUUV and SEA's thin-line towed KraitArray sonar.  In an 18 May statement, SEA said the trials “[have] proven the ability t...

FlashHawk COMINT/CESM suite enters production

By Richard Scott 20 May 2022
FlashHawk is designed to enable small airborne platforms to perform 3D geolocation of communications emitters. (Avantix)  French electronic warfare (EW) house Avantix has begun initial production of its FlashHawk airborne communications intelligence/communications electronic support measures (COMINT/CESM) system in anticipation of launch orders.  Intended for integration on a range of air platforms – including fixed-wing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft; helicopters; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and balloons...

SOCOM explores new Tactical Mission Network concept

By Carlo Munoz 20 May 2022
A US Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician sends intelligence to the Reconnaissance Operations Center during the Marine's Reconnaissance Team Leader Course's final exercise on 31 October 2017. SOCOM is soliciting industry proposals to improve its Global Analytics Platform to process, exploit, and disseminate battlefield intelligence. (US Department of Defense )  US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is exploring a new edge networking concept, focused on operationalising chat and data-sharing environments patterned closely after c...

Thales secures Combat Net Radio, pursues RoIP solution for SOCOM

By Carlo Munoz 19 May 2022
The Combat Net Radio is expected to replace the L3Harris-built RT 1523 SINCGARS VHF radio. (ITT Corporation)  Thales USA has secured a multibillion-dollar procurement deal to provide advanced tactical radios, under the US Army's Combat Net Radio (CNR) programme and is developing a manpackable communication solution to meet mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) requirements for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).  Thales was awarded one of the two USD6 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts to produce communication pl...
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