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Gurutvaa Systems delivers ‘Dronaam' C-UAS to Indian Air Force

By Amit Kalra 19 May 2022
The Dronaam C-UAS is pictured in ruggedised transportable cases. (Gurutvaa Systems)  Indian firm Gurutvaa Systems has delivered the first set of the indigenously developed ‘Dronaam' counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).  Harshad Dave, director of Gurutvaa Systems, told  Janes  that an undisclosed number of Dronaam C-UASs were delivered to the IAF earlier in May under a contract signed in August 2021. The system was delivered within nine months.   Dave said the system underwent design review in Octo...

Russian Navy Kilo submarine Alrosa prepares to start post-refit trials

By Miko Vranic 19 May 2022
Alrosa   pictured before its overhaul and upgrade, which commenced in 2014.  (Russian MoD)  The Russian Navy Kilo-class Project 877V diesel-electric submarine (SSK) Alrosa (ex-B 871) is set to start sea trials following the completion of its overhaul and modernisation programme.  In comments to Russian news agency TASS on 16 May, a representative from Sevastopol's military and security authorities confirmed that Alrosa had docked at the Black Sea Fleet's naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, after departing the service's 13th Ship Re...

Pentagon budget 2023: LCS mission module continues apace as US Navy notes cost breach

By Michael Fabey 18 May 2022
The US Navy expects to reach initial operational capability in 2022 with the Littoral Combat Ship countermine mission module, which will employ unmanned surface vessels like this prototype developed by Textron. (US Navy)  Despite the officially required US Navy (USN) notification on 13 May of significant cost growth for Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) Mission Module (MM) packages, programme officials say the work for remaining MMs is moving ahead as anticipated.  Navy spokesperson Captain Clayton Doss confirmed to Janes on 16 May that the USN no...

Prime position: Industry explores alternative PNT solutions

By Giles Ebbutt 18 May 2022
The Collins Aerospace NavHub-100 (part of its MAPS Gen II solution) installed in a vehicle. (Collins Aerospace)  The benefits of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are ubiquitous. They provide the positional information for navigation syste...

IAI to supply EO/IR for Philippine Navy's patrol vessels

By Oishee Majumdar & Kasthurica Panigrahy 18 May 2022
The “signing ceremony” marking IAI's contract to supply MiniPOP EO/IR systems to the Philippine Navy. (Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI))  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract to supply its MiniPOP electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems for the Philippine Navy's patrol vessels, the company announced in a media release on 16 May.  This particular MiniPOP system that is focused on maritime applications has been developed by IAI's Tamam Division, and is “designed to operate during both day and night, and meet harsh environm...

Sweden to receive hardened communications equipment

By Olivia Savage 17 May 2022
MilDef signs seven-year framework agreement with Sweden's FMV for communication and command equipment. Pictured is the MilDef RW14 laptop - designed for tactical military environments where reliability and performance are critical. (MilDef)  The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a framework agreement with MilDef for command and communications equipment, the FMV announced on 13 May.  The agreement applies to hardware in tactical IT, which will be integrated on command vehicles, combat vehicles, battleships, and personnel...

Fincantieri lays keel for Qatar's new LPD

By Kate Tringham 17 May 2022
Fincantieri lays the keel for Qatar‘s new LPD at its Palermo yard on 17 May. (Fincantieri)  Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has laid the keel for the landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ship on order for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces.  An official keel-laying ceremony was held at the shipbuilder's yard in Palermo on 17 May.  Fincantieri is building the LPD for Qatar under a contract awarded in 2016. The multiship order, worth EUR4 billion (USD4.16 billion), also includes the delivery of four Al Zubarah-class corvettes and two offsh...

Update: UK establishes new air traffic management hub at RAF Coningsby

By Olivia Savage 17 May 2022
Radar operators have relocated to a specialised hub – TATCC, which will help to monitor critical data. (MoD Crown Copyright 2022)  As part of Project Marshall, radar operators at Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington have relocated to a new specialist hub at RAF Coningsby, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 May.  This is the first of a series of transitions that will involve approach control room radar operatives, from multiple units, moving to a centralised Terminal Air Traffic Control Centre (TATCC), the announcement said....

Chinese intelligence ship tracked close to sensitive Australia-US submarine communications facility

By Julian Kerr & Jon Grevatt 16 May 2022
A Chinese PLAN intelligence collection vessel,   Haiwangxing  , pictured operating off the north-west shelf of Australia.  (Commonwealth of Australia)  A Chinese intelligence collection ship has been tracked for a week off the West Australian coast and within 50 n miles (93 km) of a sensitive naval communications base, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton disclosed on 13 May.    Dutton said the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) Dongdiao-class (Type 815/815A) intelligence collection ship (AGI)...

UK establishes new air traffic management hub at RAF Coningsby

By Olivia Savage 13 May 2022
Radar operators have relocated to a specialised hub – TATCC, which will help to monitor critical data. (MoD Crown Copyright 2022)  As part of Project Marshall, radar operators at Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington have relocated to a new specialist hub at RAF Coningsby, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 May.  This is the first of a series of transitions that will involve approach control room radar operatives, from multiple units, moving to a centralised Terminal Air Traffic Control Centre (TATCC), the announcement said.  Project...

IDF testing Edge of Tomorrow technologies to empower infantry

By Yaakov Lappin 13 May 2022
Israeli soldiers wearing ‘tactile sleeve' devices as part of the Edge of Tomorrow programme that is focused on improving the performance of infantry at the platoon level. (Elbit Systems)  Israel's Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and Elbit Systems announced on 10 May a new programme to improve infantry lethality and survivability called Edge of Tomorrow.  Led by Elbit's C4I and Cyber Systems Division and the DDR&D, the programme is designed to boost “stamina, cognitive load, enemy exposure,...

Indo Pacific 2022: Sentient launches shipborne variant of ViDAR optical sensor

By Ridzwan Rahmat 13 May 2022
A visualisation of the ViDAR Surface sensor, which was unveiled at Indo Pacific 2022. (Sentient )  Sentient Vision Systems has launched a shipborne variant of its visual detection and ranging (ViDAR) persistent optical sensor system known as ViDAR Surface.  ViDAR is the company's wide area maritime search system that has been designed to detect small objects of interest on the surface of the water over significantly greater areas than traditional electro-optical and infrared sensors.  The system utilises an array of optical sensors that takes...

Joint fight: Pentagon‘s push for Mission Partner Environment

By Carlo Munoz 12 May 2022
US and partner country military personnel participate in an MPE computer network demonstration in Suffolk, Virginia, on 4 November 2021. (US Department of Defense)  From the ‘coalition of the willing‘ that underpinned the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the evolution of coalition warfare has been accelerated by the maturation of information, networking, and communication technologies that have enabled disparate armed forces to wage war under one banner.  The technological advances made by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to support coalition oper...

Elbit Systems wins training contract for Dreadnought submarines

By Olivia Savage 11 May 2022
Elbit Systems UK is to engineer a training solution for the Dreadnought programme. Pictured here is an artist's rendition of a Dreadnought submarine. (BAE Systems)  Elbit Systems UK has been selected to design and deliver training solutions for the Royal Navy (RN) Dreadnought Crew Training (DCT) programme, the company announced on 9 May.  As part of the DCT, a team led by Raytheon UK has selected Elbit Systems UK to support the definition and provision of shore-based simulators and training aids, the company said.  The training solution will...

Indo Pacific 2022: Thales, Ocius Technologies partner to develop unmanned ASW capability for Australia

By Oishee Majumdar 11 May 2022
Ocius Technologies' Bluebottle USV (shown above) will be integrated with Thales Australia's new thin line fibre optic towed array capability for carrying out ASW and ISR missions. (Ocius Technologies)  Thales Australia has entered into a partnership agreement with Ocius Technologies “to advance the development and deployment” of a team of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which will have the potential to carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surveillance missions.  In a media release on 10 May, during the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in...

USMC issues Force Design 2030 updates, vows enhanced stakeholder communication

By Ashley Roque 10 May 2022
USMC Commandant General David Berger speaks to marines and sailors during a town hall event in Bahrain in December 2019. The service has released a revised Force Design 2030 plan, seeking to better communicate with a variety of stakeholders. (USMC)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) has updated its Force Design 2030 road map with senior leaders, vowing to better communicate plans, and detailing initial infantry battalion changes, plans to maintain a larger number of MV-22 medium tiltrotor squadrons, and more.  The service released the updated docume...

Swedish corvette HMS Gävle completes mid-life upgrade

By Kate Tringham 10 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...

USMC details incremental changes to infantry forces

By Ashley Roque 10 May 2022
A US Marine with the 3rd Marine Division participates in a squad attack phase of the 3rd Marine Division Squad Competition at the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, in January 2022. The service has rolled out an updated Force Design 2030 plan. (USMC)  US Marine Corps (USMC) leadership is not reversing its decision to divest from its M1 Abrams main battle tank fleet but is rolling out additional direction on where its infantry force is headed and some of the capabilities these marines will carry.  Service leader...

France orders additional TALIOS pods for Rafale aircraft

By Olivia Savage 09 May 2022
Thales TALIOS targeting pod on Rafale aircraft. (Thales Optronique)  The French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l'Armement: DGA) has ordered an additional 21 TALIOS (TArgeting Long-range Identification Optronic System) pods from Thales to integrate on Dassault Rafale aircraft, the company announced on 6 May.  Deliveries of the additional pods are expected between 2024 and 2025, following completion of the original contract for 46 TALIOS systems, Thales said.  TALIOS, first developed in 2008, is an airborne, open-architecture...

4GD wins intelligent target contract for UK airborne forces facility

By Giles Ebbutt 09 May 2022
4GD's SimStriker intelligent humanoid-shaped target in a raised position. Ten of these are being acquired for the UK's 16 Air Assault Brigade SmartFacility urban training centre at Colchester, which is also provided by 4GD. (4GD)  UK company 4GD has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for its SimStriker intelligent target, which was developed for use as part of 4GD's SmartFacility urban warfare training system.  The contract, the value of which was not revealed, is for 10 SimStrikers for the SmartFacility installed at 16 Ai...
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