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Fourth Finnish Hamina-class FAC completes MLU

By Kate Tringham 09 May 2022
The Finnish Navy's fourth Hamina-class FAC,  Pori,  returns to sea to start acceptance trials after completing its MLU.  (Finnish Defence Forces)    The fourth and final Finnish Navy Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS   Pori  (83), has commenced sea acceptance trials following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme, the Finnish Navy has announced.     Post refit trials will continue into the third quarter, after which,   Pori   will...

Serbia unveils Chinese-made FK-3 air defence system

By Igor Bozinovski 06 May 2022
Serbia's Chinese-built FK-3 air defence system will be integrated with other RV i PVO assets, including the Pantsyr S1 SPAAGM system. (Serbian MoD)  A battery of the Chinese-made FK-3 air defence system was among the Serbian Armed Forces' (SAF's) new equipment shown at the Štit (Shield) 2022 military power demonstration at Batajnica air base on 30 April.  The China Jiangnan Space Industry FK-3, the export variant of the HQ-22 medium- to long-range semi-active radar homing/radio-command guidance air defence system retains the domestic version'...

US Army greenlights IVAS initial operational test and evaluation for mid-May

By Ashley Roque 05 May 2022
US Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division use an IVAS prototype during a trench-clearing exercise in October 2020 at Fort Pickett in Virginia. The system is poised to begin operational testing in May 2022. (US Army )  The US Army will begin operational testing with Microsoft's militarised HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system later in May, according to Doug Bush, the service's assistant secretary for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. This move follows a mid-2021 decision to delay the crucial event, and ultimately fielding, to...

Rohde & Schwarz to provide ICS for Australia's future frigates

By Oishee Majumdar 04 May 2022
Pictured above is a computer-generated imagery of RAN's future Hunter-class frigates. Rohde & Schwarz Australia has signed a contract with BAESA to provide an ICS for the frigates. (BAE Systems)  The Australian subsidiary of German technology company Rohde & Schwarz has signed a contract with the maritime division of BAE Systems Australia (BAESA) to design and manufacture an integrated communications system (ICS) for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Hunter Class Frigate Program (HCFP).  In a media release on 3 May, Rohde & Schwarz said it...

US Army ‘defers' Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium fleet development

By Ashley Roque 04 May 2022
An RCV-M prototype fires a round at a target during the vehicle's live-fire testing at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in June 2021. The service has decided it will postpone development of this larger robot, and instead focus on developing the RCV-L. (US Army)  US Army soldiers will not be operating a Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M) fleet any time soon after service leaders decided to postpone such a future programme to first focus on developing a fleet of smaller unmanned vehicles, according to Doug Bush, the service's assistant secretary for a...

IT²EC 2022: RUAG develops new Gladiator EXCON system

By Giles Ebbutt 03 May 2022
The RUAG Senator NG displayed at IT²EC in its single transit case. Note the timeline (bottom right), the video recording (top right), and the live situation display showing individual tracked personnel. (Giles Ebbutt)  RUAG has developed a small deployable version of its Senator Exercise Control (EXCON) system for its Gladiator tactical engagement simulation (TES) solution.    The company showed its Senator New Generation (NG) at IT  2  EC 2022 in London on 26–28 April. The system is contained in a single transit case, which c...

IT²EC 2022: VRAI's HEAT simulation system incorporates performance, human factors monitoring

By Giles Ebbutt 29 April 2022
VRAI's HEAT simulator installed at the IDF Cavalry School for Mowag Piranha and RWS training. The gunner is on the right with the RWS hand controller and the commander in the centre. The screens show the trainees' HMD view. Note the RWS control screen in the gunner's view. (VRAI)    Ireland-based VRAI has developed a platform simulator that is specifically designed to collect detailed user performance data and showcased the system at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT  2  EC) 2022 in London....

US Navy accelerates laser acquisition, HELIOS work advances

By Michael Fabey 29 April 2022
The US Navy's fiscal year 2023 budget supports execution of at-sea testing following the successful completion and installation of Mk 5 Mod 0 High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS). (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) proposed fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget requests of USD35.3 million for the Navy Laser Family of Systems (NLFoS), which is designated as “an accelerated acquisition initiative to provide near-term, ship-based laser weapon capabilities”, according to USN budget documents released on 14 April.  “The NLF...

GA-ASI, Leonardo fly Seaspray maritime radar on MQ-9 UAV

By Gareth Jennings 29 April 2022
The Leonardo Seaspray AESA radar is housed in an underfuselage pod for both the MQ-9A test aircraft (pictured) and the MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV. (GA-ASI)  General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) and Leonardo have integrated and flown the Seaspray 7500E V2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 testbed, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufacturer announced on 26 April.  The flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took place on 14 April, ahead of the eventual integration of the radar aboard th...

China looks to bolster PLA's logistics as its unmanned systems market swells

By Oishee Majumdar 29 April 2022
According to   Janes   data, China's unmanned systems market is set to grow fivefold by 2031.   (Janes Markets Forecast)  China's defence-based unmanned systems market will continue to grow at an unprecedented rate with Beijing focusing efforts to bolster innovation and expand the functions of unmanned systems to new areas.  In particular, China's national media has highlighted the increasing use of unmanned systems by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) for logistical operations. For example, earlier in April the...

New CMOSS, metadata prototypes sought for US Army combat network

By Carlo Munoz 29 April 2022
US Army Major Shawn McNicol monitors one of the Mounted Computing Environment systems deployed during technology experiments at Fort Bliss, Texas. (US Army)  US Army programme officials working on research and development of the service's newest iteration of the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) are seeking prototypes of Common Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) as part of an ongoing network modernisation effort.  Officials from US Army Futures Command's Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT) and Program Executive Office for Command, Con...

IT²EC 2022: Lockheed Martin progresses F-35 trainer programme

By Olivia Savage 29 April 2022
Lockheed Martin is open to discussions with customers for its MRT LITE trainer (pictured). (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin's F-35 Mission Rehearsal Trainer Lightning Integrated Training Environment (MRT LITE) system is configurable for all three F-35 variants (F-35A conventional take-off and landing variant, the F-35B short take-off/vertical landing variant, and the F-35C carrier variant) and is available with the latest unclassified software, according to company representatives.  The company is open to discussions with customers to disco...

IT²EC 2022: BattleVR, VBS4 combine for immersive squad training solution

By Giles Ebbutt 28 April 2022
The Agincourt BattleVR system shown with a haptic vest. (Giles Ebbutt)  Agincourt has integrated its BattleVR squad immersive training system with Bohemia Interactive Simulations' (BISim's) Virtual Battlespace 4 (VBS4) and demonstrated the combination at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT²EC) 2022 in London.  The BattleVR system consists of four main components. An 8K resolution high-fidelity XTAL head- mounted display (HMD) from Vrgineers provides 180° field-of-view in the immersive environment, which is “near...

IAI partners with Hyundai to supply AESA naval radars to Philippines

By Oishee Majumdar 27 April 2022
IAI's ELM-2258 multifunction lightweight radar (Janes/Patrick Allen )  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to supply its ELM-2258, also known as the advanced lightweight phased-array (ALPHA) 3D radar system, to the Philippine Navy.  In a media release on 26 April, IAI said the ELM-2258, developed by its subsidiary Elta Systems, will be integrated on the Philippine Navy's new corvettes that are being developed by HHI.  IAI's ALPHA 3D radar system is a combat-proven multifunction radar t...

Pentagon budget 2023: USMC details plans to field three MRIC batteries

By Ashley Roque 27 April 2022
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 now testing out this Medium Range Intercept Capability prototype with plans to begin fielding it in 2026. (USMC)  US Marine Corps (USMC) leadership wants to spend USD1.2 billion on ground-based air defence (GBAD) systems during the next five years, with plans to begin fielding a new mobile capability to the force in 2026 that is centred around si...

IT²EC 2022: Saab unveils new concept UAV demonstrator

By Olivia Savage 27 April 2022
Saab unveils concept UAV simulator as part of its Beyond Live solution. (Janes)  Saab has unveiled a concept unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) simulator at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT²EC) 2022 in London.    Speaking to   Janes,   Hans Lindgren, head of Saab Business Development at Training and Simulation, said that the UAV demonstrator is part of the Gamer series of systems and can be integrated with the company's exercise control (EXCON) software – where users can plan, execute, control, and e...

Pentagon Inspector General faults US Army IVAS evaluation criteria, service pushes back

By Ashley Roque 22 April 2022
US Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division use an IVAS prototype during a trench-clearing exercise in October 2020 at Fort Pickett in Virginia. (US Army)  US Army acquisition officials did not clearly define metrics for assessing soldier feedback of its Microsoft's militarised HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system, which could lead to billions of dollars in wasted spending, according to a new Department of Defense (DoD's) Inspector General report.  The office announced in 2021 that it would audit the army's Integrated Visual Augmenta...

Indian Navy looks to bolster AI, ML capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 22 April 2022
The Indian Navy is focusing on incorporating “artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in most of its critical mission areas”, an Indian Navy spokesperson told Janes.  The Indian Navy is “progressing around 30 AI projects and initiati...

Netherlands to modernise electronic warfare capabilities

By Olivia Savage 22 April 2022
The Netherlands is to replace its outdated mobile EW capabilities, including from the Fuchs-EOV (pictured). (Netherlands Ministry of Defence)  The Royal Netherlands Army is modernising it mobile electronic warfare (EW) capabilities under the Joint Electronic Attack project.  According to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the in-service Fuchs-EOV EW vehicles are technically and operationally obsolete, with several components either no repairable or available. This leads to higher operating costs and reduces deployability, the MoD note...

PT Len, Thales partner to advance Indonesia's C5ISR capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 22 April 2022
The agreement includes plans to co-develop a ‘national' combat management system (CMS) based on Thales' TACTICOS CMS. The image shows the combat information centre in the Indonesian Navy's Sigma 10514-class frigate – KRI   Raden Eddy Martadinata   – featuring TACTICOS CMS's latest developments such as the MOC Mk 4 consoles.  (Thales Nederland)  Bandung-based state-owned defence electronics firm PT Len Industri has signed an agreement with Thales to strengthen collaboration in defence technology developments to sup...
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