Cubic expands indirect fire training product line

by Giles Ebbutt

Cubic has overcome the challenge of simulating the use of combustible charges and the recoil-assisted breech in its M777 155 mm howitzer simulator solution. An M777 is shown here in action with US forces. (US Army)

Cubic Defence is expecting a low rate initial production (LRIP) contract for its 81 mm mortar solution from the US Army, and has secured an interim 105 mm Light Gun simulator contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The company has also made progress in developing its indirect fire simulation solutions, according to representatives.

Speaking to Janes at Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2023 in Orlando, Florida, Alastair Parkinson, director training delivery portfolio at Cubic Defence UK, said that the company has taken a “product line approach” to the development of indirect fire simulators, which offer an “instrumented capability for mortars and howitzers that provides a collective capability as well as crew and individual training”.

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US approves sale of Falcon III radios to Germany

by Olivia Savage

L3Harris Technologies' AN/PRC-160 HF manpack, which enables forces to transmit video, voice, and data up to Top Secret Level, has been selected for the German armed forces. (L3 Harris Technologies)

The US Department of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Germany for Falcon III wideband software-defined radios.

As per an announcement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 February, the proposed sale comprises L3Harris Technologies Falcon III AN/PRC-117 and AN/PRC-160 radios as well as various spare parts, training, and technical and logistical assistance for an estimated USD281 million.

The proposed sale will improve security and interoperability between Germany and other NATO military forces.

AN/PRC-160(V) is a tactical high-frequency (HF) and very-high-frequency (VHF) manpack radio that supports communications up to Top Secret Level. The radio covers the 1.5 to 60 MHz frequency range while providing 20 W HF and 10 W VHF power and wideband data rates up to 120 kbits/s.

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Malaysia installs Lockheed Martin's long-range radar in Labuan

by Oishee Majumdar

Malaysia has installed Lockheed Martin's AN/TPS-77 multirole radar (pictured) in Labuan to enhance maritime domain awareness. (Lockheed Martin)

The Malaysian Armed Forces has installed a long-range ground-based radar developed by Lockheed Martin in East Malaysia.

A spokesperson for the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Janes in mid-February that the Malaysian Armed Forces has installed Lockheed Martin's AN/TPS-77 multirole radar in Labuan island, located off the coast of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia.

According to Janes C4ISR & Mission Systems: Land, the AN/TPS-77 radar is a mobile variant of Lockheed Martin's AN/FPS-117 L-band 3D solid-state air-defence radar. The AN/TPS-77 radar features low power consumption and can be truck-mounted or transported via C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, truck, rail, or helicopter.

The AN/TPS-77 radar includes active electronically scanned array (AESA) and gallium nitride (GaN) solid-state transmitters. The AN/TPS-77 has a length of 7.62 m, a width of 4.57 m, a range of more than 470 km, an operating frequency of 1,215–1,400 MHz, and a detection altitude of 30,480 m.

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APS delivers SKYctrl skid C-UAS to GCC customer

by Akshara Parakala

APS SKYctrl skid C-UAS with FIELDctrl 3D MIMO radar, CyView C2, and the Mk 44 Bushmaster II single 30 mm cannon. (APS)

Polish company Advanced Protection Systems (APS) is delivering its SKYctrl skid counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) to a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) customer, Janes learnt.

A spokesperson from APS told Janes on 14 February that the GCC customer has ordered an undisclosed number of SKYctrl skidss, with deliveries ongoing since December 2023. They were unable to elaborate on the order for security reasons.

Skid is a multilayer C-UAS solution with non-kinetic and kinetic effectors designed to detect, track, classify, and neutralise unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The C-UAS is jointly developed by APS and UK-based MSI Defence Systems, incorporating the non-kinetic (soft-kill) FIELDctrl 3D MIMO radar panels, the CyView C2 (command-and-control) system, and a 30 mm MK44 Bushmaster chain gun manufactured by MSI Defence Systems.

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