Czech Army unveils new indigenous STARKOM tactical communication jammer

by Michal Zdobinsky

The STARKOM tactical communication jammer with all four antenna masts extended to a height of 8 m. (Michal Zdobinsky)

Janes has learnt details of the STAvebnicový Rušič KOMunikační (Modular Communication Jammer: STARKOM), one of the main components of a mobile electronic warfare (EW) system. The first STARKOM system was delivered to the Czech Army's 53rd Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Regiment in mid-October.

The system was developed and manufactured entirely in the Czech Republic in only three years. The main contractor is the state-owned VVU Brno military research institute, with the software (SW) and key hardware components related to EW provided by specialised Czech jamming systems manufacturer URC Systems, supported by systems engineering company JISR Institute.


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US Army, CAES evaluate new APNT capability for long-range fires

by Carlo Munoz

An M777 155 mm Howitzer fires at Yuma Proving Ground's Kofa Firing Range. (US Army )

US Army officials and industry counterparts are preparing for a so-called ‘soft catch' test and demonstration of a new Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) capability, which could play a key role in advancing the ground service's Precision Long Range Fires initiative.

Programme officials from US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) and CAES, a Northern Virginia-based company specialising in advanced radio frequency (RF) technologies, will evaluate the survivability and mission validity of the company's Precision Strike Sensor Core APNT system.

“We're actually going to integrate (the system) with a round and fire it, to validate the survivability,” during the test scheduled to take place at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, CAES director of engineering Brian Hetsko said.

If successful, programme officials at CAES plan to proceed with future live fire and captive carry demonstrations of the system at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona later in 2024, Hetsko told Janes during a 20 May interview.


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Indra introduces new vehicle situational awareness system

by Olivia Savage

Indra's new vehicle situational awareness system aims to enhance threat detection and reduce the cognitive burden. (Indra)

Indra has developed a new armoured vehicle situational awareness system designed to improve threat detection and evaluation.

Incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), the system analyses images from visible, night-vision, and infrared cameras fitted on the vehicle, improving the range and identification of individuals and platforms as well as reducing the cognitive burden, an announcement from the company detailed on 20 May.

The system also supports friend-or-foe identification and threat-level assessment and can suggest potential countermeasures and courses of action, the company added.

Although its name remains undecided, a company spokesperson informed Janes that it is ready for export and is being installed in the Spanish Army's Tracked Support Vehicle (Vehículo de Apoyo de Cadenas: VAC).

VAC aims to replace around 2,000 vehicles from the M113 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC) family that are in service with the Spanish Army. Manufacturing is expected to start this year. The vehicles are utilising the same mission systems as the Spanish Army's 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle (Vehículo de Combate sobre Ruedas: VCR) Dragón.


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Saab sees NATO future for GlobalEye, despite initial AFSC setback

by Gareth Jennings

Despite having recently lost out to its E-7 rival for NATO's iAFSC requirement, Saab sees a strong future for its GlobalEye (pictured) platform as part of the alliance's wider AFSC structure. (Saab)

Saab sees a place for its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform within NATO, despite not being included in the initial Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (iAFSC) announcement in late 2023.

Speaking to reporters at the company's Linköping production facility in southern Sweden, chief marketing officer (CMO) of Surveillance at Saab Fredrik Follin said that the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based GlobalEye features in NATO's longer term AFSC plans, despite losing out to its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail rival for iAFSC.


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