Eurosatory 2022: R&S unveils new radio monitoring software
20 June 2022
by Olivia Savage
Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates a new prototype task-orientated software for radio monitoring at Eurosatory 2022. (Olivia Savage)
Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has unveiled a new radio monitoring software at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.
The software ‘Ceptor' controls radio monitoring systems, and has an intuitive structured user-interface that guides the user through typical work procedures, Luc Dondainas, domain expert in communications Intelligence (COMINT) and manportable communications electronic support measures (C-ESM) at R&S told
Specific tasks can be logged and saved on the system, enabling a range of individuals, including those not necessarily skilled in COMINT, to use the platform, Dondainas explained.
Ceptor is a fully developed platform, which has already been delivered to a customer. Its development was influenced by customers who have the company's software suite (Ramon & Argus), Dondainas added.
Significant applications associated with Ceptor include searching for signals and observing known transmitters, collecting radio frequency (RF) spectrum data, calculating spectral usage and active transmitters, direction finding (DF), and a ‘MobileLocator' system for homing-in on transmitters with a moving DF sensor, the company said.
China's J-15 naval jet appears with indigenous WS-10 engines
25 November 2022
by Akhil Kadidal & Prasobh Narayanan
China appears to have fitted at least one SAC J-15 naval fighter with a domestic WS-10B Taihang engine. The potential maturity of this powerplant could free China from its dependency on Russia for combat jet engines. (AFP/Getty Images)
A Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-15 ‘Flying Shark' naval fighter has been fitted with what appears to be a pair of domestically developed engines.
The aircraft was spotted in a video imagery of a hangar at an SAC factory. The footage was aired on 23 November during a China Central Television (CCTV) news report on the 10th anniversary of the J-15 starting sea trials on China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.
Janes assesses that the new engine is a variant of the Liming WS-10 Taihang engine. There is a roughly even chance that the ‘B' variant of the Taihang has been installed in the jet. According to Janes Aero-Engines data, the WS-10B is potentially a more powerful version of the WS-10A. The thrust rating of the WS-10B is 135 kN (30,350 lb st).
Rheinmetall demonstrates new UGV to British Army at AWE
25 November 2022
by Olivia Savage
Pictured is Rheinmetall's Mission Master XT − Rescue UGV during a live trial at AWE 2022. (Janes/Olivia Savage)
Rheinmetall has demonstrated its new Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) module at the
British Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) Urban: Sustain and Protect (S&P) programme
at Portsmouth Naval Base.
The UGV, known as the Mission Master XT − Rescue, was demonstrated in a live scenario for the first time at AWE on 22 November.
This module is designed for medical evacuation (medevac), meeting the AWE S&P hypothesis, which seeks a solution to enable medical specialists to autonomously identify and treat or extract casualties.
Basic medical equipment was fitted inside the module, including a moveable stretcher, oxygen masks and canisters, and a hot/cold box.
A Rheinmetall spokesperson told
at AWE that the system weighs three tonne in total and is capable of speeds of up to 40 km/h. It was developed in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, the spokesperson added.
Australia's IFV decision to follow strategic review
25 November 2022
by Kapil Kajal
Australia will consider the findings of the Defence Strategic Review before deciding on the tender for the Land 400 Phase 3 IFV project. Two platforms are competing for the tender – Rheinmetall's Lynx KF41 and Hanwha's Redback (pictured above). (Hanwha Defense Australia)
Australia has announced that the decision to supply 450 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Australian Army will follow a strategic review.
According to a press release by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the country will consider the findings of the Defence Strategic Review (DSR) before deciding on the tender for the Land 400 Phase 3 IFV project.
reported in August that Australia's DSR will urgently examine the posture, preparedness, and structure of the country's military and spending on new weapons and equipment from 2023–24 to 2032–33 and beyond.
The DoD said that the review will make recommendations on priorities for investing in Australia's defence capability to meet the country's security challenges over the next decade.
Pat Conroy, Australia's minister for defence industry, said that a procurement worth between AUD18 billion (USD12 billion) and AUD27 billion will undergo the DSR.