Germany orders simulators for Puma IFVs

by Olivia Savage

The Bundeswehr has ordered 258 sets of AGDUS systems for its Puma IFVs following successful integration tests. (PSM GmbH)

The Bundeswehr is receiving new training simulators for its Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

In total, 258 sets of Training Device, Duel Simulator (Ausbildungsgerät Duellsimulator: AGDUS) systems are being delivered for the Puma IFVs by the end of 2026, the Bundeswehr announced on 15 April.

The EUR109 million (USD116 million) contract will be financed from the EUR100 billion Bundeswehr special fund.

A Rheinmetall/Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) consortium received an order from the Bundeswehr in December 2019 valued at EUR54 million for the provision of six AGDUS systems for integration tests on the Puma. Full-scale serial production of AGDUS would then begin once testing was complete, with up to 252 Puma IFVs being equipped with the systems for EUR88 million.

A Rheinmetall spokesperson confirmed to Janes that the company, along with KMW+Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) Germany, are supplying the new AGDUS simulators to the Bundeswehr and that full-scale production has now officially begun.

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Saab puts Sirius Compact EW system into production

by Richard Scott

Saab's Sirius Compact passive manportable EW system has started series production. (Saab)

Saab has started series production of its new Sirius Compact passive electronic warfare (EW) system, Janes learnt at AOC Europe 2024, held from 13 to 15 May in Oslo.

Designed to provide surveillance and geolocation of emitters at the tactical level, Sirius Compact blends signal processing and tools already employed in the company's Sirius passive EW product family with a new small form-factor sensor suitable for manportable operations, mast/tripod mounting, vehicle installation, or carriage on a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The system is available in land-based (L20R) and airborne (A20R) versions operating in the 2–18 GHz frequency range. Recognising a market shift towards lower frequencies, Saab is introducing new variants – L21R and A21R – which offer extended coverage down to 1 GHz, Matthew Wilmott, sales director in Saab's Business Unit Surface Sensor Solutions, told Janes at the event.

Over the past year, the company has received initial orders for the L20R, A20R, and L21R variants, with relatively high quantities having been delivered to several customers, Wilmott confirmed. “We're talking triple digits,” he added.

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Poland acquires AR-1500 airborne radio system

by Nidhin Narayanan

The TruNet AR-1500 airborne communications system will be installed in the Polish Air Force's C-130H Hercules fleet. The system's dimensions are 250 (L) × 127 (W) × 142 mm (H). (Janes/Kelvin Wong)

Collins Aerospace has been awarded a contract to supply its TruNet AR-1500 networked communications airborne radio system to the Polish Air Force.

According to an announcement by the company on 14 May, the radios will be installed on the force's Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules fleet.

The AR-1500 is a single-channel export version of the ARC-210 radio software-defined radio (SDR) receiver-transmitter, offering country-unique capabilities and legacy waveforms while conforming to the latest SDR tenets and architectures, the company said.

Weighing 5.5 kg, the system is fully interoperable with earlier airborne V/UHF radio variants from Collins Aerospace and other airborne V/UHF radio systems.

The system supports a variety of waveforms, including Have-Quick I/II, Second Generation Anti-Jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO (SATURN), and Talon I/II. It also features embedded AES-256 encryption protocols and can host indigenously developed crypto.

For more information on the TruNet AR-1500 radio, please seeTruNet AR series networking airborne radio .

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Rafael launches ‘independent' towed decoy for aircraft

by Yaakov Lappin

A computer-generated imagery (CGI) shows Rafael's new X-Guard RT fitted to the wing of a C-130 transport with its towed decoy retracted. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 10 May its new X-Guard RT, the latest addition to its X-Guard family of airborne protection systems.

The original X-Guard is housed in a pod that attaches to a hardpoint and releases a towed decoy that protects the aircraft against radar-guided air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles. Janes understands that it does this by emitting a signal that gives the incoming missile an inaccurate location for the aircraft.

Unlike the original X-Guard, which was primarily designed to be carried by fighters, the new RT variant is an ‘independent' system that does not require the aircraft to be fitted with separate onboard electronic warfare (EW) systems that can receive, analyse, and tell the decoy what signal to emit as it can perform these functions by itself, a Rafael executive told Janes.

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The Bundeswehr is receiving new training simulators for its Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

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