InVeris demonstrates its new SRCE mixed reality training environment

by James Rands

Exercising troops spot an enemy soldier in the SRCE virtual environment. (InVeris)

At I/ITSEC this week InVeris demonstrated SRCE – a mixed reality training environment. SRCE uses a VR headset and a pack with processing capability to enable exercising troops to see enemy and civilians and to engage them with small arms fire.

SRCE builds on InVeris existing marksmanship trainer, which is a programme of record for both the US Army and US Marine Corps. At present the system can cover 10,000 square feet with the aim to double that in the next year. Similarly it aims to expand the number of troops that can exercise concurrently. At present that amounts to a a fire team expanding to a 15-man squad next year with the ultimate goal of a battalion by the end of 2022.

The SRCE environment demonstrated this week uses modular walls provided by Trango systems. These are not essential to the system but does enable one of its features, which is allowing troops across multiple sites to train in the same synthetic environment simultaneously. A modular wall system means exactly the same layout can be built in more than one location.

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NCI Agency and Ukraine sign MoA to renew technical partnership

by Olivia Savage

A soldier in action during a military exercise in the Donbass region, Ukraine. (Demotix)

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) and Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to deepen their partnership and collaborate on additional technology-related projects, the agency announced on 17 January.

The agreement involves supporting Ukraine in modernising information technology and communication services, while identifying areas to assist in the training of personnel.

Ambassador Nataliia Galibarenko, head of Mission of Ukraine to NATO, said, “With NATO's support, we plan to further introduce modern information technologies and services into the command-and-control system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

This well-established partnership dates back to 2015 when the NCI Agency Supervisory Board agreed to aid Ukraine on technology-related matters. Support is conducted through the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Trust Fund.

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Leonardo contracted to help develop Eurofighter ‘Radar 1' for Germany, Spain

by Olivia Savage

A Eurofighter Typhoon with a Captor-E radar displayed in the open nose. (Hensoldt)

On 14 January Leonardo announced that it had signed a EUR260 million (USD297 million) contract with Hensoldt to contribute towards the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk1 E-scan radar ordered by Germany and Spain.

Leonardo has been contracted to conduct development work on new wideband capabilities and provide core antenna, processor, and antenna power supply and control (APSC) components. Hensoldt is the design authority for the ECRS Mk1 (also known as ‘Radar 1') and will assume leadership of the project, while Airbus Defence and Space will integrate the radar onto the Eurofighter Typhoon. The first ECRS Mk1 radar is expected to be produced in 2025.

Meanwhile, Leonardo is the design authority for the Italian and UK-led ECRS Mk2 (‘Radar 2') and ECRS Mk0 (‘Radar 0'), the latter of which has been integrated onto Kuwait's and Qatar's Typhoon aircraft. Radar 0 will also form the basis of the design for Radar 1.

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Indra's 3D radar clears NATO tests

by Olivia Savage

The Lanza 3D Deployable Air Defence Radar passed NATO tactical ballistic missile detection and tracking tests. (Indra)

The Indra-developed Lanza 3D Deployable Air Defence Radar (DADR) has passed NATO tactical ballistic missile detection and tracking trials.

The company announced on 3 January that the radar cleared stringent NATO tests at the Radio-Electric Assessment and Analysis Centre of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology in Guadalajara, Mexico.

According to Indra, the platform was able to estimate the “different trajectory parameters needed to trigger offensive, defensive, and intelligence actions, such as the estimated launch point, point of impact, point of interception etc”. This would in turn, they claim, inform command-and-control centres with the information necessary to neutralise ballistic attacks or alleviate damage.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency adopted a specific certification and assessment instrument to evaluate the radar's capabilities. This involved using a ground control station, and a transmitting tool on a drone to imitate the return radar signal reflected by a ballistic missile.

The trials saw the radar stressed against a range of flight profiles and different motor and ballistic trajectories, the announcement noted, along with a variety of launch and impact points, and trajectories of different lengths and/or altitudes.

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