Iraq inaugurates first GM403 radar

by Jeremy Binnie

Iraq's first Thales GM403 air surveillance radar. (Iraqi Ministry of Defence)

The Iraqi Air Defence Command (IADC) had held an inauguration ceremony for its first Thales Ground Master 403 (GM403) long-range air surveillance radar, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 September.

The event was attended by Iraqi Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah and the French ambassador to Iraq, Éric Chevallier.

The MoD said the recently arrived GM403 was switched on during the event so it could begin to detect air targets over the western region, marking a new era in the country's ability to control its airspace.

The MoD confirmed it had ordered radars from Thales on 24 July, when it announced that construction of a new air-defence operations centre had begun, saying they would be operated in conjunction with Iraq's US-made TPS-77 long-range air surveillance radars.

At the time, it was reported that both the GM403 and the smaller GM200 radars have been ordered. However, there has been no indication as to the numbers that will be delivered.

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Saab wins SEK190 million Norwegian combat training contract

by Olivia Savage

Norway extends life of its GAMER live training solution with Saab. (Saab)

Saab has been contracted to support Norway's training and simulation facilities, including the Combat Training Centre in Rena, the company announced on 22 February.

As part of the contract, the company will offer support, service, and maintenance for the modular GAMER (gunnery and manoeuvre exercise) live training system, a company spokesperson confirmed to Janes .

The contract totals SEK190 million (USD18.4 million) and spans between 2024 and 2027.

According to the spokesperson, the contract includes logistical, operational, and engineering support to the Norwegian Armed Forces to ensure the availability and status of their live training solutions. The equipment includes a suite of GAMER modular solutions, among other soldier, vehicle, and communication systems as well as EXCON (Exercise Control) software.

Saab has been providing the Norwegian Armed Forces with training and simulation systems since 2004. This contract will help to retain its capability to train units up to brigade level in-country as well as abroad.

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Trident nuclear missile test from HMS Vanguard fails

by Kate Tringham & Dr. Lee Willett

HMS Vanguard is the lead boat of a four-strong class of Trident-armed SSBNs whose role is to provide the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent. (UK MoD)

The test firing of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile from one of the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) has failed, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

During the test launch, which took place from HMS Vanguard (S28) off the US eastern seaboard on 30 January, an “anomaly” occurred, an MoD spokesperson told Janes .

“As a matter of national security, we cannot provide further information on this, however, we are confident that the anomaly was event-specific, and therefore there are no implications for the reliability of the wider Trident missile systems and stockpile. The UK's nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure, and effective,” the spokesperson said.

Vanguard, which had recently completed a seven-year deep maintenance and refuelling period at Babcock International's Devonport Royal Dockyard facility in Plymouth, carried out the missile demonstration in the US as the final step in its post-refit trials programme before being returned to operations.

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RNLA's first GM200 MM/C radar demonstrated during live firings

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The RNLA's first MMR after it was demonstrated during live firings at the Dutch MoD's 't Harde firing range on 15 February. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

The first Ground Master 200 Multi Mission/Compact (GM200 MM/C) radar handed over to the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) by Thales in Hengelo on 14 February was demonstrated during live firings at the Dutch Ministry of Defence's 't Harde firing range the next day.

The Multi-Mission Radar (MMR), as it is designated in RNLA service, tracked 81 mm mortar rounds and 155 mm Panzerhaubitze (PzH) shells fired at the range, as well as a pair of Puma unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with their trajectories and flightpaths shown in 2D and 3D on large-screen displays to an international military audience, local journalists, and Janes at 't Harde. Also displayed in 2D were the tracks of airliners flying above at an altitude of 3 km, but clutter from birds was filtered out. The Puma UAVs could also be seen moving away from the PzH 2000s' trajectories.

The MMR was able to determine the points of origin and impact of the mortar and artillery fire, which began with fire for effect and ended with salvos.

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