Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new STAR-X 3D naval radar

by Kate Tringham

IAI's new STAR-X 3D multimission naval radar, designed for OPVs and other small vessels. (IAI)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new compact shipborne surveillance and threat alert radar designed to fulfil the needs of operators of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other small vessels.

The new radar, named STAR-X 3D, is a fully digital 3D short- to medium-range X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can perform simultaneous surface and air surveillance.

IAI said the new radar leveraged proven technology from other IAI-ELTA radars and employed gallium nitride solid-state transmit modules to achieve a compact lightweight design, especially for missions in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), ranging from counter-terrorism, smuggling, piracy, and search-and-rescue, up to full open-sea combat missions.

The radar's technical specifications include a maximum instrumented range in excess of 150 km, a detection range for low-flying attacking missiles out to more than 25 km, and a detection range for high-flying attacking fighter aircraft out to more than 60 km. It has a tracking capacity for more than 1,000 targets and an elevation coverage of 70°. The antenna weighs less than 350 kg.

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British Army CTTP competition delayed

by Olivia Savage & James Rands

The 4GD stand at DSET 2023 – one of the members of the Alliance team headed by Lockheed Martin UK that is competing for the MoD STP CTTP contract. (Janes/James Rands)

The competition for the Strategic Training Partner (STP) under the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP) has been delayed, Janes learnt at the 2023 Defence Simulation Education & Training (DSET) exhibition, held in Bristol from June 5 to 8.

Initially, the competition was scheduled to be announced in January 2023, but it was then delayed until April, and is now expected in September. The delay is said to be due to a reshuffle in the Cabinet Office team overseeing the competition and because of an unknown issue with the original documentation, Janes understands.

A lot of time has subsequently been lost, which some delegates believe may result in a shortened downselection period. Competitors think this timeframe may now be too short and may cause issues when the downselection of companies (from seven to two) is finalised.

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MADEX 2023: Hensoldt partners with LIG Nex1 to market persistent surveillance systems

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A mock-up of the OctoEye360 on display at MADEX 2023. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

Germany-headquartered Hensoldt has partnered with South Korea's LIG Nex1 to market a line of persistent surveillance systems to the region.

The solutions are marketed under the joint venture company known as LNZ Optronics.

The early products that are marketed to the region include the OctoEye360 observation system for submarines, said a company representative who spoke to Janes at the MADEX 2023 exhibition held in Busan.

The OctoEye360 is a persistent, non-rotating panoramic observation system that can be fitted on a submarine's snorkel mast. It features eight high-resolution daylight cameras and eight uncooled thermal imagers.

“There are several upcoming submarine programmes coming up in the Asia-Pacific region. The joint venture has been created to position our products better for customers here,” said the LNZ Optronics representative who spoke to Janes .

Besides the OctoEye360, LNZ Optronics is also marketing the PANOS360 panoramic observation systems for surface vessels. Like the OctoEye360, the system employs a combination of daylight camera and thermal imagers to maintain persistent surveillance around the vessel.

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OneWeb demonstrates global connectivity platform to NCIA as part of ongoing LEO satcom evaluations

by Andrew White

During the live demonstration observed by the NCIA on 9 March, multiple laptop devices were connected to OneWeb's LEO constellation via Kymeta's Hawk u8 user terminal, which was mounted onboard a 4×4 Land Rover Discovery vehicle. (OneWeb)

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) has disclosed details regarding its most recent evaluation of commercial low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications (satcom).

The event, which was conducted on 9 March at Eutelsat's teleport facility in Rambouillet, France, featured a live demonstration of OneWeb's Global Connectivity Platform (GCP).

Speaking to Janes on 2 June , an NCIA spokesperson said that usage of LEO satellites is dramatically increasing in satcom because of their advantages compared with geostationary ones.

“NATO has used LEO services for a long time in different flavours [and] the NCIA has been following the developments in LEO technologies closely,” the spokesperson said. “We are currently investigating potential use of the advanced capabilities in LEO satcom, such as lower latency, higher data rates, wider coverage, or smaller terminals.

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