IT²EC 2024: Latest version of BISim's VBS4 to feature munition-equipped UAVs

by Olivia Savage

VBS4 24.1, the latest version of BISim's VBS4 virtual simulation software pictured being used by MoD personnel with commercial-off-the-shelf hardware, is due to be released in May. (Bohemia Interactive Simulations )

The latest version of Bohemia Interactive Simulations' (BISim's) Virtual Battlespace 4 (VBS4) environment will feature munition-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company announced at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT2EC) 2024 held from 9 to 11 April in London.

VBS4 is a virtual desktop training environment with whole-earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation, and mission rehearsal.

The latest version – VBS4 24.1 – is due to be released by the end of May and will integrate all major gun-tank variants of the T-72 main battle tank and will include a new feature that allows any UAV to drop improvised munitions or have impact-detonating munitions, the company detailed.

Control AI will now also be default in VBS4 24.1, which the company says is a “big step towards removing all legacy ‘game' AI from the product”.


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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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