LIMA 2023: Havelsan to supply CMS for Indonesia's new frigates

by Manasvi Shanker Sharma

A computer-generated rendering of the Arrowhead 140 design, which is the basis for Indonesia's ‘Red White' frigate programme. (Babcock)

Turkey's Havelsan will equip the Indonesian Navy's new Arrowhead 140 frigates with its Advent combat management system (CMS), the company told Janes at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2023 in Malaysia.

The frigates are being constructed by state-owned Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL, with steel cutting of the first ship in December 2022.

The Arrowhead 140 is the third different class of Indonesian warships planned to be equipped with the Advent CMS. Other classes include 90 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) under construction at PT Daya Radar Utama and KCR-60M missile craft built by PT Tesco Indomaritim.

UK defence group Babcock signed a design licence agreement with PT PAL in September 2021, which supported the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at the Indonesian shipbuilder's facilities in Surabaya. The Arrowhead 140 is based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design previously developed for the Royal Danish Navy. The project has been locally branded as the ‘Red White' frigate programme.

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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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