Norway orders new artillery location radars from Netherlands
26 May 2021
by Richard Scott & Nicholas Fiorenza
Norway is to acquire five Thales Ground Master 200 Multi-Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C) under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.
Norway is to acquire five Thales GM200 MM/C artillery location radars in 2023–24. (Thales)
Concluded on 25 May, the procurement will provide the Norwegian Armed Forces with a new mobile artillery location radar system suitable for national and international operations. The sales agreement, signed by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) and the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), includes an option for three additional GM200 MM/C systems. The FMA said on its website on 25 May that the contract value is about EUR77 million (USD94 million), with deliveries scheduled for 2023–24.
Forming part of the Thales 4D dual-axis multibeam active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar family, the S-band GM200 MM/C is a palletised system designed for tactical mobility and rapid deployment/relocation. As well as battlefield air surveillance and support to very-short-range/short-range air-defence systems, the radar can be deployed for specific taskings such as artillery counter-battery and weapon locating, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection/classification, and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) defence.
UK Typhoon fleet to get new networked simulators in 2022
22 October 2021
by Tim Ripley
UK Eurofighter Typhoon pilots can begin using a new networked simulator system at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire from next August, as part of the first stage in a transformation of the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) approach to simulation and training.
The first of 10 new Typhoon simulators are slated to be up and running as part of a GBP220 million Typhoon Future Synthetic Training (TFST) programme being led by BAE Systems Air Sector.
Jez Milne, the company's head of Operational Training Delivery, told
in October that the new simulators would be an important part of the RAF's drive to migrate to an 80% synthetic, 20% live training mix.
The RAF's ambition is for the TFST sites at RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth to feed into the service's Gladiator simulation network to enable personnel operating simulators representing different aircraft types, at different locations, to carry out joint training over secure communications links. TFST will be the first component to link into the Gladiator network, which is also known as the Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) (DOTC(A)).
Seen in USN colours as part of Boeing's pitch for the service's Undergraduate Jet Training System requirement, the T-7A Red Hawk is likely to be one of the candidate platforms put forward for the USN's recently released Tactical Surrogate Aircraft requirement. (Boeing)
The US Navy (USN) has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new Aggressor aircraft for ‘red air' combat training.
The Tactical Surrogate Aircraft (TSA) requirement released on 21 October would see a new aircraft type perform three primary pilot training missions, namely to augment flight time and training in front-line type model series aircraft, provide adversary air support, and to serve as a flight lead aircraft for fleet replacement squadrons.
“The aircraft needs to simulate and/or replicate current and future fighter aircraft systems by providing the training environment and relevant experience to build tactical skills, systems management skills, and decision-making skills required for weapon system employment actions. These actions will be influenced by environmental information, avionics outputs, sensor data, weapon-cueing, and manoeuvre elements,” the RFI said.
UK sets sights on interim strategic sealift capability
22 October 2021
by Richard Scott
is one of four strategic sealift ships currently operated by Foreland Shipping under the terms of a 25-year private finance initiative (PFI) arrangement.
(Crown Copyright/UK Ministry of Defence)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has begun to explore options for a future strategic sealift capability to begin operation in 2025.
A request for information (RFI) to inform programme and commercial strategies for a planned interim capability, lasting a minimum of five years and to an updated user requirement, was released on 20 October. This interim capability would succeed the MoD's existing sealift contract, which expires at the end of January 2024.
Strategic sealift provides the MoD with a capability to deploy cargo overseas from the United Kingdom in support of both standing commitments and contingent operations. The UK's current roll-on roll-off strategic maritime capacity, vested in the four Flensburger RoRo 2700 sealift ships MV
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