Puzzle pieces: Washington eyes path ahead for homeland cruise missile defence
13 September 2022
by Ashley Roque
A Patriot M903 launcher station assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, during Exercise ‘Arctic Edge 2022' at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This defence capability could be included as part of a US homeland cruise missile defence architecture. (USAF)
Reports of Russian Tu-95 aircraft and submarines launching cruise missiles to strike targets in Kyiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Odesa filled US news reports throughout 2022, offering momentary insights to a conflict on another continent.
Accompanying images of smouldering buildings are the incremental announcements from countries pledging to send an array of weapons to Kyiv, including a promise from Washington to deliver eight National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) during the coming years. Pentagon leaders contend that this weapon system will help the Eastern European country defend itself against incoming cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, and other aircraft.
US Army developing intel analysis, combat weather apps
28 November 2023
by Carlo Munoz
A soldier from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (11th ACR) operates a Mounted Mission Command-Software (MMC-S)-based system during a training mission at Ft Irwin, California. (US Army)
The US Army is developing a new slate of advanced software designed to improve collection, dissemination, and exploitation of battlefield intelligence at the tactical level, according to a service solicitation.
The software development effort, known as the ‘Intel Apps' programme, is being spearheaded by Project Manager, Intelligence Systems & Analytics (IS&A) under the army's Program Executive Office – Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) directorate. The programme, as designed, will “provide leap ahead [intelligence] tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination [of] advanced software capability” for army units, according to the 20 November request for proposals (RFP).
Intel Apps, once mature, “will displace and replace” the service's current intelligence systems and analytics software embedded in the army's Command Post Computing Environment (CPCE), programme officials said in the RFP.
Germany's F126 frigates to be equipped with Systematic's C2 software
22 November 2023
by Olivia Savage
The German Navy's F126 frigates will be equipped with Systematic's SitaWare C2 suite. (Damen Naval)
Germany's F126 frigates will be equipped with Systematic's command-and-control (C2) software, the company announced on 20 November.
The project, called the National Maritime C2 Service Bundeswehr (NMC2S Bw), will involve adding SitaWare Maritime and Fusion to the Bundeswehr's SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) licences and installing this onboard the F126 frigates.
A Systematic spokesperson told
the licences are aimed to be made available in 2024.
Germany will receive four multi-purpose surface combatant frigates under a EUR4.6 billion (USD5 billion) contract with prime contractor Damen Naval. Thales Netherlands is managing the full integration and delivery of the mission system, fire-control system, and communications suite.
The contract was awarded by DXC Technology Deutschland, which is managing the ships' integration timeframes following a subcontract from Thales Netherlands.
Brazil acquires new satcom capability for LPD fleet
22 November 2023
by Victor Barreira
LPD, formerly the Foudre-class FS
LPD with the French Navy between 1998 and 2015, was acquired by Brazil in 2015.
(Victor Barreira )
The Brazilian Navy is acquiring a new satellite communications (satcom) system for NDM
(G40) multi-purpose landing platform dock (LPD) to improve the satcom capability of the amphibious warfare ship.
A tender launched by the Brazilian Naval Commission in Washington, DC, on behalf of the Logistics Center for Navy Material, took place between September and October for the acquisition, installation, activation, and integration of an X-band, dual antenna satcom terminal, for the NDM
was told that the proposals received from undisclosed interested companies are currently being analysed for decision.
The satcom systems aboard Brazilian warships are usually linked to SISCOMIS, the country's system for military satellite communications, which utilises the SGDC-1 strategic communications satellite for X-band transmission.
Since being commissioned in March 2016 for Surface Force Command, the NDM
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