With the RAF set to receive the first of its Wedgetail aircraft in 2024, the service has embedded personnel with the RAAF so as to more quickly stand up the capability. (Commonwealth of Australia)
The UK is furthering preparations for the introduction into service of the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, with the announcement on 5 September that Royal Air Force (RAF) crews are supporting the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in its latest exercises.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that RAF ‘seedcorn' crews were flying aboard a RAAF E-7A aircraft participating in the multinational Exercise ‘Pitch Black 2022' taking place across northern Australia.
“Ahead of the delivery of the first RAF Wedgetail, [the] seedcorn programme has been established with the Royal Australian Air Force, which sees RAF maintainers, technicians, and aircrew embedding within [the RAAF's] 2 Squadron,” the MoD said. “The symbiotic relationship assists the RAAF with the delivery of E-7 capability and will provide a core of experienced personnel to operate UK Wedgetail at RAF Lossiemouth.”
Gurutvaa Systems ramp up Dronaam C-UAS deliveries to IAF
25 November 2022
by Amit Kalra
Gurutvaa Systems has started bulk deliveries of its Dronaam C-UAS (pictured above) to the IAF. (Gurutvaa Systems)
Indian company Gurutvaa Systems has despatched the first bulk production lot of its Dronaam counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
on 24 November, Sandeep Dawkhar, vice-president of Gurutvaa Systems, said that the first lot of Dronaam C-UAS was recently despatched. He added that prior to the despatch, a team of officials from the IAF's Directorate of the Air Staff Requirements approved the C-UAS production lot at the company's facility in Pune, Maharashtra.
This delivery formed part of an undisclosed number of Dronaam C-UASs ordered by the IAF in August 2021, Dawkhar said. He added that the recent despatch was the first time that deliveries were carried out in bulk quantities.
According to the company, Dronaam is an indigenously developed C-UAS, effective at disrupting the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) navigation and jamming radio frequencies of rogue UAVs.
Norway to procure new artillery location radars from Thales
24 November 2022
by Olivia Savage
Norway will acquire three Thales GM200 MM/C radars (pictured) as part of an ongoing government-to-government agreement with the Netherlands. (Thales)
Norway will acquire three new mobile artillery location radars from Thales under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.
The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) has signed a follow-on contract, valued at NOK460 million (USD45.8 million), with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for an additional three Thales Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C), the FMA announced on 23 November.
The initial contract for five Thales GM200 MM/C radars, with an option for three more systems, was announced in May 2021. The contract was valued at EUR77 million (USD79.6 million), with deliveries scheduled by 2023–24.
In total, eight radars will be delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces for just over NOK2 billion, with deliveries expected by the end of 2025, the latest announcement said.
Future radar acquisitions from other NATO countries are permissible as part of the Thales Nederland and Dutch DMO agreement. To that end, several NATO countries have expressed an interest, the FMA said.
Elbit Systems UK signs MOU with Draken Europe to deliver UAS services
18 November 2022
by Olivia Savage
Draken Europe and Elbit Systems UK will collaborate on delivering contractor-owned UAS services. The Hermes 900 Starliner will be one of the systems meeting this agreement. (Elbit Systems UK)
Elbit Systems UK and British company Draken Europe have signed an agreement to collaborate on and support the delivery of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) services.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to meet a growing market interest for contractor-operated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UAS services, Elbit Systems UK announced on 17 November.
As a developer and manufacturer of several ISR UAS systems, Elbit Systems UK will work with Draken Europe to utilise their service and operational experience to identify opportunities to exploit advanced UAS aircraft including Elbit Systems UK's Hermes 900 Starliner.