The RN's Type 26 frigates are among one class of ship being installed with Elbit Systems' electronic intelligence solution as part of MEWSIC Increment 1. (BAE Systems)
The programme to deliver a next-generation electronic surveillance system for the Royal Navy's (RN) surface warships has passed the critical design review (CDR), the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 13 November.
Known as the Maritime Electronic Warfare System Integrated Capability (MEWSIC), the programme – being delivered by Babcock, Elbit Systems UK, and QinetiQ – aims to enhance anti-ship missile defence as well as improve the detection and identification of emitters at ranges greater than is currently possible.
Following culmination of the CDR stage, the manufacture, testing, and acceptance phases can now proceed, the announcement said.
In November 2021 a Babcock-led team was awarded the GBP100 million 13-year MEWSIC Increment 1 contract to enhance the RN's situational awareness and improve ship protection. Elbit Systems UK are providing the electronic warfare (EW) capability, encompassing digital full-spectrum Radar Electronic Support Measures (RESM) and EW command-and-control (EWC2) systems. The solution is based on elements of the company's maritime EW suite – eM-e.
British Army soldiers embed with Japanese army for first time
01 December 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
A Gurkha from 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles with an L85A3 5.56 mm assault rifle (right) next to a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade paratrooper with a Howa Type 20 5.56 mm assault rifle (left) during Exercise ‘Vigilant Isles' in Somagahara Camp, Japan, on 15 November. (Crown copyright)
British Army soldiers embedded with the Japan Ground Self‐Defense Force (JGSDF) for the first time during Exercise ‘Vigilant Isles 23' in Japan from 15 to 26 November.
The Japanese embassy in London said on its website on 26 November that the exercise was the first time that the Japan-UK Reciprocal Access Agreement was applied. Around 400 JGSDF personnel and nearly 200 British Army soldiers were involved – the largest number of participants in a ‘Vigilant Isles' exercise. They conducted multiple training exercises such as infiltration and reconnaissance, combat shooting, and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) to develop their tactical skills and deepen their mutual understanding, the embassy said.
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.
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