Sweden signs for GlobalEyes

by Gareth Jennings

Sweden is to field two GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft, with the option for a further two. (Saab)

The Swedish government has contracted Saab to deliver two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the country's armed forces.

The manufacturer announced the order on 30 June, saying the SEK7.3 billion (USD716 million) order will see the two aircraft delivered in 2027. The contract includes options for a further two GlobalEyes, for a total fleet of four aircraft.

Coming about nine months after the Swedish Armed Forces submitted its request to the government to procure the GlobalEye in September 2021, the contract will enable the Swedish Air Force to replace its two ageing Saab 340 (ASC 890) Erieye platforms.

The GlobalEye is built around the Saab Erieye Extended Range (ER) radar that is housed in the same external dorsal ‘plank' as the company's original Erieye system. Equipped with gallium nitride and other technologies, the Erieye ER is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) system that doubles the radar's power efficiency compared with previous Erieye iterations. It has a range in excess of 650 km, which can be extended by focusing the radar's energy.

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USMC explores operational use of low Earth orbit satcom

by Andrew White

The USMC's 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment showed off an LTATV equipped with Kymeta's u8 user terminal, which is able to acquire OneWeb low Earth orbit satellites to facilitate communications on the pause and on the move. (Andrew White )

The US Marine Corps (USMC) displayed a variety of emerging communications equipment during the amphibious warfare phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii this week.

The display was hosted by the first Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR) to join the USMC's order of battle – 3rd MLR – which is in the process of being equipped as a “self-deployable, multidomain force” that will support partners and allies in deterring adversaries, particularly across the Indo-Pacific.

3rd MLR's Communications Company highlighted several satellite communication (satcom) user terminals, used to network ground vehicles, surface vessels, and command posts to low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.

Commercially available LEO satcom is gaining popularity across armed forces around the world. Combat commanders see it as a way to employ primary, alternative, contingency, and emergency (PACE) communications plans, which can ensure secure and resilient connectivity, even in the face of disruption by well-equipped adversaries.

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British Army praises artillery training solution, eyes improvements

by Giles Ebbutt

Cubic's artillery mission training system (AMTS) installed on a 105 mm L118 Light Gun at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill. The visible appliqué elements (to the left of the breech and under the barrel) are bright blue. (Giles Ebbutt)

The British Army has learnt a number of lessons from its use of Cubic's artillery mission training system (AMTS) and is introducing improvements to it.

The AMTS has been in use at the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill and elsewhere as a concept capability demonstrator since late 2018. It consists of an appliqué instrumentation kit that is fitted to the 105 mm L118 Light Gun. Speaking at the 2022 Omega Joint Military Training & Simulation Conference, Alistair Parkinson, head of UK cross domain LVC programmes and indirect fire systems at Cubic, said that this shows where the gun is in time and space, where the barrel is pointing, and when it is fired.

Instrumented emulated ammunition, which is 10% of the weight of the real thing and enables 10 rounds to be stacked into the breech, provides charge and fuze setting. The combined gun and ammunition data enables the round impact point to be calculated.

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Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new STAR-X 3D naval radar

by Kate Tringham

IAI's new STAR-X 3D multimission naval radar, designed for OPVs and other small vessels. (IAI)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new compact shipborne surveillance and threat alert radar designed to fulfil the needs of operators of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other small vessels.

The new radar, named STAR-X 3D, is a fully digital 3D short- to medium-range X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can perform simultaneous surface and air surveillance.

IAI said the new radar leveraged proven technology from other IAI-ELTA radars and employed gallium nitride solid-state transmit modules to achieve a compact lightweight design, especially for missions in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), ranging from counter-terrorism, smuggling, piracy, and search-and-rescue, up to full open-sea combat missions.

The radar's technical specifications include a maximum instrumented range in excess of 150 km, a detection range for low-flying attacking missiles out to more than 25 km, and a detection range for high-flying attacking fighter aircraft out to more than 60 km. It has a tracking capacity for more than 1,000 targets and an elevation coverage of 70°. The antenna weighs less than 350 kg.

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