Thales eyes UK Dismounted Situational Awareness programme
10 March 2023
by Olivia Savage
Thales UK DSA offering on display at the 2023 Future Soldier Technology Conference. Synaps (left), AN/PRC-148E Spear (middle), and SquadNet radio (right). (Janes/Olivia Savage)
Thales intends to pitch its tactical radios for the UK Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) Tactical Radio Sub-Lot competition.
Depending on the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) requirements, the company will present its SquadNet, Javelin, AN/PRC-148E Spear, or Synaps handheld radio for the Tactical Radio Sub-Lot competition, Ciaran McCloskey, product line manager for tactical products at Thales, told Janes at SAE Media Group's 2023 Future Soldier Technology Conference, held from 6 to 8 March.
If the MoD and the British Army dictate that they require a “flat network approach, 120 radios or users within a net, the company can offer their SquadNet or Javelin radio”. On the other hand, for a two-tiered approach, the company can offer its SquadNet radio at the lower level, for soldiers who require a more basic capability, and the Synaps handheld radio at the commander level, which has more modern waveforms and is hardened against electronic attack, McCloskey said.
The DGA ordered 3,000 multispectral camouflage nets from Saab Barracuda on 21 January. (DGA)
The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), France's defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 27 February that it had ordered 3,000 multispectral camouflage nets from Saab Barracuda on 21 January under its Filet écran radar-IR (Fenrir) procurement programme.
Under the EUR30 million (USD32.4 million) contract, the French Army and Air and Space Force will receive multispectral camouflage nets between 2024 and 2026, which the DGA expects to “significantly improve” the ability to conceal division, brigade, combined joint force, and vehicle command posts, masking their visible, infrared, and radar signatures so they blend more easily into the environment. They will be provided for four different environments: northern Europe, southern Europe, desert, and snow.
The camouflage nets were developed over two years by Saab and the Section Technique de l'Armée de Terre (STAT), the French Army's Technical Section, to meet French forces' requirements.
Saab has subcontracted the French small- and medium-sized enterprise Solarmtex in Vierzon to manufacture and assemble the camouflage nets in a new factory.
Elbit Systems receives USD600 million contract for Australian Redback IFVs
26 February 2024
by Kapil Kajal
The Redback IFV (pictured above) weighs 42 tonnes and has a length, a width, and a height of 7.9 m, 3.64 m, and 3.75 m respectively. It has a maximum onroad speed of 65 km/h with a seating capacity for a crew of three and up to eight troops. (Hanwha Aerospace)
Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) has awarded a contract worth USD600 million to Israel-based military technology company Elbit Systems to supply protection and fighting capabilities and sensors for Australian Redback infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), Elbit Systems said in a press release on 26 February.
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) signed a USD2.4 billion contract with HDA in December 2023 to deliver 129 Redback IFVs to the Australian Army under the service's Land 400 Phase 3 programme.
HDA has partnered with various defence manufacturers including Elbit Land Systems to produce the Australian Redbacks.
Singapore Airshow 2024: Aero set to complete VPAF L-39NG deliveries
23 February 2024
by Akhil Kadidal & Prasobh Narayanan
Aero Vodochody has completed deliveries of the first batch of L-39NGs to the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF). The company is also focusing on selling the aircraft to Thailand. (Aero Vodochody)
Aero Vodochody AS has delivered its first batch of L-39NG trainer and light-attack aircraft to the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF), with remaining deliveries expected to be completed in 2024.
Vietnam ordered 12 L-39NG aircraft in February 2021. Filip Gunnar Kulštrunk, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer of Aero, told Janes that deliveries began in the fourth quarter of 2023 and that “the first batch of aircraft is now in [Vietnam]. We're going to be following up through to the end of this year. Most of this year is filled up with these delivery schedules”.
Kulštrunk offered his comments during the 2024 Singapore Airshow, which is being held from 20 to 25 February.
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