Thales secures Combat Net Radio, pursues RoIP solution for SOCOM
19 May 2022
by Carlo Munoz
The Combat Net Radio is expected to replace the L3Harris-built RT 1523 SINCGARS VHF radio. (ITT Corporation)
Thales USA has secured a multibillion-dollar procurement deal to provide advanced tactical radios, under the US Army's Combat Net Radio (CNR) programme and is developing a manpackable communication solution to meet mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) requirements for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Thales was awarded one of the two USD6 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts to produce communication platforms for the CNR modernisation effort being spearheaded by army leaders, according to a 16 May company statement. The 10-year ID/IQ deal covers production and delivery of a CNR system based on the AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR), company officials said in the statement.
The CNR contract announcement comes after army acquisition officials signed procurement deals with Thales for the company's two-channel AN/PRC-148D Leader Radio and the single-channel AN/PRC-170 Javelin Radio, according to the statement.
The adoption of the AN/PRC-148-based platform into the army's tactical-level command, control, and communications (C3) portfolio will help service leaders transition from the L3Harris-built RT-1523 legacy Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).
US Army merges data analytics, combat management programmes
04 July 2022
by Carlo Munoz
The US Army command post during Joint Warfighting Assessment (JWA) 21 at Fort Carson, Colorado, which was the culmination of testing for CPCE Increment 1. (Amy Walker/US Army PEO C3T public affairs)
US Army officials within the service's primary information systems and networking technology directorates are working to merge two major programmes – data analytics and combat management – into a cohesive capability, with the goal of leveraging the new, joint programme into the army's burgeoning data fabric development effort.
Programme officials from Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) are in the midst of consolidating PEO EIS's ‘Vantage' data analytics and visualisation platform with PEO C3T's Command Post Computing Environment (CPCE) programme, US Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) Raj Iyer said.
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.
BEL has developed a lighter, compact variant of its Swathi Mark I weapon location radar (pictured here). The new system is intended for operations on mountains and at high altitudes. (BEL)
The Indian Army has ordered six units of a new “mountain variant” of a weapon location radar (WLR) system developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
Speaking to Janes at a recent event, Anandi Ramalingam, BEL's chairman and managing director, said that six Swathi Mark II units were ordered.
“The six units ordered are the mountain version of the WLR, which are lighter in weight,” Ramalingam said. “The Indian Army operates around 30 of the older Mark I variants.”
According to a BEL source, the Mark I variant, which is spread across 8×8 wheeled Tatra trucks, comprises two vehicles weighing 30 and 28 tons. The Mark II variant, which is based across two 6×6 wheeled Tatra trucks, weighs 18 tons each. “This is to satisfy the army's primary requirement that the platform should comply with bridging capacities,” the source said.
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