24 May 2023
by Andrew White & Jeremy Binnie
The Guardian 30 unmanned turret displayed on the International Golden Group stand at IDEX in February 2023. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)
Spain's Escribano Mechanical and Engineering (EM&E) announced on 22 May that it has signed a contract to deliver its Guardian 30 remotely operated weapon stations (ROWSs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces.
A deal was signed at the beginning of this year covering 516 Guardian 30s to upgrade wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles in service with the UAE Armed Forces over an initial three-year period, according to an EM&E statement provided to Janes. The contract's value was not disclosed.
Having revealed that the UAE bought more than 500 weapon stations for 12.7 mm machine guns in 2019, the statement said, “This new contract is part of the Emirati army‘s modernisation programmes to equip its vehicles with small- and medium-calibre stations, replacing the current manual stations with more advanced remote stations.”
26 May 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
Arquus and VTU are offering the Light European Vehicle for a long-standing Czech special forces requirement. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)
Arquus and the Czech Military Technical Institute (VTU) displayed the Light European Vehicle (LEV) at the International Defence and Security Technology Fair (IDET) held in Brno, Czech Republic, from 24 to 26 May.
Arquus and VTU representatives told Janes that 169 LEVs had been offered to the Czech Republic under a tender for vehicles for the 601st Special Forces Group.
The LEV is based on Arquus's Sabre special forces 4×4 vehicle, which can be crewed by up to five soldiers. The vehicle has an automatic transmission and a top speed of 110 km/h. It has a minimum payload of 2,000 kg and a combat weight of up to 9,500 kg. The LEV has a maximum length of 6,500 mm, a width of 2,300 mm, and a height of 2,600 mm, and can be transported by A400M and C-130 transport aircraft, as well as CH-47 helicopter.
It is armed with a 50 calibre machine gun and has weapon stations for up to five 7.62 mm machine guns.
26 May 2023
by Olivia Savage
The Blue Bear Ghost fixed-wing UAV tested during the inaugural AUKUS AI and autonomy trial. (Crown Copyright)
The UK hosted the first AUKUS artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy trial in April to promote synergies between Australian, UK, and US AI-enabled assets.
Held at Upavon in Wiltshire, the exercise involved collaboratively swarming the different AI platforms to detect and track military targets in real time in a representative environment, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 May.
The trial incorporated platforms such as the Challenger 2 and the Warrior armoured vehicle, the Viking unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), an FV433 Abbot self-propelled gun, and the Eastern Bloc BMP OT-90 armoured personnel carrier alongside unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – Blue Bear Ghost and Insitu CT220.
Together, the teams developed joint machine learning (ML) models for the platforms that were subsequently modified “in flight” to incorporate new targets and adapt to changing mission scenarios – a world first. This data and the AI models were shared among the three partners, the MoD said.
26 May 2023
by Nicholas Fiorenza
A TITUS 6×6 armoured vehicle was handed over to the ACR during a ceremony at IDET 2023 on 24 May. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)
The Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System (TITUS) 6×6 armoured vehicle was handed over to the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) on the first day of the International Defence and Security Technology Fair (IDET) 2023 held in Brno, Czech Republic, on 24–26 May 2023. The vehicle was one of five TITUS artillery fire support co-ordination posts delivered earlier in May, according to a 23 May Nexter press release on its participation in IDET.
The Czech Republic ordered 62 TITUS vehicles in 2019 – 42 command staff and liaison vehicles and 20 artillery fire support co-ordination posts. The command staff and liaison version can be used as a signals vehicle. Most of the vehicles will go to the ACR's 4th Brigade Task Force and 7th Brigade Task Force, the latter of which has been designated as a heavy brigade committed to NATO.
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