UK looks to Netherlands tie-up for Serpens Deep Find radar
07 November 2023
by Richard Scott
The UK is procuring the GM200 multimode radar under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands. (Thales Nederland)
The UK has elected to pursue a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands for the procurement of a new Deep Find radar as part of a wider recapitalisation of the British Army's weapons locating capability under Project Serpens, Janes has learnt.
The move, which will see the UK join other NATO members in buying the Thales Nederland Ground Master 200 (GM200) multimission radar, is intended to accelerate delivery of the Deep Find capability, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). However, the intention remains to compete with other elements of Serpens.
Seen as a critical equipment procurement project within the British Army's Land intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) programme, Project Serpens is intended to modernise the British Army's ability to detect, recognise, identify, and locate incoming rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAMs), as well as a range of other threats, including unmanned aircraft systems. This intention is to recapitalise the current weapons locating capability by introducing a digitally networked suite of interoperable radar and sensor systems to replace legacy standalone sensors.
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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