US auditors report USAF lacks JADC2 plans and requirements
20 January 2023
by Zach Rosenberg
USAF personnel test ABMS capabilities. The USAF is making progress on ABMS but lacks precise plans, requirements, and financial estimates, the GAO said. (US Air Force/DVIDS)
The US Air Force (USAF) is making progress on but lacks definitions and plans for the Air Battle Management System (ABMS), the service's component of Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
A GAO report, released on 13 January, details the USAF's efforts to build and implement ABMS.
The USAF has defined two ABMS efforts: Capability Release 1, which is intended to be installed on KC-46 tankers to receive data from F-35s and transmit it back to command-and-control centres; and Cloud-Based Command and Control (CBC2), which is built to integrate disparate data sources for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Department of Defense's (DoD's) Northern Command.
German Army to receive additional batch of Future Soldier C2 systems
27 January 2023
by Olivia Savage
The German Army will receive additional IdZ-ES VJTF 2023 solider systems
The variant is based on Rheinmetall's modular Gladius 2.0, showing (l) the CeoTronics CT-MultiPTT 3C central operation and control unit and chest-mounted tablet and (II) the single central hub. This configuration has two radios, suited for a platoon commander.
Rheinmetall is to expand delivering its latest dismounted Future Soldier command-and-control (C2) system to the German Army.
As per a company announcement on 26 January, the German Bundeswehr has contracted Rheinmetall to deliver its ‘Infantryman of the Future – Extended System' (Infanterist der Zukunft: IdZ-ES) to soldiers.
Fourteen ‘IdZ-ES' “platoon systems”, comprising 476 systems in total will be delivered to individual soldiers, the announcement said.
Valued in the mid-double-digit million euro range, the contract was placed in December 2022 after Germany's Bundestag approved a EUR100 billion (USD108 billion) defence fund, the announcement added.
Swedish Army to get new mobile communications platforms
27 January 2023
by Olivia Savage
The Technical High Mobility Shelter is a rapidly deployable C2 system that can be fitted on wheeled or tracked vehicles. (Elbit Systems )
Elbit Systems is to equip the Swedish Armed Forces with new mobile tactical communications stations.
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) awarded a SEK500 million (USD48.79 million) contract to Elbit Systems Sweden for the supply of its Technical High Mobility Shelters (THMSs) to the Swedish Army, the company announced on 24 January.
Under the contract, the company will develop and deliver two THMS variants – RL HYTT 24A and RL HYTT 24B, the company said.
The stations, which can be installed on both tracked and wheeled platforms, will be delivered to the Swedish Army over a three-year period (2023–25). Optional extensions and lifetime maintenance can be exercised, bringing the total value of the contract to SEK600 million, according to the announcement.
An FMV spokesperson informed
that the Swedish Armed Forces are procuring 80 shelters, with an option to acquire an additional 100 as part of the contract.
Hensoldt will develop a SIGINT pod demonstrator for German Eurodrone MALE UAVs. The collective Eurodrone platform will be developed by Airbus, Leonardo, and Dassault. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)
Hensoldt has been awarded a contract to develop an intelligence capability for the Eurodrone platform.
The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded a EUR15 million (USD16.3 million) contract to Hensoldt for the development of a signals intelligence (SIGINT) demonstrator for the Eurodrone medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company announced on 20 January.
The sensor suite will be integrated into a pod for the Eurodrone platform and will be based on the latest “digitisation, electronic beam-steering, and metallic 3D printing” technologies, some of which have already been developed under Hensoldt's ‘Kalaetron' product family, the company said.
A Hensoldt spokesperson confirmed to Janes that the SIGINT sensor suite is intended specifically for the German Eurodrone aircraft.
According to the company, Hensoldt will also develop a system architecture to allow for the integration of the SIGINT capability into the future mission system of the Eurodrone. The SIGINT payload will be capable of networking with other platforms, the company added.