Wide range of SAMs simulated during Exercise ‘Blue Flag' in Israel
25 October 2021
by Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie
Aircraft from various air forces at Uvda Air Force Base north of Eilat for Exercise ‘Blue Flag 21'. (Israeli Air Force)
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has simulated a range of Russian-made surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems during Exercise ‘Blue Flag 21', the biennial multinational event it is hosting at Uvda Air Force Base from 17–28 October.
IAF officers said S-75 (SA-2), S-125 (SA-3), 2K12 Kub (SA-6), 9K33 Osa (SA-8), and Pantsir-S1 (SA-22) SAM systems are being simulated using a variety of emitters that include the new Scorpius-T training system made by Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI's) Elta subsidiary.
Ground teams have also simulated launches from man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) and the ‘red force' that is playing the role of the enemy includes an Israel Patriot air-defence battery, as well as F-16 fighters from the IAF's 115 ‘Red Dragon' Squadron and F-35I Adir fighters.
Gurutvaa Systems ramp up Dronaam C-UAS deliveries to IAF
25 November 2022
by Amit Kalra
Gurutvaa Systems has started bulk deliveries of its Dronaam C-UAS (pictured above) to the IAF. (Gurutvaa Systems)
Indian company Gurutvaa Systems has despatched the first bulk production lot of its Dronaam counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
on 24 November, Sandeep Dawkhar, vice-president of Gurutvaa Systems, said that the first lot of Dronaam C-UAS was recently despatched. He added that prior to the despatch, a team of officials from the IAF's Directorate of the Air Staff Requirements approved the C-UAS production lot at the company's facility in Pune, Maharashtra.
This delivery formed part of an undisclosed number of Dronaam C-UASs ordered by the IAF in August 2021, Dawkhar said. He added that the recent despatch was the first time that deliveries were carried out in bulk quantities.
According to the company, Dronaam is an indigenously developed C-UAS, effective at disrupting the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) navigation and jamming radio frequencies of rogue UAVs.
Norway to procure new artillery location radars from Thales
24 November 2022
by Olivia Savage
Norway will acquire three Thales GM200 MM/C radars (pictured) as part of an ongoing government-to-government agreement with the Netherlands. (Thales)
Norway will acquire three new mobile artillery location radars from Thales under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.
The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) has signed a follow-on contract, valued at NOK460 million (USD45.8 million), with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for an additional three Thales Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C), the FMA announced on 23 November.
The initial contract for five Thales GM200 MM/C radars, with an option for three more systems, was announced in May 2021. The contract was valued at EUR77 million (USD79.6 million), with deliveries scheduled by 2023–24.
In total, eight radars will be delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces for just over NOK2 billion, with deliveries expected by the end of 2025, the latest announcement said.
Future radar acquisitions from other NATO countries are permissible as part of the Thales Nederland and Dutch DMO agreement. To that end, several NATO countries have expressed an interest, the FMA said.
Elbit Systems UK signs MOU with Draken Europe to deliver UAS services
18 November 2022
by Olivia Savage
Draken Europe and Elbit Systems UK will collaborate on delivering contractor-owned UAS services. The Hermes 900 Starliner will be one of the systems meeting this agreement. (Elbit Systems UK)
Elbit Systems UK and British company Draken Europe have signed an agreement to collaborate on and support the delivery of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) services.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to meet a growing market interest for contractor-operated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UAS services, Elbit Systems UK announced on 17 November.
As a developer and manufacturer of several ISR UAS systems, Elbit Systems UK will work with Draken Europe to utilise their service and operational experience to identify opportunities to exploit advanced UAS aircraft including Elbit Systems UK's Hermes 900 Starliner.