The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded a contract to Saab for the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of the Royal Swedish Navy's (RSwN's) third Gotland (Type A19)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK), HSwMS
The scope of the award, announced on 18 March and valued at SEK1.1 billion (USD116 million), includes a major platform overhaul and upgrade of the combat system that will enable
to remain in service to around 2030.
Work will be carried out at Saab's Kockums shipyard facility in Karlskrona.
The RSwN's three Gotland-class SSKs were built by Kockums between 1990–97.
SOCOM explores new Tactical Mission Network concept
20 May 2022
by Carlo Munoz
A US Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician sends intelligence to the Reconnaissance Operations Center during the Marine's Reconnaissance Team Leader Course's final exercise on 31 October 2017. SOCOM is soliciting industry proposals to improve its Global Analytics Platform to process, exploit, and disseminate battlefield intelligence. (US Department of Defense )
US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is exploring a new edge networking concept, focused on operationalising chat and data-sharing environments patterned closely after commercial applications like WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger.
FlashHawk is designed to enable small airborne platforms to perform 3D geolocation of communications emitters. (Avantix)
French electronic warfare (EW) house Avantix has begun initial production of its FlashHawk airborne communications intelligence/communications electronic support measures (COMINT/CESM) system in anticipation of launch orders.
US naval officials plan to conduct more Arctic operations
20 May 2022
by Michael Fabey
USMC and NATO forces trained for Arctic operations during Exercise ‘Cold Response 2022‘ in Norway. (Michael Fabey)
The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) will be conducting more operations in the Arctic, according to officials from both services.
”In both Alaska and frankly in Europe, we‘re going to more frequently deploy smaller units for two to four weeks at a time,” General David Berger, USMC commandant, testified on 18 May before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense during its hearing on the fiscal year (FY) 2023 USN and USMC budget request.
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