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HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales is benefitting from the experiences of the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is leading an international carrier strike group in the Far East. Prince of Wales commander Captain Steve Higham said the two carriers “are in constant communication to ensure that any lessons identified by either ship are capitalised upon. Both ships' companies strive to ensure commonality of standard operating procedures for the safe and efficient conduct of aviation at sea, and any changes in Prince of Wales' approach to generating for operations will be as a result of this continuous collaboration at all levels”.

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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘Joint Warrior' would test its “ability to work alongside other naval, air force, and army assets and broader task group operations”.


        HMS 
        Prince of Wales
         in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters.
       (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth on 28 August, eight days before it sortied for its first longer period of time training with F-35B fighters. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Embarked on Prince of Wales are four F-35Bs and Merlin helicopters, which will be the first time a fast jet and helicopter air group will operate off the carrier, providing training for pilots, flight deck crew, aircraft handlers, air traffic controllers, and maintainers.

The 700-strong crew of Prince of Wales


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibility of arming it with missiles in the future. Saab said the CB90 NG has improved stealth, manoeuvrability, and speed. On 17 September, the company took Janes for a ride on the Thames with the boat, which reached speeds of up to 40 kt, and demonstrated its very short breaking distance.


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DSEI 2021: 4GD selected to provide CQB training facilities for British Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

4GD has been selected by Landmarc Support Services to provide its SmartFacility training systems to the British Army. (4GD)

The UK's 4GD, a company specialising in close-combat immersive training, has been selected by the country's national training estate prime contractor Landmarc Support Services to install a series of its Level 2 SmartFacilities at British Army bases under the Urban Fighting Skills House framework, according to a 16 September company press release.

“The facilities will consist of our SimWall system and 4GAV special effects and video monitoring system,” James Crowley, 4GD's business development manager, told Janes on 16 September. The first facility, which enables infantry sections to practise room clearances and other close-quarter battle (CQB) drills, is to be installed at Catterick Garrison from 2022.

The training facilities are being installed as part of the British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme, which is designed to address the need for training that is adapted to the evolving nature of warfare.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)

Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.

The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allowing it to operate with 2 cm holes in its tyres on ice, snow, and sub-zero weather conditions in sandy, rocky, and mountainous terrain. The fully amphibious platform can float and swim with a 1,000 kg payload, according to Rheinmetall.


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