Lockheed Martin expands possibilities for SkyKeeper C2 system

by Giles Ebbutt

LMUK's Skykeeper Command is designed for main HQs in semi-static locations or in an ISO-container configuration. (Lockheed Martin UK)

Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) has finished upgrading the British Army's Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability and is developing future iterations of its SkyKeeper command-and-control (C2) software, Janes learnt at a media briefing on 26 March.

LEAPP is a truck-mounted system integrated with the Saab Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (G-AMB) 3D surveillance radar that provides early air-defence warning at land formation headquarters (HQ) through airspace management, surveillance, and ground-based C2. LMUK was awarded a GBP20 million (USD25.12 million) contract in December 2021 to extend the system's life to 2029, which according to LMUK SkyKeeper business development manager Richard Turner at the briefing was completed towards the end of 2023.

The basis of the LEAPP upgrade is the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)-free SkyKeeper ground-based air-defence (GBAD) C2 software, which is now a core part of LEAPP, Turner said. He added that the software is UK intellectual property and can “evolve from LEAPP to satisfy other requirements”.

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Indra introduces new vehicle situational awareness system

by Olivia Savage

Indra's new vehicle situational awareness system aims to enhance threat detection and reduce the cognitive burden. (Indra)

Indra has developed a new armoured vehicle situational awareness system designed to improve threat detection and evaluation.

Incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), the system analyses images from visible, night-vision, and infrared cameras fitted on the vehicle, improving the range and identification of individuals and platforms as well as reducing the cognitive burden, an announcement from the company detailed on 20 May.

The system also supports friend-or-foe identification and threat-level assessment and can suggest potential countermeasures and courses of action, the company added.

Although its name remains undecided, a company spokesperson informed Janes that it is ready for export and is being installed in the Spanish Army's Tracked Support Vehicle (Vehículo de Apoyo de Cadenas: VAC).

VAC aims to replace around 2,000 vehicles from the M113 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC) family that are in service with the Spanish Army. Manufacturing is expected to start this year. The vehicles are utilising the same mission systems as the Spanish Army's 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle (Vehículo de Combate sobre Ruedas: VCR) Dragón.

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Saab sees NATO future for GlobalEye, despite initial AFSC setback

by Gareth Jennings

Despite having recently lost out to its E-7 rival for NATO's iAFSC requirement, Saab sees a strong future for its GlobalEye (pictured) platform as part of the alliance's wider AFSC structure. (Saab)

Saab sees a place for its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform within NATO, despite not being included in the initial Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (iAFSC) announcement in late 2023.

Speaking to reporters at the company's Linköping production facility in southern Sweden, chief marketing officer (CMO) of Surveillance at Saab Fredrik Follin said that the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based GlobalEye features in NATO's longer term AFSC plans, despite losing out to its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail rival for iAFSC.

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Sweden orders mobile C2 systems from Marshall

by Olivia Savage

Marshall has been contracted to deliver up to 500 C2 shelters (pictured) to the Swedish Armed Forces. (Marshall)

The Swedish Armed Forces has contracted UK company Marshall for the provision of a suite of command-and-control (C2) shelters for GBP100 million (USD127.1 million).

Under the contract, the company will be required to deliver up to 500 C2 shelters as well as a range of ancillary equipment, including power units, battery boxes, and mast trailers, along with modular workspaces, the company announced on 22 May.

Deliveries will take place over the next four years, with an option to extend for a further three thereafter.

As part of the contract, Marshall will adapt its standardised 20 ft base container into 16 different C2 shelter variants featuring a combination of equipment, modules, and specifications for roles such as command, communications, mast operation, technical, and network support.

Electromagnetic shielding will be standard across the C2 suite, with most variants featuring HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) filtration systems. Ballistic protection is also being provided for one of the variants.

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