Elbit Systems to supply ASW capabilities to navy of Asia-Pacific country

by Gabriel Dominguez

A torpedo being launched from a Seagull USV. Elbit Systems announced on 13 September that it has secured contracts worth a combined USD56 million to provide ASW capabilities, including an undisclosed number of ASW-capable Seagull USVs, to the navy of a country in the Asia-Pacific region. (Galina Kantor via Elbit Systems)

Israeli company Elbit Systems announced on 13 September that it has secured contracts worth a combined USD56 million to provide anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) capabilities to the navy of an undisclosed country in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Haifa-based company said that under the contracts, which are to be performed over a 12-month period, it will provide an undisclosed number of Seagull unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) configured to perform ASW missions as well as Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) systems.

The TRAPS systems, which are low-frequency variable-depth sonars intended for detection, tracking, and classification of submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels, and torpedoes, will be installed on the customer's corvettes, noted the company.

The Seagull USVs will integrate Helicopter/Ship Long-Range Active Sonars (HELRASs) and will be equipped with Elbit's autonomous command-and-control (C2) suite, combat management system, and satellite communication capabilities, it added.

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DSEI 2021: Saudi Arabia continuing to build on engagement opportunities for foreign suppliers

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabia is continuing to promote inward investment and contracting opportunities in its defence industry, His Excellency Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), told Janes during the DSEI 2021 trade show in London.

“We have identified that we have up to 74 supply chain opportunities that branch into hundreds of billions of dollars of opportunities worldwide,” Al-Ohali said. “This represents a green-field environment for people who want to invest and who want to join our journey.”

The formal release of the Industrial Participation Program (IPP) in 2020 has allowed the country to codify its requirements and engagement with foreign suppliers, linking offset obligations to defence procurements. The focus on growing Saudi industry has been a key aspect of the IPP as part of efforts to grow the country's sovereign capabilities.

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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve building the vessels in Greece at the Scaramanga and Elefsis shipyards, taking advantage of the modular block-build approach for the vessels. The Arrowyard concept, which was launched at DSEI on 15 September, will be utilised to deliver the build concept to Greece.

Walton also said that the company hoped to leverage its experience on the maintenance, support, and upgrades of MEKO 200 vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy, as well as its experience in working on the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 23 Duke-class frigates, as part of the second pillar of the Hellenic Navy's requirement.

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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.

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