Elbit Systems wins training contract for Dreadnought submarines
11 May 2022
by Olivia Savage
Elbit Systems UK is to engineer a training solution for the Dreadnought programme. Pictured here is an artist's rendition of a Dreadnought submarine. (BAE Systems)
Elbit Systems UK has been selected to design and deliver training solutions for the Royal Navy (RN) Dreadnought Crew Training (DCT) programme, the company announced on 9 May.
As part of the DCT, a team led by Raytheon UK has selected Elbit Systems UK to support the definition and provision of shore-based simulators and training aids, the company said.
The training solution will train RN crews ahead of deployment on the Dreadnought class of submarines.
Raytheon UK is the prime contractor and systems integrator for delivering an integrated training solution in the new future submarine school in HM Naval Base Faslane and other RN training sites and will deliver a new test and reference facility that will enable all integration and testing, the company noted.
An Elbit Systems spokesperson told
that the total value of the contract is GBP160 million (USD197 million), and has a duration of seven years.
Thales secures Combat Net Radio, pursues RoIP solution for SOCOM
19 May 2022
by Carlo Munoz
The Combat Net Radio is expected to replace the L3Harris-built RT 1523 SINCGARS VHF radio. (ITT Corporation)
Thales USA has secured a multibillion-dollar procurement deal to provide advanced tactical radios, under the US Army's Combat Net Radio (CNR) programme and is developing a manpackable communication solution to meet mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) requirements for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Thales was awarded one of the two USD6 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts to produce communication platforms for the CNR modernisation effort being spearheaded by army leaders, according to a 16 May company statement. The 10-year ID/IQ deal covers production and delivery of a CNR system based on the AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR), company officials said in the statement.
The CNR contract announcement comes after army acquisition officials signed procurement deals with Thales for the company's two-channel AN/PRC-148D Leader Radio and the single-channel AN/PRC-170 Javelin Radio, according to the statement.
The adoption of the AN/PRC-148-based platform into the army's tactical-level command, control, and communications (C3) portfolio will help service leaders transition from the L3Harris-built RT-1523 legacy Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).
Gurutvaa Systems delivers ‘Dronaam' C-UAS to Indian Air Force
18 May 2022
by Amit Kalra
The Dronaam C-UAS is pictured in ruggedised transportable cases. (Gurutvaa Systems)
Indian firm Gurutvaa Systems has delivered the first set of the indigenously developed ‘Dronaam' counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Harshad Dave, director of Gurutvaa Systems, told
that an undisclosed number of Dronaam C-UASs were delivered to the IAF earlier in May under a contract signed in August 2021. The system was delivered within nine months.
Dave said the system underwent design review in October 2021 and the first prototype trials were conducted in December 2021. A second trial of a production standard system, which incorporated suggestions from the first trial, was conducted by IAF in February 2022.
Dave further added that the Dronaam system is developed completely indigenously and has proved effective at disrupting the GNSS (global navigation satellite system) navigation and jamming radio frequencies of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
IAI to supply EO/IR for Philippine Navy's patrol vessels
18 May 2022
by Oishee Majumdar & Kasthurica Panigrahy
The “signing ceremony” marking IAI's contract to supply MiniPOP EO/IR systems to the Philippine Navy. (Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI))
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract to supply its MiniPOP electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems for the Philippine Navy's patrol vessels, the company announced in a media release on 16 May.
This particular MiniPOP system that is focused on maritime applications has been developed by IAI's Tamam Division, and is “designed to operate during both day and night, and meet harsh environmental conditions such as shock, vibration from waves, and extreme temperatures”, the company said.
“The payload provides real-time imaging, automatic video tracking, and precise target geolocation capabilities that can be used as a standalone EO/IR observation system on small and medium-sized vessels,” IAI added.
IAI declined to provide further details in response to a Janes request for comment on the value of the contract and the number of MiniPOP systems IAI plans to deliver to the Philippines Navy under the contract.
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