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SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes that dry trials for system integration are scheduled from 1 October until 14 January, static surface water trials from 21 January to 4 February, and dynamic surface trials from 10 February to 16 February. The first static subsea trials are scheduled from 18 February until 4 March and then dynamic subsea trials from 11 March until 25 March.

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)

The Victa prototype, which uses a monohull designed by UK naval architects BAR Technologies, is known as ‘002', as it follows an initial catamaran testbed, ‘001', that was used to prove out the automated balance and trim technology employed by SubSea Craft. Work on the current vessel began in 2018.

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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter th...

SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

by Peter Felstead

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.

Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerging – an automated process in which the cabin is flooded – to effect the stealthy insertion of up to six divers seated behind a crew of two.

As the trials campaign moves forward the vessel will be tested in the waters around Gosport, Hampshire, and will then be moved to SubSea Craft's Trials, Testing, and Training (T3) facility at Portland in Dorset.

A SubSea Craft spokesman told Janes

The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit, photographed two days before it was scheduled to enter the water for the first time on 9 September. (Janes/P Felstead)


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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BAE Systems buys satellite maker In-Space Missions

by Marc Selinger

In-Space Missions is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has expanded its space capabilities by acquiring fellow UK company In-Space Missions, which manufactures small satellites, BAE announced on 14 September.

BAE said that combining its experience in providing secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions' ability to build and operate satellites will help the United Kingdom to compete globally in the growing low Earth orbit market, while meeting its defence and commercial needs.

“This acquisition will allow us to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multidomain operations, and networking for our customers,” said Ben Hudson, BAE's chief technology officer.

BAE is initially paying about GBP13 million (USD18 million) for In-Space Missions. It will make additional payments if certain growth goals are met in the coming years.

Founded in 2015, In-Space Missions is based in Hampshire, England, and has more than 30 employees. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE, In-Space Missions recently received a GBP9.5 million contract from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to provide a satellite for a high-speed optical communications demonstration.


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DSEI 2021: SAMI continuing to target M&A, increasing localisation

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will continue to target acquisitions of companies in the Kingdom, as the company carries on with moving collaboration agreements with international primes through to joint ventures.

“We have clear strategy of what's required in SAMI, [and] what capabilities need to be achieved, because we are looking at the whole Saudi defence industry. We want to make sure, as a national defence champion, that we can have synergies and efficiencies in the defence industry,” SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled told Janes at the DSEI trade show in London on 14 September.

The company's acquisition of AEC in late 2020 was “definitely not the last acquisition in our plan”, according to Abukhaled.

The company is also considering international opportunities. “We need to make sure if we acquire something that there is a value-add to the Kingdom and also to overall SAMI capability, to support our customers in Saudi Arabia and the region. We're open to that, and we do explore opportunities outside the Kingdom,” Abukhaled said.


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