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29 June 2016

British Army Needs to Dominate Information Space

The UK’s Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, has described how the country’s exit from the European Union (EU) will not adversely affect the British Army’s relationship with NATO, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) was told today.


Addressing members of the UK’s Armed Forces and international colleagues at the RUSI Land Warfare Conference on 29th June, Fallon stressed how the result of last weeks referendum did not change the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) “global outlook”, explaining how it would continue to fight terrorism; support counter-migration efforts; and counter-arms smuggling operations with with NATO, the UN and EU.

Also due to speak at the event was LTG Ben Hodges, Commander of US Army Europe, who in March suggested a British exit from the EU would have a negative impact on NATO. His position on a discussion panel on the first day of the Land Warfare Conference was cancelled at short notice.

Referring to the MoD’s Future Force 2025 for the British Army, Fallon described his three aspirations for the service, including integration; domination of information warfare; and internationalism; while highlighting associated technology requirements to assist developments.

According to Fallon, the future British Army must be integrated with the whole government, with threats encountered in the contemporary operating environment now crossing departmental boundaries.

Security agencies, the Home Office, Police and other key government departments would need to collaborate more than ever to shape and inform governmental decision making; supporting national resilience; and stabilising overseas territories by improving partners abilities to deal with terrorism, he described.

Second, the British Army needs to dominate the Information Space, Fallon proclaimed. Describing how the army currently masters the physical terrain, he warned that further work was required to enhance capabilities in areas such as Cyber Warfare; Social Media; and Open Source Intelligence.

The army of the future must be plugged into the digital age to translate virtual bits into physical atoms, [with intelligence] emerging from multiple receptors capable of deploying real time information to disrupt adveraries capabilities, inform decision-making and deliver faster truth to our public,” he continued.

Additionally, Fallon highlighted 77 and 1 ISR Brigades as the “Pioneers of Information Warfare” and called upon these relatively new force structures to define tactics, techniques and procedures for the wider army as well as provide more, “flexible terms of employment; breaking down barriers in organisation; and providing greater access to expertise of UK assets worldwide.”

That impact will, in time, be revolutionary,” Fallon urged.

Finally, Fallon said the British Army would remain “international by design”, describing how if necessary, it would be capable of operating alone and if required, also in a better position to work with global coalition partners.

No matter what the result of the referendum, we will remain a major international power with global responsibilities and continue to be leading members of NATO, the UN Security Council, Commonwealth and Five Eyes intelligence alliance,’ amongst others," Fallon explained.

Describing the contemporary operating environment, Fallon explained how “tens of thousands” of Iraqi and Kurdish security personnel had been trained as part of wider counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency campaigns as well as support of Nigerian forces to counter Boko Haram in West Africa as well as what he dubbed “essential support” to the UK’s Ukrainian allies.

We have to have a strong army out in front to lead the way,” Fallon stressed.

Regarding specific equipment procurement, Fallon explained how November’s Strategic Defence and Security Review had pledged GBP12billion for the British Army over the next five years in order to support the MoD’s two new Strike Brigades; reconfigured specialist infantry battalions; counter-terrorism and stability operations overseas.

Fallon informed delegates how the army would be able to call upon sufficient firepower to match additional manpower with digitally enhanced AJAX vehicles; mechanised infantry fighting vehicles; upgraded APACHE attack and CHINOOK transport helicopters; and “cutting edge” UAVs.

Referring to the latter, Fallon revealed the MoD had today, signed a GBP80million support contract with Thales as part of the ongoing WK450 WATCHKEEPER programme.


We know what our future force will look like but questions today go much deeper. How can we make sure the army has the ability to react to a wide range of threats, simultaneously from the East or South; from conventional threats or cyber warfare,” Fallon asked?

Fallon described how the British Army would next year lead NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF)- the spearhead of the NATO Response Force (NRF)- the former of which was inaugurated in 2014.

Additionally, he proclaimed the British Army as the only international force element capable of integrated a Division into the US Army Order of Battle, which he said would continue to be further developed in the future.

Fallon also proclaimed future cooperation with the French MoD and highlighted future cooperation including the evaluation of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force.

I want the Army 2025 to be the partner of choice for smaller nations with greater operations for sharper and speedier response against our adversaries,” Fallon added while referring to more than 100 training tasks conducted over the first half of 2016 in countries stretching from Belize and Burkina Faso, to Egypt, Sierra Leone, Singapore and most recently, Ukraine.

Finally, Fallon called for the army in 2025 to see the successful inclusion of 10% ethnic minorities as well as 15 per cent inclusion of women, although he stressed such a force mix was much more than numerical requirements.

We need to bring their skills to every part of the army and every corner of the World where our people serve,” Fallon concluded.

FNSS Wins Anti Tank Vehicle Project of the Turkish Armed Forces

On 27 June, FNSS signed a contract for the Anti Tank (AT) Weapons Carrying Platform (STA) of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), at a ceremony held in the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), initiated by the Defense Industry Executive Committee’s decision taken on 9 March 2016. The project was first thought up in the early 2000s and involved over a thousand wheeled vehicles for the various AT weapons in the inventory of the TAF, both MILAN and TOW, as well as Grenade Launchers. Over time the total requirement was scaled down to 260 platforms, broken down as 184 tracked and 76 wheeled platforms.

As the TAF started phasing out the MILAN AT Missile and the TOW, to be replaced by the OMTAS Medium-Range AT Missile, currently under development by Roketsan, the STA programme was likewise modified. The 260 vehicles will now only be equipped with the recently acquired KORNET and the OMTAS systems in a mixed approach. The turret development has not yet been finalised, but Aselsan and/or FNSS seems to be the most likely solution, and will feature modern Fire and Command-Control capabilities. In addition to their ready-to-fire AT guided missiles each turret will be equipped with a 7.62 machine gun.

FNSS plans to use the lightest member of the KAPLAN vehicle family as the platform for the tracked type vehicle of the AT vehicles project, while considering the PARS 4x4 as the basis for the project’s wheeled type AT vehicle. See pictures below.

In addition to having ballistic and mine protection, the amphibious tracked and wheeled AT vehicles will be capable of conducting joint operations with armoured units, and have a modular mechanical and electronic infrastructure that enables rapid adaptation of future potential requirements. Design, development and prototype qualification processes will be completed in 2018; and in the following two-year period, serial production shall be completed and delivered to Turkish Land Forces.

Rockwell Collins Does Not See Major Challenges in BREXIT for its European Operations

Rockwell Collins is a company with operations in 80 countries around the globe. Its Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses (EuMEA) contribute over $1 billion in sales (fully 20% of the corporation’s annual revenues) and over $120 million in internal research and development efforts. The region’s importance is obvious to the corporation as a whole.

Briefing journalists in Toulouse on 28 June, Claude Alber, vice president and managing director for EuMEA, was sanguine about the potential effects that the UK’s vote to leave the EU may have on his business unit. “Like any company we have analysed the potential effect in advance and have considered what our reactions might be. Our conclusion is that it does not have a big impact on us in the long term,” he said.

The company has a strong presence in the UK, particularly in the training and simulation line of business centred on its plant at Burgess Hill and its acquisition of visual systems specialists SEOS. The F-35 Griffin simulator, which the company demonstrated in the same briefing, is one of the principal product-centred solutions the EuMEA business will be pushing in coming months and years as decisions are made regarding training facilities by all the F-35 users.

Saab Details GIRAFFE Family and Discloses Customers

Saab is offering up its GIRAFFE family of Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) and Maritime Air Defence systems to armed forces seeking a capability to counter emerging State Actor and Near Peer adversaries in the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE).

Speaking to MT ahead of the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, due to take place between 11-15 July, Saab company officials explained how the COE was witnessing an uplift in such activities particularly in Areas of Interest (AOIs) in Asia Pacific and specifically the South China Sea where the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues to flex its muscles across disputed island chains and UNCLOS 200nm Exclusive Economic Zones.

Addressing this particular element in the COE, Saab’s Matt Smith, responsible for sales and marketing in the air domain, explained how the company was witnessing increased interest in Asia Pacific, particularly in operational areas close to Vietnam, Philippines and Brunei.

We are seeing new advanced threats in the areas of jamming and cyber and Saab is very much aware of the threat,” he explained to MT.

Referring to Saab’s family of GIRAFFE GBAD systems, Smith explained how the company was gearing up for delivery of the first tranche of systems in the Fourth Quarter 2016 as part of the first GIRAFFE 4A contract to an undisclosed customer, understood to be the UK.

GIRAFFE 4A

Designed with multi-mission capabilities in mind, the GIRAFFE 4A comprises elements of the
ARTHUR and GIRAFFE AMB product families with the introduction of a new radar payload based on  Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) technology.

According to Saab company documentation, the GIRAFFE 4A is capable of simultaneously support a variety of operations ranging from air surveillance (the ability to identify and track a high number of objects simultaneously makes the system suitable for air and sea surveillance as well as military air traffic control) and GBAD (identification and tracking of airborne targets to support multiple simultaneous engagements); through to weapon locating missions (tracking of ballistic munitions and calculation of origin and point of impact); and sense and warn missions to counter such weapons.

The GIRAFFE 4A has been designed for operations in “all climate zones” and Smith described to MT how the system had successfully completed Cold Weather and High Altitude trials in the Swiss Alps owing to conditions not being cold enough in Sweden across usual test sites.

“GIRAFFE 4A is specified for operation in extreme climates, ranging from inland, coastal and hot desert to Arctic environments,” Saab explained. “It is reliable and easy to operate with a redundant design such as the AESA concept making the time between critical failure extremely long at more than 2,500hours while typical repair time is less than 45 minutes.”

The GIRAFFE 4A is designed to provide ground commanders with optimal situation awareness through simultaneous air surveillance and GBAD target acquisition, with added benefit of weapon locating capability without degradation of other sensors.

If the situation dictates, the commanding officer can choose between search in the entire 360-degrees volume or an optimised search in a sector (40degrees–120-degrees).Both with coverage up to 70-degrees of elevation,” Saab continued.

The GIRAFFE 4A also took part in a Live Exercise (LIVEX) with the Swedish Air Force’s Air Defence Regiment in October 2015, conducted in Gotland, Smith explained before referring to the international market and potential interest from “several customers” which have already conducted trials and performance testing which “met or exceeded expected performance.

Saab disclosed customers as being Sweden, the UK, US and Switzerland. Saab is preparing to put forward its Best and Final Offer for the UK Ministry of Defence’s GBAD BMC4I competition in July, following the completion of maturity tests, Smith added. He also explained first deliveries of GIRAFFE's initial undisclosed contract would be made in the fourth quarter of 2016.

In May 2014, Saab extended its GIRAFFE family of products to include the 4A following operational requirements for air surveillance and air defence applications on land and at sea. Other options include the vehicle-mounted GIRAFFE 1X; GIRAFFE AMB; truck-mounted GIRAFFE 8A; suitable for asymmetric warfare.

GIRAFFE AMB

28 June 2016

GLSDB Increases Capabilities of MLRS and Brings SDB into Land Domain

Saab has unveiled a series of new Concepts of Operation (CONOPS) for the GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) with a novel design now allowing the munition to be launched from ground-vehicles.

Speaking to MT ahead of the Farnborough International Air Show, scheduled to take place between 11-15 July, Alex Alderson, UK Marketing Sales Director for the company’s Land Portfolio, explained how the GBU-39/B SDB had been re-roled from an airborne-delivered munition to one capable of supporting operations from the ground.

Being specifically developed with Boeing for the US Army’s Missile Technology Demonstration, the Ground Launched SDB (GLSDB) has been designed on the back of precision-guided munitions utilised for Counter-Insurgency (COIN) operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere over the past decade or so.

However, Alderson explained how the Contemporary Operating Environment was starting to witness evolving requirements for the same precision but with enhanced reach, particularly as modern threats trend away from Low Intensity Conflict and potentially further towards more High Intensity Conflict with “Near Peer” adversaries such as Russia, China and North Korea.

As Alderson explained, armed forces now require extended reach in order to neutralise high priority targets in multiple engagements.

The re-roled armament now comprises the GBU-39/B SDB munition; MLRS Rocket motor; and an Interstage Adapter, the latter of which can be pre-programmed to detach and fall to the ground in a pre-determined square kilometre box. The munition can be fired from legacy MLRS platforms, thereby reducing the amount of extra retraining for soldiers.

The GLSDB increases the capabilities of MLRS  and brings the SDB into the land domain,” Alderson explained.

GLSDB provides commanders and planners with a flexible weapon which complements existing ballistic trajectory weapons. The SDB is a 250-pound class weapon with an Advance Anti-Jam Global Positioning System-aided Intertial Navigation System, combined with a multipurpose penetrating blast-and-fragmentation warhead and a programmable electronic fuze,” company literature explained.

The munition is accurate to within a single metre, Saab claimed, with the weapon system being capable of launch in all weather conditions during the day and night. It also features terrain avoidance technology to allow manoeuvre around mountains and other obstacles as well as a cave breaching capability.

A programmable fuze can also be used for impact and delay fuzing for deep penetration or proximity height-of-burst while a SDB Focused Lethality Munition (FLM) variant is also an option for low collateral damage. The munition is also capable of destroying moving targets.

The concept has also extended the range of the weapon system out to 150km for targets to the front of the launcher while firing from the same position, rockets are capable of engaging targets up to 70km to the rear; and 115km to each flank. Alderson highlighted how legacy and other in-service capabilities boasted ranges out to approximately 70km.

The GLSDB is capable of firing from out-of-sight and protected areas with a “Ripple Fire” capability should one be required for the engagement and suppression of multiple targets. The weapon system is also capable of providing 360-degree coverage without any requirement to manoeuvre the launcher. The munition alos lacks a minimum engagement range, Alderson added.

"GLSDB is a long range precision incendiary solution that widens the capabilities of armed forces. Capable of conducting reverse slope engagements and defeating a range of targets, from hardened facilities to soft-skinned assets, the GLSDB adds another dimension to armed forces´ capabilities,” company literature read.

Alderson also highlighted how the GLSDB could be used to counter tall buildings encountered during Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) with options available to conduct steep attack firings for Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) targets through to near-horizontal engagements more suitable for rural fire missions.

For ground forces, GLSDB now provides the same precision strike capability currently only provided by Air Forces,” Alderson highlighted. “GLSDB therefore reduces requirements to call upon additional air assets and close air support.”

The capability was demonstrated in February 2015 at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden with a Live Fire Serial. Since then, GLSDB has been verified and validated for integration on board the MLRS Rocket Launcher.

Alderson explained how the next stage of the programme would see variants supplied for the US Army’s Missile Technology Demonstration programme although he was unable to comment on when an expected trials programme would be conducted.

Finally, Saab also admitted it was considering maritime concepts of operation for the SDB with a Maritime Launched SDB (MLSDB) used for precision Naval Gunfire Support (NGS) missions during littoral and amphibious operations for example.

Saab's Future Integration of Counter UAV Tech/Air Integration

Saab has revealed potential plans to integrated a Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) capability into its Remote Tower System which allows a single operations centre to control multiple airheads off-site, company officials have revealed to MT.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK, which takes place between 11-15 July, company officials described how Saab would be publicly demonstrating its Remote Tower capability for the first time.

In its current iteration, the Remote Tower System is capable of detecting and identifying multiple UAS measuring less than a single metre in diameter, at a range out to 3km and beyond. However, the concept currently lacks the capability to deter, disrupt or neutralise UAS should it be deemed a threat to the airfield itself.

However, Saab officials admitted that “internal discussions” were in the process of being conducted with undisclosed companies in order to assess the necessary “next step” to counter UAS. The Remote Tower System’s current capability relies upon a Ground Surveillance Radar to detect suspect UAS before handing over to a pair of Electro-Optical/InfraRed Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras capable of identifying any threat and tracking it.

Such C-UAS technology continues to spread across the defence, security and civil markets as the proliferation of affordable and agile micro-, mini- and small-UAS continues to drive the market with terrorist organisations continuing to use such systems for battlefield reconnaissance and airborne improvised explosive devices (ABIEDs).

Further technology which could be integrated on board Saab’s Remote Tower System to deter, disrupt and neutralise threatening UAS would likely include Radio Frequency (RF) technology which features heavily in other C-UAS solutions.

For example, the Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) features Blighter Surveillance Systems’ radar technology; Chess Dynamics EO/IR cameras; and Enterprise Control Systems’ Directional RF Inhibitors; all of which are integrated into a single C-UAS solution.

Additionally, Leonardo-Finemccanica (the old Selex ES) FALCON SHIELD solution relies upon passive electro-optical and electronic surveillance sensors, combined with scenario specific radar to find and fix UAS with an electronic attack capability providing operators with the ability to disrupt or take control of the threat with the additional option of kinetic effectors.

Since 2015, Saab’s Remote Tower has been operating Örnsköldsvik airport from the Sundsvall-Timrå airport, located 150km from one another. Additionally, Saab officials described that how the Sundsvall-Timrå airport would soon be operating a Remote Tower System later this year with Linköping City Airport also set to benefit from the technology in the first quarter of 2017.

Further afield, the Remote Tower had conducted “environmental trials” with Saab at multiple locations including Alice Springs in Australia; Værøy Heliport, Norway; Leesburg Executive Airport, Virginia; Cork and Shannon Airports; and Schipol in the Netherlands.

Saab’s Remote Tower solution comprises a total of 14 camera systems covering day colour and low light IR cameras; PTZ cameras; Laser Rangefinders; Signal Light Gun; and Gap Filler Camera.

Field of Views can be tailored dependent upon customer preference with varieties ranging from 220-degrees to 360-degrees in panoramic angle and 45-degrees to 180-degrees in the vertical. Information can be displayed on 14 integrated screens in a Controller Working Position (CWP), although Saab officials explained the system had yet to be operationally approved in Sweden.

Additionally, sources explained how a single CWP provided a capability to connect and control three separate airports simultaneously.

According to Saab, the technology could be used for oil and gas platforms (for control of rotary wing aircraft); small airports; regional and local airports; as well as a contingency plan for larger international airports.

Finally, Remote Tower technology has also been integrated on board ground vehicles for military expeditionary operations such as C-130 Temporary Landing Zones (TLZs). Saab officials explained: “You can have an air base up and running very quickly and a lot of Air Forces are now starting to look into this option,” it was added with an additional demonstration scheduled to highlight the technology at Farnborough later this year.

Company literature describes how “Air Navigation Service Providers, airport owners and operators, and related stakeholders are facing growing pressure to reduce their operating costs for air traffic services (ATS) services while maintaining safety and efficiency.

The Saab Remote Tower system is an integrated package of subsystems which facilitates the provision of a range of conventional ATS. High definition images and all relevant airport systems are transferred via a data network to an integrated controller working position at the Remote Tower Centre (RTC) that best suits the customer’s business model. A comprehensive suite of image enhancement tools and state of the art video compression provides optimal image resolution whilst minimising bandwidth usage.”

Embraer Defense & Security: A Multi-Faceted Technology House

Embraer Defense & Security (DS), not only offers military and government transportation aircraft, the A-29 Super TUCANO, and the KC-390, for which the company is famous for, but also offers a complete line of integrated solutions such as C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers & Intelligence) applications; technologies in the production of radars, advanced information; air traffic control and communication systems; and integrated systems for border monitoring and surveillance.

The A-29 Super TUCANO is currently selected by 13 air forces worldwide, including the US Air Force (USAF), who have chosen the aircraft for its Light Air Support (LAS) programme. According to Jackson Schneider, President and Chief Executive Officer Embraer DS, “we are operating in three warzones, with more than 35,000 combat hours.”

A-29 Super TUCANO. (Photos: Embraer)

Embraer has already delivered more than 200 Super TUCANO aircraft, “assembling six aircraft for the USAF to be sent to Lebanon, to be used in an border surveillance,” said Schneider. With more than 150 weapons configurations certified, it is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared, and laser system technologies (customisable to customer specifications), as well as secure radio systems with data links and great munitions capacity.

Currently we are in sales campaigns with four different countries,” the CEO unveiled, not disclosing who these are.

The KC-390 is a tactical transport aircraft designed to set new standards in its category while “presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market,” according to Schneider. It is a project of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) that, in 2009, hired Embraer to perform the aircraft development. Under this programme, industrial partnerships were also established with Argentina, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. The KC-390 ́s first prototype has performed its first flight in February 2015 and the aircraft is now in the flight test campaign. “The flight test campaign of the KC-390 is progressing extremely well, and we are surpassing all requirements,” according to the industry expert.

KC-390

The current stage of the flight test campaign was dedicated to a general assessment of its systems, performance and flying qualities. Embraer has recently performed the initial cargo airdrop and paratroops assessment as well as the rear ramp, cargo door and paratroops door operation. The programme has already covered the full flight envelope of the aircraft reaching cruise speed of Mach .80 and operational ceiling of 36.000ft, performing daily flights. Other milestones achieved also include flight control systems, sidesticks linked and active, complete flap and slat configuration tests, as well as inflight shutdown and restart of the engines and APU.

The flight test schedule for 2016 includes aerodynamics freezing, air drop tests, paratrooper evaluation and aerial refueling hose stability. “Dry AAR tests will start this year, first refueling aircraft, with helicopter AAR coming shortly after,” he said. In total, the flight test campaign is expected to last around two years. Embraer expects to receive the certification of the KC-390 jet by the end of 2017 with first deliveries of the aircraft scheduled for the first half of 2018. “A third test aircraft will be delivered to the FAB, to be delivered beginning 2018,” Schneider explained.

Equipped with International Aero Engines V2500 turbofan engines, the latest avionics, a rear ramp, and an advanced cargo handling system, the KC-390 will provide excellent operational productivity and will be capable of transporting a payload of up to 23t, including pallets, helicopters, armored wheeled vehicles, and troops (80 soldiers or 64 paratroopers). "We can load up to 26t, if you concentrate cargo," the CEO said.

Embraer’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft family consists of three models: Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C), Multi Intel (Remote Sensing and Surveillance) system, and Maritime Patrol (MP), all based on the EMB 145 regional jet family (more than 1,100 delivered and 20 million accumulated flight hours).

Brazilian Air Force (FAB) EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft. Embraer’s AEW&C platforms is equipped with a multi-mission multi- mode pulse Doppler radar with AESA (Active Electronic Search Antenna) technology, capable of detecting, tracking and plotting air targets operating at low altitudes, under all kinds of radar clutter. They are also capable to accomplish tactical and defensive forces management. The open architecture Command & Control (C2) system provides integration of processes and information dissemination from Tactical Communication Systems, Electronic Support Measures, Automatic Identification System and Self-Protection System, among others. AEW&C platforms, besides the sensors and mission systems, can be integrated with real time, wide band Tactical Communi

Seventeen units of the EMB 145 ISR family have been delivered to four air forces, worldwide. The FAB operates eight of them in the Amazon Surveillance System (SIVAM): Five EMB 145 AEW&Cs and three Multi Intel EMB 145s. Another three aircraft are in operation in Mexico, with the National Defense Department (SEDENA) using one EMB 145 AEW&C and two EMB 145MPs. The Greek Air Force uses four EMB 145 AEW&Cs that operate in conjunction with NATO. The Indian Air Force operates three EMB 145 AEW&C. India’s EMB 145 AEW&C has important capabilities, such as an in-flight refueling system, a significantly greater electrical and refrigeration capacity, and a set of structural changes that allow the installation of advanced mission systems that were developed by India’s Centre for Air Borne Systems – (CABS), in conjunction with the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

According to news reports, the FAB was scheduled to receive the first Legacy 500 navigational aid aircraft in May. The last of six Legacy 500s (designated IU-50 by the FAB) is to be delivered in November 2017. The business aircraft, modified by Embraer DS, includes Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, Norwegian Special Mission (NSM) UNIFIS 3000 navigational aid automatic flight inspection system, a laser camera, and a range of external antennas. The new aircraft is a special mission aircraft used for aiport inspection.

In terms of C4I technologies, Embraer’s subsidiary Bradar is a technology-based company specialised in the development and production of radars for remote sensing as well as aerial and land surveillance applications: The SABER M-60 radar, for example, can track targets within a radius of 60km, transmitting information in real time to anti-aircraft operations centres, transmitting in P- and X-band frequencies. Since it is portable and lightweight, it can be easily transported to any location. The SABER M-60 was recently operated by the Brazilian Armed Forces in the security of major events such as the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil, the Confederations Cup, the Rio +20 Environment Conference and the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Bradar’s SENTIR M-20 is a portable short-range radar used in surveillance, acquisition, classification, location, tracking and automatic graphic display of targets on land or in air operations, such as: Individuals, troops, tanks, trucks, and trains on land, and helicopters within a range of up to 30 kilometres.

Still in development, the S200R is a secondary radar developed to send and receive information from transponders installed in any aircraft, providing precise identification and altitude data. The S200R is able to operate in a range of up to 200 nautical miles (370km). The BradarSAR synthetic aperture radar was developed to map terrain, day and night, generating high-resolution precision maps. It is very efficient for acquisition and imaging of surfaces in regions often obscured by clouds or areas with very dense vegetation. It weights only 30kg and can be easily installed in small, low-cost aircraft. It can also be installed in unmanned air vehicles.

Savis, an Embraer subsidiary dedicated to developing, integrating, and setting up systems and services in the area of border monitoring and protection of strategic structures is responsible for implementing the Integrated Border Monitoring System (Sisfron) in Brazil. Sisfron’s initial phase includes the monitoring of approximately 650km of land along the border of Brazil with Paraguay and Bolivia. In total, Sisfron will be responsible for the surveillance and protection of the 16,886km of and borders separating Brazil from 11 neighboring countries and representing 27% of its territory. "It is the right size solution that we can deliver according to customers needs," Schneider concluded.