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21 November 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Advances Sense and Avoid Capability

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, yesterday announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid (SAA) system development efforts.

GA ASI Advances Sense and Avoid capability onboard a PREDATOR B. (Photo: GA)

In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Honeywell, GA-ASI tested a proof-of-concept SAA system, marking the first successful test of the FAA’s Airborne Collision Avoidance System for Unmanned Aircraft (ACAS XU). The company also performed the first flight tests of a pre-production air-to-air radar for SAA, called the Due Regard Radar (DRR), making it the first radar of its kind designed for an RPA.

Our latest Sense and Avoid test represents a major step forward for integrating RPA safely into domestic and international airspace,” said Frank Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “Our proof-of-concept SAA system is now functional and ready for extensive flight testing with the FAA, NASA, and our industry partners.”

A functional flight test of GA-ASI’s SAA system—which includes automatic collision avoidance and a sensor fusion capability designed to provide the pilot on the ground with a clear picture of the traffic around the aircraft—occurred 4, 5, and 10 September at GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA, onboard a PREDATOR B RPA. During the test, PREDATOR B proved the functionality of ACAS XU during collision avoidance maneuvers against ADS-B and transponder-equipped aircraft executed automatically onboard the RPA with the pilot ready to override the system. Automatically executing collision avoidance maneuvers will enable PREDATOR B to maintain safety in the National Airspace System in the unlikely event of a loss of the command and control data link. ACAS XU is specifically designed to be interoperable and backwards compatible with Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II, which is the worldwide collision avoidance system used on most commercial transport aircraft.

GA-ASI is currently working with NASA to integrate the proof-of-concept SAA system aboard NASA’s Predator B, called Ikhana. Ikhana will serve as the primary test aircraft in a SAA flight test scheduled to take place this month and next at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. The flight test campaign will evaluate the SAA system in a wide variety of both collision avoidance and self-separation encounters and will include a sensor fusion algorithm being developed by Honeywell. (Photo: NASA)

Meanwhile, DRR testing has been occurring at various locations across Southern California this year onboard a Beechcraft King Air in an attempt to detect and track multiple test aircraft across the full Field-of-Regard, including General Aviation aircraft beyond ten miles. The tests are the first in an extensive flight test campaign designed to develop the Engineering Development Model (EDM) DRR fully and make it ready for flight testing on Predator B. The ultimate goal of GA-ASI’s SAA programme is to enable “due regard” operations in international airspace and routine access in non-segregated civilian airspace in the US and around the world. The company’s pioneering efforts commenced in 2011 and have included the successful demonstration and follow-on integration of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) onboard the GUARDIAN RPA, the flight test of a SAA architecture and self-separation functionality on PREDATOR B, and testing of a prototype DRR on a TWIN OTTER aircraft and PREDATOR B. 


The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programmes, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs.

The Training, Simulation and Modeling Industry has a very important job to do in providing the very best of Training Equipment and Simulation Technologies for forces in the field and at home. I/ITSEC strives to meet these very important and ever changing needs. The attendees that are present at I/ITSEC understand that training is a core process in a successful and modern business. In these successful organisations, training is continuous, pervasive, and institutionalised. These organisations come to I/ITSEC to find the resources that they will need to adapt to the new tasks and threats of tomorrow.

Some of the most innovative companies in the MS&T industry are present each year at I/ITSEC. Previous exhibit displays have included: Computer-Based 3D graphics, Flight Simulators, Convoy Trainers, SCORM, Information Technology, Advanced Distributed Learning, Aerospace, Communications, Public Safety, and many more.  I/ITSEC is “Mission Critical” National Security in a global context.

For I/ITSEC 2014, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY has published various interesting topics in issue 12/14, available on booth #773.

Issue #12/14 includes opinions, news, C4I reviews, industrial and political news, spotlights on Pakistan’s Armed Forces and Industy, and a Look at USSOCOM’s Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Programme. Furthermore the issue includes articles on Fuel Cells/Batteries/Alternative Developments (Personal), Biomechanical Developments, the Future Roles of GEOINT in Defence and Contingency Planning, Border Security in Difficult Terrain, and a Pistols and Handguns topic featuring the US DoD’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) Programme of Record, as well as a review of the current Handgun Market.

For I/ITSEC 2014, issue #12/14 includes an in-depth look at Simulation & Training for 2015 and Beyond, Augmenting Virtual Reality, and Combined Arms Synthetic Training, as well as articles on Training Systems Integration, Blast Simulation, and Simulation & Training News. Furthermore, this issue includes the Simulation and Training Bosses (SATB) Series - Selected Industrial Views with the following statements:

  • Alenia Aermacchi
  • Bob Gower, Vice President, Boeing Training Systems and Government Services
  • Gene Colabatistto, Group President, Defence & Security, CAE
  • Joe Swinski, President The DiSTI Corporation
  • Christoph Weber, Executive Vice President Aerosystems Division, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
  • Cory Kumm, Worldwide Director of Military & Simulation, Havok 
  • Dan Schimmel, CEO VT MÄK
  • Ron Vadas, President of Meggitt Training Systems 
  • Bob Williams, Vice President, Raytheon's Global Training Solutions
  • Frank Thieser, Director Business Development & Strategy, Reiser
  • Ir. Chris Haarmeijer, CEO RE-liON
  • Ulrich Sasse, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, President, Simulation and Training Division
  • Oliver Meyer, Senior Vice President Simulation & Training, RUAG Defence 
  • Jean-Jacques Guittard, VP Training and Simulation at Thales

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #12/2014, as well as the latest issue of NAVAL FORCES are available at I/ITSEC 2014 on booth #773.

Check back for frequent news, articles, and features from the show!

20 November 2014

News from Africa

Algeria is turning its attention to its southern borders, as the growing threat of penetration by traffickers, as well as by terrorists from Islamic State (IS), the MUJAO, and other groups, spurred the heightened attention to the Niger and Mali frontiers. Algeria over the last few months bolstered its security presence along the borders with Libya and Tunisia, sending at least 3,000 additional soldiers to the east. This latest deployment, however, was to Adrar province, adjacent to Mali.  Military authorities sent 4,500 Special Operations and infantry forces to repel any infiltration attempts in Bordj Badji Mokhtar.

Islamic State threatens Algeria.
Army command also reportedly hired 218 Bedouin and Touareg trackers to support troops protecting the 1,800km long southern border between Mali and Niger, in Tamanrasset and Adrar provinces. This is in addition to flying night sorties to track terrorist movements. The decision was made after the army command received a report indicating an alarming increase of terrorism-related crimes. The report talked about violent, international networks engaged in smuggling arms and individuals along the Mali border, as well as in Tamanrasset and Illizi.  Army forces stationed on the borders recently thwarted infiltration attempts by terrorists.

The latest operation 8 November netted al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) figure Ouhli Abdurrahman, alias Abou Alqama al-Nidjiri.  During the action in Bordj Badji Mokhtar, ANP troops killed several terrorists. Dozens more have been eliminated in recent months.

The security measures implemented on the borders came in the wake of warnings about the possible infiltration of pro-IS elements into Algeria.  Several recent arrests indicate that the threat may come from anywhere. Algerian authorities recently dismantled a 15-member cell engaged in recruiting fighters for terrorist groups operating inside and outside Algeria.  Interpol warned Algeria to be on the lookout for suspected ISIS fighters that may cross international borders.  Unofficial estimates indicate that 200 Algerians have joined ISIS. Official figures put the number at 80.


Zimbabwe Defence Forces should be equipped with military technology to adapt to the changing warfare, Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi has said at a ceremony marking the graduation of 52 officers of Junior Staff Course Number 62 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare on 13 November. Dr Sekeramayi said it was important to equip the Defence Forces with military technology because of innovations in information technology. "Due to dynamic nature of technology, the emerging nature of conflicts and to a larger extent, innovation in military technology, the face of warfare in general is changing dramatically," he explained. "Asymmetric warfare is one such emerging new phenomenon that the big powers are using against developing countries like Zimbabwe. I am glad that the Zimbabwe Staff College takes into account all these developments when designing its curriculum in order to counter future threats."

Minister of State for National Security Sydney Sekeramayi
Dr Sekeramayi said training in military technology, military leadership and socio-economic issues would broaden understanding of the challenges in various parts of the world. He said professional training in the security sector had raised the country's image internationally. "Investments in professional training and career development activities over the years have seen the Zimbabwe Defence Forces an envy of many," Dr Sekeramayi said. "This is evidenced by the prestigious achievements made by our gallant uniformed forces both locally and internationally
Training programmes, especially in military technology would preserve the legacy of the founding fathers of the ZDF. Training is one of the pillars of success for our Defence Forces as it improves their efficiency and effectiveness in maintaining peace and tranquillity in our beloved Zimbabwe, SADC, Africa and beyond. I urge you to remain vigilant and patriotic as some elements bent on reversing the gains of our independence are always looking for the slightest opportunity to exploit. The defence of our sovereignty is not negotiable and it will never be bought or sold."


Troubled by the current wave of insecurity in the nation, especially in the North-east region, the Nigerian Navy (NN) on 15 November said it had begun continuous training for personnel to be better positioned in tackling such challenges. Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, made this disclosure at the closing ceremony of the Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Conference (CONSAC), held in Lokoja, Kogi State. Themed ‘Transforming for Enhanced Nigerian Navy Operational Efficiency’, the conference’s objective was to adapt and appropriately respond to current and emerging security challenges facing the nation. He said: “Modern trends require an adequately trained force and it is in this regards that we will continue to develop our manpower to meet the ever changing security challenges." 

"Training would continue to adapt to ensure that the NN contributes more to the development of the country by ensuring Nigeria’s maritime environment and other troubled spots around the country in line with my mission and vision statement," Chief of Nigerian Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin said. "Efforts at ensuring an environment of peace and security will continue to be our focus and will be pursued with greater zeal."

At the end of the conference, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, R.Adm. Ameen Ikioda, however said the single most influential challenge to the smooth implementation of the NN transformation plan is funding.


Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh met with his Cameroonian counterpart Lt.Gen. Meka Rene Claude at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on 12 November in a bid to work out modalities on areas of cooperation between the two Armed Forces to tackle the terrorism challenge faced by both countries.

Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh Wednesday met with his Cameroonian counterpart Lt.Gen. Meka Rene Claude.
Badeh pointed out that in the interest of mutual national security of both nations, their Armed Forces needed to forge ahead together in order to harness available areas of cooperation for the protection of their people. He also called for regular joint military training exercises, which he emphasized, would be beneficial to both countries as it would avail them the opportunity to learn from each other, thereby improving their capabilities and relationship.

For his part Gen. Rene Claude called for collaboration between both nations’ military, stating that this collaborative effort should be a continuous process, since both countries have many areas in common. He pledged Cameroon’s support to the Nigerian Armed Forces in the war against terrorism.

Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh commended Cameroon Defence Forces for their support and commitment to the fight against Boko Haram and other criminalities. “This is clearly attested to by the recent success our two countries have recorded against Boko Haram in the past few weeks,” he added. While acknowledging and appreciating all that Cameroon and Nigeria have achieved so far, the Nigerian Defence Chief said “it is crucial that we consolidate on the gains made and enhance the level of co-operation that currently exists between our two militaries.”
At the meeting, the Ministers agreed that member states could conduct operations around their common borders even as the draft resolution for the legal framework is being worked out. In addition, the Ministers agreed to operationalize the Multinational Task Force which is to be headed by a Chief of Staff by 20 November 2014.


Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando, just sworn in as Burkina Faso's interim president to oversee a year-long transition to civilian rule, will on Wednesday appoint Army strongman Lt.Col. Isaac Zida as prime minister.  The deal has been agreed between politicians and Army leaders. Zida was put in power in the immediate aftermath of the uprising against longtime-leader Blaise Compaore last month.  Kafando was sworn in on Tuesday and pledged he would not let the country become a "banana republic."  Poised to formally take over Friday from an interim military ruler, the 72-year-old emphasised his "humility" as a leader aware that he temporarily held "power that belongs to the people."  Kafando, who served as Burkina Faso's UN envoy from 1998-2011 and as foreign minister in 1982-83, was chosen to head the transition after tortuous negotiations between the military, political parties and civil society groups.  He is barred from standing in elections scheduled to be held in November next year under the transitional deal.

Burkina Faso Army Leader Lt.Col. Zida to be appointed as prime minister.
Mass unrest erupted in late October over Compaore's bid to change the constitution, which would have allowed him to extend his 27-year rule of the former French colony.  Compaore was 36 when he seized power in a 1987 coup in which his former friend and one of Africa's most loved leaders, Thomas Sankara, was ousted and assassinated. He held on to power in the following decades, being re-elected president four times since 1991. His foiled attempt to extend his rule was closely watched across Africa, where at least four heads of state are considering similar tactics to stay in power, from Burundi to Benin and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Compaore has taken refuge in neighbouring Ivory Coast, where he is living in a luxury villa owned by the state.


One of Nigeria's most powerful Muslim leaders, the emir of Kano, has voiced support for vigilantes fighting Boko Haram, urging others to form civilian militias and questioning the competence of the military.  The comments were made by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who became emir earlier this year after being sacked from his post as the central bank governor, where he was one of the government's most high-profile critics. It is extremely rare for Nigeria's clerics to speak explicitly about political and military affairs, but many expected Sanusi to defy convention and inject himself into public debate after assuming the highly influential post.  He was sacked from his post and the subject of a government investigation, fuelled by allegations of misconduct, after he went public with charges that hundreds of millions of dollars had gone missing from the central oil fund and refused to back down in the face of threats from the president and the federal government. He called on people to be alert to the security situation and prepare to defend themselves.  While Sanusi did not mention Boko Haram by name, it was clear he was discussing efforts to resist the Islamist rebels.  He pointed out that those with special skills and tasks, such as hunters and vigilantes, should utilise it well in the fight.  Sanussi stated that the people should not wait for the military to come to their aid, as the military usually only arrives after the innocents have been slaughtered or they flee from the battle.

Nigeria's military has been cooperating with various vigilante forces in the northeast for more than a year, often relying on civilians to do the bulk of the fighting against the insurgents.  Witnesses said it was vigilantes who recaptured the symbolically important northeast town of Chibok from Boko Haram at the weekend, with troops staying clear of the heavy fighting. The military has repeatedly been accused of leaving civilians defenceless against Boko Haram attacks and failing to respond to distress calls made in advance of raids.

19 November 2014

CAPTOR E-Scan Radar Development Contract Signed

Defence Ministers from the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain today met in Edinburgh, Scotland, to witness the signing of a €1 billion contract for the development of an electronic radar system for the Eurofighter TYPHOON.

Eurofighter has signed a €1 billion contract with NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA). (Photos: Eurofighter)

The contract, between Eurofighter Jadgflugzeug and NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), will enable the integration of CAPTOR E-Scan, one of the world’s most advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar Systems (AESA) onto the Eurofighter TYPHOON. According to Eurofighter, the fighter’s large nose aperture, combined with the ability to move the antenna, will give the Eurofighter TYPHOON greater ‘vision’ than its competitors, delivering better operational performance to the aircraft and to its weapon system.

Alberto Gutierrez (CEO Eurofighter) and UK Air Vice Marshall Graham Farnell.

Alberto Gutierrez, the CEO of Eurofighter, described the occasion as “a pivotal moment” in the life of the Eurofighter Programme. He said: “The signing of this contract is a massive boost to all of us and is a pivotal moment. It enhances a weapons system that offers a mix of capabilities that is simply unmatched anywhere in the world. It is something that Europe should be immensely proud of.”

Air Vice-Marshal Graham Farnell, who signed the contract on behalf of the Partner Nations, said: “The Eurofighter TYPHOON lies at the heart of NATO airpower and will continue to do so for many decades to come. This new capability will ensure the fighter remains a vital component in the mix. It’s an historic day in the life of the Programme.”

The Eurofighter consortium, along with its primary supplier, Euroradar, and a range of other suppliers across Europe, will all contribute to the integration programme helping further sustain high technology jobs across the four nations.

Andrew Cowdery, the Chairman of Euroradar, said: “We have already been working closely with Eurofighter and the Eurofighter Partner Companies on this milestone development and we are delighted that the future of this key capability has now been secured. CAPTOR E-Scan radar builds on the best know-how, industrial expertise and collaboration among leading European defence electronics companies.

This milestone confirms the commitment of the four Nations to provide the Eurofighter TYPHOON with the best capabilities to seize current and emerging opportunities in the export market.

Both Eurofighter and Euroradar have confirmed that the radar has significant growth potential and existing and new customers will be able to participate in tailoring the radar to meet their individual operational requirements.

  • CAPTOR E-Scan radar capability will further improve the Eurofighter TYPHOON's combat effectiveness, allowing TYPHOON to continue to maintain its superiority  over other available combat aircraft. 
  • The radar will fit both Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 aircraft offering customers the freedom to retrofit their existing Eurofighter TYPHOON aircraft when required.
  • CAPTOR E-Scan radar offers a variety of benefits over the mechanical M-Scan, including increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced air-to-surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures.
  • The new radar retains the key features of the existing CAPTOR radar architecture in order to exploit the maturity of the current much acclaimed system and will use latest generation technology to execute concurrently a full complement of air-to-air and air-to-surface tasks.
  • Key discriminators of  CAPTOR E-Scan radar include: A very large antenna size and repositioner offering an extremely Wide Field of Regard (WFoR); the 200°  field of regard, giving TYPHOON a significant tactical advantage in air combat and great situational awareness; the larger antenna allows a greater number of TRMs (transmitter receiver modules) thus greater power and reception leading to earlier target detection and greater utility across the EW spectrum.

I am particularly proud of the contract signed today,, said Finmeccanica’s CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti. “It is further evidence of how the products and services provided by Finmeccanica Group represent cutting edge technological solutions capable of guaranteeing high performance levels in line with the best market standards. The production of the new CAPTOR-E radar will be managed, in the role of project leader of the Euroradar Consortium, by Finmeccanica-Selex ES which, together with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, will also jointly integrate it into the aircraft. Today’s signing represents an important step forward towards the future prospects of the EUROFIGHTER programme since the aircraft upgrade will enable it to compete more effectively on international markets.

(left to right) Pedro Argűelles Salaverri (Spanish Secretary of State for Defence), Mr Philip Dunne (UK MP Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology), Alberto Gutierrez (CEO Eurofighter), UK Air Vice Marshall Graham Farnell,  Dr Katrin Suder (German State Secretary for Defence), Hon. Domenico Rossi (Italian Under Secretary of State for Defence), Norman Bone (Managing Director UK, Finmeccanica – Selex ES), Fabrizio Giulianini (CEO – Finmeccanica – Selex ES).

The main advantage of the CAPTOR-E is its ability to perform several tasks practically simultaneously. This means that the pilot is able to scan a wide area in front of the aircraft or on the ground, while identifying ground targets or tracking individual flying objects at the same time. The new technology enables an increased range in target acquisition and target tracking and, thanks to the rotating antenna, a considerably larger field of view, compared to other state-of-the-art combat aircraft.

Airbus Defence & Space (DS) is playing a major role in the development and integration of the radar, via its Military Aircraft and Electronics business lines. “Together with our partners in the Euroradar consortium we are developing the world’s most powerful fighter radar,” said Thomas Müller, Head of the Electronics business line at Airbus DS. “This order will ensure ongoing development of radar technology, which is a core military capability in Germany.”

Berndt Wünsche, Head of Combat Aircraft at Airbus DS, stated in Edinburgh: “This decision ensures that the EURFIGHTER will continue to be the best combat aircraft available in the world. The CAPTOR-E radar will open up completely new options for deployment and will substantially improve the EURFIGHTER’s export opportunities.”

The main advantage of the CAPTOR-E is its ability to perform several tasks practically simultaneously. This means that the pilot is able to scan a wide area in front of the aircraft or on the ground, while identifying ground targets or tracking individual flying objects at the same time. The new technology enables an increased range in target acquisition and target tracking and, thanks to the rotating antenna, a considerably larger field of view, compared to other state-of-the-art combat aircraft.

The Euroradar consortium comprises Finmeccanica Selex ES (Great Britain, Italy), Indra (Spain), and Airbus DS (Germany). The consortium has already developed and produced more than 400 CAPTOR radars. Selex ES will produce the new radar at its facilities in Edinburgh and Nerviano (Milan) while Finmeccanica Alenia Aermacchi (Turin site), in the radar integration phase, will be responsible for the navigation systems. The Finmeccanica Group is responsible for over 60% of the electronics on board the Eurofighter TYPHOON, roughly 20% of the aerostructures, and for the training and simulation activities for both the four partner nations (United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Spain) and for customers in its export markets. 

18 November 2014

Flash News for 18 November

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions (CWDS) has received a contract from a leading international systems integrator to supply its modular and scalable electro-mechanical technology for use in a new ground combat vehicle programme. Under the contract, shipments are scheduled to begin in 2016 and are expected to continue through 2019. The initial contract is valued at more than $90 million. The potential value of the contract over the lifetime of the program is estimated well in excess of $100 million. Manufacture of the products covered by this agreement will be overseen by CWDS’ facility located in Switzerland.
In November 2014, the Government of Canada has awarded a CA$287 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for the provision and integration of an enhanced surveillance suite on to Canadian LAV III upgrade vehicles, known as LAV 6.0. The upgraded surveillance system will include a 10m retractable mast, an Operator Control Station and a surveillance suite inclusive of radar, thermal/day and image intensification sights, laser range finder and GPS mounted on a stabilized platform. Deliveries of LAV 6.0 vehicles equipped with the upgraded surveillance suite will commence in December 2016.
Harris has been awarded a four-year, CA$180 million ceiling, single-award IDIQ contract to supply the Canadian Armed Forces with Harris FALCON III tactical radios. Under National Individual Standing Offer (NISO), Harris will supply secure tactical radio systems including the AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radio, AN/PRC-117G wideband MANPACK radio, as well as the RF-7800H high-frequency MANPACK radio to the DoND in support of modernisation programmes.
The Norwegian Armed Forces have awarded Intergraph a contract to produce unclassified topographical maps. Based on high resolution vector data produced through the Multinational Geospatial Co-production Programme (MGCP), the maps will cover different regions of the world. Intergraph will use Hexagon Geospatial software for the cartographic solution.
The BAAINBw tasked Diehl BGT Defence in mid-October with setting up a laser protection system for countering guided missiles. In close cooperation with Diehl’s industry partner Elbit Systems, the initial study “DIRCM (Directed Infrared Counter Measure) for Airbus A400M” envisages linking three Elbit Systems J-MUSIC (Multi-Spectral IR Countermeasure) type system units to a complete system ensuring comprehensive 360° protection for the A400M.
Air Force Security Forces to use Safariland Group law enforcement equipment, including 30,866 Monadnock DETECTIVE Series batons; 34,764 Safariland Model 6005 SLS Tactical Holsters, and holster accessories, and approximately 37,100 sets of SECOND CHANCE BV02 Level IIIA body armour packages for both male and female, supplied over the five-year contract period.
Elbit Systems was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million for an F-5 aircraft avionics upgrade programme and the balance is for the supply of electro-optic and communications systems. The contracts will be performed over a three-year period.
Safran received the notification from <MBDA of the development and production contract for the IR seekers of the future anti-tank Medium-Range Missile (MMP) for the French Army. Safran also signed a contract with MBDA for the development and production of the IR seekers of the French-British anti-surface guided weapon (FASGW).
Following international RfPs, Sagem (Safran) has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, to supply the optronic surveillance masts for the ROK’s new submarines.
The US DoD and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle for the production of 43 F-35 LIGHTNING II aircraft (29 US aircraft including 19 F-35As, six F-35Bs and four F-35Cs; the production of the first two F-35As for Israel, the first four F-35As for Japan, along with two F-35As for Norway, and two F-35As for Italy, as well as the UK’s four F-35Bs).
The UK MoD has selected the Raytheon UK, Thales UK team to conduct a one-year study into upgrading existing IFF systems to Mode 5, which will address NATO's requirement for a new standard of IFF across all platforms. The two companies are offering the Thales BLUEGATE products, as well as, Raytheon UK's IFF4810 Mode 5 upgrade solution.
Saab has won a contract to deliver a Water Borne IED ROV (WBIEDROV) in cooperation with the US Underwater Hazardous Device Team’s (UHDT), Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), to deliver an increased capability that will tackle the growing threat from IEDs in the US domestic maritime domain.
Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions has received a contract from Northrop Grumman to supply its COTS-based ruggedised DMV-186 single board computer (SBC), SMS-652 network switch, and XMC-715 graphics display module technology to provide a digitised cockpit solution for use in the US Army’s UH-60V programme. Shipments are scheduled to begin in 2014.
Sagem (Safran) has won the contract from the Norwegian Coast Guard, part of the Royal Norwegian Navy, to modernise the navigation system on six Coast Guard vessels (NORNEN-class and the KV HARSTAD) with Sagem's new BLUENAUTE attitude and heading reference system.
Raytheon was awarded a multi-year bulk buy contract totalling over $200 million to provide PHALANX Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS) upgrade kits, support equipment and hardware spares to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
Rockwell Collins Government Systems was awarded a $101 million IDIQ contract for the procurement of AN/ARC-210 electronic protection radio equipment in support of domestic and FMS aircraft. This contract consists of a maximum of 1,160 radios inclusive of potential FMS sales: 920 associated ancillary equipment; five training sessions; 15 FMS Have Quick software media downloads; 140 associated FMS license and royalty fees; 500 FMS standard commercial warranties; 250 receiver-transmitter conversions; 10 failure analyses; and one lot for data. Work is expected to be completed in September 2015
The USMC has awarded Northrop Grumman a $207 million contract for LRIP of AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems (ground-based multimission AESA radar), to be delivered in 2016-17. G/ATOR's total program value could exceed $2 billion, as additional LRIP contracts are anticipated.
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), a global communications and information company, has been awarded a contract amendment valued at C$40 million by the Commonwealth of Australia to transition MDA's UAV services to Australia following completion of the currently contracted services in Afghanistan. MDA will provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with UAV operations and related services within Australia through December 2017, with options for up to an additional three years.
KVH Industries has received a $4.3 million order for its TACNAV tactical navigation systems from a new customer who is a major defence contractor providing armoured vehicles for an international military client. With a short delivery requirement, shipments for this order are expected to be substantially completed in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Tatra Trucks has introduced the new TATRA PHOENIX Euro 6 vehicle, being a result of the recently signed agreement between Tatra and DAF Trucks, guaranteeing that all-terrain heavy duty trucks manufactured in Koprivnice, Czech Republic, will remain on the European market.
Airbus Defence & Space (DS) has signed a contract with the Polish MoD to provide a full flight simulator (FFS) for the Polish Air Force’s (PAF) Airbus C295 aircraft fleet. The FFS will be installed in the Krakow C295 Training Centre at the Balice Krakow Air Base, where the PAF´s 16 C295 are based – currently the world’s biggest C295 fleet.
The maritime wing of the Australian Army purchased and installed a VSTEP maritime simulator classroom, to be used for landing craft operations and navigation training. The simulator purchase was made following an enquiry from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Bohemia Interactive Simulations. The maritime simulator classroom delivered by VSTEP includes 12 NAUTIS Desktop Trainers and 2 NAUTIS Instructor Stations. The simulators use the NAUTIS Naval Task Force software module, a training module specifically designed to meet the training requirements of the military.
The US Army has placed its first order for the new 3M Canada’s M61 Respiratory Mask Canister through the Canadian Commercial Corporation, valued at over $3 million and was awarded under an IDIQ contract issued in December 2011. Deliveries under this order are scheduled to be completed by February 2015. In total, the IDIQ contract has potential value of over $100 million based on a seven-year performance period.
AAR has been selected by AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center), the Abu Dhabi-based Joint Venture between Mubadala Development Company, Sikorsky, and Lockheed Martin, to support in the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of AMMROC’s state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain, UAE. The new facility will be one of the largest dedicated military MRO centres in the world.
The Polish Armed Forces plan to acquire cruise missiles for new type of submarines. The missiles are to be capable of striking ground targets at distances up to 800km, and the acquisition of these new submarines is to start later this year, with contractor selection to follow in 2015.
Cuts to the defence budget will harm the UK’s military capability, Armed Forces chiefs have recently warned. Senior military officials believe the next government in 2015 will not be able to maintain British deployments if current budget cuts are implemented. Military chiefs believe that current cuts to the defence budget would jeopardize the effectiveness of the Future Force 2020 plan, created to address the need for spending cuts in essential military capabilities, while maintaining an effective force.

14 November 2014

Trident Joust 2014 Completed

The Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum has recently completed the main training event for this year’s NATO Response Force (NRF) headquarters. The exercise Trident Joust (TRJT) 2014 was conducted at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) 13-23 October. 400 personnel of the JFC Brunssum arrived at the JFTC to undertake 11 days of intensive training.

TRJT 2014 was a Command Post Exercise designed to test the abilities of JFC Brunssum in leading the defence of an allied nation through the conduct of a NATO Article V operation. The training audience was supported by augmentees from member and partner nations and, in total, 23 nations were represented. The exercise scenario contained fictitious developments in the Baltic Sea region, but the chain of events has been scripted to reflect current challenges in modern warfare.
TRJT 2014 also served as a platform for developing a comprehensive approach at the operational level; eight non-NATO organisations (UNOCHA, UNDPKO, UNWFP, OXFAM, War Child International, World Vision International and the ICRC) joined the training audience to discuss ways of cooperating in potential future operations.

During the closing ceremony held on 23 October, Gen. Hans-Lothar Domröse, Commander Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum, thanked all who contributed to the success of the exercise and awarded several JFTC members with commemorative coins to express his gratitude for an extraordinary performance during the event. He also addressed Brig.Gen. Wojciech Grabowski, Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Commander, and thanked him personally.

Gen. Hans-Lothar Domröse, Commander Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum, and Brig.Gen. Wojciech Grabowski, Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Commander, during the closing ceremony of exercise Trident Joust. (Photo: NATO)

JFC Brunssum, based in the Netherlands, is one of two NATO Joint Force Headquarters (the other being JFC Naples) within Allied Command Operations (ACO) capable of deploying in command of a Major Joint Operation supported by ACO’s single service (Land, Sea, Air, Special Forces) commands. JFC Brunssum serves as the out-of-theatre Operational headquarters for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. Other tasks include Contingency Planning, Military Partnership, and NRF leadership.

06 November 2014

Indodefence 2014: Photographic Recap of Day 2

Nexter's large calbire munitions. (Photos: DPM)

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50.

Aselsan Software Defined Radios

Roketsan Multi Calibre MBRLs

Otokar COBRA.

Diehl Defence's IRIS-T SLM launching station and ground based multi-mission radar.

Karakteristik Bell 412

Pindad's ANOA Fleet.

Pindad ANOA 6x6 Ambulance

Condor 40x46 les-lethal ammo

BDT's presence at Indodefence 2014

Jain Technology SODA-I counter sniper system

Samel 90 introduces new HF/VHF artillery radio jammer

High interest at Saab's RBS-70 NG presence.

EID has equipped over 20 Indonesian ships with naval comms,  amonst them the FATAHILLAH-class and KCR-40.

Roketsan pushing SOM and CIRIT in Indonesia.
Kelvin Hughes equipped 35 Indonesian naval vessels with legacy radars and MANTADIGITAL naval displays.