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30 November 2012

Future Defence and Security-NORDIC (FDS-NORDIC)

This is the first fully Nordic Defence and Security event in as many years as one can remember. What gives this nascent symposium and exposition relevance is that it was only a fortnight ago that the leadership of the region’s four main defence industry groups in Norway (FSi), Sweden (SOFF), Denmark (DI-FAD) and Finland (AFDA) signed an agreement to expand industrial cooperation.  Ideally, the Estonian trade group would join as well (EKTL) and tie up the region’s activities in a tidy cooperative packet for the benefit of world peace, defence and security.

FDS-Nordic is a curious event, but one that all exhibitors agree shows promise and will grow in time.  Without state funding and EU grants like many other trade groups in Europe receive for marketing and promotion purposes, this is a privately-funded event organised and supported by defence and security  industry experts and consultants in the Nordic region. Exhibitors from as far away as Australia (Barrett Communications) joined regional companies came out to support the show and meet VIPs (mostly military attachés and industry leaders) from more than 33 countries. Saab, Håbeco, Portendo, Malux, CP Cases, Tenderteq, Musthane, H.Henriksen, Real Field Meals – we at MILTECH  have tried them before and they are that good - C-Inside, Sea Cross, et al.

These are among the hearty exhibitors that didn’t pull out at the last minute when they heard peace protesters were planning to protest the event..  It’s been cold and rainy here in Stockholm and I haven’t seen one “Trust-a-farian” or Born-too-late-to be-a-real-hippie” in the vicinity.  So much for standing by ones convictions...  It is sad that several companies seem to lack the visceral fortitude to stand up for themselves in the home market.

The Nordic countries are probably responsible for more than 50% of the world’s defence and security innovations. I’m guessing at the number, but it must be close to it. There are countless innovations in this arena developed mostly by small companies in the Nordic countries.  But unlike Holland, France or Poland, and countless other countries or regions, it lacks three things:

  1. Public event and forum to showcase its excellence (until now with FDS);
  2. Political and economic support for such an event
  3. Social will to stand against ignorant protesters and congratulate smart people for developing solutions that save, protect and preserve life, standards of living, and lifestyles we take for granted in our  North-western corner of a round world.

This show demonstrates how Nordic countries / companies are making the world a safer place for – “Democracy” yes, but there is also – families, children, freedoms, human rights, dignity, choice, etc. Who will protect the peace protester’s rights to protest if there were no defence-industrial complex? Exactly…
With a population of eight million people, more than 10 per cent work in the defence and national security industry – probably more, when considering those companies that produce a number of things, including hardened steel for LAVs as well as police cars, trains, etc. Sweden and its neighbours would all be in a similar situation with Greece if it weren’t for the economic benefits of technologies and innovations that can also be used in defence.

The Head of FDS-Nordic is industry and distinguished military veteran Erik Hasselström, who is keen to expand the next event to include neighbouring Baltic States-based companies and the EKTL of Estonia (which has it’s own one-day forum today 29 November more to come on that); many Nordic-based companies cooperate with innovators in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. His would provide an even more compelling mix for Defence VIPs from military establishments, embassies and industry to meet and conduct business. Back to the promise of FDS-Nordic: Delegates from 29 countries ore-registered – starting with a German delegation as the first registrants.  Although, the attendance is low, everyone agrees that the quality is very high – the “right people” as opposed to fans and enthusiasts of military and defence technologies. Some interesting products – a handheld and fully integrated (with smart phones, etc.) through wall.viewer from Cinside – that allows intelligence to be gathered, reviewed and decided and acted upon from the squad to command level.  Sea Cross radars and real time mapping make it almost unnecessary to look out the window when navigating a vessel (just kidding, of course you want to look out the window); Portendo’s multi-function standoff system is truly revolutionary in terms of detection, integration, flexibility and price all rolled into one scalable and flexible solution;

A complete summary of Symposium topics will follow in the next instalment.

28 November 2012


MILITARY TECHNOLOGY is present at I/ITSEC 2012 in Orlando, 3-6 Decenmber 2012.

For this show, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY brought along several of its magazines with Special Foci on simulation and training, available at the show, on the MILITARY TECHNOLOGY booth.

For frequent updates on what is happening, what has been said, and anything seen and heard, please check back.

On the occasion of I/ITSEC, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY publishes the Annual Simulation and Training Bosses (SATB) “Choral” Series that conveys the thoughts and messages of the world’s defence simulation and training leaders, according to the question, “<I>How does your company work with the evolving Simulation and Training community to make your offering cost-effective and sustainable in the era of declining budgets<P>.”





And a Special Focus on China


25 November 2012

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. These forms of violence are interrelated and affect women from before birth to old age. Some types of violence, such as trafficking, cross national boundaries.

Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished. Violence against women harms families and communities across generations and reinforces other violence prevalent in society.

Violence against women also impoverishes women, their families, communities and nations.

Violence against women is not confined to a specific culture, region or country, or to particular groups of women within a society. The roots of violence against women lie in persistent discrimination against women.

Up to 70% of women experience violence in their lifetime.


23 November 2012

Turkey’s ALTAY Main Battle Tank is to be Turkey’s Pride

The first prototypes of Turkey’s first national MBT, called ALTAY, which is designed and developed by Otokar has recently been introduced. Realised with an investment of about $500 million, the ALTAY Project is planned for mass production in 2015.

A memorial photo in front of ALTAY, including Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister; Mustafa V. Koc, Chairman of Koc Holding; General Necdet Ozel, Chief of General Staff; Ismet Yilmaz, Minister of Defence; Nihat Ergun, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology; General Hayri Kivrikoglu, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces; Murad Bayar, Defence Industry Undersecretary; Kudret Onen, Head of Koc Holding Defence Industry Group and Chairman of the Board of Otokar; Halil Unver, Vice Chairman of Otokar; Serdar Gorguc, Otokar General Manager, members of the Parliament and local authorities. (All Photos: Otokar)

The first prototypes of the ALTAY MBT have been presented at the Otokar facilities in Sakarya, Turkey on 15 November. Held with the participation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the ALTAY-First-Prototype ceremony was hosted by Mustafa V. Koc, Chairman of Koc Holding. General Necdet Ozel, Chief of Turkish General Staff; Ismet Yilmaz, Turkish Minister of Defence; General Hayri Kivrikoglu, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces; Murad Bayar, Defence Industry Undersecretary; Kudret Onen, Head of Koc Holding Defence Industry Group and Chairman of the Board of Otokar; Halil Unver, Vice Chairman of Otokar, and Serdar Gorguc, Otokar General Manager attended the ceremony.

The first prototypes of the ALTAY reflect the results of the concept development and critical design process of the Project that has started in 2009. The first prototype is planned to be used for the testing and optimisation of the tank’s mobility. The second prototype will be used in test firing performance. Two more prototypes are planned to be manufactured following the evaluation of the data gathered from the first two prototypes. The ALTAY MBT will be ready for mass production by 2015.

ALTAY MBT in tests

The first ALTAY prototype has already covered more than 2.000km during tests up to now. Two prototypes were exhibited in a special demonstration to the guests of the ceremony at the tank test track of Otokar. Including mobility performance like acceleration, maximum speed, side slope, suspension, stabilisation track, and off-road drive, this demo, according to the company, gave the impression that, once delivered, ALTAY will be the most modern tank in the world.

ALTAY MBT in tests

Kudret Onen, Head of Koc Holding Defence Industry Group and Chairman of the Board of Otokar shared the pleasure of introducing the first prototype of the ALTAY MBT to the public. After talking about the initial stages of the Project, Onen also informed about future activities of the ALTAY. “550 engineers are working in order to complete the Project, 260 of which are Otokar employees. Together with the ALTAY team, and nearly 100 subcontractors, we aim to make the best of our time and prepare ALTAY for mass production by 2015." Announcing that the mobility performance of Otokar’s first two prototypes would be demonstrated during the ceremony, Onen continued as follows: “Today armoured tactical vehicles of OTOKAR are exported to almost 20 countries. With more than 25.000 vehicles used by the Armies in the world, we represent our engineering and production capability. Up to now, we accomplished all our projects in time and perfectly, and we tried to fulfil all our commitments successfully. By using the results that we gather from these two prototypes, we’ll manufacture the ultimate prototypes, test them, and bring ALTAY to perfection as the most modern and capable tank in the world.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Mustafa V. Koc, Chairman of the Board of Koc Holding, expressed his joy about the current situation of the National Tank Project, which has a significant importance for the national defence industry strategy of Turkey. Koc stated the fact that ALTAY had been a prestige Project not only for Turkey but also for Koc Group, “ALTAY will provide great acceleration to land platform area of our country’s defence industry in terms of design, development and manufacturing not only with its existing power but also with its investments, developing labour force and technical know-how. With its power to withstand possible threats of today and the future, ALTAY will further enhance the strength of our armed forces as the most modern battle tank in the world. With stable management, growing economy and strong Army, our country will reinforce its power and leadership within the region, and Turkey will take its place among the special MBT manufacturers of the world. Moreover, our country will continuously progress with products developed by its own resources and capabilities, and created with its own technology. Until today we realized many achievements in the defence industry area by means of long term approaches, a properly defined vision and leadership. As Koc Group, we have been endeavouring, investing and realizing achievements in the defence industry in order to serve these goals and strategies. We believe that our defence industry will further develop in the future through encouraging specialization, and by having and controlling technology.”

At the end of the ceremony, Mustafa V. Koc presented an ALTAY tank model to PM Erdogan as a memory of the day.

Mustafa V. Koc (right) presented an ALTAY tank model to PM Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The design of ALTAY has been realised in order to fulfil all kinds of operational requirements derived from the technical and tactical demands of the Turkish Armed Forces. In this scope, ALTAY has been equipped with the latest technologies that are used in the modern tanks. With its superior fire power and hit rate, high mobility and survivability features, it is anticipated that ALTAY will be one of the fundamental and deterrent assets of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Developed by its prime contractor Otokar, and designed in line with Turkish Army’s requirements, the ALTAY will cater for exact requirements of the Turkish Army. The Turkish Republic will own all design and intellectual property rights of ALTAY. The Technical Data Package of ALTAY that includes all information and documents related to the design, development, integration, testing and manufacturing will be in the basis of the mass production of the tank, and all its rights will belong to the Turkish Republic.

ALTAY’s crew consists of four personnel as a tank commander, gunner, driver, and loader. In order to provide the tank with the intended performance in rough terrains, it’s equipped with a 1,500HP high-tech engine and transmission. The main armament of ALTAY is a 120mm 55 cal. smoothbore gun suitable for various kinds of rounds. A new generation fire control system has been specially designed for ALTAY in order to control the main and secondary armaments. By means of this system, the ALTAY is also able to shoot moving targets with a very high first round hit probability. Furthermore, the tank is equipped with modular composite armours in order to protect the tank against all kinds of threats, and subsystems that enable the crew to proceed in environments that are under CBRN threats.

When evaluated under the topics of Survivability, Fire Power, Mobility, C3, Integrated Logistic Support, and Ergonomics, the ALTAY becomes prominent as an optimised tank that is compatible to mission, threat and environment conditions, meeting the requirements of the user at maximum level, with a flexibility enabling its use in all kinds of battle environments with its additional features adaptable to various missions.

Technical specifications of ALTAY

  • Four men crew,
  • New generation 1500 HP powerpack,
  • 120 mm 55 calibre main armament,
  • Remote control weapon system(12.7 and 7.62 mm),
  • Coaxial machine gun,
  • Modular composite armour,
  • New generation fire control system,
  • Electrical gun turret drive system,
  • C3I system,
  • Battlefield target identification system,
  • Laser warning system,
  • Life support system,
  • CBRN protection,
  • Auxiliary power unit,
  • Fire-extinguishing and explosion suppression system, and
  • 360° situational awareness system.

As one of the biggest privately owned defence companies of Turkey, and one of the leading land vehicles manufacturers of the Turkish defence industry, Otokar presents special solutions for the requirements of users with its own technology, design and applications. As a Koc Group company, one of Turkey’s biggest conglomerates, Otokar designs and manufactures various kinds of tactical wheeled armoured vehicles and off-road vehicles for the defence industry. Today, thousands of Otokar branded military vehicles are being actively used in more than 20 countries in the world. The design and development project of the ALTAY, Turkey’s first national MBT is conducted by Otokar as the prime contractor. With a turnover of $520 million (in 2011) and 2,000 employees, Otokar realises its production in its 552,000sqm plant in Sakarya Arifiye in Turkey. Otokar recently signed an MoU for manufacturing Otokar COBRA vehicles in Kazakhstan for the requirements of the Kazakhstan Armed Forces. Since 1963, OTOKAR is one of the leaders in Turkey with its experienced engineering staff, and advanced R&D and test facilities in the defence industry area and has manufactured Turkey’s first armoured tactical wheeled vehicle, Turkey’s first original 8x8 tactical wheeled vehicle, and exported the first Turkish armoured vehicle.

Invisio Communications Receives Order from a Leading Military Radio Manufacturer and Expects Additional Orders

Invisio has received an order from a leading military radio manufacturer in support of the Armed Forces of a NATO country. The order is for the INVISIO V60 Communication System for SEK19 million.

(Graphic by Invisio)

Furthermore, Invisio expects that an additional order amounting to SEK13 million from the same customer will be received before the end of 2012.

We are very pleased to receive this order in support of the Armed Forces in a NATO country. It is our largest single order ever and we are of course very proud that we are able to respond to the customer’s requirements and that they have chosen our proposed solution,” explained Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO Invisio Communications.

It yet again illustrates the high quality of our products and that the communication solutions that we can provide to the world’s most demanding users are outstanding”, The INVISIO V60 Communication System is a new advanced tactical communication and hearing protection system for modern military forces. With INVISIO V60 the user gets a very light, compact and flexible communication system with built-in hearing protection and full 360° situational awareness. The system provides crystal-clear communication even in the most extreme and noisy conditions," he continued. “Using the INVISIO V60 Communication System, the user gets a very advanced communication solution. The INVISIO Bone Conduction Technology offers crystal clear communication even in very demanding environments like high noise. In addition the system lets the user maintain his normal hearing while being protected against harmful noises.

(Photo: DPM)

The INVISIO V60 is an in-ear hearing protection and communication system with electronic hear-thru and impulse noise protection. The INVSIO V60 control unit can interface with different headsets types along with up to four com sources simultaneously, including radios, intercoms, mobile phones and computers. For more information about the system see this blog here.

Clear communication in the heat of the battle can mean the difference between life and death. Invisio headsets utilise the patented INVISIO Bone Conduction Technology. Instead of traditional sound wave technology, a small and comfortable in-ear microphone picks up vibrations from the user's jawbone. The vibrations are converted into sound, delivering crystal clear communication under extreme conditions, even when whispering.

Invisio develops technologies and products for audio communication. The business concept is to develop, market and sell headset products and PTT-units (Push To Talk) for audio communication under its own trademark and through OEM collaborations with industrial companies (contract development). The company's vision is to enable people to communicate comfortably in all sound environments. Invisio was founded in 1999 and holds the invention of the patented Bone Conduction Technology for best possible speech in all sound environments. Further the patented SOFT SPRING for optimal wearing comfort. Invisio is a public company listed on First North (ticker: IVSO), an alternative stock market run by the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange, Stockholm.

22 November 2012

Ramblings on the Ceasefire

A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold on Wednesday, 21 November, after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

The IRON DOME defence system fires to interecpt incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, 15 November 2012.

Despite the ceasefire, it is inevitable that there will be similar confrontations between Israel and its enemies in the future. Israel needs learn the lessons of the recent conflict and act on the diplomatic front before the situation deteriorates even further, Hamas needs to learn not to mess with Israel.

Even though Israel has administered a significant blow to Hamas’ military capabilities, Hamas has remained intact organisationally and has strengthened its hold over Gaza as a result of Arab solidarity, and the ceasefire deal is a "political victory" for Palestinian factions. In Egypt, the ceasefire is seen as Israel couldn't meet its threat target (destroying Gaza's armed infrastructure), due to regional and international pressure. Furthermore news sources from Egypt see that there is no military equality between Israel and Gaza…

The exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said his movement would respect the truce if Israel did, but would respond to any violations. “If Israel complies, we are compliant. If it does not comply, our hands are on the trigger,” he told a news conference in Cairo.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had agreed to “exhaust this opportunity for an extended truce,” but told his people a tougher approach might be required in the future. He said was willing to give the truce a chance but held open the possibility of reopening the conflict. “I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so.”

Israel can take comfort from the fact it dealt painful blows to its enemy, which will take many months to recover, and showed that it can defend itself from a barrage of missiles, thanks to IRON DOME, which is said to have intercepted over 85% of rockets fired at Israel. IRON DOME provided decision space for Israel to achieve its strategic goals without forcing further military actions.

For Israel, Operation “Pillar of Defense” had two strategic goals - one, to reinstate the Gaza cease-fire with Hamas, which had unravelled in recent months amid increasing hostilities, and two, to stabilise the peace with Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood came to power, who sadly have a very close relationship with Hamas.

Let’s not forget that Hamas are a terrorist organisation (even though this is disputed by Arab nations, Russia, and Turkey). 

Hamas, in Arabic meaning enthusiasm and an Arabic acronym of Islamic Resistance Movement, is the Palestinian Sunni Islamic political party that governs the Gaza Strip, with a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Based on the principles of Islamic fundamentalism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (!!). Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987, and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988, that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip(!!). In July 2009, Khaled Meshal, Hamas's Damascus-based political bureau chief, said the organisation was willing to cooperate with "a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which included a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders," provided that Palestinian refugees hold the right to return to Israel and that East Jerusalem be the new nation's capital.

Nevertheless, in the last 20 years, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ tactics included rocket attacks and suicide bombings against Israel (to keep it objective, they also did target Egyptian outposts and border crossings and rival Palestinian militias in the occupied territories).

And to make things even clearer, "Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres...in Gaza," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters after the bus bombing. "Palestinian factions will resort to all means in order to protect our Palestinian civilians in the absence of a world effort to stop the Israeli aggression." On Twitter, Hamas's armed wing posted: "We told you #IDF that our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are, 'You opened the Gates of Hell on Yourselves.'"
‘Nuff Said.

The spiral of hate is ever-spinning.

Just look at recent events, 24 October Gaza militants fired over 50 rockets into Israel in 24 hours; 5 November border incident with Israeli soldiers shooting a Palestinian; 8 November crossfire incident of a gun battle between the IDF and Palestinian militants; 10 November injury of two IDF soldiers hit by an anti-tank missile as they patrolled outside the Strip (Israel responded with shelling and air strikes); 14 November assassination of the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari; a day earlier, Hamas was touting a truce offer, but only after two days of fighting which saw over a hundred missiles launched into Israel and Gaza; and so on… you get the picture.

Further escalation was virtually unavoidable. The only way out is for Hamas to lay down its arms and comply to Israel. It might be a hard and rocky path, but in the end only will help the Palestinian people and especially the region.

But the hate will continue as long as statistics like the one below are being publicised (I’m putting this here to make the point of what I have stated earlier, Hamas needs to learn not to mess with Israel),

and a specific country will keep on fanning the flames of anti-Israeli sentiment in the region. Said country is now claiming that it has armed Hamas with anti-aircraft missiles and that the militants have hit and damaged several sophisticated Israeli warplanes (Israeli fighter jets are among the most technologically advanced with electronic systems guarding against anti-aircraft missiles)…

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime ruling Iran, in a fiery speech on 21 November lashed out at France, the UK, and obviously at the US for supporting Israel. He called Israelis savages who commit the most heinous crimes and in the face of the power of the resistance “are begging for truce from the Gaza force.” The Islamic regime ruling Iran has long armed and trained militias in the Palestinian territory for terrorist attacks against Israel. Khamenei previously stated that, “We will support and help any nation, any group fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this.”

Now one could ask, is this how the Israel-Iran war begins? 

The Iranian leadership is coming very close to forcing Israel’s hand. If Hezbollah seeks to open a second front against Israel, then Israel could find itself in a two-front war with terrorist entities, despite the recent ceasefire. Make no mistake, Israel would achieve its objective of destroying the majority of the longest-range and most lethal missiles supplied to Hamas and Hezbollah by Iran, Syria, and perhaps even North Korea. And with Hamas and Hezbollah temporarily neutered, the Israeli government could conclude that if the Iranian nuclear arsenal would pose an existential threat, then Israel may decide that their window of opportunity would never be so favourable as the present. After all, Iran’s air defence is only going to get more sophisticated with time, and its missile programme is advancing steadily.

The problem of this hate lies deeper than we think

It is astonishing to any rational person – or it should be – that any functioning adult would waste time hating Jews in general. We pay lip service to the notion that anti-semitism is unacceptable; we decry the Holocaust; we acknowledge the suffering of the Jewish people historically. Where Israel is concerned, however, a pervasive and unctuous attitude of disdain, of contempt, of open hatred and vilification, festers in every corner of Western society. It can crop up where you least expect it. It can make itself known when and with whom you are most comfortable. It will slap you in the face with its naked Jew-hate at the most inopportune time and in the most mixed of company.

Simply put, people on Twitter, Facebook etc, hate Jews and want them to die. If this sounds like an exaggeration, you’re not thinking it through. Anyone claiming that Israel is the villain in the ongoing conflict with its enemies is either wilfully ignorant or openly anti-Semitic.

This is obvious in the way news of Israel’s conflicts is reported in our media. Hamas and whatever other affiliated terrorist groups, loosely defined (erroneously) as “Palestinian,” lob explosives at Israel for weeks dragging into months and this is never news in the West. The moment Israel takes military action to end the attacks, our news reports, “Israel attacked Gaza today …” or something similarly dishonest. We are treated to fraudulent photos of the supposed victims of Israeli “aggression,” photos whose lies are only rarely and quietly corrected. We are told that big, bad, mean Israel is using its superior power to bully its neighbours, always forgetting that these “neighbours,” these “oppressed” victims, are terrorists who repeatedly target civilians and who use innocent people and journalists as human shields.

It’s the whole tanks against rocks attitude, the “Palestinian” inaccurate and crudely made rockets that aren’t terribly accurate…

Israel’s enemies are irrational death cultists who will never accept Israel’s right to exist. They live and breathe hate and murder. They sadly soak their children in this bloodthirsty worldview. The evidence of these facts is the repeated terrorist attacks against Israel, which target civilians indiscriminately. Israel, historically and now, has shown almost inhuman patience when it comes to responding to acts of military violence against its people and its borders. Given this, can any rational person believe that Israelis wake up each day and say to themselves, “Today I will needlessly oppress ‘Palestinians’ because I hate simply living my life in peace” …?

If aggression against Israel stopped today, the Israelis would happily go about their business and continue living productive lives. If, on the other hand, the Israelis laid down their arms and announced that, henceforth, they would take no military action against those who hate them, Israel’s cities would be burning within a week.

Remember this the next time you post on social media. Criticism of your support for Israel will come disguised as “concern” for Israel’s “bullying” of its neighbours. That feigned concern will never be extended to the Israelis killed by random rocket and mortar attacks. It will never encompass Israel’s right to exist.

I can only hope that my friends, family, and colleagues in Israel are safe and sound.

16 November 2012


MILITARY TECHNOLOGY IndoDefence Focus and Security Almanac



Datron Receives JITC Certification for the PRC7700H HF Transceiver

Datron World Communications, a leader in tactical and public safety communications products, has received certification from the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) for the Datron PRC7700H Tactical High Frequency (HF) MANPACK Radio.

This certification includes conformance to the mandatory requirements of Military Standard (MIL-STD)-188-141B, including conformance to the Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) specifications in Appendix A.

Receipt of this certification for our newest HF SDR Manpack, the PRC7700H validates our continued commitment to HF product development that delivers the performance and value our customer’s expect,” states John Winn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

The PRC7700H HF Tactical MANPACK Radio is a highly portable tactical, software defined radio (SDR)  that is IP addressable for flexibility and combines DSP-IF circuitry with powerful microprocessors to deliver voice and data communications around the world.

Datron World Communications Inc. delivers communications products and systems worldwide. The company’s offerings enable governments, security forces and commercial users worldwide to establish and maintain critical voice, data and video connectivity. Known for their ease-of-use and reliability, Datron’s products and systems are currently deployed in over 80 countries worldwide. Datron World Communications Inc. was established in 1971 and is headquartered in San Diego, California, USA.

Datron SCOUT Provides Real-Time Video and Photography to Assist in Recovery and Management Efforts for Chemical Train Derailment

Datron World Communications, a leader in tactical and public safety communications products, announced on 14 November that their SCOUT UAV was instrumental in helping local, state and federal officials as well as first responders on the ground sort out solutions for dealing with a derailed tanker car containing toxic chemicals in Louisville, KY on 1 November.  The derailed tanker car was carrying butadiene, a chemical commonly found in the rubber used to make tires.  Additional chemical spills from other tankers included hydrogen fluoride which can cause severe respiratory damage.

(Photo: Datron SCOUT)

Joel Embry, President of Drone Systems, was on-site with the Datron SCOUT the day following the disaster. Drone Systems, provides equipment as well as training and support for the Datron SCOUT.

We were able to fly directly over the site of the derailment at various altitudes on multiple days to provide high resolution video as well as still photography to the teams on the ground.  They were literally taking the photography we provided and using them in real time in their situational briefings to make decisions on progress as well as next steps,” states Joel Embry.  “ The ability to deploy the Datron SCOUT within minutes coupled with the quality of the imagery and the absence of risk to any personnel collecting the imagery made the Datron SCOUT the perfect solution to assess the situation in real-time. The expense associated with using a Datron SCOUT represents a fraction of the cost of deploying a helicopter for this type of aerial observation and intelligence gathering.”

This is exactly the type of public safety scenario the Datron SCOUT was designed for,” stated Chris Barter, Scout Programme Manager at Datron.  “When the situation requires an in depth aerial view of the circumstances and quick response without risk to the team on the ground, the Scout provides the ideal solution.”

SCOUT’s “hover and stare” capability provides sustained, in-depth observation and documentation of specific locations.  The unit’s rugged design assures flight capability in inclement weather with wind gusts up to 50 MPH.

(Photo: Datron SCOUT)

Datron World Communications Inc. delivers communications products and systems worldwide. The company’s offerings enable governments, security forces and commercial users worldwide to establish and maintain critical voice, data and video connectivity. Known for their ease-of-use and reliability, Datron’s products and systems are currently deployed in over 80 countries worldwide. Datron World Communications Inc. was established in 1971 and is headquartered in San Diego, California, USA.

First-Ever Nordic Regional Defence and Security Event

Limited seats at the Compelling Seminars at Future Defence & Security-Nordic in Stockholm 27-29 Nov. at the Stockholmsmässan – First-ever Nordic Regional Defence and Security event.  www.fdsnordic.com or info@fdsnordic.com

Between 27-29 November, the FDS Nordic is organising a series of seminars within the Nordic security policy with a number of internationally known Swedish experts.

A series of four seminars will be presented under the tag line “Military Operations - Technology Solutions." The visitor to the seminars will meet a panel of experts in Nordic Security Policies, technical cooperation and procurement.

Moderators are; Annika N Christensen – a former Member of the Swedish Parliament, the Advisory board of Defence (1995-2009), and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. Lars Ekeman – a former Secretary-General and Senior Advisor at Folk & Försvar (Society and Defence) from 2001 to 2012.
The other segment will be “Business seminars”, with a focus on business within the security and defence industry, but also presentations from companies within the industry.

The exhibition shows products that meet the requirements from the government and military units, produced for the homeland defence and peacekeeping around the world. The seminars and debates plus the products all link together.

Saab and GE Aviation Strengthen Ties with Brazilian Aerospace Industry

Saab’s technology transfer plan regarding GRIPEN NG for the Brazilian F-X2 fighter jet competition has been further strengthened by its partner GE Aviation signing MOU´s with several Brazilian aerospace companies.

The MOU’s enable Brazilian suppliers to become a member of GE’s global supply chain and strengthens the in-country component of Saab’s GRIPEN NG proposal to the Brazilian Air Force.

The MOUs with Grauna Aerospace, Increase Aviation Service, TAP Maintenance and Engineering, Avio do Brasil, and AKAER provide local expertise in different areas of aircraft maintenance, manufacturing and engineering.