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30 November 2013

I/ITSEC 2013: Modelling and Simulation in the Defence Technology Sector

Modelling and simulation (M&S) are closely associated with the Bundeswehr’s reorientation to an expeditionary warfare role and the modernisation of many other security and Armed Forces around the globe. M&S also figures prominently in Rheinmetall’s plans for the future.

M&S play an important role in helping the Bundeswehr to prepare and conduct its missions. Rheinmetall has been a proud supplier of simulation and training systems since the 1970s. Today, M&S accompanies a soldier’s career from basic training right through to certification of combat readiness and mission execution.

The purpose of M&S is to improve forecasting abilities, to support competent and comprehensive decision making, to identify innovation potential at an early stage, and to put these into action through the efficient use of resources at reasonable cost and risk.

M&S Supporting an Armed Forces Mission

The Bundeswehr’s M&S sub-concept, dated 6 March 2006, specifies four areas where M&S is used within the Bundeswehr: Analysis and planning; requirement identification and fulfilment within the customer product management (CPM) framework; operations; and training and exercises.

In all of the aforementioned areas, M&S can help to support the decision-making process as part of such established processes as operational research (OR), concept development and experimentation (CDE), customer product management (CPM) and individual training, including mission preparation.

During analysis and planning, the underlying objectives and capabilities of the Armed Forces need to be examined and introduced into the operational planning process. In terms of technology, the requirements imposed on M&S lie first and foremost in being able to quickly and flexibly provide the necessary analysis capabilities and capacities for these situations and scenarios.

When it comes to procurement, M&S can help to identify capability gaps, to develop proposals for bridging them and to serve as a test bed for prototypes and systems under development. Furthermore, M&S is useful for conducting trials and operational testing of systems, as well as for fostering interoperability with other systems. For example, high-performance hardware and software such as the Distributed Integrated Test Bed (VIntEL) – make it possible to simulate the impact of integrating a certain subsystem on a weapons platform – mounting a guided missile launcher onto an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), for instance – and thus to determine what parameters would have to be taken into account in real life. In a naval context, combat direction systems are one of the most challenging systems, dealing as they do with complex sensor and weapon suites. Powerful and advanced sensor and weapon simulation provides a test and training environment for teaching naval personnel to handle and deploy these systems effectively.

Moreover, M&S can be useful for actual mission support. Sophisticated simulation systems are available for analysing op plans or for evaluating past operations in order to incorporate lessons learned into subsequent plans. It is possible to enter actual terrain data from an area of operations – or a single segment of it – into the software of a training simulator. This makes it possible to scout out approach or escape routes, for instance, and thus to weigh possible tactical options in advance. As a decision-support system, M&S today already helps users to understand environmental effects, such as underwater sound propagation or ducting effects in radar propagation, which have a direct impact on sensor and weapon effectiveness. With augmented reality and future real-time analysis systems, it will be possible to enhance a crew’s situational awareness and ability to respond more effectively in critical situations, as well as to forecast future situations.

Another vital area of M&S activity involves providing support for basic and advanced training, along with training in command and decision-making processes. Simulation-based training systems help trainees to learn about their systems both from an operator’s and a maintainer’s standpoint. Part-task trainers can be used to train personnel to perform specific tasks, e.g. driving a tank, handling a ship’s sonar system or steering a submarine while experiencing its original dynamic behaviour. Full mission simulators help crews to understand the complex effects involved in conducting a mission scenario in a real environment. M&S of course has to comply with the one of the fundamental principles of training: train as you fight. Using M&S for training therefore helps to save resources and to train more efficiently when using real systems... M&S is thus vital for achieving combat readiness.

The Bundeswehr’s Simulation and Test Environment 

In 2009, Rheinmetall won the competition to develop systems for the simulation and test environment for the German military. Known as SuTBw, it forms the technical basis for conducting experiments, tests and synthetic exercises in a networked environment of simulation systems involving real systems.

Rheinmetall, in its capacity as main contractor for simulation and network systems, is in charge of coupling simulated and real systems at 27 Bundeswehr locations in Germany and one site in the United States. A particularly useful feature of the SuTBw is being able to couple different simulation systems and real systems with widely varying capabilities to integrate different information and protocol layers through gateways in order to create high-performance “systems of systems” simulations, which in turn enables the armed forces to conduct complex joint and combined tests and exercises. Furthermore, national and international sensor, weapon and C4I systems can be included in this IT infrastructure.

This Rheinmetall-built simulation and test environment makes a valuable contribution to networking and coupling national and international simulation and real systems as well as integrating tactical data link and command and control information systems. Given its multifaceted performance spectrum, the SuTBw forms an important element in the creation of a network-enabled warfare capability.

Areas of Military Simulation Solutions 

First of all, military simulation solutions encompass virtual simulators. These are used at levels below small-unit tactical training to impart the necessary skills and prepare troops to perform their individual missions. This includes, for example, computer-based training (CBT) as well as part task trainers (PPT) to train individual skills. For example, IFV gunners can prepare for live-fire training in simulators such as the AGSM, a system specifically designed for the MARDER IFV. Remote-control weapon simulators are used to train operators to handle a specific weapon system on board naval vessels.

Within the virtual simulation, simulators can be used to train crews in tactics at unit level. Examples are the AGPG combat simulator for mechanised infantry platoons, anti-submarine warfare simulators, and flight training devices. Looking ahead, networked simulations for Army, Navy and Air Force platforms will provide joint synthetic training and mission preparation capabilities. For example it will be possible to train a joint fire support team interacting with different crews of a fighter-bomber, a land-based spotter and a supporting frigate.

Live simulation at unit and battalion level supports effective real world training, enabling tactical training for entire units, up to and including major combat formations. At live training centres like the combat training centre run by Rheinmetall in cooperation with the German Army near Hannover, it is possible to train units in missions as varied as peacekeeping operations and high-intensity combat in a combined arms environment. In live simulations, exercise participants use their original equipment and manoeuvre across a major training area. Participants and their equipment interact using laser duel and communication systems. Every movement, every action, every radio transmission, etc., is recorded for post-op analysis. Besides supplying reliable simulation technology, hardware and software, the defence contractor’s role here includes operating the infrastructure as well as keeping it up and running.

Finally, constructive simulation is used to train leaders at operational level. Here, simulated manoeuvre elements operate in a simulated environment. A well-known system for constructive simulation is Rheinmetall’s Advanced Naval Synthetic Environment (ANSE). This system forms the core of all Action Speed Tactical Trainers from Rheinmetall and is also the core system for naval testing and training systems. ANSE is capable of serving multiple scenarios with more than 1,000 targets in a sophisticated simulation interacting with a complex environment, giving instructors the ability to define their own specific targets through various parameters based on behaviour experienced out in the real world.

Current Challenges 

An effective defence technology industry has to serve the armed forces with advanced simulation technology that provides troops with as realistic training environment as possible, helping to prepare them for the many complex situations they are sure to face.

The current technical challenges arise first and foremost from altered strategic settings. Today’s Armed Forces operate in a joint and/or combined environment, i.e. in cooperation with other services, civil agencies or foreign Armed Forces. Moreover, they have to be ready for a whole host of different missions. This expanded operational spectrum leads to higher requirements with regard to simulation. Scenarios such as peace-enforcement operations require a multitude of actors – own troops and allied units, civilians, irregular elements and opposing forces – all of which have to be depicted, frequently in a complex setting.

The simulation depiction of these complex scenarios must proceed at a realistic, natural pace. This too requires sophisticated, high-performance hardware, software and a great deal of know-how.

Another important task is networking various simulator sites for joint and combined exercises. Enabling various participants to take part in exercises at multiple sites requires high-performance, service-oriented architecture as well as central data storage and maintenance, which, thanks to short running periods, can create virtual major training areas and distribute and process the corresponding data.

Increasingly often, customers insist on the integration of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. A prominent example is the incorporation of game-based technology into military simulations. Rheinmetall simulations now combine the strengths of game engine visualization with the high-fidelity replication of modern simulators, thus giving users the best of both worlds.


In light of the aforementioned increase in jointness among military customers, major future tasks will include standardisation of interfaces and databases in order to make different simulation systems compatible with each other at national and international level.

Furthermore, the simulation industry will have to take the rapid pace of change into account. A realistic depiction of the ever-evolving real world requires constant updating of existing systems. The accelerating pace of change applies equally to procurement. The defence industry has to be able to meet its customers’ needs more quickly.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology, Rheinmetall is ready and willing to take on future challenges in the field model building and simulation.


As I/ITSEC 2013 is the most important training event this year, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY and its sister magazines is exhibiting at booth 373.

For this reason, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY has published a Simulation and Training Special Focus in #12/2013.





Issue 12/2013 also features: An article about Small State Security: Brunei’s 21st Century Defence Policy; the Surface Navy Focus, show reports, reviews, columns, news, industrial news, and an article about the Potential of Iran’s Defence Industry!

Get your copy at booth 373. Come by and say hi.

29 November 2013

Happy Hanukkha

To all our Jewish friends and family:

Chag Hanukkah Sameach

28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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27 November 2013

DuPont Protection Technologies Responds to Market Needs for Multi-Threat Solutions by Launching the Next Generation of Innovations with DuPont Kevlar

DuPont Protection Technologies, maker of the DuPont Kevlar fibre, has responded to customer needs with the launch of two new products at Milipol Paris, 19-22 November 2013.

Drawing on analysis from its extensive relationship with global customers, the next generation of innovations made with Kevlar - DuPont Kevlar AS450X and DuPont Kevlar XP™S104 - demonstrate the company’s ability to extend its range of protective solutions for the military, police and security market.

The DuPont Kevlar AS450X new generation multi-threat solution is specifically engineered for greater comfort to the ballistic vest wearer. Developed for anti-stab, anti-spike and combined ballistic protection in armour applications, it provides customers the ability to manufacture products that offer significant mobility and driving comfort, particularly when donned in patrol vehicles.  The lightweight laminate film structure helps enhance flexibility and can cover a greater surface area.

DuPont is a market-driven, innovative science company and the new products we are launching this week at Milipol advance the trusted DuPont Kevlar brand to address emerging and future trends, including multi-threat protection,” said Jeroen B. Jacobs, Global Marketing Director, DuPont Life Protection. By working closely with end-users, DuPont focused on the variety of risks law enforcement officers face at all times, including handgun (15%), knife (35%) and blunt trauma (50%), as well as difficult climate conditions. “Our breadth of knowledge spanning 40 years of experience in this field, coupled with our integrated science, enables us to address the current and future needs of the end-user and deliver the highest levels of protection,” said Jacobs.

Also being launched at Milipol is DuPont Kevlar XP S104 fabric. Part of the successful Kevlar XP brand of products, offering enhanced bullet stopping power and reduced back face deformation even in hot climates.  Based on market research revealing that a water repellent ballistic solution is required, DuPont Kevlar XP S104 offers strong ballistic performance and comfort even in wet conditions.  It is ideal when working in tropical climates or when stringent wet performance is required.

Developed in 1965, the DuPont Kevlar aramid fibre is used to make a variety of clothing, accessories and equipment ballistic, cut and stab resistant.  Due to its lightweight and extraordinarily strong properties, products made with Kevlar have helped to save the lives of thousands of people around the world. DuPont is continuously developing new technology to address the evolving protective requirements of the military, police and security markets the world over. DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

20 November 2013

MILIPOL 2013: Rosoboronexport Presents Russian Special Equipment and Weapons

Rosoboronexport, part of the Rostec State Corporation, demonstrates special small arms and special equipment at MILIPOL 2013.

The company showcases equipment for Special Operation Forces (TIGR armored car, BTR-80A armoured personnel carrier, MANGUST boat) and technical means for building integrated land and sea border surveillance systems, as well as security systems for sensitive sites. It is expected that foreign delegations will pay increased attention to noiseless and flashless sniper rifles and submachine guns, GM-94 and 6G30 special grenade launchers firing non-lethal ammunition, according to the company.

Most of the special equipment offered for export has been used successfully by Russian law enforcement agencies. Its effectiveness and reliability contribute to steady annual growth in export deliveries and expansion in sales geography.

Rosoboronexport alone is presenting more than 70 modern models of weapons and equipment for Special Operation Units. TsNIITOCHMASH, IZHMASH, and Tula Arms Plant, too, have their own major booths. Such a large-scale participation of the Russian delegation in the exhibition will allow would-be partners to get acquainted with a substantial number of military products in this market segment,” – said Valery Varlamov, Head of Rosoboronexport’s Security Department, who leads the company’s delegation at the exhibition.

During the exhibition, Rosoboronexport also holds negotiations with leading European defence companies, particularly with Nexter Group, Safran and Thales on industrial cooperation, technology transfer and localising production of some components for electro optical and thermal imaging systems in Russia.

19 November 2013


SFC Energy, a market leader for portable power solutions based on fuel cell technology, exhibits its successful power solutions for law enforcement and military applications at MILIPOL.

  • JENNY 1200 - a 50 W portable fuel cell for soldiers in the field. Connected to the SFC Power Manager 3G a highly efficient energy network is created.
  • EMILY 3000 - military fuel cell for mobile power for vehicle back-up
  • EMILYCube 2500 - compact plug & play energy solution for military use.
  • EFOY ProCube - plug & play energy solution for law enforcement use - supplying covert off-grid power for days on end.

Advantages of SFC power solutions are:

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Long autonomy
  • Safe to use
  • Quiet and environmentally-friendly

MILIPOL 2013: FN MINIMI Adapts to New Operational Conditions

Belgium-based small arms manufacturer FN Herstal unveiled the next generation FN MINIMI Light Machine Gun in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibers during MILIPOL in the Belgian Pavilion, hall 5, booth no. M217.

(All Photos: FN Herstal)

The modifications introduced on the FN MINIMI Mk3 result from feedback provided by users engaged in current operating theatres. Indeed, the demands of users mhave evolved over the past 10 to 15 years due to changes in the way the FN MINIMI machine gun is used in combat (increased use of accessories, evolutions in the soldier’s equipment, and changes in tactics such as shooting from all positions).

The new FN MINIMI Mk3 offers the users improved ergonomics and improved mobility while retaining the same core mechanism as the previous versions, for a limited impact on logistics.

Main changes are:

  • An ergonomic buttstock adjustable in length (5 positions) to allow compensation for body armor and load bearing equipment. The buttstock is adjustable for cheek rest height as well. The user can have his eye correctly aligned with the iron sights, or optical sights, while keeping his cheek properly positioned on the buttstock. It also integrates a folding shoulder rest and a hydraulic buffer that stabilizes the rate of fire and reduces felt recoil,
  • A new handguard/bipod assembly that provides a comfortable handguard and three forward MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny® accessory rails. The adjustable-height (3 positions) bipod, when folded back, integrates into the shape of the handguard even with an accessory on the lower rail,
  • An ergonomically-shaped cocking handle that gives the user a better grip with the strong or weak hand,
  • An improved feed tray with belt retaining pawls that hold the belt correctly in position during the loading procedure, which is most useful when the user is in the standing position,
  • An optional heatshield that greatly reduces the risk of inadvertently touching the barrel, and
  • The convertibility of the FN MINIMI® 7.62 to fire 5.56x45mm ammunition.

Customers with 5.56mm or 7.62mm FN MINIMI machine guns already in service are not left behind. FN Herstal offers them a customised upgrade programme to upgrade partially or completely their weapons: Adapted to their exact needs and easily carried out by the armorer on site using the supporting documentation provided with the conversion kits. FN Herstal’s technical experts are also available to help the customer make the right choice among the various conversion kits or accompany him during the converting operations.

MILIPOL 2013: Seen and Heard on Day One

Cyalume Technologies SAS, the French subsidiary of Cyalume Technologies, a world leader in chemical light solutions for more than 40 years and manufacturer of non-pyrotechnic Battlefield Effects Simulators, exhibits at booth 5R034.

Used by military forces and law enforcement agencies around the world, Cyalume lighting solutions allow users to mark, signal and identify in the most hazardous situations, including combat operations or natural disasters. As a key player in the tactical light market for military forces, Cyalume today aims at expanding its expertise and now offers its solutions to law-enforcement agencies and first responders (police, firefighters…).

Cyalume invests heavily in R&D in order to develop innovative products that actually meet the future needs of our users. Recent examples of the latest products developed by Cyalume are: ChemLight II, RAZORBACK - Route Clearance Marking Solutions, VisiPad marking emitters, ToTaL IR covert Tag, Track & Locate powder, and the HG1 Hand Grenade Trainer.


In addition to showcasing (booth 5 G 031) its full range of unidirectional (UD) products and sustainable PE armour solutions, DSM Dyneema introduced a completely new range of products, developed with game-changing DYNEEMA Force Multiplier Technology. This brand-new technology is a result of the company’s Radical Innovation platform, which underpins the company’s position as a world-leading innovator in the field of life protection materials and high performance fibers.

At the ceremonial launch DYNEEMA Force Multiplier Technology one was able to see a protective vest made with the new technology.


Cassidian introduced its newly developed security radar SPEXER500 into the market. Combining latest radar technologies such as Digital Beam Forming, this radar offers great capabilities for the surveillance of critical infrastructures such as harbors, industrial sites or military camps.

The SPEXER500 is a high-performance and cost-efficient radar for the automatic detection and tracking of ground targets and low-flying air targets up to  km (5.6mi) - even under harsh climatic conditions. Developed for security applications with a limited line of sight (e.g. hilly areas) requiring a high situational awareness and a flexible and portable use of the radar.

The primary fields of applications are, camp protection, perimeter and critical infrastructure surveillance (including sensitive and protected areas such as oil fields, power plants, airports, etc.), and border security.


Tacprogear, a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, unveiled their new "American Made - Mission Specific" tactical helmets under the Tacprogear BLACK brand name. The three new helmets, built to high performance standards under different tactical applications for law enforcement, military and government security personnel include the Tacprogear BLACK ACH helmet, the Tacprogear BLACK PASGT and Tacprogear BLACK Scout helmets.

The Tacprogear BLACK Scout helmet is a lightweight, multi-impact, UHMWPE helmet that has been developed with high V50 ballistic performance without sacrificing safety and comfort.

The Tacprogear BLACK Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), based on the original US Army design, is available in standard and lightweight configurations, both with increased ballistic protection.

The Tacprogear BLACK Personal Armor System Ground Troops (PASGT) helmet offers lightweight function and comfort with optimal protection and insulation for all situations and weather conditions.

All three Tacprogear BLACK helmet systems feature optional Team Wendy pad systems and components. Team Wendy helmet pad systems all feature the latest in antimicrobial comfort with MIL-SPEC moisture wicking and state-of-the-art impact and comfort foams.


MILIPOL 2013: Rheinmetall - A Versatile Partner for Modern First Responders

Military and tactical law enforcement units today have to perform a multifaceted range of challenging tasks. Around the world, Rheinmetall stands shoulder-to-shoulder with these vital first responders, ready to supply them with an extensive array of state-of-the-art systems and equipment. An interesting selection of the group’s products and services for law enforcement agencies, paramilitary units, SWAT teams, and the military is on display at booth 5P064

Among other items, the Rheinmetall Electro-Optics is showcasing a number of night observations for a multitude of different applications, ranging from GN night vision goggles and the KN night vision scope to KDN night vision binoculars.

In the world of infantry weapons, the principal forces driving future development are modularity, scalability, lethality and expandability. But a number of other factors also contribute to combat effectiveness, including a counter-defilade capability (for engaging targets behind vertical cover), plus greater range, penetrating power and first round hit probability. Other requirements include cost efficiency, an ability to integrate them into other weapon and C4I systems, and – by no means least – safety. In achieving the latter, insensitive munition characteristics make a major contribution: insensitive projectiles and propellant won’t explode if fired on or exposed to flames.
Rheinmetall’s wide-ranging activities in the field of 40mmm ammunition meet all these criteria. The group has been systematically expanding its family of 40mm ammunition. A recent addition is a long-range 40mm x46 round, which has an initial velocity of 100 rather than 78 m/sec. Another new round is the 40mm x46 MAGNUM. Featuring an initial velocity of 136 m/s, it can only be fired from medium-velocity grenade launchers such as Rheinmetall’s CERBERUS and HYDRA. Both of these weapons are equipped with built-in recoil attenuation systems and can be fitted with fire control unit/aiming devices. They are designed not just for greater accuracy, but also to fire programmable airburst ammunition that can be timed to detonate directly over the target. Corresponding cartridges and fire control systems such as VINGMATE are already available for the 40mm x53-high velocity ammunition on show at MILIPOL. 

 Rheinmetall has wide-ranging activities in the field of 40mmm ammunition. (All Photos: Rheinmetall)

VINGMATE consists of an aiming device and fire control computer together with a combined tripod and gun cradle suitable for various 40mm automatic grenade launchers as well as .50 cal. machine guns. Because the fire control computer can be programmed with up to ten firing tables, the Vingmate system’s effector can be quickly switched without having to readjust the particular weapon being used. The Canadian Armed Forces have procured a variant of the VINGMATE system for their Close Area Support Weapon (CASW).

Vingmate is a superior sight and fire control system for crew-served weapons such as 40mm automatic grenade launchers, .50 cal. machineguns and antitank weapons.

Also on hand are the VINGMATE MultiRay (VINGMATE MR), a fire control unit and aiming device, and the friend-or-foe Dismounted Soldier Identification Device/DSID. The new VINGMATE MR is substantially more compact and lighter than its FeLVis forerunner, and is suitable for low- and medium-velocity 40mm ammunition including air burst rounds. It features a laser rangefinder, an integral ABM programming unit, is able to detect if the weapon is at an incline, and also calculates the necessary lead. In addition, it is equipped with a laser pointer, an IR laser pointer invisible to the human eye, and an electronically focusable IR illuminator.

Rheinmetall Electro-Optics is also presenting its tried-and-tested laser light modules, including the LLM01, deployed by many armed forces and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Furthermore on show is the VARIO-RAY (LLM-VR), a component (among other things) of Rheinmetall’s GLADIUS future soldier system, which the Bundeswehr already deploys in Afghanistan under the name IdZ-ES.

Rheinmetall has developed an easy-to-mount digital aiming device for FLY-K, a lightweight mortar system which, among other things, has been successfully deployed by the French Armed Forces in Afghanistan. This device measures the incline and elevation angle of the mortar tube and then displays the range of the mortar rounds. This lightweight, compact, quiet, low-signature indirect fire weapon can of course also be used without the aiming device for engaging targets at ranges of up to 650 metres. It will soon be upgraded to approximately 900 metres.

Rheinmetall has developed an easy-to-mount digital aiming device for FLY-K, a lightweight mortar system which, among other things, has been successfully deployed by the French Armed Forces in Afghanistan. 

 In the ordnance field, Rheinmetall is presenting its improved flash-bang stun grenades, which are based on bottom-top venting technology. Their new chamber system is designed for two different decibel levels: 180dB for military applications and 170dB for law enforcement operations. The new generation offers greater flexibility, with a choice between two flash-bang charges, one conventional, the other, perchlorate-free. The new perchlorate-free grenades have the added advantage of producing less smoke. Rheinmetall has also improved its classic SPIRCO personal smoke/obscurant grenade. ISIS (InfraRed Smoke Instantaneous Spread), the group’s new red phosphorous smoke/obscurant grenade provides effective protection in the space of a second against detection by optics, night observation devices and infrared systems. 

To enable its customers to detect and engage opponents around the clock, Rheinmetall has put MITHRAS on the market, a family of handheld rockets with ranges of 300, 600 and 1,000 metres, available in normal and IR versions. The Armed Forces of Denmark, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Lithuania, Oman, and Thailand have all fielded MITHRAS rockets.

Just as important, Rheinmetall is also a leading source of force protection technology. At MILIPOL, the spotlight equally shines on Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection’s activities. VERHA (Versatile Rheinmetall Armour), designates a family of protection products that includes advanced solutions for ground, air and maritime applications as well as components for ballistic vests. Following a recent string of orders, the group is currently supplying a wide variety of protection systems to civilian and military users alike. Among these are partial armour protection for a foreign Navy and carbon fibre protection components for armoured premium-class limousines and ballistic vests. 

Rheinmetall produces ballistic fabrics, fabrics for body armour, coated fabrics for anti-stab systems (Protexa), and prepregs for inserts. Further the company produces ballistic inserts to raise the protection of body armour level against heavy caliber ammunition (for example NIJ level III and IV and SK4), as part of Rheinmetall's VERHA ballistic solutions product family (Versatile Rheinmetall Armour). 

For example, Rheinmetall recently received an order to equip the new armoured Mercedes-Benz S-class GUARD with VERHA Automotive carbon fibre protection components. Thus protection components from Rheinmetall feature yet again in the top segment of German next-generation vehicles. As early as 1988, Mercedes opted for protection components from Verseidag of Krefeld, now Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection; S-class armoured limousines have featured these products ever since. 

VERHA Automotive

During the run-up to the latest G8 summit meeting in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, 17-18 June 2013, Rheinmetall was able to respond at very short notice to a major order from the UK, swiftly supplying several thousand hard ballistic VERHA Inserts to provide added protection to police deployed to secure the summit. Made of composite material, VERHA hard ballistic inserts significantly increase the effectiveness of ballistic vests, as they can even stop rifle bullets.

For the first time at MILIPOL, the group’s easy-to-install solution for protecting helicopter cockpit seats is on display too. Also Rheinmetall shows its latest developments of lightweight composite hard ballistic VERHA Inserts at the show.

MILIPOL 2013: TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema Intensify Mutual Cooperation

TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema are intensifying their mutual cooperation for launching innovative products and bringing personnel armor solutions.

TenCate showcases its TenCate MULTI-LIGHT insert portfolio using DYNEEMA Force Multiplier Technology products. Bringing complementary capabilities of both multinationals together in connection for protecting people is creating the best possible solutions for the market.

Both TenCate and DSM have a long history in the joint development of materials for armour solutions for personal and vehicle protection. 

Steen Tanderup, Managing Director of TenCate Advanced Armour explains: "The current focus is on further reducing weight, increasing comfort and developing cost efficient solutions. TenCate Advanced Armour manages to combine those customer demands while increasing the level of protection. Our cooperation with DSM is constructive and productive and the DYNEEMA Force Multiplier Technology is a part of the innovation of the advanced armour solutions of TenCate. We intend to set a new standard for ballistic armour protection in both personal protection applications like vests, inserts, helmets, soft armor applications, and for vehicle armour. But also for next-generation tactical gear that will be engineered around the future soldier programmes. The application of the DYNEEMA Force Multiplier Technology is an important part of this process."

TenCate Advanced Armour is one of the selected launch partners of DSM for using this radically innovative DYNEEMA Force Multiplier Technology in its TenCate MULTI-LIGHT insert portfolio and vehicle armour solutions and will jointly market these materials in defence and law enforcement markets globally.

MILIPOL 2013: And the NPAS Bid Goes To.....Airborne Technologies!

The UK NPAS (National Police Air Service) has awarded the contract to deliver a police role-equipped fixed-wing surveillance aircraft to Airborne Technologies of Wiener Neustadt, Austria.  The platform - a VULCANAIR P68R - in combination with the modifications proposed by Airborne Technologies provided the UK Police with the optimum solution in the EU-wide procurement process.

Keen to explore the opportunities presented by the new generation of fixed-wing aircraft, through conducting a 6-month operational trial, NPAS decided to add a fixed-wing aircraft to their helicopter-dominated fleet.  This award is the second for a Vulcanair P68 from Airborne Technologies with the German Police previously buying the type.

Captain Oliver Dismore, Flight Operations Director of NPAS, said, "I was tasked by the NPAS Strategic Board to explore opportunities around introducing new generation fixed-wing aircraft to the fleet to enhance our capabilities at modest additional cost.  The cutting-edge surveillance equipment (Wescam MX10 and Churchill Augmented Reality System), proposed by Airborne Technologies, is fully integrated into a mission system presented in an ergonomic working environment.  This will reduce the workload of the single Tactical Flight Officer crew and will enable the aircraft to perform tasks normally carried out by our helicopters, freeing them up for more time-critical missions.”

For the trial the Airborne Technologies Team will provide a tailored aircraft with a sophisticated working environment and presents itself once again as technology leader for the support of the flying police.

18 November 2013


MILIPOL Paris, the international event for key players in the internal State security sector, will open its doors 19- 22 November 2013 for four days of exhibitions, meetings, discoveries and discussions about public and industrial security.

This year MILIPOL Paris will again offer a wide, diverse range of technological innovations and equipment for personal and property security. The show covers some 18 business sectors and among its stands one will find a complete range of solutions, developments and services enabling states to protect their populations. 

MILIPOL Paris 2013 will welcome some 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries and is expecting 30,000 visitors.

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY has published the 2013 SECURITY ALMANAC as part of the MILIPOL 2013 Focus in MT 11/2013.



For more information on the show, please check back.


15 November 2013

Eurofighter TYPHOON's New AESA Radar Starts System Integration

The new AESA radar for the Eurofighter TYPHOON is entering the system integration phase. During a four-national programme review at Cassidian's Ulm site the test and integration results of the CAPTOR-E Antenna subsystem were successfully presented to the representatives of the four Eurofighter core nations UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

The new radar for Eurofighter TYPHOON named CAPTOR-E ('E'  for electronic scan) is able to fulfil several tasks simultaneously. The radar beam is scanning electronically which makes the radar extremely versatile. Contrary to conventional radars the emitting power is generated not in one central emitter but by several thousand transmit- and receive modules. Cassidian capitalises on the biggest production line of these transmit/teceive modules in Europe. (Photo: Cassidian)
The test results achieved during the campaign were fully in line with the theoretical design and comply with the internationally agreed system specification by the four nations. The achieved results demonstrate the state-of-the-art performance and the high production standard of the CAPTOR-E AESA antenna, the Repositioner and the corresponding Antenna Power Supply and Control Unit. 

In a next step, the antenna sub-system will go to Selex Edinburgh for integration and test with receiver and processor. Final integration of the CAPTOR-E radar into the industrial production aircraft (IPA5) is planned in springtime 2014. 

The radar as a whole is being developed by the Euroradar consortium comprising Cassidian, Selex ES (UK and Italy), and Indra (Spain). The consortium already has developed and produced more than 400 mechanically scanning CAPTOR radars.

Saab SKELDAR UAS Operationally Deployed by the Spanish Navy

Saab’s SKELDAR Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has recently been operationally deployed on-board the offshore patrol vessel BAM METEORO. SKELDAR is supporting the Spanish Navy with surveillance capabilities while taking part in the EU "Atalanta" operation in the Gulf of Aden. Earlier this year Saab announced a contract to deploy the SKELDAR UAS for maritime operations. 

SKELDAR V-200 that embarked Spanish warship ESPS METEORO, 10 September 2013, for the EU's Operation "Atalanta" counter-piracy mission.

Mikael Franzén, Director of Saab’s Product Area Tactial UAS commented: “The SKELDAR UAS is operated together with a manned helicopter to enhance the vessel’s surveillance capabilities during its mission to fight piracy as part of the EU 'Atalanta' operation in the Gulf of Aden.”

Prior to the "Atalanta" deployment successful integration trials were conducted on-board the BAM RELAMPAGO in the waters outside the Canary Islands.

Since signing the first contact we are seeing an increasing interest for SKELDAR where more and more potential customers are discovering SKELDAR’s unique strengths and features, including air worthiness, heavy fuel engine, high performance and operational capability,” Mikael Franzén concluded.

SKELDAR is a rotary wing, short to medium range UAV that can be controlled from a tailored control station. It can be equipped with a wide range of payloads, including surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition and 3D mapping. The system can be used for both civil and military purposes.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

14 November 2013

Denel and Patria Announce an Agreement on Armoured Wheeled Vehicles to South Africa

Denel Land Systems and Patria have signed an agreement regarding Patria AMV 8x8 armoured wheeled vehicle serial production and delivery to South Africa. The agreement includes 238 vehicles, out of which five pre-series vehicles have already been delivered during the development phase. The first 16 serial vehicles will be assembled by Patria in Finland, Hämeenlinna. Thereafter the assembly will be migrated to South Africa to Denel Land Systems.

Armscor, the procurement agency for the South African National Defence Force., has ordered 238 BADGER 8x8 vehicles.

These vehicles are specially designed and customised to meet the unique requirements of operational deployment in the demanding African environment. The vehicle, known as BADGER in South Africa, is a best-of-breed in its class and will contribute to the modernisation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), providing its troops with effective protection and mobility.

This agreement is a continuation of the good co-operation of the last several years. We have in Patria unique technology, know-how and a proven track record. We simply provide a vehicle with very high standards and we believe that Denel is the best partner to customize the vehicle to meet the unique needs of the South African National Defence Force,Seppo Seppälä , President, Patria Land Systems and Patria Land Services explained.

Denel Land Systems is a leading defence contractor in its domestic market and a key supplier to SANDF acting as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Denel Land Systems also provide overhaul, maintenance, repair, refurbishment, and upgrade services for the SANDF’s equipment arsenal. 

Patria has decades of experience in armoured wheeled vehicles and its products are under continuous development and fitted with the latest technology.  Patria AMV has been a market leader of modern 8x8 armoured wheeled vehicles for the last decade with nearly 1,400 units contracted, selected by seven different nations and combat proven in real mission environment.

12 November 2013

Aerie's I-2 Technology demonstrator testings

A video at Aerie's website shows outcuts of the I-2 Technology demonstrator testings. In overall more than 200 testings Aerie managed to develop one of the world’s first systems with propelled rotor wings that climbs up in combination with a fixed wing version transform possibility. This enables outstanding extra long endurances with Vertical Take Off. It triples flight time in short words. In fixed wing mode the aircraft ist fully flyable and performing as a fixed wing aircraft. Taking off and landing with using the wings as a rotor, just like a bird, cuts out all unnecessary equipment (Ground Station catapults, Catching net, special hooking … AERIE got rid of all that). This leaves one of the slimest configurations one can get in aviation. Just one aircraft, and nothing else. Endurances of 24 hours and beyond are realisable as well. UAVs from 2kg up to 200kg take off mass are now ready for order at Aerie . The small company tackles the market with adequate pricing. The first option round is already closed, so production iscurrently getting started in Austria. Quad rotors and helicopters have competition now. And aeroplanes have an evolutionary follower that can sit like a duck and watch them emptying their fuel tanks. 

07 November 2013

Defense and Security 2013: Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong's Rounds - Photographic Recap

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong at Diehl Defence

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong's first visit was to Saab

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong at MBDA

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong at Rafael

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong checking out Rafael's LITENING and RECCELITE pods

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong at IMI

Defense and Security 2013: Thai Air Force Visits Diehl Defence

At D&S 2013, the Thai Air Force Commander, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong, visited the Diehl Defence booth.

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong, Commander in Chief of the Thai Air Force with Claus Günther, CEO Diehl Defence. (Photo: DPM)

06 November 2013

Defense and Security 2013: Photographic Recap of Day Three

Poongsan's Munition on show

Rippel EFFECT Double Mount

Yugoimport's Mortar Solutions

Trijicon combat optics

Targeting Pods by Rafael

The Rafael SPIKE Family 


Nexter's booth at D&S

Atlas Elektronik COBRA

Atla Elektronik SEAOTTER MkII

Rohde & Schwarz R&S M3SR Series 4400 Software Defined Radio