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Sagem Awarded Order for +16,000 FELIN
Brigade's Modernization Systems 'Mature' for Fielding
Advanced Network for Combat Vehicles
RATS Carries Intelligence to the Warfighter
BAE Systems Tests DIMA Radio for DARPA
Army Lab Prepares for Warrior Experiment
Common Jammer to Become the Core of future C-IED
Advanced Scanners for EOD Robots
A160T Helicopter UAVs to Carry FORRESTER Radars
Advanced Fire control for snipers
Thermal Sight Improves Snipers' Night Vision
Thales to Deliver 1,500 NVGs for French Army Pilots
CILAS' Delivers Compact Laser for DIRCM Application
NexGen Cyber Security Alliance Launched
Northrop Grumman Awarded Major C-RAM Contract
Elbit Systems Unveils a Secure Ruggedized Handset

Photo above: Intelligence data and alerts are being delivered to the warfighter in a timely manner, utilizing the Distributed Common Ground System Integration Backbone (DIB). These services could soon be available to hand-held mobile devices, utilizing the RATS system. Photo: Raytheon

 

Brigade's Modernization Systems 'Mature' for Fielding

Fielding of Future Combat Systems with active units has got closer recently, with Early-Infantry Brigade Combat Team (E-IBCT) capabilities passing the Critical Design Review (CDR) milestone – a key milestone in U.S. Army modernization effort. E-IBCT capabilities are planned to be fielded to seven Infantry Brigade Combat Teams beginning in 2011. The Army is planning additional increments as part of its modernization strategy. (read more...)


Elbit Systems Unveils a Secure Ruggedized Handset

Elbit Systems and Sonim Technologies have introduced a new ruggedized and secure "Push-to-Talk (PTT) over cellular communicator" called SPoC.  The system is based on Sonim's "SnapTT" secure GSM phone, designed to provide military personnel, field agents and first responders with reliable and secure communications at all times. The new device was unveiled at the recent Milipol 2009 homeland security exhibition in Paris (read more...).



Northrop Grumman Introduces an Advanced
Network for Combat Vehicles

Northrop Grumman has introduced the Smart Integrated Vehicle Area Network (SiVAN) - a highly survivable information network providing the infrastructure for the integrated systems embedded in modern and future combat vehicles. The system is designed with open system architecture, rapid 'plug-and-play' style integration of different electronic systems. SiVAM extends the connectivity beyond the platform, to dismounts and unmanned systems, enabling different elements to share data and computing resources. (read more...)

RATS Carries Intelligence to the Warfighter

Raytheon has developed an interactive mobile device called Raytheon Android Tactical System (RATS), designed for faster intelligence sharing, by efficiently delivering multimedia content to warfighters. According to Raytheon's VP for Defense and Civil Mission Solutions Mark Bigham, RATS provides a '0last mile of connectivity' to the warfighter, delivering images and full motion video. (read more...)

BAE Systems Tests DIMA Radio for DARPA

BAE Systems has completed a real-time mobile tests of new wireless military radio technology designed to transfer critical communications without interruption under combat and emergency conditions. Developed as part of the DARPA Interface Multiple Access (DIMA) program (see video), these new digital wireless radios will be able to overcome interference typically encountered with digital communications, ensuring increased network capacity and uninterrupted performance in highly congested mobile networks. (read more...)

Army Lab Prepares for Warrior Experiment

More than 150 soldiers will be participating in the three-week Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE 2010), performing 14 different missions. The experiment will take place in early 2010 at the Army's Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, Ga. The experiment will call for the integration of more than 25 technologies from 20 different companies and government agencies, operating on a single integrated backbone network. The bi-annual AEWE program support the Army's rapid and long-term development, and support the evolution of relevant doctrine and TTP’s to support the current force while examining future force requirements and formation through simulations and experimentation.

Common Jammer to Become the Core of future C-IED

The US military is working on a new family of advanced IED jammers under the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (J-CREW) 3.3 program. These next-generation Counter-IED devices are being developed as a common module, utilizing an open architecture supporting vehicular or backpack applications and integration with other systems. The core module will be able to link with local communication systems to eliminate vulnerability gaps. Two companies were selected to develop prototypes – Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems and ITT Force Protection Systems. The two companies were awarded $24.3 and 16 million contracts for the demonstration phase.

Advanced Scanners for EOD Robots

At Milipol 09 Vidisco is introducing two new portable systems utilizing flat amorphous silicon panels – the Flat foX-17 and foX-Rayzor designed for operation with EOD robots. With these inspection systems a bomb disposal technician can analyze images on-site, identify and differentiate organic materials like explosives or drugs from inorganic substances like metals. The image below shows an IED scanned with Vidisco's FoX-Rayzor x-ray scanner.

A160T Helicopter UAVs to Carry FORRESTER Radars

The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (ARDEC) plans to acquire four FORRESTER foliage penetrating radars from Syracuse Research Corporation, in addition to the two already delivered. The radar can operate under all weather and visibility conditions, providing persistent, stand-off coverage of moving vehicles and dismounted troops under foliage. These radars have already been tested in both single and double canopy foliage on helicopters and A160T UAVs. Next year the A160T is scheduled to deloy to Central America for evaluation by SOUTHCOM. (read more...)

Advanced Fire control, Thermal Sight Improve the Snipers' Combat Effectiveness

Two new systems, from Meprolight and Pulse Inteco are introducing advanced capabilities for snipers. Pulse Inteco has developed a fire control system that integrates with standard snipers scopes and night vision devices, while Meprolight is unveiling at Milipol 2009 the Noa, a thermal imager sight coupled with fire control and computerized map-based situational display. (read more...)

Thales to Deliver 1,500 NVGs to Equip French Army Pilots

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded Thales Angénieux a contract to equip French Army helicopter pilots with 1,500 HELIE night vision goggles over five years, with initial deliveries beginning in 2011. The first production units will be delivered during 2011, followed by deliveries spread over the next five years. According to Thales, the image intensifying tubes employed in these goggles are collecting 60% more light than traditional tubes and therefore enable operation deeper darkness conditions than typical goggles.

CILAS' Delivers Compact Laser for DIRCM Application

CILAS has recently delivered to the French Direction Générale de l’Armement the first Mid-Infrared Laser for DIRCM Application (MILDA), a compact laser prototype designed for integration in the new generation of DIRCM, as part of the CESAM project. The projevt, launched in 2002 is developing a jamming laser for use by military transport aircraft such as the Airbus A400M.

Lockheed Martin Launches NexGen Cyber Security Alliance

Lockheed Martin has formed a Cyber Security Technology Alliance with leading technology providers, to collaborate and provide integrated solutions to preempt potential threats by early detection, protection, and multi-layer autonomic self-healing capabilities of network-centric civil and government operations.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Major C-RAM Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $58 million delivery order to install additional systems and support of existing installations for the Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortars (C-RAM) system at forward-operating bases in Iraq. Current U.S. Army C-RAM capabilities incorporate field artillery and air defense radars, providing early warning on imminent mortar and rocket attacks, linked to the Centurion 20 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS), C-RAM systems are currently deployed, protecting U.S. and coalition bases from rocket and mortar fire. Beyond the threat interception, C-RAM capabilities also contribute to collect data on potential threats and centers of activity, enabling units to launch counterattacks, ambushes or conduct search and apprehending suspects in hostile activities. The U.S. Army is developing additional C-RAM capabilities, including interceptor missiles capable of defeating such threats before they reach their targets.

Sagem Awarded Order for +16,000 FELIN

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has placed a follow-on order with Sagem, for 16,454 FELIN integrated equipment suites for the French army. With this latest contract, France has now ordered a total of 22,588 FELIN systems, of a total planned acquisition of 31,455 sets worth over one billion euros for the first phase development, engineering and procurement. Currently in production, FELIN is planned to become operational in the second quarter of 2010 with the first regiment of the French Army.