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September 13, 2021 | International, Land

IAI debuts new hybrid ground robot joining the UK army inventory

Israeli defense company unveils its latest ground robot at DSEI as market for light robotic combat vehicles heats up in the European theater.

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  • U.S. Marine Corps Orders More Amphibious Combat Vehicles from BAE Systems

    November 4, 2019 | International, Land

    U.S. Marine Corps Orders More Amphibious Combat Vehicles from BAE Systems

    October 30, 2019 - BAE Systems has received a $120 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles under a third order for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). This award is an important next step on the path to full rate production. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: This latest contract is for the ACV personnel carrier variant (ACV-P), an eight-wheeled amphibious assault vehicle capable of transporting Marines from open-ocean ship to shore and conducting land operations. Each vehicle embarks 13 Marines in addition to a crew of three. “This award further validates the Marine Corps’ confidence in the vehicle’s proven capability in meeting their amphibious mission, and represents an important step toward fielding the vehicle in the Fleet Marine Force. The ACV is a highly mobile, survivable and adaptable platform designed for growth to meet future mission role requirements while bringing enhanced combat power to the battlefield,” said John Swift, director of amphibious programs at BAE Systems. Current low-rate production is focused on the ACV-P variant. More variants will be added under full rate production to include the command and control (ACV-C), 30mm medium caliber turret (ACV-30) and recovery variants (ACV-R) under the ACV Family of Vehicles program. BAE Systems previously received the Lot 1 and Lot 2 awards. The Marine Corps selected BAE Systems along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles for the ACV program in 2018 to replace its legacy fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles, which have been in service for decades and were also built by BAE Systems. ACV production and support is taking place at BAE Systems locations in Stafford, Virginia; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Aiken, South Carolina; and York, Pennsylvania. View source version on

  • Technological Advancements Make The CSC The Right Choice For The Royal Canadian Navy

    February 15, 2021 | International, Naval

    Technological Advancements Make The CSC The Right Choice For The Royal Canadian Navy

    Like many navies around the world, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is making use of the most modern technological advancements in the design and planning of its forthcoming 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) – a single class of multi-role ships that will form the backbone of Canada’s combat sea power. Royal Canadian Navy press release Life onboard the new CSC will be exciting for RCN sailors, as these ships will embrace leading edge technology and improved habitability, and are designed to take them well into the latter half of the 21st Century. How do technological advancements impact operations onboard the ship? Well for starters, a sailor will be able to view on one computer terminal or platform various streams of digital content/information originating from different sources – a process called convergence. Convergence will allow any operations room or bridge terminal to show video or data feeds from any sensor, weapon, or software support system. Not only does this mean that leadership teams will have real-time warfare and platform data at their fingertips from various onboard locations, it also means that the physical space and power required to run multiple terminals will be reduced. Until recently, electronic systems onboard a warship such as the weapons and sensor systems, took up space, and lots of it. However, with the application of widespread digitization and use of solid state electronics onboard the CSC, dedicated space requirements have been considerably reduced, while the capability and flexibility of these systems have been increased. By capitalizing on miniaturization and digitization, much of this new-found square footage can be freed up to improve working and habitability conditions, including making accommodations and personal living spaces better for the crew. Multi-function equipment will be incorporated wherever practical onboard the CSC. For example, a single digital beam-forming radar can replace multiple traditional radars, software-defined radios can be setup to support different communications requirements on the fly, and programmable multi-purpose weapons will be able to engage more than one kind of target, while being controlled from a common vertical launcher. Multi-functionality even extends to the CSC’s modular mission bay: a reconfigurable space able to accommodate and integrate any container payload imaginable. When taken as a whole, the technology advancements that will be incorporated into the CSC means the single-class, single variant choice, coupled with the inherent and multi-role capabilities that it will bring, will serve Canadian interests for decades into the future. The CSC is the right choice for the RCN and the right choice for Canada. Canada’s defence policy, “Strong, Secure, Engaged” (SSE), has committed to investing in 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. In February 2019, the Government of Canada confirmed that the bid from Lockheed Martin Canada has been selected for the design and design team for the Canadian Surface Combatants. Irving Shipbuilding Inc., the project’s prime contractor, awarded a sub-contract to Lockheed Martin Canada for work to finalize the design. The winning bid is based on the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship. These ships will be Canada’s major surface component of maritime combat power. With its effective warfare capability and versatility, it can be deployed rapidly anywhere in the world, either independently or as part of a Canadian or international coalition. The CSC will be able to deploy for many months with a limited logistic footprint. The CSC will be able to conduct a broad range of tasks, including: Delivering decisive combat power at sea; Supporting the Canadian Armed Forces, and Canada’s Allies ashore; Conducting counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, interdiction and embargo operations for medium intensity operations; and Delivering humanitarian aid, search and rescue, law and sovereignty enforcement for regional engagements. The ship’s capability suite includes: Four integrated management systems, one each for the combat system, platform systems, bridge and navigation systems and a cyber-defence system; A digital beam forming Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar (the SPY-7 by Lockheed Martin) and solid state illuminator capability; The USN Cooperative Engagement Capability system; A vertically launched missile system supporting long, short and close-in missile defence, long-range precision naval fires support and anti-ship engagements; A 127mm main gun system and dual 30mm gun mounts; A complete electronic warfare and countermeasures suite; A fully integrated underwater warfare system with bow-mounted sonar, towed low frequency active and passive sonar, lightweight torpedoes and decoys; Fully integrated communications, networking and data link capabilities; and A CH-148 Cyclone multi-role helicopter, multi-role boats and facilities for embarking remotely piloted systems. CSC Specifications: Length: 151.4 metres Beam: 20.75 metres Speed: 27 knots Displacement: 7,800 tonnes Navigational Draught: ~8m Range: 7000 nautical miles Class: 15 ships Accommodations: ~204

  • Leonardo dévoile le Spartan de nouvelle génération

    November 17, 2020 | International, Aerospace

    Leonardo dévoile le Spartan de nouvelle génération

    Leonardo a commencé les essais finaux du C-27J Next Generation qui dispose de nouveaux équipements, un nouveau système avionique et des dispositifs aérodynamiques avancés, ceux-ci amélioreront les performances existantes de l’avion. Le premier C-27J de la nouvelle configuration sera livré à un client non divulgué en 2021. Une toute nouvelle avionique  L'évolution du C-27J Spartan se base principalement tout autour du tout nouveau système avionique conçu pour se conformer aux exigences de contrôle de la circulation aérienne de prochaine génération, y compris les liaisons de données FANS 1/A+,  TCAS 7.1,  ILS Cat.II et vidéo améliorée TAWS. Le cockpit de son côté bénéficie de nouveaux écrans d'affichage accompagnés d'un nouveau radar météorologique. L’effort s'est également porté sur l'amélioration des capacités de communication par satellite et radiocommunication. L'équipage bénéficiera par ailleurs d'un nouveau système d’intercommunication.  Des ailerettes en bout d'aile Le bimoteur est équipé du mode 5 IFF/ADS-B Out et des modes tactiques de navigation verticale et de pilote automatique de recherche et sauvetage sont disponibles. En outre, d’anciennes boîtes d’interface avionique et des systèmes généraux ont été remplacées par de nouveaux équipements par Leonardo Electronics. Enfin, des ailerettes améliorent l'aérodynamique de l'appareil et sa consommation de carburant, tout en permettant d'augmenter la masse maximale au décollage d'une tonne.  La nouvelle configuration de base est également offerte en qualité de rénovation pour les opérateurs actuels qui veulent mettre à niveau leurs capacités de flotte C-27J, qui sont actuellement au nombre de 14 pays. Cet avion de transport militaire peut ainsi emporter jusqu'à près de 5 tonnes de chargement par m2 en soute ou 34 passagers. Il peut également accueillir une vingtaine de civières en configuration Evasan (évacuation sanitaire).

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