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September 23, 2021 | International, Aerospace

New mindset the key to Tempest success, partners say

Maintaining the early strong momentum of the UK’s Tempest future combat air system (FCAS) programme will require the adoption of a joint venture culture and the ability to smoothly introduce further partner nations, industry and military officials say.

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  • European Union awards grant to forge unmanned ground vehicle standard

    December 18, 2020 | International, Land

    European Union awards grant to forge unmanned ground vehicle standard

    By: Sebastian Sprenger  COLOGNE, Germany — The European Commission has awarded Estonia and the country’s robotics company Milrem a grant to lead the way on a standard architecture for military unmanned ground vehicles, the company announced. The deal, worth close to $40 million and signed Dec. 11, formally kicks off a pan-European development for a new generation of battlefield ground robots. Named Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System, or iMUGS, the project uses Milrem’s THeMIS vehicle as a reference platform for creating a “standardized European-wide ecosystem for aerial and ground platforms,” according to the company. Also covered by the project is relevant technology in the fields of command and control, communications, sensors, payloads, and algorithms. The connection to the European Union’s coffers comes through the bloc’s European Defence Industrial Development Programme. Besides Estonia as the lead, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia and Spain also are part of the iMUGS group, adding a combined €2 million (U.S. $2.4 million) to the effort. The countries each bring their relevant national companies to the table, including Safran Electronics & Defense, Nexter Systems, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Diehl Defence, and Bittium Wireless. “Estonia has the honor and a great responsibility taking the lead in this project as nothing on a similar scale has been conducted before,” said Martin Jõesaar, chief of the project office in the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment. “Our goal is not only making iMUGS a one-time effort, but to build it into a base project for future developments. Our long-term goal is that each of the modular systems built will pave a way for further innovation in its field.” While the sums involved in iMUGS are relatively small in the world of defense programs, the effort has the potential to shape the European market for military robotic vehicles. The initiative is a prime example of defense companies like Milrem, some of them years ago, sensing a chance to position their own offerings firmly in the thicket of European defense priorities. But the THeMIS robot is not the only game in town. Rheinmetall is equally trying to position its unmanned portfolio in the European market, even without EU backing. In the case of its Mission Master vehicle, the intellectual property belongs to the company’s Canadian division, which makes support through EU channels tricky. Still, the vehicle is being tried by the land forces of several countries on the European continent. According to Milrem, European countries are expected to need thousands of ground robots during the next 10-15 years, creating a market valued in the billions of euros. “With seven participating nations and key industrial players, the unmanned ground system developed during iMUGS is expected to become the preferred European solution for integrating into armed units,” the company claims.

  • Raytheon awarded $9M to maintain HARM weapons for Morocco, Turkey, U.S.

    January 16, 2020 | International, Land

    Raytheon awarded $9M to maintain HARM weapons for Morocco, Turkey, U.S.

    ByChristen McCurdy Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Raytheon inked a $9 million deal to maintain high-speed anti-radiation missiles, known as HARM, for the Air Force, the government of Morocco and the government of Turkey, according to the Pentagon. The agreement funds repair and sustainment services for 155 missiles owned by Turkey, Morocco and the United States. The AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missile is a joint U.S. Navy and Air Force program developed by the Navy and Raytheon.. The 800-pound missile can operate in preemptive, missile-as-sensor and self-protect modes and was developed to suppress or destroy surface-to-air missile radar and radar-directed air defense systems In July Raytheon received $17.8 million to develop computers to launch HARM weapons, and in 2017 in the contractor was awarded $17 million to deliver a targeting system for the program. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $251,665, and Air Force funds in the amount of $8.24 million are obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in December 2020.

  • Egypt acquires 30 additional Rafale fighters

    May 5, 2021 | International, Aerospace

    Egypt acquires 30 additional Rafale fighters

    This new order complements the first acquisition of 24 Rafales signed on February 2015 and will bring the number of Rafales flying under Egyptian colors to 54

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