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TURKISH MOD AWARDS FNSS FOR TURKISH NAVY'S ARMORED AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT VEHICLE PROGRAM
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Source: FNSS


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ANKARA, Turkey - The contract for the Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicle (ZAHA) Project was signed between SSM and FNSS on March 7, 2017 in Ankara. Program was initiated by the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) to meet the amphibious armored vehicle requirement of the Turkish Naval Forces Command.

In addition to enabling the safe landing of units during landing operations, armored amphibious assault vehicles also serve as armored combat vehicles or armored personnel carriers after reaching shore. During the landing phase of an operation, these vehicles are launched from landing helicopter dock (LHD) approaching the coast, and rapidly cover the several kilometers distance in between, allowing units to land with minimum delay. Once on land, they can continue taking part in operations side by side with other armored vehicles. As vehicles that have a dual nature due to their mission requirements, armored amphibious assault vehicles need to exhibit superior performance both at sea and on land. Only a few countries around the world have such vehicles in their inventories. Among NATO countries and allies, only a single company other than FNSS produces vehicles of this class.

Under the contract signed between SSM and FNSS, the vehicles will be developed and produced by FNSS based on an indigenous development model.

FNSS will deliver a total of 27 vehicles, including 23 personnel carriers, 2 command and control vehicles and 2 recovery vehicles. The technical characteristics of the Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicles were determined by taking into consideration the operational concept and mission requirements defined by the Turkish Naval Forces Command.

Compared to similar examples, these vehicles are expected to be superior in the following respects:

-- Number of personnel transported by the vehicle,

-- Level of ballistic and mine protection, and

-- Performance criteria on land and in water.

Source:  FNSS
Associated URL: ww.fnss.com.tr
Source Date: March 23, 2017
Posted: 03/23/2017

 
 
MILREM DEVELOPING A ROBOTIC WARFARE SYSTEM TO KEEP SOLDIERS SAFE IN BATTLE
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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THeMIS equipped with Kongsberg Protector RWS

Source: Business Wire


THeMIS equipped with Kongsberg Protector RWS

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WASHINGTON - Estonian defense solutions provider Milrem is developing smart unmanned ground vehicles with concepts of how to use them on the modern battlefield as adaptive systems to minimize dangerous risks to warfighters. Milrem will launch joint product efforts with Kongsberg and QinetiQ North America this week.

Milrem has developed the first fully modular unmanned ground vehicle with a hybrid diesel-electric drive, the THeMIS. This open architecture system may be configured mission-specific as required to be used in various combat roles.

With a 1:1 high payload of 750 kg / 1650 lbs., THeMIS may also be equipped with a remote weapon station with embedded target detection and acquisition systems to provide fire support.

A remotely operated robotic fire support and force protection system has been developed with military innovators Kongsberg and QinetiQ North America (QNA) and is being introduced at the Ground Robotics Capabilities Exhibition & Conference 2017 (GRCCE) this week. This joint effort features the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle, the Protector Remote Weapon Station, and QNA’s UGV control systems.

"This is a great opportunity to collaborate with such an esteemed company as KONGSBERG and continue our cooperation with QNA. Integration of this remote weapon station is another example of how easily the THeMIS can be configured for different applications. These various applications form a system of robotic warfare capabilities" explained Kuldar Vaarsi, CEO of Milrem.

Last October the companies introduced the Titan UGV for dismounted troop support that features the THeMIS UGV with QNA's UGV control technology - the Tactical Robot Controller (TRC) and Robotic Appliqué Kit (RAK). This vehicle will also be displayed at GRCCE.

In parallel, Milrem is developing technologies for military forces to enable how unmanned ground systems may be used in combat as an efficient and powerful manned-unmanned teaming system that reduces battlefield risks to warfighters.

The end results of this program, known as Digital Infantry Battlefield Solution (DIBS) will result in recommendations for military doctrine in order to effectively use the capability of robotic systems.

Source:  Milrem
Associated URL: milrem.ee
Source Date: March 22, 2017
Posted: 03/23/2017

 
 
ELBIT SYSTEMS AWARDED MH-60 HDTS CONTRACT
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Source: U.S. Navy


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PENTAGON - Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $49,884,371 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum quantity of 126 helmet display tracker systems (HDTS) and associated line items for the Navy on the MH-60 aircraft. The HDTS provides situational awareness and targeting enhancements via pilot/copilot line-of-sight capability; continuously computed impact point for the 20mm automatic gun helicopter armament subsystem; 2.75-inch unguided rockets (LAU-61C/A); and precision guided rockets (digital rocket launcher (DRL, LAU-61G/A)).

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $14,150,729 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The award was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-17-D-JQ63).

With a worldwide inventory of 695 active and on order aircraft, the United States Navy has the largest share with 502, followed by the United States Coast Guard with 42, and the Australian Navy with 39 aircraft.

Source:  DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1127148
Source Date: March 23, 2017
Posted: 03/23/2017

 

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