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HERON 1 COMPLETES ONE YEAR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS FOR THE BUNDESWEHR IN MALI
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Source: German Bundeswehr


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BERLIN - The Heron 1 UAV system, which is stationed at the Gao air base for the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) as part of the UN's MINUSMA mission, logged its 3,000th flight hour in November 2017.

The system's maiden flight took place in Mali on 1 November 2016 after the contract was signed in June 2016.

When added to the Heron 1's operations for the German Armed Forces in Afghanistan, the Air Force's UAV system has chalked up more than 38,000 flight hours.

Both places of deployment are being managed using a joint operator model between the Bundeswehr and industry.

As with the Heron 1's operations in Afghanistan, the provision, maintenance and repair of the system in Mali is the responsibility of Airbus Defence and Space in Bremen.

Three Heron 1 aircraft are stationed at the air base in Gao, located in northeastern Mali. Given its reconnaissance depth of up to 800 km, the Heron 1 system has significantly enhanced the German Air Force’s aerial reconnaissance capabilities. The reconnaissance results are then made available to the Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) for the MINUSMA mission, thereby contributing to the increased safety of all partners involved in the UN mission.

Reconnaissance tasks focus on the country's crisis regions in order to provide the best possible protection for the country's population as well as for the German troops and the contingents of other mission nations stationed in the country.

The operator model impressively demonstrated its performance capabilities during operations in Afghanistan and Mali, as emphasised by proven high system readiness of well in excess of 90 percent. This is in addition to the system’s full compatibility and interoperability with Germany’s allies. The deployments of the Heron system in Afghanistan and Mali also help develop expertise within the Bundeswehr with a view to future MALE UAS.

Manufactured by the Israeli company IAI, Heron 1 is an unarmed medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAS for the respective theatre of operations.

The aircraft has a wingspan of 17 metres and a maximum mission endurance of over 24 hours. The system's military tasks include detecting booby traps from the air, accompanying convoys and patrols, assisting forces in combat situations, reconnoitring and surveilling routes, establishing movement profiles and long-term monitoring, supporting situation assessments, and protecting property and military camps.

The UAS is also used to support humanitarian missions.

Source:  Airbus Defence & Space
Associated URL: http://www.airbus.com
Source Date: December 8, 2017
Posted: 12/08/2017

 
 
RAYTHEON AWARDED AMRAAM CONTRACT
Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Source: US Navy


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WASHINGTON - Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an $8.5 million fixed-price-incentive-firm target and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00069) to a previously awarded contract (FA8675-15-C-0022) to provide form-fit-function replace hardware assets to include guidance sections and integrated test vehicles under the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile lots 28-30 production.

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan, Norway, Romania, Turkey and Australia. Fiscal 2017 production funds in the amount of $2,888,509; and fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $3,813,044 are being obligated at time of award, all remaining funding is from foreign military sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: defense.gov
Source Date: December 7, 2017
Posted: 12/08/2017

 
 
FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES ORDER BITTIUM TOUGH COMNODE TERMINAL
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Source: Bittium


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OULU, Finland - Bittium has received a purchase order worth €1.1 million from the Finnish Defense Forces for versatile Bittium Tough Comnode terminal. The purchase order concerns the final phase of the terminal’s productization over a duration of nine months and the delivery of a batch of the terminals to the Finnish Defence Forces after the end of the productization phase. Bittium Tough Comnode will fulfil the data transfer needs of the Finnish Defence Forces’ mobile troops by functioning for example as a VoIP phone (Voice over IP), an IP router (Internet Protocol), and an SHDSL repeater (Symmetrical High-speed Digital Subscriber Line).

Bittium Tough Comnode is rugged, easy to install in different environments and is also portable by soldiers on the battlefield. The terminal is compatible with the software defined radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, which is meant for broadband tactical data transfer and is used by the Finnish Defence Forces. The terminal offers diverse connectivity options also to third-party equipment and systems. Bittium Tough Comnode also enables using legacy Combat Net Radios (CNR) as part of the IP-based tactical communication system (Radio over IP, RoIP).

Source:  Bittium
Associated URL: bittium.com
Source Date: December 8, 2017
Posted: 12/08/2017

 

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