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CUBIC'S GATR TECHNOLOGIES AWARDED CONTRACT TO SUPPORT NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE
Monday, October 16, 2017
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GATR

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GATR

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SAN DIEGO - Cubic Corp. announced that GATR Technologies, a subsidiary which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, was awarded an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication (SATCOM) solutions for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and New Equipment Training (NET) for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, time division multiple access (TDMA) network within the NZDF's existing and future hub infrastructure.

The NEA program improves the NZDF's ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield's command and control system, communications and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments. Cubic was awarded the foreign military sale (FMS) contract for the entirety of the NEA program due to its ability to provide the largest aperture and throughput within the smallest packaged weight and form factor.

Source:  www.cubic.com
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: 10/16/2017

 
 
SEA CEPTOR USER GROUP LAUNCHED, INCLUDES U.K., NEW ZEALAND, AND CHILE
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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CAMM missile

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LONDON - On September 12, 2017, the Sea Ceptor User Group was formally launched. The group was officially formed during the debut of the Sea Ceptor system aboard the HMS Argyll. Hosted by the Royal Navy, the two-day user group also includes the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Armada de Chile (Chilean Navy).

The User Group has been devised to improve Sea Ceptor’s operational effectiveness through life and to deliver long-term reductions in the cost of ownership. It will enable users to share their experiences of introduction of the Sea Ceptor into service and employment and support of the operational systems, through a community of interest among the employing navies.

Built around MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), Sea Ceptor is capable of protecting naval forces from the full range of current and future air threats, including the latest supersonic anti-ship missiles, small precision guided munitions and combat aircraft.

In total, six nations have chosen the CAMM family to provide their future air defense capabilities in both the maritime and land domains. The Chilean Navy is upgrading its Type 23 frigates with multiple new systems, including the Sea Ceptor system. Brazil has also expressed interest in including the system on its next-generation Tamandare-class corvettes.

Source:  MBDA
Associated URL: http://www.mbda-systems.com/press-releases/sea-ceptor-user-group-launched-sea-ce
Source Date: October 10, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 10/10/2017

 
 
JAXA LAUNCHES FOURTH NAVIGATION SATELLITE
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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An H-IIA launch

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An H-IIA launch

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TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER, Japan - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and JAXA successfully launched H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 36 (H-IIA F36) carrying the fourth Quasi-Zenit Satellite System (QZSS-4 or MICHIBIKI 4). Launch occurred on October 10, 2017 at 7:01 a.m. JST (October 9 at 10:01 p.m. UTC; 6:01 p.m. EDT) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

The launch and flight of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 36 proceeded as planned and the separation of the satellite was confirmed at approximately 28 minutes and 20 seconds after liftoff.

MICHIBIKI No. 4 is the fourth and final satellite in the Quasi-Zenith satellite constellation. The QZSS constellation is satellites designed to supplement GPS signals over Japan. GPS users suffer from high mountains and high-rise buildings throughout Japan that disrupt GPS signals. Japanese experts believe that the Quasi-Zenith satellites will improve coverage from about 90 percent availability currently available to about 99.8 percent availability. QZSS will also improve accuracy over Japan and surrounding regions.

Historically, the H-IIA has relied heavily on the Japanese government for sales. JAXA and MHI would like to increase international commercial sales going forward. To meet the goal of increasing international commercial orders, MHI and JAXA are implementing an upgrade program to improve the marketability of the H-II. Under that program, the shock transferred to a payload during separation from the upper stage is being reduced, and the mass to orbit capability is being increased.

Eventually, the H-II will be replaced by a newer launch vehicle. But production of the H-II is expected to continue through the early 2020s.

Source:  JAXA
Associated URL: http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2017/10/20171010_h2af36.html
Source Date: October 10, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 10/10/2017

 

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