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UAE TO PROCURE ADDITIONAL GLOBALEYE AEW&C AIRCRAFT
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
DUBAI AIRSHOW -- The United Arab Emirates announced that it intends to amend its current contract in order to purchase two additional Saab GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft from Saab. Among other sensors, the GlobalEye features its distinctive Saab Erieye ER AEW radar alongside a Leonardo Seaspray surveillance radar.

According to the announcement, the potential order value related to this contract amendment is $1.018 billion.

A period of final negotiations will now follow. Saab has not yet signed the contract amendment or received an order relating to the announcement.

The original development and production contract for GlobalEye was awarded to Saab at the Dubai Air Show in November 2015 by the United Arab Emirates with an initial order for two systems. An additional order by the UAE for a third system was announced in 2017.

GlobalEye provides air, maritime, and ground surveillance in a single solution. It combines the extended range Erieye radar with the ultra-long range Bombardier Global 6000 jet.

Source:  Saab

 
THALES UNVEILS EAGLESHIELD COUNTER-DRONE SYSTEM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
PARIS -- Drone traffic in civil airspace has increased significantly in recent years. Since there is always a possibility that these unmanned aircraft could be used for malevolent purposes, effective countermeasures need to be available to protect citizens and critical infrastructure.

To address the growing threat of malevolent drone usage, Thales has developed an integrated drone countermeasures solution designed to detect, identify, track and neutralize drones flying in civil airspace to protect sensitive sites such as airports, sports arenas, critical infrastructure, and large-scale events in urban areas.

The Gamekeeper holographic radar, which the company says is the only radar on the market to provide 360° airspace surveillance coverage, identifies and tracks all types of air platforms flying at low altitude and medium speed within a radius of 7 km. Complementing the radar, infrared, and radiofrequency sensors refine the system's threat identification and classification performance, using real-time data fusion techniques to determine the type of unmanned aircraft involved.

According to the company, the EagleSHIELD solution offers operators a clear, simplified view of the situation to protect the airspace in real time, and provides the security services and armed forces with a comprehensive, cohesive vision of the airspace. Integrated with these surveillance capabilities, a variety of drone countermeasures are available to provide a proportional response to the threat depending on the operational context. If the existence of a threat is confirmed, Thales can incorporate a range of technical solutions, including electromagnetic signal jamming, interception by a swarm of drones, and directed energy weapons, to neutralize the rogue drone.

Over the last seven years, Thales has invested heavily in the four key digital technologies of artificial intelligence, Big Data, connectivity, and cybersecurity. The company is leveraging those investments today to bring citizens the benefits of commercial drones while countering the threats associated with the malevolent use of unmanned aircraft in civil airspace.

"The EagleSHIELD solution from Thales helps customers deal efficiently with drone incursions in the complex environments around critical infrastructure and sensitive sites so they can assess the situation and make the best decisions in a matter of seconds," said Thomas Got, Thales Vice President, integrated airspace protection.

Source:  Thales

 
BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE RECIEVES SECOND C-295 SAR
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
SEVILLA -- The Brazilian Air Force has taken delivery of a new C-295 Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft from Airbus at a handover ceremony in Spain.

The new aircraft is the second unit from an order of three that were placed on order by the Air Force in 2014 at a total contract cost of $215.1 million. The first aircraft was delivered in June 2017 and the final aircraft is slated to arrive in 2020. In Brazilian service, the aircraft are designated as the SC-105 SAR.

The three aircraft integrate a range of specialized hardware for the fulfillment of their SAR and surveillance missions including Airbus's Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) and an Elta EL-M-2022A radar system. The aircraft are outfitted with the Thales TopDeck avionics suite.

Source:  Zona Militar
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