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RUSSIA DEVELOPING EARLY WARNING NETWORK
Friday, July 3, 2020
MOSCOW -- Russia is in the process of overhauling its early warning and air-defense systems.

In an interview with the military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, Aerospace Force commander-in-chief Colonel General Sergei Surovikin said that the A-135 surface-to-air missile system, which protects Moscow, "will soon get an upgraded multi-purpose radar station and modernized missile interceptors." Test launches of the upgraded missile have been conducted.

Surovikin commented on the importance of the upgrade, noting, "No doubt, the upgrade of the existing A-135 ABM system that is on combat duty in the city of Moscow is a major task for defense enterprises."

Moreover, Russia is overhauling the early warning system in Sevastopol, located on the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Surovikin noted that the military "made a decision to deploy a pre-fabricated meter-band radar in Sevastopol, which will be ready in 2024." He added that construction of two-band radar complexes is underway in Murmansk and near Vorkuta. These facilities should be completed in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

In December 2019, Russia put into service a Container-3M missile warning system in Mordovia which "conducts reconnaissance of airspace over Europe and the Middle East," Surovikin said. He noted, alongside this site, Russia will put into service another three Container-3M systems. These are to be built in Kaliningrad, Siberia, and Russia's far east.

Surovikin said that these will enable the military "to monitor airspace from all strategic aerospace directions."

Furthermore, the Aerospace Force is looking to put new hardware into service that can help guard the country's airspace against hypersonic threats. Russia's military has put a hypersonic glide vehicle into service, and other major powers are currently developing various weapon systems that utilize hypersonic technology.

As a result, Russia is working on a radar station named Nioby, to detect incoming hypersonic threats, Surovikin said.

Source:  TASS Russian News Agency
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ELITAC WEARABLES DELIVERS FIRST MISSION NAVIGATION BELT ORDER TO ROYAL NETHERLANDS ARMY
Monday, July 6, 2020
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Officer with Mission Navigation Belt

.Source: Elitac Wearables


Officer with Mission Navigation Belt

Source: Elitac Wearables


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UTRECHT, Netherlands -- Elitac Wearables B.V. has delivered the first order of Mission Navigation Belts to the Royal Netherlands Army. The Mission Navigation Belt (MNB) allows soldiers to feel waypoint navigation directions through small, quiet vibration motors, located in a lightweight belt worn around the waist. The order is part of a wider initiative by the Netherlands Ministry of Defense to improve situational awareness and survivability through the application of new technologies.

Trade-off between traditional navigation and situational awareness

Traditional navigation compromises situational awareness because it requires soldiers to take their focus away from their surroundings to check screens or maps, or listen to audio instructions. The Mission Navigation Belt solves this problem by conveying navigation cues through haptic feedback and the underutilized sense of touch. This way, it frees up soldiers’ hands, eyes and ears to concentrate on their surroundings.

The MNB was developed by haptic feedback specialists Elitac Wearables in close collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Defense. Major Van Veen, of the Royal Netherlands Army Defence Centre of Expertise for Soldier and Equipment, explained: "Modern soldiers have access to incredible, hi-tech navigation systems, but these all require soldiers to keep checking their screens constantly. This makes an already dangerous job even more dangerous because it reduces situational awareness."

Solving the trade-off

The Mission Navigation Belt was developed to address this problem: "It has proved its value convincingly during field tests: Soldiers reported that they were more aware of their surroundings and found the navigational cues very intuitive. And because it plugs into our own soldier system, there is no learning curve or need for an additional battery. We look forward to implementing this order of belts and investigating other possible applications of the MNB.", Major Van Veen said. The MNB can be used to navigate on foot and in vehicles both on land and water: Soldiers can change seamlessly from one mode of transportation to another without stopping to navigate.

Successful collaboration

Merijn Klarenbeek, CEO and co-founder of Elitac Wearables said "After multiple years of joint testing and development with the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, we delivered the first order of the finished product today. The Mission Navigation Belt is fully compatible and interoperable with the VOSS system (the improved operational soldier system developed for the Netherlands Ministry of Defense). Its design really pushes the boundaries when it comes to integrating electronics and textiles, as the belt had to be robust, comfortable, and, most importantly, reliable. The field tests conducted by the Royal Netherlands Army demonstrate that we have indeed achieved that. It is rewarding to think that our wearables will help keep soldiers safer".

Source:  Elitac Wearables
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SERBIAN PRESIDENT ATTENDS SERBIAN ARMY DEMONSTRATION OF CH-92A DRONES
Saturday, July 4, 2020
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.Source: Serbian Armed Forces


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BELGRADE -- At the airfield "Colonel-Pilot Milenko Pavlovic" in Batajnica, President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces Aleksandar Vucic attended a presentation of new unmanned aerial vehicles CH-92A of the Serbian Armed Forces, capable of delivering attack by laser guided missiles on targets on the ground. Their acquisition significantly enhanced reconnaissance capability from the air. Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Milan Mojsilovic was also present at the presentation.

President Vucic noted that those were six new unmanned aerial vehicles bought from the People's Republic of China, which can engage their targets from a distance of some nine kilometers, and at the same time, they are capable of recording the situation on the ground and position of enemy units and facilities deep in enemy territory from a distance of 250 kilometers. "This is becoming a modern way of warfare. In that respect we were unable and we had no chance whatsoever to compete with more serious countries. Now we are starting, and it is important that we have agreed technology transfer with the Chinese side, so that our Pegasus can as well be slowly introduced into the system of the Serbian Armed Forces," said President Vucic.

"We are learning and we are taking over engineering technology which we have not fully finalized. For the time being we have 18 missiles, and we will buy more, they are not expensive, but these are the best weapons and this was shown during the warfare in Yemen and Saudi Arabia - solely by means of unmanned aerial vehicles, with no human casualties, but the results are the most powerful and you deliver the hardest blow to your potential enemy," said President Vucic, underlying that he was happy that the Serbian Armed Forces were growing, making progress, and because they were many times stronger in comparison to their state several years ago.

The Serbian Armed Forces are the first in the region to be equipped with the unmanned aerial vehicles CH-92A whose action radius is more than 250 kilometers, its maximum flight altitude is 5,000 meters, while its speed is a bit less than 200 kilometers per hour.

The system of unmanned aerial vehicles CH-92A represents a multifunctional system that can be used for realization of a wide spectrum of tasks, such as air reconnaissance, precise determination of coordinates of spotted targets on the ground, automatic tracking of moving targets on the ground, intelligence preparation of theatre, artillery fire correction, assessment of effects of engagement, assault by laser guided missiles on the targets on the ground, laser designation of targets for the purpose of engaging other laser guided ammunition - bombs and missiles. Following the viewing of the new unmanned aerial vehicles of the Serbian Armed Forces, answering a reporter's question regarding the current situation in Novi Pazar, President Vucic explained that he spoke that morning with generals of the Serbian Armed Forces who were in Novi Pazar and that the situation was better than the previous day. He stated that the Serbian Armed Forces should have been engaged earlier in that town to provide assistance.

"The armed forces have done excellent job. I issued an order within 24 hours both to Chief of General Staff General Milan Mojsilovic and Head of Military Health Department Major General Ugljesa Jovicic MD. They have done excellent work and our doctors and all others as well. We should have done it earlier," the President of Serbia concluded.

Source:  Serbian Ministry of Defense
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