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UNITED KINGDOM WANTS NEW CRUISE MISSILE BEFORE 2030
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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LONDON -- The United Kingdom plans to field its new Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) before 2030. France has yet to officially announce its planned in-service date.

The new cruise missile will enter service on the Type 26 frigates on 2028 with the Typhoon fighter deploying with this weapon in 2030. The FCASW will be compatible with the cells used by the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) and the SYLVER A70 VLS.

The FC/ASW program will complete its Concept Phase in 2021. The French name for this program is Futur Missile Anti-Navire/Futur Missile de Croisiere (FMAN/FMC). The prime contractor is MBDA.

The United Kingdom is also considering an interim replacement for the obsolete Harpoon Block 1C. The Next Generation Interim Surface Ship Guided Weapon (ISSGW) could be delivered starting December 2023.

Source:  Naval News
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Author: Martin Manaranche 

 
BITTIUM CONTINUES SUPPLYING ESTONIAN DEFENCE WITH PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS FOR TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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TAC WIN tactical radios

.Source: Bittium


TAC WIN tactical radios

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OULU, Finland -- Bittium continues to supply the Estonian Defence Forces with products and systems for tactical communications. The products and systems are complementing a tactical communications system delivered to the Estonian Defence Forces already earlier. The products and systems to be delivered include the products of the software-defined Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system that is used to form a wireless broadband network, Bittium Tough Comnode devices, Bittium Tough VoIP product family’s products, Bittium Tactical Network Management system, Bittium Tactical Power Pack battery units, and software maintenance related to the systems.

The deliveries are based on a Framework Agreement between Bittium’s Estonian partner Telegrupp AS and the Estonian Defence Forces. The Framework Agreement covers the period from 2021 to 2025 and based on the agreement Bittium has received the first purchase orders valued approximately at €1.4 million. The orders include product deliveries for the year 2021 and software maintenance for the years 2021-2025. Telegrupp AS acts as the integrator for the products and systems delivered to the Estonian Defence Forces, and within the Framework Agreement, also third-party products will be delivered.

The product and system deliveries continue the reform that aims to improve IP data transfer capability of the Estonian Land Forces. Bittium has already previously supplied the Estonian Defence Forces with a tactical communications system including the Bittium TAC WIN system and Bittium Tough VoIP products that contributes to the reform as part of a bigger system entity. Bittium’s tactical communications system modernizes the IP data transfer, improves the performance of the network, and diversifies the wireless and wired connectivity of the system entity used by the Estonian Defence Forces.

Source:  Bittium
Associated URL: bittium.com

 
THALES TO PROVIDE NEW AVIONICS FOR DASSAULT RAFALE
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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The Dassault Rafale Will Receive New Avionics from Thales

.Source: Dassault Aviation


The Dassault Rafale Will Receive New Avionics from Thales

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PARIS -- Thales has been awarded the contract to supply Scorpion helmet-mounted sight and display systems and digital multi-function displays for all the Dassault Aviation Rafale aircraft in service with the French Air and Space Force and the French Navy.

From reconnaissance to air defense and precision strike missions, the Rafale has helped ensure the success of countless military operations. But future aircrews will have to analyze more data in less time on combat missions carried out in increasingly complex environments. Coupled with the aircraft's weapon systems, the Scorpion helmet-mounted sight and display enhances tactical situational awareness and enables crews to respond more quickly and with greater agility to a whole range of threats. Its progressive rollout on the Rafale F4 standard will be a decisive advantage in ensuring the success of airborne missions and protecting populations.

The helmet-mounted display symbology brings together information from the aircraft's onboard sensors to help pilots perform their missions even in the most challenging situations. It creates a continuum between the cockpit and the outside world to radically improve awareness of the tactical situation. Coupled with the weapon system, the display can be used to designate and track targets anywhere in the crew's field of view in daylight and at night.

Scorpion delivers all of these capability enhancements in addition to the protection and survivability functions of a conventional flight helmet. It is optimized for weight and balance to maximize pilot comfort and mission effectiveness.

The 400 digital multi-function displays on order will replace the lateral displays on France's in-service Rafale aircraft, which are primarily used to inform the pilot about the status of the aircraft's systems and provide imagery from its onboard sensors. The new equipment offers a larger display area, an improved touchscreen interface and greater processing power.

"When the success of a mission is decided in a fraction of a second, aircrews must be able to understand the tactical environment quickly and interact intuitively with the aircraft's systems. We are delighted to have this opportunity to provide future Rafale F4 crews with an operational advantage that will be critical to the success of their missions, thanks to latest-generation equipment offering advanced display capabilities and enhanced interaction with the weapon systems," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, Vice President, Flight Avionics, Thales.

Source:  Thales

 

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