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Redback IFV

Redback IFV

Source: Elbit Systems


ELBIT SYSTEMS SUPPLY SYSTEMS FOR AUSTRALIAN REDBACK IFVS UNDER $600 MILLION CONTRACT
Monday, February 26, 2024
Redback IFV

Redback IFV

Source: Elbit Systems


HAIFA, Israel -- Elbit Systems was awarded a contract worth approximately $600 million to supply systems to Hanwha Defense Australia for the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 Project. This project aims to deliver advanced protection, fighting capabilities and sensors suite to the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army.

The contract will be performed over a period of five years.

Source: https://elbitsystems.com/
 
AUKUS

AUKUS

Source: U.K. Ministry of Defence


ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY TRAIN AT U.S. SUBMARINE SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
AUKUS

AUKUS

Source: U.K. Ministry of Defence


NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Three Royal Australian Navy (RAN) officers began the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC), known commonly as "Submarine School," where they will learn to tactically employ nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs). This represents another step forward for the trilateral AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom, United States) AUKUS) Pillar I Optimal Pathway for Australia to acquire a conventionally armed, nuclear-powered SSN fleet.

Located on Naval Submarine Base (NSB) New London, SOBC is the last step in the U.S. Navy’s submarine training pipeline, graduating over a thousand officers every year. Prospective graduates must first pass Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS), followed by the Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU), commonly known as "Prototype," before attending SOBC. After SOBC, graduates are assigned to submarines for their first sea tour during which they are trained and tested on the ship’s systems and in various roles before earning their "Dolphins," a badge signifying their qualification as a submariner. Australian SOBC graduates will only be assigned to SSNs.

The AUKUS partnership is a strategic endeavor that will uplift the industrial bases of the three partners, and promote a safe, free, and open Indo-Pacific, ensuring an international, rules-based order is upheld in the region. Australia will acquire conventionally armed SSNs for the Royal Australian Navy under AUKUS Pillar One. The AUKUS I&A Program Office is responsible for executing the trilateral partnership to deliver conventionally armed, nuclear-powered attack submarines to the RAN at the earliest possible date while setting the highest nuclear stewardship standards and continuing to maintain the highest nonproliferation standard.

 

Source: Schiebel


SCHIEBEL WINS CAMCOPTER S-300 CONTRACT FOR SOUTH KOREAN NAVY
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Source: Schiebel


VIENNA - Schiebel, together with Korean based defense solutions companies Hanwha Systems and UI Helicopter, has been awarded a contract by the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) for the development and delivery of the Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) CAMCOPTER S-300 Unmanned Air System (UAS), to be operated by the South Korean MOD.

The contract was signed with Hanwha Systems for the supply of the S-300 for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions for the South Korean Navy and Marine Corps.

The South Korean Navy has been a Schiebel customer for over 10 years, regularly carrying out maritime ISR operations with its CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS fleet. The changing geo-political situation and North Korean threat call for an expansion of their UAS fleet, adding larger and heavier UAS with greater capability.

"We are extremely excited that the South Korean Navy and Marine Corps is building on its extensive experience and success with the S-100 by awarding Hanwha the contract for Schiebel's new long-endurance, heavy-lift-capable UAS. The S-300 marks a major milestone in the company's history," said Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group.

The STANAG-compliant and fully certifiable S-300 has an endurance of up to 24 hours and operates at an altitude of up to 21,000 feet, offering a persistent loiter capability for ISTAR operations. The heavy-lift UAS carries payloads of up to 250 kg, making it an ideal cargo delivery solution over long distances in complex and high altitude terrain. The versatility and flexibility of the S-300 also allows for the release of payloads such as dropping multiple sonar-buoys for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations.

To ensure maximum mission versatility and cost effectiveness, the heavy-lift-capable S-300 can be controlled by the same proven Ground Control Station used by the CAMCOPTER S-100. Schiebel's "system of systems" approach ensures the interoperability of its unmanned fleet for many years to come building on its experience derived from over 20 years of building a robust and proven VTOL core system.

Schiebel recently announced the expansion of its Abu Dhabi facility extensively increasing its global footprint for the CAMCOPTER S-300. However, the new platform's open architecture will also ensure it will be able to meet countries' sovereignty and offset requirements.

Source: Schiebel
Associated URL: https://schiebel.net/press-releases/
 

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