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1st European Solution against Heat Guided Missiles of Indra & Elettronica Group

1st European Solution against Heat Guided Missiles of Indra & Elettronica Group

ALCOBENDAS (Madrid, Spain), June 13, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Indra

Last week, on 6th June, Indra and Elettronica Group announced in a press release within the framework of AOC Electronic Warfare Europe event in Lausanne (Switzerland) that they have joined forces for developing the first completely European self-protection solution for defence against heat guided missiles. That self-protection solution, named EuroDIRQM, is a next generation Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based Direct Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) system appropriate for protection of rotary and fixed wing aircrafts.

The Spanish company, Indra, is the absolute leader in the IT sector in Spain and in Latin America. It offers end to end-to-end technology solutions in many field, among which is ‘Defence and Security’. For its part, Elettronica Group, headquartered in Rome, Italy, is a leader in the field of electronic warfare

The two companies are ready with the first prototype of the EuroDIRQM system, and the QCL operational ground tests with the assistance of the Italian Air Force are already a fact. They were carried out in March and were successful.

Quantum cascade is the latest innovation in laser technology being introduced for next-generation systems in all fields, the DIRCM system is a self-protection airborne protection against heat-seeking missiles, and especially against MANPADS missile. The Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPADS) is a surface-to-air missile, guided by the heat of the aircraft, and one operator is enough for it to be easily controlled.

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Sarcos Robotics Received a Second Exoskeleton Development Contract from the USAF

Sarcos Robotics Received a Second Exoskeleton Development Contract from the USAF

SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 20 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Sarcos Robotics

The global leader in the manufacturing of full-body exoskeleton robots for industrial and military applications Sarcos Robotics announced on 13th August 2018 the receipt of a second exoskeleton development contract from the U.S. Air Force, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The first contract was awarded in 2017 and its subject was quasi-powered, full-body exoskeleton robots, which facilitate lifting of loads of up to 36.29 kg (80 lb). Now the second contract is directed to an improved variant that will be capable of lifting loads of up to 90.72 kg (200 lb) and is especially focussed on use cases related to Air Force logistics applications.

Ben Wolff, chairman and chief executive officer of Sarcos Robotics, commented, “We are very pleased to have been awarded a second contract to expand our work with the United States Air Force. The Air Force is leading the charge when it comes to developing next-generation robotics technologies that combine human intelligence with the strength, endurance and precision of machines to serve as a force multiplier while also dramatically reducing the risk of injury. These exoskeletons will be a game-changer for the Air Force.”

About Sarcos Robotics

Sarcos is a U.S. company, headquarted in Salt Lake City. It was established in 1983 and specializes in developing and manufacturing robotic devices for military and public safety applications. The Sarcos’ Iron Man-like exoskeleton robot was named by Time Magazine one of “The 50 Best Inventions of 2010”.

The work of Sarcos Robotics is mainly directed toward commercializing of a family of three dexterous robots, thanks to which human operators can perform tasks in physical environments, which are inaccessible or quite dangerous for people, or in cases when the task itself is quite dangerous or time consuming and people are not able to perform it safely or efficiently.

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Two of Three Bell 429s Delivered to the Jamaica Defence Force

Two of Three Bell 429s Delivered to the Jamaica Defence Force

FORT WORTH, TX, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 20 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Bell Helicopter

On 13th August 2018, the Textron Inc. company, Bell Helicopter, revealed the delivery of two Bell 429 helicopters to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and in 2019 the JDF will expect a delivery of a third Bell 429, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The intention is the three Bell 429s to be used in various missions such as medical evacuations, search and rescue, natural disaster relief, and national security and military training.

Jay Ortiz, senior vice president, Commercial Business – Americas, commented, “We are proud to celebrate today’s delivery and strengthen our rich history with the JDF. The Bell 429 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in its class and these modern platforms will provide the JDF with enhanced mission capabilities well into the future.”

The helicopter operations of the JDF, started with two Bell 47Gs, date back to 1963. The JDF active fleet involves four Bell 407s, two Bell 206s, and two Bell 412s.

The JDF’s Colonel Adjutant Quartermaster and a former Commanding Officer of the JDF Air Wing Colonel Roderick Williams said, “Over the years, our mission has evolved resulting in the need to acquire the Bell 429 to more effectively meet the demands of our mission profiles and further prove our rotary wing capability. The Bell 429 offers excellent performance and advanced avionics with outstanding maintainability and aircraft readiness for multi-mission operations.”

The multipurpose utility helicopter Bell 429 offers an extremely smooth and quiet ride, as well as a comfortable large cabin. The advanced capabilities of the light, twin-engine Bell 429 helicopter include single-pilot IFR, Runway Category A operations, and an integrated avionics glass cockpit. The balance between rigidity and flexibility, safety and durability is achieved through the use of metallic and composite parts in the construction of the aircraft operated as of July 2018 in 42 countries, including Australia, France, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom

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Four New Commando Brigades and Military Appointments in Turkey

Four New Commando Brigades and Military Appointments in Turkey
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ANKARA, Turkey (BulgarianMilitary.com), 17 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva

Alongside with the new presidential cabinet of Turkey, at the meeting of the Turkish Supreme Military Council, held in August, were taken the first steps of the new defense conception that concern restructuring changes, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The meeting is seen as one of the most critical considering the structural changes and the new appointments in the supreme command staff, in particular the positions for brigade commanders that will be occupied by competent and decisive officers.

Read more: Turkey and Rolls-Royce Will Soon Finalize the TF-X Engine Deal

The establishment of units in the format of “divisional general / brigadier general – senior civilian civil servant” in several Ministry of National Defense structures, aiming to ensure more technical and professional service, has lead to a reformation of the relationship between civilians and military. These changes happened after the former Chief of the General Staff, Hulusi Akar, was nominated for Minister of National Defense, by the President Erdogan, last month.

Referring to the fact of increasing military threats and the changing needs of the Armed Forces of Turkey, The Supreme Military Council also has made an important decision to increase the number of the existing 12 Commando brigades to 16, under Recep Tayyip Erdogan presidential post.

Read more: Tax breaks and loans for attracting investments in Turkish defence programs

Inittialy the community was familiar with the establishment of four Commando brigades- 11th Commando brigade dislocated in Denizli, 7th Commando brigade – Sakarya Province, 17th Commando brigade – Trabzon, 41st Commando brigade – Kırklareli. Later on, to them were assigned similar classical-type combat units in the cities of Kayseri, Bolu, Hakkâri, and Tunceli. Due to urgent needs, two more brigades have been established in the area of Bingöl- Siirt (southeastern Anatolia), as well as and two special gendarmerie brigades. Thus, over the years, the number of the Turkish highly effective and fully professional Commando brigades amounted to 12. Up to now, when their number is increased with four more according to the decision of the Supreme Military Council.

During the August meeting of the Supreme Military Council, also have been overcome the previous meeting difficulties, in lack of personnel provision, by increasing the number of the Turkish generals and admirals to 244. After the coup attempt on 15 July 2016, their number was reduced from 360 to 215, as it is in normal peacetime conditions.

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US Army Awards Comtech $32.5 Million Contract for Manpack Satellite Terminals Delivery

US Army Awards Comtech $32.5 Million Contract for Manpack Satellite Terminals Delivery

MELVILLE, N.Y., the U.S. (BulgarianMilitary.com), 15 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jenni L. Deylius

On 13 August, Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has made an announcement that in the period of company’s fourth quarter of the fiscal 2018, the group Command and Control Technologies, part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, was awarded new orders by the U.S. Army PM Tactical Network. The received orders are for the company to provide Manpack Satellite Terminals and networking equipment with total amount of $32.5 million, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

In a statement of President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., Fred Kornberg, he said his satisfaction of the opportunity that the company has to provide such mission essential equipment to their customer. He added that his team fully understands the critical importance of these Army units and it is on the way to implement them in order to support the rapid fielding. Fred Kornberg also defined the new Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) contract orders, as reinforcement of their partnership in supporting the U.S. war fighters.

Responsible for the execution of the new orders is Comtech’s Command & Control Technologies group, which is a part of the company’s Government Solutions segment. The group is a major provider of mission-critical, highly-mobile C4ISR solutions.

Last month, the company was awarded a contract for orders, worth $10.6 million. The subject of which is the provision of Manpack Satellite Terminals and networking equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency SATCOM Program Office and Headquarters United States Marine Corps.

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Previously in March, Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has signed a three year contract, valued at approximately $123.6 million, for the provision of ongoing sustainment services for the AN/TSC-198A SNAP (Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Non-classified Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point), Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs). Responsible for the orders is Comtech’s Command & Control Technologies group. SNAP terminals provide rapid and mobile satellite communications capability to military personnel in the field and Comtech will be the only provider of these sustainment services.

The US Army PM Tactical Network continues to make improvements of the army’s tactical network, in means of enhancing the way the network is managed, operated and defended. It also provides an expeditionary, modular “tool kit” of unified satellite and capabilities of radio network transport.

About Comtech Telecommunications Corp.
A Telecommunications equipment company, headquartered in Huntington, New York, United States that specializes in design, development, production and delivery of innovative products, systems, services and solutions for advanced Communications technologies, Safety and Security technologies, Enterprise technologies, Command and Control technologies, Troposcatter technologies and RF Power systems technologies. They have clients in the global commercial and government communications markets.

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