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Elbit Systems Presents Advanced Systems and Market Leading Capabilities at DSEI Exhibition 2017

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Having been involved in major UK procurement programmes, including the WatchKeeper UAS project and the UK Military Flying Training Systems (MFTS) programme, Elbit Systems aims to keep expanding its UK business by leveraging its global experience and reputation, bringing proven advanced technologies and innovative solutions to meet the specific UK market needs. At Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017, at ExCel in London on September 12th -15th 2017, Elbit Systems will showcase a set of market leading technology solutions designed to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s battlefield.

The company’s booth S2-320 will focus on four main areas:

Sensor to shooter: A demonstration of networked Digital Fires components

Visitors to the Company’s booth will experience a demonstration of a cutting edge, field proven digital fires solution. A scenario comprising of dismounted force, mounted and HQ units, will demonstrate an agile approach to overcome battlefield challenges including complex terrain, short life time targets, adverse visibility conditions, mixed population and force safety. Showcasing a range of Elbit System’s capabilities and systems, the live demonstration starts with target acquisition by dismounted assets, seamlessly disseminating ‘call for fire’ data across tactical echelons queuing the deployment and activation of the precision guided munitions from a light vehicle-mounted fully autonomous 120mm mortar system.

The solution will be presented through a number of equipment capabilities consisting of the following major components:

Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA): Soldiers fully equipped with DOMINATOR™ the company’s well tested infantry modern soldier suite comprised of in-house hardware components and battlefield applications integrated with advanced Load Carriage System.

C5I2SR layer: Demonstrating Combat NG the latest generation of Elbit Systems’ combat proven C4ISR system for field artillery and TORC2H™ System the operational command & control application. All running on advanced military grade End User Devices (EUDs): RAPTOR™, ETC™ and SMARTVIEW™.

Radio & Communication Systems: A complete package of Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems enabling robust communication across all units and echelons, comprising of E-LynX™ family of multi-waveform tactical IP radios including MCTR-7200, PNR-1000 lightweight personal network radio, the HF-8000 multi-adaptive HF radio systems for continuous long-range communications, and GRX-8000 ECCM high capacity frequency-hopping radio relay system.

Mounted Fires Asset: A light 4X4 vehicle equipped with SPEAR MK2 Elbit Systems’ computerized and fully autonomous soft recoil 120mm mortar system, GPS and laser guided 120mm mortar, battle-proven high-performance Enhanced Tactical Computer (ETC), SmarTMR™ the advanced routing and central computing unit, ELSAT 2100 the tactical satellite solution for on-the-move beyond line-of-sight communication, and Elbit Systems’ Laser Warning System (E-LAWS) and Threat Detection System (TDS).

Head Mounted Displays

IronVision™ Visitors to the company’s booth will be able to try on Elbit Systems’ innovative ‘See-Through Armour’ Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMDs) for Tanks and Armoured Vehicles. By applying Elbit Systems’ globally acclaimed ‘head-up, eyes-out’ aerial technology to the closed hatched armored vehicle environment, IronVision™ generates an image that enables the crew to ‘see through’ their armoured vehicles, helping them overcome inherent visibility limitations, while improving mission efficiency and safety. Advanced sensors transmit real-time, zero latency, high-resolution video to the HMDs, providing the crew with a natural, conformal view of the vehicle surroundings. Pre-loaded terrain and obstacle information, combined with smart, intuitive symbology, provide a unified, intuitive image of the world outside, relieving the crew of the mental load of having to interpret data from multiple sources, while improving situational awareness.

Brightnite™ Visitors to the company’s booth will be able to experience a virtual reality demonstration of the BrightNite system that enables intuitive head-up, eyes-out orientation flight in extreme low visibility conditions. This system is a multi-spectral end to end panoramic piloting solution that fuses multiple day and night cameras into one clear intuitive piloting picture regardless of outer light conditions and delivers the landscape scenery directly to both eyes of the pilot, including 2D flight symbology, 3D mission symbology and Elbit Systems’ unique brownout symbology.

Unmanned Systems

Skylark™ 3 (displayed in mockup) A tactical mini-UAS optimized for either dismounted or vehicle-based operation, delivering organic airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities to the division, brigade and battalion levels (100km Line Of Sight ) enabling force, convoy and strategic infrastructure protection. Skylark 3 enables performance of ongoing covert operations, providing real-time intelligence day and night.

Skylark™ I-LEX (displayed in mockup) A man-portable fully operational electric propelled UAS best suited for organic “beyond the next hill” reconnaissance, counter insurgency and force protection missions (40km Line Of Sight), as well as civil applications including perimeter security, border and coastal surveillance, anti-terror and a variety of law enforcement missions.

ReDrone is an advanced anti-drone protection system designed to detect, identify, track and neutralize different types of drones at a designated airspace. The system is capable of pinpointing both the drone and its operator’s directions. The advanced detection system provides 360-degree perimeter protection and complete, up-to-the-minute situational awareness. It can also deal with several drones simultaneously. After detecting a target, the ReDrone system disrupts the drone’s communication with its operator, blocks its radio and video signals and GPS positioning data, and sends it off track, preventing it from carrying out an attack.

Seagull™ is an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) system. Seagull is equipped to perform versatile missions with modular payloads such as dipping sonar and torpedoes to detect and engage submarines, towed side scan sonar/ SAS and mine identification and neutralization payloads. Seagull is also designed to carry out unmanned maritime missions such as protection of critical sea areas, electronic warfare, hydrographical survey missions and more. Seagull has performed successful demonstrations charting both familiar and unfamiliar territory in extreme sailing conditions.

Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems

Elbit Systems offers a wide range of technologically superior and operationally proven EW solutions for Naval, Land and Aerial environments.

Presented via multimedia will be:

AQUA MARINE is a family of combat-proven digital, modular naval EW suites for first and second line naval platforms operating in littoral and blue waters environments. AQUA MARINE provides today’s naval fleet with situational awareness capabilities, comprehensive frequency coverage, high intercept probability, innovative signal processing and advanced jamming technologies. Modern algorithms, involving Artificial Intelligence (AI), are used to generate realistic arena visualization to the operator. Laser warning, COMINT, ship self-defense and task group- defense forged to a complete EW image are presented and reported in the most effective way to the ship commander, also to be used by other combat systems on board the ship. These systems are based on extensive field experience of over four decades of success with customers worldwide.

TIMNEX III is an operationally proven Intelligence Collection System (ICS) for naval operation. This Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) system integrates Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Communications Intelligence (COMINT) enhanced capabilities as well as advanced digital processing to cope with the complex, versatile modern electromagnetic environment.

Light SPEAR™ is a unique Electronic Attack (EA) and self-protection system for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Light SPEAR is a compact, extremely lightweight self-protection jamming system for UAS. It improves UAS survivability and meets the growing need to operate and collect accurate intelligence in highly hostile environments. The system allows easy integration with an array of transmitters and platforms, and its low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) consumption makes it an ideal EW system for multiple operational platforms.

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SPEAR MK2 mortar system © Elbit systems

All-in-Small™ Complete Airborne Self-Protection Suite An extremely small and lightweight integrated EW suite in a single line replaceable units All-in-Small can be effectively integrated with Direct Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) systems due to its high range detection and Direction Finding (DF) accuracy and enables quick and efficient jamming.

PAWS Family is a combat proven cross-platform family of Infra-Red (IR) Passive Airborne Warning Systems. A comprehensive self-protection solution, PAWS provides effective protection for all airborne platform-types against the most challenging modern and future threats. It detects tracks and identifies incoming missiles, alerts and initiates timely flare dispensing and precisely cues DIRCM towards an approaching missile. PAWS is installed in a distributed configuration over the aircraft’s skin, in a dedicated pod/bay, or in a pylon, and operates either as a stand-alone, self-contained system, or as part of a complete EW suite.

Air Keeper is a unified airborne intelligence and EA solution for mission aircraft. Air Keeper seamlessly integrates a wide range of intelligence gathering and EW capabilities, enabling powerful control over the electromagnetic spectrum. Combining operational elements – ESM/ELINT, Electronic Countermeasures (ECM), COMINT, Communications Jamming (COMJAM), and Command & Control (C2) – all operated and managed by a single entity onboard a platform, it provides mission commanders with a complete, real-time, electronic picture of the arena, while targeting communications, radar and other assets to reduce the effectiveness of enemy radar and communications systems. It allows conversion of any existing cargo, transport, or passenger aircraft into a strategic and tactical special mission (such as intelligence gathering and EA) aircraft, and can be integrated with existing self-protection solutions onboard the platform.

Integrated Electronic Warfare System (IEW) is a highly advanced, fully integrated ESM/ELINT, COMINT, ECM, COMJAM and Command and Control system for all operational EW demands. IEWS solution enables passive and active intelligence, including collection, processing and exploitation, EW countermeasures and command and control, All-in-One comprehensive, integratable and customizable system. It provides decision-makers with a complete, real-time SIGINT and EW picture of the arena and powerfully responds to existing and emerging threats from airborne, naval and ground platforms, enabling real-time situational awareness and simultaneous operation of elements for Electronic Support (ES) and EA.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems

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The US Army Will Operate Raytheon’s Coyote UAVs

The US Army Will Operate Raytheon’s Coyote UAVs

FARNBOROUGH, the UK (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Raytheon

The U.S. Army will operate Raytheon’s Coyote UAVs (unmanned air vehicles) as counter-drone defence with Ku-band radio frequency system fire control radars, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The quantity purchased by the U.S. Army is undisclosed as of the moment.

The Coyote UAV is a tube-launched vehicle developed for chasing down enemy UAVs and destroying them in flight with a small fragmentation warhead. Fire control radar directs the Coyote to the target.

Thomas Bussing, Raytheon’s vice-president of advanced missile systems, commented the deal at Farnborough, “We are currently under funding by the US Army to develop and deploy these devices by the end of this year. We had a demonstration with the army where we flew 12. Eleven were successful. One had a launch misfire, but the other 11 all hit their targets.”

Bussing explained that he armed drones are may take down quadrotor helicopters and other Class 1 and Class 2 unmanned air systems and added that knocking down quadcopters from the sky turned out to be more challenging than expected.

“These quadcopters are actually fairly challenging. They have a resin structure, which is actually very difficult to penetrate. They are very resilient to small arms fire and so forth. But the warheads are very capable of destroying them,” further clarified Bussing.

The Coyote UAVs allow launching from a ship, land, or air. That unmanned air vehicle may be flown individually or in swarms. It is a good solution for electronic warfare, surveillance, and counter-UAV missions. As a swarm Coyote UAVs may be used for attacking groups of vessels or targets ahead of a shore assault.

Bussing underlined that the Coyote airframe is exportable, but its electronics and warhead are not.

The Raytheon’s Coyote can operate up to 1 hour and is developed for interchangeable payloads. It is operated by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for hurricane tracking and is assessed by the U.S. Air Force and Army as an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance asset.

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Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman’s Joint Venture with Contracts at $170 Million

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman’s Joint Venture with Contracts at $170 Million

FARNBOROUGH, the UK (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Lockheed Martin / The LONGBOW FCR is effective in adverse weather.

LONGBOW LLC (a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation) and the U.S. Army have concluded contracts at $170.5 million for provision of LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) hardware for Apache AH-64E helicopters in support of the U.S. Army lots 7 and 8 and three other international customers, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

That was announced by the global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin in a news release yesterday, 18th July 2018.

Jim Messina, LONGBOW LLC president and director of LONGBOW programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control commented, “We remain focused on delivering significant upgrades and products as quickly and efficiently as possible. This contract allows us to supply the U.S. Army fleet with REUs, which is the foundation for future enhancements like extended range, maritime mode and unmanned aerial systems detection.”

The contracts cover LONGBOW FCR key components Mast Mounted Assemblies (MMA) and Radar Electronics Units (REU), as well as spare parts for the U.S. Army, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Qatar. Through this deal Qatar becomes the 13th international customer to operate LONGBOW FCR.

The LONGBOW system searches, detects, locates, classifies and prioritizes automatically multiple moving or fixed targets on land or in the air, in any weather conditions, and in obscured battlefields.

The manufacturing under the contracts will be performed at the facilities of Lockheed Martin in Orlando and Ocala (Florida) and Northrop Grumman in Baltimore (Maryland) and is expected to continue till April 2021.

“The LONGBOW FCR REU continues to provide outstanding capabilities to our customers. The REU provides growth capabilities to LONGBOW FCR while reducing space, weight and power, along with maintenance cost,” underlined the LONGBOW LLC vice president and vice president Advanced Tactical Systems, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Susan Bruce.

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55 Civil Airbus Helicopters Will Go to Ukraine

55 Civil Airbus Helicopters Will Go to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Airbus Helicopters

On 14th July 2018, Airbus Helicopters revealed the signing of an agreement with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior in Kiev for the sale of 55 civil helicopters to Ukraine. The contract follows the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between Ukraine and France on 8th June, learned Bulgarian Military.

The contract was signed on 14th July in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer at Airbus Helicopters Bruno Even and the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.

The helicopters, purchased under the contract, will be used in search and rescue, emergency medical service, and public services missions in Ukraine. The contract covers the sale of twenty-four H125s, twenty-one repurposed H225s and ten new H145s and foresees the establishing of a local centre for training and sustainment.

The Airbus bestseller H125 is a light single-engine helicopter. It features exceptional manoeuvrability, excellent visibility and low vibration levels in the cabin, as well as an optimized sustainment plan, thanks to which the operating costs are reduced. The aircraft allows quick and easy reconfiguring for aerial work, law enforcement, fire fighting, search and rescue, or transport of passengers.

The H225 is a heavy twin-engine helicopter, which will be repurposed for the purposes of public services and search and rescue missions for which the helicopter is recognised as a reference aircraft. The H225 features an extra long-range capability with auxiliary fuel tanks, a take-off sequence of less than five minutes, and its world-renowned autopilot and upper SAR modes. The first batch of H225 helicopters are expected to be delivered to Ukraine till the end of this year.

The Airbus H145 is the latest solution of its 4-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range. It offers designed-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high and hot operating conditions. It is appropriate for a variety of civil missions.

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The Norwegian Armed Forces Will Acquire Safran’s Next Generation Thermal Imagers

The Norwegian Armed Forces Will Acquire Safran’s Next Generation Thermal Imagers

HEERBRUGG, Switzerland (BulgarianMilitary.com), 18 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Safran

The Norwegian Armed Forces (NAF) will acquire Safran’s next generation thermal imagers MOSKITO TI™ and JIM Compact™. This was revealed last Friday, 13th July 2018. The subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense – Safran Vectronix AG (Switzerland) – was selected by the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency through an international competition for manufacturing and delivery of several hundreds of medium and long range multifunctional thermal imagers to the NAF, learned BulgarianMIlitary.com

The Director of Marketing & Sales of Safran Vectronix AG Patrick Drach commented, “This achievement clearly confirms the ability of Safran Vectronix AG to further develop its industrial footprint, here in Swizerland, thanks to a renewed portfolio of state-of-the-art products.”

The MOSKITO TI™ and JIM Compact™ thermal imagers are compact, lightweight, multifunction, innovative handheld devices that meet the medium and long range requirements of the Norwegian Armed Forces. These requirements involve day and night observation, artillery correction and fire support, target acquisition, forward observer and Joint Terminal Attack Controller.

MOSKITO TI™ weighs 1.3 kg. It is a handheld monocular system, which combines several high performance sensors and modules, including an uncooled thermal imager, Low Light TV channel, high grade direct view optics, a laser rangefinder, a digital magnetic compass and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

JIM Compact™ weighs 2 kg and it is a compact, multifunction, binocular, state-of-the-art long range handheld device, which combines a cooled high resolution thermal imager, embedded “see spot” capability, advanced TV channel, Low Light TV channel, infrared laser pointer, a laser rangefinder, a digital magnetic compass and a GPS receiver.

About Safran Electronics & Defense and Safran Vectronix AG

Safran Vectronix AG, headquartered in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, is a global leader in state-of-the-art optronic equipment, systems and sensors for the military and civil sectors. 99% of its products are exported worldwide. The company is owned by Safran Vectronix is owned by Safran Electronics & Defense. Safran Electronics & Defense is a European leader in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software on both civil and military markets.

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