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Navantia Australia and BAE Systems Join Forces to Maintain AWDs

Navantia Australia and BAE Systems Join Forces to Maintain AWDs

SYDNEY (Australia), May 22, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: the RAN (A wharf-level view of HMAS Hobart.)

Navantia Australia revealed on 18th May 2018 that it has entered into an agreement with BAE Systems for the maintenance of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs). The contract was signed on 15th May 2018 and it completes the membership of the DDG Enterprise.

The DDG Emterprise has been established to provide a capability enhancing value for money for the RAN. As a member of the Enterprise, Navantia Australia will work with BAE Systems, Raytheon Australia, and Thales Australia.

The managing director of Navantia Australia, Mr Donato Martinez, said, “Navantia Australia is proud to be part of the DDG Enterprise and looks forward to continuing to support the Royal Australia Navy both now and long into the future.”

The duties of Navantia Australia under the agreement will include provision of substantial ship, product and supply chain knowledge. The company will also add an additional fourteen design and engineering experts into the Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) enterprise.

Mr Warren King, the chairman of Navantia Australia, added, “As the designer, and shipbuilding services manager of the Hobart Class under the AWD reform program, it was important for Navantia to be part of the DDG enterprise, tasked with sustaining this magnificent capability through its life.”

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The Ukranian Malyshev Factory Starts BTR-4E Hulls Production Line

The Ukranian Malyshev Factory Starts BTR-4E Hulls Production Line

KHARKIV (Ukraine), June 18, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: en.wikipedia.org (BTR-4E)

The Ukranian Malyshev Factory (formerly the Kharkiv Locomotive Factory), located in Kharkiv, Ukraine and part of the State Concern UkrOboronProm (Ukrainian Defence Industry), has started a new production line for BTR-4E experimental hulls, reported Shephard Media.

Malyshev Factory, named after the Soviet industrialist Vyacheslav Malyshev, was found in 1895 as the Kharkiv Locomotive Factory.

“After successful product manufacture and testing, the SE Malyshev Factory will receive a permit (qualification) for manufacturing. As a result of passing of all these stages, we will be able to begin mass production of hulls,” explained the Commercial Director of the Factory, Dmytro Kolesnikov.

The preparatory works for the production of the first batch of BTR-4E hulls are on-going. In that connection the basic materials are already received, as well as the relevant equipment.

The BTR-4 is a 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier designed and manufactured in Ukraine. Its prototype was shown for the first time in June 2006 at the Aviasvit 2006 exhibition in Ukraine.

The Factory also has plans to produce hulls for the BTR-3E and for that purpose the preparatory works are initiated and stands and a roll-over machine have been purchased.

The BTR-3 is also an 8×8-wheeled armoured personnel carrier designed in the UAE and manufactured in Ukraine.

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BAE Systems Is Developing Software Modelling Conflicts for DARPA

BAE Systems Is Developing Software Modelling Conflicts for DARPA

ARLINGTON (Virginia, the USA), June 18, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems is developing software modelling conflicts for DARPA. This was announced from the company last week on Monday, 11 June 2018.

DARPA – the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is sponsoring the project, under which it will be developed autonomy modelling software for the needs of military planners, who, by using that software, will better understand the reasons for the global conflicts.

The works on the software development is being executed in the facilities of BAE Systems in Burlington (Massachusetts) and Arlington (Virginia).

The software, which is being developed by BAE Systems, is the first of its kind and is called CONTEXTS (Causal Modelling for Knowledge Transfer, Exploration, and Temporal Simulation). It will create an interactive model of the operational environment, which will help planners to analyse the reasons leading to a certain conflict and evaluate potential approaches.

The product line director of the Autonomy, Controls, and Estimation group at BAE Systems, Chris Eisenbies, stated, “Military planners often conduct manual research and use limited modelling tools to generate models and evaluate conflict situations, which are extremely time consuming and labour intensive. To break down these barriers, CONTEXTS will use reasoning algorithms and simulations with the goal to give planners a quicker and deeper understanding of conflicts to help avoid unexpected and counterintuitive outcomes.”

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Daher Announced the New ISR Configuration of Its TBM 910 and TBM 930

Daher Announced the New ISR Configuration of Its TBM 910 and TBM 930

PARIS (France), June 15, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Daher

Within the framework of the international defence and security show Eurosatory 2018 (11-15 June), on 11th June, the aircraft maker Daher announced the new ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) configuration of its TBM 910 and TBM 930, which are the latest members of the TBM family of the Company of very fast single-engine turboprop aircrafts.

Nicolas Chabbert, Daher Airplane Business Unit Director, said, “The new TBM ISR version brings a fast, all-weather airborne platform to the market for surveillance operations and aerial photography, with a very competitive cost-performance ratio compared to existing solutions. As a result, we are now offering the TBM ISR as an alternative – or complement – to medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles and to heavier aircraft in a platform that is rapid and efficient to deploy, with limited logistics requirements.”

In the new configuration, the TBM 910 and TBM 930 can execute various defence, security, medical evacuation and transport missions and have the ability to be reconfigured rapidly for various tasks. The appropriate power generation allows integration of a complete range of mission equipment. Other included advantages are the reduced external noise and the shortened take-off and landing distances. Besides the advanced and improved technology integrated in the new TBM ISR version, the human-machine is also not forgotten and its modern interface allows comfortable flight for the crew during the long missions.

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Thales Announces TopAxyz Artillery Version

Thales Announces TopAxyz Artillery Version

LA DÉFENSE (France), June 15, 2018, Author: Bm team, Image: M. Guerra-Thales (gyrolaser)

The French multinational company Thales has announced on 11th June an artillery version of its TopAxyz high performance IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for mobile artillery systems, reported Shephard Media.

The TopAxyz artillery version has been developed for the purposes of the land forces and their need of digitalising various types of artillery pieces compatible with new fire control and weapon management systems, the architectures of which support modern deployment concepts.

Thanks to the TopAxyz the mission duration will be reduced, because the unit is up and running in only 5 minutes. Lost GPS signal is not a problem if the TopAxyz is available, because it can operate autonomously. Pixyz 22 tri-axis ring laser gyro technology is integrated in it for stability in tough environments, as well as advanced ITAR-free inertial sensors for accuracy of position, heading, attitude and airspeed data, even in environments, where electronic countermeasures are undertaken. The unique architecture of the TopAxyz developed for very high performance is unlike any other in the world, by involving two data channels instead of one channel like in other systems.

Inertial navigation systems have been developed by Thales for more than 30 years and they have been integrated in platforms like the Ariane 5 rocket, Mirage 2000, Tiger helicopters, ATR-600, and A350-XWB. Therefore, the TopAxyz, containing proven advanced technologies, has shown its remarkable performance in aerospace applications and now it is already available for land and naval forces as well by offering similar operational advantages.

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