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The Barbaros-Class Multipurpose Frigates of Turkey are to be Modernized

The Barbaros-Class Multipurpose Frigates of Turkey are to be Modernized

ANKARA (Turkey), April 11, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images

Four of the most modern frigates of the Turkish Navy – the Turkish Barbaros-class multipurpose frigates are to undergo half life-cycle full modernization by 2025, reported Defense News.

The modernization project will be implemented by a consortium of two state-controlled Turkish defence companies – Aselsan (a company with area of specialization in military electronics and the biggest defence company in Turkey) and the military software concern Havelsan.

The warships were designed in Germany. Two of them (TCG Barbaros (F-244) and TCG Salihreis (F-246) were built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, Germany and the other two – by Gölcük Naval Shipyard in Kocaeli, Turkey with German technological know-how and assistance.

The ships TCG Barbaros (F-244), TCG Oruçreis (F-245), TCG Salihreis (F-246), and TCG Kemalreis (F-247) were respectively launched on the dates 29 September 1993, 28 July 1994, 26 September 1997, and on 22 July 1998, and commissioned on 23 May 1997, 23 May 1997, 22 July 1998, and 8 June 2000.

Barbaros-class frigates capabilities include anti-aircraft warfare, anti-surface warfare, as well as anti-submarine warfare.

In a statement of Aselsan sent to the Istanbul Stock Exchange it is said that their share of the works would be at the amount of €175 million plus TL457 million (about $115 million). Havelsan has not announced the amount of their part of the project by now.

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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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Persistent Systems Signed a Wave Relay Contract with Raytheon

Persistent Systems Signed a Wave Relay Contract with Raytheon

NEW YORK (the USA), May 22, 2018, Author: Bm News Team, Picture: Persistent Systems

On 16th May, Persistent Systems, LLC – the developer, manufacturer, and integrator of the patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system, Wave Relay®, announced that they have signed a 5-year contract with Raytheon. The scope of the contract is integration of the MANET technology into the Raytheon’s family of manned and unmanned systems and sensors.

Persistent Systems is headquartered in New York City since 2007 and is a worldwide communications technology company. Its CEO, Herbert Rubens, said about the concluded deal that “Persistent’s vision is to empower the soldier via the network. The real winner today is the soldier on the ground. As industry leaders, such as Raytheon, incorporate Wave Relay® technology into their systems and sensors, the soldiers gain massively increased capability without having to carry any additional weight. The advanced systems that Raytheon is developing will improve situational awareness, protect our soldiers, and make them more effective.”

Wave Relay® enhances connectivity and communication performance through quick and continuous adapting to the fluctuations in a given terrain and other environmental conditions.

It was also revealed from the company that integration of the system has already been started.

John Hobday, of Raytheon Advanced Concepts, emphasized, “Over the next 5 years, the battlefield will experience a transformational infusion of autonomy, collaborative behaviors, swarming, and artificial intelligence. A scalable, dynamic, peer-to-peer communication system with edge computing will provide the foundation on which these technologies will be built.”

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F/A-18 and EA-18G Upgrade Contract Will Be Granted to Raytheon

F/A-18 and EA-18G Upgrade Contract Will Be Granted to Raytheon

LOS ANGELES (the USA), May 21, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Raytheon (AN/APG-79 radar)

On 9th May the Naval Air Warfare Centre announced that it intends to grant an F/A-18 and EA-18G Upgrade Contract to Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems without a bidding competition as the company is the sole designer, developer and manufacturer of the systems, reported FlightGlobal.

The scope of the contract will include upgrading of the ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared) targeting pod and AN/APG-65, AN/APG-73, and AN/APG-79 radars of the US Navy’s Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18G aircrafts.

With the help of the ATFLIR system it can be located and designated objects day and night through picking up their heat signature. Its range is more than 74km and may be used at altitudes of more than 15,240m.

The AN/APG-65 and AN/APG-73 are a family of all-weather multimode airborne radar systems designed by Raytheon especially for the F/A-18 Hornet. The APG-79 is an upgraded active electronically scanned array (AESA) version for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircrafts and provides a high level of aircrew situational awareness. Raytheon markets the APG-79 radar system as one of its most advanced.

The upgrading of the infrared and radar systems of the F/A-18 and EA-18G aircrafts is enforced by the coming purchasing of additional F/A-18 aircrafts by the USN. In connection with that purchasing Boeing has received a firm-fixed-price contract at the amount of $41.3 million for long-lead materials for the purposes of supporting the manufacturing of 24 F/A-18 aircrafts for the USN. That was revealed by the Defence Department on 16th May. March 2022 is the agreed deadline of that contract.

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Significant Number of Orders Announced by Spectra Group (UK) Ltd at SOFIC 2018 in Tampa

Significant Number of Orders Announced by Spectra Group (UK) Ltd at SOFIC 2018 in Tampa

TAMPA (Florida, the USA), May 21, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Spectra Group (UK) Ltd (SlingShot fitted to ATV)

The leading international solutions provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications in locations with limited or compromised infrastructure, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, announced that within the past 12 months, since the last year’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), the orders of SlingShot systems by specialist end-users from four continents have become approximately 1000. Thus, the total number of shipped systems goes “over the 3000 mark”. That was revealed today at SOFIC 2018, which is taking place in Tampa, Florida, from 21st to 24th May.

“This order intake milestone is one we’re very proud of and proves, again, that SlingShot is fast becoming the system of choice for use by the world’s finest specialist users,” said the CEO at Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, Simon Davies.

At SOFIC 2018, the SlingShot system is being showcased by Spectra’s partners, ComSat, Inc., and in that connection Davies added, “We’re receiving significant amounts of interest in our products and services from around the globe so our attendance at SOFIC 2018 is another fantastic opportunity to meet people and explain the advantages of our systems. My team will be at the event so please do make contact by visiting the ComSat stand.”

ComSat, Inc. provides secure, world-class global satellite connectivity solutions to government, military and commercial maritime customers operating in land, aeronautical and maritime service environments.

The unique low SWaP system, SlingShot that ComSat, Inc. will be showcasing at their stand (Booth 225) is a cost-effective option that provides secure BLOS COTM (Beyond Line Of Sight Communications On The Move) using in-service tactical radios connected to a global commercial satellite network provider. Live demonstrations of the system will be also available by appointment.

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