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The First of 21 Guardian Class PPBs of Austal Is Launched

The First of 21 Guardian Class PPBs of Austal Is Launched

HENDERSON (Western Australia), June 1, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: Austal

On 30th May the Australian shipbuilder Austal Limited (Austal) announced the launching of the first of twenty-one Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boats (PPBs), reported Shephard Media.

The launching takes place two years after the awarding of the contract in accordance with the relevant schedule and budget.

David Singleton, CEO of Austal, said, “It is a testament to the skills, experience and management of the Austal PPB-R team that the first vessel has met its project milestones for design and build, on schedule. The overall construction program is well underway with vessels two and three in build and the fourth vessel commencing construction in June.”

The 21 patrol boats, which will be allocated to thirteen nations from October 2018 on, are being manufactured under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project of Australia. The first vessel will be received by Papua New Guinea in late October 2018.

Austal was awarded the AU$305 million contract for 19 PPBs in May, 2016, and in April, 2018 the company received a further AU$29.7 million contract for 2 additional vessels.

The 39.5m-long Guardian class patrol boats are small patrol vessels designed for small Pacific Ocean countries. They are intended to be capable of traveling 5,600 km at 22 km/h, with a maximum speed of 37 km/h.

The photo shows the Patrol Boat starting its road journey from Austal’s Pacific Patrol Boat shipyard facility at Naval Base, Western Australia.

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The Armed Forces of UAE Are Expecting Its First Rabdan

The Armed Forces of UAE Are Expecting Its First Rabdan

PARIS, France (BulgarianMilitary.com), June 21, 2018, Author: Bm Team, Photo: Defence Blog

This year the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates expect to receive and field its first Rabdan IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), reported Defence Blog.

The Rabdan IFV has been purchased from the developer of the amphibious vehicle – Al Jasoor, which is a joint venture between Heavy Vehicles Industries – a fully owned subsidiary of Tawazun Holding, the UAE and Otokar Land Systems UAE – a fully owned subsidiary of Otokar, Turkey. Details concerning the deal and manufacturing process were revealed to journalists at Eurosatory 2018.

The Rabdan is an 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle based on the Arma 8×8 of Otokar and developed after the specific requirements of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates.

In accordance with the revealed specifications, the Rabdan IFV can transport military personnel of 12 members including the driver and the commander. Its minimum gross weight is 28,000 kg, and the maximum one is 30,000 kg.

The Rabdan features a Caterpillar 12.5 liters diesel engine, which develops 600 hp. coupled to an Allison 4500 automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. The maximum speed, which may be reached by the vehicle on land is 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.

The ballistic protection provided by the Rabdan is up to STANAG Level 4 and the mine protection – up to STANAG Level 4a/b.

The vehicle is fully amphibious and propelled in the water with the possibility of speeding up to 10 km/h thanks to 2 propellers, mounted under the hull rear. This capability could be optional as well.

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Indra Announces an Advanced Portable Electronic Defence System (Manpack)

Indra Announces an Advanced Portable Electronic Defence System (Manpack)

PARIS (France), June 20, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: en.wikipedia.org

Last week, on 14th June 2018, one of the leading companies in electronic defence, Indra, announced that it has completed the development of an advanced portable electronic defence system (manpack).

Thanks to the newly developed lightweight easy-to-carry system soldiers will be able to determine the location of enemy air defence systems, vehicles, aircrafts, or vessels. Until now, electronic warfare equipment had to be integrated on vehicles and other fixed platforms due to its size and complexity. Now that kind of warfare solution has reduced size and weight thanks to Indra and it can be put in a backpack and carried by one person. Therefore inaccessible to vehicles mountainous and steep areas wouldn’t be an issue any more.

The Indra’s system provides information through scanning any radar signal and analysing its characteristics for finding out how the enemy uses its surveillance systems and how they can be neutralized.

This manpack equipment can exchange data in real time with other units, so an electronic defence network could be created and the gathered information to be sent to a command centre for further analysis and planning.

The development of that innovative equipment is a result from the work of Indra in the recent years in the direction of adapting the portfolio of solutions of the company to the needs and requirements of armed forces all over the world.

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BAE Systems Will Deliver New ACVs to the U.S. Marine Corps

BAE Systems Will Deliver New ACVs to the U.S. Marine Corps

ARLINGTON (Virginia, the USA), June 20, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems will deliver new amphibious combat vehicles to the U.S. Marine Corps under a $198 million contract, which was won in a robust competition, announced from the company on 19th June 2018.

The first delivery batch will contain 30 amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) and if the option for a total of 204 vehicles is eventually executed, then the overall contract value could reach the amount of $1.2 billion.

BAE won the competition for the next-generation vehicles together with Iveco Defence Vehicles. Both companies are proven manufacturers of combat vehicles

On the newly signed agreement, Dean Medland, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles Amphibious and International at BAE Systems, commented, “We are well positioned and ready to build the future of amphibious fighting vehicles for the Marine Corps, having already produced 16 prototypes. Through this award, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps by providing a best-in-class vehicle to support its mission through mobility, survivability and lethality.”

The facilities of BAE in Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis; Stafford; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania will be used for the execution of the works under that contract.

Before delivering the 16 prototypes to the Marine Corps last year, the team of BAE Systems carried out its own testing and evaluation of the vehicle’s performance.

The newly developed ACV is an advanced all-terrain 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle. It features a new 6-cylinder, 700HP engine, thanks to which the vehicle will show increased power in comparison to the current quite old assault amphibious vehicles. The ACV will be upgradable and future technologies or requirements could be easily met.

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Halifax-Class Frigates Will be Supported by Lockheed for Another 3 Years

Halifax-Class Frigates Will be Supported by Lockheed for Another 3 Years

OTTAWA (Canada), June 19, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Lockheed Martin Canada

The twelve Halifax-class frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy will be supported by Lockheed Martin Canada for another three years under a contract extension to the existing in-service support contract of the company, reported Shephard Media.

That was announced by Lockheed Martin Canada last week, on 12th July 2018.

“We are pleased by the vote of confidence from our Royal Canadian Navy customer to continue this existing relationship. As part of our Combat System Integrator portfolio, Lockheed Martin Canada has established a world class in-service support team which is also being recognized by our international customers,” commented the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems, Gary Fudge.

The on-going in-service support contract was signed in November 2008 when the Project for modernization of the Halifax-class frigates was awarded. That agreement involved support of the legacy Halifax-class system as well, which was executed before the start of the activities related to the modernisation of the ships.

The scope of the CMS (Combat Management Systems) support involves hardware and software backing for the CMS 330, and the CMS to combat subsystem interfaces, ancillary systems and tools, including integration of new weapons, sensors and information sources.

The Halifax-class (also called the City class) frigates are multi-role patrol frigates in service for the Royal Canadian Navy since 1992, and the CMS 330 of Lockheed Martin Canada is a derivative of a legacy product of the company that was originally developed in the 1980’s for the original build of the HALIFAX Class ships of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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