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WFEL’s First Tranche for the Australian Land 155 Project Is a Fact

WFEL’s First Tranche for the Australian Land 155 Project Is a Fact

CHESHIRE (United Kingdom), March 07, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by WFEL

On 6th March, WFEL, the established world leader in design, manufacturing, and supply of rapidly-deployable tactical military bridging, announced that they have completed the first delivery of bridges for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Project. This part of the Project covers the supply of Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) and Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and involves some of the first configurations of the DSB launching vehicle on a fully-armoured Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicle (RMMV) 45m 10 x 10 chassis.

“WFEL’s long-standing relationship with the Australian Defence Force began over 30 years ago, when they chose our Medium Girder Bridges. We are delighted to continue to support them today, this time not only with further MGBs, but with a significant capability enhancement through the purchase of the latest mechanised DSB. The adoption of the DSB not only provides the ADF’s Manoeuvre Commanders with the ability to cross significant wet or dry gaps quickly and efficiently, it allows a level of inter-operability with an ever-growing user base.

This significant and growing installed base of DSB equipment, allied to our fully-operational production line, ensures that WFEL’s customers have a high level of confidence not only in our products but also in our continued through-life support and spares availability,” said the Chief Executive of WFEL – Mr. Wilson in relation to this milestone of the Project.

The bearing capacity of the DSBs is over 120 tonnes. They may be launched within 90 minutes by only eight persons.

WFEL’s First Tranche for the Australian Land 155 Project Is a Fact

WFEL’s DSB deployed after severe flooding / Photo by WFEL

The supplied MGBs are double-storied, link-reinforced and may span up to 49m. Additional portable Pier and Span equipment is foreseen for them for possible construction of bridges of up to 76m.

Both bridging systems are intended as temporary infrastructure for the needs of the ADF’s Combat Support and Disaster Relief operations and are supplied with walkways that allow separation of pedestrian and vehicle traffic flows.

The Land 155 Project is expected to be completed by September 2018.

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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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