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05 Feb 20. DASA launches competition to develop system demonstrators for troops. The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a competition to develop various system demonstrators to help troops safely and stealthily advance into enemy territory over water.
The competition will run on behalf of the Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and aims to develop semi-autonomous reconnaissance and survey system that can tackle some of the key issues of gap crossing survey.
Contracts under the first phase will run for no longer than ten months, culminating in a demonstration of the systems in a representative environment at technology readiness level (TRL) 5.
In this phase, successful submissions will demonstrate a clear plan to a TRL 5 demonstrator, with details of how the technology would be taken forward to a Phase II, TRL 6 (technology model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment) demonstration.
The demonstration is expected to run for two weeks at a wet-gap site in the UK.
DASA will consider the wider proposal for fielding and deploying the final system.
A launch and collaboration event will be held for the DASA competition where the topic will be introduced to interested suppliers. The suppliers will also get an opportunity to network and form collaborations to integrate complementary technologies together. Phase I project funding is expected to be £1.2m. DASA plans to fund three to four bids as part of this phase. A further £2.5m in funding is anticipated for activities under Phase II. (Source: naval-technology.com)
31 Jan 20. Responses Received to Revised Request For Quotation for HX Fighter Program. Five fighter manufacturers have sent their responses to the revised request for quotation that was asked by the Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command. In October 2019, the Defence Forces sent a revised request for quotation to the governments of France, United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States, to be forwarded to five manufacturers of multi-role fighters in these countries. The aircraft types in question are Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet (United States), Dassault Rafale (France), Eurofighter Typhoon (United Kingdom), Lockheed Martin F-35 (United States) and Saab Gripen (Sweden).
The deadline was set at the end of January 2020 and the Defence Forces’ Logistics Command received responses for all five aircraft types. Each tenderer was requested to compile the information provided in its initial tender and negotiations into a clear, updated and improved package.
The responses contain information on the comprehensive solution and package, built around each multi-role fighter option; the aim is to create the best possible capability for Finland’s defence system while replacing the Hornet fleet. Within the budget set for the project, the tenderers were asked to prepare a performance package that meets the set requirements and includes not only the aircraft but also other technical systems, training systems, necessary maintenance equipment, test equipment and spare parts, along with weapons, sensors and other required type-specific support functions.
The most important decision-making criterion for the project is military capability and its maintenance throughout the life cycle. As to the other considerations, such as life cycle costs, security of supply and industrial cooperation, the tender shall meet the requirements laid down in the Request for Quotation.
The competitive tendering for the HX project was launched with a preliminary invitation to tender in April 2018, to which the tenderers responded in January 2019. Since then, the content of the tenders has been negotiated with each tenderer. The second phase of the HX project is now underway, in which the content of the procurement will be finalised with each tenderer. The request for best and final offers will be sent in 2020 at the end of the second phase of negotiations. The Government will decide on the procurement in 2021. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Finnish Ministry of Defence)
31 Jan 20. Saab launches Gripen and GlobalEye evaluations for Finland. Saab has officially launched the flight evaluation phase of its Gripen E/F fighter and GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Finland’s HX programme. Gripen E test aircraft 39-10 arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Airbase north of Helsinki the day prior to Saab’s media day to mark the commencement of its HX Challenge on 30 January, although due to poor weather conditions it was decided not to fly until the following day. The single-seat 39-10 (the first production standard Gripen E) was joined by the twin-seat Gripen NG demonstrator 39-7 (sensor testbed) on 31 January. A GlobalEye did fly from Saab’s facility in Linköping, Sweden, on 30 January with a Finnish Air Force delegation on board. (Source: Jane’s)
05 Feb 20. Industry representatives from across the country converged at the National Infantry Museum near Fort Benning, GA., January 23 to seek information in pursuit of partnerships with Army officials in the second Adaptive Squad Architecture (ASA) Industry Day, hosted by PEO Soldier and the Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team (SL CFT). This event was an information exchange between Army organizations seeking to modernize the force and the subject matter experts within industry who might provide innovative solutions to the unique challenges related to the development of Adaptive Squad Architecture.
As a follow up to the first industry day, this one took a deeper dive into problem statements and gave potential industry partners the opportunity to ask questions and seek feedback on budding solutions.
ASA is the technical architecture that will incorporate the digital aspects of the Soldier kit and address the power and interface challenges associated with a growing digital space. As the name implies, the development of the ASA must adapt to new capabilities as technologies evolve. The ASA concept demands the Soldier be treated as an integrated weapons system and the squad as an integrated weapons platform, much the same as an aircraft carrier or tank is ‘kitted’ as a system.
“An M1 Tank is a system; everyone understands that. A system has components, and when you add to or take away, you impact the whole system,” said Brigadier General David Hodne, the director of the Soldier Lethality CFT at Fort Benning, when he addressed the industry leaders last week. The same should be said for the Soldier, but in the past that has not been the case. With 29 years as an Infantryman under his belt, Hodne said he’s “worn a lot of kit.”
“Every time I marveled at a piece of equipment, it was something that easily integrated into my kit,” he said. “This is important work. I’m an old Soldier, but I’m thinking about our privates, our future leaders. We need to arm them with next generation capabilities that will make for decisive overmatch on the future battlefield.”
Next generation capabilities must be efficient to be effective. Currently, Soldiers in an Infantry squad each carry roughly 122 pounds of kit, and they manage diverse and often incompatible power sources, processing systems, cables, and interfaces. ASA addresses this issue and demands a focus on the needs of the Soldier in respect to power, maneuverability, situational awareness, and survivability. Every piece of kit must work together to increase lethality through decreased weight, size, power, and cognitive burdens. The ideal architecture will aid the Soldier on the battlefield by optimizing data in a standard interface that aggregates actionable intelligence and facilitates efficient data exchange.
Whereas the first ASA Industry Day focused on the formal programmatic requirements, this one gave Army leaders the opportunity to outline gaps they’ve identified in the design process and formulate them into working problem statements to present to the industry representatives. Since Army
Futures Command (AFC) was stood up in 2018, AFC subordinates, like the Soldier Lethality CFT, have partnered with traditional Army acquisitions experts within the ASA (ALT) PEO, including PEO Soldier, and Combat Capabilities Development Command communities to leverage expertise and innovation with both traditional and non-traditional industry partners. By working together, these partnerships increase the efficiency of the Army’s overall product and capability portfolio in the categories of power, data, wireless, Soldier mobility and survivability, artificial intelligence, and more. Industry days are designed to bring stakeholders together and eliminate barriers to innovative solutions to the Army’s most pressing modernization challenges.
“Collaboration has been our theme since the last industry day. We’re trying to be efficient and effective at the same time, understanding the rules and working to change the capability in a more holistic and integrated way,” said Col. Troy Denomy, the program manager for PEO Soldier Close Combat Squad. “We’re constantly looking at how we collaborate and create more of a free exchange of information across the enterprise, and we are deliberate in including industry in that enterprise. We need to be able to have these candid conversations so we can collaborate on solutions that make sense for our Soldiers. We’re optimizing the platform, not the components, and that requires a paradigm shift. That’s really where we’re seeing a cultural change in the Army.”
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Army Futures Command and its subordinate cross functional teams partner with ASA(ALT) and its PEO subsidiaries, CCDC, and multiple branches of the Army Modernization Enterprise to deliver the next generation capabilities necessary to establish and sustain a clear and decisive overmatch for the Army of 2028 and beyond. (Source: US Army)
05 Feb 20. SOCOM Announces Plans to Buy 75 ‘Armed Overwatch’ Planes. US Special Operations Command is moving forward with its armed overwatch plan, independent of the Air Force’s light attack experiment, inviting industry for a briefing on a proposal to buy an estimated 75 aircraft.
SOCOM will hold Industry days March 4-5 for the Armed Overwatch program, which will “provide Special Operations Forces deployable and sustainable manned aircraft systems” that will be used for “close air support, precision strike, and SOF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in austere and permissive environments,” according to a Feb. 3 announcement.
SOCOM plans to release a draft Other Transaction Authority prototype demonstration proposal, which gives the military a way to pursue research and prototyping outside of regular contracts, on Feb. 14. The eventual follow-on contract is expected to be an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with a base ordering period of five years and another option for two more years with an expected total of 75 aircraft, according to the announcement, which was first reported by Aviation Week.
Will Roper, the service’s acquisition boss, said in November the light attack experiment could split into an effort for armed overwatch as special operations forces have called for the service to address a pressing need for more protection from the air—a shift away from the original intent of the light attack experiment.
“There are systems right now that we don’t really think of as being in the [US Special Operations Command] portfolio, like MQ-9s, that we’d like to explore and see, can they do a better job?” Roper told reporters. “Experimentation with systems we have now, I think is a great way to try to go after that role.” (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Air Force Magazine)
03 Feb 20. USAF seeks to modify tanker-transport fleet into command and control nodes. The US Air Force (USAF) plans to equip its fleet of tanker-transport aircraft with beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications pods so as to serve as command and control (C2) nodes in the future battlespace. A request for information (RFI) issued by the service on 3 January calls for industry to provide BLOS communications systems that can be housed in an underwing-mounted pod for carriage by the Boeing KC-135R/T Stratotanker and KC-46A Pegasus platforms.
“The focus of this RFI is on the identification of existing technologies and the near to long-term development potential for the next generation of BLOS communication systems that can be [housed] within a wing-mounted pod on tanker platforms and capable of providing voice, video, and data communications capabilities,” the USAF said. “BLOS communication systems that exist today include tropospheric scatter and high frequency systems as well as various tethered and untethered unmanned aerial vehicles that act as relays. The government is interested in systems that could provide the best redundancy to satellite communications (SATCOM) systems in terms of performance characteristics. The response should address aspects such as operating distance of each technology, reliability, throughput, latency, time of day, and weather dependence.”
The RFI did not disclose a timeline for possible fielding of such a system, and neither did it say how many BLOS pods the USAF would be looking to acquire. The USAF currently fields 396 KC-135R/Ts and is in the process of receiving up to 179 KC-46As. (Source: Jane’s)
BATTLESPACE Comment: This concept was examined in the nineties by General Jumper head of USAF at that time when FCS was also in play.
03 Feb 20. MDA issues DRPP for new hypersonic defence programme. The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 28 January released a pre-solicitation notice – in the form of a draft request for prototype proposal (DRPP) and system requirements document (SRD) – for a Hypersonic Defense Regional Glide Phase Weapon System (RGPWS) prototype development programme. The DRPP/SRD release follows the publication in mid-December 2019 of a sources sought notification for the same programme.
According to the MDA, “competitive procedures will be used to enter into one or more agreements(s) leading to the design, development, and demonstration of a Prototype Weapon.” In support of the DRPP – which the MDA said “is being provided to initiate dialogue on the RGPWS requirement” – the agency noted that it intends to issue a classified technical data library containing items such as the system requirements document (SRD), threat data, trajectories, and other technical data.
A draft timeline issued in the same release, provides for Industry Day one-to-one sessions for 4-8 February, responses to the DRPP by 11 February, following which the agency expects to release a final request for prototype proposal in early April. No further detail has been publicly disclosed on the RGPWS requirement.
The RGPWS programme is intended to complement another MDA hypersonic defence initiative – designated the Hypersonic Defense Weapon System (HDWS). The agency selected 21 proposals from industry in September 2018 for concept definition studies, from which it subsequently selected five concepts in late August and early September 2019 for a nine-month concept-refinement phase. Those selected proposals included four kinetic concepts: two from Lockheed Martin (Valkyrie and Dart), one from Raytheon (SM-3 Hawk) and one from Boeing (Hypervelocity Interceptor – HYVINT) and another Raytheon proposal based on a directed-energy system. (Source: Jane’s)
30 Jan 20. 20 Firms Of 350 Advance In Army Shark Tank: $1.7m In Prizes. Read about the 20 innovators in AI, biotech, materials & more who will compete at AUSA’s Huntsville conference in March as the Army shakes up its acquisition system. The Army’s xTechSearch competition has picked 20 small businesses – out of 350 applicants – to pitch their technologies in person to an Army panel in front of a live audience at AUSA’s Global Force conference in March. The goal is to connect the Army to innovative small businesses outside the traditional defense contracting world and find so-called “dual-use” technologies with both commercial and military applications. XTechSearch is run by the Army’s civilian Service Acquisition Executive, Assistant Secretary Bruce Jette, a former small-business founder and patent-holding inventor himself.
These 20 companies have already made it through two rounds. The first phase winnowed the 350 written white-paper proposals down to 48, each of which got $5,000 and a chance to pitch to Army experts in person at regional events. (Playa Vista, Calif., Austin, Tex., and Philadelphia each hosted 16 firms). Of those 48, the 20 announced yesterday will get exhibit space at AUSA Global Force in Huntsville, Ala., aka “Rocket City” for its long-time links to NASA and Army Space & Missile Defense Command.
(We cover the conference every year and will be there again in March).
In Huntsville, each contender will get just 20 minutes to make their case and take questions during the first two days of the AUSA event. On the last day of the Global Force conference, March 19th, the Army will announce 10 winners (maybe as many as 12), who’ll each receive $120,000 and Army mentoring to help develop a proof of concept over the next six months.
The finalists will present their work at the biggest defense conference of the year, AUSA’s mammoth Annual Meeting in DC this October, where a single firm will receive $240,000.
Who Are The 20?
So who are the 20 companies and what are they pitching? The vast majority develop software and/or electronics, which go on everything in the modern military but the MREs. Several, though, are working on novel materials for mechanical and medical purposes. While the Army doesn’t break the proposals down by subject area – it just lists the companies alphabetically – we’d break them down into six categories:
General Networking & Computing:
- IoT/AI builds durable, cyber-secure sensors and AI software for frontline networks, allowing devices to analyze data on-board “at the edge” rather than having to transmit everything back, a major benefit when bandwidth is limited and transmissions may be monitored or jammed.
- nLAB, aka NanoSystems Laboratory, builds semiconductors with lab-grown diamonds to increase heat conductivity and improve cooling, a chronic problem for energy-hungry electronics.
- Novaa, which works on radio, radar, and precision navigation, is developing a new ultra-wideband (UWB) antenna for frontline satellite communications systems.
- Passenger develops virtual reality and augmented reality hardware, a high Army priority for both training systems and tactical displays.
- Primal Space is a North Carolina company that develops software for efficient transmission of massive 3D data sets for gaming, simulations, reconnaissance, and navigation.
- Battle Sight, run by former soldiers and Marines, is offering their patent-pending “Falling Saber,” a compact tracking device for supply drops so special operators and other clandestine ground forces can recover them quickly.
- GeoPipe uses AI to build 3D maps of the real world and automatically identify and label objects. Their software could help the Army build its massive One World Terrain database for training and mission planning.
- LynQ sells GPS tracking devices but is now developing new low-bandwidth, jamming-resistant data transmission technologies for navigation without GPS.
- MEI Micro builds miniaturized Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) and other sensors, again for navigation when GPS is unavailable or jammed.
Medical & Lifesaving:
- GeneCapture is building a portable infection-detection system that frontline troops can take with them to genetically identify over 200 pathogens an hour, a potential boon in disease-ridden regions and biowarfare zones.
- KeriCure, named after its founder, Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh, is a Florida biotech firm that sells sterile, water-proof spray-on polymers to seal burns and other wounds.
- NeuroFlow, headed by a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran, provides automated software to help connect soldiers with mental health resources.
- Vita Inclinata Technologies, founded by a search & rescue worker whose teammate died when a National Guard medevac chopper couldn’t pick him up in the woods during high winds, developed a new stabilized hoist and sling system for helicopter rescues in all conditions.
Material Science & Mechanical Engineering:
- FLITE Material Sciences works on ways to make metal, glass, and plastics intrinsically resistant to rust, ice, and fouling – all chronic problems for military equipment – without the need to apply, maintain, and replace protective coatings, which add cost and can wear off.
- Inductive Ventures – which has already received funding from the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency – uses magnets both to stop wheels, replacing maintenance-intensive friction brakes, and to spin them, allowing, say, an Army helicopter to taxi without having to turn on its main rotor, which burns fuel and wears out parts.
- LumiShield Technologies spun out of Carnegie Mellon University — which works on many other high-tech projects with the Army — to develop new, longer-lasting protective coatings using aluminum oxide.
- Bounce Imaging makes compact, rugged cameras that troops can throw like a grenade over obstacles and into buildings, where the device looks in all directions and sends back 360-degree video and audio in real time.
- FastVDO uses artificial intelligence to assess surveillance video and automatically rate its quality on the intelligence community’s official VNIIRS scale, so analysts know which clips are worth a human’s time.
- DroneShield, the US subsidiary of an Australian firm, builds a range of Counter-Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS) devices that detect drones and shut them down with radio jamming.
You can read the Army’s official in-depth description of the xTechSearch process & contestants below:
XTechSearch 4 Phase III AUSAGFSE Innovators Corner_Look Book_with ProfileSheets by BreakingDefense on Scribd (Source: Breaking Defense.com)
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06 Feb 20. Indian Air Force needs to upgrade Su-30MKI, says former air marshal.-30MKI in 2007. The type has been in IAF service since 2002. Source: Jane’s/Patrick Allen
- The IAF has a pressing need to upgrade its Su-30MKI fighters, according to a former IAF commander
- The aircraft’s radar and EW system in particular are areas to be addressed
The Indian Air Force (IAF) must address the need to upgrade its fleet of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, according to a former senior commander of the service.
Speaking at the 4-5 February Electronic Warfare Asia symposium in Singapore, retired Air Marshal Daljit Singh said, “The Sukhoi is quite obviously a superb and powerful platform. In terms of the carriage capability and its range it has great utility but the reality is that the programme originally came online in 1997 and there have been numerous technological advancements since then that dictate an update for the aircraft.”
The IAF has acquired more than 250 of the type, most of which have been licence-assembled at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plant in Nasik, India.
Singh said two key elements in the Su-30MKI – the radar and the electronic warfare (EW) suite – are falling behind the current state-of-the-art elements and need to be upgraded. The radar is the NIIP N011M Bars radar, which is only a passive electronically scanned array (PESA) system and would need to be replaced with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to give Su-30MKI crews a higher level of situational awareness.
The EW suite is a greater challenge in that the aircraft’s large radar cross-section makes a robust self-protection capacity mandatory. The aircraft’s current EW suite is a variant of the Russian-produced KNIRTI SAP-518 wingtip-pod-mounted system, which can be augmented by the SAP-14 centreline stand-off jamming module.(Source: Jane’s)
06 Feb 20. Malaysia looking to buy new medium-range anti-tank guided missiles. Malaysia has requested bids for the supply of an undisclosed number of medium-range, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) that are likely to be deployed from the Malaysian Army’s future 4×4 vehicles. The request, which was published by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Kuala Lumpur on 24 January, invites responses by 18 February, but provides no further details. Jane’s understands that the ATGMs are meant to arm 24 new 4×4 weapon carriers that the Malaysian Army is seeking to acquire. The request for bids for these vehicles was published in August 2019, with the document stating that the service is looking for four 4×4 variants capable of carrying different types of weapons, including ATGMs, 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns, and automatic grenade launchers. (Source: Jane’s)
01 Feb 20. IAF Needs 200 New Fighters But Modi Govt Has Cut Funds In Budget 2020. Indian Air Force (IAF), which plans to acquire 200 fighter aircraft amid its depleting strength, saw a drop in capital funds allocation in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Union Budget 2020-21 against revised estimates for the current fiscal. While Sitharaman had allocated Rs 39,302.64 crore for the IAF capital expenditure in her last budget in July 2019, it was increased to Rs 44,869.14 crore in the revised estimates for 2019-20. On Saturday, Sitharaman, who has served as defence minister in the past, allocated Rs 43,281.91 crore for 2020-21 — a 3.5 per cent decrease from the revised estimates. The move came despite the fact that the IAF’s committed liabilities — payments to be made for past orders — was around the same figure as the revised estimates, defence sources told The Print. Even though the IAF officials put up a brave front saying the revised estimates for 2020-21 would be more, sources called the development saddening. The Army and Navy were luckier with marginal increase in their outlay. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/The Print)
31 Jan 20. Singapore commissions final three Littoral Mission Vessels.
- Singapore has commissioned all eight Littoral Mission Vessels it ordered in 2013
- All vessels were delivered, and commissioned according to schedule
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned its final three Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs).
The warships, which have been named RSS Fortitude , RSS Dauntless , and RSS Fearless with pennant numbers 20, 21, and 22 respectively, were inducted in a commissioning ceremony on 31 January at Tuas Naval Base.
The ships are part of a contract for eight LMVs that was signed between the Singapore government and ST Engineering’s marine division in January 2013. (Source: Jane’s)
30 Jan 20. Japanese MoD confirms plans to acquire stand-off missiles amid ‘severe’ security environment. Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials have confirmed Tokyo’s plans to acquire the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to meet a requirement for air-launched stand-off missiles for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) multirole fighter aircraft.
Speaking to Jane’s in Tokyo on 27 January, an MoD official said that Tokyo is intending to procure these weapons from the United States “as soon as possible” for fitment onto JASDF F-15J Eagle fighters to enhance the platform’s capabilities to effectively counter attacks at longer ranges. According to Jane’s Air-Launched Weapons, both the JASSM-ER and LRASM have a maximum range of 926 km, allowing them to strike ground and naval targets at stand-off ranges. (Source: Jane’s)
30 Jan 20. Japan prepares F-X partnership framework. The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to formalise a “framework” by the end of this year through which it will collaborate with a foreign partner on its programme to develop and build a next-generation fighter aircraft, the MoD has indicated to Jane’s.
The MoD also confirmed that the programme is now officially termed as “F-X” and that it has proposed a new “conceptual image” of the new aircraft, which is intended to replace the Japan Air-Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft in the 2030s.
The image is the first known official depiction of the proposed Japanese fighter.
“The JASDF’s F-2s are scheduled to retire from around 2035,” the MoD spokesperson told Jane’s. “We will develop the F-X so that we can deliver the first production type [of the new aircraft] before the F-2 retirement starts.”
The spokesperson added, “We will continue to discuss with potential partners, then we would like to determine a preliminary framework regarding development partners by December this year when we will finalise the draft cabinet budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.”
The spokesperson did not elaborate on what this framework might contain. However, the plan is likely to identify a foreign industry partner and its role in the F-X development project.
The MoD spokesperson also revealed that funding for the F-X development programme will reach about JPY28bn (USD256.5m) in FY 2020. A total of JPY16.9bn of this funding (60%) will be spent on “F-X related research projects”, said the spokesperson, with the remaining JPY11.1bn (40%) allocated for “conceptual design in Japan-led development” activity.
The spokesperson also confirmed that the official name of the aircraft development programme was changed from Future Fighter to F-X in December 2019. The name change prompted the MoD to release a conceptual image of the aircraft. (Source: Jane’s)
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