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18 Feb 16. Singapore Airshow 2016: Saab to provide weapon, battle system for Indonesia’s ‘tank boat.’ Key Points:
• The Indonesian government has ordered a prototype of the X18 fire support vessel
• Vessel will be used to evaluate platform’s suitability ahead of a proper acquisition programme
Swedish defence company Saab will be providing a remote-controlled weapon system and a battle management system for a prototype of the X18 fire support vessel (FSV) being acquired by the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, the company told IHS Jane’son 18 February at the Singapore Airshow 2016.
The X18 FSV, more commonly referred to as the ‘tank boat’, is an 18 m platform concept that has been developed by Indonesian shipbuilder PT Lundin. A model of the platform was unveiled at the IndoDefence 2014 exhibition in Jakarta.
“The prototype will be collaboration among Indonesian defence industries and some foreign suppliers”, said Peter Carlqvist, Saab’s vice-president and head of the company’s Indonesia office. “Saab will be supplying the Trackfire remote weapon station and a variant of our company’s battle system”, he said, adding that the product will be similar to the company’s 9LV combat management system.
The platform has an overall beam of 6.1 m, a draught of 0.9 m and a top speed of 30 kt. With a fuel capacity of 6,000 litres, the X18 has a standard range of 350 n miles at 25 kt and 900 n miles at 9 kt. The FSV’s primary weapon will be a Cockerill 105 mm high-pressure gun provided by Belgian company CMI Defence.
Although a contract for the prototype has not been formalised, the Ministry of Defence has given approval for the vessel’s construction to commence. “We should expect a formal contract very soon”, said Carlqvist who added that the completed prototype is scheduled to be tested in about 24 months’ time. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
18 Feb 16. Singapore Airshow 2016: IAI unveils three loitering systems. Key Points:
• The Harpy NG covers a wider RF spectrum to address the newer types of air-defense radar threats that have evolved
• Rotem L marks a departure from the fixed-wing family of loitering munitions
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled two new loitering munition systems and an upgraded variant of its Harpy LM system at the Singapore Airshow on 15-21 February 2016.
Harpy NG (New Generation) builds on IAI’s original Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD)/Destruction of Enemy Air Defence-optimised Harpy LM, with the introduction of a new passive anti-radiation homing seeker with an extended frequency bandwidth (0.8-18 GHz) designed to address newer air-defence radar threats emitting at the lower end of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum than the 2-18 GHz covered by the original Harpy variant.
The Harpy NG seeker is housed in a new airframe – that is essentially the same as IAI’s electro-optic (EO) seeker-equipped Harop LM – which replaces the circular fuselage and delta-wing of Harpy with a more complex profile and a delta-wing with downward-folding outer panels and reduced lead-edge sweep. IAI says that the repackaged Harpy NG delivers improved flying characteristics – including longer loiter time (about nine hours), improved range, higher altitude, and commonality in maintenance and training.
Boaz Levy, executive vice-president and general manager of IAI’s Systems Missiles & Space Group who disclosed the Harpy NG development to IHS Jane’s at the 2015 Paris Air Show said that the user will benefit from the availability of what he described as “complementary seeker types – RF and EO – in the same airframe to meet all operational requirements.”
IAI also unveiled Green Dragon, a 15 kg sealed canister-launched compact tactical loitering munition/intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system, designed “to provide small ground units and special operations