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21 Nov 17. Kuwait to receive Thales turret and surveillance system solution for armoured vehicles. Thales has recently led the complex integration of a state of the art remotely operated turret and surveillance system to the Kuwait Ministry of Interior for use on eight armoured patrol vehicles. All vehicles will be ready for operations by the end of 2017.
The advanced turret is to be integrated onto eight existing 4×4 vehicles which will used for maintaining internal security, public safety and surveillance missions. The vehicles will be operated by the Kuwaiti Security Shield department.
It includes an array of sophisticated optronics equipment, including high definition day and night thermal commander’s sight, main gunner thermal camera, local situation awareness sensors and acoustic shot detection system. All of this system is designed and manufactured in the UK.
All these capabilities are fully integrated into a central mission system and designed to meet a specific customer specific mission requirement. The system is also equipped with high quality recording capability which allows all mission aspects to be stored to assist in post analysis, training and provide mission accountability.
More than 50 land forces are equipped by Thales throughout the world. From designing smart sensors and advanced defence systems, to developing collaborative combat, and connecting and equipping soldiers on the digital battlefield, our systems deliver information superiority and give land forces mastery of action whenever they face their decisive moments. (Source: AMR)
23 Nov 17. Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted. Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in Algeria. The SR5 carries two pods that can fire either 122 mm (20 per pod) or 220 mm (six per pod) rockets. Bahrain is the only other confirmed export customer to date, although Venezuela reportedly also operates the system. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
23 Nov 17. B-52 bomb-bay upgrade declared ready for combat. An upgrade that enables the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber to carry smart weapons internally has been declared ready for combat by the US Air Force (USAF). The USAF announced on 20 November that the first upgraded Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) has now been transported from Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana to an undisclosed “combat area of responsibility”, reported to be Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. As noted by the USAF, the enhancement, which forms part of the wider 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade (IWBU) for the B-52H, affords combat commanders a much more flexible weapons selection without the need to request additional air support. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Nov 17. Tomahawks get faster processors, better flight paths. Powered by new processors that run 20 times faster, Navy missiles should now fly more accurately to their targets following a major upgrade and electronics enhancements. The Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS), in service since 2004, recently underwent improvements that include faster processors and increased cybersecurity controls.
Most notably, planners in the Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) ditched older proprietary processors in favor of state-of-the-art multicore X-86 multicore processors, which run 20 times faster.
“That new equipment significantly increases system performance,” said Capt. Mark Johnson, Tomahawk weapons system program manager. “It also allows us to make the product sustainable. Since this is [off-the-shelf] hardware, it’s easily replaceable.”
The Navy describes the Tomahawk Weapons System as it