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07 Mar 19. CTA, getting there. Sources close to BATTLESPACE suggest that the barrel wear problems have been solved on the CTA cannon with alterations made to barrel and ammunition design. The initial deliveries of 30 canon were of the old design. Production of the canon for the UK’s WCSP and Ajax Programmes and French contracts is running at 14 per month with 515 ordered for the UK and currently 120 for France which will increase with the Belgium Scorpion order. However, at a Lockheed Martin Press Conference yesterday, it was confirmed that the Airburst round was still delayed with a batch of 1000 rounds being prepared for testing by CTAI this year, with qualification due in 2020. CTA has produced three iterations of rounds including training, HE, AP and Point detonating. The Kinetic Energy round is also in development. The French DGA has also ordered a new round based on the Training round. The current Anglo-French workshare on CTA requires that both BAE Systems and Nexter co-produce the rounds. The Warrior WCSP as demonstrated yesterday at Bovington has a 70 round bustle firing 3 rounds per second. Qatar has yet to confirm its CTA order and the Saudi AAA system as displayed at Eurosatory in 2016 was only a demonstrator.
07 Mar 19. Turkey is building a new attack helo. Here are the weapons that will arm it. Turkey’s procurement authorities have officially launched the country’s first indigenous program to build a heavy helicopter gunship in the 8- to 10-ton category. A contract was signed between the procurement authority, Presidency of Defence Industries, and the country’s top aerospace company, the government-controlled Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI. Officials from both entities said they expect the new chopper will take its maiden flight within five years.
They officials also said the new attack platform will feature an advanced target-tracking system, imagery technology, electronic warfare suites, a cruise system, and communications and weapons systems. Other features include a high-caliber gun system, new-generation 2.75-inch rockets with different guidance systems, long-range anti-tank missiles and air-to-air rockets.
The attack helicopter is expected to perform all-weather missions at high altitude and have twin turboshaft engines as well as a 1,200-kilogram payload.
TAI already makes the T129, a 5-ton attack helicopter based on its predecessor, the A129 Mangusta. The T129 is a twin-engine multirole attack helicopter produced under license from the Italian-British AgustaWestland.
The T129 is powered by two LHTEC T800-4A turboshaft engines. Each engine can produce 1,014 kilowatts of output power. The T800-4A is an export version of the CTS800 engine. LHTEC, the maker of the engine, is a joint venture between the American firm Honeywell and the British company Rolls-Royce. In 2018, TAI signed a $1.5bn to sell a batch of 30 T129 helicopter gunships to Pakistan. TAI officials say they also want to export the heavy attack platform, specifically to the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern markets. However, as is the case with the T129, TAI will have to win U.S. export licenses for any export deal with a third country. (Source: Defense News)
06 Mar 19. US Army conducts live-fire tests of MAPS-enabled systems. The US Army has conducted a series of live-fire tests of Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) during a six-week ‘rodeo’ conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, US. MAPS is developed to protect existing combat vehicles and support future vehicle protection system capabilities.
Prior to testing, Lockheed Martin and other industry partners supported the integration of the MAPS framework with three countermeasures and a cueing sensor. Lockheed Martin engineers worked on the hardware and software integration of Ariel Photonics countermeasure into the framework. The company has also assisted the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman in incorporating the other two countermeasures and a cueing sensor. Live-fire tests saw MAPS-enabled systems defeat all 15 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) attacks. The systems detected the incoming threats and changed their course by jamming their guidance signals. ATGMs are said to be one of the most dangerous threats faced by modern armoured vehicles.
Lockheed Martin vice-president of sensors and global sustainment Michael Williamson said: “The success of the army’s testing shows the effectiveness of an active protection system that can rapidly refresh with new components to meet specific mission and platform requirements.”
The initial prototype controller contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2014. Lockheed Martin manufactures and supplies base kits to MAPS stakeholders. The kits comprise a controller, power management distribution system, user interface, network switch and application software. The base kit is designed to enable quick integration of sensors and countermeasures to the MAPS framework. (Source: army-technology.com)
07 Mar 19. Thales Australia reveals new look Lithgow Arms factory. Thales Australia has unveiled concept plans for the future of Lithgow Arms – a precinct to develop and manufacture the next generation soldier weapons systems for the future Australian Defence Force. In order to maintain a capability advantage for Australia’s Defence Force, the soldier weapons systems of the future will integrate both traditional manufacturing and digital technologies, including 3D printing, advanced optical and targeting equipment and digitally networked communications. Thales’ plans envisage drawing together these advanced skills and industrial capability in this next generation precinct to maintain an enduring, resilient and world leading sovereign industrial capability for the ADF in Lithgow.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins welcomed the announcement, drawing on the history and connection of the Lithgow Small Arms Factory to equipping Australia’s service personnel, saying, “Since 1912, the Lithgow Small Arms Factory (now known as Lithgow Arms) has proudly supported Australia’s soldiers on battlefields around the world.
“Thales Australia is seeking to build on this distinguished heritage to create the Sovereign Industrial Capability Precinct in Lithgow. This precinct will position Lithgow at the forefront of more than $2 billion of domestic and significant export opportunities in the next 10 years.”
The precinct will also integrate trade and research institutions, SME partners and key industrial partners to create the soldier systems and small arms of the future, and secure the next generation of manufacturing and engineering skills in Lithgow and across the central west.
“Lithgow has been the home of small arms manufacturing for over a century, and Thales is seeking strong support from the government to secure its future both for the next generation soldier weapons systems and the skilled workforce behind the Defence Force,” Jenkins said.
Thales in Australia is part of a leading international electronics and systems group serving the defence, aerospace and space, security, and transport markets in Australia and throughout the world.
Thales is one of the ADF’s most trusted partners and is a leader in research and development. The company has strong affiliations with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as well as leading tertiary institutions in Australia. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 Mar 19. Norinco marketing SH-15 155mm artillery system for export. China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) is marketing a 155mm self-propelled (SP) gun-howitzer (GH) called the SH-15. The system’s builder is unconfirmed. It is based on a 6×6 chassis that has a four-door fully enclosed cab at the front, with a roof-mounted 12.7mm machine gun (MG) for self-defence. SH-15 is powered by a 400hp diesel engine with a 15.68hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio. The platform is fitted with a hydropneumatic suspension system that can be locked out when deployed in the firing position, which according to Norinco helps increase “firing accuracy of all unguided projectiles by 50%” over the unstablised platform. To provide a more stable firing platform, two hydraulically operated spades are lowered to the ground on either side at the rear.
On the rear is the turntable-mounted 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance with powered traverse of 25° left and right and with powered elevation from 0° to 67.5°. Norinco, the howitzer’s sales group, is quoting a maximum rate of fire of between 4 and 6 rds/min. A flick rammer is fitted to maintain rate of fire, and a muzzle velocity measuring system is mounted above the rear of the ordnance.
Maximum range depends on the projectile/charge combination, but Norinco said it has a maximum range of 50km when firing its High-Explosive Extended-Range Full Bore Base-Bleed Rocket-Assisted (HE ERFB-BB-RA) projectile. It can fire conventional ammunition as well as the Norinco GP155 laser homing projectile, GP155B satellite guided projectile, and the GP155G terminally guided top attack projectile.
As the 155 mm ordnance has a 23 litre chamber that meets the Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU), the SH-15 can also fire NATO projectiles and charges (the older bag type or the more efficient modular charge system [MCS] type). Images viewed by Jane’s indicate that Chinese MCS have been used during firing trials in China. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
07 Mar 19. Poland seeks new tank destroyers. On 27 February Poland’s Armament Inspectorate announced a technical dialogue (a request for information) regarding the procurement of an anti-tank ‘battalion module’ to replace the Polish land forces’ 9K14P Malyutka-P self-propelled anti-tank systems. The battalion module is to consist of self-propelled tracked platforms armed with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) capable of destroying medium and heavy armoured vehicles equipped with both soft- and hard-kill active protection systems. Applications to participate were due to be submitted by 11 March, with technical dialogues to be carried out in April-June this year. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Mar 19. US AFSFC starts delivery of M18 SIG Sauer handguns. The US Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC) has commenced the delivery of the M18 SIG Sauer modular handgun system to security forces units across the air force. The development is part of the Reconstitute Defender Initiative and efforts to modernise weapon systems and increase troop capabilities. M18 handguns will replace the M9 Beretta, which entered the service more than 30 years ago.
In addition, the weapons system is also expected to replace the M11-A1 Compact used by the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the US Army M15 General Officer pistol used for military working dog training. The M18 is designed to provide improved ergonomics, target acquisition, reliability and durability. The gun can be customised with small, medium or large handgrips to suit individual troops.
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland 37th Training Support Squadron armoury non-commissioned officer in charge staff sergeant Richard Maner said: “This is going to help shooters with smaller hands. It also has a much smoother trigger pull, leading to a more accurate, lethal shooter.
“The M18 is a smaller platform weapon, but it gives the shooter more capabilities over the bulkier, larger M9 pistol.”
AFSFC has so far delivered more than 2,000 M18s to different units of the USAF.
All security forces units are expected to receive full authorisation to use the M18 weapons system by 2020 with the remainder of the airforce set to follow.
AFSFC Small Arms and Light Weapons Requirements programme manager master sergeant Shaun Ferguson said: “Once all security forces units have been supplied the new weapon, we will supply special warfare airmen, guardian angel / (pararescue) communities, OSI and other high-level users.
“Aircrew communities and other installation personnel will be issued the handgun as well based on requirements.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
05 Mar 19. DARPA inks a contract for hypersonic weapon research. Raytheon has inked a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to work on its hypersonic tactical boost glide weapon. The contract, worth $63.3m, is part of an Air Force effort and includes a critical design review, according to a March 5 press release from Raytheon. The weapon will use a rocket to get to hypersonic speed — in excess of Mach 5, or nearly 4,000 miles per hour — where the payload will separate and glide unpowered the rest of the way to the target. The system can be maneuvered in flight but will no longer accelerate.
According to DARPA’s website, the tactical boost glide program is a two-stage program that includes both ground and flight testing. The goal of the project is to develop a vehicle that is effective, controllable and affordable. At the Pentagon, concern has grown in recent years about the pace of China and Russia’s development of hypersonic weapons. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told a group of reporters in 2017 that while China and Russia have pulled ahead, the United States wasn’t out of the game yet.
“We have lost our technical advantage in hypersonics,” Selva told the Defense Writers Group. “We haven’t lost the hypersonics fight.” (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
06 Mar 19. PLA set to adopt new tactical missile system. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to adopt a land-based, mobile missile system capable of firing Poly Defence’s CM-501GA precision-guided missile and CM-501XA loitering munition, a company source told Jane’s at the Abu Dhabi 2019 International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX 2019). According to the source, the system will be introduced into the Chinese military in two configurations: on a 6×6 armoured personnel carrier, and on the CSK181 series of mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles. In the latter configuration the system features with a 12-cell, box-like launch unit that enables the hot-firing of both missile types. The missiles housed within the launcher can be in various numeric combinations, thus giving the system target type flexibility. The 2m-long CM-501GA is a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missile capable of engaging both stationary and moving targets at a distance between 5 and 40km. The missile, which has a diameter of 180mm and weighs over 100kg, carries a 20 kg, high-explosive (HE) blast fragmentation warhead. Its propulsion system is believed to be based on a solid-propellant rocket motor. The missile uses a combined TV/imaging infrared (IIR) seeker for terminal guidance. It is presumed some form of inertial navigation system (INS), or INS aided by a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), is used for the non-terminal guidance phases. The manufacturer claims the missile has a circular error of probability (CEP) of less than 1m when striking stationary targets, and a hit probability of more than 90% when striking moving ones. The 2m-long CM-501XA loitering munition, which is stated to have an endurance of more than 30 minutes, is designed to engage stationary and moving targets at distances greater than 70km. According to the manufacturer, the square-section (230×230mm) munition also weighs more than 100 kg and is armed with a smaller 8.5-kg HE blast fragmentation warhead. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Mar 19. India, Russia inaugurate manufacturing plant for AK-203 assault rifle. The Indian government inaugurated a manufacturing facility in the country’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on 3 March to licence build 750,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles for its military under a joint venture (JV) with Russian companies.Under the name Indo-Russian Private Limited (IRPL), the JV will manufacture AK-203 7.62mm rifles at the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) facility in Korwa, which is located about 680 km southeast of New Delhi, officials said. The JV follows an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) signed between New Delhi and Moscow in late February, in which it was determined that the
OFB would own a majority stake of 50.5 % in IRPL. The Kalashnikov Group would have a 42 % share while Russia’s state-owned export agency, Rosoboronexport, would own the remaining 7.5%, according to the IGA. However, the price of each rifle, which will also include the cost of technology transfer and of setting up the manufacturing unit, has not yet been finalised, official sources told Jane’s on 4 March. The officials pointed out that about 40,000 AK-203 rifles will be directly imported for the Indian Army (IA) over the next few months to meet urgent operational requirements, following which the JV is expected to manufacture 70,000 units per year until the entire contract is completed under New Delhi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Initially the JV will assemble each rifle from knocked-down kits and then localise components and sub-assembles to further indigenise production. Laying the foundation stone of the OFB facility Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the AK-203 rifles will help the country’s security forces fight militants in counter-insurgency (COIN) operations. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Mar 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that rocket motor production operations have begun at its new modernized tactical motor manufacturing facility located at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in West Virginia. The opening of the new plant helps meet an increased demand for rocket motors across the U.S. military services – particularly insensitive munitions rocket motors for the U.S. Army. Designed to optimize manufacturing flow and reduce travel time between operations, the new multi-building facility, encompassing more than 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space, is projected to cut a product’s travel distance throughout the manufacturing process by 80 percent. The plant was built on previously undeveloped property on ABL’s 1,600 acre campus.
“We’ve created a flexible and efficient production line that leverages lean manufacturing techniques and will help lower production costs,” said Pat Nolan, vice president, missile products, Northrop Grumman. “We intend to continue our investments in rocket motor technologies that make our warfighters safer, as well as enhancing the safety and efficiency in our production facilities so we can continue to deliver the capacity and cutting-edge technology that our military services need to execute their missions.”
Operations at the Navy-owned ABL facility encompass more than 1.25 million square feet of manufacturing space. With more than 1,300 employees at its ABL location, Northrop Grumman is the third largest manufacturing employer and largest defense contractor in West Virginia.
04 Mar 19. Qatar still studying Russian defence system, minister says. Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile air defence system, adding the potential deal — reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia — was none of Riyadh’s business.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also said there was no sign of a thaw in a Gulf row over allegations by Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states that Qatar supports terrorism. Doha denies the charges.
“There is a discussion for procurement of various Russian equipment but there is no understanding as of yet as to this particular equipment (S-400),” Sheikh Mohammed told a joint news conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Since the Gulf row began in June 2017, Russia has actively promoted its S-400, an advanced surface-to-air missile defence system, with agreements reached with Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Qatar and Russia signed a military technical cooperation agreement on air defence and military supplies in 2017, but talks for the S-400 have been muted amid reports that Saudi was concerned by the prospect of Qatar deploying its anti-aircraft missiles to strike Saudi targets.
A report last June by France’s Le Monde daily said that Saudi King Salman had raised the possibility of military action against Qatar in a letter to France’s president if Doha installed the system.
“Regarding the arms sales that Qatar has with Russia or with any other country, we believe that for Saudi or any other country, it is not their business,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
“It is a sovereign decision that should be taken by the state of Qatar,” he said, adding that a joint Qatar-Russia committee was studying the best options for the tiny but wealthy country’s military, without specifying further.
“When we receive bids from our Qatari colleagues for deliveries of Russian military goods, we of course will consider them,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov, in Doha on the first stop of a Gulf tour expected to include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had accepted an invitation by Qatar’s emir to visit Doha, but they had not yet worked out a date. Sheikh Mohammed said discussions also covered Syria and Libya.
He reiterated that Doha was not yet ready to normalise ties with Syria, saying the war-damaged country must have a political solution and leadership that is representative of its people. He also called for unity in Libya. (Source: Reuters)
05 Mar 19. UVision Air Ltd. – a global pioneer of lethal loitering systems suitable for a wide variety of missions, has successfully demonstrated two of its leading HERO systems: the multi-purpose warhead and extended-range Hero-400EC and the high-precision, light-weight man-pack portable Hero-30. The demonstration, which took place in the customer’s home-base in front of high-ranking officers, proved the high precision strike to the target, the tracking and lock-on capabilities of the system on a vehicle in various operational scenarios, mission-abort capabilities & parachute recovery.
“This demo is an additional step in UVision’s expansion its customer base in Asia, says Noam Levitt, CEO of UVision. The successful live-demonstration proved the remarkable capabilities of our systems. Both the Hero-30 and the Hero-400EC incorporate a high level of precision attack and abort capabilities. The systems are simple to operate and allow front-line forces to quickly respond with the ability to eliminate any immediate threat that arises.”
About the HERO Family
The HERO family is comprised of seven loitering munitions systems (Hero-30, Hero-70, Hero-120, Hero-250, Hero-400EC, Hero-900, Hero-1250), designed for different missions at various ranges using warheads of various types. The HERO systems enable forces in the front-line to independently locate time sensitive targets, track and attack with pin-point precision to handle different missions ranging from light-weight static or moving targets (such as light-duty vehicles and human targets) to larger fortified or heavily armored targets such as MBT (Main Battle Tank) and other strategic objectives. The HERO systems may also be provided in ISR configuration, allowing the use of the platform as a means of gathering intelligence.
The HERO family can carry out pinpoint strikes in urban areas or remote locations, with minimal collateral damage. In cases where an attack is aborted, the systems can be recalled and another target selected. With extremely low noise and thermal signature, these systems integrate highly advanced, stabilized electro-optic day/night cameras, and are ideal for deployment from air, land and sea.
03 Mar 19. Singapore’s next-generation AFV seen with missile-capable remote weapons station. A possible missile-armed variant of the Singapore Army’s 29-tonne tracked Next-Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV), a troop carrying variant of the service’s Next Generation Armoured Vehicle (NGAV) family of tracked vehicles, has been revealed in an official Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) image that appeared briefly on its website on 1 March.
The image depicts a NGAFV equipped with what appears to be the new Samson 30 heavy remote weapon station (RWS) developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in place of the ST Engineering Land Systems Adder M30 RWS that is typically seen fitted to the vehicle.
The Samson 30 is understood to be a derivative of the Samson Mk II dual-axis gyro-stabilised, dual-sight RWS that incorporates several refinements to the original design, including a low-profile silhouette and recessed 76 mm smoke grenade launchers arranged in a 4×2 configuration on either side of the gun mantlet.
The Samson 30 RWS seen in the image is armed with the Orbital ATK 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannon – which can engage medium-weight armoured vehicles at a range of 2,000 m and unarmoured targets to ranges of 4,000 m and also fitted to the army’s tracked Bionix II infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) – as well as a co-axial 7.62 mm machine gun. According to Rafael, the RWS can carry up to 230 rounds of ammunition for the automatic cannon and 500 rounds for the co-axial machine gun.
The weapon can also be traversed 360° and elevated between -20° to 70°, a feature designed to improve operational flexibility in tight urban environments and enables the vehicle to engage threats taking cover in buildings.
A highlight of the RWS is the anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher that can be installed on its left side, which is positioned horizontally and retracted under armour protection during travel and raised when preparing to fire its two ATGMs. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
03 Mar 19. UK reveals plans to buy new N-POD floating offboard decoy for soft-kill defence. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed plans to procure a new passive offboard decoy system to provide soft-kill anti-ship missile defence for Royal Navy (RN) ships. Known as the Naval Passive Off-Board Decoy (N-POD) system, the new equipment is intended to replace the current Outfit DLF(3b) system in RN service. Outfit DLF(3b) is a passive radio frequency (RF) countermeasure using a floating inflatable corner reflector.
In a prior information notice issued on 18 February, the Maritime Combat Systems team within the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation advised that it was “considering replacing the current floating offboard decoy system (DLF[3b]) with a similar system”, adding that the N-POD requirement had been classified UK secret – UK eyes only and would therefore not be advertised in the EU.
It is currently anticipated that a pre-qualification questionnaire will be issued in June 2019, with an invitation to negotiate following in October 2019. A contract award is anticipated in May 2020. The contract is expected to be a Design, Development, Demonstration, and Manufacture contract with up to a five-year support contract.
The target in-service date for N-POD is anticipated to be 2023. A full operating capability is planned for 2025.
Developed and manufactured by IrvinGQ, the current Outfit DLF(3b) uses a deck-mounted launch tube, within which is a stowed decoy. Following launch activation, the decoy package – a corner reflector constructed of ‘metallised fabric’ – is launched out of the tube and then fully inflated alongside the ship’s hull on the sea surface. Once fully inflated, the decoy is automatically released and floats free past the stern. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Mar 19. FN Herstal secures significant deal in Portugal. The Portuguese Army is to receive a comprehensive number of small arms between 2019 and 2022, a source within Army Headquarters told Jane’s on 28 February. A multi-year contract was recently awarded by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to FN Herstal on behalf of the Portuguese Army for 11,000 5.56mm SCAR-L STD assault rifles (featuring 14.5-inch barrels), 1,700 of which will be fitted with the FN40GL 40mm grenade launcher; 300 7.62mm SCAR-H assault rifles; 450 7.62mm SCAR-H PRs (precision rifles); 850 5.56mm Minimi Mk3 light machine guns; 320 7.62mm Minimi Mk3 light machine guns; and related accessories and services. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
01 Mar 19. US Army awaiting Stryker upgunning decision. US Army leaders are continuing to prepare for a potential move to upgun their Strykers with a 30 mm cannon, but a final decision has not yet been made. In a late-February notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said that a Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) programme remains “pre-decisional”, but it wants industry feedback to help “inform” its Stryker lethality strategy. To gather information, the service will host an industry day on 13 March with two vehicles on display, a Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Double V-Hull and a Stryker XM1296 Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICV-D).“The army is seeking to define a programme with the best balance of performance, schedule, and cost to meet army needs,” a service spokesperson said in a 1 March statement to Jane’s. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
01 Mar 19. DARPA seeks to equip small ground units with up-to-date counter-A2/AD capabilities. In preparation for US ground troops operating in austere environments against larger forces equipped with the latest technologies, the Pentagon’s research and development organisation is moving on with a programme to equip small units with the capacity to combat foe’s Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that it will hold an industry day on 18 March for its System of Systems Enhanced Small Units (SESU) programme in order to gain insight into technologies that will enable units with 200-300 soldiers, as well as “limited rear-echelon support”, to “destroy, deceive, and/or disrupt the adversary’s A2/AD capabilities in order to enable joint and coalition multi-domain operations at appropriate times and locations”, as well as hinder an adversary’s maneuver capabilities. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
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