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13 Oct 14. Raytheon UK is launching a new enhanced version of its battlefield global positioning system anti-jam (GPS-AJ) capability, Landshield at AUSA 2014. The new system will provide the highest integrity and most advanced anti-jam capability for simultaneous L1 and L2 GPS frequencies. Raytheon developed the new capability to address the U.S. Army’s nascent Assured Position Navigation and Timing (APNT) program of record, for which the company will deliver a number of systems for evaluation in early 2015. The requirement follows a Presidential directive that all U.S. forces should be able to operate in a GPS denied or constrained environment. The new GPS-AJ systems could be integrated into nearly 40% of U.S. Army land vehicles. Landshield also includes technology allowing it to operate under rotor modulation conditions on combat helicopters, where optimal size, weight and power characteristics are essential. In today’s battlespace, allied forces often face irregular militias that have access to low cost, highly effective GPS jammers. Such devices can significantly degrade the accuracy and capability of military systems that rely on GPS signals for position, navigation and time. Landshield is a low cost, small form factor, robust and highly efficient GPS anti-jam device with an integrated antenna array which has been developed using a proven Application Specific Integrated Circuit drawing upon Raytheon’s 20 year heritage in the GPS-AJ domain.
16 Oct 14. Germany has become the tenth member of the EU Satcom Market. It joins Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom, in the European Defence Agency (EDA) led project designed to provide flexible commercial satellite communication (Comsatcom) solutions. Germany has its own satellites and has good coverage with Comsatcom. However, the EU Satcom Market adds a flexible option on top of this portfolio. It offers a ‘pay per use’ model, so Member States do not have to pay a regular fee and instead only pay for the services that they use. As Germany offers an Operational Headquarters to EU Operations, it could draw on this option to cover multinational requirements. Giampaolo Lillo, EDA Director for Cooperation Planning and Support said: “It is a big step to see Germany join the EU Satcom Market. This is another sign that the pooling and sharing initiatives offered by EDA are of real value for participating Member States. The more countries we have on board, the better prices the EU Satcom Market will be able to offer.” In the EU Satcom Market, EDA acts as the central purchasing body on behalf of the Contributing Members. It purchases bandwidth from a commercial Satcom provider (Airbus Defence & Space holds the current contract until 2015). Since May 2013, a total of 18 orders have been placed for a total value of around €2m. EDA is working on enlarging the services offered through the project, as well as attracting additional Members to increase the pooling effect. (Source: EDA News)
16 Oct 14. The U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded Exelis a task order to deliver a limited quantity of SideHat® SRW (Solidier Radio Waveform) Applique radios for evaluation. SideHat provides a critical networking capability specifically developed for the vehicular electromagnetic and physical environment experienced on the battlefield.
“We’ve delivered more than 400,000 ‘SideHat-ready’ SINCGARS radios to the Army and developed the Soldier Radio Waveform. As the developer and producer of these other key network components, we bring a unique capability and skill set needed to deliver and integrate an SRW applique into the existing network architecture.”
The task order was from an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract awarded to the company in April for the specific purpose of providing SRW appliq