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22 Sep 16. Saab captures USN’s next-generation shipboard ATC radar. Saab Defense and Security USA has won the race to provide US Navy (USN) aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships with a new shipboard air traffic control (SATC) radar. The company was on 21 September announced as the recipient of a USD38m Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract for the design, development, manufacture, integration, demonstration, and test of the AN/SPN-50(V)1 SATC radar system. The EMD phase of the programme includes the initial procurement of three engineering development model radars over a four-year period. Production systems are intended to enter service from the early 2020s, replacing the current AN/SPN-43C radar. A request for proposals for the AN/SPN-50(V) was released in September 2015. Saab USA’s solution is understood to be based on a customised variant of its Sea Giraffe AMB (AN/SPS-77) G-band radar radar; the AN/SPS-77 is already in USN service on board the Independence variant of the Littoral Combat Ship. The AN/SPN-50 SATR project has been developed by NAVAIR’s Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) to meet requirements for a next-generation ATC radar to sequence, separate, and vector aircraft into final approach of USN nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Sep 16. AFA 2016: Rockwell Collins readies Wideband HF technology for satellite denied environments. Rockwell Collins has demonstrated a new wideband high-frequency (HF) communications capability that can provide non-satellite beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications.
Brad Haselhorst, vice president, strategy and business development government systems for Rockwell Collins, told IHS Jane’s at the annual Air Force Association symposium on 20 September, at National Harbor, Maryland, that the company demonstrated its Wideband HF capability for the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) on a C-17 transport aircraft in August. The AMC is exploring the potential of a non-satellite BLOS capability for communicating in an anti-access/area-denial environment.
“We showed the power of taking your legacy HF capability and putting a wideband functionality [in it] and [sharing] voice, video, and data across that wideband HF,” he said. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Sep 16. Airbus launches new TACIP communications technology in UK. Airbus Defence and Space has launched the next-generation version of its deployable communications technology in the UK.
The new Tactical IP (TACIP) technology will facilitate secure and effective communication for armed forces in the theatre, where conventional networks are unavailable or difficult to access.
Airbus Defence and Space project manager Richard McLachlan said that TACIP is a ‘dynamic communications network that is equipped to support fast moving and demanding military operations’.
Designed for use by reconnaissance teams, forward operating bases and airfields, TACIP securely integrates deployed locations and links them to the homeland’s fixed infrastructure.
Airbus said that TACIP offers autonomous communications and IT services for military sites.
It can also be used for civil contingency, humanitarian aid or disaster relief situations.
McLachlan further added: “TACIP is adaptable to changing operational missions thanks to its scalable nature.
“It is quick to set up and move around in a changing environment.
“It is easy to use and exploits commercial off the shelf technology. It can support between six and 250 users without any engineering or technical support.”
The TACIP technology was showcased at a ‘mock’ headquarters set up in the grounds of Airbus Defence and Space in Newport, South Wales.
A version of TACIP is currently in service with Nato and the UK Ministry of Defence. (Source: army-technolo