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18 Nov 22. RAF completes world-first sustainable fuel military transporter flight. The RAF and industry partners have carried out a world-first 100% sustainable fuel flight using a military aircraft of its size, and the first of any aircraft type in the UK.
- First time an aircraft has flown in the UK using 100% sustainable aviation fuel on all engines
- Potential to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% while improving operational effectiveness
- Another key step by the RAF towards achieving Net Zero by 2040
An RAF Voyager – the military variant of an Airbus A330 – took to the skies over Oxfordshire powered entirely by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), paving the way for a range of possibilities for the future of flying military and civilian aircraft.
The flight, which took place on Wednesday, was a joint endeavour between the RAF, DE&S and industry partners Airbus, AirTanker and Rolls-Royce, with the fuel supplied by Air bp.
Sustainable aviation fuel – which is made from waste-based sustainable feedstocks, such as used cooking oil – reduces lifecycle carbon emissions on average by up to 80% compared to the conventional jet fuel it replaces, lessens the RAF’s reliance on global supply chains, and improves operational resilience.
Defence Minister Baroness Goldie said: “The Royal Air Force has flown the UK’s first military air transport flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel on one of their operational Voyager aircraft. They should be rightly proud of this achievement; it is a breakthrough moment for the RAF and an exciting development for the MOD. Through the RAF’s pioneering spirit, expertise and partnership with UK industry, British science and engineering is leading the way in improving operational resilience and developing future operating capability in a climate-changed world. Different approaches will suit different platforms and environments. As such, a range of alternative fuel options are being looked at to ensure the UK is at the forefront of this developing technology.”
This success follows last November’s small aircraft UK flight powered by 15 litres of synthetic gasoline – another world-first led by the RAF. Synthetic fuel is made from water and carbon dioxide, which is then put under pressure and an electric current run through it.
Wednesday’s 90-minute flight from RAF Brize Norton, flown by a combined RAF, Rolls-Royce and Airbus flight test crew, replicated an air-to-air refuelling sortie and was witnessed by senior RAF and industry representatives. It demonstrated the RAF’s potential for its future operational capability, ensuring the ability to contribute to UK defence wherever and whenever required.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said:
Climate change is a transnational challenge that threatens our resilience, our security and our collective prosperity. That is why I have set the RAF the ambitious challenge of becoming the world’s first net-zero Air Force by 2040. The way we power our aircraft will be key to meeting that challenge and the RAF is already thinking about how we will operate beyond fossil fuels.
This exciting trial flight of a Voyager from RAF Brize Norton powered entirely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel is an important milestone on that journey, and marks another technological first for the RAF alongside our industry partners.
Engineers from Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft and Defence and Space divisions have been working with the RAF, Rolls-Royce and Airtanker testing the aircraft’s performance and handling on the ground and in the air in preparation for the final flight with both engines powered by 100% SAF.
Aviation Minister at the Department for Transport, Baroness Vere said: “Our Jet Zero Strategy made clear that sustainable aviation fuels are key to greener flight for both military and civilian aviation. This is a win for the planet and a testament to British ingenuity. We have launched the £165 million Advanced Fuels Fund to kickstart a homegrown SAF industry, as well as challenging the sector to deliver the first net zero transatlantic flight next year. This breakthrough test flight is just one of the ways the RAF is actively working to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions produced by flying its aircraft. Other innovations have included a world-first, record breaking microlight flight using synthetic fuel, flying an electric aircraft at RAF Cranwell and creating fuel from genetically modified bacteria.”
While continuing to fulfil the priority focus of protecting the nation, the sustainable aviation fuel could mark a step-change towards the RAF’s goal to be Net Zero by 2040. Working towards the Government’s Net Zero 2050 goal and Jet Zero Strategy, the RAF also plans for their first Net Zero airbase by 2025.
In addition to supporting the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force Commander in Chief HM King Charles III has also supported an increase in its adoption in the private sector though the Sustainable Markets Initiative. The SMI is a network of global CEOs from across all industries, working together to accelerate a sustainable future in line with its mandate. Part of the SMI’s work is raising awareness of SAF amongst the business community and encourage greater SAF uptake in corporate travel in addition to increased purchase agreements to encourage demand from the public and private sectors. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
18 Nov 22. Leonardo, Systematic to equip Polish armoured vehicles with C2 systems. The Polish army’s Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) will be equipped with battle management hardware and software from Leonardo DRS and Systematic, Janes has learnt. The systems will also be fitted onto recovery and bridging vehicles.
The army is set to receive 250 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams MBTs, 26 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) combat recovery vehicles, and 17 M1110 Joint Assault Bridges (JABs) under a USD6 billion Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract.
A notification to the US Congress from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency states, “The BMS [battle management system] for the Poland SEPv3 tank will consist of a Data Distribution Unit-Expandable (DDUx), a transceiver, and commercial software called SitaWare … It is used for the Abrams tank, the M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicle, and the Joint Assault Bridge.” (Source: Janes)
17 Nov 22. UK scientists support British Army in US experiment in California. More than 25 scientists and engineers from Dstl worked with UK allies testing a range of advanced innovative systems as part of Project Convergence 2022.
Project Convergence 2022 (PC22) has involved several thousand US, UK and Australian members of the Armed Forces, including around 500 British Army personnel. It is the premier US Army experimentation exercise and seeks to define how the US and international partners, including the UK and Australia, will fight in a multi-domain battlespace. Convergence is about multinational military benefit from the power of equipment and software combinations.
More than 25 scientists and engineers from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) were deployed to Fort Irwin, California during October and November as part of the project.
Dstl worked closely with the UK’s 20th Armoured Combat Battle Team (20 ABCT) and 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) in delivering the UK component of PC22, through a series of battlegroup and platoon level activities. These activities are part of the PC22 combined joint interoperable experiment involving the American 1st Cavalry Division.
The experiment is designed to help make the British Army more effective on the battlefield, by cutting down on time and complications in the ‘sensor-decide effector’ chain by testing a number of cutting-edge systems and technologies, including some for the first time. This was achieved by explicit investigation of the Sensor-Decider-Effector (SDE) chain, and by experimenting with discrete aspects of the chain, such as image processing, deception or use of remote and autonomous systems.
Science and research is vital to overcome challenges and to see where successes and operational advantage can be gained for future war fighting.
Multiple UK objectives were achieved using UK systems and experimentation including:
- HYDRA-R: UK/US Artificial Intelligence Toolbox deployed, tested and trained to detect, recognise and identify enemy vehicles using UK and US surveillance video. HYDRA-R was the first live deployment of the UK/US Artificial Intelligence (AI) Toolbox, a jointly developed AI pipeline for selection, deployment and retraining of AI models in mission. AI experts from the UK and US sat shoulder to shoulder in the middle of the trial, training and deploying AI models against data collected by UK and US platforms. This was the first step towards deploying collaborative AI and autonomy in future Project Convergence trials.
- Cyber and Electro-Magnetic Activities (CEMA) Experimentation: successful use of an electronic warfare (EW) deception capability at scale and within a Combined Joint force.
- Remote and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Platoon: created a ‘network of things’ through autonomous systems integrated at the sub-tactical level through the US’s research project (Pj SHARE). Uncrewed air and ground platforms were deployed and displayed on single soldier-borne devices which simultaneously showed real time information on UK and US dismounted forces.
- Sensor-Decider-Effector: To investigate the delivery of ‘any sensor, right decider and best effector’ by integrating a vertical slice (theatre to sub-tactical) of networked capability as part of a Joint and Combined (multinational) force. This was demonstrated successfully across a multinational formation, with one nation’s deciders able to engage targets which had been observed by other nations’ sensors.
- Expeditionary Combat Service Support: the mix of process, technology, organisation and information that offers the best advantage to maintainers supporting repair in the forward echelons was successfully investigated.
- UK Rangers: support successfully given to UK Rangers in the development and a testing of their concepts of employment and operations. The Ranger Regiment are Army Special Operations force integrated with US special operations forces (SOF) partners in deep battlespace, to enable defeat of enemy forces, disrupt command and control (C2) nodes and enable conventional manoeuvre.
Dstl scientists worked with UK Army Headquarters’ Future Force Directorate (FFD), and have been instrumental in developing the data capture and analysis (DC&A) plan for PC22. Over several months, Dstl has worked with US counterparts, notably the Research and Analysis Center, White Sands Missile Range (TRAC-WSMR), to develop testing and observation methods. Dstl is an integral part of the Joint Interoperable Data Analysis Cell (JIDAC) which reported daily on experiment progress and will be preparing the final experiment reports.
This collaboration obtained 3-star endorsement and direction. Collaboration at experimental and operation levels with the US and other allies is considered essential in delivering future warfighting capability. The future battlefield will demand seamless interoperability between systems from different nations. It is only through experimentation with systems interoperability at scale that capability development and military effectiveness can be progressed.
More than a singular event, this is a sustained campaign of learning designed to advance and integrate our allied forces and ensure that we can rapidly and continuously ‘converge’ effects across the battlefield. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
16 Nov 22. Systematic has been testing its integration skills between its combat proven battle management software and a variety of unmanned systems. As part of Systematic’s ongoing work to improve usability and integration across all domains, the company has been working to test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to ensure that our users can seamlessly integrate their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets into their SitaWare software.
Sharing the information gained by these unmanned sensors – ranging from video feeds to electronic sensor outputs – can make the key difference to troops patrolling in a hostile environment, or for commanders in an operations room working to direct forces to support troops in contact with an enemy. Rapid dissemination of sensor outputs can also help with planning operations, ensuring that commanders can allocate appropriate resources and making certain that supporting assets such as covering fires or sensors are available to support troop movements.
A lighter load
One of the platforms tested for integration by Systematic was the FLIR Black Hornet PRS nano-UAV. This tiny, hand-held UAV provides dismounted soldiers with immediate situational awareness. Electro-optic and infra-red sensors can provide similar situational awareness as a larger UAV or unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), with live video and high definition (HD) quality stills transmitted back to the operator. With a flight time of 25 minutes and weighing just 33 grams, the system can be a significant force multiplier to troops on the ground when deployed to look over walls or into confined environments.
Testing by Systematic engineers showed that the intelligence feeds generated by the Black Hornet PRS could be delivered straight to SitaWare suite, allowing users of SitaWare Headquarters, vehicle-mounted SitaWare Frontline, and dismounted platform SitaWare Edge to readily access the feeds.
With a number of key users of the Black Hornet PRS also using SitaWare Frontline and SitaWare Edge, ensuring a seamless integration of the platform’s outputs into the BMS helps to ensure that a force can continue to use its existing inventory of UAV systems.
Reducing the amount of extra software engineering that needs to be undertaken to support a platform while at the same time reducing redundantly implemented functionality also means that the software for the BMS and the UAV control system can remain relatively slim. This allows the software to focus on their respective functionalities and not increase the hardware required to support operations.
Standards driving interoperability
The role of engineering and communication standards helps to support the ready integration of intelligence feeds into a broader C4ISR suite, especially when backed by an agile and flexible open architecture to readily integrate other platforms and systems. Other UAVs that Systematic has worked on integrating into the SitaWare suite include the Insitu ScanEagle and the Textron Systems Shadow.
As sensor systems are added to an increasing number of platforms in the air, on sea, and on the ground, increasing the speed that their outputs are delivered to an intelligence customer is becoming a key differentiator between mission success and failure. Ensuring the compatibility and interoperability between platforms and systems can help to reduce the overall costs of operations. Adherence to software engineering practices such as CMMI5 when implementing the software required further helps to curtail the risk for operators, and thereby reduce the chance of capability gaps and operating cost overruns.
15 Nov 22. The US Air Force Global Strike Command to Boost Aircraft Availability and Mission-Readiness with Virtualitics.
Virtualitics, an Artificial Intelligence and Data Exploration company, today announced that Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), a major command of the United States Air Force, has expanded its partnership with Virtualitics to establish a Center of Excellence and deliver AI-enabled software solutions for the bomber and missile weapon systems to increase aircraft availability and mission readiness. With Virtualitics, AFGSC will benefit from industry-leading technology to deliver predictive maintenance, inventory management, supply chain optimization, and manpower resource allocation. Connecting these enterprise solutions ensures that not only are aircraft maintenance needs identified, but they are also aligned with the exact resources and parts available.
The USAF has been working to improve Mission-Capable rates, the principle metric that indicates the health and readiness of an aircraft fleet. AFGSC will deploy AI to predict aircraft failure and raise MC rates with Virtualitics. Technicians are matched to the right job and can proactively address critical issues during routine maintenance and avoid unplanned downtime while keeping mission-critical aircraft airworthy.
Virtualitics focuses on leveraging explainable AI techniques that foster a level of transparency that enables stakeholders to clearly understand the “why” behind a prediction, and even drill deeper into the raw data. Ultimately, the Virtualitics AI platform gives AFGSC improved decision-making across all echelons, from the Commander’s office to the wing and down to the warfighter. Virtualitics has worked with AFGSC for three years, and these new use cases represent a significant expansion of the partnership and AFGSC’s dedication to bringing advanced AI capabilities to the battlefield.
“Predictive maintenance will absolutely change the game for commanders,” said Maj. General Jeff Taliaferro, U.S. Air Force (Ret), “Virtualitics makes it possible for not only improved day-to-day decisions but even more importantly deployment decisions. Knowing in advance an aircraft will need a major repair before deployment will enable much better decisions that could save missions and millions of taxpayer dollars.”
“We’re extremely proud to grow our partnership with the United States Air Force to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems and support vital missions carried out across the globe,” said Michael Amori, CEO and co-founder of Virtualitics. “The partnership reiterates Virtualitics’ momentum in
the Federal space. Gartner named us a 2022 Cool Vendor for analytics and data science, and that recognition is only reaffirmed when we earn the trust of organizations as well-respected as AFGSC.”
The partnership furthers the AFGSC mission which states, “We must continue to hone our ability to compete strategically, modernize capabilities, and increase capacity to succeed in a high-intensity conflict. In tomorrow’s high-end operational environment, we as Strikers will be stressed and tested in ways we have never seen. Our AFGSC Strategic Plan focusing on People, Mission, Modernize and Engage will guide AFGSC to best prepare for tomorrow’s challenges and win against our nation’s adversaries.”
Virtualitics, Inc., the Intelligent Exploration company, harnesses the power of AI- and machine learning guided data exploration to transform organizations. Data exploration is the foundation of today’s AI initiatives, but traditional methods are shallow and incomplete and leave companies with a narrow and biased understanding of their data. Virtualitics changes this, enabling data teams to quickly and thoroughly explore all of their data by using AI and machine learning to automatically discover patterns and meaning in their data. Rich 3D visuals and VR experiences enhance understanding, so teams and stakeholders move forward strategically with a strong foundation that guides smarter business decisions and AI initiatives. The company’s patented technology is based on over 15 years of research at the California Institute of Technology and tested, proven, and depended on by the Federal Government. For more information about Virtualitics, visit virtualitics.com. (Source: PR Newswire)
21 Sep 22. ZeroAlpha Solutions (ZeroAlpha) today announced that the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded the company a 5-year framework contract to supply an extensive range of Military Hybrid Power Systems to deliver clean and renewable energy solutions for its tactical users. The procurement, which demonstrates NATO’s commitment to its 2021 Climate Change and Security Action Plan, was led by the UK to establish technical requirements and demanding end user training. The framework contract will enable the 30 NATO member countries and its partners to purchase ZeroAlpha’s market leading solutions, based around Methanol Fuel Cells, Solar Panels, Radio Power Adaptors and Battery Systems with associated accessories. As the leading specialists in expeditionary energy solutions ZeroAlpha’s understanding of the full range of operational requirements of NATO forces, led to the design of a multi-level approach to energy provision and sustainment addressing equally, soldier and vehicle systems as well as small and large systems to support various levels of field Headquarters. Commenting on this award, Stewart Burton, Managing Director at ZeroAlpha, said: “We are honoured to be awarded this hugely significant contract from the NSPA and look forward to supporting the NATO community with its tactical energy requirements moving forward. For NATO to recognise both the environmental and operational benefits of our systems demonstrates our collective approach to address climate change, while also providing troops with the best equipment available to deliver their military objectives. End About the NSPA The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) brings together, in a single organization, acquisition, logistic, medical and infrastructural capabilities. As NATO’s primary enabler, the Agency’s mission is to provide effective and cost-efficient multinational solutions to the Alliance, its thirty Nations and Partners. Headquartered in Luxembourg, NSPA is a customer-funded agency, operating on a “no profit – no loss” basis. For more information, please visit: www.nspa.nato.int About ZeroAlpha Solutions ZeroAlpha Solutions are a leader in the field of expeditionary energy and information systems to the UK and European defence and security markets. Established to focus on early entry military operations ZeroAlpha provide mission critical solutions that enable commanders and units to increase their mission endurance and operational effectiveness in austere and zero infrastructure environments. Our solutions are low risk, highly innovative and have been operationally proven to enhance command and control and tactical effectiveness in the harshest of environments. Addressing the need to ‘Deploy Lighter – Last Longer’ with minimal logistical support is the key aim of any or our solutions. For more information, please visit: www.zeroalphasolutions.com
15 Nov 22. Flarebright Flight Testing Update. We have now tested our software-enhanced Inertial Navigation System on 5 mins of continuous flight and the results were outstanding.
As background, we use standard Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), which are critical for drone navigation; but small ones are not accurate. We enhance the accuracy using software which has been trained using machine learning. A standard IMU is tiny and weighs a fraction of a gram, and costs just a few dollars.
The alternative is a 2kg+ unit which costs in the tens of thousands of dollars and is simply not viable for smaller drones and if a smaller IMU were accurate would be replaced in most circumstances. We are on track to develop this replacement.
We flew a simple circuit using standard remote control at our base in Westcott and measured what the tiny IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) expected of the navigation with and without our boosted machine learning. The stark contrasts are shown in the traces below:
The standard IMU gradually gained navigational error; the yellow is where our drone actually flew, whereas the blue line is where the IMU thought it was. A huge distance and illustrates a standard feature of tiny IMUs – a runaway navigation error.
With our boosted IMU, which has been trained offline in our machine learning digital twin, we get an entirely different result. In this test a 40x better result, and an almost identical match.
What is perhaps more interesting and exciting, is the longer the flight, the better our system is compared to what else is available in the market.
In this real flight test data, a 16km error was brought down to 400m over a 5 minutes / 5km flight, and due to our error rate increasing linearly, our error rate only marginally increases the longer we fly. We are still aiming for much better performance, but this proves our technology well. The light blue line is Flare Bright’s GPS, INS boosted solution vs the dark blue line which is the baseline INS solution.
11 OCT 22. Consultation forum explores hydrogen technologies for green defence. Around 80 experts from European ministries of defence, EU bodies, industry and academia participated in the first two-day hydrogen thematic workshop of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS).
The European Defence Agency organised its first CF SEDSS III thematic workshop on hydrogen on 11-12 October 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of the Slovenian Ministry of Defence. Entitled ‘Decarbonising defence through hydrogen solutions’, the workshop brought together experts of the CF SEDSS Working Group 2 on Renewable Energy Sources and the Transversal Working Group. The primary scope of the workshop was to explore the opportunities for decarbonising the defence sector using clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It also allowed the participants to become more familiar with the EU strategic context and policy framework on hydrogen.
In his welcome speech, State Secretary of Slovenia Damir Črnčec shared his perspectives on the importance of hydrogen in supporting the green transition in defence. He provided examples of sustainable mobility projects and the search for alternative fuels in Slovenia, supporting the EU efforts to increase the sustainability of the defence sector. Mr Črnčec stressed that the deployment of hydrogen technologies requires the integration of a wide range of relevant sectors and stakeholders, such as industry and research organisations, highlighting that the participation of the defence sector in these initiatives is a necessity. He concluded by emphasising the role of EDA in identifying and promoting this important topic through activities like CF SEDSS.
Catharina Sikow-Magny, director of green transition and energy system integration at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy, presented the Commission’s strategy and actions on the development and deployment of renewable and low carbon hydrogen in the future energy system. Ms Sikow-Magny’s presentation served as a prelude to a discussion on the role that the defence sector can play in supporting the EU efforts for climate neutrality and improved security of supply by preparing an increased share of renewable and low carbon hydrogen.
During the two breakout sessions of the workshop, infrastructure and transportation, experts looked more closely into the benefits and challenges of introducing hydrogen in the defence sector, according to the selected topic. In this regard, the workshop provided an opportunity for ministries of defence, supported by the industry and academia, to share ideas and knowledge and generate hydrogen-related project ideas that will be further developed in the CF SEDSS framework, including at the upcoming 5th CF SEDSS Conference, to be held on 30 November-1 December 2022 in Prague, hosted by the Czech Ministry of Defence, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. (Source: EDA)
11 Nov 22. Airshow China 2022: China displays thrust vectoring engines.
China has displayed two turbofan engines with thrust vectoring control (TVC) nozzles during the Airshow China 2022 exhibition being held in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November.
Imagery of the state-owned Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) pavilion from 9 November showed that six engines were on display. The state-owned newspaper, Global Times , reported on 10 November that five of the engines are part of the ‘Taihang‘ family.
This is the first public showing in China of engines with TVC nozzle systems. These engines were previously reported as being in development.
According to Janes data, the ‘Taihang‘, which is named after a mountain in China, is associated with the Liming Engine Manufacturing Corporation’s WS10 two-shaft augmented turbofan engine.
Among the engines displayed was a 1:2 scale model of an engine with a two-dimensional (2D) TVC nozzle fitted to its aft section. (Source: Janes)
07 Nov 22. Asio Technologies is integrating its NavGuard jam-proof navigation solution, from takeoff to landing, into the drones of a US customer. Asio Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of geospatial position systems and tactical defence solutions, is integrating its NavGuard optical navigation systems into the drone platforms of a US customer. Asio Technologies will present the NavGuard family of jam-proof navigation solutions for drones at the UVID exhibition in Tel Aviv.
NavGuard is a real-time optical navigation system that enables accurate, autonomous GNSS-free navigation for tactical UAS platforms in areas where the GNSS signal is spoofed, jammed, or simply unavailable. Using cutting-edge machine vision technology, AI, advanced optics, and sensor fusion, NavGuard can be installed on different unmanned aerial platforms to enable safe and sustainable 24/7 drone missions under complete GNSS blackout.
Designed for a wide variety of applications, from defence, homeland security, and infrastructure security, it is an optimal solution for tactical drone missions where payload capacity and flight time are limited, and continuous operation under all conditions is critical.
David Harel, Asio Technologies CEO: “We are honoured to announce that another customer is choosing NavGuard as the product of choice for their platforms. Based on real-time geo-referencing of optical video streams to an on-board geo infrastructure, the NavGuard systems generate low latency accurate positioning throughout the entire mission, enabling operational freedom anytime and anywhere.”
ASIO Technologies will present the NavGuard family of solutions at the UVID drone tech exhibition in Israel. The NavGuard family of solutions includes:
- NOCTA EX: Fully integrated day/night optical navigation module for large drones and medium fixed-wing platforms.
- NOCTA Mini: Fully integrated day/night small optical navigation module for medium to large drones.
- NG Core: Lightweight, compact day-only optical navigation module for small to medium drones. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
10 Nov 22. Systematic supports British Army industry experiment. Systematic is joining the British Army’s Warfighting Experiment which aims to test novel defence industry capabilities against a range of future military threats.
Designated an ‘Enabler’ of AWE’s Urban Shield exercise, which is taking place at His Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth until the end of November, SitaWare Headquarters will provide the command-and-control battle management software for the entire exercise.
An advanced C4ISR system, already in service with more than 50 nations including the US Army, SitaWare Headquarters will ensure unmatched tactical communication, planning, interoperability, and situational awareness for the forces taking part.
“We are delighted by this fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the capability of SitaWare Headquarters and work with the British Army,” said James Hamilton, UK Vice President.
“Having an off-the-shelf product that can easily integrate into existing systems is a huge benefit for forces looking to quickly – and efficiently – adapt to the ever-evolving threats of modern warfare.”
As part of the same exercise Systematic is also partnering with L3Harris as a participant – where capabilities are tested against other industry products.
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