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07 Sep 21. L3HARRIS Celebrates 100 Years In The UK. Over the last century, L3Harris has remained a fixture of technology leadership in the UK. In February, L3Harris received its Centenary Certificate from the UK’s Registrar Companies House office, which recognises and honours companies with 100 years of incorporation.
From King George V. to Queen Elizabeth II, and serving prime ministers from David Lloyd George to Boris Johnson, L3Harris’ presence in the United Kingdom (UK) has experienced many transformative years. The company began in 1921 with production solely focused on printed matter. Today’s capabilities span air, land, sea, space and cyber domains, with a focus on multi-domain integration.
“L3Harris in the UK and across the globe has an unrivalled track record in gathering, aggregating, analysing and securely disseminating data from a multitude of sources, from the most covert intelligence to freely available open source social media,” said Graeme Mackay, L3Harris Corporate Vice President and Country Executive – United Kingdom. “Helping support the UK’s local communities and armed forces for the last century is a significant milestone. We’ll continue to work with our 1,500 highly talented employees to further our partnerships and innovation in space, in the air, at sea and on land.”
Over the last century, L3Harris has remained a fixture of technology leadership in the UK. In February, L3Harris received its Centenary Certificate from the UK’s Registrar Companies House office, which recognises and honours companies with 100 years of incorporation. Receiving the Centenary Certificate represents the company’s commitment to the region and is a testament to L3Harris’ dedication to delivering capabilities that protect the armed forces.
Tactical Communications and Modernisation
Since 2001, L3Harris has supported the UK Ministry of Defence’s Bowman Tactical Radio Program as the worldwide leader in tactical communications. With 50,000 Bowman tactical radios currently fielded, L3Harris oversees one of the most important tactical communications projects in the country’s history. The company was recently awarded a five-year, logistics support/sustainment contract, with options to extend through Babcock International Group to provide support and maintenance for the tri-service fleet of in-service Bowman and Multi-Mode radios at its new facility in Farnborough.
“We look forward to supporting and delivering new capability and benefits to one of the key enablers in the LE TacCIS (Land Environment Tactical Communication Information System) programme with Bowman and Morpheus as we move into the future,” said Keith Norton, L3Harris Vice President, Communications Systems Europe.
The company has continually invested in significant research and development to enhance its tactical communications solutions.
“Many European nations are looking at refreshing their tactical communications systems in service from the ‘digitization era’ so right now there are a number of large modernization programs underway,” Norton added. “For example in Germany, Norway and the Netherlands – we are looking at how we can support them.”
Critical to these modernisation programs are L3Harris’ electronic warfare and cyber security technologies. As threats continue to rapidly evolve and diversify across domains, L3Harris ensures forces are fully equipped to stay ahead of adversaries with agile, integrated cyber and electromagnetic activity (CEMA) architectures and life-saving force protection built on open standards. The company’s rich heritage in Government Grade Cyber Security sees L3Harris ideally placed to secure the country’s most sensitive data, networks and assets.
L3Harris is also an industry expert in autonomous platforms. Its maritime solutions currently power the Royal Navy’s autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) technology, with over 100 ASV systems delivered to both defence and commercial customers. L3Harris remains a pioneer of marine digital control systems with four decades of engineering experience.
Autonomy isn’t limited to just maritime unmanned vessels. L3Harris has leveraged its knowledge from sea to air with combat unmanned aerial system drones. Unmanned aircraft, such as the FVR-90, have the capabilities of delivering cargo, data collection, aerial photography and attack capability during missions, reconnaissance and much more.
With these enumerated benefits, detecting and defeating malicious drone threats remains an issue when protecting domestic environments. L3Harris has developed multi-sensors and electronic warfare countermeasures in facilities in the UK, which provide increased situational awareness to protect against adversarial drone threats.
In aviation, L3Harris has a well-established presence in the UK. There were over 2,780 years of combined engineering experience alone innovating the Full Flight Simulator. Flight simulation training is imperative to develop the skills and knowledge required to operate commercial aircraft in all phases of flight and in all weather conditions. The company’s systems – and training operations in Europe and the United States – provide a safe environment for pilots to hone their skills.
Today, L3Harris is framed to support the commercial airline industry’s recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. These flight simulators will have a significant impact ensuring the industry maintains the highest safety standards as airlines rebuild their operations.
L3Harris values its long-standing partnership with the Royal Air Force, proudly supporting its missions with RC-135 Airseeker reconnaissance aircraft that demonstrate proven reliability and performance. The RC-135 Airseeker offers near real-time on-scene intelligence collection, with analysis and dissemination capabilities. As the industry-leading provider of ISR and mission-critical solutions, L3Harris continues to deliver and sustain the highest-performing tools to address the Royal Air Force’s most sensitive missions in both traditional and rapid-response environments.
BATTLESPACE Comment: The Editor was privileged to work for the nascent ITT Defence (UK) from 1992-3 launching the Bowman radio under the leadership of Peter Bedwin and his team. The relationship, as our readers can see from the sponsorship, remains as strong today as it was in 1992!
13 Sep 21. DVD 2021 Announced. At the launch of DSEI, Army Headquarters and DE&S Land Equipment are pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of DVD to Millbrook on 21 and 22 September 2022. DVD2022 will showcase the development and delivery of world class capabilities across the spectrum of Land Equipment, reflecting current procurement and upgrade programmes and future capability requirements.
THE EVENT for Land Equipment stakeholders will bring together acquisition teams and Defence industry, focusing on future requirements and opportunities over two days of informal discussions, engagement with users, briefings, seminars, demonstrations and live displays.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of equipment on display, from both industry and the military, including everything from specialist vehicles to the equipment and services necessary to support land-based military operations.
Major General Darren Crook, Director Land Equipment explains: “I’m delighted with the announcement of DVD2022, following 2020’s disappointing cancellation due to COVID 19. DVD is an important and valued event that brings together industry, international allies, and partners; DE&S and the British Army have been hosting it for many years, enabling visitors to gain hands-on experience of cutting-edge equipment.
“I’m looking forward to finding out more about new and emerging technologies and developing ideas for how these could benefit the UK’s Land Forces. DVD offers a unique opportunity to enhance our shared understanding of the challenges we currently face in the Land Equipment industry and the opportunities for future engagement and collaboration.
The DVD2022 team will be in attendance at DSEI from 14 – 17 September 2021, with exhibitor registrations opening then. Please come and see us at the show if you would like more information or to discuss opportunities at DVD2022.
12 Sep 21. Royal Navy outlines future vision. The future of the Royal Navy and how it could further embrace autonomous technology, including drones, will be unveiled at DSEI this year. Led by a design challenge for young engineers from UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology (UKNEST), the Royal Navy will develop a Future Autonomous Fleet programme that could shape how it operates over the next 50 years. Stemming from the design challenge, the future vision envisages drones based in the stratosphere to be launched at a moment’s notice; uncrewed fast attack crafts housing smaller autonomous boats; aircraft carriers propelled by both sea-based biofuels and wind power; and an underwater flagship at the centre of the fleet. Other conceptual ideas include the increased use of artificial intelligence to assist with low-level planning and underwater transport units carrying anything from munitions to food.Although in the conceptual phase, the Royal Navy is on track to implement one of these futuristic visions into reality over the coming decade – The Persistent Operational Deployment Systems (PODS).
PODS are interchangeable modules that can be fitted to the surface fleet. Similar in design to a shipping container, the PODS create the idea of a ‘plug and play’ warship and will enable Royal Navy ships of all sizes to be more adaptable and versatile when deployed.
Delivered using innovative technology such as heavy-lift drones or autonomous boats, a ship will be able to receive the equipment it needs to be re-tasked quicker without the need to go into a port to collect it.
Large in size, the PODS will house assets vital to supporting Royal Navy operations. These may include an autonomous boat for surveillance and reconnaissance, quadcopter drones to deliver supplies, humanitarian aid and disaster relief stores or medical equipment. Versatile in their approach, they have the capacity to become an additional medical room for service personnel at sea or a control centre for Royal Marines’ operations.
Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Nick Hine said, “In a future scenario if we find ourselves unable to compete traditionally in terms of mass, we must think differently if we are to regain operational advantage. The young engineers who worked on this project are thinking radically and with real imagination and reflects how the Royal Navy is thinking too.”
Outlined in the recent Defence Command Paper, the Royal Navy is focussed on investing in a more innovative and automated fleet. Enhanced by the £24bn increase in spending across four years as announced by the Prime Minister last November, the Royal Navy will improve the sustainability, lethality and availability of its vessels.
UKNEST young engineer, Fiona McIntosh said, “The collaborative nature of the project, coupled with us being unconstrained in the ideas and technologies we discussed, really helped us base our concept on technologies we thought would be key to innovation over the coming decades. The sessions were really interesting and it was great to see all of the concept designs in a presentation to senior Royal Navy Officers at the end.It was encouraging to see that the designs had some similar features and the groups had envisioned similar technologies being utilised by the future fleet. Hopefully we’ll see some of our ideas incorporated into future platforms.”
Supported by the future conceptual ideas, the Royal Navy continues to be at the forefront of maritime technology as it adapts to meet future threats and maintain competitive advantage. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
12 Sep 21. £400m investment for the Royal Air Force. The UK’s Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade.
The RAF will be boosted by an investment of almost £400 million to enhance the capabilities of two of its vital assets – the C-17 Globemaster aircraft and the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
UK’s C-17 fleet – which recently played a key role in the UK’s evacuation from Afghanistan – will receive a £324 million investment. This will upgrade software and hardware to improve airlift capability as part of a contract with the US Air Force.
The UK’s fleet of Mk5 and Mk6 Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, as part of a £64 million contract with Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) which will make them harder for adversaries to detect.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin said, “Whether evacuating people in Kabul, transporting people to hospital during Covid-19 or providing crucial logistics on the battlefield, the C-17 and Chinook provide an invaluable service to our Armed Forces across the globe. This investment ensures our aircraft are equipped with cutting-edge technology to face a myriad of emerging threats from adversaries.”
The investment builds on commitments outlined in the Defence Command Paper earlier this year, which confirms an operational obligation to both aircraft as part of the Integrated Force 2030 approach. This is further supported by the £24bn increase in defence spending over the next four years, announced by the Prime Minister in November 2020.
Negotiated by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the five-and-a-half-year C-17 contract will continue the highly-specialised support for the aircraft under the ‘Virtual Fleet’ concept, where all nine operating nations have access to a world-class support solution.
Upgrades will include enhancements to the ‘Beyond Line of Sight’ satellite-enabled communication equipment, a wider field of view via the ‘Head-Up Display’ in the cockpit to help increase pilot situational awareness and widening the scope of the current free-fall parachuting capability.
The five-year Chinook helicopter contract managed by DE&S will see the installation of state-of-the-art Infra-Red Suppression Systems (IRSS) across some of the fleet, offering better protection from threats posed by new missile systems using the heat (infra-red) signature of the aircraft to target. IRSS technology will counter with ‘blanking plates’ on the helicopters which mask the hot components and redirect airflow to cool the exhaust gases, making it more difficult to target.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said, “I am delighted with the introduction of these state-of-the-art upgrades to the Chinook and C-17 Globemaster, as well as the significant benefits of nine allied nations working together on C-17 as a ‘Virtual Fleet’.
These measures will ensure our Chinook and Globemaster squadrons can operate wherever and whenever needed across the globe.
The contracts will support around 200 jobs across the UK. Around 100 will be sustained at BDUK sites across the country as the Chinook upgrade is rolled-out, contributing to an estimated 450 people employed in Chinook support across the wider Defence supply chain.
Around 50 new jobs will also be created at RAF Brize Norton, taking the total to around 100 employed on-site to provide maintenance and logistics for the C-17 fleet. This new agreement announced today provides continued support to the C-17 under a ‘Virtual Fleet’ concept whereby the UK and eight other nations who operate the aircraft have access to cost-effective and efficient support, as well as additional spare equipment, parts and resources. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
14 Sep 21. Ploughshare announces bold plans to generate impact for the economy and society from the UK government’s big technology ideas. Ploughshare, the company that finds new and inspiring uses for government inventions, has announced ambitious plans to create hundreds of new ventures over the next decade that will provide a substantial contribution to the UK economy.
Ploughshare plans to increase its pool of innovations by working extensively across the MOD as well as opening up its services to other government departments, maximising the impact of the government’s investment in cutting-edge Science and Technology and its potential to improve people’s lives and UK prosperity.
As the UK sees more investment in government science than ever before, Ploughshare’s ten-year plan includes a target to take hundreds of technologies to market that will generate Gross Value Add (GVA), exports, and jobs for the UK economy. This strategy is just part of a number of changes Ploughshare is making as part of it relaunch that sees it take on a renewed purpose and ambition to make more government innovations prosper.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, said: “It is vital we support and encourage the innovation of our leading scientists and engineers in the UK. Ploughshare’s commercialisation capabilities enable us to continue to harness the use of new technologies which have real and beneficial impact in our society.”
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “Ploughshare is a prime example of the innovation driven by our new Defence and Security Industrial Strategy which enables us to capitalise on industry expertise whilst boosting skills and jobs across the UK. The UK is a science and technology powerhouse and support for companies like Ploughshare is greatly enhanced by Defence’s £6.6 billion investment in research and development.”
Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, CEO of Ploughshare, said: “Ploughshare has more than 15 years’ experience in the commercialisation of government-owned knowledge assets. In the last 12 months we have significantly transformed our approach in both the identification of new technology and also the acceleration of mass-adoption game-changing innovations. The pace has increased exponentially, as has the quality of the innovation that Ploughshare is now taking to market. Ploughshare has already delivered over £117m Gross Value Add and £152m of exports since our inception – our plans will increase this significantly over the next 10 years.”
Alongside its relaunch, Ploughshare has released a new Impact Report that describes its renewed focus to ensure UK government science delivers real prosperity to the economy, our society, people’s lives, and the environment. Hetti continues: “Our pipeline of new innovation has never looked so exciting, and targeting our business on delivering impact at pace will ensure that government science gets into the hands of users quickly and really makes a difference for society as a whole. This emphasis on maximising impact, taking a long-term view of the societal good we can create, is at the heart of our new purpose.”
Doug Umbers, Interim Chief Executive of Dstl, said: “Dstl scientists work tirelessly to develop new concepts and technologies to keep the UK armed forces and public safe from harm. Ploughshare has been a vital partner in capitalising on many of these inventions to enhance UK prosperity.”
Ploughshare, wholly owned by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, has unique access to a wide range of technologies developed by leading scientists and engineers at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government.
Since it was founded in 2005 it has licensed more than 140 innovative technologies and created more than 400 jobs. Ploughshare’s team has delivered a large number of projects that include a predictive test for sepsis that has the potential to save millions of lives a year; a technology that recovers fingerprints from ‘impossible’ surfaces that will lead to more gun and knife crime convictions; and a control system that allows uncrewed boats fully autonomous navigation at high-speed that will be used to protect our armed forces.
The government’s Defence and Security Industrial Strategy published earlier this year recognises Ploughshare’s potential to unlock more Intellectual Property (IP), noting that “the MOD will… explore options for a greater use of Ploughshare Innovations Ltd to accelerate the commercialisation of government controlled dual-use IP”.
For more information, including the Impact Report, visit www.ploughshare.co.uk or find Ploughshare at the DSEI trade show this week.
07 Sep 21. What to watch out for at DSEI 2021: Gary Waterfall Q&A. DSEI 2021 opens its shutters on 14 September. After 18 months of Covid restrictions, it will be one of the largest defence industry trade shows taking place this year, and it will inarguably be unlike any other. We talk to DSEI senior defence advisor Air Vice Marshal (ret.) Gary Waterfall about what to expect.
Defence and Security Equipment International, known to its friends as DSEI, is the largest biennial defence industry event in the UK. It was touch-and-go whether it would take place as an in-person event at all until a couple of months ago. But with a great deal of work from the team to make it a safe and enjoyable way to get an update on defence technology and do business it is ready to emerge with all guns blazing.
This year’s event will be dominated by the theme of multidomain integration and will have a strong focus on the relatively new themes of data, space and sustainability, all of which featured in the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Integrated Review.
We ask DSEI senior defence advisor Gary Waterfall what to expect from DSEI 2021.
Gary Waterfall: I and the team have been concentrating on the MOD engagement, ensuring that we’ve got a truly symbiotic relationship with the MOD, but also with international trade, because the show is so important for Great Britain’s prosperity. Post-Brexit post-Integrated Review, it’s really important that we’re singing in unison.
We’ve also been doing some work on the DSEI Connect online tool. It says we acknowledge that we need to make sure we optimise the time you’re on-site; Covid helped us down that path. It’s a platform to enable people to meet, real and virtually, and build meetings and share some of their thoughts and knowledge of what we have done.
It’s also going to be good for those that can’t possibly be there in person. You’ll be able to watch some of the key speakers and keynotes. We’ve got Julianne Gallina who is the CIO of the CIA and acting head of acquisition for the US DoD, Gregory Kausner, coming over.
We’re not going to deliver 100% of the show we’d hoped in 2020, 2021 – that’s just impossible because of the current Covid restrictions. We’ve retained 70% of the bookings, which I think is really quite remarkable. All the primes that you’d expect to see that will be there, as well as a host of new blood.
Why is 2021 the year DSEI is focusing on multidomain integration for the first time?
We’ve seen defence go on a journey from a single-service stovepipe operation, maybe giving one service priority of command – the Falklands War is a good example of that – into the need to do joint operations, and then the birth of the permanent joint quarters.
Since 2010, we’ve had forced upon us this business of information advantage and information warfare. We’ve traditionally thought about a kinetic operation; we are probably in a level of conflict with a lot of people around the world right today, but it’s all done in what’s termed the grey zone. Developments around that and the relatively new domains of space and cyber are going to help accelerate that.
The Integrated Review realised this, with a real emphasis on the importance of inter-force collaboration cohesion, which gives you an uplift in your ability to prosecute campaigns with effectiveness and we’re seeing the great effect of that right now.
Multidomain integration is going to galvanise UK forces that are new and better by design because they just delivered seamlessly, at the point of need, supported and enabled by a digital backbone. Strategic Command’s now looking at the digital boundary, to try and galvanise multidomain.
The MOD’s got that we deliver this in terms of the integrated response to future threats, but how does that then manifest itself? You can’t just have the single services offering stovepipes, they’ve all got to come together. Some of the top leaders only discuss long-term visions, but General Sir Patrick Sanders will be rolling out Strategic Command’s strategy at the show, so that speaks volumes as to how that’s going to work.
How will DSEI support defence and industry to make multidomain happen?
DSEI is an essential stepping stone, never more so since the MOD published the Integrated Review and the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS). We’re coming out of the pandemic; we came out of Brexit and we’re going to be able to socialise face to face. By working collaboratively online we’ve learned a lot from the pandemic, but there’s no substitute for face to face meetings.
DSEI is going to provide that forum on the theme of integrated response to future threats, and it’s going to spotlight the whole of the UK forces and industrial leaders, looking at how is the landscape changing to the threat landscape. What are these future operational requirements, particularly when you’re looking at that information superiority/supremacy in a given environment which we want to achieve?
Every single zone is going to have that theme in its keynotes, and we’ve worked very closely with MOD to ensure that there’s a thread of continuity through the event. It’s taken a lot of work from the planning team to knit together with the working groups and the steering groups.
We’re providing the stage for industry and defence to say where the requirements are and where they’re going. And what about the supply chain? I’ve often been quoted as saying it’s SMEs that have the key. How do we give them oxygen? It is going to be by bringing everyone together at DSEI and providing a defence and security stage for people to talk, question and learn from.
What are your top things to look out for at DSEI?
After the event, we’ll talk about the big announcements, but there are three areas where you’re going to turn around and go: “They were bigger than I thought.”
The first is data and cyber in the Future Tech Zone, looking at that digital backbone boundary integration because the world now is so reliant on data.
The next one is space technology and satellite communications because we’re going to be launching satellites from the UK next year. We’ve now got reusable space vehicles that we can turn around in an hour and space launch vehicles dropping off 747s and launching satellites into space. The commute into space is now becoming affordable.
The last thing is sustainability. I had an “in conversation” with General Sir Richard Nugee which was one of the most remarkable ones I’ve done from an education perspective. I was always worried that to get something that is environmentally friendly and sustainable you’re going to compromise on operational capability and output. Richard Nugee would say that we’ve crossed that cost-benefit line.
Outside of DSEI, you’ll see some electric quad bikes and hybrid vehicles. The pandemic has helped us to recognise the damage that we’ve done to our planet. We’ve seen the red warning signs; defence doesn’t have a choice now.
Women in Defence is a DSEI partner this year. How is DSEI ensuring diversity and inclusion?
My service is very proud that we had the first female three star commander [Air Marshal] Sue Gray, and now we’ve got a clutch of two stars in the Air Force; Suraya Marshall has just been promoted to Air Vice-Marshal to run 11 group.
When you look at industry, Anna Keeling who runs Boeing Defence UK is a great example of a woman who’s doing an incredibly great job. It’s hard on the military side; over time we won’t have to talk about it, but it’s really important to [do so] now.
We’ve been working with [Women In Defence founder] Angela Owen since the last DSEI to make sure all the panels are as gender diverse as they possibly can. What we’re not going to be doing is just putting people in there because we want to achieve that gender balance. We’re seeking out the right experts and making sure wherever we can we’ve got really good gender balance.
Angela Owens has an interview with CDS [Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter] to talk about 10 years of Women in Defence UK, what it means to him, and how far we’ve come. We’ve got a seminar on Women in Defence 30 by 30, which is trying to get 30% women by 2030.
How are you keeping the event Covid safe for everyone?
First and foremost, we’re sticking with what the government and local council require in terms of any restrictions. We’ll incorporate any guidance from public health bodies because we aim to have a safe, secure, and successful show, and we want everybody to feel as comfortable as they can.
We’ve moved all the keynote addresses away from the big theatres where everyone would sit together and put them into a media centre to give the keynote speakers that safe and secure environment. We’re going to have limited slots for journalists to come in and ask questions. Everyone else out on the floor will be able to watch it live with a slight time delay for security.
We’re going to ask people to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. We’ll ask people to voluntarily wear a green or a red wristband. If you come towards me and I’m wearing a red wristband, please just keep your distance. Wearing a green wristband, I’m up for social interaction.
We’ve done the maths about the size of Excel and the number of exhibitors and delegates we’ve got coming, and we’ve got something like capacity for 10,000 people while allowing a two-metre exclusion around people. We’re in a good place, but we’ll do everything we need to do to give people a safe and secure experience.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with GDT readers?
Your readers might think that it’s just going to be the UK, because of the pandemic travel restrictions. But we’re now up to 20 Country pavilions; Portugal is coming for the first time, and we’ve got Estonia, Greece and Belgium, who have expanded their pavilions significantly.
Day one, we’ve got Lieutenant General Erik C Peterson, US Army Deputy Chief of Staff coming along, and we have new outdoor vehicle demos.
All these things really show that the UK is open for business, and global industry from the defence and security sector is back on the stage and wanting to help the world become a better and safer place together.
07 Sep 21. Airbus highlights space, defence and helicopters at DSEI. Airbus will showcase its leading range of products and services in the defence, space, secure communications and helicopter segments at the DSEI exhibition at Excel, London 14-17 September.
The Airbus stand H6-122 will feature models of the A400M new generation airlifter and Skynet 6A military communications satellite, plus a large new model of the H175M medium transport helicopter.
Visitors can learn more about Airbus Helicopters’ H175M-based proposal to meet the United Kingdom’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) needs.
Airbus’ expertise in secure communications will be a key theme at DSEI including the Skynet military satellite communications capability. Airbus is focusing on the UK MOD’s future milsatcom requirements including leading the consortium for future Skynet services with its partners KBR, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and QinetiQ.
New developments in secure communications will feature beyond line of sight (BLOS) through the rotor blade communications showcasing Airbus’ Proteus Unity Satellite Modem System. This new lightweight system utilises an adaptive waveform that ‘senses’ the blade position with no input from the platform itself, and adapts the transmission to always provide optimum communications.
In the Multi Domain Combat Cloud, Airbus will demonstrate how they are making multi-domain operations a reality. Airbus representatives will be joining expert panels including “Industry’s role in delivering the Digital Backbone and unleashing the power of Defence’s data” and “Army Warfighting Experiment: Harnessing technology to prepare for complex future warfare”.
DSEI will feature Team ICELUS, which brings Airbus, Fujitsu and Thales UK together to work collaboratively on the upcoming Systems Integrator (SI) opportunity for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems programme, known as LE TacCIS.
The LE TacCIS programme consists of multiple sub-programmes and projects with the aim of delivering the next generation of tactical military communications in the land environment, providing the means to make informed and timely decisions enabled by agile Communication Information Systems (CIS).
In May 2021, Airbus reached its 100th A400M delivery in the same week the A400M global fleet achieved the landmark of 100,000 flight-hours performing missions worldwide for all nine customer nations. 
 Belgium, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the UK
06 Sep 21. The British Army say it is preparing to set out its stall and demonstrate how it will tackle the challenges of the future at DSEI, one of the world’s major Defence exhibitions.
According to a news release, the British Army say it is “about to embark on the most radical transformation in decades taking it from an industrial age to a digital age force”.
“The ways it will do this will be explained at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) taking place at the ExCel London, Docklands, between September 14 and 17 2021.
The event, being held both live and virtually, is expected to attract more than 1,000 defence and security suppliers, including all the major prime manufacturers and more than 100 new exhibitors. It also attracts our international Allies and partners enabling discussions and opportunities for collaborative work.”
Major General Neil Sexton, Director Engagement and Communications for the Army, was quoted as saying:
“We really hope to see as many of our international allies and partner Armies from around the world coming into the east of London for that week in September in order to promote UK prosperity and the UK Defence Industry to them through the vehicle of the British Army.
There has been a really big effort by the MOD to ensure the Army, Navy, Airforce, Strategic Command and the new UK Space Command are all presenting something which when you add it together produces multi-domain integration. And the theme for DSEI is of course integrated response to future threats, and the theme for the Army is Future Soldier and Integrated Army. Timing is everything and in two ways this show is really important; for about 18 months we have not been engaging in a physical fashion with our international partners and we are, we know, a reference Army for partners around the world.
We have 27 formal partnerships and a number of informal ones and we want to kick-off again post-Covid to a time in September where we have those physical relationships, discussions, planning together around all sorts of things including equipment capability.More importantly, probably than that, is that the UK had a significant security and defence review that reported at the end of March. That has set the British Army on a significant journey to modernise and to change the way it’s operating around the world. That it is training and educating its people and that it’s focusing on various elements of our equipment, so DSEI offers us a great platform to explain what we have called “Future Soldier”, which is the British Army’s transformation programme.” (Source: News Now/https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/)
06 Sep 21. Teal Global at DSEI. Teal Global, a recently launched collaborative research consultancy, will attend the upcoming DSEI conference scheduled for 14-17 September 2021. The main theme this year is Integrated Response to Future Threats and will take place at the EXCEL venue in London.
During the conference and exhibit, Teal Global analysts will take meetings with interested parties to discuss key issues related to global aerospace, defence, and security. With a focus on understanding current challenges and opportunities, Teal Global’s international team is uniquely placed to deliver evidence-based, intelligence-led D2D (data-to-decision) services to public and private sector organizations.
The Teal Global joint venture utilizes operational headquarters in Washington, DC, and London. Teal Global will deploy its extensive network of strategically located in-country agents, offices, associates, analysts, and intelligence professionals.
The founding partners, Teal Group (US, est. 1988) and Hawk Information (UK, est. 1992), have a long history of successfully supporting the research and analytical needs of their clients. This combination of skills in intelligence gathering, analysis and strategic consultancy will enable organizations operating in aerospace, defence, and security to better identify, measure and exploit global opportunities and ensure they remain competitive in the years ahead. Teal Global’s ‘Global Vision, Local Support’ will provide a trusted and time-tested partner for better decision making and a more resilient and sustainable future for aerospace, defence, and security.
Beyond their established capabilities, the founding partners will be joined by other specialized consultancies that help to build a diverse and unique spectrum of global market understanding and intelligence. In seeking collaboration from partners, Michael Hobbs, Head of Strategic Partnerships, said: “Our position during the global health crisis is that we, as an industry, should stand together. That is why we are inviting interest from the global aerospace, defence, and security community to join the Teal Global trusted-business-partners programme. I believe that only through more active industry participation will we be able to effectively bounce back from COVID and build on past success.”
‘Given the inability to travel and conduct business done on a global scale, COVID has reinforced the importance of local support,” said Teal Global president William C. Storey, Jr. “Supply chain disruptions, procurement delays and equipment delivery issues are just three of the many risks government and industry face as we move through the COVID pandemic.”
“The aerospace, defence and security sectors must adapt if they are to continue to be competitive and our service will help them do this. Post-US-elections, post-Brexit, post-COVID, we hear the mantra of ‘build back better’ and Teal Global positions itself to capture this idea with a model of agility and resilience – ‘Global Vision, Local Support’ – that provides informational and strategic advantage for government and industry around the world.”
The launch of the global consultancy marks a watershed moment in the history of the two companies, having both operated for three decades: Teal Group has developed world-renowned market intelligence and consulting expertise and Hawk Information has developed leading analytical and OSINT expertise. Both companies have extensive experience working with aerospace, defense and security organizations, managing projects and developing business internationally.
01 Sep 21. Babcock International Group and Hyundai Heavy Industries sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Republic of Korea. Babcock International Group, the aerospace, defence and security company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd (HHI), affirming the strong relationship between the two companies as focus builds on the Republic of Korea’s CVX Aircraft Carrier Programme opportunity.
Babcock’s established in-country business in the Republic of Korea, Babcock Korea, brings a wealth of global experience in through-life programme support from concept, to design and build, to ongoing operational support of naval assets in the Republic of Korea and its South East Asian allies.
Babcock has firmly reinforced its commitment to the Republic of Korea and its support to the Korean Ministry of National Defence (MND) through investment in an assembly, maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Busan, where Babcock currently assembles equipment for a growing number of Republic of Korea naval programmes.
John Howie, Babcock Group’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, signed the historic MoU on behalf of the Company with Mr. Sam-Hyun Ka, CEO, Korean Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE), the holding company of HHI at the Babcock Korea Limited facility in Busan. The agreement brings the two parties closer together, recognising that working collaboratively their individual expertise and capabilities can further support the design and build of the new CVX Aircraft Carrier that the Republic of Korea is intending to commission.
John Howie said: “As a lead partner within the Aircraft Carrier Alliance that designed, built and delivered the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers for the UK, we are delighted to be able to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with HHI. Babcock has the proven capabilities to deliver large scale complex programmes and by affirming our already strong relationship with Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipbuilder, our collaborative and complementary skills and expertise can deliver a cutting edge sovereign Aircraft Carrier capability to the Republic of Korea.
“Through our growing in-country business, continued long-term investment in our facility in Busan and collaboration with key partners both in Korea and internationally, Babcock is committed to supporting Korean industry in delivering the CVX Aircraft Carrier Programme for the Republic of Korea. We look forward to continuing to work closely with all stakeholders and partners involved in this effort.”
Mr Ka said: “The MoU with Babcock develops the relationship between a leading aerospace, defence and security company and the number one shipyard in the world. Through this MoU, we will establish a stable foundation to integrate cutting edge technology into the Republic of Korea’s first light Aircraft Carrier build. Furthermore, the capability of both companies will help to grow future technology opportunities in the global market.”
Simon Smith, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea said: “I welcome this Memorandum of Understanding between, Babcock International Group, KSOE and HHI. It is another excellent example of the strong ties and growing industrial cooperation between the UK and the Republic of Korea, that is so beneficial for both countries. Babcock is representative of the thriving British naval sector, which the UK can offer Korea. Working with KSOE and HHI – one of the world’s largest shipyards, makes a perfect partnership for what will I’m sure be a fantastic and prosperous venture.”
Brigadier Mike Murdoch, MOD Defence Attaché to the Republic of Korea said: ”As a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, Babcock helped build the Royal Navy’s cutting-edge Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers, some of the world’s most advanced ships, and the prospect of bringing their knowledge and expertise together with HHI through this MoU on Carrier Design is very exciting.
“The timing of the MoU, signed between Babcock and HHI, is also particularly fitting as HMS Queen Elizabeth visits Korea at sea. The Royal Navy are keenly supportive of our friends and colleagues in the Republic of Korea Navy and this MoU shows how the UK and Korean industries are moving towards a closer relationship.”
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