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08 Mar 22. Paramount adds counter-drone capabilities to Mwari aircraft. Paramount Group has added anti-drone technologies to its Mwari multi-mission aircraft, which it says will enable the deployment of the aircraft as a hunter and killer of Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The addition of ‘Find, Fix & Finish’ technologies for the anti-drone defence environment are capable of engaging MALE drones at altitudes of 20 000-30 000 feet, Paramount said, where only highly sophisticated and costly ground-based air defence systems (GBADS) can reach, and which would otherwise require the intervention of fighter jets.
“Advanced sensors, an extended range, and pinpoint accuracy are at the forefront of the Mwari’s innovative system design, making the platform an ideal solution for the threats posed by MALE drones to the territorial integrity of sovereign nations,” the company said in a statement.
The Mwari is capable of loitering at a minimum speed of 110 knots for up to 10 hours of flight time (with optional external fuel tanks for added endurance). It can be fully equipped with air-to-air missiles (with an engagement range of 4 000 m) alongside rapid-fire, wing-mounted cannon pods (with an engagement range of 800 m), “offering the latest in advanced anti-drone lethality.”
This capability builds on inherent onboard situational awareness technologies such as an encrypted, high-bandwidth data link and multi-spectrum search and track sensors, long range optical and radar surveillance systems, a SA7 CRM – Satellite Communication link, AIS, and real-time video. This hardware and software can assess targets, including MALE UAVs in the 2 000 kg class, typically flown in high altitude surveillance patterns.
Steve Griessel, CEO of Paramount Group, stated that, “Historically, prohibitive costs have restricted anti-drone systems targeting MALE drone threats. Amidst this paradigm is where the Mwari perfectly steps in, the next and best-in-class precision technology, and able to operate at a fraction of the cost of alternative anti-drone solutions. No other singular aircraft has such an intuitive multi-mission application or can reach similar altitudes while hosting what is the industry’s gold standard in situational awareness technology.”
An Interchangeable Multi-Mission System Bay (IMSB) located in the fuselage further allows for system changes ‘on the fly;’ updates, additions, and integrations in real-time are made possible, ensuring that the single airframe can be easily re-configured for different missions.
“We look forward to leveraging the innovative Mwari’s robust applications as the pre-eminent anti-drone defence solution and to its exciting next steps in adoption by our global partners,” Griesel concluded. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
08 Mar 22. Silentium Defence signs deal with RAN for radar trial. The Adelaide-based company has entered into an agreement with the Royal Australian Navy for the trial of the MAVERICK passive radar system. Under the agreement, Silentium Defence has been contracted to design, install and trial its MAVERICK passive radar system under a gated process, hoping to deliver enhanced situational awareness to the RAN. According to the company, the MAVERICK system comprises of a series of radars that use “existing energy in the environment” to facilitate radar transmissions, and can either supplement or substitute existing surveillance capabilities without needing allocated spectrum, licenses or emitting radiation hazard.
“The power of our MAVERICK passive radar can’t be understated in the maritime domain. It addresses a key strategic challenge for Navy and enables critical, constant situational awareness of air, land, and sea, even in reduced or silent emission-controlled conditions,” Dr James Palmer, chief executive officer at Silentium Defence said.
“For decades, naval vessels have had to switch off emitters, including radars to maintain ‘silence’ and prevent detection, or when docked due to local restriction, and this has reduced their situational awareness.
“With our MAVERICK radars, there is no need for compromise. Our radars don’t transmit like traditional radars which means the fleet can maintain critical awareness of objects in their environment, without highlighting their position.”
Silenitum contends that such capabilities are useful across a range of defence scenarios, including detecting drones at short distances and tracking objects in low earth orbit. (Source: Defence Connect)
08 Mar 22. As Drone Strikes Rise, Multi-Layered Approach is Crucial to Countering New and Emerging Threats.
New Whitepaper from Teledyne FLIR Defense Finds Counter-Drone Solutions Must be Modular, Interoperable and Cost-Effective to Combat Growing Risks Posed by State and Non-State Actors.
In a new whitepaper, Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), finds that a multi-layered approach, incorporating common architectures and information sharing, among other imperatives, is needed to address the threat to life and property posed by weaponized use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).
In January, non-state actors from Yemen utilized small unmanned aerial systems to launch deadly attacks in the United Arab Emirates that destroyed three refueling vehicles and damaged Abu Dhabi’s international airport. Other drone incidents in the Persian Gulf region include a 2019 strike on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.
The whitepaper, ‘The Big Problem with Small Drones (and How to Address It),’ examines how governments worldwide face a growing need for flexible, tailorable, and affordable Counter-sUAS (C-sUAS) solutions. It looks at current C-sUAS strategy, identifies key challenges, and outlines the critical capabilities governments should consider.
“There’s no ‘silver bullet’ when it comes to countering the huge risks presented by weaponized drones in the hands of bad actors,” said Dr. David Cullin, vice president and general manager of Unmanned and Integrated Solutions at Teledyne FLIR Defense. “What we’ve learned is that governments must address a host of challenges in concert to optimize their defense readiness in the face of UAS attacks.
“Nations around the globe are spending millions of dollars on commercially-built counter-drone solutions to address the immediate risks posed by these threats. But they need to approach the problem smartly, both from a technology and cost perspective. Our new whitepaper offers a number of insights from our team of experts,” Cullin adds.
Key findings include:
- State and non-state actors are increasingly employing military- and consumer-grade drones to attack personnel, facilities and critical infrastructure
- Counter-drone solutions must be cost effective, leveraging existing technologies through common electronic architectures and standard interfaces to ensure rapid integration of hardware and software upgrades
- Solutions must be modular, interoperable and multi-domain; easily transportable; and capable of detecting drone swarms
- Modern C-sUAS must be able to operate in contested environments where the ability to find, track, target, engage and assess threats can be disrupted by peer adversaries’ electronic warfare capabilities
- Current and future C-sUAS systems must be flexible in employing both hard kill (kinetic) and soft kill (non-kinetic) countermeasures, allowing them to operate anywhere in the world in accordance with local restrictions and rules of engagement.
As the paper sums up, ‘The threat of small drones in the wrong hands promises to remain significant for government and military decision-makers as they seek to defend forward-deployed units, airports, power grids, and other critical infrastructure. Only the deployment of mature, flexible, and cost effective C-sUAS solutions will provide the required levels in protection as this threat continues to evolve at pace.”
(Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 Mar 22. WDS 2022: Details emerge on Egypt’s RISC3 C5I system. Egypt’s Arab Organisation for Industrialisation (AOI) is exhibiting the latest generation of its domestically developed Radar Integration and Surveillance Combined Command Centre (RISC) command, control, communications, computers, cyber, and intelligence (C5I) suite, known as RISC3, at the World Defense Show in Riyadh. The Egyptian military operates a disparate fleet of aircraft from a variety of countries, including French Dassault Rafales, American Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds, Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, as well as Russian-made MiG-29M/M2 aircraft. As a result, distributing data that comes from a wide variety of standards and security is a complex task.
The RISC2 C4 system was first revealed in 2018, and was developed by Egyptian engineers from AOI to help overcome the challenges created in force management and control, and has now been upgraded to integrate civil air traffic management, naval platforms and systems, as well as deconflicting artillery fires from flight paths. (Source: Janes)
04 Mar 22. Space Command looking to ground, ship-based missile defense radars to improve monitoring.
“My number one priority within the command is: how do I increase my battlespace awareness, in particular, how do I look at the space domain?” SPACECOM head Gen. Jim Dickinson said.
US Space Command is working to improve its capability keep tabs on what is happening in space — including looking to ground- and ship-based missile defense platforms as additional sources of much needed data, SPACECOM head Gen. Jim Dickinson said today.
“My number one priority within the command is: how do I increase my battlespace awareness, in particular, how do I look at the space domain?” he told the Air Force Association’s annual conference in Orlando.
To do that, SPACECOM has been trying to figure out how to integrate “nontraditional sensors” into its network of ground- and space-based radar and telescopes that keep tabs on objects in space, Dickinson said.
SPACECOM’s 18th Space Squadron runs the Space Surveillance Network, which comprises 30-odd sensors around the world.
“We’ve been looking at sensors that haven’t traditionally been used for space domain awareness,” he explained. “So, we’ve taken some missile defense sensors that have typically, as I said, not been part of our integrated approach, and we are starting to integrate them into a sensor network that provides us a common operating picture that gives us much more fidelity.”
As examples, Dickinson mentioned the AN/TPY-2 (Army-Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance) X-band radars used by the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, and the Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
But the push to expand SPACECOM’s vision won’t end there, Dickinson stressed.
“We’re making the best use of the sensors we currently have in the Department of Defense around the world. And then we’re looking at the future of that,” he said. “So, what requirements do we need to put in addition on those sensors that we have today? And then what sensors do we need in the future to increase our battlespace awareness, space domain awareness, missile warning and missile defense?”
However, up to now there has been little progress, at least in the public domain — in large part due long-standing trouble with upgrading SPACECOM’s ancient computer systems and software for managing the SSN network.
At the annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) conference this past September, the then-head of the National Space Defense Center (NSDC) said work was ongoing to create an “an integrated sensor support plan” to fuse space observation data from commercial, allied and Intelligence Community sources — but that a number of obstacles remained.
The NSDC is the organization at SPACECOM that works with the Intelligence Community, in particular the National Reconnaissance Office that operates the nation’s spy satellites, to pull together information from various sources on the space activities of other nations.
This is not for lack of commercial interest in helping out, Dickinson said. In fact, SPACECOM has been inundated with an “overwhelming outpouring” of interest from commercial firms across its mission sets, he said.
“So much so, that we’ve had to step back for a second and create a new commercial integration framework and a new commercial strategy within the command to address that commercial interest in being part of the part of the team here,” Dickinson elaborated. “So we’re very excited about that. We look forward to it, and we’ll continue to work it.” (Source: Breaking Defense.com)
07 Mar 22. MARSS launches game-changer for the C-UAS market. “The growing threat [of UAS], coupled with our lack of dependable, networked capabilities to counter them, is the most concerning tactical development since the rise of the improvised explosive device in Iraq.” Major General Sean Gainey, Director, Joint C-UAS Office.
Live from the inaugural World Defense Show in Saudi today, defense & security technology specialist MARSS, launched its latest, never seen before, UAS countermeasure. Combining operational experience and innovation, MARSS has created an AI enabled autonomous interceptor that offers an intelligent, cost-effective and low collateral solution to neutralise hostile drones. Fully integrated with NiDAR CUAS, this high-speed craft is capable of defeating category I & II drones head on from up to 5km+.
Using a range of sensors to accurately detect, verify and respond to UAS threats, NiDAR C4i Operators can launch this new, incredibly agile system to defeat fast, high manoeuvring targets head on.
Stephen Scott, Head of R&D for Defense at the company, commented: “There is no doubt that UAS threats are ever evolving and proliferating in today’s battlefield. Their autonomous nature, flight capability and payload ensure higher levels of operational efficiency and target devastation. Their significance has led to changes in warfare tactics and the shaping of geo-political events. Recent history has demonstrated C-UAS system providers must continuously develop new solutions to keep ahead of the threat, with speed, responsiveness and agility being key.
“As hostile drones get smarter and more capable, the methods used to defeat them must do the same.
Meeting this need requires a new level of thinking. And that is why we have innovated to build a more intelligent, cost-effective solution – an AI enabled autonomous interceptor, that we believe will disrupt and dictate the future of the C-UAS market.”
The MARSS interceptor has broader application potential within the C-UAS market, providing intelligent protection for land, maritime and critical infrastructure. It’s an inherently safer approach that can be deployed across military and civil structures.
04 Mar 22. What has happened to Russia’s combat C-UAS capability? Never, in the history of human combat, had an army been so prepared for drone warfare as the Russian army which invaded Ukraine on February 24. For the last 18 months Russia has been upgrading its systems and adding new layers of platforms, sensors and network capabilities to its battlefield drone defence systems.
But defence analysts the world over have been baffled by the number of occasions during which Ukraine’s Turkish-built Bayraktar TB2 and smaller domestic UA-Dynamics “Punisher” drones have apparently been able to evade the most sophisticated counter-UAS air defence system outside Israel.
“Russia has an advanced, layered air defense system with networked radar and other sensors, and an array of weapons from portable surface-to-air missiles and mobile artillery up to the much-feared S-400, claimed to be able to shoot down stealth fighters,” according to David Hambling, writing in Forbes on February 28 ….”the Bayraktar TB2, like most drones, is reliant on a radio link between drone and operator. Russia, which prides itself on its radioelectronic warfare capabilities and has some of the best jamming systems in the world, should be able to prevent Ukrainian drones from functioning. It seemed then, that Russia was ready for Ukraine’s drone force and would deal with it easily.”
For the last year or so the defence trade press and Russia’s own news outlets have been reporting in some depth about the many projects underway to refine the Russian army’s C-UAS capability.
Shortly before the invasion, in December 2021, Russia’s TASS new agency reported the Pantsyr-S1M counter UAS/air defence system had received new hypersonic surface-to-air missiles that boosted its striking range from 20 km to 30 km, its operational altitude from 15 km to 18 km and its destruction area threefold. Read the article here. According to the news agency: “The upgrade has substantially boosted the Pantsyr’s capabilities for fighting all types of drones. In particular, the system is capable of effectively detecting and destroying all types of strike drones that are in operational service,” he said.
In September 2021, TASS also reported that the Tor-M2 battlefield counter-UAS system, comprising a surveillance system now optimised for stealthy targets and 16 vertically launched surface-to-air missiles with a striking range of up to 12 km, was about to get a major upgrade.
In May 2021 Samuel Bendett, an analyst with US defence think-tank CNA, writing in Defence News reported on how Russia’s experiences of countering drone attacks in Syria and elsewhere had provided the bedrock for the country’s counter-UAS strategies.
“The Russian experience defending its Khmeimim base from UAV strikes has become the foundation of its military’s c-UAS training program(me),” wrote Bendett. “Starting in 2019, all major military exercises and drills include the defense against an adversary’s massed drone attacks. The electronic warfare (EW) systems and technologies emerged as a key concept in this training. Across the Russian military services, in numerous drills, exercises and manoeuvres, EW training is regularly conducted against adversarial drones, and practically all C-UAS drills feature EW systems as a key element.”
This strategy is based on a three-layered approach – where static long-range systems for UAV detection and mitigation are integrated with more mobile medium and short range units.
“The long-range detection station can be placed in the border zone or in the direction of probable attacks, according to a recent Izvestia report on Russia’s developing C-UAS battlefield capabilities “Additional radars for anti-aircraft gunners will be especially useful in mountainous areas, where it is difficult to detect low-flying targets …Such stations will collect intelligence information at distant approaches. They are able to determine the number of aircraft, the height and direction of flight, the formation of battle formations. If necessary, the radars can work together with anti-aircraft missile systems, air defense, aviation, border and coastal control forces and air traffic control, which is responsible for the safety of flights of both military and civil aircraft.”
The strategic defence systems are integrated with medium-range Pantsyr and Tor-M2 air defence systems and more localised specialist C-UAS units integrated with ground troops.
“Every brigade—each with up to four 900-person battalion tactical groups—travels with an air-defense battalion,” according to Forbes writer David Axe, with infantry groups equipped with Igla or Verba infrared-guided man-portable air defence systems (MANPADs). “Two-thirds of the MANPADs ride with the front-line companies, usually keeping at least a few hundred yards from the forward edge of battle,” says the Forbes article. “One third stays back with the brigade command post…To cover the ground troops while bullets are flying, a Russian brigade also travels with six Tunguska tracked vehicles. A Tunguska packs two cannons and launchers for eight infrared-guided missiles that can range six miles out and two miles up. Six Strela-10 vehicles—tracked light armored vehicles firing the same kinds of short-range missiles as the dismounted teams—complement the Tunguskas…”
“In Syria, the MoD confirms that a combination of hand-held and stationary systems are used to suppress and jam drones that continue to harass and attack Russian positions,” wrote Bendett. “In Russia, military forces started using Stilet and Stupor portable C-UAS rifles, along with the newest Krasukha-C4 EW complex designed to identify adversarial strike aircraft and to suppress their communications and navigation.”
On the battlefield itself Borisoglebsk and Zhitel EW systems are also used to conduct EW intelligence gathering, analysis and then radio interference , with other systems such as the R-934BMV automated jamming station, the Silok-01 electronic warfare system and the Pole-21 advanced radio suppression system also available for this role. Read our previous article.
The Bayraktar TB2 has proved itself to be a robust and capable opponent, especially in the hands of operators who know how to exploit their multi role capabilities. But the lessons of the Nagorno Karabakh war have been well understood for some time, especially in Russia, whose air defence systems in service with Armenia – deployed to defend against crewed aircraft – were continuously overwhelmed by small, agile TB2s, often operating in swarms.
With so much hardware on display and practice time to deploy it in an optimised fashion it is astonishing that any drone hostile to the Russians survives more than a few minutes near the battlefield. While Russian C-UAS units have had several successes they have also been manifestly unable to eliminate the Ukrainian UAV threat, which would have been one of their key objectives. While it is likely that the majority of the 20 plus Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drones will have been shot down in the first week of combat that has bought enough time for Ukraine to have sourced more of the type from Turkey to continue their success against Russian targets.
These are some possible reasons for the Russian’s failures.
First, there may be two key weaknesses in the Russian army’s high-level C-UAS strategy – it is based around the defence of a static position and relies, in the first instance, on a host nation willing to deploy strategic surveillance assets as a first line of defence. Neither of these are in play in Ukraine.
Second, there are two definite weaknesses in Russian tactics. Russian units have not deployed their forces in the battalion tactical groups with layered air defences and anti-drone capacity, according to Samuel Bendett writing in Defence News, with forward elements advancing without their air defence assets. Russian vehicles have also been moving along highways without being dispersed or camouflaged – making themselves relatively easy to identify and attack.
It is not only the C-UAS resources which have been misfiring – Russia’s electronic warfare units have also been operating well under par and this has undoubtedly contributed to the Russian army’s inability to detect and jam Ukrainian UAS signals.
And once again, Russia has underestimated the capability of the TB2, which can be operated from mobile bases and protected from Russian jamming with new EW capabilities. At this stage it is impossible to know what EW support, if any, is being given to Ukrainian forces. But it also seems as though Ukraine has been very adroit in using the TB2 against targets which are less well defended than the masses of front-line, well-protected armoured units.
Finally, it looks as though Ukraine has been able to field a more powerful EW capability than many forecast and its growing strength in anti-tank systems has seen large number of mobile air defence systems taken out of the battle early on, disrupting the integrated layered defence strategy.
As the fighting continues the balance of power is likely to shift again. But for the moment, and against all expectations, Ukraine is still operating effective UAS missions against the one of the world’s most sophisticated C-UAS capable armies. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
07 Mar 22. US Army seeks industry proposals to boost counter-UAS capabilities of NATO Baltic States. The United States Army – Army Contracting Command (ACC), Redstone Arsenal – has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from industry as part of a market research programme to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support a programme to increase air defence and counter-UAS capabilities among NATO Baltic states. According to the RFI: the Government seeks white papers regarding the capabilities, past similar experience and technical approach to this effort and industry’s assessment/ opinion of the most efficient and cost effective method of providing Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) and Air and Missile Defense Workstation (AMDWS) to integrate Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) architecture for Air Defense and Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) in support of their homeland defence.
“This effort will provide FAAD and AMDWS suites of equipment, FAAD handheld computers, Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) Network (C-NET) Interface Kits, Digital Training Sets, Software Development, Publications, and Training and all associated support. “
“The interested party shall be able to obtain and maintain personnel and facilities at the SECRET clearance level. The interested party shall be capable of complying with the Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting clause at DFARS 252.204-7012 and shall have a Cybersecurity program that follows the National institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical compliance assessments performed by the Government.”
Responsible organisation: US Department for the Army
Deadline: March 18, 2022
Tender number: PANRSA-22-P-0000-004772
For more information: https://sam.gov/opp/6b2bfb1ba90c426ebbe2306007f9ebd3/view (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
05 Mar 22. Finland “to buy Israeli systems to bolster air defence/C-UAS capabilities.” Finland’s YLE News reports the country is boosting its air defence system capability with a purchase of either Israel Aerospace Industries or Rafael Advanced Systems equipment.
“Finland is moving to boost its ground-based air defence capabilities and is currently choosing between two Israeli-made surface-to-air missile systems,” said the news service. “The government has not disclosed the deal’s price tag.”
Finland’s Defence Minister, Antti Kaikkonen said Finland was improving its anti-aircraft capabilities and that Finland was preparing for “a number of scenarios” as the situation in Ukraine develops. But he emphasised that Finland was not facing any immediate threats.
“He also revealed that Finland was engaged in defence cooperation discussions with the United Kingdom. On Friday Britain promised to help Sweden if attacked by Russia,” said the report. For more information: https://yle.fi/news/3-12345358 (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
07 Mar 22. Acacia and Cobham to modify SAPL Dash-8s. Adelaide-based companies Cobham Special Mission and Acacia Systems have teamed to modify the former’s fleet of Dash-8 surveillance aircraft. Aircraft integration work commenced last month at Cobham’s aircraft maintenance hub in Adelaide. The project will see defence software and systems engineering company Acacia, together with Cobham, upgrade critical technology on board aboard the aircraft and within the ground operations command centre.
Cobham’s Managing Director of Special Mission James Woodhams said, “Cobham and Acacia have a successful track record collaborating on customised Mission Management Systems (MMS) for aircraft considered national Tier 1 assets.”
Acacia is designing and developing the software, he said, adding, “The partnership will extend beyond the project, with Acacia providing long-term through-life support for the software, including further development and improvements.”
Cobham deploys highly-modified aircraft and specially-trained crew to conduct airborne surveillance and search-and-rescue operations for the Australian government under the Surveillance Australia Pty Limited brand name. Modification and integration of these aircraft is undertaken in-house by Cobham in Australia, with the support of local SMEs such as Acacia.
The ongoing partnership between Cobham and Acacia has been a catalyst for innovation and local investment in South Australia, and importantly has led to significant Australian industry capability. Prior to the development of the MMS system by Cobham and Acacia, Australian-based organisations had to rely on importing foreign-developed MMS.
“We are committed to working with smart Australian companies – such as Acacia – to continue to innovate and build our capability within civil and military domains in Australia and abroad,” Mr Woodhams said. (Source: Rumour Control)
04 Mar 22. Brazilian Army receiving new UAVs for ISTAR missions. The Brazilian Army on 4 March began receiving the Nauru 1000C unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. The acceptance process unfolds in different phases at the Army Aviation Command (CAvEx) in Taubaté, State of São Paulo, with support from the Army Evaluations Center (CAEx), and is expected to last until about June, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva of the Army High-Staff told Janes. The acceptance process will be followed by a technical and operational experimentation phase. Three UAVs, designated the V2-1 Nauru by the army, were purchased by the Logistics Command (COLOG) from local company XMobots Aeroespacial e Defesa on 10 December 2019 for BRL15.7m (USD3.1m). The contract included training and a 36-month integrated logistics support. The fleet is scheduled to be initially operated by the 6th Military Intelligence Battalion (6º BIM) located in Campo Grande, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, and can be deployed anywhere in the country, Lt Col Saraiva said. (Source: Janes)
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