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20 Dec 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will build two additional shipsets of SPY-6 radars under a $250m contract with the U.S. Navy. The company is now contracted to deliver a total of nine radar shipsets to DDG-51 Flight III destroyers. SPY-6 is a family of next generation, integrated air and missile defense radars that scale to meet the mission requirements of any ship.
Since its inception in January 2014, the SPY-6 program has met all 20 milestones, ahead of or on schedule. The radar has a track record of performance, demonstrating its multi-mission capabilities against an array of single and multiple, simultaneous targets throughout the Navy’s extensive testing program.
Now in production at Raytheon’s advanced Radar Development Facility, AN/SPY-6(V) remains on schedule for delivery to the first DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125). The first delivery of AN/SPY-6(V)2 to LHA-8, the America Class Amphibious Assault Ship, is on plan for 2021.
20 Dec 19. Armasuisse chooses 4G night vision. Photonis announces that Armasuisse choose 4G image intensifier tubes to modernize the night vision equipment of the Swiss Armed Forces. With the choice of Armasuisse for 4G Photonis will strengthen its market position as main supplier of high performance image intensifier tubes in Europe.
With the choice of Photonis’ 4G image intensifier tubes, Switzerland made their choice for this state of-the art image intensifier like many other European countries. This night vision modernization program is part of the Swiss ‘Armeebotschaft 2019’ and is one of the larger night vision projects in Europe recently. Within this project Photonis is selected together with Safran Vectronix to deliver more than 8.000 NYX night vision bino goggles for the Swiss Armed Forces.
The goggles will be equipped with 18 mm high performance 4G image intensifier tubes through a four-year program. This technology increases the ability to locate and engage threats and to operate in all night conditions. The 4G standard is the latest technology in intensified night vision and is specifically designed to address the stringent requirements of special forces operators and only 4G can offer ultra-fast Auto-Gating, the smallest halo and unrivalled spectral range from ultraviolet to near infrared. 4G provides an edge over adversaries in the darkest nights, in all terrain and operations and operators can gain from the best DRI range possible. “Photonis is proud to deliver its unrivalled technology to the Swiss Army and help safeguard their night operations,” said Frederic Guilhem, Executive Commercial Officer Night Vision at Photonis.
Photonis is the sole manufacturer in the European Union able to produce such state-of-the-art products in very large volumes. “Photonis has been very successful lately, thanks to the trust of our customers and the Swiss Army Program is one of the largest we have recently been awarded.” More large size projects are expected to come in 2020 and to deal with these multiple large orders simultaneously, Photonis currently anticipates to increase its production capacity in both factories in France and the Netherlands in order to meet market demands paired with its high level of quality.
Blighter® Surveillance Systems (BSS) is a UK-based electronic-scanning radar and sensor solution provider delivering an integrated multi-sensor package to systems integrators comprising the Blighter electronic-scanning radars, cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Blighter radars combine patented solid-state Passive Electronic Scanning Array (PESA) technology with advanced Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) and Doppler processing to provide a robust and persistent surveillance capability. Blighter Surveillance Systems is a Plextek Group company, a leading British design house and technology innovator, and is based at Great Chesterford on the outskirts of Cambridge, England.
The Blighter electronic-scanning (e-scan) FMCW Doppler ground surveillance radar (GSR) is a unique patented product that provides robust intruder detection capabilities under the most difficult terrain and weather conditions. With no mechanical moving parts and 100% solid-state design, the Blighter radar family of products are extremely reliable and robust and require no routine maintenance for five years. The Blighter radar can operate over land and water rapidly searching for intruders as small a crawling person, kayaks and even low-flying objects. In its long-range modes the Blighter radar can rapidly scan an area in excess of 3,000 km² to ensure that intruders are detected, identified and intercepted before they reach critical areas.