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29 Nov 13. HMS Queen Elizabeth equipped with main radar. The UK Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been fitted with large long range radar.With the installation of main radar antenna onto the forward island, the aircraft carrier’s main structure blocks are now in place. Designed to provide a three dimensional and long-range picture, the radar can track up to 1,000 contacts up to a range of 400km away from the vessel. Recently, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted with final ramp section of the flight deck, at the Rosyth shipyard, Scotland. The 64m-long and 13m-wide ramp section, which will allow jet aircraft to take off from the ship, is the final exterior piece of the aircraft carrier to be integrated. Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will have a full-load displacement capacity of 65,000t, an operational range of 10,000nm and can carry up to 40 aircraft. Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), a joint venture between Babcock Thales, BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), is constructing these two new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Marine 36MW MT30 gas turbine alternators, the carriers can accommodate a crew of 1,200, including an aircrew of 600. Expected to be structurally complete next year, HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to commence sea trials in 2017, followed by Lightning II aircraft flight trials in 2018. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales are expected to be operational with the Royal Navy in 2016 and 2018 respectively, replacing the Invincible-class vessels. (Source: naval-technology.com)
03 Dec 13. Aerotechnica reveals new MARS-L radar. Ukraine-based Aerotechnica has released details of a new mobile solid state L-band surveillance radar. The radar, known as Mobile Airport Radar Station L-band (Mobilnaya aerodromnaya radiolokatsionnaya stantsiya – MARS-L), is a decimetric wavelength system developed for an unspecified export customer. Its design combines primary and secondary radar channels in a single antenna unit designated as 1L-15MA. The workstations of Aerotechnica’s MARS-L installation feature a high degree of automation. (Miroslav Gyürösi)This comprises an OPU carrying and rotating unit with a five-channel rotating connector link, antenna reflector, a funnel-shaped radiator, and a PBL side-lobe suppression antenna. The antenna unit originally came from the Soviet-era 1L22 ‘Parol’ mobile ground-based radar interrogator and is mounted on the top of a specialised container carried by a KrAZ-63221 three-axle truck. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Nov 13. DSTL pledges GBP3.2m for funding of innovative CBR countermeasures. The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory recently announced that it made approximately GBP3.2m available for the funding of academia and industry projects to help counter chemical, biological and radiological threats.
The programme is in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Chemical, Biological and Radiological programme. The DSTL is looking to fund innovative ideas in the field of CBR protection, detection or treatment to help support the security of the people from CBR threats.
“The expertise of academia and industry is vital for the success of DSTL’s CBR programme of work,” DSTL CBR Program Manager Mark Fulop said. “Over the next few years, an increasing share of the science and technology programme will be [led] externally and we are excited about engaging further with industry to deliver against the programme.” An announcement of the availability of the funding was made at the DSTL Annual CBR Science and Technology Review on November 7. The event featured some of the latest technologies against CBR threats and updates on research methodology. The event was run alongside the U.K. Defe