Global defence update

UAE requirement breathes new life into Raytheon’s LGR


The development of Raytheon’s 70 mm laser-guided rocket (LGR), originally proposed for the now-abandoned US Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) project, is continuing under a partnership with Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI), headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The semi-active LGR successfully completed a series of live fire trials in the US and has since completed three wind tunnel tests to produce high-fidelity flight simulations and data for tail fin design



BAE and Babcock win UK MoD support contracts


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems and Babcock Defence Services aircraft support and training contracts worth a combined value of GBP115 million (USD167 million), it announced on 6 February. The first contract, worth more than GBP100 million, awarded to BAE Systems is to support the electronic warning and defensive protection equipment fitted to Royal Air Force (RAF) Panavia Tornado GR.4 and Royal Navy (RN) and RAF BAE Systems Harrier aircraft




All eyes on cargo as Somali pirates release arms-laden tanker


Following the release after five months of the Ukrainian-owned MV Faina by Somalia-based pirates, all eyes were on the vessel’s cargo, confirmed by Ukrainian authorities to include weapons, ammunition and 33 T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs). A ransom reported at more than USD3 million was dropped on 4 February on to the vessel, seized in September some 200 miles off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation; Lieutenant Stephanie Murdock of the US Fifth Fleet, which has had ships monitoring the Faina since it was seized, said that US Navy personnel “saw the drop of what we believe is the ransom”





TARDEC and Oshkosh co-operate to advance convoy safety programme


The US Army’s Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is expanding its work with robotic convoys to include new leader-follower technology and larger vehicles. TARDEC and Oshkosh Defense entered into a co-operative research and development agreement on 26 January to advance the centre’s Convoy Active Safety Technology (CAST) programme



Spain’s SCOMBA common core combat system prepares to take command
Navantia’s Sistemas FABA division has reached a critical point in the roll-out of the Spanish Navy’s new SCOMBA (Sistema de COMbate de los Buques de la Armada) combat management system (CMS). The first shipset was installed aboard the new Buque de Aprovisionamiento en Combate (BAC) auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel Cantabria in February





M-frigates to receive Thales Nederland surface surveillance sensors
New surface surveillance sensors are to be fitted to the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) two remaining Karel Doorman-class M-frigates under the terms of a contract awarded to Thales Nederland by the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). The contract, which includes an option for the similar modernisation of the two ex-RNLN M-frigates now in service with the Belgian Navy, covers the delivery of the company’s Seastar X-band fixed face active phased-array radar and the Gatekeeper 360-degree panoramic electro-optical (TV/infrared [IR]) surveillance and alert system for installation on board HrMs Van Amstel and HrMs Van Speijk



US ‘boarding school’ expands to East Africa
A US Navy (USN) frigate is in the vanguard of efforts by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) to expand its Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative from the Gulf of Guinea across the continent to Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Robert G Bradley is performing visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training with Mozambique maritime forces, the USN 6th Fleet told Jane’s on 10 February



UK decommissions Type 42 destroyer
The Type 42 (Batch 2) destroyer HMS Southampton was decommissioned by the UK Royal Navy on 12 February at a ceremony in Portsmouth naval base. The 4,800-ton warship had been maintained in a state of reduced readiness since mid-2008, when it was effectively laid-up alongside with sister ships HMS Exeter and HMS Nottingham





Pakistan and US sign sonobuoys deal
The Pakistan Navy is to acquire three types of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonobuoy – totalling 445 units – under a USD346,000 Foreign Military Sales agreement with the United States. The deal represents a tiny fraction of two contracts, worth almost USD70 million in total, awarded by US Naval Air Systems Command to US-based manufacturers Undersea Sensor Systems and Sparton Electronics for the provision of ‘A’ size (91.4 cm long) sonobuoys to the Pakistan and US navies




Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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