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02/03/11 By Craig Hoyle Flight International

 

The UK Ministry of Defence wants to field a nano unmanned air system to support its operations in Afghanistan. Deliveries could start late this year.


First details of the possible urgent operational requirement deal were revealed in an MoD contract notification on 24 February, with its value estimated at between £10 million ($16.4 million) and £20 million.


A long list of system requirements was also released. Candidate air vehicles must be rotary-wing in design and have an all-up weight of no more than 200g (7oz). In all, the unmanned system equipment should weigh less than 1.7kg (3.7lb).


To use battery power, the air vehicle should be "able to carry out at least one single flight of at least 20min endurance". However, a performance of at least twice this duration is listed as "desirable". The UAS should be able to fly at least 0.5nm (1km) away from its operators and at an altitude of 985ft (300m) above the ground, and also have a "low visible/acoustic signature".


Using way-point navigation, the air vehicle should be operated by a non-specialist operator who will receive a maximum of two days of system-specific training, the outline says. Air vehicles should be suitable for deployment within 2-5min.


The MoD's payload requirement is for the vehicle to carry a sensor capable of allowing "users to see motion imagery sufficient to distinguish friendly force personnel from others in daylight conditions". An ability to detect personnel at night is also sought.


Expressions of interest for the requirement are sought by 25 March, with potential contractors to then be asked to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire. A formal invitation to tender is planned for release in late June, with responses due around mid-August. A contract award date has provisionally been set for 15 September.


The selected off-the-shelf design should be "mature and robust", and available for delivery from the first quarter of 2012, or preferably from late this year, the MoD says. The equipment supplier will also be asked to provide support and maintenance services under the award.


The UK already operates multiple unmanned air vehicle types in Afghanistan, including Elbit Systems Hermes 450s, General Atomics MQ-9 Reapers, Honeywell T-Hawks and Lockheed Martin Desert Hawks, with UOR funding used in several instances.

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(Source: US Army; dated Feb. 23, web-posted Feb. 28, 2011)

ARLINGTON, Va. --- Early next month U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan will receive a first-of-its kind, GPS-guided 120mm mortar munition that can pinpoint targets at ranges up to 6,300 meters, service officials said.

The program, called Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative, or APMI, emerged out of a request from the field commander in Afghanistan in Feb. 2009; the precision rounds were recently test-fired at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.

"The testing involved a significant amount of firing and safety requirements. The overall reliability of the round is meeting its requirement of greater than 90 percent. The testing, which has been going on since last fall, has gone extremely well," said Bruce Kay, Department of the Army systems coordinator, Mortar Systems. "This provides the commander with immediate response precision indirect- fire capability."

Overall, the Army plans to deliver 5,480 APMI rounds.

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By Alenia Aeronautica on Monday, February 21st, 2011 DEFENCE TALK


Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica and part of the Finmeccanica group, announced that it had delivered the 10th of 20 C-27/G-222 aircraft to the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF). This plane had been used for pilot training and is now being deployed to Kabul to conduct mission operations with the AAF. The Afghanistan Air Force is operating the C-27/G-222 to provide airlift transport capability to the country and its air force. The C-27/G-222 program is the backbone of Afganistan’s reconstituted Air Force.

 

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/10th-c-27a-delivered-to-afghan-air-force-32223/#ixzz1EdHQXWxo

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February 18, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE


The British Army has come up with a lightweight and portable solution to a common mobility problem their troops were having in southern Afghanistan. The problem was getting across numerous deep, but narrow, ditches, canals and crevices found in the area. The troops also often found themselves in need of ladders to get over walls, or similar obstacles. The solution was the Short Gap Crossing system. Using strong (composites) sections (each 75 cm/30 inches square) that can be snapped together quickly to create a ladder. For use as a bridge, you can use a maximum of six sections, for a 4.5 meter/14 foot span able to handle the weight of a fully equipped soldier (up to 150 kg/330 pounds). Each section weighs less than a kilogram (2.2 pounds), and assembling four or more takes less than two minutes. Six soldiers in a squad can hang one section on their packs, without adding much weight

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PFAFFIKON, Switzerland, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The German army has ordered mine and explosive-devices clearing vehicles for use in Afghanistan from MineWolf Systems, a Swiss-German company. The company said the product chosen was the MW240, remote-controlled Mini MineWolf, designed for rapid deployment to remote areas that require tiller- or flail-based clearance solutions. It clears anti-tank and anti-personnel mines and can be equipped with a variety of multi-purpose attachments, such as such as a robotic arm, tiller and dozer shield.

 

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2011/02/18/Germans-order-mine-clearance-vehicles/UPI-71311298057402/#ixzz1EYYyyn1t

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Publié le 17 février 2011 par Nicolas Gros-Verheyde


Le reporter indépendant, Vaughan Smith, a accompagné les équipes médicales d’évacuation (Medevac) du 214e régiment d’aviation l’US Army en Afghanistan. Des images qu’on voit peu souvent sur nos écrans et diffusées par Al Jazeera.

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