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11 novembre 2015 3 11 /11 /novembre /2015 17:30
Saab Receives Order For New Advanced Airborne Surveillance Systems From UAE

 

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to expand and enhance the Emirates’ airborne surveillance capabilities. Saab will deliver a new airborne Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS) incorporating a new version of the Saab Erieye radar system. The order value amounts to approximately USD1.27 billion.

The new SRSS for the UAE uses the Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier as a platform. The Swing Role Surveillance System is capable of simultaneous detection and tracking of multiple targets in the air, on land and at sea. It is the latest evolution of the Erieye system that incorporates Saab’s many decades of radar capabilities across all domains.

“The new version of Erieye is without a doubt the most capable airborne early warning and control system on the market. Saab’s capability to develop high technology solutions for customers shows that our focus on research and development is the right way to ensure continued competitiveness on the defence market,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

"Saab understands the vital importance of advanced airborne surveillance and we have a family of products that play a key role in defence and civil security. The UAE’s selection of Saab’s solution confirms our strong position regarding airborne surveillance and systems integration,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab Business Area Electronic Defence Systems. 

The work will be carried out at Saab's facilities in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga, Luleå and Centurion (South Africa).

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6 novembre 2015 5 06 /11 /novembre /2015 17:50
Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft - photo Saab

Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft - photo Saab

 

Nov 6, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide support and maintenance for Gripen during 2016 on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces. The contract value is SEK154 million.In 2012 Saab signed a contract with FMV for performance-based support and maintenance of the Gripen fighter.

This latest order for services in 2016 is confirmation of an option held under that 2012 contract. The order includes support and maintenance operations with a focus on technical support, publications and component maintenance to support the continued operation of Gripen.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 17:50
Sweden Submits Gripen Bid to Croatia

 

October 28, 2015 By Swedish Defence - defencetalk.com

 

FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, responded today, Friday 23 October, to a request for information from Croatia concerning the procurement of Gripen aircraft.

 

The request concerns 8 to 12 newly built aircraft of the C/D model. The request for information that FXM responded to was sent from the Croatian Ministry of Defence in June this year. Sweden has had a positive dialogue with Croatia regarding the Gripen since the year 2007. With today’s answer FXM wishes to emphasize that Croatia is seen as a possible valuable future Gripen partner in an important region where other countries already are flying the Gripen. JAS Gripen is operational in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, South Africa and Thailand. Brazil has procured the next generation Gripen, Gripen NG.

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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 11:50
Submarines: Son Of Gotland Is A GHOST

 

October 12, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Sweden has released more details of their new A26 class. This project was only announced earlier in 2015. This is a big deal because Swedish submarines have always been highly regarded because of clever design ideas and new technology each new class uses. It is now known that the A26 will have a “ghost mode” that makes the sub virtually undetectable while submerged. This includes the ability to sit on the sea floor, as if it were inert wreckage, while divers from the sub can still move in and out to plant mines or perform other functions. In short the A26 will emphasize stealth and the ability to dominate shallow and “busy” (lots of inlets, rivers and islands) coastal waters.

 

The A26 is a replacement for the Cold War era Gotland class boats. Two A26 subs will be in service by 2019 but all the new technology will not be completed until 2024. The two A26s will eventually replace the three Gotlands that entered service in 1996.

 

What made the diesel-electric Gotland unique was that it was the first submarine designed from the start to use AIP (air-independent propulsion).  With AIP it could remain submerged for 19 days. Gotlands were also among the quietest non-nuclear submarines in the world. The three Gotland class boats are highly automated, with a crew of 30. They displace 1,494 tons, are 60.4 meters (198 feet) long and have four 533mm torpedo tubes (with 12 torpedoes) and two 400mm tubes (with six torpedoes). They can also carry 48 mines externally.

 

The A26 is a 1,900 ton boat that is 63 meters (207 feet) long and armed in a similar fashion to the Gotlands but with about 20 percent more mines and torpedoes. Each one will cost about $500 million. Underwater endurance (with an improved AIP) is the same as the Gotlands; 18 days with overall endurance of 45 days. The A26 crew is smaller (about 28). The A26 has better electronics and can dive a bit deeper (at least 200 meters/650 feet). Both designs were mainly intended for coastal waters and the relatively shallow Baltic Sea (average depth 55 meters and max depth 459 meters). The A26 is also equipped to carry naval commandos and has a special chamber for the commandos to leave and enter the submerged sub. The core stealth technology for the A26 is called GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) and some of this may end up in one or more of the refurbished Gotlands. GHOST involves more tech for keeping machinery even quieter than it is now as well as designing the shape of the A26 to make it more difficult for sonar and other sensors to detect.

 

Meanwhile the three Gotland boats are undergoing refurbishment and upgrades, which was always meant includes some of the new gear developed to the next class of subs. The refurbed Gotlands can serve into the late 2020s if need be. There are many nations who seek to buy second-hand Swedish subs and that’s what may happen to the Gotlands.

 

The U.S. Navy had a high opinion of the Gotlands as they leased one of them (along with Swedish crew) for two years (2006-7) to be a vital part of an anti-submarine warfare training program. The Gotland was something of a worst case in terms of what American surface ships and submarines might have to face in a future naval war. None of America's most likely naval opponents (China, North Korea or Iran), have many or any AIP boats, but they do have plenty of diesel-electric subs which, in the hands of skilled crews, can be pretty deadly. China is already putting AIP subs into service.  Training against the Gotland enabled the U.S. Navy to improve its anti-submarine tactics and techniques, as well as getting much valuable data from inside the Gotland. All the results of this training is highly classified, but it was apparently successful enough to get the one year program extended for another year.

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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 07:20
U.S. soldiers train with the shoulder-fired Carl-Gustaf weapon system. Photo by Spc. William Hatton, U.S. Army.

U.S. soldiers train with the shoulder-fired Carl-Gustaf weapon system. Photo by Spc. William Hatton, U.S. Army.

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 By Richard Tomkins  (UPI)

 

U.S. Special Operations Command has ordered ammunition for its Swedish-made 84mm recoilless weapon system.

 

Ammunition for 84mm Swedish recoilless rifles used by U.S. forces is to be supplied by Saab, the company said. The order for ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf M4 system was issued by U.S. Special Operations Command. No information on the monetary value of the order was disclosed. "This order demonstrates the continued confidence of our customer in the capabilities and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf," said Torbjorn Saxmo, head of Saab's Ground Combat business unit. "The system gives soldiers a battle-winning edge through its high accuracy, supreme effectiveness and great versatility."

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12 octobre 2015 1 12 /10 /octobre /2015 12:50
Series 30 SOM (Search Optronic Mast) - photo Sagem

Series 30 SOM (Search Optronic Mast) - photo Sagem

 

 

Boulogne Billancourt, le 12 octobre 2015 par Sagem

 

A l'issue d'un appel d'offres international, Sagem (Safran) vient de signer avec le chantier naval suédois Saab Kockums un important contrat portant sur l'acquisition des mâts optroniques destinés à quatre sous-marins de la marine suédoise.

 

Ce programme prévoit l'équipement de deux sous-marins de future génération de la classe A26 et de deux bâtiments de la classe Gotland déjà en service, chaque unité recevant un mât optronique de veille (MOV) de type Sagem Series 30. Ce contrat comprend également les fournitures logistiques initiales.

 

Le choix de Saab Kockums pour le mât optronique de veille de Sagem a été motivé par la très haute performance de ses capteurs optroniques, son intégration aisée au système de combat des bâtiments, et une interface homme-machine permettant d'exploiter de façon optimale ses fonctions d'imagerie de haute définition.

 

Les mâts optroniques de Sagem font appel à la technologie moderne des mâts de type « non pénétrant » dans la coque épaisse du sous-marin. Ils se caractérisent par leur compacité et une architecture multi-capteurs très intégrée, tout en répondant aux exigences les plus sévères de furtivité.   

 

Les mâts optroniques de veille destinés à la marine royale suédoise sont issus de la famille de mâts Série 30 que Sagem développe et produit pour les sous-marins Scorpène de DCNS et pour les futurs sous-marins nucléaires d'attaque de la classe Suffren de la Marine nationale (programme Barracuda). En 2014, les mâts optroniques de Sagem ont été sélectionnés et commandés par le chantier sud-coréen DSME pour les futurs sous-marins océaniques KSS-III.  

 

A travers ce nouveau succès, Sagem confirme sa position de référence nationale et internationale sur le marché de l'optronique sous-marine. Leader technologique de ce segment particulièrement pointu, Sagem développe et produit en France pour ses partenaires une famille complète de périscopes d'attaque, de mâts optroniques et de mâts radars pour sous-marins. Ils sont conçus par Sagem à Massy puis intégrés dans son établissement de Dijon, les caméras infrarouges étant produites dans celui de Poitiers.

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6 octobre 2015 2 06 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo Saab AB

Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo Saab AB

 

01 October 2015 Saab Press release

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) to supply the Norwegian Combat Training Centre with advanced training and simulation systems, plus support. The order amounts to SEK141 million and delivery will be from 2016 to 2020.

 

Saab’s business unit Training and Simulation has supplied the Norwegian Army with training equipment since 2003. Today’s order is a continuation of the existing service contract but also includes an upgrade of the training facility. The Norwegian Army will be the first customer to receive Saab’s new generation sight simulator unit for vehicles, ensuring a more realistic training experience.

 

“NDLO is pleased to continue the good cooperation we have had with Saab for several years. This ensures access to advanced training for the Norwegian Army,” says Brigadier Bjarne Nermo, head of NDLO Land Systems Division.

 

“We are very happy to continue our long and close cooperation with the Norwegian Army. Together we will expand and improve the current training capabilities at the Norwegian Combat Training Centre,” says Dag Wikören, head of marketing and sales for Saab in Norway.

 

The Norwegian Combat Training Centre consists of a complete battalion-level training system for soldiers, vehicles, anti-tank weapons along with a first-class exercise control system.

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6 octobre 2015 2 06 /10 /octobre /2015 16:35
Giraffe AMB photo Saab

Giraffe AMB photo Saab

 

01 October 2015 Saab Press release

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to supply the Australian Defence Force with Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM) support with a contract value of approximately $AUD 26.4m (approximately SEK 168 million). The initial contract period includes the establishment period and three years of support services thereafter, with options of up to five 12-month extensions, that could take the contract period up to July 2024.

 

C-RAM is an essential capability to protect friendly forces from hostile fire. C-RAM sensors provide detection and warning against small, mobile and hard-to-find threats such as rocket and mortar fire. The C-RAM capability components to be supported under this contact are Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radar, Giraffe Training Simulator and a Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. The contract follows the 2010 procurement of Saab’s Giraffe AMB and Giraffe Training System Mission Systems to support Australian troops during Operation ‘Slipper’ in Afghanistan.

 

“The Giraffe AMB radar maintained an operational availability of 98.5 per cent in Afghanistan and was the first layer of defence against insurgent rocket attacks for the Australian led coalition base at Tarin Kot,” says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

 

“This contract is a boost to local industry with additional positions through the period of the contract to manage the Australian sub-supplier network and deep maintenance services from our headquarters in Adelaide”, says Rosenfield.

 

Adelaide-based, Saab Australia will lead an In-Service Support team which includes Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden and SRCTec, LLC in Syracuse,USA.

 

“Saab’s global radar operations are now growing in Australia. Our Australian staff has the full backing of Saab in Sweden in our proven through-life support of the Giraffe AMB. It is a solution shared by many Giraffe AMB customers and includes global logistics and supply, comprehensive training, maintenance and engineering. This contract also proves that Saab has the competence to be able to support radar systems from other OEMs”, says Anders Linder, Head of Saab business unit Surface Radar Solutions.

 

SRCTec has been sub-contracted to provide through-life support to the AN/TPQ-49 Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. Saab Australia will manage the support program, including the establishment and delivery of support services and support to the introduction-into-service requirements, associated with the three C-RAM capability components.

 

The C-RAM capability is intended to be absorbed into the wider Australian Defence Force ground based air and missile defence capability.

 

Headquartered in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB, providing defence, security and traffic management solutions. With over 300 experienced staff across Australia and New Zealand, and a reputation for achieving complex systems integration projects on time, Saab Australia has proven its capabilities over more than 26 years.

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21 septembre 2015 1 21 /09 /septembre /2015 07:50
Giraffe AMB - photo Saab

Giraffe AMB - photo Saab

 

Sept 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Saab AB; issued Sept 14, 2015)

 

Defence and security company Saab has demonstrated and proven an improved capability for its Giraffe AMB radar to detect low, slow and small targets. This ‘Enhanced Low, Slow and Small’ (ELSS) function allows the Giraffe AMB to undertake dedicated counter-Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) operations, while conducting its full suite of regular air surveillance functions.

 

The new ELSS function was demonstrated in April during a UK-government sponsored trial to test and evaluate radar performance against demanding air targets in a complex environment. Known as ‘Bristow 15’ and conducted over the ranges at West Freugh, in Scotland, the trial is thought to be the only one of its kind held outside the USA.

 

Over six days more than 100 UAS sorties were flown against the radar, in multiple launches of up to six vehicles at a time. The Giraffe AMB showed unparalleled performance against low, slow and small airborne targets. Despite hundreds of birds and a demanding background of sea and ground clutter, the Giraffe AMB consistently detected, classified and tracked low, slow and small UAS vehicles flying increasingly complex tactical profiles. At the same time, the Giraffe AMB provided full, conventional air surveillance in its regular modes.

 

“Saab now offers ELSS as part of the Giraffe capability range. This gives a unique performance range from small slow UAVs, to rockets and mortars, to more traditional air targets, but all at the same time,” says Anders Linder, head of business unit Surface Radar Solutions, Saab.

 

With remarkable accuracy the ELSS function automatically finds and classifies low, slow and small targets; as slow and small as the quadcopter UAS vehicles typically flown by hobbyists. During the Bristow 15 trials, targets had a radar cross section as small as 0.001 sq metres. Saab’s ELSS function pushes the boundaries of small target detection, combines that with the latest in tracking technology and novel target classification techniques and wraps it up with a newly- designed, purpose-built human machine interface concept.

 

Although it was demonstrated on this occasion with the Giraffe AMB, the ELSS function can now be implemented on all Saab Giraffe radars. This means the Giraffe family of radars uniquely provides a simultaneous capability to detect and classify all kinds of air vehicles from ballistic missiles to the very small UAS.

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 12:50
Saab Receives First Order For Carl-Gustaf M4

 

 

Defence and security company Saab has received the first order for the new Carl-Gustaf M4 system from the armed forces of the Slovak Republic. Deliveries are expected to take place during 2016.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 made its market debut in late 2014. It has all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system but its improved, lightweight design (weighing only about 7 kg) offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier.

The M4 also compatible with future battlefield technology developments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. Now Slovakia has become the launch customer for the next-generation M4 system. In addition, the
Carl-Gustaf M4 system have been acquired by two other undisclosed countries for evaluation/qualification purposes.

“This is a great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system. I am very proud to announce that Slovakia is the first country to implement the Carl-Gustaf M4 in its armed forces. For Saab and for business area Dynamics this is further proof of our ability to offer world-leading solutions to our customers,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

“Slovakia now has a system that will further increase its defence capabilities. Since the launch of the system we have seen a tremendous interest in the market and we look forward to taking further orders from more countries,” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, head of Saab Market Area Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Saab’s Carl-Gustaf system has a long and distinguished service history all around the world. It has been successively modernised and enhanced to meet the changing requirements of its users.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version of the portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system. It gives users a wide range of engagement options and allows troops to remain agile and effective in any scenario. It builds on the system’s formidable capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations.

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 07:20
photo Saab

photo Saab

 

Sep 15, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the US Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (reduced sensitivity) anti-armour weapon system. Deliveries will take place during 2016.

The AT4CS RS is a disposable, preloaded weapon with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armour-effects inside the target. Thanks to this new warhead the AT4CS RS also has improved insensitive munition (IM) characteristics.

 

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15 septembre 2015 2 15 /09 /septembre /2015 16:55
MMP missile - photo Laurent Guichardon - MBDA

MMP missile - photo Laurent Guichardon - MBDA

 

September 14, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In early 2015 a Swedish firm (Saab) agreed to design and produce warheads for the new French MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) medium-range anti-tank missile (ATGM). Warhead deliveries are scheduled for 2017. This is a big deal for Saab, a Swedish company that is often a competitor when it comes to anti-tank weapons. Saab is often competing with the French manufacturer (MBDA) of MMP for ATGM business. The French military did the math and concluded that it was cheaper (and more effective) to buy certain key MMP components from the ATGM manufacturer with the best reputation. This was obviously cheaper and faster that having MBDA conducting their own research in that area.

 

MMP is a new generation of ATGM similar to the American Javelin or Israeli Spike but developed by a local firm because the French like to manufacture key weapons in France. The MMP will replace the older MILAN family of anti-tank missiles, which were also developed in France. The replacement effort goes back to 2009 when France rejected yet another Milan modernization proposal and in 2010 ordered 260 FGM-148 Javelin missiles from the United States. This purchase was quite a shock for French industry but also an incentive to develop an attractive locally made alternative to Javelin. This led to MMP and the Swedish warhead was seen as an asset, not a liability.

 

The MMP missile itself weights about 15 kg (33 pound), is 1.3 meters (51 inches) long 140mm in diameter. The weight of the firing unit, including tripod and battery, is another 11 kg (24 pounds). The missile can be fired from portable firing posts, vehicles and army aviation platforms (in the future). MMP features a dual-mode seeker incorporating an uncooled thermal and daylight television channel together with inertial reference unit. An uncooled IR seeker is especially useful, because it can be used very quickly, as opposed to cooled seekers like Javelin’s that require some time to become ready. The warhead is a 140mm caliber tandem shaped charge which according to producer is capable to penetrating any modern tank or two meters of concrete. The missile can engage targets 4,000 meters away. MMP also has a two-way datalink which provide fire-and-forget, man-in-the-loop and non-line-of-sight firing modes with either direct or top-attack (flying over a target and sending penetrator through the thin top armor). MMP can also soft-launch (be safely fired from confined spaces like buildings).

 

A heavier 8,000 meter version (called MLP) is in the works for helicopters and vehicles. MLP will replace the current HOT missiles.

 

MMP successfully conducted extensive test firings in early 2015. These included live-firing under various conditions. Some additional tests will take place before the end of 2015. The French Army had no doubt that the MMP effort would succeed and in late 2013 ordered 175 firing posts and 450 missiles, which deliveries beginning in 2017. The entire procurement contract for the French Army is for 2,850 missiles and 400 firing posts. MBDA expects MMP and MLP to be competitive export items.

 

Meanwhile the older (1970s) technology Milan has remained in production, mainly because it can still get the job done if used against lightly armored vehicles and older tanks. India is a major user (building Milan under license) because their likely opponents, until recently, only had tanks that Milan could handle. But now they have an aggressive China massing forces on the border and building much better protected tanks. The basic Milan is a 1.2 meter long, 125mm diameter, 7.1 kg (16 pound) missile. It has a minimum range of 400 meters and maximum range of 2,000 meters. At max range the missile takes about 13 seconds to reach its target. The missile is guided to the target by the operator via a thin wire. The launcher weighs 21 kg (46 pounds). The missile can penetrate about a meter (39 inches) of armor, making it effective against all but the most modern tanks (M-1, Challenger, Leopard 2). Since the 1970s, over 350,000 Milan missiles and 30,000 launchers have been built worldwide. More modern ATGM are wireless and require much less effort on the part of the operator but they are more expensive. Milans are now being phased out in favor of more modern designs although some will remain in service into the 2020s.

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Brazilian air force pilots gathered in front of the Gripen full scale replica

Brazilian air force pilots gathered in front of the Gripen full scale replica

 

10 September 2015 by Saab

 

Today the Gripen NG programme reached a historical milestone. With all contracts signed, the biggest export deal in the history of Saab has now been finalised which means that the Brazilian Gripen NG programme moves in to the next phase.

 

When Brazil and Saab signed the contract for Gripen NG in October 2014 it was stated that it would come into effect once certain conditions had been fulfilled. Today, we are happy to announce that all required conditions are in place, marking the formal start of the Brazilian Gripen NG programme.

“Our partnership with the Brazilian industry strengthens Saab's position in Latin America and also supports our strategy of growth through industrial partnerships”, says Ulf Nilsson, Head of Business Area Aeronautics, Saab.

Together with our Brazilian partners we are now taking the next steps and moving full speed ahead to construct and deliver the thirty six Gripen aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.

 

More than aircraft

The co-operation between Brazil and Sweden encompasses much more than  the aircraft. It includes comprehensive industrial co-operation between the countries in areas such as research and development and transfer of technology which will be performed over approximately ten years.

“The acquisition of Gripen NG will provide benefits beyond the enlargement of the Brazilian Air Force operational capacity. In addition to equipping FAB with one of the world's most modern fighters, the participation in the development of Gripen NG’s project means a technological breakthrough for Brazilian industry", says Lieutenant-Brigadier Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force.

Through an extensive technology transfer programme, involving Brazil’s leading defence and aerospace companies, some 350 Brazilian engineers and technicians and their families will travel to Sweden for education and on-the-job-training. Through this programme they will gain experience and develop the competence for developing, producing and maintaining the Gripen fighter. Saab’s own staff will also go to Brazil to assist in setting up the operations in country. The technology transfer programme will contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil.

The Gripen NG will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force between 2019 and 2024.

 

Link to Press release

Link to Gripen pages

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10 septembre 2015 4 10 /09 /septembre /2015 11:25
Gripen NG Contract With Brazil Becomes Effective

 

 

On 27 October 2014 Saab announced the conclusion of a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG aircraft. The contract has now come into effect as all required conditions have been fulfilled. Today, the order value of approximately SEK39.3 billion is booked by Saab as order intake. Gripen NG deliveries to the Brazilian Air Force will be undertaken from 2019 to 2024

The associated industrial co-operation contract (including technology transfer to Brazilian industries), which was signed in October 2014, also comes into effect today.

“Through the Gripen NG programme, we continue to build on the industrial relations between Brazil and Sweden. I am confident that this important programme will serve as a platform for new business and contribute to the growth of both the Brazilian and Swedish industry,” says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.

“This important milestone marks the formal start to the Brazilian Gripen NG programme. We will now work full speed ahead to ensure timely deliveries of Gripen NG to Brazil. Our partnership with Brazilian industry strengthens Saab’s position in Latin America and supports our strategy for growth through industrial co-operation,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

The technology transfer programme will further contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil. Brazilian engineers and technicians will come to Saab for education and on-the job-training in Sweden starting in October 2015.

“The acquisition of Gripen NG will provide benefits beyond the enlargement of the Brazilian Air Force’s operational capacity. In addition to equipping FAB with one of the world's most modern fighters, the participation in the development of Gripen NG means a technological breakthrough for Brazilian industry,” says Lieutenant-Brigadier Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force.

Saab’s Gripen is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of undertaking the full range of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, including specialist roles such as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and electronic warfare. Gripen is equipped with the most modern sensors and mission systems, including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and infra-red search and track (IRST) system. It can be armed with any air-launched weapon that a customer requires, and integration of new capabilities is speedy and affordable. Gripen is easily deployable, with a very low maintenance and support footprint coupled with high reliability.

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photo Undersea Defence Technology

photo Undersea Defence Technology

 

20/07/2015 par SITTA

 

La 28ème édition du salon UDT « Undersea Defence Technology » s’est déroulée à Rotterdam (Pays Bas), du 3 au 5 juin 2015 au palais des congrès « Ahoy ».

 

Ce salon a vocation à rassembler les sociétés majeures de la lutte sous la mer et de découvrir les dernières innovations en matière de défense et de technologies de ce domaine.

 

Le salon UDT Europe 2015 a attiré soixante six exposants provenant de quatorze pays incluant notamment, l’Allemagne, les Pays-Bas, la Turquie, la Suède, le Royaume-Uni et la Norvège.

 

Forte de ses compétences industrielles reconnues à l’export et maîtrisant de nombreux savoir-faire, l’industrie navale française était notamment représentée par les sociétés DCNS et Alseamar. Ces dernières, se sont distinguées par l’affluence dans leurs stands tout au long de la manifestation et l’intérêt suscité par les professionnels du domaine maritime.

 

Rendez-vous est déjà pris pour la prochaine édition du salon « UDT Europe » qui se tiendra à Oslo (Norvège) du 1erau 3 juin 2016.

 

Parmi tous les matériels exposés au cours de cette édition, il convient de retenir :

 

Sous-marin A26 (Saab – Suède)

 

photo Saab

photo Saab

Prenant en compte le déplacement des conflits depuis la haute mer vers les zones littorales, Saab propose le A26, un sous-marin équipé d’un système de propulsion AIP et capable d’accomplir un large spectre de missions. Si les solutions proposées par le constructeur suédois permettent à l’A-26 de tenir la haute mer et d’y accomplir des missions de lutte anti-sous-marine et antisurface, des solutions innovantes lui confèrent une capacité à opérer près des côtes. Les missions d’acquisition du renseignement, de guerre des mines entrent dans ce cadre et sont facilitées par l’emploi d’un ROV (Remotly operated vehicle) mis en œuvre par le biais d’un sas situé en partie avant du sous-marin : le Saab’s Multimission Portal. Ce sas permet également la mise en œuvre de nageurs de combat, ouvrant ainsi le champ des opérations spéciales. Posé sur le fond de l’océan, le sous-marin devient indétectable grâce à la forme de carène au design Stealth et son revêtement anéchoïde. L’encapsulage des auxiliaires les plus bruyants, le montage sur des berceaux découplés, la réduction de la vitesse de circulation des fluides dans les circuits internes du bâtiment, garantissent la maitrise du niveau de bruit. Fidèle à Kockums, l’AIP modernisé reprend la technologie de type Stirling, éprouvée et jugée très sure, et contribue à la discrétion du sous-marin ainsi qu’au confort de l’équipage. La résistance aux dommages de combat a fait l’objet d’une attention particulière. Le choix des matériaux, leur usinage et l’assemblage garantissent répondent aux exigences les plus sévères.

 

Propulsion AIP, qualités manœuvrières remarquables et discrétion acoustique poussée, endurance de 45 jours, sonars et senseurs optoélectroniques et électromagnétiques performants font notamment de l’A26 un excellent outil qui autorise la mise en application d’une politique navale de défense tant en haute mer qu’aux abords du littoral.

 

Softwares pour gliders et ROV (Seebyte – Royaume Uni).

 

CoPilot software - photo SeeByte

CoPilot software - photo SeeByte

S’appuyant sur son expérience dans les domaines Oil & Gas, la société SeeByte, dont le siège se trouve en Ecosse à Edimbourg, propose des solutions logicielles qui s’adaptent à tous les types de ROV et Unmanned Maritime System (UMS). Les softwares développés permettent, en premier lieu, le planning des missions et l’optimisation du déroulement de celles-ci. Si les logiciels assurent le contrôle de l’immersion, du cap et de la poussée des moteurs, la société SeeByte dote également les UMS d’une capacité logicielle de discrimination des obstacles sous-marins. Grace aux éléments programmés, la machine est alors capable d’appréhender le milieu dans lequel elle évolue, de réagir en temps réel et de modifier de façon autonome sa trajectoire pour éviter l’obstacle tout en poursuivant sa mission.

 

Les logiciels implantés par Seebyte prennent en charge les différents de senseurs existants pour permettre la collecte des données. Ces données sont géoréférencées et stockées de façon optimale pour permettre leur traitement ultérieur à terre.

 

Les interfaces de maintenance simplifiées laissent une certaine latitude aux opérateurs et donne à la plateforme, qui utilise les solutions Seebyte, une grande souplesse d’emploi et réduit les périodes d’indisponibilité au profit des opérations.

 

19 marines dans le monde utilisent actuellement les solutions informatiques proposées par Seebyte.

 

Véhicule sous marin à vocation spéciale (Ortega - Pays Bas)

 

Ortega Mk. 1A

Ortega Mk. 1A

Né de l’esprit d’un designer venu du constructeur automobile Volvo, le véhicule Ortega Mk. 1A est un submersible destiné aux forces spéciales. Equipé d’un ballast permettant d’ajuster la flottabilité, capable de parcourir 41 miles nautiques à la vitesse maximale de 6 nd, la motorisation électrique confère à ce véhicule sous-marin une grande discrétion. Une conception qui fait appel aux matériaux composites ainsi qu’une forme de carène atténuant les réflexions des ondes sonar adverses le rendent quasi-indétectable. Sa capacité d’emport s’établit à 150 kg de matériel.

 

L’appareil respiratoire du pilote, en combinaison de plongée, est intégré au véhicule sous-marin. Trois autres modèles sont à l’étude : le Mk. 1B biplace, le Mk. 1C triplace et une version cargo. Le modèle biplace, et plus encore la version triplace développée à la demande des forces spéciales, atteint 125 milles nautiques d’autonomie. Le véhicule peut être abandonné sous l’eau pendant plusieurs semaines, alors même que les forces spéciales accomplissent leur mission.

 

Ce véhicule suffisamment rustique et léger, pour être aérotransporté, peut être équipé en option d’un sonar 3D facilitant l’accomplissement de la mission. L’intégration d’un ROV, commandé depuis ce submersible, est également à l’étude.

 

Munitions à super cavitation (DSG Technology - Norvège).

 

photo DSG Technology

photo DSG Technology

La société DSG, implantée au Royaume Uni, propose des munitions évoluant sous l’eau à grande vitesse selon les principes de la super cavitation. La forme de l’ogive permet à la munition de contrôler l’évolution de l’enveloppe de gaz qui l’entoure, et ainsi de gagner en vitesse et en portée sous l’eau. Les portées maximales sont de 2 200 m dans l’air et 60 m dans l’eau.

 

Ce type de munitions, d’un calibre compris entre 5,56 et 12,7 mm, peut être utilisé dans des armes standard, sans qu’aucune modification ne soit nécessaire. Destinées initialement aux forces spéciales, ces munitions font preuve d’une grande polyvalence : le franchissement du dioptre peut s’effectuer dans les deux sens et ces munitions peuvent donc être tirées depuis le milieu sous-marin vers une cible située en surface ou, à l’inverse, depuis la surface vers un but immergé. Les applications sont multiples. A vocation anti-personnel ou anti matériel, elles peuvent constituer un système de défense anti-torpilles ou de lutte contre les mines de proximité (hard kill), voire d’avertissement face à un sous-marin (soft kill). Des munitions de plus fort calibre, de 20 et 30 mm, sont en cours de développement.

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500 millions $ en contrats à Rheinmetall Canada


27 juil. 2015 par 45e Nord.ca

 

Annonce de contrats pour l'équipement intégré du soldat et le radar moyenne portée.

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Saab promotes tactical advantages of ‘Soft kill’ technology in combat

 

17 July 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Success in modern combat is less about adding more armour and weight, and more about moving towards the increased self-protection afforded by automated integrated survivability solutions, according to Saab Grintek Defence, which spoke about soft kill technology at the recent Land Forces Africa conference.

 

These solutions allow for regaining the initiative through quick action and agility that minimise chances of loss and maximise chances of successful counter actions, or allow disengagement from the immediate threat situation, according to Saab Grintek Defence.

 

This trend moves away from adding conventional armour that tries to absorb impact, a historical trend that has been superseded by evolutions in modern threat management.

 

One such solution offered by Saab Grintek Defence is the Land Electronic Defence System (LEDS), consisting of an array of threat detectors that provides hemispherical threat warning against all known laser based threats. LEDS-50 provides the ideal solution for combat forces as it can deploy an array of effectors, including multispectral smoke screening, in less than 1.2 seconds after it has detected a laser threat. It is an affordable retrofit or can be included in design specifications for new equipment, according to Saab.

 

Furthermore, it provides visual and audio warnings, classifies the threat, as well as moving the turret and or remote weapon station (RWS) of the combat vehicle in the direction of the threat.

 

“The system offers up to 99 percent interruption probability against laser beamrider anti-tank threats, for example the AT-14 Kornet, and reduces the hit probability of the missile by up to 80 percent,” explained Ferreira, Product Manager, Land Self-Protection Systems, Saab Grintek Defence. “Firing this kind of ‘soft kill’ multi-spectral smoke gives users the valuable time they need to regain the initiative and effectively respond against the threat by combining tactics and effectors without being seen visually or thermally by the attacker.”

 

When integrated to a vehicle’s Battle Management System (BMS), the LEDS-50 analyses the enemy’s attack cycle, alerts occupants that they have been targeted, and then deploys the smoke screen or other appropriate effectors that prevents the enemy from effectively engaging the vehicle. It is also able to identify the direction of the threat, and classify it, inputting enemy information about encounters into a common situational awareness picture, adding a tactical benefit to its basic laser warning capability.

 

LEDS meets the requirements for the full spectrum of land and amphibious operations regardless of global theatre, and is fully NATO compliant, Saab pointed out.

 

When combining battle management information with GPS data, a real time picture emerges of threat presence relative to own forces, making it quicker and simpler to devise a defensive response.

 

“Asymmetric opponents, for example ISIS, makes use of commercial equipment like golfing or hunting lasers to boost the accuracy of their weapons,” Ferreira says. “This enhances their first round kill probability against targets that do not have laser warning and effective fast counter measures.

 

“At present, more than 70 percent of anti-armour threats are laser related, and this type of threat is becoming more prevalent in asymmetric warfare as was seen recently by the deployment of AT-14 Kornet and TOW anti-tank missile systems by ISIS in Iraq.”

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Kockums A26

 

30 juin 2015 by Saab

 

Kockums A26 is the world’s most modern submarine program for the Swedish Navy. The Kockums A26 is a unique submarine with proven modular design, silent long-endurance submerged performance and excellent manoeuvrability in all waters.

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Barracuda - Advanced camouflage

 

5 juin 2015 by Saab

Signature Management is the advanced art of detection avoidance and includes measures that adjust the signature in applicable parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Utilized properly, Saab´s Advanced Camouflage Systems can safeguard vehicles, fixed installations and personnel from the ever-increasing sensor threat and deny enemies superiority by forcing them to detect you well within your range of fire.

Find out more: http://saab.com/land/signature-manage...

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A26 Next Generation Submarine - photo Saab

A26 Next Generation Submarine - photo Saab

 

Stockholm, 19 mars 2015 Marine & Océans (AFP)

 

La Suède va commander deux nouveaux sous-marins pour une somme maximale de 886 millions d'euros afin de renforcer sa Marine, quelques mois après le fiasco des recherches pour trouver au large de Stockholm un sous-marin soupçonné d'être russe, a annoncé jeudi le gouvernement.

 

"La commande (...) va permettre d'assurer la capacité sous-marine de la Suède au-delà de 2030", a dit le ministre de la Défense suédoise, Peter Hultqvist, cité dans un communiqué de son ministère.

 

Les appareils, de nouvelle génération, seront livrés au plus tard en 2022.

 

Le groupe d'armement et d'aéronautique Saab s'était félicité dès mardi du futur investissement de Stockholm dans deux sous-marins A 26.

 

La semaine dernière, le gouvernement avait déjà annoncé quelque 675 millions d'euros de crédits supplémentaires pour aider sa Marine à mieux défendre les côtes du pays après la déconfiture de la chasse au sous-marin présumé russe en octobre.

 

L'épisode de l'automne avait mis en lumière l'inadaptation des moyens de la Marine pour défendre l'archipel de Stockholm, dédale de chenaux où ce sous-marin avait pu se cacher pendant plusieurs jours.

 

"La capacité sous-marine est une composante centrale de la défense suédoise en temps de paix ainsi qu'en état d'alerte et en temps de guerre", a rappelé le ministère de la Défense dans son communiqué.

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Falcon 900 MPA - photo Dassault Aviation

Falcon 900 MPA - photo Dassault Aviation

 

March 18, 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Langkawi - Maritime patrol and surveillance were the most prominent themes of this year's LIMA show, as big manufacturers jockeyed to promote their various solutions for the mission.

Industry sources say that Kuala Lumpur is in the process of crystallising a requirement for six to eight long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

The potential requirement attracted attention from a range of companies including Boeing, Saab, Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace.

Boeing brought its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) technology demonstrator to the show. The type appeared on the static line, and the US airframer briefed media and officials on the MSA's capabilities. A modified Challenger 604 business jet, the unarmed MSA is optimised for high altitude, broad area surveillance.

Saab, Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace also displayed models of MSA and MPA solutions on their stands.

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Saab Comments on the Swedish Government's Announced Investments in the Next Generation Submarine, A26

 

Mar 17, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab welcomes the Swedish Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist’s, announcement to invest in two submarines of the next generation, A26, of a total amount of SEK 8,2 billion. The Swedish minister made the announcement in Karlskrona, Sweden.

 

Today, the Swedish Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist, announced that the government, on Thursday, intends to give a mandate to the Armed Forces to order two submarines.

 

Saab has not received any order on production of the new submarine but Saab looks forward to the discussions, which will lead to an agreement and order for A26. This will be a part of an earlier signed Letter of Intent.

 

Saab and FMV (The Swedish Defence Material Administration) signed a Letter of Intent in June 2014 regarding the Swedish Armed Forces’ underwater capability for the period 2015-2024. The Letter of Intent comprises support, development, design and production of submarines and other underwater systems, corresponding to potential orders of approximately SEK 11.2 billion, provided that necessary decisions are made.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 08:25
The Giraffe radar is part of the British Army Land Environment Air Picture Provision system.(Photo Lockheed Martin)

The Giraffe radar is part of the British Army Land Environment Air Picture Provision system.(Photo Lockheed Martin)

 

March 17, 2015 By Andrew Chuter – Defense News

 

LONDON — Britain has taken a significant step toward updating its air defenses on the Falkland Islands by kick-starting a competition to supply a key element of a new ground-based system.

 

Defence Ministry officials recently briefed industry on its requirements for a battle management C4I system and have triggered the process toward selecting a contractor to do the work by issuing a pre-qualification questionnaire.

 

An MoD spokesman declined to confirm the system is destined for the Falkland Islands, saying that commenting on deployment details is "inappropriate" at this time.

 

Industry sources, though, said the BMC4I system is scheduled to head to the British overseas territory in the South Atlantic, some 300 miles off the coast of Argentina.

 

Britain and Argentina fought a bloody war over the islands in 1982 and the dispute concerning sovereignty of the territory, known in Buenos Aires as the Malvinas, continues to rumble on diplomatically.

 

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Saab were among the companies known to have attended the February briefing by the British MoD.

 

The contract comes in what the British call its B1 funding category, which means the value of the BMC4I deal lays somewhere between £100 million (US $147 million) and £250 million.

 

The command-and-control system will be part of an air defense system that will include a new ground-to-air missile being developed by MBDA and Saab's Giraffe radar, which is already in service with the British military.

 

The MoD spokesman said the BMC4I-based requirement is in the assessment phase with the contract award to go ahead, known here as the main gate decision, by May 2016.

 

He declined to give an in-service date for the system.

 

However, the MoD's Contract Bulletin reports that the winning contractor will have to provide five years of initial support in a contract set to end in 2025.

 

The British Army recently received the last unit of a similar ground-based air defense system from Lockheed Martin, known as Land Environment Air Picture Provision, or LEAPP.

 

The spokesman said LEAPP hadn't been considered because the new requirement involved additional capabilities.

 

"The potential threat posed to our forces from air platforms and their munitions has evolved and the system required must interact with the Future Local Area Air Defence System (FLAADS) (Land) and G-AMB radar system, meaning it needs a solution incorporating additional capabilities (like weapon control) for which LEAPP was not designed," he said.

 

LEAPP achieved full operating capability in December and the spokesman said reliability and functionality of the system is exemplary.

 

Britain awarded missile-maker MBDA a £228 million contract in December to develop the FLAADS (Land) weapon system.

 

The new weapon is destined to replace the long-serving Rapier anti-air missile as part of the Falklands ground-based defenses and in other British Army units by 2020.

 

With an aging Air Force, Argentina poses no threat to the islands, which are guarded by a small force of Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters and ground-based assets.

 

The Argentineans, though, have been trying, so far without success, to modernize a force that consists of Mirage III, Super Entendard and Nesher combat jets.

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Saab Receives Order for Carl-Gustaf Components

 

Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab have signed a contract on further deliveries of components for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.

The order has a total value of SEK 127 million and comprises components for ammunition to the Carl-Gustaf system, a modern and effective ground support weapon system. The contract also includes an option for additional orders with a total value of SEK 60 million.

 

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Boeing and Saab test their new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb concept in Feb. 2015.(Photo Boeing)

Boeing and Saab test their new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb concept in Feb. 2015.(Photo Boeing)

 

March 10, 2015 By Aaron Mehta – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Boeing and Saab have teamed up to develop a Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) program, with three successful test launches of the new system completed last month.

 

The three tests, conducted at a range in Sweden, proved that the Boeing and Saab design could successfully launch a SDB weapon from the ground, sync up with GPS and guide the weapon to its target, opening up what Beth Kluba, vice president for Boeing Weapons and Missile Systems, called "all-angle, all-aspect attack."

 

The system essentially sticks a GBU-39B small diameter bomb, widely used by the US military and a number of international customers, on the front of a M26 rocket. The M26 is set to be demilitarized by 2018 under a set of cluster munitions treaties, meaning the GLSDB program would essentially be recycling an item that countries were planning to stockpile or scrap.

 

The weapon is designed to be launched out of a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), used by a number of US allies already, avoiding the need to design a new launch system. That MLRS can hold six weapons per pod, with two pods per vehicle.

 

Executives from the two companies are positioning the system as a low-cost product that meets a requirement gap by combining off-the-shelf products.

 

Video of Boeing's Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb

 

"These are technologies that are already in use," Kluba said. "It's off-the-shelf technology. That really drives the risk down for this new capability."

 

Once launched, the SDB acts as any air-launched SDB would, which means ground-based commanders now have 360-degree coverage. The weapon can do both high and low angles of attack, fly around terrain to hit targets on the back of mountains, or circle back around to attack a target behind the launch vehicle.

 

Range-wise, the GLSDB can hit targets 150 kilometers in front of the launcher or 70 kilometers behind it.

 

While declining to put a price range for the system, Kluba said it will be "very affordable" and comparable in price to anything the MLRS currently uses. She also predicted an 18- to 24-month delivery time from when a contract is signed to when the system would be fielded.

 

"This is not developmental, it's not PowerPoint," she said. "It' hardware, it exists, and through our investment we're able to bring this capability to the war fighter very quickly."

 

That investment she mentions is all internal R&D spending, something split between the two companies.

 

According to Kluba and Saab North America President Michael Andersson, there are ongoing discussions with a number of customers, including several who were present for the weapon tests in February. While Kluba confirmed the US Army is looking at the system, she declined to identify other customers.

 

Boeing actually began development of the GLSDB system in 2011, but dramatically sped up the process once Saab signed on as a partner in August.

 

Both executives also declined to go into details of how the investment has been split between the two companies. However, it is clear that a big part of Saab's role will be to help sell the system to nations overseas, something in line with previous Boeing teaming efforts.

 

"From Boeing's point of view, this was something we wanted to do and we were moving towards that goal," Kluba said. "As we conducted out various reviews, we saw an opportunity, because we have a relationship in place with Saab, and as we were looking at the market and how to be most successful in penetrating the global market, we saw an opportunity."

 

"We view ourselves as equal partners," Andersson said. "We're bringing different skills and capabilities to the program, and that ranges from engineering production, testing and also marketing."

 

Andersson added that there are 10 potential initial customers identified by the companies, adding that this is a program that could exist even if the US does not buy in.

 

"Looking at the international coalition partners, this is a very important capability," he said. "In the US context it may be more complimentary. Here it is a unique capability that they haven't had access too, and that's really important in terms of looking at the broader market."

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