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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 17:50
Selex to supply radios and NVGs for Italian Army's Soldato Futuro programme

The Swave radio is capable of hosting various waveforms interoperable with both existing and future systems. Photo courtesy of Selex ES S.p.A - A Finmeccanica Company


28 March 2014 army-technology.com


Selex has been awarded two contracts worth €60m for the supply of SWave software defined radios (SDR) and tactical mobility night vision goggles (TM-NVG) for the Italian Army's Soldato Futuro programme.


Under the first contract, the company will supply 2,726 radio SDR hand-helds to the Italian Army's light infantry troops. This first batch is part of the lot envisaged for the next five to six years.


The second contract covers delivery of 2,726 TM-NVGs, a third-generation binocular device designed to provide advanced equipment for the nocturnal tactical mobility of the Future Soldier.


The Swave radio is said to be capable of hosting various wave forms interoperable with both existing and future systems, which permits the realisation of effective economies of scale for the customer, with regard to logistical support.


Designed to display all the information and map data provided by the command and control (C2) system on the eye-piece, the TM-NVG is also fitted with an integrated camera that can return the observed scene to the C2 system.


Hardware and software developments are expected to provide additional functions and individual navigation capability to the soldier to further enhance their mobility in low-visibility conditions.


The TM-NVG is also integrated in the NIMOS night mobility system, 558 units of which are currently being supplied by Selex to the Italian Army as part of the Forza NEC programme.


Jointly developed by Selex and the Italian Army, the Soldato Futuro programme seeks complete a modernisation of Italian soldiers' systems and equipment, thereby aligning their operating capacities with current and future scenarios requirements.

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31 janvier 2014 5 31 /01 /janvier /2014 18:50
photo Dassault Aviation

photo Dassault Aviation


31 January 2014 By Dominic Perry – FG


London - BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation have welcomed the launch by the UK and France of a joint two-year £120 million ($198 million) feasibility study into a future unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).


The pact was unveiled today at a summit between Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande at RAF Brize Norton in the UK.


Early research on the programme has already been carried out by the two companies, along with partners Rolls-Royce, Safran, Thales and Selex, leading to the recent completion of a joint study presented to both governments. The "preparation phase" work was conducted following the 2010 Lancaster House treaty, which deepened defence ties between the two nations.


Eric Trappier, Dassault chief executive, says: "This launch by the French and British authorities is contributing to the development of the combat air systems sector, and is paving the way for the future in this strategic field."


Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems, adds: "Given the strong research and development investment and progress in technology that has already been made, continuing work in unmanned air systems will also ensure we maintain the core knowledge and key skills necessary to make a make a long-term contribution to both our national economies.”



Dassault and BAE Systems welcome Anglo-French UCAV pact

Both companies have already been working on UCAV demonstration programmes. BAE's Taranis has conducted test flights in conjunction with the UK Ministry of Defence, while Dassault was the industrial lead on the multination Neuron programme, which made its maiden flight in December 2012.


Technologies from both are likely to be utilised on the future Anglo-French UCAV.

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