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US Navy's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar completes major design review, on track for developmentTEWKSBURY, Mass., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Navy conducted the Preliminary Design Review for the new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, confirming system development is on track for delivery to the designated ship classes. The PDR followed several EASR milestones completed as planned on the development schedule, including the combined Systems Requirements and System Functional Reviews, and the Integrated Baseline Review.EASR is the U.S. Navy's advanced radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships, providing simultaneous anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and air traffic control mission capabilities. It delivers increased performance, higher reliability and sustainability, and lower total ownership cost than the radars it replaces. EASR is the replacement for the Volume Search Radar for the CVN 78 class, and the AN/SPS-48 and AN/SPS-49 radar systems for numerous ship classes."Each EASR development milestone brings us closer to providing this needed mission capability to our Sailors and Marines deployed on aircraft carriers and amphibious ships," said U.S. Navy Capt. Seiko Okano, major program manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. "As the PDR confirmed, the technical and design maturity of this advanced radar is right where it should be."The PDR validated Raytheon's scaled design leveraging the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar, configured into a rotating and a fixed face variant to match the missions of the multiple ship classes. EASR is built on Radar Modular Assembly technology which has been matured through development – and recent test successes – of AN/SPY-6 for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyers. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2'x2'x2' box. These individual radars can integrate together to form arrays of various sizes.The commonality - in both hardware and software – with SPY-6 offers a host of advantages, including performance, availability and reliability; maintenance, training, logistics and lifecycle support. Following the progress and performance successes of AN/SPY-6, both radars continue to demonstrate their capabilities to meet the mission needs, the maturity of the technology, and the inherent innovation and flexibility of the design.
THALES DISCUSSES SEA FIRE 500 WITH DGABeth StevensonPublished: 06 June 2017Thales is in discussions with the French DGA procurement agency regarding the potential adaptation of its new Sea Fire 500 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar into a ground-based missile defence system.Speaking to MONS at its Rouen site on 31 May, Gaston Marcantoni, Director for Surface Multi-Function Radar Activities at Thales, said that the concept behind the naval radar was that it would eventually evolve into a family of systems, and vehicle-based air defence is the next avenue for this. “We are thinking about what the future ground applications for this could be,” he said. “We are proposing to the French ministry of defence through the DGA what kind of study we could perform into this. For some applications, we know where we want to go; for others, we are still working on it.”Continuing along the same lines as the Sea Fire, the so-called Ground Fire radar will be an S-band system that will also be a fully-digitalised AESA, Marcantoni said. However, while the Sea Fire 500 is a gallium nitride (GaN) solid-state four-panel phased-array antenna, and the arrays can be positioned at different points on a vessel, the ground-based variant will be a fixed-antenna.It will include an S-band uplink for the missile guidance, and for the markets that Thales is targeting, S-band is a sufficient link for the air defence system to operate in, Marcantoni noted. Sea Fire is designed to have multiple functions, including surveillance, tracking and fire control, and all of these have to be carried out simultaneously in order to be able to carry out the air defence role.Thales claims that the building blocks of the radar system are adaptable, and were designed to be applied to other applications.This includes a compact transmit and receive channel, high power/efficiency GaN transmitter, wide RF bandwidth, fully digital AESA antenna, high rate analogue to digital converter, and open software to allow for upgrades.Reliability is ensured through the architecture, Marcantoni added, so it will address all types of radar requirements with one architecture.Thales is still developing the Sea Fire radar, and the company expects that production of this will start soon. Marcantoni said that within the coming two months the first element of the prototype will be developed – a transmitter/receiver - with testing to begin in 2018 and continue for some two years ahead of the first delivery for the navy’s intermediate frigates in 2020.Paris is acquiring five [email protected]“It will be endowed with extended self-defence and special forces projection capacities,” DCNS said in April. “Last but not least, it will integrate the new Thales Sea Fire four flat antenna radar, and will be equipped with ASTER 30 missiles from MBDA.”Marcantoni noted that this family of radar is not replacing the Groundmaster series that the company has seen success with, noting that these have a surveillance application rather than the missile defence application of the Ground Fire and Sea Fire.Thales Ground Fire will be unveiled at Le Bourget 2017hires
Lunoccupied wrote:Is this technically considered CAPTAS-4 or is this a new sonar? From what I learned before, US Navy took the active transmitter from CAPTAS-4 and merge with MFTA, which is the passsive receiver. The whole suite is dedicated for LCS ASW package. The Navy contracted a few companies a few years back to design the handling system because the original one was deemed too heavy.
Lunoccupied wrote:I just found out that AGS used to have three kinds of ammunitions, the most well-known LRLAP, naval version of M982 Excaliber called MRLAP, and an unguided ballitic projectile. We all know LRLAP was abandoned and Excaliber was selected to be the replacement, for now at least. So how come Navy never mentioned about MRLAP and the ballistic projectile. Are they cancelled at some point?
MattReloaded wrote:From Jane's :Artillery overmatch: Koalitsiya brings step change in Russian capabilitiesChristopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review 24 August 2016Key Points* The 2S35 will provide the Russian Army with an extended-range indirect fire capability* The system has a longer range and higher rate of fire than comparable NATO platforms
Artillery overmatch: Koalitsiya brings step change in Russian capabilitiesChristopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review 24 August 2016Key Points* The 2S35 will provide the Russian Army with an extended-range indirect fire capability* The system has a longer range and higher rate of fire than comparable NATO platforms
Russian 1st Guards Armored Army received new 2S19M2 Self-Propelled howitzersPublished: Friday, 16 June 2017 07:58Units of Russia’s 1st Guards Armored Army based in the Moscow Region have received several dozen 2S19M2 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, the Russian Western Military District’s press office said. "Artillery units of the Tamanskaya and Kantemirovskaya divisions have received military hardware from defense contractors and put it into operation," the press office said. "The crews have undergone special training to operate the weapons. The howitzers have been accommodated at facilities with required infrastructure," the press office added. Artillery units of the 1st Armored Army will use the recently-received Msta-S self-propelled howitzers during live-firing exercises to be held at the final stage of the summer training period.The Msta-S self-propelled howitzer is equipped with an improved control system and designed to destroy fortifications, artillery and mortar batteries, armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons, air defense and ballistic missile defense systems, etc. The Msta-S howitzer can fire high-explosive/fragmentation, rocket-assisted and jammer projectiles, the Krasnopol high-precision guided projectiles and other munitions at a rate of eight rounds per minute.
French Company Thales unveils its Ground Fire ground radar family at Paris Air Show 2017.Published: Monday, 19 June 2017 09:37On the first day of the Paris Air Show which takes place in Paris (France) from the 19 to 25 June 2017, French Company Thales is unveiling its Ground Fire family: a range of latest-generation multifunction ground radar. The radar system, which is fully digital, will carry out air defence and surveillance missions simultaneously. New Ground Fire radar family of Thales (Picture source Thales) Air Forces today are confronted with major changes in the type of threats they face, as well as in their environment. Targets can be very slow or extremely fast-moving, furtive and manoeuvring. In addition, military personnel often face very challenging interference conditions. Consequently, they require a radar that allows them to perform all the missions they are expected to operate. The Ground Fire family meets this requirement perfectly, since it offers an unprecedented level of performance for air and defence surveillance including anti ballistic missiles with a capacity to conduct missiles from the Aster family in hostile environments (clutter, rain, jamming, etc.).The Ground Fire versions, which are fully digital, are able to simultaneously detect and track a comprehensive range of targets such as ballistic missiles, with continuous 360° coverage in azimuth, up to 90° coverage in elevation and a range of 400 km. Very compact and deployable in under 15 minutes, the Ground Fire range will be extremely mobile and air transportable. The Ground Fire range system includes a mobile, truck mounted antenna and is designed to operate on any type of ground surface.The Ground Fire range is identical to the Sea Fire family - the naval version which is set to equip the future intermediate-size frigates of the French Navy. Both families are based on the principle of modular, scalable architecture. Like those of the Sea Fire radar, the transmitter/receiver modules that make up the antenna will all be identical and interchangeable, to facilitate series production and maintenance operations. It will be possible to adapt the number of modules in order to modify the strength of the radar depending on the user’s needs.Thales has implemented defined, efficient industrial resources by integrating digital technologies into the very core of the production process. As a result, it is able to offer a highly innovative product at every level: technical, industrial, logistical and operational. The transmitter/receiver modules for the latest-generation radar are produced at the Thales site in Rouen, and will be integrated at the Thales site in Limours.
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Global demand spurs restart of Raytheon missile production lineBy: Jill Aitoro, June 19, 2017LE BOURGET, Paris – Raytheon expects to grow Standard Missile-2 business well beyond the initial $650 million program that spurred a restart of the production line, said CEO Tom Kennedy. Raytheon announced this week at the Paris Air Show the restart of its Standard Missile-2 production line, after the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and South Korea decided to purchase the SM-2 under a new bundled contract through the Department of Defense. The missile defends navies against anti-ship missiles and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles and an altitude of 65,000 feet. Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain and Taiwan are customers. New orders will include 280 SM-2 and IIIB missiles. But the restart, which follows a roughly four-year shutdown of the production line, might serve as the initial kickoff of more opportunities. Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are using the restart as an opportunity modernize production and testing processes within the factory, with new deliveries scheduled to begin in 2020, and Kennedy anticipates additional orders. “We have many international customers using that weapon system [who] are looking to refresh existing inventories,” he said. “The initial contract is close to $700 million, and we are looking to grow that contract [more] over the next five years.” The deal could keep the Arizona production line open through 2035.
Lunoccupied wrote:（1）I found in other forums, people said the Navy did not proceed with the development of MRLAP and unguided projectile because it complicated the design of the magazine and the whole handling system, and this would increase the cost of the program. It kind of makes sense to me given the history of DDG-1000.
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