Leonardo to Supply New 127mm Main Guns for Netherlands Navy’s LCF Frigates
The Dutch Defence Material Organisation (DMO) announced that it has selected Italian company Leonardo to supply new 127mm naval gun systems for the Royal Netherlands Navy's four De Zeven Provinciën-class LCF frigates.
Hensoldt has revealed a new airborne jammer that forms part of a wider family of electronic warfare (EW) systems it is developing for the NATO electronic attack (EA) requirement that the Luftwaffe has committed itself to deliver.
The Kalaetron Attack jammer, revealed on 23 April, is billed as a modular system that Hensoldt hopes will be adopted by the Luftwaffe to deliver its wider Luftgestützte Wirkung im Elektromagnetischen Spektrum (luWES) capability to NATO from 2025.
“By neutralising enemy fire-control radars at different distances, it preserves freedom of movement for the air forces that deploy it and their allies, even when faced with state-of-the-art air-defence systems,” Hensoldt said.
As noted by the German electronics house, the Kalaetron Attack jammer is a new addition to the Kalaetron EW product family that uses fully digitalised hardware and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect radar-based threats and neutralise them with targeted electronic countermeasures (ECM).
“Kalaetron Attack now adds an active electronic jamming component, which either dazzles or deceives threatening systems using accurately replicated jamming signals. In this way, Kalaetron Attack expands the operational options of fighter aircraft, which can now also operate in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) zones,” Celia Pelaz, Head of Hensoldt’s Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions Division, was quoted as saying.
Hensoldt explained that Kalaetron Attack works using AI to recognise new threat patterns from a huge amount of collected pulses, detecting and identifying air-defence positions very quickly over a wide frequency range. “This is especially important for identifying the latest air-defence radar systems which cover an extremely wide frequency range or hop between particular frequencies in fractions of a second,” the company said.
SAAB ANNOUNCES UNDISCLOSED SAAB 2000 ERIEYE AEW&C BUYER
On 18 May 2020, Saab announced that it signed a SEK 1.553 billion – or $160.5 million US – contract with an undisclosed buyer for its Saab 2000-based Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system.
Saab says that it will deliver the order from 2020 to 2023.
Saab did not reveal the client, stating “due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.”
The last undisclosed customer to order the Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C was Pakistan, which
In its 2017-2018 yearbook, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) stated that it received the ‘sixth’ Erieye AEW&C at a cost of $94.95 million US. Pakistan also took delivery of three Saab 2000 aircraft from Skyworld Aviation in November 2018.
HENSOLDT leads new radar consortium
Billion-Euro orders for new Eurofighter radar signed - Partner Spain
Taufkirchen, 01 July 2020 - Sensor system supplier HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space to develop and produce a new AESA (= Active Electronic Scanning Array) radar for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets. The project is jointly financed by the Eurofighter partner nations Spain and Germany, who will also be the first users of the radar in their fleets. Following budget approval by the Spanish government and most recently by the German Bundestag in mid-June, the contracts worth over 1.5 billion euros have now been signed.
"The fact that Germany and Spain are taking a pioneering role in the modernization of the Eurofighter is a signal of confidence in European defense cooperation," said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. "This decision ensures that our armed forces will continue to be able to fulfill their mission in the future while being protected in the best possible way."
The contracts cover the German-Spanish new development of core components of the Eurofighter radar – including a digital multi-channel receiver and transmitter/receiver modules of the antenna – and the equipping of approximately 130 Eurofighter aircraft of tranches two and three. The development is being carried out by a Spanish-German industrial consortium under German leadership with the support of the Eurofighter nations Great Britain and Italy.
HENSOLDT has already been involved in the development and production of the Eurofighter sensor technology currently in use. At its radar centre in Ulm, HENSOLDT currently employs 2,200 people, and in the Eurofighter radar sector alone, the company expects to create 400 highly qualified jobs over the entire programme period. The sensor specialist is also investing around 15 million euros in the necessary capacity expansion, primarily at the Ulm site.
Germany and Spain as junior partner is recently doing some good stuff to leverage their industries for the FCAS participation. There is also the incoming improvement of the EJ200 engine done by Germany and Spain.