DSEi Demon­strates Strong Growth of Mil­i­tary Equip­ment

This year, the show at­tracted over 30,000 of the global de­fence and se­cu­rity in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to source the lat­est equip­ment and sys­tems, de­velop in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and gen­er­ate new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties

SP's LandForces - - FRONT PAGE - R. Chandrakanth

This year, the show at­tracted over 30,000 of the global de­fence and se­cu­rity in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to source the lat­est equip­ment and sys­tems, de­velop in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and gen­er­ate new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

DE­SPITE THE SLASH IN de­fence spend­ing by sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries and also the US, the mar­ket for de­fence and se­cu­rity equip­ment is grow­ing with de­mand surg­ing from other parts of the world. How­ever, there is a gloomy global trend, but that did not de­ter the De­fence Sys­tems and Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional (DSEi) event which is held bian­nu­ally in Lon­don.

DSEi 2013 has carved a niche for it­self and has be­come the most de­fin­i­tive global mil­i­tary equip­ment show. This year, it at­tracted over 30,000 of the global de­fence and se­cu­rity in­dus­try to source the lat­est equip­ment and sys­tems, de­velop in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and gen­er­ate new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

There were nearly 1,500 in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions from over 50 coun­tries, show­cas­ing spe­cialised equip­ment in air, naval, land, se­cu­rity, med­i­cal and un­manned zones. Not­with­stand­ing the con­tin­u­ing dull eco­nomic cli­mate, com­pa­nies were ag­gres­sive in mar­ket­ing of their prod­ucts, some of them be­ing launched only at DSEi.

The UK Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron gave a ma­jor boost to the show by launch­ing a new doc­u­ment “Se­cur­ing Pros­per­ity – A Strate­gic Vi­sion for the UK De­fence Sec­tor” which iden­ti­fies the in­dus­try’s core strengths and sets out how the gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try can work more closely to­gether to catal­yse growth.

Lon­don be­ing the host, the fo­cus was also on how the de­fence in­dus­try was chart­ing its path. The UK de­fence sec­tor is cur­rently worth over £22 bil­lion a year and em­ploys well over 1,00,000 peo­ple. The UK is also a lead­ing de­fence ex­porter, with over­seas sales close to £9 bil­lion last year. The strate­gic vi­sion for the UK de­fence sec­tor has been de­vel­oped through the De­fence Growth Part­ner­ship (DGP) which was set up in 2012.

Sin­gle Plat­form So­lu­tion to Counter IEDs

Pear­son Engineering (Stand S4-360) has com­pleted de­vel­op­ment of its route open­ing and clear­ing ca­pa­bil­ity (PEROCC) sys­tem, which is be­ing shown at DSEi for the first time and is fit­ted with a fully in­te­grated roller sys­tem and arm-mounted ground pen­e­trat­ing radar ar­rays.

PEROCC has al­ready un­der­gone com­pany tri­als in the UK, with ex­ten­sive tests car­ried out at the sub­sys­tem level. Th­ese have in­cluded blast tri­als to the three-per­son crew cap­sule and in­te­gra­tion of all key coun­ter­mine sys­tems, most of which have al­ready been proven for other ap­pli­ca­tions. The new sys­tem lever­ages ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence gained from the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of a wide range of counter-mine equip­ment of the roller and plough type, which has seen ex­ten­sive op­er­a­tional use.

Nex­ter Launches Low-cost UGV

Nex­ter Ro­bot­ics, a sub­sidiary of the French Nex­ter Group, launched NERVA S un­manned ground ve­hi­cle (UGV), small, low-cost, four­wheeled UGV op­ti­mised for use in the re­con­nais­sance role and in con­fined spa­ces. It is essen­tially a smaller ver­sion of the NERVA LG UGV, which was first re­vealed in mid-2012 for mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions. The de­vel­op­ment of the NERVA S UGV now en­ables Nex­ter Ro­bot­ics to of­fer a wide range of prod­ucts to meet dif­fer­ent user re­quire­ments.

Saab In­tro­duces Mod­u­lar Bar­racuda Mo­bile Cam­ou­flage Sys­tem

De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab in­tro­duced a fur­ther im­proved mod­u­lar mo­bile cam­ou­flage sys­tem; Bar­racuda MCS. Al­ready in use by more than 20 na­tions, Bar­racuda MCS is now of­fer­ing even bet­ter flex­i­bil­ity with pos­si­bil­i­ties to cus­tomise the ve­hi­cle pro­tec­tion so­lu­tion to spe­cific cus­tomer needs.

Also on dis­play was Skel­dar V-200 mar­itime UAV sys­tem, which can hover for hours while pro­vid­ing real-time in­for­ma­tion to a con­trol sta­tion or a re­mote video ter­mi­nal.

Rolls-Royce Mar­itime Pa­trol Craft

Rolls-Royce un­veiled a new de­sign of mar­itime pa­trol craft. The first of a ‘pro­tec­tion ves­sel fam­ily’ of de­signs, the new 55-me­tre craft fea­tures a range of equip­ment from Rolls-Royce (sta­bilis­ers, thrusters, steer­ing gear, fixed-pitch pro­pel­lers) and MTU (diesels, diesel gen­er­a­tors, Cal­lo­sum IPMS), of­fer­ing a cost-ef­fec­tive ca­pa­bil­ity that can be tai­lored to mis­sion re­quire­ments.

FLIR Sys­tems’ Se­cu­rity So­lu­tions

FLIR Sys­tems Inc show­cased 360° mar­itime se­cu­rity so­lu­tions to de­tect, iden­tify and track threats to crit­i­cal coastal in­fra­struc­ture and mar­itime as­sets such as ships and yachts, as well as coastal bor­ders. Al­ready de­ployed around the world, this ca­pa­bil­ity, pow­ered by Com­mandS­pace adap­tive C2 soft­ware for mar­itime so­lu­tions, in­te­grates FLIR Sys­tems’ imaging and radar tech­nolo­gies with un­der­wa­ter sonar and other sen­sors to cre­ate a full, 3D mar­itime sit­u­a­tional aware­ness shield around an as­set.

Air­bus Mil­i­tary Pitches C295 as Multi-role Air­lifter

Air­bus Mil­i­tary made a pitch of its C295 as multi-role air­lifter as the plat­form for a pos­si­ble UK mar­itime pa­trol air­craft re­quire­ment. Air­bus Mil­i­tary’s C295 of­fers an af­ford­able and ver­sa­tile plat­form for the MPA/ASW mis­sion and is al­ready oper- at­ing in th­ese du­ties with Chile. Its ful­ly­in­te­grated tac­ti­cal sys­tem of­fers a truly open ar­chi­tec­ture sys­tem that can in­te­grate many sys­tems and sen­sor types.

Lock­heed Martin Presents Fury UAV

Lock­heed Martin show­cased Fury UAV in the UK for the first time. The com­pany is propos­ing the air ve­hi­cle as a multi-in­tel­li­gence plat­form, with low vis­ual and acous­tic sig­na­tures but high range and en­durance per­for­mance. It is classed as a Group 3 UAV, for tac­ti­cal and ex­pe­di­tionary ap­pli­ca­tions. Lock­heed Martin claims it has the big­gest pay­load ca­pac­ity and vol­ume of any run­way-in­de­pen­dent UAVs.

At­las Elek­tronik’s Minesweeper

At­las Elek­tronik UK un­veiled its new At­las re­mote com­bined in­flu­ence minesweep­ing sys­tem (ARCIMS) suite. The com­pany has also dis­closed that it will shortly de­liver an ini­tial two ARCIMS to meet the needs of an undis­closed cus­tomer. De­signed to ad­dress re­quire­ments for a next-gen­er­a­tion of net­worked off-board un­manned mine coun­ter­mea­sures (MCM) sys­tems, ARCIMS has built upon At­las Elek­tronik UK’s long pedi­gree in MCM. This in­cludes the rapid de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of the Royal Navy’s shal­low wa­ter in­flu­ence minesweep­ing sys­tem for op­er­a­tions in the north­ern Ara­bian Gulf in 2003.

Cas­sid­ian Launches X-band Naval Radar

Cas­sid­ian, the de­fence di­vi­sion of EADS, launched an X-band naval sur­face sur­veil­lance radar op­ti­mised for the de­tec­tion of ex­tremely small ob­jects and coun­ter­ing asym­met­ric threats. Based upon the lat­est ac­tive elec­tron­i­cally scan­ning ar­ray (AESA) radar tech­nol­ogy, the com­pany’s tac­ti­cal radar for sur­face sur­veil­lance (TRSS) sys­tem is claimed to “sub­stan­tially in­crease the de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and thus the pro­tec­tion level of navy ships and coast guard ves­sels”.

Rafael Presents Typhoon

Rafael show­cased the Typhoon MLS NLOS for the first time, hav­ing un­veiled this new it­er­a­tion of its pop­u­lar sta­bilised ma­rine weapon sta­tion ear­lier this year. This ver­sion mounts eight launch­ers for the com­pany’s Spike-NLOS mis­sile, the long­est-range mem­ber of a pop­u­lar fam­ily of guided mis­siles. Typhoon MLS NLOS also car­ries a To­plite ob­ser­va­tion and tar­get­ing sen­sor tur­ret. Re­lated sys­tems de­vel­oped by Rafael are the Typhoon 30 with a 30mm ATK Mk 44 Bush­mas­ter can­non, and Typhoon MLS-ER with ma­chine gun and Spike-ER mis­sile launch­ers.

Cas­sid­ian’s High-grade En­cryp­tion De­vice

Cas­sid­ian, the se­cu­rity and de­fence arm of EADS launched its lat­est high-grade en­cryp­tion de­vice. The Ec­tocryp Blue v2 so­lu­tion—the core prod­uct in the Ec­tocryp fam­ily—can trans­fer in­for­ma­tion clas­si­fied up to top se­cret across pub­lic net­works, al­low­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to min­imise the risk of cy­ber at­tack. Blue is Europe’s fastest, high as­sur­ance In­ter­net pro­to­col en­cryp­tor (HAIPE) cer­ti­fied re­motely op­er­ated cryp­to­graphic de­vice. Ec­tocryp so­lu­tions have al­ready found ap­pli­ca­tion in the UK and US. Ec­tocryp Yel­low, the next stage in sov­er­eign UK cryp­to­graphic de­vel­op­ment, is a por­ta­ble, low-cost, in­ter­op­er­a­ble ba­sis for highly se­cure strate­gic and tac­ti­cal net­works.

BAE Sys­tem Air-to-air Re­fu­elling for Tanker Mis­sions

BAE Sys­tems Re­gional Air­craft re­vealed its pro­posal for an air-to-air re­fu­elling (A2R) ver­sion of the BAe 146/Avro RJ re­gional air­liner. With its high wing and T-tail con­fig­u­ra­tion, the 146 is con­sid­ered an ideal plat­form for the tanker mis­sion, and could be well suited to re­fu­elling tilt-ro­tor air­craft. BAE Sys­tems has car­ried out prox­im­ity tri­als with a Hawk trainer and other 146 air­craft to con­firm that the aero­dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment be­hind the 146 is suf­fi­ciently be­nign for tanker op­er­a­tions. With a large num­ber of pre-owned 146s and RJs avail­able for re­fur­bish­ment and con­ver­sion, the types could rep­re­sent a cost-ef­fi­cient means of pro­vid­ing a tanker ca­pa­bil­ity, ei­ther for front­line op­er­a­tions or for train­ing re­ceivers with­out us­ing larger, more ex­pen­sive tankers.

CTruk Presents THOR

Mak­ing its first pub­lic ap­pear­ance, the twin-hulled off­shore raider (THOR) high­speed ves­sel de­vel­oped by CTruk starred in the twice-daily wa­ter-borne demon­stra­tions. De­signed to meet re­quire­ments for a fast, sta­ble multi-role force pro­tec­tion craft, THOR has been de­vel­oped by CTruk in part­ner­ship with a num­ber of al­lied com­pa­nies un­der the ban­ner of the CTruk col­lab­o­ra­tive am­phibi­ous project (CAP) con­sor­tium. This in­dus­try group has been es­tab­lished with the in­ten­tion of com­pet­ing in a mar­ket tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated by larger com­pa­nies.

THOR has been con­ceived as an af­ford­able multi-role craft that can be used in a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions, rang­ing from force pro­tec­tion and river­ine pa­trol, to dis­as­ter relief and ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion. Built from light­weight com­pos­ite ma­te­rial and with a speed in ex­cess of 40 kts, the twin-hull THOR craft is able to op­er­ate for sus­tained pe­ri­ods at long ranges.

As the com­plex­ity of war in­creases, so does the equip­ment and com­pa­nies have showed the tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess as wit­nessed at the show.

Nex­ter’s new un­manned

ground ve­hi­cle

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