DSEi 2013: Show re­port

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By R. Chandrakanth]

The De­fence Sys­tems and Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional (DSEi), held bian­nu­ally in Lon­don has be­come the most de­fin­i­tive global mil­i­tary equip­ment show. The re­cently con­cluded DSEi 2013 brought to­gether 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 their mar­ket­ing of their prod­ucts, some of them be­ing launched only at DSEi.

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 wider range of prod­ucts to meet dif­fer­ent user re­quire­ments.

Rolls-Royce un­veils mar­itime pa­trol craft de­sign

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. The ini­tial 55-me­tre vari­ant is aimed at pa­trol, search and res­cue and in­ter­cep­tion du­ties. A 90-me­tre ver­sion will be on of­fer by the end of the year, with a 75-me­tre de­sign fol­low­ing in 2014.

FLIR Sys­tems show­cases 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.

The com­pany’s SeaFLIR 280-HD is specif­i­cally de­signed for naval forces whose equip­ment nec­es­sar­ily has size con­straints, yet re­quires range and high def­i­ni­tion (HD) im­agery per­for­mance. The SeaFLIR 280-HD is the world’s first com­pact, mar­itime HD EO/IR imaging sen­sor.

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 op­er­at­ing in th­ese du­ties with Chile. Its fully in­te­grated tac­ti­cal sys­tem of­fers a truly open ar­chi­tec­ture sys­tem that can in­te­grate many sys­tems and sen­sor types. The air­craft has al­ready demon­strated its abil­ity to carry weapons in the form of tor­pe­does and anti-ship mis­siles.

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.

Fury is launched from a rail and re­cov­ered to a net. It can op­er­ate

at up to 15,000 feet and has an en­durance of more than 15 hours. It is pow­ered by a heavy fuel en­gine to pro­vide com­mon­al­ity with ground ve­hi­cles and of­fers a large avail­able power sur­plus for on­board sys­tems. The pay­load bay can be re­con­fig­ured for a va­ri­ety of sen­sors. Shielded avion­ics are in­stalled to pro­tect against strong RF sig­nals such as jam­ming.

At­las Elek­tronik re­veals un­manned minesweeper

At­las Elek­tronik UK un­veiled its new ARCIMS (At­las Re­mote Com­bined In­flu­ence Minesweep­ing Sys­tem) 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 off­board 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, HAIPE-cer­ti­fied (High As­sur­ance In­ter­net Pro­to­col En­cryp­tor) re­motely op­er­ated cryp­to­graphic de­vice. Ec­tocryp so­lu­tions have al­ready found ap­pli­ca­tion in the UK and USA. 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-toair 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) high-speed ves­sel de­vel­oped by CTruk starred in the twicedaily wa­ter­borne 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 CAP (Col­lab­o­ra­tive Am­phibi­ous Project) 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.

Saab Bar­racuda Mo­bile Cam­ou­flage Sys­tem

Nex­ter’s new un­manned ground ve­hi­cle

Rolls-Royce’s new de­sign of mar­itime pa­trol craft

Rafael’s Spike NLOS on a ve­hi­cle

At­las Re­mote Com­bined In­flu­ence Minesweep­ing Sys­tem

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