On 19 October the Croatian Navy fired a Saab Dynamics RBS15 surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from the RTOP-42 Dubrovnik fast attack craft during the military exercise HARPUN 16.

The military exercise HARPUN 16 took place in the waters of Dugi Otok and Žirje from 16 to 23 October, and is the main training event of the Croatian Navy this year.

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Saab announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Polish defence conglomerate Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ).The document foresees the development of close cooperation between Saab and PGZ in the planning and delivery of Polish naval programs, including surface ship and submarine construction for the Polish Navy and export customers.

Earlier this year Saab and PGZ signed a letter of intent to cooperate within a range of projects related to Poland’s defence modernisation in the naval, air and land domains.

The Ministry of National Defense is currently seeking to develop modern defence capabilities through 15 priority modernisation programs. These include plans for the purchase of modern submarines and surface ships.

Saab is currently building the first A26 attack submarine for the Swedish Navy as well as working on half time modernisation of existing submarines.

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Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) is proposing an upgrade package for the widely fielded M113 tracked armored personnel carrier. The modernization solution offered include replacing the vehicle’s powerpack, adding new suspension kit and improve the driver’s station and troop transport compartment.

To improve protection and fire power, the vehicle can be equipped with the company’s ADDER remote-controlled weapon station or STK 40/50 protected weapon cupola. Both can be armed with 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Side-installed vision blocks and firing block can be integrated to the hull.

The M113 armored carrier is still fielded by numerous armed forces worldwide. Some have modernized their entire fleet or part of it.

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USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Freedom-variant in the Littoral Combat Ship vessel design, completed acceptance trials in July and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on August 12, it was announced by Lockheed Marint on 24 October.

It joins three other Freedom-variant ships in the fleet comprising USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant vessels, with six ships under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine and three more in long-lead material procurement.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers.

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Saab Dynamics is proposing its Bamse ground-based medium-range mobile air defence system to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The Bamse system is currently fielded by the Swedish military.

The system was designed to engage manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles, anti-radiation missiles and precision guided bombs. It is fully protected against NBC agents.

A typical battery of the Bamse system is comprised of three firing units and a single anti-aircraft artillery operations centre. The firing unit consist of a two-axle trailer with body to where six launchers for ready-to-fire Bamse missiles and one 8m mast-mounted Ka-band fire control radar where installed. A truck-mounted configuration of Bamse also is offered. Guidance of the missile is achieved through automatic command to line of sight mode.

The misisle offering 20km effective range includes proximity, command uplink and impact fuse and fragmentation and shaped charge warhead.

The firing unit also includes automatic climate control unit, communications and associated antennas, NBC protection kit, integrated power supply unit, weather sensor, thermal imaging system, and identification friend or foe antenna.

The air defence missile system provides coverage of up to 1500 km2 (2,100 km2 with several firing units) and maximum altitude coverage of 15000m.

For training, the Bamse is equipped with embedded simulator. However, a separate fixed simulation system is available for training of firing and coordination tasks.

The vehicle-mounted mobile anti-aircraft coordination centre which is equipped with multi-function consoles designed to run command and control software, power supply unit and communication systems can be linked to an air surveillance radar system for coordination tasks including the C-band Giraffe AMB 3D phased array multi-role surveillance radar.

The Bamse was seen integrated to Ashok Leyland Super Stallion 8×8 high-mobility truck.

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Airbus DS is currently equipping the military airfields in Germany with the ASR (Aerodrome Surveillance Radar) airport surveillance radar as part of a modernization programme. The first ASR system for the German Army has now been handed over to the Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 at the Niederstetten Army Airfield. A total of 20 systems will be delivered altogether.

The new radars will be used for approach control at the airfields themselves and for airspace surveillance within a radius of 60nm to safely coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic. The radar handed over to the Niederstetten Army Airfield is the fourth system in this product series, and the first system delivered to the army. The ASR-S is already in service at the German Air Force bases in Laupheim, Büchel and Wittmund.

The ASR comprises primary radar based on a semiconductor transmitter and special signal processing technology for wide-area surveillance. It is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for the automatic identification of aircraft. This secondary radar meets the new “Mode S” air traffic control standard.

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At EURONAVAL 2016 naval technologies show, Thales unveiled the RAPIDSeaGuardian 40mm naval close-in weapon system for installation on surface combat vessels. The system is based on the company’s RAPIDFire 6×6 high-mobility truck-mounted air defence system.

It is comprised of turret from Nexter Systems, 40mm cannon by CTAI and Thales UK SSH fire control system.

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