A Farewell to Arms?: Deloitte’s mid-year review of the global aerospace and defense industry shows declining revenues and profits; however, the following defense areas are expected to generate future revenues: mission capability software integration, battle space simulation, directed energy, precision engagement, threat identification, and energy and infrastructure security.
Greener Grass?: On a brighter note, the head of DoD’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency expects US foreign arms sales to total $50 billion in FY 2011, up from $37.8 billion in FY 2010.
A Dash of Realism: UK Defence Secretary Fox cautions industry to be more realistic about costs, timing, and performance estimates for weapons systems.
ARTHUR on Bv206: Fading away? (click to view larger)
Fire location radars are valuable in high-end wars against heavy artillery and rocket salvos, and in counter-insurgency conflicts where incoming mortars and simpler rockets are a frequent hazard. While artillery tracking systems have existed for decades, tracking very small, fast-moving projectiles is no easy task. False positives can be a problem during a high-end war in Germany’s Fulda Gap, but they become a bigger problem during counter-insurgency campaigns.
Canada has some radars of this type already, but their limitations were starting to chafe, and a new contract for counter-battery radars could be the result. A recent DSCA request adds impetus to that search – but will it come in time to make a difference?