Raytheon proposed an upgrade to the main sensor of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). The company is offering the GhostEye MR radar for the air defense missile system. “With the addition of GhostEye MR, we extend battlespace coverage to the full kinematic envelope, or reachable area, of the AMRAAM?ER effector,” said Lindsay Viana, director of ground?based air defense on Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s Requirements and Capabilities team.
Defense News reports that Lockheed Martin is evaluating how its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile can be configured for mobile, short-range air defense. “It’s a concept we have. We think it will have applicability to a number of platforms,” Rita Flaherty, the company’s vice president for strategy and business operations within its Missiles and Fire Control sector was quoted as saying.
Middle East & Africa
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled its latest tactical multi-mission, multi-sensor system: the Green Lotus Designed to provide high performance Counter-Rocket, Artillery & Mortar (C-RAM) and Air & Ground Surveillance capabilities to maneuvering as well as stationary forces, the Green Lotus features a unique array of active and passive sensors that maximize situational awareness and countermeasures efficiency. The Green Lotus integrates a proven range of IAI-ELTA’s sensors into a highly automated system that detects, tracks, classifies, and identifies aerial targets, from very low Radar Cross Section (RCS) mortar, rocket and artillery fire and small drones, to manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft. It also performs ground surveillance, detecting and tracking vehicles and slow-moving personnel.
Poland is to procure Leonardo AW149, after having previously discounted the medium-twin utility helicopter in favor of other types. Polish Minister of National Defense, Mariusz B?aszczak, made the announcement as part of wider defense procurement spending. The procurement will meet a long-standing requirement for a multimission helicopter.
HNLMS Groningen will become the first of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) four Holland-class patrol ships to receive a hull vane modification. Wageningen-based manufacturer Hull Vane BV announced that the stern-mounted underwater structure, which acts like a hydrofoil to convert energy from the stern wave and ship motions into forward thrust, had been handed over on June 8 at Den Helder naval base. Installation on Groningen will be undertaken as part of an upkeep period scheduled for early 2023.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Thailand’s prime minister on Monday as part of an effort to strengthen what Austin says is Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships” in the region. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also defense minister, also met Austin last month in Washington.
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