Systems Application & Technologies won a $35.8 million deal for waterfront operations support at Building V-47 at Naval Station Norfolk. The services under this contract includes the operation, maintenance, repair, testing, and evaluation of small watercraft assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD). This is a follow-on requirement which includes work that falls into two broad categories: general program requirements and waterfront operations. General program requirements includes transition, program management, operations management of Building V-47, reporting, and safety compliance oversight. Waterfront operations includes the operation of small watercraft, industrial maintenance and repair, and research and development, test and evaluation project support. This contract includes a five-year ordering period. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by December 2028.
Lockheed Martin has introduced several military training solutions it says leverage cutting-edge metaverse technologies. The metaverse refers to an immersive, 3D digital world that allows users to virtually experience real-world scenarios and interact with others using devices, such as virtual reality headsets. The first training solution the American firm unveiled is the Amorphic Appearance Zero-Projector (AMAZE) visual display system. It immerses soldiers in high-fidelity training and offers reduced maintenance so operators can focus on the training itself.
Middle East & Africa
The UAE ordered 100 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for its armed forces from arms company EDGE. The deal was announced at the recently-concluded Dubai Airshow, where it was also revealed that ADASI will oversee the production and delivery of the EDGE REACH-S UAV. EDGE’s drones will provide the UAE with a 24-hour intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to optimize border security and other long-range operations.
The Serbian Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) new indigenously developed, locally produced or modernised weapons, and military equipment were presented to Defense Minister Miloš Vu?evi? at the SAF’s Weapons and Military Equipment Test Centre ‘Nikinci’ on November 14, the Ministry of Defense announced on its website later the same day.
Jane’s reports that Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boehnke, Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) Boxer representative in the German Army Concept and Capabilities Development Centre, presented a Boxer jamming variant and an update on other planned versions on the second day of SAE Media Group’s Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability (FAVS) 2023 conference held in London.
Uzbekistan has been shown to be an operator of the Turkish-built Baykar Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), with the country’s office of the president releasing an image of multiple air vehicles on November 16. The press release posted to mark a visit by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to the Surxondaryo Region of the central Asian country included an image showing four TB2 UCAVs armed with four Roketsan air-to-surface missiles per aircraft.