September’s top news stories

3 October 2019 (Last Updated July 17th, 2020 10:01)

BAE Systems secured a contract to upgrade the US Army’s M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles, and the US Army carried out a test to demonstrate the capability of redirecting munitions in flight using a smart sensor network. Army-Technology.com wraps up key stories from September 2019.

September’s top news stories
The new M88A3 configuration eliminates the necessity of using two vehicles to raise and move tanks, which have become heavier over time. Credit: BAE Systems.

BAE Systems wins contract to upgrade US Army’s M88A2 recovery vehicles

BAE Systems secured an other transactional authority (OTA) contract to upgrade the US Army’s M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles.

Under the $318m contract, BAE Systems will upgrade the M88 recovery vehicles to the M88A3 configuration.

The upgrade will enable single-vehicle recovery of the latest version of the Abrams tank and remove the need for two vehicles to handle the heavier weights of the tanks.


US Army demos capability to redirect munitions using smart sensors

The US Army carried out a test to demonstrate the capability of redirecting munitions in flight using a smart sensor network.

The experiment tested the capability referred to as Architecture, Automation, Autonomy and Interfaces (A3I), developed by the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team (FVL-CFT).

It involved unmanned aircraft system (UAS), sensors and advanced technology such as artificial intelligence. The test was conducted at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.


UK MoD invests in future ground combat vehicles research project

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is investing in a research project to make use of the potential of the latest technologies for application in future ground combat vehicles.

The objective of the project is to explore the latest innovations in vehicle technologies to deliver enhanced capabilities to the British Armed Forces.

QinetiQ will lead the effort and work in partnership with Cranfield University, Williams Advanced Engineering, Horstman Defence Systems, MIRA, Contract Innovation, and Catalyst.


MBDA and PGZ unveil tank equipped with Brimstone missile

MBDA and Polish state-owned defence enterprise PGZ demonstrated a tank armed with MBDA’s Brimstone precision strike missile and agreed to pursue joint cooperation.

The armed tank was unveiled at the MSPO 2019 defence industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

The event also served as a platform for a statement of cooperation between MBDA and PGZ.


US Army studying potential of swarming technology for small units

The US Army revealed that it is planning to incorporate robotic swarming technology in its operations to enhance its capabilities.

Army Futures Command (AFC) has been exploring the potential of using robotic systems in swarming formations to improve army small units’ mission command capabilities.

The project is looking at studying the feasibility of deploying autonomous systems such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) as part of a swarm.


Dutch Military Forces set to receive Revision combat helmet systems

The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a contract to Revision Military to supply next-generation combat helmet system for the Dutch Military Forces.

Revision will deliver around 48,800 Batlskin Viper P6N helmet systems.

The company won the contract following a full and open competition.


Airbus proposes Tiger helicopters for Australian Army ARH programme

Airbus Helicopters formally proposed its Tiger attack helicopter for the Australian Army’s future armed reconnaissance helicopter requirements.

The company proposed its Tiger platform as a ‘cost-effective’ solution for Australia’s Project LAND4503 Armed Reconnaissance Capability.

In July, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) issued a request for information (RFI) for the purchase of 29 new armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARH) for the army.


Northrop Grumman and US Army conduct IBCS flight test

Northrop Grumman conducted a flight test of the US Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US.

The test also involved Sentinel and Patriot radars and a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor.

The IBCS flight test was undertaken to test the capability of the system to detect, track and engage threats flying at lower altitude trajectory at an extended range.


Dynetics to build US hypersonic weapon prototype

The US Army awarded US hardware and software company Dynetics Technical Solutions a $351.6 million contract to produce Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) prototypes and act as system integrator.

The company’s agreement with the US Department of Defense (DoD) will see it develop 20 glide body assemblies over three years. The prototypes will be supplied to the US Army, US Navy and the Missile Defence Agency. The contract also opens the door for the future production of more glide bodies.

Dynetics Technical Solutions president Steve Cook said: “We are honoured to be selected for this high-priority national security programme. Dynetics has been developing enabling technologies for many years.


Raytheon and Rheinmetall join to bid for US Army’s OMFV programme

Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence formed a joint venture to offer the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle to the US Army.

Known as Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, the JV entity will bid for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) contract.

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems will propose the Lynx platform in the competition, which seeks to replace the army’s ageing M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet.