UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System

UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System

The UVision Hero-400EC is an innovative all-electric precision Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) guided, man-in-the-loop Loitering Munition system that can locate, track and strike static and moving targets with high accuracy and surprise. With these precision strike capabilities, a large multi-purpose warhead and extended endurance, the Hero-400EC has been proven effective against a wide variety of targets. UVision is an unmanned air system developer based in Israel. They specializes in the development and manufacturing of loitering weapons, a product line that merges the capabilities of guided weapons and unmanned systems, that have raised increased interest in recently.

UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System

UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System


The Hero-400EC loitering system can be launched from a launch rail or a modular multi-tube canister, which can be deployed aboard land, air and sea platforms. It is recovered using a parachute recovery system. The Hero-400EC’s guidance assembly integrates a seeker with remote sensors and global positioning system (GPS) to engage static or moving targets with high precision. The seeker guides the weapon towards the designated targets in terminal phase, while the GPS provides target acquisition, positioning and navigation information both before and after launch. A stabilised electro-optic / infrared (EO / IR) payload unit housed in the nose section is intended to detect and track objects.
UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System

UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System


The weapon is armed with a large, multi-purpose, tandem, high-explosive warhead weighing 10kg. The warhead offers improved penetration and high-precision terminal engagement accuracy with minimum collateral damage. It also offers high lethality against a variety of targets. The munition has the ability to engage targets autonomously or in man-in-the-loop mode. In the autonomous mode of operation, the weapon travels along a predetermined flight path using onboard GPS sensors.In the man-in-the-loop mode, the weapon is remotely controlled by a single operator from the ground station through an advanced integrated line-of-sight data link. When the mission is aborted, the munition can automatically re-enter the loitering mode to engage another target or return to its control station using a parachute.
UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System

UVision Hero-400EC Loitering System


The Hero-400EC loitering system powered by a quiet electrical motor, the Hero-400EC extended-range loitering system can engage targets from a maximum altitude of 18,000ft. The Hero-400EC loitering munition has a length of 2.1m, wing span of 2.4m and maximum take-off weight of 40kg. Its nose section incorporates guidance and warhead systems. The mid-section of Hero-400EC features four fixed-planar wings in cruciform configuration, which provides increased lift and manoeuvrability. Equipped with four tail fins, the tail assembly improves aerodynamic performance of the weapon.
Deployable wings allow the weapon to execute attack mission in any angle of attack with pinpoint strike capabilities. The precision-guided weapon can fly at speeds ranging from 50kt to 150kt and remain in air for up to 120 minutes.

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Dhanush Towed Howitzer

Dhanush Towed Howitzer

The Dhanush is a 155 mm/45 calibre towed howitzer used by the Indian Army. The design is based on the Bofors Haubits FH77 by the Swedish defense contractor Bofors (now BAE Systems) which India acquired in the 1980s. The Dhanush Towed Howitzer currently has 81% indigenous content which opens the gateway for future production and ease of maintenance of the gun. It also gives a boost to the development of indigenous industrial base in the country. The howitzer completed development trials in 2018 and the first batch of Dhanush Towed Howitzer handed over to Indian Army by Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) on 8 April 2019. The per-unit price is a little over $2 million. Indian Army has ordered 114 guns and the total order size could increase to 414 guns.

Dhanush Towed Howitzer

Dhanush Towed Howitzer


The main armament of the Dhanush consists of one 155 mm/52 caliber gun. The towed howitzer is based on schematics supplied by Bofors/BAE Systems under a technology transfer agreement concluded in the late 1980s. The Dhanush howitzer is a reverse-engineered upgraded variant of the original Bofors design which were acquired by the Indian Army between 1987 and 1991. In comparison to the FH-77B, the Dhanush’s barrel is 877 millimeters longer and weighing less than 13 tons. The Dhanush reportedly has a maximum effective range of 38 kilometers in salvo mode compared to the 39-caliber, 27-kilometer range of the FH-77B. According to an official, the current version of the Indian howitzer is made of 81 per cent of local components, which should increase to 90 per cent by 2019.
Dhanush Towed Howitzer

Dhanush Towed Howitzer


The Dhanush Towed Howitzer is equipped with an auxiliary power unit that provides it with all the energy necessary for electrical and fluid equipment and can travel at 10 km/h under its own power to reach its firing position. The gun is equipped with inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, on-board ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system. The self-propulsion unit allows the gun to negotiate and deploy itself in mountainous terrains with ease. The howitzer is has been mechanically upgraded to fire standard NATO 155 mm ammunition and can accommodate both boll bags and the bi-modular charge system (BMCS) which have resulted in increasing the range. The howitzer is capable of firing eight rounds per minutes and needs a crew of six to eight artillerymen.
Dhanush Towed Howitzer

Dhanush Towed Howitzer


India’s Defense Research and Development Organization has also been working on an upgraded variant of the Dhanush howitzer, designated Dhanush Version 2 (v2) with a larger caliber 45 to 52 millimeter — and a slightly increased range — 38 to 42 kilometers. No contract has been signed for the Dhanush Version 2. A vehicle mounted variant of the gun called Mounted Gun System was showcased by OFB at the Defexpo 2018 show. The gun is mounted on a 8×8 Tatra truck license manufactured by BEML and has a 30 km/h cross country speed and 80 km/h road speed.

Cost to repair Norwegian Frigate Helge Ingstad could be more than $ 1 billion

Cost to repair Norwegian Frigate Helge Ingstad could be more than $ 1 billion

Although raised and set afloat after four months underwater, the frigate Helge Ingstad, which sank following NATO drills in late 2018, is far from operational and still demands enormous investments. Repairing the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad will cost over NOK 12 billion ($1.37 billion), which is three times as much as its original cost. It set the Norwegian military budget back NOK 4.3 billion (almost $500 million) to buy the frigate. The ship was delivered in 2009. The costs of the Helge Ingstad’s replacement haven’t been estimated yet, but the defence department reckons that ordering several ships at once will be much cheaper, as restarting production for just one ship could result in a disproportionately high per ship cost.

Cost to repair Norwegian Frigate Helge Ingstad could be more than $ 1 billion

Cost to repair Norwegian Frigate Helge Ingstad could be more than $ 1 billion


The Helge Ingstad collided with the Maltese-flagged tanker Sola in November of last year while heading back after the major NATO exercise Trident Juncture, billed as the largest on Norwegian soil in decades. While some of the 137-member crew sustained light injuries, the frigate suffered a 45-metre-long gash on its starboard and went down shortly after. The tanker, by contrast, emerged from the collision with only minor damage and is back in service. The frigate remained underwater for almost four months before it was raised and transported to Haakonsvern in Bergen. On 10 April, the frigate was relaunched after the gash was plugged using steel plates. So far, rescuing, salvaging and transporting costs associated with the accident cost NOK 726 million ($83 million), according to the 2018 Armed Forces annual report.

Dutch Test Excalibur Artillery on Swedish Range

Dutch Test Excalibur Artillery on Swedish Range

Swedish Defence Matériel Agency (FMV) supported the Dutch test shoots with the Excalibur munition at Älvdalen’s firing range. When the Netherlands performed firing with the Excalibur artillery projectile at Älvdalen’s firing range, the FMV team documented the process with high-speed cameras, drones and doppler radar. FMV Test & Evaluation (T&E) carries out assignments for other countries’ defense forces and industries, to make it possible to maintain the Swedish test and trial ability. FMV T&E documented the Excalibur shots with high-speed cameras and drones at the target. The projectile tracks were recorded with Doppler radar. T&E also filmed around and during the exercise to compile material from the entire process and the effect of the projectile on different targets, from ammunition loading of the artillery piece to detonation in the target.

Dutch Test Excalibur Artillery on Swedish Range

Dutch Test Excalibur Artillery on Swedish Range


The Netherlands is the second European customer to buy the Excalibur Ib after Sweden, whose BAE Bofors partnered with Raytheon for the development of the precision-guided, extended range artillery round. Deliveries are expected to begin later this year. The Netherlands Ministry of Defense is purchasing Raytheon Excalibur Ib 155mm artillery rounds for its PZH 2000 self-propelled howitzers under a previously announced Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement. When fired from the Dutch PzH 2000 artillery system, Excalibur can fly up to 50 kilometers, score a direct hit and deliver lethal effects in all types of weather and battlefield conditions. Nearly 770 Excalibur GPS-guided rounds have been fired in combat, often striking less than two meters from precisely-located targets. Other international users of Excalibur rounds include Canada, Australia, and Germany.

HUGIN Superior Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

HUGIN Superior Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

HUGIN Superior autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is the latest addition to the HUGIN family of AUVs developed by Norwegian firm Kongsberg Maritime. The Autonomous Underwater Vehicles marine robot offer the ultimate in autonomous remote subsea survey capability. These free-swimming autonomous underwater vehicles are characterised by great manoeuvrability and high accuracy of stabilisation. Hydrodynamic shape, accurate instruments and excellent battery capacity makes these AUV’s ideal choices. Introduced in December 2018, the HUGIN Superior system provides enhanced data, positioning and endurance capabilities in various defence applications such as underwater survey, covert rapid environment assessment (REA), and mine countermeasures (MCM). The advanced AUV is suitable for government and commercial applications, including geographical survey, hydrography, marine archaeology as well as pipeline inspection for detection of leakage and seeps.

HUGIN Superior Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

HUGIN Superior Autonomous Underwater Vehicle


Developed based on the existing HUGIN technology platform, the HUGIN Superior underwater vehicle is a hydrodynamic shape. It has a length of approximately 6.6m and weighs 2,200kg. The AUV is stored and shipped in a DNV 2.7-1-certified offshore container, while its launch and recovery is performed using a single-stage stinger. On-board energy capacity of the latest vehicle is increased by 30% compared to existing HUGIN AUVs. The vehicle generates higher data volume and has improved on-board data processing capability. The HUGIN Superior AUV uses a variety of navigation systems such as Kongsberg Sunstone aided inertial navigation system (AINS), high-accuracy depth sensor, navigation grade IMU, Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) with bottom and water track, DPCA micro-navigated SAS, and surface global positioning system (GPS) with a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).
HUGIN Superior Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

HUGIN Superior Autonomous Underwater Vehicle


Developed based on the existing HUGIN technology platform, the HUGIN Superior underwater vehicle is a hydrodynamic shape. It has a length of approximately 6.6m and weighs 2,200kg. The AUV is stored and shipped in a DNV 2.7-1-certified offshore container, while its launch and recovery is performed using a single-stage stinger. On-board energy capacity of the latest vehicle is increased by 30% compared to existing HUGIN AUVs. The vehicle generates higher data volume and has improved on-board data processing capability. The AUVs under HUGIN family are available in operating depth ratings of 1,000m, 3,000m, 4,500m, and 6,000m. The vehicles can be configured with different payload sensors for diverse applications. The HUGIN platform was developed by a partnership between KONGSBERG, Statoil, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Norsk Undervannsintervensjon (NUI). It was chosen by the Royal Norwegian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Polish Navy, and a number of survey providers.

MD Helicopters MD 969 Attack Helicopter with Common Launch Tube (CLT)

MD Helicopters MD 969 Attack Helicopter with Common Launch Tube (CLT)

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has enhanced the military capabilities of its powerful light twin-engine MD 969 Combat Helicopter with the addition of a custom, 7-shot Common Launch Tube (CLT) System designed by Systima Technologies. Able to deploy a range of guided munitions, sensors and small UAS/UAVs, the MD 969 CLT System can be configured with up to 7 lightweight AGM-176 Griffin missiles, making it one of the deadliest, precision-strike attack helicopters in its class. Subsequent CLT payloads, including a range of munitions and tactical off-board sensors (TOBS), will further expand the operational profile of the MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter. The CLT is part of a flexible, roll-on/roll-off launch system that is easily integrated into existing platforms. The highly capable launcher has already allowed SOCOM forces to rapidly field a wide range of precision weapons and sensors necessary to support their people.

MD Helicopters MD 969 Attack Helicopter with Common Launch Tube (CLT)

MD Helicopters MD 969 Attack Helicopter with Common Launch Tube (CLT)


MD 969 Combat Attack Helicopter represents the next evolution of MDHI’s iconic MD 900/902 series helicopters. In a weaponized configuration the MD 969 Combat Helicopter represents the future assault and attack capabilities of this proven and powerful light twin-engine aircraft. The MD 969 Combat Helicopter also features a proprietary, MDHI-designed integrated composite weapons plank that allows for greater operational flexibility and expanded mission capabilities. The integrated plank allows for up to 6-station, fixed-forward weapons installation while maintaining unimpeded, full-cabin access to support simultaneous forward fire, crew-served weapons, and personnel transport missions.The up-to-8-seat MD 969 Combat Helicopter is single-pilot IFR certified, and safely and effectively executes a broad range of military, para-military and utility missions including Fast Attack, Combat Search & Rescue, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC, Command & Control, and Personnel Transport.

Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV

Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV

The Probot (Professional Robot) is a lightweight tactical multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed and developed by Israeli unmanned ground vehicle manufacturer Roboteam. The versatile UGV is designed for urban terrain, outdoor operations and battle fields. Its abilities include carrying heavy payloads and a variety of add-ons while maintaining high speeds, maneuverability over various obstacles, low thermal signature, performance of semi-autonomous missions and can carry up to 750kg. The Probot UGV offers small ground forces long-range, real-time intelligence by reaching confined areas with precision. The Probot (Professional Robot) is currently in service with the Israeli defence forces.

Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV

Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV


The Probot (Professional Robot) features conventional wheel drive, which can be optionally turned to caterpillar track system based on the mission requirements. It is compatible with indoor and outdoor operations due to its exclusive ability to carry heavy payloads while maintaining high speeds. The Probot can work for 8 to 10 hours at a maximum distance of 38 Km under normal conditions. The tubular walls and bed of the carriage are designed to provide structural strength and achieve weight reductions. Mooring rings are also provided to facilitate fastening of the luggage. It measures 1.95m-long, 1.2m-wide and 1.05m-high. Probot UGV complies with the IP67 water proofing and standardised military norms. It is 1.5m-long, 1.2m-wide and 0.6m-high and weighs 410kg including the carriage platform.
Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV

Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV


The new generation Probot delivers significant upgrades. Carrying capacity has expanded to handle up to 10 fighter bags, enabled by a ruggedized rack. A new control unit (ROCU 1) allows short-distance navigation, and 5 day-and-night cameras provide 360⁰ coverage for non-line-of-sight piloting. A new antenna upgrades communications with a control range of up to 1.5 kilometers. The antenna features a peer-to-peer mobile ad hoc network (MANET), low latency command and control, secure high bandwidth data (up to 40 Mbps), data & video transfer, multiple video streams, a 2.3-2.5 GHz frequency range, and FIPS 140-2 security. In the area of maneuverability, upgrades include front and rear bumpers in case of collisions, front and rear tails for preventing overturning, and new wheels that enable movement on any type of terrain.
Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV

Roboteam Probot Tactical Multipurpose UGV


The Probot offers high mobility across multiple terrains such as sand, water, thicket, and rubbles. It has the ability to cross vertical obstacles of 25cm and inclinations of 33° and can reach confined areas with ease. The UGV has a maximum speed of 9.6km/h and an operational endurance limit of eight hours. It can be operated in multiple modes such as follow–the-leader semi-autonomous mode, teleoperation mode, and GPS waypoint navigation. It achieves a line-of-sight range of 500m, with standard operating gear. The new generation Probot (Professional Robot) includes upgraded communications and navigation capabilities, higher carrying capacity, enhanced maneuverability, and a safety mechanism.