UK to explore Data Merging for Alternative Navigation

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to run an industry competition for the maturation and demonstration of Data Merging techniques supporting Alternative Navigation (Alt Nav) methods in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

In a 4 February tender notice, the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation said it planned to award two contracts within a total budgetary envelope of GBP1.5 million (USD2 million).


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Croatia to receive Bradley IFVs from US

by Igor Tabak & Miko Vranic

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced on 26 January that an agreement had been reached on the acquisition of Bradley IFVs from the US (photo of vehicle participating in exercise 'Immediate Response 21' held in the 'Eugen Kvaternik' training area in Croatia from 17 May to 2 June 2021. (MORH/T Brandt)

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced at a press conference on 26 January that an agreement had been reached on the acquisition of Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from the United States.


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IAV 2022: DE&S FCG announces upcoming competitions for unmanned capabilities

by Olivia Savage

FCG announced upcoming competitions at IAV 2022. (MOD Crown Copyright 2022 )

James Gavin, head of the Future Capability Group (FCG), part of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), outlined a number of upcoming competitions at the International Armoured Vehicle (IAV) 2022 conference in London.

Some of the key priorities include nano-unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tethered-UAS, multidomain integrated UAS swarms, large rotary-wing UAS, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), high-altitude pseudo-satellites (HAPS), human-machine teaming (HMT, such as the use of robot dogs), and human-machine interface (HMI).


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US Army preparing for AMPV operational testing, Pentagon details needed improvements

by Ashley Roque

BAE Systems delivered the first AMPV to the US Army in 2020. The vehicle line is undergoing IOT&E in 2022 and a Pentagon report has identified several changes it wants addressed. (BAE Systems )

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester has identified five “reoccurring” problems with the US Army's new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) that need addressing during operational testing this year.


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