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USA Makes Stride Towards Upgrade In Anti-Ballistic Missile Protection

The Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) is the upgraded kill vehicle for ground-based interceptors in the U.S's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The NGI will be the first, all-new interceptor design since the fielding of the GMD system. The U.S. plans to field NGI in a mixed fleet with GBIs for a total of 64 interceptors.

Prototypes produced by Lockheed Martin and Northrop separately passed a preliminary design review in 2023.


Leonardo ULISSES Acoustic System Enhances Situational Awareness

Leonardo’s Ultra Light SonicS Enhanced System, or ULISSES is an acoustic system designed to improve operational effectiveness in anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol. Equipped to a crewed or uncrewed aerial or naval platform, ULISSES can interface with up to 64 sonobuoys as well as dipping or towed sonars, collecting and processing data while providing real-time audio and video signals at rates of up to 45 Mb per second. The system is comprised of a sonobuoy processor (UAP) with an embedded data recorder, a common function transmitter (CFT), and a digital very high-frequency (VHF) receiver unit, which can be configured with a sonobuoy localization system (SLS).

ULISSES units have already been installed on Italy’s fleet of SH90 (NH90) helicopters as of August 2020. On May 25, 2024, Leonardo announced ULISSES’ first public international sale, inking a deal with the Malaysian Ministry of Defense for two ATR 72 maritime patrol aircraft that would be fitted with the system.


Army Makes Progress on Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS)

The Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) is the latest air and missile defense system adopted by the U.S. Army. It is designed to be the core radar element in the Army's forthcoming Integrated Air and Missile Defense system. Raytheon developed LTAMDS as a replacement for the current AN/MPQ-53/65 Radar utilized by the U.S. Army for the Patriot missile system.

The system is still in development. As of October 2023, Raytheon has built six LTAMDS radars since the contract was awarded to the company in 2019. Developmental testing is expected to continue through 2024.

Check Out What Else is New

Other recently updated systems include the South African Mwari, Japanese F-2 attack aircraft, American CH-47F Chinook, American Switchblade loitering munitions, Chinese CM-400AKG anti-ship missile, American Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), American Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Russian Katyusha uncrewed aerial vehicles, Turkish Arma combat vehicles and the Brazilian Guarani armored vehicle.

Naval updates include the British INVINCIBLE-class, Canadian Hammerhead USV-T, French CASSARD-class destroyer, Indian SHARDUL-class landing ship, Japanese KONGO-class destroyer, Mexican QUETZALCOATL-class destroyer, and the British Type 911 radar.

Special Report:

The Evolving Landscape of Loitering Munitions
Aja Melville and Tom Freebairn

Loitering munitions, often dubbed “kamikaze” or “suicide drones,” are a disruptive innovation in contemporary warfare, combining the precision of missiles with the versatility of drones. These missile-drone hybrids are characterized by their ability to “loiter” or hover over targets, waiting for the optimal time to strike.

Emerging as a cost-effective solution to counter enemy surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs), loitering munitions are characterized by their lightweight design and versatility. They can be deployed en masse from different launch platforms and locations. With capabilities for mid-course correction and precise targeting, they minimize collateral damage and offer enhanced mission flexibility. Integrating intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions, along with targeted strike capabilities and flexible deployment options, these weapons represent a significant advancement in multi-domain warfare... read more here.

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