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Spectra Group Supports Challenge Wales

June 8, 2018

Dee Caffari, Skipper of Volvo Ocean Race team “Turn The Tide on Plastic”, after introducing the Challenge Wales Young Person’s Environmental Project.

Spectra’s Ian Gameson and Damian Lewis of Inmarsat with Challenge Wales’ skipper, Andy Hall. Spectra has joined with Inmarsat and NSSL Global to equip Challenge Wales and Adventure Wales with offshore broadband communications.

Spectra Group have recently announced their support of the award-winning sail training charity, Challenge Wales. Together with their partners, Inmarsat and NSSL, Spectra Group are providing the Challenge Wales yachts with broadband satellite communication capabilities.

The satellite communications systems that are being provided to the charity will enable those onboard the two yachts to enjoy increased security and safety as well as enjoy an offshore broadband data service. The data service will allow Challenge Wales to increase their profile and social media presence by sharing video whilst at sea.

Challenge Wales is an award-winning sail training charity which operates Challenge Wales | Wales’ Tall Ship (the 72-foot round the world racing yacht) and Adventure Wales (the 60 foot two masted schooner). The charity helps those who step aboard to develop their personal and social skills, giving people a purpose and helping to broaden their horizons, a goal to strive towards, the opportunity to experience the highs of achievement and success and sometimes the lows of failure. Teamwork, leadership, discipline, respect for others and communication skills are all developed while onboard one of their vessels. Challenge Wales provides controlled life-learning for those aged 12 – 25 years.

Simon Davies, CEO of spectra Group said: “we’re very pleased to be able to help Challenge Wales in this way as they are a charity based close to home and we believe they share our company ethos of teamwork, personal development and communication”. He added: “together with our partners, Inmarsat and NSSL, we’re proud to be able to help such a fantastic charity by giving them the safety critical communication capabilities we are providing to military, security and emergency services, across the globe”.

Arnold Defense announces successful live firing tests of their FLETCHER laser guided rocket system at Eurosatory 2018

June 6, 2018


Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is announcing successful test firing results of their “FLETCHER” land-based, 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System at Eurosatory, Paris, taking place 11-15 June 2018. The FLETCHER system can be mounted on military vehicles as well as base defense platforms. The FLETCHER Laser Guided Rocket Launcher System can be seen at Eurosatory as part of the Dillon Aero stand which is in hall 5A number A450.

The FLETCHER test firing took place late in May at an undisclosed location in USA at the specific request of an, also undisclosed, group of end users. The aim of the test-firing was to prove the concept of FLETCHER when used as a ground-based weapon system and to demonstrate the capability to a range of interested specialist users from across the globe. The test firing was a huge success, achieving a 100% target hit rate at ranges between 2 km and 5 km.

The FLETCHER system is supported by a team of global defense industry companies collaborating under Arnold’s leadership to combine their complimentary expertise. Working together, the team is able to provide a full-system approach to FLETCHER ranging from design, validation, testing, manufacture and full system integration in a variety of ground-to-ground engagement scenarios.

FLETCHER is a unique design that allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. FLETCHER employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads which are already used in well-known programs and are readily available to global forces. Working in-concert with world-class designation equipment, FLETCHER is a fully integrated weapon system that can engage targets at ranges up to 5 kilometers giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “achieving such successful test-firing results on our very first live range session is a massive boost for FLETCHER and for all of the companies involved in the collaborative team. Since launching FLETCHER in London, UK, last September, we have been showing it all around the world where it is garnering significant interest, especially from special operations military units”. He added: “Now that we’ve proven that the concept works we’re expecting to see the interest turn into orders and to that end, we are aiming to have the FLETCHER system ready for sale during the last quarter of 2018”.

Spectra Group announces latest sales figures of the SlingShot Communications System at Eurosatory 2018

June 6, 2018


Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, world leading solutions provider of high grade information security and communication capabilities continues to expand its SlingShot business with just over 600 SlingShot systems having been ordered across 4 continents since November 2017. Just over 450 systems have already been delivered with a further 211 orders awaiting completion. Since the system was launched, this brings the total number of systems shipped to over the 3000 mark across 18 different end-users organisations, further endorsing Spectra’s dominant position in the Tactical SATCOM market place.

Spectra’s SlingShot is a unique low SWaP system that enables in-service U/VHF tactical radios to utilise Inmarsat’s commercial satellite network for BLOS COTM. Including omnidirectional antenna for the man, vehicle, maritime and aviation platforms, the tactical net can broadcast over 1000s kilometers between forward units and a rear HQ, no matter how or where the deployment. In addition to C2 voice, the system enables data capability, supporting mission critical applications such as; artillery fire missions, GPS tracking and biometric analysis. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability and almost no increase in the training burden, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra has strategic relationships with both Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service uses SlingShot and Airbus, which brands SlingShot as TREx services.

Spectra’s SlingShot will be available to view on the Airbus stand Hall 5A stand No. C158 at Eurosatory under the brand name of TREx.

Simon Davies, CEO at Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said: “we’re very proud of the figures we’ve announced today that prove, again, that SlingShot is fast becoming the system of choice for use by the world’s finest specialist users” He added: “we’re receiving significant amounts of interest in our products and services from around the globe so having our capabilities show-cased by our partners at Eurosatory 2018 is another fantastic opportunity for visitors to understand the advantages of our systems”.

Supacat delivers the first production HMT Extenda Vehicle to Norway

June 6, 2018


UK Special Forces vehicle designer and manufacturer, Supacat, has today announced the recent delivery of the first production HMT Extenda vehicle to the Norwegian Armed Forces. The handover took place at Supacat’s Devon facility on 30 May 2018.

Supacat signed a £23 million contract with The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to supply a new fleet of High Mobility Vehicles in May 2015.  The award includes the provision of a comprehensive through-life support package.  The first `pre-series` vehicle was delivered in early 2017 followed by full fleet delivery taking place during 2018 and 2019.

The HMT Extenda is unique as it is convertible to a 4×4 or a 6×6 configuration by inserting or removing a self-contained third axle unit to meet different operational requirements.  Like other HMT series platforms, such as the UK’s `Jackal`, the HMT Extenda can be supplied with optional mine blast and ballistic protection kits and with a variety of mission hampers, weapons, communications, ISTAR and force protection equipment to suit a wide range of operational roles.

Major Arild Stangenes, NDMA Programme Manager said: “the delivery of our first production vehicle is a major milestone in a long-term programme that has been ongoing since 2011. We are very pleased with the quality of our first production vehicle and with a product that fully meets the needs of our user”.

Nick Ames, Chief Executive of SC Group, of which Supacat is a part, said “this project milestone is a great achievement for Supacat and for our Norwegian customer.  I am proud of what the team has achieved in delivering a fantastic product and we are looking forward to following this first production delivery with the rest of the order.”  He added, “yet again, the Supacat HMT has proven itself to be the vehicle of choice for specialist users across the globe.”

FREQUENTIS puts its shared situational awareness framework into the spotlight ahead of the Eurosatory Defence Exhibition in Paris

June 6, 2018


Frequentis, the leading international supplier of communication and information systems for businesses with safety-critical tasks, has been providing the defence market with mission-critical communication, information and surveillance systems for over seven decades.

The Frequentis shared situational awareness framework, designed specifically for the defence sector, allows customers to address inter-agency collaboration, improving response times and the coordination of resources in the event of a national crisis. The group of solutions can be tailored to meet customer needs in a scalable and evolving system. When integrated with the Frequentis state-of-the-art communication systems, it provides a unique cross-domain command and control tool.

This solution is in use today for the German Armed Forces. The National Air Policing Centre (NAPC) combines numerous data sources from widely disparate military and civilian systems into a single, easy to use HMI that is coupled with a fully integrated red/black communication system. This gives unheralded access to red/black landline and radio communications together with ‘click-to-dial’ functionality. Real-time situational awareness is a core element to NAPC and this is a first step toward wider capabilities that will enable this functionality across military forces.  By leveraging the technology used across rail, maritime and aeronautical industries, Frequentis is able to provide a solution that enables actionable intelligence, including the collection as well as analysis and distribution of information, to aid faster more informed decision-making when seconds count to save lives.

“Frequentis is a well-established and growing brand in the defence sector with an expanding portfolio of products and services including our innovative Remote Virtual Tower that allows Air Traffic Control to be conducted from a remote and secure location. Eurosatory is an important show in the global defence market for me and my team who will be in attendance and we will be happy to arrange meetings either in advance or during the event.”, says Peter Skiczuk, Vice President, Defence at Frequentis.

Frequentis’ fully redundant, highly-available communications framework is used by joint and combined forces in today’s command centre operations – be it in the air, at sea, or on land for a number of defence projects around the globe, including voice communications for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The most recent achievements include a contract to provide end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) Voice Communications System (VCS) and Airfield Management systems (AFM) for the OneSKY program for Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence. In addition, in 2016, the Royal Saudi Airforce (RSAF) awarded the company a contract for a network upgrade and solution expansion to safety and security technology solution provider, TAJ Systems. This new solution for Aeronautical Information Management has allowed the RSAF to be globally interoperable and fully digital.

Eurosatory takes place from June 11-15, 2018, Paris Nord Villepointe Exhibition Centre.