DSEi 2011: GD UK has high expectations for base protection system
General Dynamics UK (GD UK) expects a contract for the newest system in its family of transportable border and base protection systems 'within the next six months'.
After GD UK’s acquisition of Kylmar (KMC) some 12 months ago, the new teaming has seen a line of deployable protection infrastructure developed – although the new system, which is the smallest in the family, that adds to the other four products does not yet have a name.
GD UK provides the container element and KMC the technology, because the company is 'very strong in the design of electro-optic systems', Jon Anderson, business and development director of defence mission and security systems for GD UK, said at the DSEi conference in London on 15 September.
The family includes an ISO persistent surveillance system (ISOPS), an integrated situational awareness system (ISAS), a portable situational awareness system (PSAS), and a short range situational awareness system (SRSAS).
The UK MoD and other undisclosed export customers have purchased these system, and the
SRSAS in particular was quickly produced, with a design ready after the first week of contract and the first ten systems delivered in six weeks.
The new system will be mounted on a lightweight pole and will be able to be configured 'within seconds', Anderson said.
In terms of the range of products the ultimate aim is to 'ensure the compound is protected', and that the systems that ensure this are easily deployed.
The company also provides shelters and battlefield hygiene systems to the MoD in an effort to make power, water and waste control in theatre more effective.
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