SitaWare Headquarters, a C4ISR solution for tactical communication, interoperability, collaborative planning and situational awareness across the battlespace, has been in service with multiple nations worldwide.
Thales wins Australian indirect fire support contract
Thales Australia has announced that it has signed a contract with prime contractor Rockwell
Collins Australia to deliver its optronics systems as part of a Department of Defence (DoD) indirect fire support upgrade programme. The company made the announcement 11 July 2012.
As part of the LAND 17 1B programme for a Digital Terminal Control System to improve coordination and terminal control of air, naval and land fire support, Thales will provide a ‘significant number’ of Sophie MF long range multi-function binoculars / thermal imagers and TYR laser target designators.
The Thales optronics sensors will be seamlessly integrated into Rockwell Collins’ Firestorm joint fires targeting system to provide a complete turnkey solution.
Thales’s Sophie family of both cooled and uncooled products meets the full spectrum of observation, surveillance, orientation, and fire-control requirements of today’s defence and security forces. Non-detectable due to their passive infrared operation, Sophie systems can be used day and night and under all weather conditions.
The Sophie MF is a complete acquisition, identification and location system that weighs less than 3kg. It can be used day or night, with a high resolution stabilised image, plus an eye-safe laser rangefinder, GPS and direction finder.
The TYR is a state of the art compact laser target designator that can operate in standalone applications, with forward observation sensor equipment, dismounted soldiers or vehicle-mounted platforms. The TYR designates targets and provides both accurate range data and images of the laser spot on the target to allow laser-guided munitions to be accurately deployed.
More from Digital Battlespace
Military Space Cloud Architecture (MILSCA) will be able to store more than 100 Terabytes of data generated on Earth and in space on board each constellation satellite with a processing power exceeding 250 TFLOPS (250,000 billion operations per second).
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) initiated the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) programme in 2018 and in January 2021 awarded Other Transaction Agreements to L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman for the creation of prototype systems.
Project Beroe will underpin government control of future satellite constellations, further enhancing the UK’s multi-domain integration efforts.
WorldView Legion, a fleet of high-performance satellites, will expand Maxar’s ability to revisit the most rapidly changing areas on Earth to better inform critical, time-sensitive decisions.
India has ambitious plans to develop its ISR capabilities in space but has a fight on its hands if it wants to keep in touch with competing nations.