Selex ES announces new HALO orders
Selex ES will supply its HALO acoustic weapon locating system to the Italian armed forces under a new contract announced on 12 February. The order is for five HALO systems, and includes an option for further future deliveries.
In a separate multi-million Euro order the company will supply the same system to an unnamed customer in Asia. This order follows the successful delivery of two systems procured by the same country in 2013.
HALO detects sound waves generated by gun or mortar fire and other explosions and can precisely locate the source of hostile weaponry. The system is designed to be passive, covert and easy to deploy, with a high rate of accuracy - typically giving a reading to better than 1% of range at 15km.
Mark Byfield, marketing vice president, Selex ES Optronics & Communication Systems, said: ‘Our customer in the region has been delighted with the quality and performance of previously delivered systems, and has therefore now chosen to expand their capability with a further HALO system. This deal, and our significant order from the Italian armed forces, are yet further endorsements for HALO as the world’s leading acoustic weapon location system.’
HALO has been in-service with UK forces since 1994 and the US Marine Corps since 2005 and has seen service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The system has also been sold to a number of Far Eastern and other export customers.
More from Land Warfare
Russia has introduced an upgraded version of the T-80BVM main battle tank, designed for increased survivability based on combat experiences in Ukraine and aims to restart production of the type after a 20-year gap.
Babcock has signed an MoU with propulsion experts Cosworth to investigate the use of hybrid power systems in military vehicles and will begin with integrating a Catalytic Generator (Cat Gen) into a 70 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.
Russian defence companies are adapting to emerging threats and exploring ways to counter top-attack munitions and first-person-view (FPV) UAVs.
Taiwan's state-owned arsenal unveiled a new assault rifle at the TADTE defence show in Taipei.
Taiwan's military establishment has developed a new 4x4 reconnaissance vehicle design, displayed for the first time at the TADTE defence expo in Taipei last week.