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European Defense Agency helps tackle IEDs
by Richard Tomkins
Brussels (UPI) Nov 17, 2016

U.S. Army contracts Leidos for Saturn Arch sustainment
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2016 - The U.S. Army has awarded Leidos a $71 million contract modification to continue sustainment and integration operations for the Saturn Arch.

The Saturn Arch is a long-term improvised explosive device neutralization program. The aerial platform has been used to support coalition ground forces serving in Afghanistan.

The program began in 2010 when Army officials integrated special aircraft with sensor technology to identify IEDs on the battlefield, and aid forces on the ground with removing them. Since that time, more tools have been developed to assess the safety of the battlespace before ground forces move through it.

Under the contract with the U.S. Army, Leidos received $11 million at the time of the award. Officials expect the work to be complete on Sept. 16, 2019.

The European Defense Agency is introducing a web-based tool to help member countries deal with improvised explosive devices.

The European Union agency said the counter-IED application will promote information sharing between counter-IED operators and is expected to be released next month.

"The tool will help users to gain a better situational understanding by projecting, with several degrees of probability, the next actions that the enemy or other threat elements are likely to carry out," EDA said. "Thereby, further exchanges of information between military and other involved agents such as host nations, law enforcement, governments, NGOs, private companies, etc. can be ensured."

The application is being issued under the existing Framework Cooperation Agreement with the C-IED Centre of Excellence in Spain.

It is to be a common information exchange tool, with restricted access, available to different services, agencies and private organizations. It will help them to collect information, show it on maps and generate models which can subsequently identify expected paths or ways of action.

C-IUSAT will be a web based tool -- accessible by computer or mobile phone -- that stores its own map data, which can be used to generate different data layers for various events, activities and sources.

Rheinmetall to supply combat training technology for African country
Berlin (UPI) Nov 17, 2016 - Rheinmetall has received a contract to modernize and expand a live combat training facility from a country in the Middle East-North Africa region.

Under the $10.6 million contract, the German defense company will supply up-to-date hardware and software components for the customer's Mobile Combat Training Center. The order includes new laser engagement simulator to support combat vehicle and weapon systems training.

According to Rheinmetall, the unnamed customer will receive a modernized Legatus combat simulation training system. The company guarantees the system provides a realistic training experience, which includes battlefield equipment exercises for various environments.

The system is already used by Germany's armed forces. Rheinmetall is supplying the German army with 2,000 new legatus laser transmitter units for small arms in addition to 1,500 soldier target sets with laser sensors.

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