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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 15 | NOV 2015
BAE Systems has developed an armoured fighting
vehicle digital mapping system that enables crews to ‘see
through’ their vehicles for a complete, real time view of the
The system, BattleView 360, was displayed at the DSEI
2015 exhibition in September and is claimed to harness
fighter jet technology to collate, display and track the
positions of surrounding features in two or three-dimensional
modes to provide an enhanced situational awareness picture.
The imagery is displayed on a specially designed headset or
head-down touch screen and assists crews to identify friendly
and enemy forces, inform rapid decision making by the
vehicle commander and can be used to generate safer routes
out of the view of the enemy.
The head-worn part of the system can be synced to
vehicle cameras to provide a ‘see-through’ capability in both
normal visual and infrared spectrums. It can also be used by
dismounted troops to relay information back to the vehicle.
In a complete battlespace picture environment, the display
can be integrated onto other vehicles or unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV), with overlaid information and symbology
readily available. It also allows the commander to view the
display of other crew members, such as a gunner. Crew
displays are provided with critical safety and warning
messages and mission updates.
BattleView 360 is being designed to seamlessly integrate
with multiple existing vehicle types, systems and radios.
BattleView 360’s head-down display system features include:
• Displaying Blue Force positions
• Route planning
• UAV route planning
• Route progress monitoring
• Polygon and line sketching
• Dead ground display
• Red ground display (ground that can be seen by
• Best route for self-calculation/hostile-calculation
• Area of uncertainty from last hostile sighting
– Staff Reporters
BAE develops ‘see-through’ AFV system
ABOVE: Representative display from the BattleView 360 digital
mapping system. Images: BAE Systems
LEFT: View from the head-worn component of BattleView 360.
Excalibur round finding
its sea legs
First tests for Pike pocket-rocket
Raytheon successfully fired its new Excalibur N5
projectile during a recent live guided flight test at the Yuma
Proving Ground in Arizona, the company announced on 30
Excalibur N5 is a 127mm naval variant of the combat-proven
Excalibur 155mm precision-guided projectile, and is expected
to triple the maximum effective range of conventional 127mm
naval guns whilst retaining the original round’s high accuracy.
This range increase would enable precision engagement
of targets during naval gunfire support missions, anti-surface
warfare and in countering fast attack craft.
To reduce development costs and risks, the Excalibur
N5 round incorporates numerous components found in the
155mm ground-fired, GPS-guided Excalibur. Raytheon is
understood to be working on a laser spot tracker technology
insert for the Excalibur N5 to compensate for target location
error, maintain precision in GPS denied or degraded
environments, and enable engagement of relocated or moving
Some 770 155mm Excalibur rounds have been fired
Raytheon has fired two rounds of its new Pike 40mm
precision guided munition from a standard under-barrel
grenade launcher tube.
Conducted at Mile High Resources in Texas, the 427mm
long rounds flew more than 2,100m before landing within the
designate target impact area.
Weighing less than 900g, Pike can be fired from
conventional, single-shot grenade launcher attachments
to provide warfighters with a lightweight, precision-guided
in combat to date by US and coalition forces, with
demonstrated accuracy (Excalibur consistently strikes within
2m of the target) and lethality.
– Staff Reporters
weapon that is able to reach far beyond the effective range of
low and medium-velocity 40mm grenades or other direct-fire
support weapons such as the M72 or AT4 lightweight anti-
armour weapons, albeit with reduced lethality and terminal
Pike’s rocket motor ignites 2.5 -3 .5m after launch and is
nearly smokeless in order to reduce launch signature. A
digital, semi-active laser seeker enable’s Pike to engage both
fixed and slow-moving targets.
“Pike will become smarter and smarter as we continue
to develop its capabilities,” said Raytheon’s Advanced
Land Warfare Systems director J. R . Smith. “In the current
configuration, the warfighter will enter programmable
laser codes prior to loading Pike into its launcher. Spiral
development calls for multiple-round simultaneous
programming and targeting with data-link capabilities.”
Additional Pike upgrades planned include the ability to fire
it from platform-mounted launchers fitted to small boats, all-
terrain vehicles and small unmanned aerial vehicles.
– Ian Bostock
The Excalibur N5 naval round is expected to triple the range of
existing 127mm naval guns and provide surface combatants
with a long-range precision fire support capability.
Main Image: US Navy
BELOW AND BELOW RIGHT: Able to massively outrange
standard 40mm rounds, Pike is compatible with under-barrel
grenade launchers fitted to individual weapons. Images: Raytheon
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