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Diehl Aviation Cabin Interiors Certified for Boeing Aircraft

Jack Richardson  Diehl Aviation, a leading provider of aircraft cabin interiors and aircraft systems products has received approval from Boeing to offer Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) products to airlines for installation on Boeing airplanes. BFE products are cabin interior elements that airlines procure directly from the parts manufacturers, such as Diehl Aviation, for installation on newly-built aircraft […]

Providing Security in the Central African Republic

Portugal has been an active security provider and, in this regard, has been working on many fronts. Portuguese soldiers and police have deployed in four continents with NATO, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). The commitment of Portugal to security in the Central African Republic (CAR) is a phenomenon that speaks for […]

Research and Technology for the Future Main Ground Combat System

The list of capability requirements for the future Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) is long. It must detect and identify threats from a distance, improve crew protection, increase firepower and mobility, and so forth. Many technological challenges have to be overcome. The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL) has extensive experience and a long history […]



AFCEA Europe to go Ahead

Jack Richardson  In partnership with the NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC), AFCEA Europe will hold a hybrid conference and exhibition on “Navigating through a Sea of data – Challenges for Secure and Efficient Reinforcement and Military Mobility in Europe/NATO”, which can be attended in-person as well as online. The JSEC’s two main responsibilities, […]

New Online Portal for Mounted and Dismounted Infantry

Mittler Report Verlag GmbH (MRV) has launched www.soldat-und-technik.de a German-language only information portal which focusses on the mounted or dismounted individual soldier, his or her weaponry, equipment, training and operational options. The portal considers news and developments from the armed forces and the defence industry with a dedicated tri-service focus on infantry fighting units across all […]

Airborne Radars and the Electronically-Scanned Revolution

For many decades, one of the main characteristics of most land, sea, and airborne radars was the use of a moving antenna. Mechanical movement was needed either to survey an area of terrain, sea or sky, or to direct the radar to a specific target. In the case of airborne radars, this moving antenna was […]



US Army Selects GM Design for Infantry Squad Vehicle

On 26 June, the US Army announced that GM Defense LLC would receive the contract to produce, field and sustain the new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). General Motors beat out two other contenders in the final phase of the ISV competition, Oshkosh Defense and SAIC. Prototypes from all three firms had been evaluated from November […]

Viewpoint from New Delhi – The Cartographic War between India and Nepal

On 13 June 2020, Nepal, a generally peaceful neighbour of India in the Himalayan region, passed an amendment in its House of Commons to include in the Constitution a map of the country that included three areas that had previously not been part of the country. These are the Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas, all […]

The Oncoming Swarm

You are looking to attack a high value target or targets. The target in question is well defended and to get to the target you will have to traverse hostile territory. The obvious way to conduct such a mission would be to use airpower, but this approach has risks, you have to penetrate enemy air […]



Are Small Tactical UAS Disrupting Manoeuvre Warfare?

The world of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) has evolved for more than a century. But it was only in the early 1970s that UAS assumed a significant military role, with the evolution of computing, inertial navigation, electro-optics, and communications systems suitable for such platforms. With the dramatic miniaturisation of electronics and optronics and commercialisation of […]

Euphoria Evaporated – Norwegian-German Submarine Cooperation

In September 2018, when a programme agreement was signed between the German procurement authority BAAINBw and the Norwegian procurement agency Forsvarsmateriell, there was confidence that a supply contract could be concluded before the end of 2019. However, this expectation has not been realised. A year earlier, in August 2017, Norway and Germany had signed a […]

Meteksan on the Growth Path

Meteksan Savunma is the one of the leading defence companies in Turkey. Established in 2006, Meteksan Savunma is known for providing sensor systems, communication systems, underwater acoustic systems and platform simulators. It is also part of Bilkent Holding, a large conglomerate funded by Bilkent University, which is Turkey’s 15th largest industrial group, and privately held. […]



Uzbekistan Develops TARLON 44

Korhan Özkilinc The State Committee of Uzbekistan’s defence industry has announced that national company Kran-Maxsus texnika has developed a prototype of a domestic armoured vehicle which has great similarities with the EJDER YALCIN 4×4. Nurol Makina, one of the leading manufacturers of armored land vehicles for the Turkish defence industry, had signed a letter of intent […]

European UAV/UAS Requirements

Military operations over the last decade have highlighted how important it is to have Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the inventories of armed forces. Although UAVs are still one of the major requirements of European armed forces, the need to fill capability gaps resulting from years of low defence spending has somehow slowed down the […]

Vertical Rotary Lift – Current and Near Future Developments

Vertical rotary lift aircraft are indispensable for any military force and every service branch, fulfilling such vital functions as logistic support, personnel transport (including aerial assault), search and rescue (SAR), medical/casualty evacuation (Medevac/Casevac), and installation/area surveillance and security missions. Often the same aircraft – sometimes with modified avionics suites – can provide the same services […]



A Stimulus Package for India’s Defence Industry

India’s Ministry of Defence and the country’s arms manufacturers are optimistic about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement during the COVID-19 pandemic about the “Self-Reliance Initiative”, albeit with some apprehension. At a digital conference organised in May 2020 by the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh applauded SIDM’s efforts aimed at accelerating […]

Viewpoint from Taipei – First Flight of the BRAVE EAGLE

Taiwan’s indigenously developed Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) T-5 BRAVE EAGLE conducted its official first flight on 22 June 2020. This marked Taiwan’s first indigenously developed high-performance jet since the F-CK-1 CHING-KUO indigenous defence fighter made its first flight 31 years ago. The test flight was conducted in front of President Tsai Ing-wen. The first prototype […]

Q & A with Peder R. Pedersen, PhD, CEO & President of WEIBEL

ESD: Weibel is a vertically integrated company, how has this helped it stay on course during COVID19 restrictions? Pedersen: We believe in having full control over all core processes, from development to production, because quality and reliability are extremely important values in our industry. Being largely independent of external suppliers in this way has no doubt […]



Q & A with Heino Lundgren, CEO of Saab DENMARK

Saab DENMARK – Heino Lundgren, CEO ESD: What requirement does Tacticall fulfil – why is it useful? Lundgren: TactiCall was originally developed for the Royal Danish Navy’s land-based centres and radio stations in 1983 with delivery in 1985. After this the system was implemented for the Royal Danish Navy’s ships towards the end of the decade and since […]

MQ-9B SkyGuardian

The MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) possesses a number of unique advantages not found in manned platforms: much longer endurance (40 hours or more based on payload), more affordable, require a fraction of the footprint, effectively operate at low and high altitude (500 to 40,000 feet), employable in high-risk […]

The Bahraini Air Force in Substantial Renewal

Weeks before the Covid-19 travel restrictions, at DIAC-2019 ESD spoke to the long-time commander of the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF), AVM Hamad bin Abdullah al Khalifah. The RBAF is currently renewing two critical platforms. Nevertheless, the small service is combat-proven. ESD: Bahrain’s Shaikh Isa AB has experienced many coalition activities, including the Operations “Southern […]




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