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DSEI 2023: BAE Systems Says First Azalea Satellite Cluster to be Launched in Early 2025 

BAE Systems announced at DSEI 2023 on 14 September that it is set to launch its first Azalea multi-satellite cluster into low Earth orbit at the beginning of 2025. The group of satellites will use a range of sensors to collect visual, radar and radio frequency (RF) data to deliver high-quality information and intelligence from […]

DSEI 2023: MARSS Launches Smaller, More Portable UAV Interceptor 

Monaco-based surveillance and infrastructure protection specialist MARSS announced at DSEI 2023 on 12 September the launch of a new portable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) countermeasure. Known as the Interceptor-SR (Short Range), the countermeasure is smaller and lighter than MARSS’ larger Interceptor (now known as the Interceptor-MR) and can be used to provide more mobile protection […]

ESD SME Series: Proven Asian Soft-Kill Counter-Drone Solutions for Europe

If attending any number of international security and defence events around the world over the past dozen years, you will have seen the ORION (named after the famous hunter in Greek mythology) from Singapore-based TRD on stands as a leading soft-kill counter-drone system.  It is the world’s first 9-band handheld drone disruptor. ORION-H9 can be […]

US State Department Approves Munitions Package for MQ-9Bs Canada Has Not Yet Purchased 

The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Canada of munitions and other systems to be integrated onto the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 15 September, even though Canada has not yet selected the MQ-9B. […]

Milipol Paris 2023 to be the largest ever

When Milipol Paris 2023 opens its doors from 14-17 November and is inaugurated by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, it will be the largest event in terms of exhibitors and exhibition space, with an unprecedented growth of over 40% compared to the last edition. Of the more than 1,100 exhibitors, 47% are new and 61% […]

Pentagon Looks to Replicator Initiative for Technological Edge Over China’s PLA

US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks unveiled a new Pentagon strategy on 28 August 2023 aimed directly at countering the rapid build-up of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Placing ingenuity and innovation at the forefront of US efforts to maintain a military technological edge, Hicks said the United States will “out-match adversaries by out-thinking, […]

CEVS Launches Zero-G HMDS+ in Addressing US Navy’s Helmet-Mounted Cueing System Development Contract 

The US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division has awarded Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) – a joint venture between RTX business Collins Aerospace and Elbit Systems of America – a contract for development, engineering, logistics and test support of the Improved Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System used in the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet […]

ESD Secures 15 Nominations at the 2023 Defence Media Awards

It is with great pride I can share the news that European Security & Defence has received 15 nominations at the 2023 Defence Media Awards. This is an extremely impressive result, and I’m very grateful to all of our contributors and ESD staff who worked so hard to help make this happen – well done […]

BAE Systems Sets Out Vision for Autonomy-Empowered Multi-Domain Integration 

BAE Systems has begun an initiative to study how multi-domain integration, supported by autonomy at all levels, can deliver the kind of quick, co-ordinated and effective outcomes that are required to prevail on the modern battlefield. Speaking during an online briefing to journalists on 4 September 2023, Rob Merryweather, Technology Director at BAE Systems, explained […]

Careful Whispers: Securer Comms Capabilities

While Finland’s defence and security businesses have been a reliable NATO supplier, Finland now finds itself in a somewhat neoteric position, being the newest member of the alliance. Over the coming months ESD defence industry veteran Curtis Hand will be speaking with CEOs of iconic Finnish companies about their ‘Finnishness’, the way the Finnish character benefits […]

ST Engineering Antycip and Cervus Expand Collaboration 

ST Engineering Antycip, a leading European provider of VR solutions, visual displays, simulation tools and engineering services, announced on 31 August 2023 that it has expanded its successful partnership with UK-based data-driven innovation company Cervus. The two companies began working together collaboratively in 2016 and earlier this year signed a memorandum of understanding formalising their […]

Orbit Launches NetShroud+ Cyber Security Solution for its Gaia100 Earth Observation Antennas 

Israeli satellite communications provider Orbit Communications Systems has launched a cyber security solutions for its Gaia100 Earth observation antenna systems called NetShroud+, the company announced on 7 August 2023. NetShroud+, which includes “a comprehensive array of advanced cyber security features” according to Orbit,protects remotely locatedground stations from potential local or remote cyber attacks in order to guarantee […]

Lockheed Martin to Produce 500 kW Laser Under New US DoD Contract 

Lockheed Martin is planning to scale up its laser technology to produce a 500 kW-class laser: a new benchmark that would represent the most powerful laser the company has ever produced. The 500 kW-class laser will be developed under a new contract recently awarded by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Office of the Under […]

Galvion Releases Upgraded MAX-8 Mission Adaptive Charging Station 

Power and data management solutions provider Galvion announced the release of an upgraded version of its Mission Adaptive Charging Station, known as the MAX-8, on 31 July 2023. A portable charging solution that reduces operational battery burden, the MAX-8 allows teams to “do more with less”, according to Galvion. The charging station is currently used […]

IAI’s D-SAR Satellite Successfully Launched for Singapore 

DS-SAR, a Singaporean synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation satellite developed and produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has been successfully launched into space on a PSLV-C56 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket, IAI announced on 30 July 2023. The satellite was launched that day from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. It entered […]

ELT Group Selected for Nine Projects Under EDF’s Work Programme 2022 

Italy’s ELT Group has been selected to be involved in nine projects under the Work Programme 2022 of the European Defence Fund (EDF), the company announced on 25 July 2023. The projects selected this year include research and development (R&D) activities in the air, naval, land, cyber and space domains, in which the company will […]

US Military Needs More Manoeuvrable Satellites, Says SPACECOM Deputy Commander 

The United States needs to deploy more manoeuvrable satellites to stay ahead of its adversaries in the space domain, the deputy commander of US Space Command (SPACECOM) has said. Speaking on 6 July 2023 at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Arlington, Virginia, Lieutenant General John E Shaw argued that, while systems that provide […]

Sweden Sign Up for Thales SMART-L radars 

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed an agreement ​ with Thales for the delivery and installation of SMART-L multi mission land based long-range radars, the French company announced on 5 July 2023   The SMART-L radars will contribute to maintaining Swedish airspace sovereignty and “will provide superior situational awareness at all times”, Thales […]

‘Stolty’ Sees his Term Extended as NATO Secretary General 

Former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg has had his tenure as NATO secretary general extended by a further year, until 1 October 2024, the alliance announced on 4 July 2023. The decision is to be endorsed by NATO heads of state and government at the alliance’s 2023 Vilnius Summit, which takes place on 11-12 July. […]

SEA moves on to Phase Two of RNZN Frigate Comms Upgrade 

UK defence and security electronic system specialist SEA, a subsidiary of Cohort plc, has been awarded a GBP 26 M (EUR 30.4 M) contract by New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Phase Two build and installation of the communication system upgrade on two Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Anzac-class frigates, the company announced […]

Indra Secures All 14 EDF Proposals it Applied For 

Indra has had all of the proposals it has led or been involved in selected in the second call of the European Defence Fund (EDF), the Spanish company announced on 29 June 2023. With a total of 14 projects selected, a third of the 41 approved by the European Commission, Indra ranks among the leading […]

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