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Racal Acoustics Wins Danish Contract

Racal Acoustics has announced a new contract to supply the Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) with their RA4000 Magna digital headset system. The seven year framework contract is worth up to US$4.7M and includes a full support package comprising of training, consumables and spares plus an option to supply follow-on orders […]

Podcast: GDELS’ VP on Land Mobility and International Cooperation

Starting in January 2021, “European Security & Defence” is introducing a new series of podcast interviews. In the first interview of this kind conducted by Jürgen Hensel, Dr Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President International Business & Services at General Dynamics European Land Systems, addresses land mobility as one of the priorities for the forthcoming decade. His […]

Q&A with GOTRACK HLS

ESD recently caught up with the CEO of GOTRACK HLS, Col. (Ret.) Oded Halevy to discuss the importance of a new kind of observation and tracking technology for safer cities under COVID-19 conditions and beyond. Pro-Actively Seeing ESD: What does GOTRACK HLS do? Halevy: GOTRACK HLS specialises in turning camera-control rooms to be HUNTERS! We […]



Virtual Surface Navy Association

The Surface Navy Association (SNA) will hold its 33rd Annual National Symposium from 11-15 January2021. It will be a virtual event this year due to COVID 19 considerations but will still feature a high-level line-up of speakers. Retired Vice Admiral Rick Hunt, SNA President, said, “We always look forward to meeting our shipmates at the […]

EDGE Group Becomes Strategic Partner for IDEX & NAVDEX

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021) have signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi based advanced technology conglomerate EDGE Group to become the exhibitions’ strategic partner. The agreement comes in line with IDEX’s ongoing strategy to develop collaborative opportunities with leading Emirati companies specialising in defence and […]

Confidence in V-280 for FLRAA Grows

Bell Textron Inc. and Team VALOR have celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 VALOR’s first flight. Since then, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test programme flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. This was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters to showcase advanced capability, reduce risk and inform requirements […]



Inaugural International Security Week

Thousands of security professionals from across the world gathered virtually to participate and interact with renowned guests during four days of exclusive content and insight at the inaugural International Security Week (ISWeek) from 30 November – 3 December. ISWeek, incorporating International Security Expo (ISE), International Cyber Expo (ICE) and International Disaster Response Expo (IDR), included […]

Naval Group Releases SMX 31E Concept Ship

Naval Group has unveiled its 2020 concept vessel, a vision of submarines in 2040.

“Stand-off MCM capability” Organised by Belgium Naval & Robotics

Representatives of the Belgian Navy and Belgium Naval and Robotics (ECA Group and Naval Group) consortium have unveiled the logo of the Mine Counter Measure (MCM) programme being jointly developed with the Dutch Navy, and focused on its operational gains – safety and rapidity. In terms of safety, men will be far from minefields because […]



European Patrol Corvette at Euronaval 2020

Representatives of NAVIRIS (the 50/50 joint venture between Naval Group and Fincantieri) and Navantia outlined the details of the European Patrol Corvette (EPC) programme at Euronaval 2020. During a roundtable chaired by Jean-Marie Dumon (GICAN), Domenico Rocco, NAVIRIS’ sales manager, and Yann Floch, head of the engineering department, recalled that France and Italy agreed on […]

The New SOF Mission-Ready Multi-Tool

Yes, you read that correctly; there is a new multi-tool on the military market, ideally suited for special operations forces – but, also for any soldier being deployed in rough, uncertain terrain. COMBAR, from Israeli start-up ACLIM8 – was several years in the design and making of a simple, sleek, field tool, that seems transcendental when […]

Another Decrease in Polish Defence Exports

According to official statistics for 2019, Poland experienced another decline in the export of its locally manufactured weapon systems and military equipment. The country’s defence industry exported goods and services worth approx. €390M last year, whereas in the preceding year, the value of arms exports was closer to €487M. In comparison to previous years, Poland’s […]



Sensonor Launches Space-Dedicated Gyro and IMU Modules

The high-accuracy tactical-grade STIM277H Gyro module and STIM377H Inertial Measurement Unit are based on experiences and requirements from serving customers in the space segment during the last decade. The modules have a hermetic aluminum enclosure with a glass-to-metal sealed electrical micro-d connector and a laser-welded lid to secure long-term hermetic operation. All parts are tested for […]

Post-COVID-19 Europe: a New Security Environment With New Challenges

Bear Midkiff is Vice President Sales and Marketing for John Cockerill Defense.The Belgian company, with over 200 years history, presents its modular turrets and weapon systems as a part of a comprehensive solution for customers around the world. ESD: The COVID-19 crisis has caused a great deal of difficulty in business worldwide. How did the […]

HeliRussia Successful Despite COVID 19

The annual International Exhibition of Rotorcraft Equipment (or HeliRussia) was held at the Crocus Expo Centre on the outskirts of Moscow from 15 to 17 September with 153 exhibitors (including 40 from the media) making it the smallest since 2009. Previously scheduled for May, it was moved to this new date due to COVID -19, making […]



EURONAVAL 2020 and the “New Normal”

The 2020 edition of the EURONAVAL exhibition will be held in Paris-Le Bourget from 20 – 23 October 2020. ESD was granted an exclusive interview with Hugues d’Argentré, Director of SOGENA, which organises EURONAVAL. In this interview, Mr d’Argentré addresses the most pressing topics for would-be exhibitors and visitors to EURONAVAL 2020. ESD: How many […]

Belgian and Dutch Naval Replacement Programmes

Belgium and the Netherlands will replace almost their entire fleets in the next 15 years. This will mean six new ships for the Belgian Navy, and 23 for the Royal Netherlands Navy. Some of these new ships are being developed jointly by Belgium and the Netherlands, while for some others the Netherlands is seeking cooperation […]

German Navy Orders Anti-Ship Missile from Saab

Saab has received an order from its German partner Diehl Defence for the RBS15 anti-ship missile to be supplied to the German Navy. The order value is approximately 1.7 BSEK with deliveries between 2022 and 2026. This is part of a framework agreement between Saab and Diehl Defence, which offers the possibility for additional procurement […]



ESD at MSPO 2020

The MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland, has just started. It’s a national show but this year its importance is not to be underestimated, as much of the defence world – politicians, industry, exhibition and conference organisers, the military, the media etc – will be looking to learn lessons about professional, large-scale exhibitions in the post-COVID-19 […]

European Infantry Fighting Vehicle Armament

While most members of NATO have standardised on 120mm smooth bore tank guns and their suites of ammunition for their Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), there has been a complete lack of standardisation of medium calibre weapons for their infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) with currently deployed vehicles in Europe being armed with 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm […]

Continuation of the successful series with UH-72B LAKOTA

Gerhard Heiming At the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual exhibition in Washington from 28th to 29th August 2020, Airbus Helicopters announced the launch of the latest version of the LAKOTA helicopter, with an order for 17 aircraft. The UH-72 belongs to the widely used H145 family, whose military and civilian versions […]




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