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FAMOUS Consortium Wins EDIDP Funding

The EU has selected the FAMOUS (European Future Highly Mobile Augmented Armoured Systems) consortium to develop ground combat capabilities under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). This can be incorporated into next-generation armoured platforms and used to upgrade existing systems. The project aims to maximise synergies, standardisation and interoperability capabilities of armoured vehicles to […]

USMC ARV Prototypes Selected

The proposals from Textron and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) have been selected for the prototype phase of the USMC’s Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV). The contracts for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, which concludes with the delivery of one prototype each, will be awarded by Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the National […]

SOFINS 2021 Dossier

From 29 June to 1 July 2021, the fifth edition of SOFINS will be held at the camp of Souge in Gironde (33). This event is the result of year of meetings and intense work by the members of the Cercle de l’Arbalète. This bienniel event, unique in Europe, is the meeting point of the high-tech industry […]



DEFEA 2021

DEFEA 2021 Metropolitan Expo, Athens 13-15 July 2021 312 Exhibitors The Hellenic Armed Forces and Security Services’ participation in DEFEA 2021 underscores the importance of this international exhibition. Organising a ministerial round table, as well as other conferences, highlights the geopolitical aspects of DEFEA. The General Directorate of Defence Investments and Armaments, participating in the Exhibition, […]

KNDS Increases Sales

Defence technology group KMW+Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS), formed from the defence technology system houses Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Germany) and Nexter (France), has increased sales by a few million to €2.4Bn in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic. The order book rose by €3.3Bn to a record €10.6Bn. The 2020 orders include: 322 FENNEK MLU (Netherlands) […]

Stefan Gesmann Made MD of Panavia

Airbus has announced the appointment of Stefan Gesmann as Managing Director of Panavia Aircraft GmbH by the shareholders of the TORNADO consortium. He succeeded Volker Paltzo on 1 June 2021, who has moved back to Airbus after two years in the post.  Gesmann’s most recent role at Airbus Defence and Space as Head of System Support Services […]



RUAG Receives SAR for Engine Contracts

RUAG has received Source Approval Request (SAR) approval for maintenance and repair work on J85-GE21 engines for the US government, the company has announced. Only suppliers with SAR approval are taken into consideration for tenders and contracts with the US DoD. With SAR approval for complete engines in the field of F-5 services, RUAG will continue […]

ARQUIMEA Consolidates Businesses

Spanish technology company ARQUIMEA is bringing the experience, capabilities and technologies of Arquimea Ingenieria, S.L.U, Expace On Board Systems, S.L.U and Ramem, S.A under a single brand within its Aerospace and Defence division, the company said in a press release. This business segment produces Fire Control Solutions and targeting devices. ARQUIMEA has been developing innovative […]

US Army to Test SRT

AM General, a global leader in military grade tactical vehicles and mobility systems, recently received a Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) contract from the US Army to provide two HUMVEE 2-CT Hawkeye Mobile Howitzer Systems (MHS) for the service’s characterisation test, the company said in a press release. AM General and its strategic partner, Mandus Group, have been […]



SKYDEX & TSS Form Partnership

SKYDEX has partnered with TSS International to revolutionise how armoured vehicle manufacturers design products for blast protection, the former said in a press release. In an effort to elevate existing vehicle protection standards, TSS and SKYDEX have joined forces to continue to improve the safety of armored vehicle platforms and offer the most advanced protection solutions in the […]

Celia Pelaz Joins HENSOLDT Management Board

German sensor producer HENSOLDT has appointed Celia Pelaz to the Management Board of the company, a move effective from 1 July 2021. As Chief Strategy Officer, she will be responsible for the strategic positioning of HENSOLDT as well as its business development. The company also announced that she will continue to lead the Spectrum Dominance […]

Rheinmetall Joins UNGC

Rheinmetall is joining the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). In becoming a signatory, the company pledges to uphold the 10 principles of the UNGC regarding sustainable and responsible business management and development. Even before joining the UNGC, Rheinmetall oriented its sustainability strategy to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN. For example, the Group […]



TechNet Europe 2021

AFCEA Europe provides a forum for the ethical exchange of information and knowledge sharing across Europe in the field of IT in defence and security. This has the purpose of meeting the needs of governments. Under the patronage of the Defence Minister of Portugal, AFCEA Europe has organised the TechNet Europe 2021 conference on 1 […]

FIDAE Preparing its Most Important Conference

The foremost and oldest exhibition in Latin America is already working on its latest edition, FIDAE 2022. On Wednesday 21 April, a meeting was held to coordinate the most important conference of the Chilean exhibition: the FIDAE 2022 Space Summit, the organisers said in a statement. The second edition of the “Space Summit” to take […]

BAE Secures FMSP Contracts

BAE Systems will retain its key role supporting the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, with the Company securing two contracts as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) competition. The contracts, worth up to £1.3Bn over five years, will commence on 1 October 2021 following a transition period. BAE Systems […]



Susanne Wiegand to be RENK Group CEO

Ms. Susanne Wiegand will become CEO of the RENK Group on 1 May 2021, subject to formal appointment by the supervisory board. Ms Wiegand will succeed Mr. Florian Hofbauer, who acted as the spokesperson of the Executive Board and successfully lead RENK for almost 14 years. While CEO, Mr. Hofbauer played a key role in shaping […]

US Army Ballistic Helmet Order

Avon Rubber p.l.c. is pleased to confirm a modification to the existing US Army Integrated Head Protection System low rate initial production contract to increase the value by an estimated US$28.4M. As part of this modification, the US Army has placed an order under this contract worth US$18.9M. Deliveries are expected to commence in the current financial […]

MSPO 2021 Preparations Proceeding

The preparations for the upcoming 29th Polish International Defence Industry Exhibition – MSPO 2021 – are underway. The National Pavilions are one of the novelties which expands Targi Kielce’s September expo’s agenda. It is worth remembering that Lead Nation Exhibitions have accompanied the military trade fair since 2004 and have thus become MSPO tradition. Until now […]



Kratos Wins Drone C2 Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has announced that Micro Systems, Inc., (a wholly owned subsidiary and part of the Kratos Unmanned Systems Division), has received a US$85,949,472 contract, with a $60.7M base and two options totalling approximately $25.3M, from the US Army to support the Army Ground Aerial Target Control System. This includes software updating, […]

MKU Limited Ballistic Vests for Brazil

MKU Limited has become the first company from outside of Brazil to provide ballistic vests to the elite Military Police in Sao Paulo. This was in response to a tender for 14,500 ballistic vests based on the latest NIJ 0101.06 standard of the USA’s National Institute of Justice. The specifications of the tender for the ballistic […]

CAMCOPTER® S-100 in Romania

The Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 has performed maritime surveillance for the Romanian Border Police. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service was delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), and is also extended to Bulgaria. Stationed in Mangalia, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 supports the Romanian authorities in carrying out general Coast Guard functions, conducting day-to-day monitoring […]




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