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Centre of Excellence for Military Vehicles Opened

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Competence Centre in Redbank/Queensland on 11 October 2020. As part of the delivery of logistics trucks and BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Rheinmetall has established the Military Vehicle Center of Excellence (MILVEHCOE). Additionally, an independent sovereign military vehicle capability […]

Latest Info on DEFIANT from AUSA

In a statement, the team said: “The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make great progress as we advance DEFIANT’s rigorous flight test program. With every flight, as we continue to increase DEFIANT’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb, we are gathering important data, expanding our speed and maneuverability envelope and validating our modeling and […]

Meteor Aerospace Tests ORCA USV

Israeli defence company Meteor Aerospace has successfully completed a series of sea trials with its ORCA Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The trials were held in Israeli waters, demonstrating ORCA’s technical and operational capabilities, including autonomous unmanned operation, use of its various mission payloads and high speed intercepts of a maritime target. The ORCA trials were remotely monitored […]

U.S Fighter Offer to Finland

The U.S has given approval for Finland to buy air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground precision guided munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$12.5bn, should the country decide to purchase 64 F-35 aircraft. The proposed sale will replace Finland’s legacy F/A-18s HORNETS and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defence capability. The package is broken down […]

WTO Authorises EU to put Tariffs on $4bn of US Goods

The EU will be authorised to impose US$4bn worth of tariffs on US goods exported to the bloc every year, according to the. This follows four previous WTO panel and appellate reports from 2011 to 2019 confirming that subsidies to Boeing violate WTO rules. The decision finds that illegal subsidies to Boeing cost Airbus US$4bn […]

1,000 Unprotected Logistics Trucks for the Bundeswehr

The Bundeswehr is accelerating the renewal of its truck fleet with funds from the Corona economic stimulus package. Rheinmetall will deliver 150 HX2 trucks in the 5-tonne payload class with 6×6 chassis and 850 HX2 trucks in the 15-tonne payload class with 8×8 chassis. The contract-volume is €398m, with the trucks scheduled to be delivered […]

Meggitt Rebrands as InVeris

Meggitt Training Systems has rebranded under a new name, InVeris Training Solutions, with immediate effect. This rebranding reflects the company’s pride in standing behind the bravest, best-trained men and women around the world and to providing comprehensive training solutions that prepare them to act at a moment’s notice to protect the communities and countries they […]

SPIKE Team Trainer for Latvia

The Latvian National Armed Forces have completed the installation of a new state-of-the-art Team Trainer for SPIKE Missiles. The new system will train Latvian forces to use Rafael Advanced Defense System’s SPIKE LR2 and SR missiles, procured from EuroSpike (a joint venture between Rafael, Diehl Defence, and Rheinmetall Electronics). The SPIKE Team Trainer (STT) was installed at the […]

Modernisation of the British FUCHS/FOX NBC Vehicles

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded the Rheinmetall joint venture company Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) a contract to modernise the British FUCHS/FOX armoured reconnaissance vehicle fleet and supply an associated training simulator in a contract worth over €17.5m. Under the terms of this deal, RBSL will eliminate obsolescence and upgrade the systems in the […]

Netherlands to Procure Successors for BV 206 & VIKING

Part of the BV 206 D6 and VIKING fleets used by the Dutch Marines will be replaced from 2024, State Secretary Barbara Visser of the Dutch Ministry of Defence reported to Parliament on 24 September 2020. This comes after Germany and the United Kingdom had agreed to jointly procure a successor for the BV 206 […]

Bittium Tactical Power Pack Launched

Bittium has launched the Bittium Tactical Power Pack™ for portable tactical communication devices. Applications include the Bittium Tough SDR Handheld™ radio and Bittium Tough Comnode™ device, but it can also be easily used with normal tablets and smartphones through USB connection. The Tactical Power Pack enables uninterrupted field use for the devices. The Bittium Tactical […]

Rheinmetall SKYRANGER to Defeat UAS

The threat posed by small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is increasing rapidly. Due to their size and low airspeed, they are often difficult to detect at low altitudes while being economical for irregular forces in roles such as reconnaissance and combat purposes. Even if aggressive UAS can be detected, effective systems are not available for […]

Elbit Systems Rebrands German Operation

Elbit Systems has moved to strengthen its business operations in Germany, rebranding its wholly-owned German subsidiary TELEFUNKEN RACOMS as Elbit Systems Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG . The company will be managed by Thomas Nuetzel, who has served as the CEO of TELEFUNKEN RACOMS for the past 10 years. With a long tradition of providing high-quality […]

New Anti-Ship Missile Tests

The Israeli Navy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence Directorate of Defense Research & Development (MOD DDR&D) has successfully conducted a trial of a new anti-ship missile system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to ensure Israel’s continued naval superiority. The preplanned series of trials were conducted in order to ascertain the system’s operational capabilities […]

Indra Tests AI Systems for Spanish Navy Vessel Maintenance

Indra and the Spanish Navy have successfully tested Artificial Intelligence (AI) based systems for vessel maintenance to predict malfunctions and improve the maintenance and availability of the service’s fleet. This type of intelligence differs from the supervised variety in that, instead of learning the procedure that should be followed to solve a given problem, the machine […]

Africa’s Aerospace & Defence Virtual Conference

With the opportunities that today’s digital technologies offer, creating an online experience for AAD not only supplements the engagement lost from the event, but enables AAD to expand the content and gain an even wider footprint into the global defence community. The AAD Virtual Conference, although accessible to the public, will be industry focused and […]

Czech Republic Chooses SPYDER System

The Czech Ministry of Defence has informed its Israeli counterpart that it plans to equip the Czech Military with an air defence system produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, following an international tender process over several years. Procurement negotiations for four Israeli “SPYDER” batteries will now commence within the framework of an agreement between the two […]

First H160 Full Flight Simulator

The first flight simulator for the new Airbus H160 helicopter with the Helionix avionics suite is ready for take-off following certification by the Direction générale de l’aviation civile, (DGAC), France’s civil aviation authority. A special feature of this training level D simulator is the all-electric Hexaline motion system with six degrees of freedom for simulation […]


France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has ordered the second batch of 42 JAGUAR and 271 GRIFFON combat vehicles under the SCORPION programme. The industrial consortium with Nexter, Arquus and Thales will produce the vehicles between 2022 and 2023 while for the first time, the GRIFFON will be delivered in the Artillery Observer and Ambulance […]

HGH to Launch IRST Solution

HGH has recently won contracts worth about €6m from world-leading shipyards in the Middle-East and in Europe to equip new warships with SPYNEL panoramic thermal cameras and their new IRST solution. The rise of new technologies urges naval forces to adapt their defence, detection and threat-tracking capabilities so HGH took up the challenge, launching their […]

Lincad Strengthens Asia-Pacific Footprint

Lincad, a UK designer and manufacturer of bespoke batteries and charging systems, is seeing increased demand from the Asia-Pacific defence sector for its Battery Power Management Systems (BPMS) Mk2 for military applications and deployment. This is a 120Ah lithium-ion battery system that contains the battery charge management and power routing electronics required for self-contained UPS functionality. […]

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