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Raytheon and Rafael Form Iron Dome Joint Venture

Jack Richardson Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd have signed a joint venture to establish an Iron DomeTM Weapon System production facility in the United States. The new partnership, called Raytheon RAFAEL Area Protection Systems, anticipates finalising a site location before the end of the year to produce both the Iron […]

Thailand Seeking New Defence Partners

Jack Richardson Thailand’s Defense Technology Institute (DTI) is seeking partnerships for research and development, in addition to those fore manufacturing defence and security equipment. The DTI is a research and development agency operating as a public organisation under the oversight of the Thai Ministry of Defense and it plans to partner with the private sector on […]

New JHMCS Tested

Arie Egozi The new version of Elbit systems Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) is being flight tested aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft in the United States, following the completion of JHMCS II safety qualification testing, including wind-blast, tower and sled tests. These flight tests are part of the U.S. Air Force’s Military Flight Release […]



Shephard Media Completes Management Buyout of Shephard Press Ltd

Jack Richardson The management of Shephard Media has successfully completed a Management Buyout (MBO) of Shephard Press Ltd. from its owner, Nick Prest, on 29 July 2020. The change in ownership lays the foundations and opportunities for further investment and growth, in terms of digital marketing and business information services to the defence community. Through its Defence Insight, News and […]

Novadem Joins LynkEU Projet

Jack Richardson Novadem has integrated a consortium of 10 companies and institutions based in France, Belgium and Cyprus who will collaborate on a project called LynkEUs under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). This LynkEUs project, coordinated by the French company MBDA (European Leader in missiles and missiles systems design), and funded by Europe […]

ESG to Deliver Anti-Drone Systems

Jack Richardson  The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) a contract for the delivery of: ‘systems for the detection, classification / identification of and defence against small Unmanned Aircraft Systems”. The scope of delivery includes container-based GUARDION systems for the early detection and effective […]



Diehl Defence Integration Centre Put Into Operation

Jack Richardson Diehl Defence put its new integration and test centre for modern ground-based air defence systems into operation at the beginning of July. The Röthenbach plant near Nürnberg is the first fabrication facility for complete systems in Germany and an expansion of national skills in the engagement of attacks and threats from the air. On […]

Airbus Reports Difficult Results Due to COVID19

Jack Richardson Airbus has reported consolidated financial results for the Half-Year (H1) ended 30th June 2020. Consolidated revenues decreased to €18.9bn (H1 2019: €30.9bn), driven by the difficult market environment impacting the commercial aircraft business with around 50% fewer deliveries year-on-year. This was partly offset by more favourable foreign exchange rates with a total of […]

Damen and Rohde & Schwarz Help Strengthen Royal Netherlands Navy’s Maritime Replenishment Capacity

Jack Richardson Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has signed a contract with Rohde & Schwarz Benelux B.V. for the delivery and installation of a state-of-the-art integrated communications system for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) new Combat Support Ship (CSS) DEN HELDER. This means the RNLN will receive a system based on proven technology and standardised to provide commonality across the […]



Schiebel Pacific and Raytheon Australia Team to Offer CAMCOPTER®

Jack Richardson Schiebel Pacific and Raytheon Australia have teamed up for the LAND129 Phase 3 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) project for the Australian Army, with the tender response submitted last week. The teaming couples Schiebel’s proven and world-class CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS with Raytheon Australia’s 20 year pedigree as a trusted, prime systems integrator across multiple […]

Retinar FAR-AD Drone Detection Radars Delivered to Turkey

Jack Richardson Fixed and rotary wing mini / micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have become a threat to our security forces in recent years, especially as they can be easily supplied and used by terrorist organisations. Although various jammer systems are used as a precaution against UAV threats, they must be detected first in order […]

Air and surface surveillance radars for the Dutch Navy

Gerhard Heiming The Dutch Koninklijke Marine has ordered one NS100 radar and seven Scout Mk3 radars for its warships, manufacturer Thales has announced. The Landing Platform Dock (LPD) JOHAN DE WITT will receive the NS100 and one Scout Mk3 radar with another Scout Mk3 to be installed on the combat support vessel DEN HELDER, which is […]



Bren-Tronics Delivers New Batteries to U.S. Army

Jack Richardson Bren-Tronics, Inc. has recently delivered the first 2-B (highest capacity) fully MIL-PRF-32565B Compliant 6T battery to the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle System Center (GVSC). The Bren-Tronics compliant batteries, both 2-A and 2-B (capacity options), are the result of years of development and lessons learned from our existing line of […]

Israel to Continue Laser Development

Arie Egozi Israel will continue to develop laser weapons to counter the threat of rockets despite severe budget problems caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. This is because the economic situation in Lebanon may cause attacks against Israel by Hezbollah, with Israeli sources saying the organisation controls Lebanon. In the last 18 months, the Israeli Air Force […]

BRADLEY Replacement Tender Released

Gerhard Heiming The U.S. Army has published the draft tender for the preliminary design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), which is to replace the BRADLEY Infantry Fighting Vehicle from 2028, on the US government’s contracting website. In early 2020, the U.S. Army relaunched the programme with a five-stage approach. Phase 1 is currently […]



Team Nightjar to Offer H145M to Australia

Gerhard Heiming For the Land 2097 Phase 4 project, the Australian Defence Force is seeking up to 16 air-transportable light helicopters to support special operations, specifically, deploying as many as four helicopters in one Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III. Airbus intends to offer the successful H145M model through Team Nightjar, in order to meet the Australian Government’s demand […]

Hybrid Electric Drive for BRADLEY IFV

Gerhard Heiming The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) is having a Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) installed in a BRADLEY Infantry Fighting Vehicle for test purposes. Based on a development programme, the Army wants to increase the effectiveness of combat vehicles and the supply of electrical power in the vehicle to expand […]

Medium USV Contract for L3

J C Menon The U.S. Navy has selected L3 Technologies to design and build its first medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV). The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a US$35m fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract for the detail design and fabrication of a prototype MUSV. This contract includes options for up to eight additional MUSVs, logistics packages, engineering support, technical […]



UK BOXER Contract for WFEL

Jack Richardson The first official sub-contract for a UK company involved in the production of the MoD’s new BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme, has been awarded by a member of the ARTEC consortium to WFEL, a nominated Tier One supplier in the project. The contract covers the transfer of manufacturing technology from Germany to the […]

Countering Airborne Threats – NSO Group

There are three major airborne threats that make their way into regional security discussions today, whether in the defence press or policy offices across NATO member states: 1) Russia’s hypersonic missiles 2) COVID 19 dispersion 3) aerial drones of various sizes and threat levels The NSO Group recently launched two compelling solutions for two of […]

SPIKE SR Offered to Poland

Arie Egozi Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Poland’s Mesko, a PGZ company, have agreed to co-produce the shoulder-launched SPIKE SR (Short-Range) Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), as part of Poland’s Pustelnik Programme. Led by the Polish MOD Armament Inspectorate, this is aimed at choosing an anti-tank weapon for Poland’s Territorial Defence Forces (WOT). The SPIKE SR is an advanced Fire & Forget […]




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