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First Upgraded L-159 Delivered

Aero Vodochody has handed over the first of 16 single-seat L-159 ALCA aircraft to the 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Čáslav. These are undergoing periodic work after sixteen years of operation (PP16), meaning the operation of those light combat aircraft will be extended by another eight years on the basis of a contract with the Czech Military. […]

BMT Reaches Patrol Boat Milestone

BMT has announced a partnership with Marine Specialised Technology (MST), the company selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) following a competitive tender process to provide two state-of-the-art high-speed fast patrol vessels. With an overall length of 19 metres, the new design, which is capable of 40 knots, has been selected by the MoD […]

Northrup Grumman Developing TITAN Ground Station Prototypes

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the Defense Innovation Unit and the U.S. Army Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office to develop two prototype ground stations for the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) system. This will be a scalable and expeditionary intelligence ground station that will leverage space, high altitude, aerial and […]

F-35 Contract for Israeli Industry

Cyclone, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to supply assemblies for the F-35’s Forward Equipment Bay – made from composite materials and the associated structures – across all F-35 aircraft variants. Elbit Systems will deliver more than 1,400 components to Lockheed Martin during the four year contract period. […]

Lithuania Introduces SFP9-SF Paddle Pistols

The Lithuanian Armed Forces will be equipped with SFP9 SF Paddle Pistols by the end of 2021 following a contract concluded with Heckler & Koch that amounts to €1.57m and includes the training of personnel on the new weapon. In addition, an option for the delivery of further pistols was agreed. With the introduction of the […]

Damen Shipyards Cape Town Lays Keel on Second BIRO IPV

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has held a keel-laying ceremony for the second of three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPV) that DSCT is building for the South African Navy’s Project BIRO. This unique event was held on 28th August and planned to ensure the well-being of delegates during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As well as […]

MSPO 2020 Safely Organised

All eyes are on Targi Kielce; not only do the exhibition industry insiders but also a multitude of expo-participating companies watch the first large-scale trade show held after the economic lockdown restrictions have been lifted. The International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) is ranked third in Europe, just after Paris and London trade shows. None of […]

Rohde & Schwarz Equipment for Philippine Vessels

Rohde & Schwarz has signed a contract with NTT Communications Co., Ltd. to provide a state-of-the-art IP-based, high quality and reliable maritime integrated communications system for the Philippine Coast Guard. The system, called NAVICS®, will be integrated into two 94 metre Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) for the Philippine Coast Guard which will be constructed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding […]

Northrop Grumman Wins ICBM Deal

The U.S Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a US$13.3bn contract to design and build a Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). This is part of a programme to replace its ageing MINUTEMAN III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Centre announced that the effort will span eight-and-a-half years to include weapon […]

FN Herstal and Nexter Sign Strategic Contract

FN Herstal, a Belgian subsidiary of the Herstal Group, and French group Nexter have signed a strategic contract in the framework of the Capacité Motorisée or Motorized Capability (CaMo) programme for the modernisation of the Belgian Army’s ground mobility capability. This contract covers the production and delivery by FN Herstal of the latest generation deFNder® Remote […]

Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH puts first H145 simulator into operation

Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH will be able to start training operations with the first Full Flight Simulators (Level D) for the Airbus H145/H135. This comes after qualification in accordance with EASA Level D by the German Federal Aviation Office on 27th August 2020. With the introduction of the FFS, Lufthansa Aviation Training is expanding its […]

Spain to Get 100 AMRAAMs

Spain will buy 100 AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) from the United States at an estimated cost of US$248.5m in a deal that also includes one spare AMRAAM Guidance Section and related equipment such as containers and support equipment. The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by […]

NSL Merges With GMV’s UK Arm

GMV Innovating Solutions Limited, the UK aerospace company belonging to Spanish technology multinational GMV, has signed a merger agreement with Nottingham Scientific Limited (NSL). GMV trades in the aerospace, defence, ICT and intelligent-transportation-systems markets while NSL is UK leader in satellite navigation and critical applications. Following the agreement, GMV will become sole shareholder of NSL […]

Czech Republic to Receive H-1 Helos

The United States has awarded Bell Textron a US$272.2m contract for the production and delivery of eight UH-1Y VENOM and four AH-1Z VIPER helicopters to the Czech Republic with delivery expected to be completed in November 2023. The Czech Ministry of Defence announced on 12th December 2019 that the proposed procurement would be a decisive step into […]

Japan to Buy More AMRAAMs

J C Menon Japan will buy another lot of 32 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), with support, for an estimated cost of US$63m, with Raytheon Missile Systems acting as the prime contractor. The State Department has made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan and the Defense Security Cooperation […]

Cargo Delivery by UAV for Equinor

Jack Richardson Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned have successfully demonstrated to Norwegian energy company Equinor the cargo delivery capability of its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to offshore platform Troll A. This is a world’s first in terms of full-scale offshore UAV delivery from shore to an active oil and gas installation. The […]

U.K to Purchase 395 HELLFIRE Missiles

J C Menon The U.S. will sell 395 Lockheed Martin built AGM-114R2 HELLFIRE missiles to the U.K. for an estimated cost of US$46m in a possible Foreign Military Sale which will also include technical assistance, publications, integration support and other related elements of logistics and programme support. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and […]

Propulsor Contract for General Atomics

Jack Richardson General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced yesterday that it has been awarded a developmental contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Centre Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to provide manufacturing design drawings, engineering, fabrication, inspection, and assembly of prototype propulsor, shafting and bearing components as well as the equipment needed to support propulsor research & development, […]

Melsbrook Hanger for A400M

Gerhard Heiming In preparation for operating the A400M transport aircraft, the Belgian Ministry of Defence is having a €134m hangar built at the Melsbrook airbase to allow the simultaneous maintenance of three A400Ms. With a floor space of 185m x 75m and a height of 30m, it will be the largest military hangar in Belgium. The […]

Jacobs in Successful ‘Map the Gap’ Team

Jack Richardson Jacobs is part of the team selected by the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence to devise a new system to help the British Army cross water in hostile territory. The ‘Map the Gap’ competition asked the private sector how crossings could be scouted and planned without the need for dangerous reconnaissance missions. A key part […]


Jack Richardson The European Training & Simulation Association (ETSA) is pleased to announce that VRAI has become a member, as ETSA continues to expand its European and international membership in order to promote and support the growth of Modelling, Simulation & Training Industries worldwide. Companies like VRAI, with their innovative XR solutions, provide great opportunities […]

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