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New Concept for Unmanned Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Gerhard Heiming In order to increase force protection and improve effectiveness, unmanned combat systems are increasingly being used. To this end, Milrem Robotics has presented an unmanned infantry fighting system called Typ-X, which was revealed in a webinar, instead of a presentation planned for the now cancelled Eurosatory 2020 Expo. The remote-controlled modular platform can […]

Meggitt Training Systems Wins Australian Defence Force Contract for Additional Wireless Virtual Weapons

Jack Richardson Meggitt Training Systems announced today that it has been awarded a US$1.8m contract for 73 additional BlueFire® EF88 assault rifle wireless virtual weapons to be used by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on its Weapon Training Simulation Systems (WTSS), also delivered by the company as a programme of record. These latest EF88 weapon […]

Rolls-Royce Seals Major Contract Covering Complete MTU Propulsion Systems for Royal Navy Type 31 Frigates

Jack Richardson Rolls-Royce is to supply complete MTU propulsion systems for the five new Type 31 general-purpose frigates contracted for the Royal Navy. In total, the order comprises of 40 engines and generator sets to be used for main propulsion and on-board power generation with the MTU Callosum propulsion control and monitoring system in addition […]

Russia’s Procurement Programmes Continue on Schedule, claims Sergei Shoigu

Yury Laskin Several national information agencies have quoted General Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s Minister of Defence, who has just released the results of the military procurement programme for the first quarter of the current year, claiming the armed forces have received the planned quantity of military hardware over this period. “Since the beginning of the year, the troops have received over 750 […]

India to Buy More TEJAS Light Combat Aircraft

J C Menon India plans to buy an additional 83 indigenous TEJAS Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) as its air force inducted the LCA Mk-I Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft into a resurrected squadron on 27th May 2020. The Indian Air Force (IAF) operationalised 18 Squadron (known as ‘The Flying Bullets) with the single engine, light […]

Strong Q1 Results for IAI

ARIE EGOZI  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2020. Sales volumes grew to about US$1.018m compared to around US$1.001m in Q1 2019, a record first quarter for sales volumes in IAI’s history. EBITDA increased 48% to approximately US$102m compared to US$69m in Q1 2019. 39% growth in gross profit in the […]

U.S. Army to Test Patria’s 120mm NEMO Mortar System

Jack Richardson and Gerhard Heiming The U.S. Army aims to increase the effectiveness of the rapid, precise, indirect and direct fire capabilities of the combat forces in its Tank and Stryker Brigades, while ensuring that the operating crews are better protected and their physical stress reduced. To this end, the service has signed a Cooperative Research […]

Philippines Likely to Buy BrahMos Missile

J C Menon The Philippines could be the first export customer for the Indo-Russian BrahMos cruise missile, according to a senior Indian Government official. “The first export contract for the BrahMos medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles is likely to be signed with the Philippines authorities by the end of this year. Price negotiations are almost […]

Strong Elbit Results for Q1 2020

Arie Egozi Israeli defence electronics company Elbit Systems has reported strong results for the first quarter, including a rise in revenue and profits alongside a record orders backlog. Elbit has previously reported that it does not expect coronavirus to have any effect until the second quarter. According to the company, some of its businesses have begun […]

France: No Delay in RAFALE Delivery to India

J.C Menon France says it will deliver all 36 RAFALE aircraft it is contracted to supply to India by May 2022, and arrangements are being made for ferrying the first four aircraft to the South Asian nation. “There will be no delay in [the] delivery of 36 RAFALE jets to India as the timeline finalised […]

No Changes to Procurement Plans Despite Pandemic

Yury Laskin Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed that the main naval parade in St. Petersburg for Navy Day will take place on 26th July as scheduled, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 46 warships and submarines from all Fleets will participate, including the Project 22350 frigate of ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET KASATONOV, the large landing ship […]

Harland & Wolff joins forces with Navantia to form new defence challenger, Team Resolute

Jack Richardson Harland & Wolff has joined forces with Spanish shipyard Navantia to form Team Resolute, a UK shipbuilding collaboration which will bid for a range of contracts, including the UK Ministry of Defence’s Fleet Solid Support Programme (FSS). As part of this, Harland and Wolff has signed an exclusive Teaming Agreement with Navantia, with […]

Barco Wins Lawsuit

Jack Richardson Communications technology firm Barco has won a U.S. lawsuit against Delta Electronics Inc and its subsidiary Vivitek for infringement of its ClickShare patents. This is part of a coordinated worldwide effort to enforce its patents against those who commercialise wireless presentation systems, copying ClickShare’s original features. As a direct result of Barco’s enforcement […]

C-130J Simulators for Air Force Special Operations Command

Gerhard Heiming CAE USA has been awarded a subcontract from Lockheed Martin to support the design, development and manufacture of three C-130J full-mission simulators for the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Two of the simulators will be specifically for the MC-130J variant, a multi-mission transport and special operations tanker operated by AFSOC.  The […]

Israeli to Decide on Additional Fighters and V-22 OSPREY

Arie Egozi The newly formed Israeli government will soon have to make decisions about the purchase of additional platforms for the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The service wants more F-35s LIGHTNING IIs and F-15 EAGLES while the government will also have to decide whether to purchase the V-22 OSPREY. Late last year, the (IAF) took another step […]

Kongsberg Awarded 500 MNOK Contract to Supply Remote Weapons Stations (RWS) to the Canadian Army

Jack Richardson Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract valued at 500 MNOK with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada to deliver the PROTECTOR RWS to the Canadian Army, which will be integrated on Canada’s fleet of Armoured Combat Support Vehicles. “We are very pleased to be chosen again as the supplier […]

New transmissions for M1A2 System Enhancement Package (SEP) v3 ABRAMS

Gerhard Heiming Since 2017, the M1A2 ABRAMs, equipped with the SEP in its third version (SEP v3) has been the most modern version of the Main Battle Tank introduced in 1980 to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. With the SEP, command systems, endurance and effectiveness have been improved with the basis for digitalisation expanded. Now, […]

Russia Offers State-of-the-Art Radar to Trace Hypersonic Targets

Yury Laskin The Russian state arms trade mediator Rosoboronexport has announced the 59N6-TE mobile three-dimensional radar is now available on the international market. Developed and produced by the NNIIRT Research Institute of Radio Engineering based in Nizhny Novgorod, the system seems to be the latest derivative of the Protivnik 59N6-E family, with the Russian Armed Forces version entitled 59N6-T making its debut […]

Franco-German Tank Industry Awarded Contract for First Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) Study

Gerhard Heiming Germany’s Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Utilisation of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) has awarded an industrial contract for work on the “System Architecture Definition Study – Part 1” (SADS Part 1), as part of the first industrial study for the land combat system of the future. This contract was awarded […]

Rafael to Sell More LITENING 5 and RecceLite Pods

Arie Egozi Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply 5th generation LITENING and RecceLite airborne electro-optical systems for installation on a combat platform operated by an undisclosed air force. Integrated with Rafael’s pods, the jet will now have combat-proven, stand-off capabilities using the LITENING 5 multi-spectral airborne targeting pod. […]

Medium Range Sensor for the Tactical Air Defence System

Gerhard Heiming The Bundeswehr’s forthcoming Tactical Air Defence System (TLVS) will have a medium range sensor intended for both airspace surveillance and fire control, especially in conjunction with the IRIS-T SL secondary missile. This is in addition to a long-range sensor for airspace surveillance and a fire control radar incorporated into the system, for which […]

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