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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 […]

130 mm Cannon for Future Battle Tanks?

Gerhard Heiming As western Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) are not known to be capable of safely eliminating all potential threats such as the T14 ARMATA, one way to counter such vehicles is to increase the calibre of the MBT’s cannon. Following the first hardware presentation of a 130 mm/L51 cannon at Eurosatory 2016, Rheinmetall released […]

U.S Army Orders Nine CHINOOK Helicopters

J C Menon The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command will buy nine more MH-47G Block II CHINOOK helicopters from Boeing at a cost of US$265m, adding to the 24 next-generation CHINOOKs already on contract. The majority of the work will be performed at its facility in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania and is expected to be completed […]

IAF Upgrading HERON UAVs

Arie Egozi The growing operational requirements from the Israeli Air Force (IAF) are resulting in an effort to increase the capabilities of the force’s UAV fleet, the largest and most advanced model in which is the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) HERON-TP. This Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV, which has a max take-off weight 11.904 pounds […]

US to Supply Scout, Assault, and Light Support Boats to Philippines

J C Menon The Philippines will soon buy Scout, Assault, and Light Support Boats with armaments and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$126m from the United States after the State Department made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale which requested 156 M240B 7.62x51mm machine guns, 36 9M Scout Boats, 36 10M […]

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 […]

Spexer Radar for Qualified Air Defence

Gerhard Heiming A solution is currently being developed under an emergency programme for the German Army’s qualified anti-aircraft defence, which is to be available for use by the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023 at the latest. The focus is particularly on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which is why the defence […]

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 […]

Domo Tactical Communications Launches D340-OEM

Jack Richardson Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) has launched the D340-OEM, a feature-rich digital diversity video receiver and hardware-based streaming IP video decoder. Incorporating DTC’s renowned Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC) diversity reception, the D340-OEM provides unrivalled performance in demanding urban multipath environments.  With two on-board wide range UHF tuners, the D340-OEM is optionally expandable to four inputs […]

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 […]


Gerhard Heiming  In a flight lasting almost 22 hours, the fourth GLOBAL HAWK RQ-4D was transferred from Edwards Air Force Base (California) to Sigonella (Sicily), where it arrived on 26th July 2020. After the transfer flight, the aircraft was taken over by the NATO AGS Management Agency (NAGSMA) and once Italian authorities have approved the […]

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 […]

VSR700 Makes First Free Flight

Jack Richardson The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has performed its first free flight, which lasted ten minutes, at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the South of France. This is a significant step in the programme following the first flight in November 2019 when the prototype was tethered to […]

HENSOLDT Radar for Bundeswehr Counter UAV System

Jack Richardson As part of the German Army’s “qualified air defence” counter drone programme, sensor specialist HENSOLDT is supplying the latest version of its “Spexer 2000 3D” radar to system integrator Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. Spexer will be part of the C-UAS system (Counter-Unmanned Aerial System), which is based on Kongsberg’s remote-controlled “PROTECTOR” weapon station […]

Netherlands to Buy Raytheon AMRAAM

J C Menon The Netherlands will buy 16 Raytheon-made AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$39m. The US State Department has made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale, which also includes a request to buy containers, weapon systems support, spare and repair parts in addition […]

LEOPARD 2 A4HU Arrives in Hungary

Gerhard Heiming On 24th July 2020, the 25th Infantry Brigade (MH 25. Klapka György Lövészdandár) in Tata (75 west of Budapest) received the first four of twelve LEOPARD 2 A4HU Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The ceremonial handover was attended by Hungarian Defence Minister, Tibor Benkö, the German parliamentary state secretary, Thomas Silberhorn, Commander-in-Chief of the […]

India’s RAFALE Jets to Arrive Tomorrow

J C Menon India has taken delivery of the first batch of five RAFALE fighters, with the aircraft scheduled for arrival in India tomorrow, when they will officially be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet. “The aircraft are likely to arrive at Air Force Station, Ambala, on 29th July 2020, subject to weather. […]

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