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German NH-90s to Receive AMPS

HENSOLDT is to equip 82 Bundeswehr NH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) with Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS) technology, the company writes in a press release. For the first time, the KALAETRON radar warning receiver has been selected as an element of AMPS. After the integration phase, the helicopters are to be equipped within the framework […]

Escribano Integrates GUARDIAN RWS with Bulgarian Armoured Vehicles

Escribano Mechanical & Engineering has announced that the company has successfully integrated the first four GUARDIAN Remote Weapon Systems (RWS) onto the 4×4 armoured vehicles from Bulgarian manufacturer Samel-90 for the Bulgarian Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). In the coming months eight more GUARDIAN RWS are to be integrated. According to a news release by […]

Leonardo Acquires Share in Hensoldt

Leonardo has taken over 25.1 per cent of the shares in Hensoldt. For €606M, Leonardo has thus secured a share in the growing sensors, data management and robotics market, the company writes in a press release. This transaction is another step towards achieving Leonardo’s strategic goal of becoming a leader in the European defence electronics […]

SURVIVOR R Selected as the new “Special Vehicle 5” of the German Federal Police

Rheinmetall has been awarded a significant order from the procurement agency of Germany’s Federal Interior Ministry, the company writes in a press release. The company will supply a fleet of new all-terrain, protected multipurpose SURVIVOR R special response vehicles, to be known as the “SONDERWAGEN 5”. Encompassing a fixed number of 55 vehicles, the order […]

CARL GUSTAF M4 for Lithuania

Saab has signed a framework agreement with the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence for CARL GUSTAF M4 shoulder-launched multi-role weapons, the company announced last week. The agreement also covers associated ammunition and comes after Saab signed similar framework agreements with Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. The current M4 version of the CARL GUSTAF series, which has been in service […]

Hensoldt Optronics for Norwegian & German Submarines

Hensoldt is equipping the German-Norwegian submarine project U212 CD with a fully digital sensor suite. The optronics division of HENSOLDT has now received a corresponding order worth over €50M from kta naval systems, a consortium of Kongsberg, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Atlas Elektronik, Hensoldt writes in a press release. The order comprises six optronic systems, […]

Third Generation RecceLite XR Development Completed

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has announced the development completion of its RecceLite XR, the third and latest model of the reconnaissance system. The version is supported by artificial intelligence and enhanced sensors which were put to the test in a live test in late 2021. Rafael demonstrated the third-generation model of the RecceLite XR […]

Russia and India Strengthen Ties

At a recent bilateral summit, Russia and India agreed on a schedule for military-technical cooperation between 2021 and 2031. The agreement was signed by the Head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), Dmitry Shugaev, and Deputy Minister of Defence of India for military procurement, Kant Rag. According to the Kremlin, the agreement […]

IRIS-T SLM Firing Successful

At the end of 2021, Diehl Defence demonstrated the operational efficiency of the IRIS-T SLM Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) system under realistic operating conditions during several successful test firings, the company writes in a press release. The firings served as evidence for the technical and operational capability of the overall system. IRIS-T SLM complements the […]

Elbit Reorganises UK Activities

Elbit Systems has announced that its UK subsidiary, Elbit Systems UK Ltd. has sold the Power and Control Business of its subsidiary Ferranti Technologies Ltd. to TT Electronics (UK) Plc. for approximately US$12M (approximately £9M) in cash, subject to customary post-completion working capital adjustments. The remaining business of Ferranti, including training and simulation, avionics, display […]

GALILEO Satellites No 27. and 28 in Orbit

A SOYUS VS-6 from Arianespace launched the No. 27 and 28 satellites for the European navigation system GALILEO into space on 5 December 2021 from the European spaceport in French Guiana. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the two satellites have been parked in an intermediate orbit where, in the so-called launch and early […]

New Missile for Russian Gunships

Russia disclosed more details about the Product 305E ‘fire-and-forget’ airborne missile at the EDEX-2021 defence exhibition. The multipurpose weapon will arm export versions of the Mi-28NM and Ka-52M attack helicopters, which are called NIGHT HUNTER and ALLIGATOR among Russian pilots. The news came from Sergey Mikhailov, the High-Precision Weapons (HPW) holding deputy CEO. The new missile will enhance the gunship’s combat […]

First M88A3 to be Delivered This Year

BAE Systems will deliver the first M88A3 prototype for the M88 heavy armoured recovery vehicle modernisation programme to the US Army this year, following a contract amendment, the company announced on 21 December. According to the statement, the 2019 development contract for eight prototypes has been expanded by US$79M (€70M) to US$329M (€290M). The modernisation […]

Renk Group Appoints Niklas Beyes as New CFO

On 07 December, the Supervisory Board of Renk Group announced the appointment of Mr Niklas Beyes as the new CFO, an appointment which became effective from 1st January 2022. Mr. Beyes is an operational CFO who has spent the last 15 years in the automotive supply industry and has led various transformations and strategy programmes for global […]

General Digital Enhances Facilities

General Digital has announced a series of improvements to the company’s East Hartford facility. The company has decided to make multiple investments in new capital equipment to enhance confidence testing ability, improve PCB production capabilities and further modernise the facility. These purchases include: New electro-dynamic shaker for vibration testing Upgrades to the company’s Thermotron temperature […]

Test Firings of New Missiles for Russia

The Russian frigate MARSHAL SHAPOSHNIKOV has conducted missile firings in the Sea of Japan. A video of the exercises was posted by the Russian Ministry of Defence’s YouTube channel. According to the information from the ministry’s press service, the frigate launched a brand-new OTVET (REPULSE) anti-submarine missile to engage an underwater target, which it reportedly […]

Matt Mulherin Jr Appointed VP Contracts at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that Matt Mulherin Jr. has been promoted to Vice President of Contracts at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. Mulherin succeeds Christie Thomas, who has been appointed Corporate Vice President, Investor Relations. Mulherin will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, export/import licencing and compliance for Newport News. He will report to […]

Sweden Wishes to Join CAVS

Patria has announced that Sweden has officially expressed a wish to join the Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) 6×6 programme, which is currently in series production for Finland and Latvia. These two countries agreed to jointly develop the CAVS in 2019 and starting in autumn 2020, under Finland’s leadership, the vehicle was developed based on the […]

Dutch BUSHMASTERs Modernised

Dutch Defence Minister Henk Kamp has presented details of the modernisation programme for the protected BUSHMASTER vehicles to the Chamber of MPs. According to current plans, the fleet of more than 100 vehicles will be modernised by Thales Australia by 2027. The first modernised BUSHMASTERs are to enter service in 2024. The Netherlands procured the BUSHMASTERs […]

NATO Budget Drops to €1.8Bn

At the North Atlantic Council meeting, the Allies decided on the NATO budget for 2022. According to an official announcement, the budget will be reduced by €25 million to €1,849 million. The civilian budget, with funding for civilian personnel, operating costs and civilian programme spending, has been raised to €289.1 million, an increase of 8.9 […]

First GOWIND class Corvette for the UAE Launched

The first GOWIND class corvette ordered by the UAE from Naval Group was launched on 4th December in presence of His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan Al-Nahyan, Commander of the UAE Naval Forces, according to a press release from Naval Group. In 2019, the UAE ordered two GOWIND class corvettes to be built in France. The […]

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