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Inmarsat Unveils ORCHESTRA

Inmarsat has unveiled plans for ORCHESTRA, a future communication network. According to the company, Inmarsat ORCHESTRA will bring together existing geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) and terrestrial 5G into an integrated, high-performance solution. Whether for a ship in a crowded port, an aircraft preparing to land at LAX, or a defence […]

Finland to Upgrade CV90 Fleet

BAE Systems has reported a contract signature with Finland to upgrade the Finnish Army’s CV90 armoured vehicle fleet. The agreement, worth up to US$32M with options, includes a mid-life extension programme to increase the vehicles’ combat effectiveness. The CV9030FIN prototype and test series vehicles will be upgraded first, with the remaining lifecycle upgrades carried out […]

Finland Using Schiebel CAMCOPTER

The Finnish Border Guard is once again operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for implementing coast guard functions in the Baltic Sea. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Based at a coast guard station in Hanko, Finland, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is supporting the Finnish authorities in carrying […]



FAMOUS Consortium Wins EDIDP Funding

The EU has selected the FAMOUS (European Future Highly Mobile Augmented Armoured Systems) consortium to develop ground combat capabilities under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). This can be incorporated into next-generation armoured platforms and used to upgrade existing systems. The project aims to maximise synergies, standardisation and interoperability capabilities of armoured vehicles to […]

CAMM for Type 45

MBDA has announced a number of contracts to upgrade the air and missile defence capabilities of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 DARING class destroyers. The work will see Common Anti-Air Modular Missiles (CAMM) paired with an upgraded SEA VIPER command and control system for the first time. CAMM offers both close-in and local-area air defence […]

USMC ARV Prototypes Selected

The proposals from Textron and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) have been selected for the prototype phase of the USMC’s Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV). The contracts for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, which concludes with the delivery of one prototype each, will be awarded by Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the National […]



Finnish GTP Vehicles Delivered

The Finnish Armed Forces have received all of the GTP 4×4 protected vehicles they ordered from manufacturer Sisu Auto in June 2020. The vehicles were delivered as five-seater armoured multipurpose vehicles and 10 seat APCs. Mission modules are mounted on the vehicle chassis, which is the same for both versions, enabling the vehicles to be adapted to […]

Czech UH-1 Production Starts

Bell Textron has announced the restart of UH-1Y VENOM helicopter production for the first international operator. Crestview Aerospace has completed manufacturing the first of eight cabins at the Crestview, Florida, facility. The aircraft will complete final assembly at the Bell Amarillo Assembly Centre. The helicopters are part of the 2020 US DoD contract awarded to […]

NSM for Germany & Norway

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and the Norwegian procurement agency Forsvarsmateriell have come to a deal for the joint procurement of the new Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Block 1A. Norway’s Kongsberg has been contracted to deliver the missiles, which were developed jointly with MBDA, for the German and Norwegian navies. […]



ASTER Mid-Life Refurbishment

Eurosam has been awarded a contract by OCCAR for the mid-life refurbishment of ASTER missiles for Italy and the UK, following the one for the French ASTER missiles from January 2020. According to Eurosam, all of the company’s domestic customers, the navies of the three countries, the Italian Army and French Air and Space Force, have […]

UMACS Being Promoted by Elbit

In operational artillery scenarios, shoot-and-scoot efficiency means the difference between avoiding counter-battery fire or not. Shaving seconds off a fire mission is decisive. Artillery charge system improvements are welcome in this regard, and according to Elbit, there is growing interest in Elbit Systems’ (ELS) M662 Uni-Modular Artillery Charge System (UMACS). Introduced in 2019 following ELS’ […]

Rohde & Schwarz C-ESM for TAMANDARE Class

Rohde & Schwarz has been chosen by the Águas Azuis Consortium, who are producing the Brazilian Navy’s TAMANDARE class frigates, to be fully responsible for the development, design, production, integration and acceptance of the external and internal communication suite. The company has also announced it will supply Communication Electronic Support Measures (C-ESM). The Águas Azuis Consortium, formed of ThyssenkruppMarine Systems, Embraer Defense & Security and Atech, […]



Ludwig Decamps Becomes NCI General Manager

Ludwig Decamps has been appointed General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) effective from 1 July 2021. He succeeded Kevin J. Scheid, who left after a four-year term. Decamps joined the agency on 1 March 2017 as Director Demand Management and became full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) on 15 February 2018. […]

EURODEFENSE Meeting

The Council of Presidents and the International Meeting of the European network EURODEFENSE took place from 16 to 18 June, which includes associations from 15 Member States of the European Union and the United Kingdom. The purpose of the EURODEFENSE network is to promote greater dissemination in civil society of Security and Defence matters, in […]

SOFINS 2021 Dossier

From 29 June to 1 July 2021, the fifth edition of SOFINS will be held at the camp of Souge in Gironde (33). This event is the result of year of meetings and intense work by the members of the Cercle de l’Arbalète. This bienniel event, unique in Europe, is the meeting point of the high-tech industry […]



DEFEA 2021

DEFEA 2021 Metropolitan Expo, Athens 13-15 July 2021 312 Exhibitors The Hellenic Armed Forces and Security Services’ participation in DEFEA 2021 underscores the importance of this international exhibition. Organising a ministerial round table, as well as other conferences, highlights the geopolitical aspects of DEFEA. The General Directorate of Defence Investments and Armaments, participating in the Exhibition, […]

Leidos Enters Final Five for SOCOM Programme

Leidos has announced that its team has been selected to enter the final phase of the US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype programme. Leidos, Paramount USA, and Vertex were among five teams awarded a total of US$19.3M for prototype demonstrations and will advance BRONCO II to the Phase III Operational Prototype Demonstration later this month. […]

KNDS Increases Sales

Defence technology group KMW+Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS), formed from the defence technology system houses Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Germany) and Nexter (France), has increased sales by a few million to €2.4Bn in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic. The order book rose by €3.3Bn to a record €10.6Bn. The 2020 orders include: 322 FENNEK MLU (Netherlands) […]



Rohde & Schwarz Radio for NATALE DE GRAZIA

Rohde & Schwarz has announced that it will equip the Italian Coast Guard’s new patrol boat, the CP420 “NATALE DE GRAZIA”, with external communications systems. This new vessel, built by Intermarine, will expand the operating capabilities of the fleet and operate with Rohde & Schwarz SOVERON communications. The company’s M3SR Series4100 High Frequency (HF) radios enable authorities to patrol large coastal areas and will […]

GRAY EAGLE Generator Tests Completed

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has completed initial flight tests of a new brushless generator system on a company-owned GRAY EAGLE Extended Range (GE-ER) UAS at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. The initial flight test of the system marks an important milestone towards upgrading the GE-ER fleet with generators that will significantly improve reliability […]

Terma Radar for Indonesia’s BRS

Terma has announced that it has recently been awarded a contract to supply a SCANTER 6002 radar for Indonesia’s latest Hospital Assistance Ship (BRS). The award follows a previous contract signed in 2019 to supply a similar radar for the BRS WAHIDIN SOEDIROSUSODO, delivered in January 2021. The Indonesian Navy’s BRS, built in Surabaya by the […]




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