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The Singapore F-35/JMMS Story

Just prior to the Singapore Airshow to be held from February 11-16, it was learned that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Navy (RSN) will combine their operational capabilities with the procurement of F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Foreign Military Sales […]

Laser Duel Simulators for the Puma

German Bundeswehr will soon get Rheinmetall’s AGDUS laser duel simulators for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). To begin with, a pre-series of six systems will be developed and integrated. Each AGDUS set consists of laser detectors arrayed around the vehicle as well as eye-safe lasers capable of simulating the effects of the Puma’s principal […]

Israel Chooses Fire Weaver

Israeli Ministry of Defense has announced the acquisition of Rafael’s Fire Weaver networked sensor-to-shooter system. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) will use it as a complementary solution to their Battle Management System (BMS). Fire Weaver provides tactical forces with a GPS-independent geo-pixel-based tactical common language among all the sensors and shooters. Targets, blue forces, sensitive […]



Polish Ottokar-Brzoza Tank-Destroyer Programme

Acting on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Defence, the Armaments Inspectorate announced that five local and international companies submitted their applications to take part in the technical dialogue procedure. This process precedes all future MoD tenders in Poland. This is the initial stage for the intended eventual delivery of next generation tank destroyers for […]

30 Freccia for the Italian Army

The Italian Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with the Freccia consortium Iveco – Oto Melara (CIO), founded in 1985, for the supply of a further 30 Freccia 8×8 wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicles. Five of these vehicles are configured as infantry combat vehicles, 25 for anti-tank defence. The vehicles will be used to […]

Finland and Latvia Choose a Joint Development

Finland and Latvia have agreed on a joint development programme for sustained army mobility enhancement to which Patria is to deliver a 6×6 vehicle chassis platform. Within this programme both countries will develop a common armoured wheeled vehicle system. The programme is also open for other countries by mutual consent of Finland and Latvia. In […]



Mi-38T Helicopter: Beginning of Export Story

Rosoboronexport JSC signed its first export contract for an unspecified foreign customer of multi-purpose helicopters, specifically, Mi-38T from Russia’s renowned Kazan Helicopter Plant.  Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander A. Mikheev said the Mi-38T helicopter was launched into the export market in record time for the Kazan Helicopter Plant. The Mi-38T was developed entirely from domestic high-tech […]

Full Speed Ahead for Engine Developments in Turkey

TÜMOSAN AS Chairman Nuri Albayrak announced that they will soon launch an engine with 750 bhp. The company has already produced engines with 115, 350 and 530 bhp, but the goal is to reach beyond 1000 bhp. With new agreements TÜMOSAN will supply about 100 engines for the Turkish Armed Forces this year. The demand […]

Advanced Surveillance Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will display a range of new advanced systems at the upcoming Singapore Air Show. One of the highlights will be Heron MK II Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), an enhanced version of IAI’s flagship Heron UAV, which is used by the Israeli Air Force and by over […]



New Members of Milrem’s Supervisory Board

Milrem Robotics announced Taavi Kotka, Michael McElhenney and Harry Ollinen as new members of the company’s supervisory board: “In the end of last year new members were appointed to the supervisory board of the European technology provider Milrem Robotics complementing the company with knowhow from their respective fields of expertise.” Taavi Kotka is the first […]

Luch-PRO Anti-Drone System from Avtomatika Concern

Luch-PRO is a stationary system intended to influence UAV navigation, control and information channels and ban UAV operations around a protected area, object or personnel. What does it do? According to Moscow-based Avtomatika Concern – Luch-PRO’s designer and manufacturer – the systems antenna emission angle varies from 30° to 60°, providing effective suppression of rotor or […]

Halo Lifejacket Awarded ETSO Approval

Survitec’s new passenger lifejacket solution for helicopter transfer, named Halo, has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Halo was officially unveiled during last year’s SPE Offshore Europe exhibition, in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is a one-size-fits-all, twin chamber lifejacket. And it is the first aviation lifejacket to […]



Digital Mobile Radio Equipment for Iraq

The U.S. Department of Defense announced, that Scientia Global Inc., Melbourne, Florida, was awarded a $12 million “firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Iraq) contract to procure combat effective Digital Mobile Radio Tier III equipment, development, deployment, training and support services.” The message continues: “One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received.  Work will […]

Defense Cooperation Between Ukraine and Turkey

Representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and the Turkish Commission on Defense-Industrial Cooperation signed an intergovernmental protocol on further steps to implement joint projects in the field of armaments and defense technology. Both countries also set priorities for 2020. “7th meeting of the Joint Ukrainian – Turkish Commission on Defense-Industrial Cooperation took place in […]

Two Non-Nuclear Russian Submarine Projects

Nikolay Evmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy confirmed to ESD, during a ceremony raising the Russian Navy flag onboard the submarine PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY at Admiralty Shipyards, that Russia will continue construction of diesel-electric submarines for two more projects. PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (diesel-electric) is the first of six Project 636.3 submarines ordered in 2016 for Russia’s Pacific Fleet. It […]



Satellite Management Affecting Orbit Design

The need for more communication infrastructure leads to more and more satellites roaming around the earth in a rather uncoordinated manner. “The number of satellites is growing exponentially and, with it, the risk of collision. To this we have to add the increase in debris that orbits without control,” Ignacio Mataix, Managing Director of Transportation […]

Hybrid Protection Against Multiple Threats

At the International Armoured Vehicles Conference in London, the newly formed Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH (RPS) presented an optimized combination solution for protection against various threats on today’s battlefield. RPS brings together the competencies and capabilities across the entire spectrum of passive and active protection that have been developed in various Group companies. RPS operates […]

“No Austrian Army Without Conscription!“

On January 7 the new Conservative-Green government coalition in Austria swore in Klaudia Tanner as Austria’s first woman Defence Minister. She previously headed the Lower Austrian Farmers’ Union when she was asked by the young Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (OEVP) to take over the long neglected and chronically underfunded Ministry of Defence. The former interim defence […]



Patria’s Business and Role

ESD spoke with Jonas Geust, President of SYSTEMS at Patria, about the companies future plans and projects. The questions were asked by Stephen Elliott.   ESD: Please would tell our readers a little more about Patria’s business and role as a systems integrator – and the start and continued growth of this corporate sector? Geust: […]

Controlling of Procurement Required

Today DWT‘s symposium “Perspectives on Defence Technology 2020” began in Bonn, Germany. During the opening speech, the Vice President of the German procurement agency BAAINBw, Major General Gert Friedrich Nultsch, emphasized that a rethinking process had taken place in Germany, in which products are only procured on demand now. “No project without procedure,” said Nultsch. […]

Future Ships for Russian Navy

During his visit to Sevastopol Russian President Vladimir Putin met with naval industry executives and visited a special exhibition showcasing new naval development prospects that are in line with his vision for Russia’s overdue modernisation. President Putin saw a number of future ship models and naval weapons concepts, including the Lamantin – Russia’s new aircraft […]




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