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Naval Microdrones for Maritime Security

In recent weeks there have been attacks on six tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, highlighting the weaknesses of this strategic waterway that transports about 20% of the world’s oil. In response to these attacks, commercial ships are stepping up their security measures and the navies are providing additional assistance in securing the strait. The United […]

Scarabée Reconnaissance Vehicle with Hybrid Drive

Arquus introduced the Scarabée reconnaissance vehicle recently. The light, armoured 4×4 vehicle has a hybrid drive, which is driven in “Boost” mode by a thermal and electric motor. Creep speed is possible with purely electric drive. This stealth mode allows a tactical approach without thermal or acoustic signature or long “silent watch” with all systems. […]

New A400M Support Contract for Airbus

Airbus has signed the new A400M Global Support contract with OCCAR, which manages the multinational programme on behalf of the launch customer nations Germany, France, UK, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and Luxembourg. This is the first support contract for all A400M participating states; it will bring the benefits of a fully integrated suite of common services […]

Spike LR Fired from JLTV

For the 16th time, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) brought together the members of the Spike Users Club (SUCM) – this time in Slovenia. The Spike anti-tank missile system manufactured by Rafael is used by armed forces in 31 countries (including 18 EU and NATO members). NSPA supports the NATO countries (as far […]

ARMY Forum Goes Well

On June, 25-30 the 5th International Forum ARMY 2019 was held in Russia. The annual event took place at the specially built Patriot exhibition centre near Moscow as well as Alabino testing range and Kubinka air field nearby. The organizers claim to reach the record figure of 1 million+ visitors and participants from 120 nations […]

New C2 System for German Deployable Command Posts

The German Army has selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters to enhance the command-and-control capabilities of its deployable command posts. Within this decision SitaWare will extend the capabilities of German Army’s legacy C2 system and enhance it to a level, where it will be able to ensure a seamless connectivity between existing national and international systems. The […]

Upcoming Special European Council

The issues of the European spitzen personnel have moved below due to other worldwide political events, at least in the perception of many media. But only apparently. Before his departure for Japan, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, continued his weeks-long and parallel consultations on the EU’s top appointments after last week’s “regular” […]

Germany Decides to Modernise Patriot

The decision on the future tactical air defence system (Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem = TLVS) has one thing in particular: a long time frame. Accordingly, the Patriot modernization is taking place in parallel, so that Germany will continue to have the necessary missile defence capability. Yesterday, the Budget Committee of the German Parliament approved the upgrade of […]

Royal Navy Starts AI Project

Autonomous vehicles using artificial intelligence (AI) are gaining more and more importance on the future battlefield. The Royal Navy is now exploring the use of artificial intelligence to task autonomous submersibles with hunting underwater mines. BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and Envitia, a British geospatial and data company which has expertise around applying AI and machine […]

China Steals $600 Billion Each Year

Looking at China’s huge technological leaps within the last few years, especially in the cyber domain, there arises the question, how a country with low university standard (at that time) and only state owned industry was able to achieve the now seen technological advantages compared with western countries and especially Europe. European Security & Defence […]

Joint Digitisation of Land Forces

Germany and the Netherlands will coordinate the digitisation of their land forces. A corresponding agreement was signed yesterday by the defence ministers of both countries. Preliminary agreements have been made during the past months with Germany considering to adopt the battle management system developed by the Netherlands for the Bundeswehr. €12 billion are earmarked for […]

Swiss Air Defence within the Air2030 Project

A consortium of Mercury Mission Systems International, Raytheon and Rheinmetall Air Defence announced they will join forces to modernize Swiss air defence. Within this co-operartion the three companies submit a joint bid for modernizing Raytheon’s proven Patriot air defence system in the BodLuv (Bodengestützten Luftverteidigung = ground based air defence) tender for the Air2030 Project. […]

Proposal for Germany’s Next Air and Missile Defence System

The German missile defence project is advancing. In addition to the ongoing modernization of the German Patriots, MEADS, which was originally developed jointly with the USA and Italy, is now to return to the procurement focus in order to deliver modern equipment to the German Armed Forces. The TLVS bidders consortium, an MBDA Deutschland and […]

Cooperation for FCAS

At Paris Air Show Airbus announced plans to closey cooperate with innovative technology players like start-ups, SMEs and research institutes especially in the software domain, to especially address the German French Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Over the course of Paris Air Show Airbus is hosting special pitching sessions for selected European startups. “Artificial […]

DIRCM System for the German A400M

J-MUSIC Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems will be integrated inside the A400M Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS) for the German Air Forces’ Airbus A400M aircraft. The corresponding contract has been signed by the German procurement agency BAAINBw and Airbus Defence and Space during the Paris Air Show. The German DE DIRCM system will be provided […]

FN Airborne Digital Suite in a Helicopter Mockup

FN Herstal launched their FN Airborne Digital Suite, integrated into a helicopter mockup, at the Paris Air Show. The suite in the helicopter comprises three complementary and interconnected components: FN D-HUD (Digital Head-Up Display): a modern targeting solution to improve precision in firing. It enhances accuracy and situational awareness and reduces the pilot workload. This […]

Scramjet-Powered Hypersonic Missile

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have signed a teaming agreement to develop, produce and integrate Northrop Grumman’s scramjet combustors to power Raytheon’s air-breathing hypersonic weapons at the Paris Air Show. Scramjet engines use high vehicle speed to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion to enable sustained flight at hypersonic speeds. Till now such a scramjet technology […]

Maritime Security and Stability In Africa

Interview with Admiral James G. Foggo III, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa, in the forefield of the  International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC), that will be  taking place on July 24 – 25, 2019  at the Kempinski Gold Coast in Accra, Ghana. The conference […]

Launch of the P600 AEW

At the Paris Air Show Embraer Defense & Security and ELTA Systems Ltd (ELTA) signed today a Strategic Cooperation Agreement to introduce the P600 AEW (Airborne Early Warning). Designed to compete in a new segment of the AEW market, this next generation aircraft is based on the advanced super midsize platform of the Embraer Praetor […]

Falco Xplorer Unveiled at the Paris Air Show

At the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget Leonardo unveiled its largest-ever drone, the Falco Xplorer. This latest addition to the Falco family of remotely-piloted air systems with a 1.3 ton maximum take-off weight has a payload capacity of over 350kg and an endurance of more than 24 hours. The company announced that the Falco […]

New Turkish Stealth Fighter TAI TF-X

At the Paris Air Show Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) unveiled their one-to-one mock-up of the new Turkish fighter aircraft. This TAI TF-X stealth fighter will be the future of the Turkish Air Force. “In order to meet Turkish Air Force requirements beyond 2030s, an indigenous design and development programme aims to replace the aging F-16 […]

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