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Safran Maritime PATROLLER in OCEAN2020

The maritime patrol version of Safran’s PATROLLER drone has shown its ability to meet the maritime surveillance needs of navies or European maritime surveillance agencies as part of the European project OCEAN2020, Safran writes in a press release. The project is funded by the European Commission within the scope of the European Defence Agency’s preparatory […]

IDET 2021: Bird Aerosystems to Present AMPS family

Bird Aerosystems has announced that the company will participate and present its Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) family of solutions at the IDET exhibition in Brno. AMPS is currently in service with hundreds of military and VIP aircraft worldwide, including aircraft of NATO member countries such as the Czech Republic. At the exhibition, Bird Aerosystems […]

More Senop Oy Equipment for Finland

Finnish Defence Forces Logistic Command has placed an order to purchase laser sights and additional NVG M40 image intensifiers from Senop Oy. The value of the contract is more than €13.6M (excluding VAT). Senop will deliver the systems by the end of October 2022. This order consists of Soldier’s Lasers, Tactical Lasers, and additional purchase […]

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. […]

Elbit Unveils AMPS NG

Elbit Systems has unveiled the next generation of its Advanced Multi-Sensor Payload System (AMPS™ NG), adding Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) technology to the existing day Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) TV sensors and a unique, highly capable, dual FLIR sensor design. Packed in the widely fielded two Line-Replacement Unit (LRU) AMPS pod, the AMPS NG offers extended capabilities in […]

Diehl Continues Support for Swedish Air Defence System

Diehl Defence has received a three year service contract from the Swedish material procurement agency to ensure high availability and readiness of the country’s ELDENHET 98 air defence system. The contract award followed delivery and handover of the IRIS-T SLS weapon systems in 2020. The Swedish IRIS-T SHORAD configuration, installed on a Hägglunds BV 410 […]

Full-rate Production for USMC ACV

The BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) programme has achieved its most significant milestone to date with the USMC’s decision to move into full-rate production and award a US$184M contract for 36 vehicles. This comes shortly after the service declared the ACV had met the requirements for Initial Operational Capability on 13 November. The ACV is a […]

New Schiebel CAMCOPTER UAVs for the French Navy

The French Navy has obtained new Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) which will be deployed on the MISTRAL class amphibious helicopter carriers (Porte- Hélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) TONNERRE and MISTRAL. The acquisition comes after the successful integration of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 on the French Navy MISTRAL class vessel DIXMUDE, which was finalised in 2019. […]

AEC Skyline Supports Trinational Exercise in Denmark

AEC Skyline deployed its bespoke Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) services to Denmark in support of the Composite Special Operations Air Task Group (C-SOATG) being trained there during exercise Trojan Phoenix. Held by the Danish, Dutch and Belgian Militaries between 26 October and 6 November, the certification exercise saw AEC Skyline together with Smart Delta […]

Opto S&D Partners with Smart Shooter

Brazilian firm Opto Space & Defense and Israeli Defence Company Smart Shooter have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the commercial potential of Smart Shooter products in both in the Brazilian Armed Forces and Public Security Forces. Opto S&D is a company highly specialised in the development and manufacture of optronic systems for the […]

Meggitt Rebrands as InVeris

Meggitt Training Systems has rebranded under a new name, InVeris Training Solutions, with immediate effect. This rebranding reflects the company’s pride in standing behind the bravest, best-trained men and women around the world and to providing comprehensive training solutions that prepare them to act at a moment’s notice to protect the communities and countries they […]

Saab Radar for USMC

Saab has received a US$36.7m order for it AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Orientated Radar (G/ATOR) from Northrup Grumman Systems Corporation, the prime contractor supplying the system to the U.S Marine Corps. The order includes components and subsystems in support of the Full Rate Production phase with Saab’s deliveries relating to this contract to take place between […]

Syria Satellite Images Released

Arie Egozi Engineering teams from the Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are continuing their work in preparing the OFEK 16 satellite for operational use by showing images taken over Syria. Obtained in recent days, these display the ‘Tadmor’ world heritage site, ancient ruins and the renowned Roman theatre. […]

Airbus Military to Upgrade US SOCOM CASA 212-200 CC60 Aircraft

J C Menon The U.S Army’s Special Operations Aviation Command (SOCOM) has awarded Airbus DS Military Aircraft Inc. a US$10m contract for the sustainment and modernisation of five CASA 212-200 CC60 aircraft. This includes new avionics suites and aircraft maintenance refreshes with the majority of the work to be performed in Mobile, Alabama and expected to […]

All Terrain Vehicle for MV-22 of JGSDF

Shinichi Kiyotani The Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force(JGSDF) has received the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) as the Light Utility Mobility Vehicle (LUMV) intended for use in the cabin of the MV-22 OSPREY operated by the JGSDF. This is a modified version of the commercial ATV MULE PRO-FXT(EPS) from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, with the JGSDF planning to […]

Agency develops software to estimate areas of degraded GNSS service

Experts at the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) agency have developed a software-based tool that can estimate the area where an interfering signal would degrade or deny Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs). GNSSs, such as the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS) or the European Galileo, provide positioning and timing services. These are vital for NATO […]

SIG SAUER Presents 716i TREAD

SIG SAUER introduced the 716i TREAD, a direct impingement, AR-10 platform that provides versatility for long range shooting and hunting while maintaining a lightweight design for easy carry. According to the company the 716i TREAD is easily customizable with existing TREAD branded accessories. “The TREAD brand has gained recognition for offering premium products, at a […]

Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted Laser Rangefinder

L3Harris Technologies announced delivery of the 3,000th STORMSLX precision rangefinder to the U.S. Army. The Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted laser rangefinder system with extended performance over its predecessor the STORM-PI is one of the smallest U.S. Army qualified weapon-mounted laser rangefinder available to the dismounted soldier. It is part of the L3Harris STORM family of […]

Pouch for Lightsticks

At the MILIPOL Cyalume presents its new accessory for Cyalume lightsticks: the CyPouch tactical holder for the company’s lightsticks. CyPouch is a compact and ambidextrous pouch that is easy and quick to reload. It has been designed for use while wearing gloves. Its fitted with a MOLLE fastener allowing attachment to a belt for example. […]

Interview with Armin Wagner, Co-owner & Chief of Product Development, UF PRO

ESD asked Armin Wagner, Co-owner & Chief of Product Development, UF PRO, on the newest developments in the tactical market.   ESD: What are the key performance features that separate the new Striker X Combat Pants from other products on the market? Wagner: The Striker X Combat Pants were developed with military operators in mind. […]

New Striker X Combat Pants and Camouflage Patterns

UF PRO announced that it will display a soon-to-debut range of highly anticipated combat shirts and pants known as Striker X at its exhibit booth (5D 083) at the Milipol international fair (November 19 – 22, Paris). “Our Striker X range is built to meet the demanding needs of military operators, whose input we drew […]

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